Victor Lauriston Public School
May 2020 Newsletter
Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures
The Ontario Minister of Education has announced that schools will remain closed to students until May 31, 2020, due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, all Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) schools will remain closed to students until May 31.
How To Support Your Child’s Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Visit School Mental Health Ontario to find resources that help support students. Also find updated information around partnerships between School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone and other partners to assist students with situational mental health concerns.
Helping Your Child Learn At Home
Many studies suggest that active learners are more successful on average with their studies. Remember that there are many ways that one can remain active even at this time. When children are finding ways to keep their bodies active, their ability to learn increases. Any of the benefits of exercise are needed to help students cope with the challenges of online learning and maintain a positive outlook regardless of their circumstances. Consider being active as a family to build family relationships, strengthen immune systems, reduce emotional fatigue and to build academic capacity. Don't forget to follow the advice of the Chatham Kent Public Health Unit, in their article, "Getting Outside During COVID-19."
The Student Nutrition Program Takes On A Unique Look!
United Way is coordinating efforts to help kids in CK have the food they need. A food assistance fund has been set up to support families experiencing financial hardship to help purchase groceries. Funding for this program is limited.
Registration is open Mondays from 9:00 am to Wednesdays at 11:59 pm. Parents/Guardians with school-aged children in Chatham-Kent are qualified to register once per week. Please visit the Registration site at this link for further information and to find steps to access this funding.
Learn At Home - Ministry Webpage
We Are All Superheros, And Can Do Great Things
As you probably have heard from your child(ren)'s teacher(s), Victor Lauriston Public School has held a challenge where students are asked to write a poem, song, draw a picture, choreograph a dance, make up your their own joke or create a poster with encouraging words and explaining how we can all be superheroes. Students were asked to work as an individual, a sibling group or invite the family to develop a project collectively, as long as they worked with those in their home. The due date for submissions was May 1st. If you are reading this before that date, it is not too late to make a submission to your child's teacher. This project was originally shared 3 weeks ago via Google Classroom or SeeSaw.
Parents could take photos or videos and submit them to teachers through Seesaw or Google classroom. We will work on compiling these submissions. One entry per class will be considered the winner for that class and receive a prize when school is back in session. Entries will be judged on their ability to demonstrate how we can all be superheroes and do great things. Please remember that submissions might also be shared on our school social media platforms so any submission of a photo or video probably will be shared online, but parent approval will be sought before publication. Once again, the due date for submissions is May 1st.
Join the Fight on May 16th
For your information, on May 16th, there is a special event happening in Chatham-Kent. Many have been struggling in so many ways in the past several weeks as a result of COVID-19. Among the hardest hit are food banks, organizations and those who rely on them for support. To join in on this community effort, on Saturday, May 16th, place a non-perishable food item on your doorstep before noon. An amazing group of volunteers will be going across CK to pick them up.
Learning Continues Together
We wish to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our students, families and staff for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented and challenging time. Please be assured that Victor Lauriston staff and administration are doing everything we can to ensure that Victor Lauriston's families continue to be supported. We remain committed to student learning, well-being and success while following the direction and guidance of the Government of Ontario and the Lambton Kent District School Board. Call the school phone number provided above and leave a message, or email school administration should you have any further questions or concerns.