Victor Lauriston Public School

May 2020 Newsletter

Contact Information

44 Alexandra Avenue, Chatham, ON N7M 1Y1 T: 519-352-4530

Principal: Ms. Vander Pol -

Vice Principal: Mr. Newcombe -

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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.

More information can be found here.

How To Support Your Child’s Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic

During these challenging times, you may be worried about your child(ren)’s mental health and well-being. You may notice that they are anxious or unsettled, and perhaps have told you that they are worried about someone in the family getting the virus. They may be confused about why usual activities are disrupted or may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to. All of these things are very natural at this uncertain time.

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

If you are feeling overwhelmed because of the challenges of balancing home life, work responsibilities and helping your child learn at home, know that you are not alone. There are many strategies that one can implement if at all possible to alleviate the challenges of trying to balance different aspects of life. Consider structuring your day so that learning is one of the priorities of the day. Strive where at all possible to limit distractions so that younger learners can focus on the task at hand. Building snack time and brakes into the routine so that children do not feel overwhelmed can reduce anxiety.

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

As shared in last month's newsletter, the Ministry of Education has provided many useful resources to support families with online learning. Find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practise numeracy and literacy skills and learn at home on the Ministry of Education "Learn At Home" web page.

Staff Video

In case you missed it, please view our staff video that was shared two weeks ago. Consider watching it with your child. The staff at Victor Lauriston Public School miss their students and wanted to find a way to reach out. Enjoy!
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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.

Kindergarten Registration

Once again, if you know of someone in our area with a child born in 2016 who has not yet registered for school, please have them contact us as soon as possible. Please have them contact the school with our provided contact information above. Also, registration forms are available online if you would like to get the form filled out ahead of time.

Graduation Postponement

At this time, all graduations, both elementary and secondary, have been postponed due to current restrictions. As more information becomes available regarding postponement, we will be sure to share it.

Contact Information

Once again this month we wanted to communicate that emergency contact information is always important for schools. Phone numbers and email addresses permit us to efficiently share important information with our school community. This is especially true at this time. If you have a different email account, and perhaps your old address is no longer used, please contact us with your new contact information. As an important announcement is being made, the Lambton Kent District School Board and Victor Lauriston Public School are using provided email addresses to ensure everyone is informed. Please email the school administration with your updated information, if you have any.
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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

Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants and Secretaries, have been working tirelessly to support students with their online learning activities but in unique ways from their residences. Just as we know things are challenging for you in your homes, we appreciate our staff's ability to be able to adapt and continuously look for ways to improve online learning for their students. We have been hearing many wonderful things about student success and progress during these challenging times. We are extremely grateful for our staff's efforts and applaud them for going above and beyond in attempting a myriad of ways to help their students with their online learning. Of course, this could not be possible without your frontline support, at home, as parents in supporting your child(ren) to complete their online learning on a daily basis.

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.