Together in Education Family Update
Week of November 23-27
Lions Light it up Pink in Words and Actions!!!
Intermediates Signed the Pledge and Share Their Wisdom
We did it - A beautiful day to showcase our hard work and a little bit of fun!
- Progress reports and communication of learning reports were sent home on Friday with students. If you wish to discuss your child's progress, please contact classroom teachers to set up a virtual meeting or telephone call.
- This week we will be doing the Student Census in grades 4-8 during class time. Students in K-3 have had information sent home with them in their progress reports to complete as a family at home, if they choose. If you are having your child opt out of the student voice census, please let their classroom teacher or office know.
- As we prepare for the coming winter months, please make sure that students are dressing for cold, wet weather and please take note of protocols for bus cancellations due to inclement weather. A few reminders:
- When buses are canceled in the morning, schools remain open in LDSB, but buses will not run at the end of the day. You must arrange for end of day transportation at dismissal time (3:00 pm)
- If your child is absent on an inclement weather day, please report their absence using the SafeArrival App.
- Walkers and students who are being dropped off should arrive no earlier than 8:15 am and as close to 8:30 as possible to minimize wait time in their cohort location. In the case of harsh weather conditions on the yard, staff will help students to report directly to their classrooms
- As the weather continues to get colder please ensure students have multiple masks with them each day. Masks will begin to freeze and stay wet for longer periods - requiring changes during the day. At their most recent visit to Lancaster the Health Unit’s recommended method of storage for fresh masks is a container with a lid or sealed bag.
Thank you for your continued support. Parents continue to have an option in this newsletter to ask a question and seek out further information. We welcome your inquiries.
Your lead learners,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
LIFE AND LEARNING AT LANCASTER
Queen’s Teacher Candidates finish off their first round
Challenge Accepted - Grade 7 and 8 students tackled the Waterloo Computing Challenge
Virtual Reading Buddies with Bayridge Secondary Students was a roaring success!
Click here to see our virtual store for student clothing. More options coming soon!
SEE YOURSELF IN LIMESTONE: STUDENT CENSUS
School boards across the province are asking students to complete a student census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms.
In Limestone, the See Yourself in Limestone Student Census will take place the week of November 23, 2020. The data collected through the census will help us learn more about Limestone students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs.
The importance and value of obtaining equity-based data and student voice through the student census is shared in this video featuring an impactful poem by LDSB graduate Britta B and several Limestone students Please take a few moments to watch.
The census is now available for families to preview on the Board website along with other resources and frequently asked questions. There are three versions of the census: one for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, which will be completed by families at home, a census for students in Grades 4 to 6 and a census for students in Grades 7 to 12. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will complete the survey during class time.
Families with students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will soon receive (via progress report packages) a letter and resource package to help them complete the survey with their student. The survey is confidential and completely voluntary; however, the data will only be as helpful as we have healthy participation rates. A family can request that their student not participate by letting their school administration or classroom teacher know. A student can also refuse to participate.
Once the survey is completed, staff will analyze the data and report high-level findings in the spring of 2021.
Virtual Literacy Support
Thank you to our parent volunteers that have expressed interest in supporting our learners virtually with their literacy skills! We are grateful to have this added support for our students.
We are excited to share that Mr. Bruder and Ms. Jarbeau’s classes will be partnering with Mrs. Brennan’s Grade 11 and 12 students at Bayridge Secondary School who are enrolled in “Living and Working with Infants, Children and Adolescents.” This partnership will foster and develop early reading and phonological awareness skills as well as creating a sense of community.
We are also in the beginning stages of organizing a virtual partnership with Helen Henderson Care Centre. Stay tuned for more details!
NOVEMBER IS INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH
BLACK YOUTH IN STEM: FREE LEARNIING OPPORTUNITY
Here is information on a wonderful opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun hands-on activities in a Black-positive space!
This virtual club is open to Black youth from K-8, residing in the Kingston area. Black Youth in STEM is free of charge, and all materials are supplied. Please share widely, as this program is open to students of all achievement levels, with the overall purpose of availing opportunities and increase Black representation in STEM fields/engineering.
Spaces are limited. Spaces are limited. Here is the link to register:
youth rebound program
CHOICES AT GRADE 9
Human Development and Sexual Health Exemptions
Moving forward, at the beginning of every school year, parents/guardians will be informed that they can choose to have their child or children exempted from instruction related to Human Development and Sexual Health expectations by completing and returning an exemption form for each child.
Parents/guardians can access a list of all Human Development and Sexual Health expectations by grade for Grades 1 to 8 from the Ministry Health and Physical Education curriculum on the LDSB website. Prior to classroom instruction, teachers will inform parents/guardians that the expectations related to the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations will be covered. The deadline for the exemption request will be five school days before the start of instruction.
SCREENING STUDENTS AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL - Covid-19 Screening Tool & Return to School Information
Please review the screening tool and the KFL&A Public Health return to school flow chart that will assist families with determining their next steps. These helpful documents are shared on the LDSB Website and images are below.
- Screening Tool
- My student did not pass COVID-19 screening
- Return to school protocols for students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms
Thank you for your continued support as we refine our routines and processes going forward. The sheet below will be sent home with students if they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19 and helps to explain next steps for students and families.