Together in Education Family Update

Week of October 5-9

For the impact you are making...thank you educators!

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Upcoming Dates:

Oct 5 - World Educator's Day

Oct 5 - Teacher Candidates begin

Oct 6 - Parent Council Online Meeting @ 6 pm

Oct 12 - Thanksgiving Monday

Oct 15 - Gould Lake class visits - Dowker and Sidlauskas

Oct 16 - Updated IEPs sent home

Oct 19 - Gould Lake class visits - Jarbeau and Boriotis

Parents are ESSENTIAL! Parent Council Elections - October 6th @ 6:00

We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the Lancaster Parent Council over the past few years. Together we look at how best to serve the needs of students and families in our community. Often parent council plays an integral role in determining how to support teachers, bring special learning experiences into the school, and allocate parent council funds.


We warmly welcome all parents to be a part of any and every parent council meeting, whether you are an elected member or a parent who would just like to listen in an hear more about what is going on at Lancaster. Meetings usually include an administrator's sharing component, reports from members in particular positions (treasurer, chair, events co-ordinator, etc.) and some discussion items. We will start with virtual meetings until such a time that we can have parents on-site.


Our first meeting for Parent Council elections will be held on Oct 6th at 6:00. Please complete the Google Form using the link above to express interest and have the meeting link sent to you.

We ran for Terry Fox!!

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Many classes completed their Terry Fox event last week - we are very proud of the students for their hard work. Students were running, walking, and completing their "40" in physically active ways. We have left the donation link open below for families to contribute - a Toonie for Terry or whatever your family wishes to contribute. We will share our school total in next week's family update.

Mme Walsh has a new helper!

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REVISED COVID 19 SCREENING

The Ontario Ministry of Health has again revised the COVID screening tool for children in school. The main change is regarding symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:


  • students with only one of these symptoms (not including fever/cough) will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school if their symptoms are improving
  • students with two or more of these symptoms (or one symptom if it is fever or cough) will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test



Please see the newly revised Screening tool for Children in School and Child Care (October 1, 2020).

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WHEN A STUDENT OR STAFF IS SICK AT SCHOOL

All students and staff must self-screen every day before attending school using a checklist before arriving at school. If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention. If a student or staff member feels sick, or develops symptoms while at school, schools will follow the following protocol:

  • Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others, and the family will be contacted to arrange pick-up.
  • Staff and families will be directed to consult their health-care provider and should be provided with information about COVID-19 testing locations.
  • Staff and/or students who test positive may not return to school until they are cleared by KFL&A Public Health.
  • Staff and/or students who test negative can return to school once they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Limestone schools will immediately report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the KFL&A Public Health.
  • Limestone schools will participate in contact tracing through keeping records of classes, transported students, and visitors to schools.
  • KFL&A Public Health will be providing a flow chart to families and schools to help provide a visual of these guidelines that will be followed.

Important Reminders for Families


  • Please screen your child for symptoms using the KFL&A screener before your child leaves for school and keep your child home if they show symptoms.
  • Please make sure your child has what they need for school ex. water bottle, lunch, masks etc.
  • Please entire your child's absence and reason for absence using the School Messenger Absence Reporting feature
  • If your child is absent due to symptoms, please contact the school prior to returning them to school to share results of your medical consultation or testing where applicable.
  • Parents are not permitted in the building at this time. If your child is late, please come to the main door, ring the bell, and identify yourself and your child. Our staff will meet you outside if your child is not able to proceed to their class independently. There is a sign in/sign out sheet located immediately at the front doors where parents can sign in or sign out their child.
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Emotional Regulation Workshops

The Maltby Centre is offering a virtual emotion regulation workshop to parents and caregivers of children 0-6. There are two dates available, including an afternoon and evening session. Please follow the link below for more details.
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SORA Online Library

Students can access e-books and audiobooks using their LDSB login

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