La Salle Family Update (Gr.7-12)

November 13, 2020

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Lest We Forget

Communication of Marks for Secondary Students

Students will receive Block 1 & 2 report cards after the second block. Our traditional mid-term which ends on November 11, 2020.


Students will, however, be provided with their Block 1 marks directly from their teacher, either through email, the Minds Online D2L platform, or myBlueprint (see instructions below on how to access marks through myBlueprint). At our school, this will be on or by Friday October 16.


Students will receive the end-of-term report card for Blocks 3 & 4 after the end of Block 4 (January 28, 2021) which would be the end of the traditional first semester.


As a reminder, here is the Secondary Blocked Timetable Schedule:


· Block 1/Period 1: August 31-October 8, 2020

· Block 1 Exam/Culminating: October 8, 2020


· Block 2/Period 2: October 9-November 11, 2020

· Block 2 Exam/Culminating: November 11, 2020


Block 1 & 2 report cards issued


· Block 3/Period 3: November 12-December 14, 2020

· Block 3 Exam/Culminating: December 14, 2020


· Block 4/Period 4: December 15, 2020-January 28, 2021

· Block 4 Exam/Culminating: January 28, 2021


PA Day January 29, 2021 – no school


Block 5 begins on Monday, February 1st.

Course Withdrawal

Withdrawal dates typically occur within 5 days of the issuing of the first (mid-term) report card. For the 2020-21 school year, course withdrawal dates have been determined based on completion of approximately 75% of the total course.


These dates are as follows for the time period ending January 28th :

Block 3: December 4th

Block 4: January 20th

For students that withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course after the posted deadline or “drop date,” the course would be recorded on their Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

Student Census

School boards across the province are asking students to complete a census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. In Limestone, 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 our students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs.

The Census will be available for families to preview beginning November 9, 2020 on the Board website. 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.

See below for a video outline of the census and see HERE for more information from the LDSB website.

See Yourself in Limestone Student Census 2020

Grade 12 Information

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Update for Student Email Accounts

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HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

Promoting the healthy development of all students, as well as enabling all students to reach their full potential, is a priority for educators across Ontario. Students’ health and well-being contribute to their ability to learn in all disciplines, including health and physical education, and that learning in turn contributes to their overall well-being.


The updated Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 2019 is designed to help all students reach their full potential through a program of learning that is coherent, relevant, and age appropriate.

Exemption policy: The government has issued a Policy/Program Memorandum that requires school boards to develop a policy/procedure allowing parents to exempt their child from instruction of the Human Development and Sexual Health Education component of the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum.

Parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the Human Development and Sexual Health Expectations by Grade. Should parents/guardians wish to exempt their child from this instruction, they are required to complete an exemption form for each child for each school year as per Administrative Policy 325: Exemption From Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1 to 8.

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. .

Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care

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

November is Indigenous Education Month

November 12 ~ Block 3 Begins

November 19 ~ LDSB Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)

November 20 ~ Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20 ~ Progress Reports for Grades 7 & 8 distributed

November 20 ~ Block 1 & 2 Final Reports for Grades 9-12 distributed

Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 ~ Virtual Learning with Queen's Engineering for Gr. 7 & 8 (App development)

December 1 ~ Gould Lake in-school sessions (Bacon and Olmstead)

What if my child is late or needs to leave early?

If your child is late for school, please call the school (613-548-4393 for Secondary 613-542-9733 for Intermediate).


In order to limit the number of parents on school property, we ask that students leave early only if it's absolutely necessary, e.g., for an appointment. Parents are asked to wait outside to pick up their child.

Be Prepared for Bus Cancellations or Delays

Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.

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School Messenger

SchoolMessenger App: Download the SchoolMessenger App to stay connected. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app. *New families will be able to create their account after the first day of attendance.


The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account.

Stay Up To Date

Please continue to check the LDSB microsite for updated information on the Director's messages, Frequently asked Questions, Family Reference Guide, Wellness Resources & Supports, Remote Learning info, Public Health info and Ministry of Education information. This area is updated regularly as information becomes available or changes.


School ReOpening Microsite


School ReOpening Reference Guide


Limestone DSB Frequently Asked Questions


Wellness Resources & Supports

Links to Board Information

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