Lightning Family Update

September 26, 2022

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Dear Families:

Thank you for supporting our Terry Fox Run/Walk last Friday. We have raised over $200 so far, and the link to make donations is still open:

As well, we will collect donations at our Open House on Wednesday.

Congratulations to our boys and girls soccer teams who represented our school so well last week at their tournaments. They demonstrated respect, sportsmanship and team spirit and they learned that the best part of playing sports is having fun! Thank you to Ms. Leeder and Ms. Whitehead for coaching,


We are excited to announce that we will be opening the doors of the school and welcoming families for an Open House and Meet & Greet!

We invite all families and caregivers to drop by the school on Wednesday September 28th anytime between 4:30pm and 5:30pm for a Meet & Greet. This is a great way for families to come into the school and meet the staff. We haven't been able to do this in a few years, so we are really thrilled that we can this year!

The Meet & Greet is a chance for students to show off their classroom and for parents to meet the staff. Should you wish to set up a parent-teacher conference to discuss your child's progress, please reach out to the classroom teacher to schedule a meeting.

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Safety Week

This week we will practice a fire drill and a lockdown. It is important that we discuss and practice our emergency procedures in the event an emergency happens. Please talk about these with your child.

Hot Lunch

Hot lunches will start in October. Please watch for the form to come home this week.

School Council Update:

Co-Chairs: Laura Carter and Bethany Hufnagel

Secretary: Sofia Milley

Treasurer: Carrie Fenton

Bingo Coordinator: Angela McGinnis

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Our next meeting is November 7 at 6:15. All parents/guardians are welcome!

Wanted: Bingo Volunteers

Bingo is back up and running and what a simple and easy way to fundraise for your school! Did you know Bingo is a completely separate entity from the school council?!

NO monthly meetings to attend!

NO awkwardly trying to sell something to your neighbours!

NO counting cash

The only requirement is a two hour shift at the Kingston Play! Gaming and Entertainment Centre! You don't even need to have kids at the school to volunteer!

All proceeds raised through our partnership with Play! Gaming and Entertainment are used to purchase items for the school such as Chromebooks, gym equipment, outdoor equipment, class supplies, coding robots, and so much more!!! We earn approximately $230 per hour for the school by volunteering.

We are in need of volunteers and training is provided. The bingo volunteers act as ambassadors for our school: welcoming people, ensuring the facility is clean, helping out when a bingo is called, and assisting patrons. Each shift is just two hours long and volunteers are partnered up. It's a great way to spend time with a friend or family member or meet other members of the school community! If you would like to learn more about being a volunteer, please reach out to the school.

Upcoming Dates

  • October is Hispanic-Latin American Heritage Month, Dwarfism Awareness Month and Islamic History Month. It is also Learning Disabilities Awareness Month;

  • September 27-30 Safety Week-safety drills (fire, lock down...);

  • Wednesday September 28th - Open House/Meet & Greet 4:30-5:30pm;

  • Friday September 30- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation-Orange Shirt Day. Wear anything orange;

  • October 5- World Educator day;

  • Friday October 7- School Photo Day;

  • October 10- Thanksgiving Day;

  • October 19- Term 1 IEPs go home;

  • October 24- PA day
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School Photo Day is Friday October 7th

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LDSB will be offering virtual learning support for students in Grades 1-10 this Fall. Virtual literacy support will be available to students in Grades 1-3 and virtual Homework Help will be offered to Grade 4-10 students. After-school drop-in sessions will be offered through MS Teams to students in specific grades from Monday to Thursday each week until December 2022. Please continue to check your school website and the LDSB website for more details and information about this program.

In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:

Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12

  • Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately.

TVO Learn

  • Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
  • Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses


School-Day is an online cashless system for use by parents, teachers and office administrative staff. Limestone is implementing School-Day to minimize the handling of cash by teachers and office staff, reduce paper, and streamline office efficiencies.

What’s in it for parents?

School-Day can be accessed from any web browser and gives parents real-time, secure access to up-to-date information, and the ability to:

  • Complete on-line payments for trips or other activities
  • Register your child for extra-curricular events
  • Approve permission forms instantly on-line
  • Minimize the risks associated with sending money to school with your child (“backpack delivery”)
  • Reduce the environmental impact of photocopying permission forms and announcements

How can I sign up for my child’s School-Day account?

Parent/Guardians must create an account, and link their child to their account. Multiple parents/guardians can be linked to the same student, and multiple students can be linked to a parent/guardian.

You will have received a letter that came home with your child. The letter contains a unique code to create an account in School-Day. Please reach out to the school if you did not receive your child's code.

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Important Reminders:

  • Please ensure that school staff are aware of any allergies, medical conditions, or medication requirements and return all forms to the school as soon as possible (the link to the forms is below if you need them);
  • If your child has alternate pick up arrangements, or will not be taking the bus at the end of the day, please ensure that you communicate with the classroom teacher if possible (send a note) or with the Main Office if a change occurs during the day;
  • Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather and has extra clothing in case of spills or bathroom accidents
  • Don't forget to send a water bottle with your child every day!
  • COVID school screening must still be done every day, and students who have any symptoms do need to stay home; here is a link to the most up to date information:

Medical Safety Plans

If your child has any significant health conditions such as asthma or allergies or if they require medications to be administered at school, it is imperative that we receive medical plans prior to the start of school. Please refer to the separate newsletter titled: 'Prevalent Medical Conditions' for more information. The link is below:

School Day Schedule:

8:45- 9:00 Supervision on the school yard

9:00 School day starts

9:00-10:40 First 100 minute learning block

10:40-11:25 Recess and nutrition break

11:25-1:05 Second 100 minute learning block

1:05-1:50 Recess and nutrition break

1:50-3:30 Third 100 minute learning block

3:30 Dismissal

Recess & Rain

We have 2 recesses each day and students do go outside for both of them. Should it be lightly raining before school or during a recess break we will be outside. Students are advised to dress for the weather. A rain jacket, rain boots and/or an umbrella are helpful to enjoy the outdoors when it is wet.

If there is a chance of lightning or if it is pouring we will remain indoors for recess but we will aim to be outside as much as possible.

During the colder months we will take direction from Public Health about outdoor temperatures and whether we stay in or go out. Our goal is to enjoy the outdoors and get fresh air whenever we can!


Congratulations to both our boys and girls soccer teams for representing our school so well at the tournaments last week! We are so proud of all of you!

Cross Country Running

Cross Country is up and 'running'! Thanks to Ms. Carter and Ms. Raven for volunteering their time! Our first meet is October 14 at Fort Henry. More information will come home soon with students attending the meet.

Backpacks Available!

If your child needs a backpack please contact the school office. We have some new ones that we would like to give to families!

School Trips & Volunteers

Throughout the year, we may ask for parent/guardian volunteers on school trips or for various classroom and school activities. The wait time for obtaining a CPIC (background check with vulnerable sector screening) can be lengthy. As such, if you think you would be willing to assist with a trip or school event in the future, please consider obtaining a CPIC with vulnerable sector screening completed, beforehand.

Link to City of Kingston Police Check Request Here

Tri-Board Student Transportation

From time to time, Triboard Transportation needs to cancel buses due to staff shortages, weather, or mechanical issues. The best way to stay informed is to subscribe to Triboard's Delays and Cancellations notices. Click on the link below:

You can also follow us on Twitter to find out about bus cancellations:

If a bus is cancelled, it is cancelled in the morning as well as the afternoon. If your child's bus is cancelled, and you drive them to school, please remember that you will also have to pick them up at the end of the day.

New: School Zone Traffic Safety

Reducing vehicle speeds improves safety for all road users. Neighbourhood Area Speed Limits can help set consistent expectations for motorists across a community, encouraging careful and cautious driving through the area. Community Safety Zones also help to reinforce safe and attentive driving, especially in school areas where families may be walking or cycling to school.

In two pilot areas – Westwoods and Strathcona Park – the City is introducing neighbourhood-wide Area Speed Limit reductions to 40 km/h, school area speed limit reductions to 30 km/h, and the introduction of Community Safety Zones in the immediate area surrounding schools.

Community Safety Zones are also planned to be introduced at all schools in Kingston for fall 2023.

Click on the link below for more information from the City of Kingston:


To minimize traffic around the school and increase safety, we ask that you please walk if possible. If you do drive, please note that there is limited parking in the school parking lot. Please try to use the side streets when dropping off or picking up your children. Please do not park in front of the school as this is where our buses load. Please take note of the signs that indicate the bus loading zones. We very much appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping our students safe.

Click on the link below for the school year calendar

Fillable Water Bottles

Please be sure to send your child with a fillable water bottle.
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Allergy Awareness

We have several students with life-threatening allergies. A reminder that our school is nut aware: please ensure that your child's snacks and lunch do not contain any nut products. Classroom teachers will communicate any additional food allergies that families will need to be aware of. Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students safe!

Daily Covid Screening:

  • Staff, students, and visitors should continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool. Following public health guidance, individuals should stay home if they are feeling ill to prevent the spread of illness.

Communication Home

We use an electronic newsletter! The newsletter as well as other information will be shared through our Twitter account:

Our website:

The newsletter and information will also be shared through School Messenger and will go directly to your email. Please make sure we have your current email address. Instructions for downloading the School Messenger app are included in this newsletter.

School Messenger App

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our electronic family updates, please see the instructions below:

Safe Arrival- How to Report an Absence:

Please use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence; do not call the school to report an absence. If your child is going to be absent from learning, please ensure you use the Safe Arrival system to report the absence. If your child will be late, please report a full day absence and then we will sign them in when they arrive. You cannot indicate a half day absence.

How to report your absence:

1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

2. School Messenger App

  • 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.
  • 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, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal

  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • 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, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.


School Board Policy states that participation on school sports teams (both elementary and secondary) is conditional on obtaining at least the basic student accident insurance coverage for the student or proof of external private coverage through your family plan. The cost of basic coverage is approximately $17.00 per year. This covers the student while attending school during the school day. The time spent by students participating in school-sponsored teams is considered part of the school day, even if the games and/or practices are held outside of the regular school hours. It is recommended that all parents consider this program. Visit to get this inexpensive and highly recommended insurance.

Daily Screening Still Required

Staff, students, and visitors should continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool. Following public health guidance, individuals should stay home if they are feeling ill to prevent the spread of illness.