Together in Education Family Update

Week of May 4th-8th

A big LANCASTER round of applause for our TEACHERS....you mean so much to us!

We LOVE our Lancaster staff! - Teacher Appreciation Week May 2020

LANCASTER BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS!

Lancaster Birthday Shout Out May 3-4 ~ from Zach!
Lancaster Birthday Shout Out - May 4-5 ~ from Ryder!
Lancaster Birthday Shout Out May 6-8 ~ from Emily!
Hearing your name read over our morning announcements to recognize your birthday is a special part of school life. Here we are giving it a try remotely from home! Thanks Lions for helping out. : ) If your family would like to participate or has another video message or project they would like to share in future newsletters, please contact Ms. Fox (foxla@limestone.on.ca).

MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

STAR WARS SPIRIT DAY

Let's see your creativity and spirit Lancaster! Monday, May 4th is Star Wars Day! Send photos to foxla@limestone.on.ca or tag @LancasterPS_LDSB in your tweets.


EDUCATION AND TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:


Education Week takes place during the first full week in May. It is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across the province. It is a time for students, teachers and parents to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement. Although we are not in our traditional spaces for learning, we have much to celebrate. Our Lancaster staff have joined teachers across the world in venturing into new approaches to sharing learning with students, using and learning new platforms, and trying to provide the right balance of learning activities that continue to grow the students they care so much about. We give a huge shout out to them for their long hours developing and searching out just the right material to provide for students, their commitment to the profession, and the care and investment in their students and their families. This is a great week to show them your appreciation, a simple note or connection can mean a whole lot. Thank you to parent council members and students for their work and contributions for our appreciation video this week : )


Thank you Lancaster staff, for all you do...and how you do it!!


MENTAL HEALTH WEEK:


The Canadian Mental Health Association has also set aside this week as mental health awareness week. Their website, https://mentalhealthweek.ca/ has many resources that can be useful in helping us recognize where we are with our own mental health and provide insight into measures that may be helpful for ourselves or members of our family. This article talks about children and screen time, particularly addressing the increase that has occurred for many children during this time of remote learning and social distancing.

https://mentalhealthweek.ca/screens-and-your-child-the-inside-scoop/.


Limestone has been recognized provincially for our thorough and expansive approach to supporting students and families. We do thank our team at Limestone for helping schools provide supports and get them connected to the resources that are available in our communities. Follow our Mental Health leads on Twitter at LSDB Wellbeing @MentalHlth_LDSB. This week, Maltby Center is offering virtual workshops on topics such as "Parenting your Anxious Child", Building Connections: Youth Groups, and "A Caregiver's Guide to Surviving Covid-19". https://maltbycentre.ca/


STUDENT BELONGINGS

A question that has been on the minds of some right now is "Can we get our belongings from the school?". At this time, we are not able to retrieve personal belongings as per Public Health directive. When the Medical Officer of Health informs Boards that they can start to allow families to access schools to collect items, very strict access guidelines will need to be in place that meet the expectations set out by Public Health. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.


As always, please continue to follow LDSB on any or all of these platforms for the most up to date information:


LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Twitter https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB


LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd


Stay well and take care of each other,


Lani Fox and Carrie Moore

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VIRTUAL RUNNING CLUB - MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO ALL!

Lancaster running club members and students eager to join for the first time, were eagerly watching our countdown by the water fountain before we left for March Break. Each day the number got smaller, and more and more pictures of running memories adorned the walls. We knew that after March Break we would lace up our shoes again, brave the sun, the wind and some "cooler" temperatures to rally the team and get moving again. Certainly, the situation is different...but the opportunity is still there. This week, let's start by getting our bodies going again with purpose. Our first challege can be an individual or family one....can you, together, or on your own, get enough kilometers in to run a marathon in the month of May? You can walk, you can run, you can walk/run! Set some goals runners....on your mark, get set, get moving. Watch for more news coming your way!

CHECK IT OUT: LIONS EXPLORING REMOTE LEARNING!

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Voluntary Survey About COVID-19


Dr. Eva Purkey and Dr. Imaan Bayoumi of Queen’s Health Sciences and our local hospitals are inviting folks to participate in a study of how COVID-19 is impacting individuals. Participation is completely voluntary. All details about the study are included in the link below.

SCHOOL PHOTOS: A MESSAGE FROM LIFETOUCH

Dear Families,

If you would like to place an order for the Lifetouch school pictures that were taken earlier this year, go to mylifetouch.ca. Free shipping to your homes will be available until May 31, 2020, when you order on mylifetouch.ca with promo code SMILES. Locate your access credentials on your proof sheet if you have it or call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your credentials.

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Kindergarten registration is underway
Lancaster is accepting kindergarten registrations. Families who reside in the Lancaster area are currently able to register on-line (clickable link above). You will receive a confirmation email that asks families to come into the school to provide documentation. This stage of the process will be completed once schools re-open.

Are you MOVING?

Please let your child's teacher know or contact lancd@limestone.on.ca. This is useful information as head into the planning and class organization for 2020-21.
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Ontario Ministry of Education Learn at Home Resources


With the end of March Break, families may be looking for ways to establish learning routines at home when schools are closed. The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided some links to resources that families and students can access from home.

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LEARN AT HOME LINK

Please follow the link to the Ministry of Education Learn at home resource page

ACCESS TO WIFI


For individuals without access to the internet, the wifi is being left on, and enhanced where possible at Limestone D.S.B. schools. Students can log into wifi outside of any of LDSB school. A reminder that students and families must use physical distancing protocols and stay at least 2 meters away from others when using wifi around a school.

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SORA Online Library

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

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Supporting Children through COVID-19

More mental health resources for children during COVID-19

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