Together in Education Family Update
Week of November 30 - December 4
Box Project Complete! On to the next mission #experientiallearning
Grade 2s dig into digraphs and probability #hardworkmadefun
Thurs Dec 3 ~ Supervising Principal Jess Silver visits
Friday Dec 4 ~ SPIRIT DAY: PAJAMA DAY!
Tues Dec 8 ~ School Council Meeting 6:00 (email firstname.lastname@example.org for link invitation)
Dec 14-18 ~ Spirit Week for United Way - stay tuned for details!
~ New COVID protocols for Winter ~
As the wintery weather begins, we have started a few new protocols and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our students. At our most recent visit by the Public Health Nurse, Lancaster planning was reviewed and applauded for its attention to detail and protocols in place for the protection of students and staff. Our new protocols include using our hallways and hooks to house our winter gear and using the gym for physical education classes on days students can't have this class outside. Staff have carefully planned how to minimize hallway traffic and maintain physical distancing so that students can quickly and safely transition in and out of the school while managing their winter belongings.
- For our intermediate students, this includes the use of lockers as coat hooks. Lockers will be opened and remain unlocked, housing only student coats and boots.
- For primary and junior students additional hooks will be added outside of classrooms to provide spacing options for students during transitions.
- Backpacks and lunches for all students will continue to be stored at student desks or cubby spots in the classroom.
- We will now be using a model for supervised breaks that reduces the amount of sitting time for students; having a 20 minute designated eating time and a 20 minute outside time. Teachers have the flexibility in our model to increase times for eating and/or outside time depending on student needs.
- Classes continue to use their designated entrances and cohort line up spots.
After careful planning and scheduling, classes have also begun to use the gym on days that they are not able to go outside for phys. ed. class. Classes are now able to use the gym for low to moderate levels of activity on days that the weather doesn't cooperate.
- With the onset of snow and ice, students are wearing boots. Students should bring indoor shoes to change into when inside at this time.
- As weather gets colder it will be more likely that student masks will get wet and need to be changed throughout the day. It is recommended that students have spare masks and that students’ masks be regularly laundered.
- Please remember a water bottle each day to use at the water bottle filling station. As the weather get colder, we all need to stay more hydrated.
- Due to our COVID protocols, please ensure that toys and games from home stay at home (ie. Pokémon Cards, small figurines/toys, etc.). Students are not able to use or share these items at school.
Since students will be wearing boots for the winter, please send in a pair of indoor shoes that students can wear in their classroom and in the gym moving forward.
Will you child be away from school for a partial day? Here's what to do...
If your child has an appointment or is going to be absent from school for the first part of the day, please mark them away for the whole day using the Safe Arrival system. When they arrive at school later in the day, we will mark them present and make the change in the attendance system.
If your child needs to be picked up early, please let your child's teacher know and call the school when you arrive. We will help your child make their way out to meet you and mark the pick up in our records.
A REMINDER THAT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE SCHOOL IS NOT A STUDENT ENTRANCE EXCEPT IN SITUATIONS OF LATE DROP OFF/EARLY PICK UP BY PARENTS. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE USING THIS DOOR AS A HABIT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY BUT SHOULD BE ENTERING THE SCHOOL WITH THEIR CLASS.
If you are having difficulties, please contact the school for support. Thanks~
LIFE AND LEARNING AT LANCASTER
Setting our reading goals and discussing key concepts
Kindergartens wonder together - how are the colours moving to other jars?
Book talks help us to dig deeper into the layers of the story
Creating with paper during supervised breaks!
Staff were treated to a Friday ticket into the weekend - do you remember the KitKat jingle?
We used Scholastic Book Fair Rewards to purchase French resources, readers, novels, posters and games
Virtual Reading Buddies with BSS continues to be a hit - each of our two classes meets up twice a week!
Losing teeth at school is a pretty big deal! : )
Amazing math thinking - way to go Kaden!
OUR COBS FUNDRAISER RUNS ALL YEAR!
HELPING CHILDREN WITH SELF-REGULATION
The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health and Substance Use in Youth
This webinar will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted mental health and substance use in young people. It will also discuss the challenges that youth continue to face during the pandemic and how youth allies, including educators, parents and counsellors can provide support.
Date: December 2, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Register now
Alexa Bol, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization, Opening Minds
Sabrina Jouniaux-Romano, Supervisor, Kids Help Phone
Please note that this webinar will be presented in English.
For information and resources on COVID-19 and substance use, including past webinars, visit COVID-19 resource centre.https://preventionconversation.org/2020/11/19/ccsa-new-webinars-implications-of-covid-19-on-public-health-and-substance-use-in-canada/
Click here to see our virtual store for student clothing. More options coming soon!
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.