Together in Education:Family Update
Lancaster Drive Public School and Parent Council
Parents: Please Note the Change Below and Ensure Your Vehicle is not blocking this area during the times indicated
Baby Chicks Hatched in Kindergarten!
TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULES:
Running Club – Tues/Thurs 3-4 pm; Friday @ lunch
Ultimate Frisbee – Mon/Thurs after school 3-4:30 pm
MAY - Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month
May 23rd – Victoria Day (no school)
June is National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month
June 1st – Regional Track & Field Meet
June 3rd: PA Day (no school for students)
June 7th – District Track & Field Meeting
June 8th – Reports due to the office
June 9th – MADD Canada presentation (Intermediate)
June 13/14 – Intermediate Trip – Camp Iawah
June 16/17 – Ultimate Frisbee Tournament @ Woodbine Park
June 19th: Father's Day
June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
We hope that everyone had a lovely long weekend with family and friends. It is hard to believe that we are now embarking on the final five weeks of the school year. Students our continuing to enjoy the return of athletic activities, field trips and in school presentations. This coming week several classes will be hosting Queen’s University Engineering Workshops. Students will be engaging in exciting experiential learning workshops aligned with the science and technology curriculum.
Lancaster’s littlest learners have been building their running stamina and training for their marathon! The children are working towards accumulating the 42 kilometre distance required to complete a “Marathon Run.”
The Junior Ministry of Caring was delighted to finally bring home their vegetables. The excitement of growing vegetables has sparked curiosity and wonder in gardening and horticulture. Our Junior Ministry of Caring also reflected that this is a positive way to give back to our larger Kingston community. Any extra harvest is encouraged to be donated to Loving Spoonful’s Grow A Row Program. https://www.lovingspoonful.org/grow-a-row
A big thanks to Mrs. Slovitt, Mrs. Cattermole, our amazing crew of parent volunteers and Queen’s Placement students for their help in our library re-organization. Books will be available for summer reading! The books are on display in the front foyer and students will be given the opportunity to choose a few books to enjoy over the summer months.
Grade three and six students will be participating in EQAO assessments over the next few weeks. Communication has been sent to families of those students outlining the format of the assessment and pertinent information.
Your Leaders in Learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O’Hearn
DROP-OFF ZONE UPDATE
You will note in the newsletter a change that we are implementing to accommodate an additional bus that has been added to Mother Teresa. While our start and end times are staggered we are asking that families ensure they are not leaving their vehicle unattended in that drop-off zone during the times indicated. This should not change our access to that location during the times that are needed for drop-off and pick-up but it does mean that we need to ensure we are using that location as it is intended to be used - dropping off and picking up students - but not parking there for any extended period of time. This area MUST be cleared of vehicles from 8:40-9:00 and 3:25-3:45 for the Mother Teresa bus.
As planting season is fast approaching it is time to schedule your "Plantables" delivery! This fundraiser was a success last year, the plants were healthy and hearty, and the online system made it very easy for families to order. Funds raised by this initiative will support a variety of school projects including purchasing "consumables" for outdoor play (balls, sand toys, sleds, etc...), and materials for experiential learning in classrooms. Order plants for yourself, or gift them to family, friends or neighbours - what a kind gesture towards someone you care about. Simply visit the site and use our school code (LDPSGROWS) at checkout.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
LIFE AND LEARNING MOMENTS AT LANCASTER:
TRACK AND FIELD
Lancaster staff have kick-started to get athletes interested and ready to participate in the track and field meets in June. During Phys. Ed. classes staff have been working to get students familiar with the various events and providing opportunities for students to “test their metal”.
Based on the class results shared with track coaches, students will be invited to try out for events where they are showing particular strength. Athletes are able to qualify for up to three events plus a relay. By mid-May athletes will be selected based on tryouts to be a part of the team that we bring to the Regional LESAA track meet on Wednesday, June 1st.
Track meets take place during the school day at Caraco Track. Students will be bused to the event and parents/guardians will be responsible for picking their child up at the end of the day. We are sharing this information in advance so that parents can plan ahead, or arrange with other families, to have someone available for transportation at the end of the day. More information about the schedule for the day and permission forms will be shared with the team at a later date. Athletes who qualify at our regional meet will attend the District Championship meet on Wednesday, June 7th
Events are as follows:
Atom (Grade 3-4)/Bantam (Grade 5-6)/Senior (Grade 7/8)
4 x 100 M Relay
VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOL & ON FIELD TRIPS
Parent, guardian and community volunteers play an essential role in our school communities. We welcome the participation of volunteers who bring a wide range of talents and skills to school life that enrich and support both students and staff.
Board policy states that people wishing to volunteer are required to complete a mandatory screening process that includes a police criminal record check, sometimes better known as a CPIC. This excludes guest speakers or presenters but does include parents/guardians attending school field trips who will be assuming supervision responsibilities for students. Where, at the request of the principal, a parent/guardian is participating on a field to attend to the needs of their child, a CPIC may not be required (a condition of this situation must be that this parent is never alone with children other than their own). In this case, an offense declaration would be acceptable. These situations must be discussed in advance with the school principal.
CPICs must be updated and approved every three years. During interim years, volunteers must complete the annual Offence Declaration Form. Volunteers are encouraged to complete their CPIC application forms early in the school year, as there may be a waiting period involved with the processing and approval. Currently, there is variability on whether or not school volunteers are charged for the police criminal record check.
Kingston Police offers an automated online system for submitting your CPIC for approval.
Ontario Provincial Police requires you to download the form and then take it to your nearest OPP Detachment for approval.
You may also obtain copies of the applications from your school.
For the 2021-2022 school year, all volunteers are required to follow the LDSB Mandatory Vaccination Disclosure Protocol.
All volunteers are required to sign in and out of the office as do all school visitors. You may be asked to wear a visitor pass while in the school.
GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!
Meet Up Location Map
Student Rapid Antigen Testing Kits
Rapid antigen test kits can be provided for students, and staff that develop symtoms at school. Please let us know if you require additional test kits if you are picking up a symptomatic student from school.
Please follow these instruction when using the Rapid Antigen Test Kit .