La Salle Family Update (7-12)

January 20, 2023

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Friday January 20, 2023

Dear La Salle Families,

We are quickly approaching the mid-point of the school year. Unfortunately, this also represents a point in time that sees significant changes in staff. We are most grateful to the following teaching staff as they transition to new schools for second semester, and are hopeful that they return to us in the future:


Adam Bonsall NDSS

Sophia Fabiilli BSS

Evan Jackson SHS

Emily Klaassen FSS/KSS


A more permanent departure is Meriah Moodie, a highly valued Educational Assistant who has had roles in both intermediate and secondary classes. Meriah’s contributions extend beyond the classroom as well. She has been the Head coach for Field Hockey for several years and has always chipped in, when called upon.

Goodbyes are never easy. However, we have one additional person leaving us at the end of the semester and it will be very hard to do this goodbye justice. Michelle Sousa has been a VP at La Salle for the past seven and a half years having come from an elementary background. In this time, has had a tremendous impact on the experience of our students and staff. Her warmth and caring, and attention to detail have made her the “go to person” for so many La Salle families over the years. Michelle greatly values the importance of graduation and has been able to support thousands of students through graduation at La Salle. Although, we will miss her smiling face around the building on a daily basis, we know she will be back, periodically, to keep us in line and check on “her people.” Michelle will be joining the administration at Kingston Secondary School and Vanier Intermediate. We wish Michelle continued success in her future pursuits!


We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the following new staff to LISS for second semester:


Jen Grasse Vice Principal

Omid Aghamirian Math/Science

Mike McCourt Music

We would also like to welcome back Monica Vico to the Science department.


Sincerely,


Brent Pickering,

Principal

Coming up:

  • January 24th: Therapy Puppies visit at lunch in the Little Theatre
  • January 26th - February 1st: 9-12 Exams
  • February 2nd : Inclement weather day for exams (no school)
  • February 3rd : P.A. Day
  • February 6th : Semester 2 begins (9-12)
  • February 9th : Grade 6 to 7 Information Night (for Ecole Maple Elementary School Families) at 5:30 p.m.
  • February 15th : Grade 8 to 9 Information Night at 5:00 p.m.
  • February 20th - Family Day - no school
  • February 21st - School Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 pm (virtual). All are welcome!
  • February 23rd : Pink Shirt Day

  • February 27th-March 8th :Grade 12 Grad Photos

  • March 9th: Grade 8 Grad Photos

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Opportunity for Indigenous Youth

Please see attached a poster from the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest promoting their new Youth Connections program. This program is for Indigenous youth ages 12-19 who are interested in making connections and participating in cultural and language programming.


Please contact Mandy Wilson (mw.ccc.kiln@gmail.com) for further information or questions.

Mental Health Support

There are many community organizations, including The Maltby Centre, that offer a variety of resources to support students and families. The Maltby Centre (https://maltbycentre.ca/) provides mental health and autism services to children and youth, and works with clients in schools, homes, and other locations.



Other supports include:



We continue to see many students who struggle to safely and respectively use social media. Please monitor your student's phone usage, especially at night. Many students admit to staying up quite late each night, and therefore coming to school quite tired. Thank you for your vigilance and helping your student get the most out of their day.

School Advisory Council

We remind everyone that we welcome members to join us at each meeting. Our next one is February 21st at 6:30 p.m.


Newly elected council for 2022/23:

Chairs: Stephanie Saunders

Secretary: Stephanie Gratto


Much appreciation to this team for their volunteer time in supporting our school!

Limestone Tutoring Resources January 9 – March 30

Limestone Tutoring Resources January 9 – March 30


As part of the Ministry of Education Tutoring Grant, LDSB is extending an afterschool drop-in Virtual Tutoring Program through the winter months for Limestone students in Grades 1 to 10.


Grade 7 to 10 - Math skills and support. 3 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)

Grade 7 to 10 – Homework help. 2 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)


  • Student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account.
  • Click on link for age group and subject support. (links below)
  • Sessions are on a first-come, first-served model.
  • Wait in virtual lobby until tutor invites student into the session.


TEAMS Links

Grade 7-10 Math Link 1

Grade 7-10 Math Link 2

Grade 7-10 Math Link

Grade 7-10 HW Link 1

Grade 7-10 HW Link 2

La Salle Athletics Fundraiser

Please consider buying gift cards through our program that supports your family’s LSS sports/trip fees AND supports LSS Athletics. See the school website under Secondary Athletics for details.



Gift Cards :


Buying gift cards for your gift purchases? If you buy them through La Salle's Fundscrip program, a $50 purchase gives you

a $50 giftcard – plus, for no cost - you build a rebate fund. The fund is split 80% to your family's La Salle Secondary School fees (for athletics or

school trips) and 20% benefits La Salle Athletics. If desired, it is possible to direct the fund to the La Salle library. See the

school website under Secondary>Athletics for details.

Emergency Response Facebook Page

Please check this page out to learn ore about our program.

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LDSB SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

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