Together in Education:Family Update

March 28-April 1

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Upcoming Dates:



March 28-April 1st - Celebrating Neurodiversity at Lancaster - We are celebrating by wearing different colours throughout the week!






March 28th - School Crossing Guard Position begins at Lancaster/Limestone 8:00-9:10, 2:55-4:10

March 30th and April 1st - Running Club at lunch

April 3rd - First Day of Ramadan

April 15th - Good Friday (no school)

April 18th - Easter Monday (no school)

April 2nd - World Autism Awareness Day

April 22nd - Earth Day

April 27th - Bayridge Road Race at BSS

April 29th - PA DAY

May 13th – Immunization Clinic – Gr. 7 & 8

June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise


April 5 - panzarotti
April 12 - pizza
April 19 - pasta
April 26 - panzarotti

May 3 - pizza
May 10 - pasta
May 17 - panzarotti
May 24 - pizza
May 31 - pasta
June 7 - panzarotti
June 14 - pizza
June 21 - pasta

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School Update

Dear Families,

We had a great week back after the break and students adapted well to the changes on the schoolyard and demonstrated respect for choices around masking. Despite the dusting of snow we are ready to welcome spring. You will see in some of the photos in this newsletter that student life is busy with hands-on learning and new opportunities for student engagement are emerging. We look forward to getting started with running club for students in grades 3-8 this week with a meeting on Monday. Our regular schedule of practices Tuesday and Thursday after school and Friday at lunch will begin next week - information will be sent home this week with interested students.

We are also planning spring events as a staff that will take place over the next few months. Assemblies, school-wide events and field trips are in the works which will be a welcome return to coming together in different ways once again.


  • Please do not use the staff parking lot for the purpose of dropping off or picking up your child - additional vehicles at these times is counterintuitive to preserving a safe space for all students. Students can be dropped off using the laybys on Lancaster Drive or drive-thru zone, and then use the walkways on either side of the school to walk to the playground at the back of the school.
  • We continue to require families to remain off the main pavement area during drop-off and pick-up times. This practice has had a positive impact on student safety as we are more clearly able to see students connecting with families as they wait at the path or make their way to their meeting spot at the beginning of the day.

Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn

Kindergarten Registration has begun! If you have a child who will turn 4 or 5 by the end of December, you will find information about online registration for 2022-23 using the following link: We look forward to planning some events to welcome our littlest learners later in the spring!



Thank you to members of our School Council for your shared advocacy on this new addition to our before and after school routines. This is position has been staffed and is scheduled to begin at the corner of Limestone and Lancaster on Monday, March 28th with the following times:

AM: 8:00am - 9:10am

PM: 2:55pm - 4:05pm

The Crossing Guard positions exist in two forms – Regular and Relief. The Relief Crossing Guard role allows the flexibility for an individual to cover a single shift (AM, PM, or both) at a crossing guard location in need of coverage on a given day. Applications for relief positions are still welcome, individuals interested can connect using this link ( with their availability / locational preference.

GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation

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The Virtual Scholastic Book Fair is ON!

The Lancaster Scholastic Virtual Book Fair gets under way on Sunday March 20.

Open through April 2nd, check it out and support Lancaster while adding to your book collection. Books will be shipped to the school and handed out to students at the end of the book fair.

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Our First Annual Lancaster Drive Public School Read-A-Thon starts on Sunday March 20th!

By sponsoring a student in the Lancaster Drive Public School Read-A-Thon, you are encouraging them to strengthen their literacy skills, and contributing to learning/teaching resources to enhance their educational experience. 100% of the funds raised will contribute to these resources.

Here's how it works: Students are to collect sponsors from family, friends or loved ones and bring in all donations at the END of the Read-a-Thon. Pledge forms will be coming home with students on March 21st. Cash or Cheque (payable to LDPS) will be accepted. We are asking for a minimum $2.00 participation fee from each student who would like to participate. Each student who participates will be treated to a MILK SHAKE party in the spring on behalf of the School Advisory Council. Any questions, please email

Extended French at L'Acadie

Module de l’Acadie is a grade 7-8 school that offers two types of French Immersion programming for students in our catchment area:

-Early French Immersion for students already enrolled in French Immersion in grade 6

-Extended French Immersion, as part of LDSB’s Choices at 7 programs. This program is designed to develop students’ skills in French. Through this immersion experience, students will communicate and interact in French with growing confidence and fluency. The program implements the Ontario curriculum and provides authentic experiences as well as marketable second language skills. The Extended French Immersion program accepts students who are currently in Grade 6 Core French and who have a desire to learn in French across most of the curriculum areas. Please see the LDSB site for more information:

For more information, please join us for our virtual information event on Thursday, March 31st at 6:30pm. Link for Acadie Open House Live Event March 31

Any questions? Please contact Module de l’Acadie at (613) 389-0091 or email

LIFE AND LEARNING AT LANCASTER: Experiential Technology Week in Junior, Intermediate Pneumatics Projects, Spring Planting, Gould Lake Adventures, Bike Racks are Ready, AND Learning Moments Throughout the School

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Virtual School 2022-23

Virtual School 2022-2023: The board has begun planning for September 2022 including the continuation of our Virtual Schools for K to 12 students who learn best in the online environment, or who require a virtual environment due to underlying medical conditions for themselves or for family members. Collecting some preliminary information now will allow us to do some necessary planning.

Families wishing to have their elementary school student(s) enrolled in the LDSB Elementary Virtual School for September 2022, will need to complete the EVS Survey to confirm their interest by March 21, 2022, even if their student was in the Elementary Virtual School this year.

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Kindergarten Registration for September 2022
COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool

Please complete daily before attending school

Meet Up Location Map

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KFL&A Masking Protocol Changes for LDSB

KFL&A has updated the masking protocol for schools. Students are no longer required to wear masks when they are outdoors and in their cohorts. This means that when students are outside with their class cohorts for phys. ed or for recess, they do not have to keep their masks on.

A reminder that arrival and dismissal times have many students crossing different areas of the yard to get to their cohort lineup spots. Students should keep their masks on until they get to their designated lineup with their class cohort. Masks are still required indoors and on school transportation. Staff will remind students to put their masks on prior to entering the school building and prior to boarding a school

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 .

Tutoring Available through LDAK

The Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston is proud to announce the launch of our LDAK Literacy Tutoring Program this Spring! The program will be piloted in selected school communities in Kingston, ON from April - June 2022 with students in Grades 1-3. We hope to be able to expand our tutoring program based on the Science of Reading in the future. In the meantime, LDAK is happy to share contact information for some of our trained tutors, who are available independently for online tutoring.

For more info, click here.

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Lancaster Apparel available through our Spirit Store

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Contact your School Advisory Council Using the link below

Connecting our Lancaster Community - Do you own your own business in Kingston?

The School Advisory Council for Lancaster Drive Public School would like to invite you to join our Lancaster Connect community directory. We want to connect with you and provide a way for you to find people or resources within our school community. The School Advisory Council funds a wide range of activities for the school and we would like to utilize and support businesses within our school community wherever possible. Please join us in creating this community directory by providing your business and contact information below. Once we collect all of the responses, we will share the link to the directory in the weekly school newsletter "Together in Education". You can print out the paper copy and send it in with your child to school or use the Google link in next week's newsletter.
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Did you know there is a function available that will allow you to translate our newsletter into a preferred language? Use this feature as indicated in the image below.
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Mabels Labels

Need labels for your kids belongings – simply hop onto and click on “support a fundraiser” scroll through until you see our school then do your shopping – 20% of all sales go to our school fundraising efforts – how easy is that!!

Cobs Bread

Love tasty baked goods from Cobs Bread?? Every time you visit Cobs Bread Bakery at 770 Gardiners rd. in Kingston simply let them know you are supporting Lancaster School’s Fundraiser and they will donate 10% of your sale to us!

Let’s “Raise some Dough”!

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