Together in Education:Family Update

Dec 6-10

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School Update

Dear Families,

We have many initiatives happening this month that show the generous spirit of our students, our parents, and our staff. Staff continue to offer their time at lunch and after school to meet with, and grow, our student ministries. Students have been energized by this ability to take on leadership within our building. It is evident that our sense of community, caring and spirit are strengthened by focusing on a collective goal or sharing in an event together.


Our School Advisory Council has also been hard at work with our MaxSold fundraiser. Families and staff have found items to contribute to the upcoming auction. Parents from your SAC executive have dedicated time on weekends to collect and catalogue items for this initiative. Thank you to our school community for your support! Details about when the auction goes live will be shared soon.


In these last two weeks of school before the break we often see energies and emotions ebb and flow as the winter break approaches. Students and families experience and celebrate this holiday season in different ways. Adults and children can feel excitement, stress, sadness and anticipation. Be in tune with each other and recognize with your child that all of these emotions are okay and validated. Keep routines when you can and allow flexibility when needed to help absorb these different emotions, it's okay to slow things down.


Milk orders have been sent out to families on Friday December 3rd with an option to purchase milk every day or milk only on Tuesdays (hot lunch days). Please check your school day account. If you did not receive an email notifying you please adjust your settings in your School Day account to receive notifications or check your "junk/other" mail. Hot lunch orders will be coming out this week for January-March. Orders must be completed online by December 15th.


KFL&A Public Health has provided a new screening tool for students and families. Please pay particular attention to symptoms, and be diligent over these next two weeks, so that we can all head into the winter break as healthy as possible. We have done a tremendous job at Lancaster and thank our families for their support, and their care for student well-being.

It is important that all students continue to be screened every day using the online active screening tool:

Please keep your children home when indicated and follow Public Health directives to get tested: we continue to work hard at the school to ensure that students are being vigilant about adhering to Covid protocols, and appreciate families doing their part as well.

Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn

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December 6 ~ National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

December 6-10 ~ Campaign of Giving for Interval House - send in donations with your child

December 7 ~ Hot Lunch - Pasta

December 7 ~ School Advisory Council Meeting (virtual) @ 6:00 - all welcome, contact for link:

December 10 ~ SPIRIT DAY: "Wrap Yourself Up" day

December 14 ~ Hot Lunch - Panzarotti

December 15 ~ SPIRIT DAY: Ugly Sweater Day

December 16 ~ JINGLE BELL WALK @ Lancaster

December 17 ~ SPIRIT DAY: Red and Green Day

December 17 - Last day before holidays

December 18 - January 2 - WINTER BREAK

January 3 ~ First Day back

Contact your School Advisory Council Using the link below

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Class Contributions for Interval House

Mrs. McQuillan/Ms. Farrelly: colouring books for kids, markers

Mrs. McCullough/Mrs. Kish: small toys or fidget toys

Mrs. Powers/ Mrs. Hewitt: teas or hot chocolate

Mrs. Wright: playing cards or little games

Mrs. Kenyon: body wash or soaps or hand/body lotions (full sized)

Mrs. Sidlauskas: sleep masks or night lights or playing cards or little games

Mrs. Jarbeau: scarves (kids’ or women’s)

Mrs Tidman/Mrs. Salvary: adult colouring books or blank journals or pens

Mrs. Dowdell: hats or toques (kids or women’s)

Mrs. Boriotis: Mittens or gloves (kids or women’s)

Mrs. Hamilton: craft activities or small puzzles for kids

Mrs. Greenless: full-sized shampoos and conditioners

Mr. Barling/Mr. Hopkins: hair elastics or combs or hairbrushes

Ms. Dudley: socks or slippers

Mr. Vreeken: nut-free chocolate or candy

Mrs.. Sheriff: toothbrushes and toothpaste (adult or kids)

Mrs. Smith: makeup or nail polish, or small nail kits

Staff: tampons/pads or women’s razors or deodorant

Our Minstry of Caring are our Leaders in Caring! Check out their next project!

Dear Lancaster Families

This year our Ministry of Caring leaders have chosen to support Interval House for our holiday campaign. Kingston Interval House is a local agency in Kingston, Ontario that provides 24-hour safe emergency shelter, community-based counselling services and Second Stage Housing to women, youth and children who have experienced violence.

The Ministry of Caring team is hoping, with everyone's help, to be able to put together gift boxes for the women and children living at the shelter, and possibly some of their outreach clients (the waiting list for shelter beds is long).

Classes that are participating will receive a letter to send home to families tomorrow. Each class will be asked to contribute a specific item, and then the caring ministry will put together and wrap the boxes. If families would prefer sending a gift card instead of an item, there will be a list of the most useful gift cards.

The collection period is from Monday, November 29th to Friday, December 10th (the next two weeks). We will bring around baskets or boxes to classes on Monday to store the items, then we will gather them on Friday, December 10th. Ministry of Caring leaders will come around for a brief visit to classrooms (at the door) on Monday and Tuesday to generate excitement and explain the campaign.


The Ministry of Spirit and Ministry of Caring are working together on the candy cane sales this year. The proceeds from this event will also go towards Interval House.


Finally, our Winter Warmth campaign will also support this campaign, as some of the items collected will be warm mittens, scarves and hats.

Thanks for your kind support of this student-led project. ❤️


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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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Daily COVID Screener for Students

Save this link to complete your screening before coming to school each day

Accident Insurance: For school sports and general coverage throughout the year

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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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