Together in Education

June 2018

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Upcoming Events

June 4 - Gr. 7 Immunizations

June 4 - KFL&A Health Unit Ride/Walk to School Presentations - Junior classes

June 5 - Final Parent Council Meeting 6:00

June 6 - Regional Track Meet at Invista

June 8 - SPIRIT DAY: Wacky Tacky Day

June 11- 15 Pride Week in LDSB

June 11 - Grade 8 Play performance

June 11 - New school websites released

June 11 - Rain Date for Track Meet

June 13 - Gary Raspberry - all primary classes

June 13 - District Track Meet - for qualifying athletes

June 14 - School Wide Summer Reading Book Swap

June 14 - Grade 7 Awareness and Fundraiser Movie Night - all welcome 5:30-7:30

June 15 - Volunteer Breakfast 7:45-9:00 - all volunteers welcome

June 15 - PLAY DAY - School Wide

June 15 - Discover Kindergarten event - all new JK students welcome 8:30-10:30

June 18-20 - Quebec Trip - Gr. 7/8

June 21 - Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at Woodbine Park

June 21 - Junior Classes to Lakeshore Pool 12-1:30

June 22 - SPIRIT DAY: Beach Day

June 22 - PAC sponsored Teacher Appreciation Lunch

June 25 - Cookies for Caregivers - PAC coffee morning 8:00

June 25 - Upper Canada Village - Grade 3 classes (Bruder, Dowdell)

June 25 - Queen's Sports Days - Junior classes (Hamilton, Greenlees, Wilkins, Stalker)

June 26 - Grade 8 Graduation 5:00, Boat Cruise 8:00-10:00

June 26-27 - Grade 6 Zoo Trip

June 27 - Report Cards go home

June 28 - Last Day of School - Popsicle Party (one popsicle) from PAC

June 29 - PA Day - no classes for students

Message from your Administrative Team

The finish line is most definitely in sight, it has been a great year of learning and sharing new experiences at Lancaster. We have enjoyed so many opportunities to grow with students and have seen successes big and small.


We would like to wish our most fond farewells to Lancaster staff members who have contributed greatly to the energy of the building and the care of students. Retiring this year are Dave Wilkins, Lindsay Sirman, Ian Stalker, Thelma Scott and Diane Crevier. We will also be saying goodbye to Mme. Grace Kirkland as she joins the staff at Ecole Polson Park next year. All of these members of our Lancaster family have been such an integral part of the story of our school and we know that they will find new adventures as they journey into retirement and new positions. Warm wishes to all : )


With retirements comes staffing changes for the 2018-19 school year as we welcome new staff to our building through the teacher transfer round of the staffing process. Debra Cancian (6/7), Kelly Boriotis (3/4), and Molly Brunet (0.67 SK/1) will be joining us from their various sites and will be great additions to the staff team. Our EA staff will be announced after their placement meeting on June 29.


It has been a tremedous year at Lancaster and we recognize all of the hard work from our students, our staff, our parent council and our families. We are such a strong school community because of the people in it, the heart that goes into what we do, and the "why" behind it all. Our students and your children are treasured by many. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you back in September!




Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox & Sara Wellwood

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New School Website

This spring the Limestone District School Board launched a strategic plan that includes the three pillars of Collaboration, Innovation and Wellness. Along with this the school board also launched a new website interface that showcases these pillars and provides increased accessibility for all stakeholders to key information and updates from the board. New school websites will be launched next week, including Lancaster. These websites will ensure alignment across the district while allowing schools to highlight site-specific events and updates. Watch for further updates on a parent-friendly app that will be available for mobile devices to accompany our new websites. This app will eventually include student absence reporting and access to news updates much like our current Remind app.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar Approved

The 2018-2019 School Year Calendar for the Limestone District School Board has now received Ministry of Education approval. The school year will consist of 194 days of which seven will be Professional Activity Days. Please note that the school year begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The last day of classes for students will be on Thursday, June 27, 2019.


SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2018-2019

Labour Day - Monday, September 3, 2018

Thanksgiving Day - Monday, October 8, 2018

December Break (inclusive) - Monday, December 24, 2018 to Friday, January 4, 2019 Family Day - Monday, February 18, 2019

Mid-Winter Break (inclusive) - Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15, 2019

Good Friday - Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Monday - Monday, April 22, 2019

Victoria Day - Monday, May 20, 2019


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAYS - ELEMENTARY 2018-2019

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018*

Friday, November 30, 2018*

Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019*

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

*Professional Activity Day devoted to Provincial Education Priorities

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Letter from your Parent Council Chair

Dear Lancaster Families,


We are ready for the warmth and sunshine that this month of June will bring. There are only days left until we say good bye to the 2017/2018 school year.


This school has been filled with so many wonderful opportunities and events that have been created, planned and presented by our school’s parent council. Our parent council is filled with so many amazing and wonderful parents who have dedicated their time to our school. There is a lot that goes on between meetings and events to be able to pull off a year filled with success. I would like to send out my greatest appreciation and gratitude for each member who participated on council this year. We are so lucky to have each and everyone of you give so much for Lancaster.


Parent surveys were delivered home with the students recently and the responses have been quick to return. This information that we can gather from the Lancaster families really helps us to not only step back and look at how our year has unfolded, the relevance and critiques but also gives us momentum to go forward to the next year. All the time you take into filling out the survey as well as every answer and comments you select are incredibly valuable to the members.


At our last parent council meeting, which was held on Tuesday June 5, we received two funds requests for the school and we chose to support both. The council agreed to supply funds to replace Chrome books for the students as well as help purchase new school team jerseys and gym equipment.


We have a few more items on the agenda for June:


  • · Friday June 15th parent council members will be in attendance to welcome and talk with new and current families at the Kindergarten rooms for the morning visits.
  • · Friday June 22nd is the day when we put together a wonderful lunch for the teachers and staff of Lancaster to show them our appreciation for another great year.
  • · Monday June 25th with be our last coffee (and treats) social out on the yard before school starts. Rain date will be Tuesday June 26th.
  • · Thursday June 28th, following the lunch recess, the students will be receiving a Popsicle Party from Parent Council.


On June 24th, there will be a Fall planning meeting being held with current and interested parent council members. We will be discussing ideas for events, fundraisers, summarize the surveys, September meetings and council positions. If you have any interest in joining our meeting or would like to send along interest in a position for the next school year, please contact our chair Serena Milling at serenamilling@hotmail.com.


September meetings have been set and marked on the calendar. On Tuesday September 11th, we will be holding a parent council information evening. The following Tuesday September 18th will be the night in which we will hold our council position elections. All parents are welcome, and we hope to see you there.


Wishing you all a safe and happy summer vacation.


Sincerely,


Serena Milling

Chair

Lunch Monitors Required

As we plan for the 2018-2019 school year, we are in need of 3 Lunch Monitors.

If you would like to be a paid lunch monitor starting in September, please let Sara Wellwood know via email or letter.


You can also indicate you are available on an emergency basis to come in only if one of our regular monitors needs to be away.


The hour of paid work is 12:20-1:20 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any questions, please let us know.


Thank you,

Sara Wellwood

wellwoods@limestone.on.ca

Student Allergy and Asthma Forms

This year, we are hoping to have medical forms for allergies and special medical circumstances, including asthma, completed, signed and returned before the end of June. This will help us start the 2018-2019 school year with each child’s medical safety at the forefront. We are sending home forms for parents/guardians to update and return before the end of June. If you do not receive the forms, please notify the school and we will send home a copy.


Alternatively, you can print the appropriate forms package - which are attached below.


Thank you for working with us to keep your medical files up to date.

Parent Council News

Coffee Time and Cookies for Caregivers! Sponsored by Parent Council

Thank you for joining us these past months for coffee time. It has been great seeing all the new connections parents have made with each other and staff. Our next coffee time will be Monday June 25th. We have an extra special treat on this day so be sure to join us for our final coffee time this year.

Parent Council Account Balance

The Parent Council account balance

as of May 31, 2018 is


$7,331.56


Submitted by Kory Slovitt, Treasurer

STEM Night

STEM night was another great event at Lancaster! This event was hosted by Parent Council and funded by the ministry. We had tremendous support from our community including Queens Engineering, Sudolabs, Bricks for Kids and LDSB’s Mistene Clapp as well as an amazing number of student and parent volunteers. Thank you to all who participated or supported STEM night.

Additional Community Information and Useful Links

THE TD SUMMER READING CLUB RETURNS TO YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to welcome back the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC)!

This summer with the TDSRC, children are encouraged to dive into areas that already fascinate them, dabble in others for new inspiration and discover that their passions have the potential to transform them, their friends and their world.

All kids participating in the club will receive a special bilingual notebook to track their progress, a web access code for the virtual club on the TDSRC website, stickers, and the chance to win prizes. Kids 12 and younger can participate in the TDSRC anytime, anywhere ̶ at the KFPL, at home, online, on the road where their summer takes them, or at any of the 2,000 participating public libraries in Canada. KFPL also provides materials in alternative formats, such as audio or Braille.

On June 23, join us for the club’s exciting launch at the Isabel Turner to catch a performance of The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. This performance is one of the many free activities that KFPL will provide over the course of the summer. This summer’s lineup includes: LEGO Club, Puppet Show Extravaganza tours, Stories in the Park and, of course, the very popular "Live @ the Library" series. "Live" performers include: musicians, artists, live animals, and much more!

Including “Live @ the Library” shows, the Library will be offering over 200 free programs and events for children during June, July and August across the city and in Sydenham and Sharbot Lake. For more information about Live at the Library performers and other events, pick up the summer edition of What’s Happening, call your local branch, or visit the Programs and Events section of the Library’s website at www.kfpl.ca.

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Weather Guidelines

The Limestone District School Board works with KFL&A Public Health regarding extreme weather that might affect students and staff attending our schools. Schools within Limestone follow the guidance of KFL&A Public Health. When an extreme heat or extreme cold weather alert or warning is issued, each school will take appropriate precautions. It is important to note that decisions are usually made on a case-by-case basis as weather conditions can vary greatly within our district.


Extreme heat:

KFL&A Public Health has adopted a series of extreme heat thresholds to inform the community on the measures they can take to reduce the health effects of hot, humid, and smoggy weather. Between May 1 and September 30, KFL&A Public Health monitors forecasted weather conditions and issues heat advisories when a hot or humid air mass is forecasted and heat-related health effects may occur. Schools take precautions during hot, humid, or smoggy weather that may include encouraging students and staff to drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty; avoiding sun exposure; and rescheduling strenuous outdoor activity where necessary.

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Creating Successful Learning Envrionments

Creating class lists is a shared task by the team of educators that spend a significant amount of time getting to know your child, discovering their academic, social and emotional needs in the educational setting both in and out of the classroom. Each year we want to build the best learning environments for all learners. The team considers a wide range of factors including overall number of students in each grade (if a split grade), student learning styles and personalities, number of boys and girls, academic strengths and needs, peer relationships, learning skills and work habits, and social/ emotional strengths and needs. All classrooms, whether single grade or combined grade, include students performing at a wide range of achievement levels. We meet the needs in that wide range through differentiated instruction, a focus on developing critical thinking skills, and modifications and accommodations for various learning needs. In every case, Lancaster staff work to put a lot of thinking into creating responsive classroom learning environments that will support the success of all students. Through conversations with staff, parents may offer input around their child's strengths and needs if there is information that may be helpful when considering the best placement for your child.
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Music/Instrument Lessons at Lancaster

Lancaster is happy to share that our students are able to register for instrumental music lessons that take place in our school building during the school day. Please contact the music teachers directly if you are interested in registering your child/children for piano or guitar lessons.


Piano:

Tanya Bezanson

E-mail: Tanya.bezanson@bell.net

Phone: 613-539-8342


Guitar:

John Porter

E-mail: Mourninghorse@gmail.com

Phone: 613-328-6070

Useful Links

Sign Up for the Parent Council E-mail List

http://eepurl.com/bvb0d5

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People for Education

To sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter:

www.peopleforeducation.ca

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LDSB Family Lending Library

limestone.on.ca/lending_library

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Limestone Link

www.limestone.on.ca/
Limestone_Link/

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Council Calendar

http://tinyurl.com/qa7sx3r

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School Calendar

http://tinyurl.com/orvz2m8