Together in Education:Family Update
TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULES:
Running Club – Tues/Thurs 3-4 pm; Friday @ lunch
Jr. Boys Basketball – Mon/Wed after school; Tuesday @ lunch
Jr. Girls A team Basketball - Tues/Thurs after school; Mon @ lunch
Jr. Girls B team Basketball – Tues/Thurs after school; Mon @ lunch
Ultimate Frisbee – Mon/Thurs after school 3-4:30 pm
MAY - Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month
May 9th – Gould Lake (Tidman/Dowdell)
May 11th – “Creation Station” Fun Day
May 11th - Read-a-Thon Milkshake Day
May 13th – Gould Lake (Hamilton/Ewing)
May 11th - Read-a-Thon Milkshake Day
May 13th – Immunization Clinic – Gr. 7 & 8
May 23rd – Victoria Day
June 1st – Regional Track & Field Meet
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 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
Our week was highlighted by the LCVI Road Race, junior basketball games, ultimate frisbee training, and the spring vibes in the air as many classes took their learning outside. Our Junior Ministry of Caring has been hard at work tending to the plants growing in our front entrance and the Intermediate Ministry of Caring continues with their bathroom revitalization plans. This is the first experience of an in-person spring season at Lancaster in a few years and it feels fantastic!
Through the staffing process, we have received approval for 15 classes at Lancaster for the 2022-23 school year, a decrease of one class from our current organization. We are optimistic that with increased enrollment that we may be eligible to return to 16 classes again. This will not be determined until September when enrollment numbers are submitted again to the staffing committee. It is important that we know of any families who are moving out of the area or who may be attending another school/district next year so that we can continue our planning with accurate information. If you are aware of other families moving into the area or those that might have JK students to enroll, please encourage them to contact the school.
We will begin our Spring Fire and Lockdown Drills in the next week or two. Included in this newsletter is an overview of the Track and Field season for parents of students in grade 3-8 to familiarize them with the process and schedule ahead.
Please also see detailed information below about another upcoming Parent Engagement Evening hosted by Frontenac Secondary School: Mental Health Impacts on Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
We wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all of our families - moms and step-moms, foster moms, mothers-in-law and other significant people who play a mother-figure role in the lives of our students. Days of recognition like these are often a wonderful way to reflect on the strong connections we have in our lives. It can also be a challenging day for some and we want to also recognize the spectrum of student experiences within our community.
Great work by Lancaster community on the tremendous success of our fundraising in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign - #8 in the province!
Here's to another great week, and one filled with sunshine in the forecast!
Your Leaders in Learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
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
- We have a few parents who are using the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up their child. This creates unsafe conditions for students who are walking to school and are using the correct drop off locations and walking to the playground. 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.
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. It is important that we receive registrations before the end of the school year so that we can plan for class placements in the fall.
https://www.limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/kindergarten_registration_for_september_2022 We look forward to planning some events to welcome our littlest learners later in the spring!
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
LIFE AND LEARNING MOMENTS AT LANCASTER:
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.
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD POSITION
CROSSING GUARD POSITION AT LANCASTER/LIMESTONE
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 (email@example.com) with their availability / locational preference.
GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!
Meet Up Location Map
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
For more info, click here.