Together in Education:Family Update

Feb 22-25

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Upcoming Dates:

FEBRUARY

Black History Month


Monday, February 21st: Family Day Holiday - no school

Tuesday, February 22nd: HOT LUNCH: Pasta

Tuesday, February 22nd: TWOSDAY!!! 2-22-2022 - "Tutus, Ties and T-Shirts" - wear what you've got and anything "double"

Wednesday, February 23rd: PINK SHIRT DAY!


MARCH

March 14th-18th: March Break

Wednesday, March 23rd – IEP’s sent home

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

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School Update

Dear Families,


The addition of an extra day this weekend provides a little space to allow life to slow down. Hopefully, the found time has given your family an opportunity to share life together in whatever form that comes in. We look forward to celebrating 2-22-2022 TWOSDAY and PINK Shirt Day in the building this week. Students can deck themselves out in tutus, t-shirts, ties, tiaras and will engage in various classroom activities and a school-wide 2 minute dance party at 2:22! Pink Shirt Day t-shirts can still be purchased at the Boys and Girls club and we will be focusing on the power of kindness in our building.


Report cards were distributed to students on Friday who were present; those who stayed home due to the inclement weather day will receive their report card on Tuesday. Please connect with your child's teacher if you have any questions about your child's progress and achievement.


COVID Protocol Updates:

  • outdoor masking when children are with their cohort is no longer required, although some students may continue to choose to wear their masks (please connect with your child's teacher regarding your family's preference if need be)
  • Public Health has removed mandatory masking for Kindergarten students: Kindergarten children will continue to be encouraged and supported by staff to wear their masks when indoors, but it is not required
  • Students in Grades 1-8 continue to be required to wear masks indoors (unless they have an exemption)
  • Use of wind instruments and singing is permitted with the use of as much distance as possible and use of large, well-ventilated spaces. The activity must be within a cohort and a minimum distance of two metres or more can be maintained.
  • In both elementary and secondary health and physical education classes. Masking is not required when playing high or low-contact activities outdoors. Masking is required for indoor sports when not actively engaged in the activity. Masks can be removed when actively participating in the activity if they cannot be worn safely while participating.

Thank you for continuing to do the daily COVID-19 screener, and for keeping your children home when required: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


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: 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!


Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn

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SCHOOL COUNCIL SUCCESS! - MOTION PASSED AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING:

This past week and since the tragedy on Lancaster Drive the school councils from Mother Teresa, Lancaster and Holy Cross have been connecting with City Councillor Lisa Osanic and school administration. Part of what has come out of their discussion was an opportunity to put forward a motion at this week's City Council meeting. The meeting took place over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday evening due to its length. At this meeting the motion was passed which includes these areas of focus:


  1. Upgraded and larger signage for the north side of Lancaster Drive with NO STOPING/NO PARKING
  2. Approval of a crossing guard at the corner of Lancaster/Limestone - process of staffing this position has been initiated.
  3. Establish a School Pedestrian Safety Working Group composed of representatives from school boards and parent councils of those school boards, Kingston Police, City staff and a City Councillor

The pro-active efforts of our School Council, particularly Co-Chair Scott Snow, are greatly appreciated and we acknowledge them as partners in our collective interest of student safety. This was a big win for our community. : )
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Thank you to our School Council for this thoughtful gesture for staff on Valentine's Day!

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IT WAS SUCH A DELIGHT TO SEE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE VALENTINES DAY TOGETHER THIS YEAR: WHITE GLUE, KIND MESSAGES AND YUMMY TREATS!

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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 .

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

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COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool

Please complete daily before attending school

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!

Kindergarten Registration for September 2022
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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.

HOT LUNCH AND MILK SCHEDULE

Due to our missed weeks during the period of remote learning, the hot lunch and milk schedules will be extended, with items paid for transferred as follows:


Jan 4 - March 22

Jan 11 - March 29


Our final hot lunch and milk schedule will run from April to June.

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DAILY SCREENING TOOL

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SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL PROTOCOL

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LETTER HOME IF SYMPTOMATIC AT SCHOOL

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LETTER HOME IF SYMPTOMATIC AT SCHOOL

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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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TRANSLATE OUR NEWSLETTER

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 www.mabelslabels.com 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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THANK YOU OUR SCHOOL COUNCIL FOR THIS THOUGHTFUL GESTURE TO STAFF ON VALENTINE'S DAY!