Together in Education Family Update

Week of September 28-October 2


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Dear Lancaster Families,

We have been fortunate to have enjoyed beautiful weather over the past few weeks. It is incredible to see the creative ways that our students and staff have been enjoying the outdoors as both a learning environment and a space to move our bodies. French classes incorporating song into outdoor movement, math scavenger hunts, literacy choose your own adventure challenge, dynamic group games, community circles.....students are happy to be back! We do anticipate some varied weather this week so it is a good time to remind students and families to come prepared with the appropriate clothing to spend time outside

Lancaster has supported the Terry Fox Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society through our own school events and fundraising challenges since the school opened over 25 years ago. Classes will be engaged in various Terry Fox events this week using the theme "What is your 40"? We have had many families and staff affected by cancer recently as well as over the years. Please see the link below to be able to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society on behalf of Lancaster Drive Public School.

On September 30th, Lancaster as well as schools across the Limestone District School Board schools will be participating in Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is an event, created in 2013, designed to educate people and promote awareness in Canada about the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century.

On our most recent PA Days staff were able to engage in some very important work around equity and Inclusion as well as digging into the new components of the math curriculum. Beginning our day with a guided wellness walk, staff then engaged in whole staff learning and discussion about creating culturally responsive learning environments. Valuable work with colleagues and grade-partners also allowed staff to do long-range planning with the new math curriculum.

Looking forward to the week ahead with our students,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn

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Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 28- Oct. 2 - Terry Fox Week - classes running/walking for Terry

Sept. 30 - Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Oct. 6 - Parent Council Online Meeting @ 6 pm

Oct. 12 - Thanksgiving Monday

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. It began in 2013 because of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. Upon arriving at the St Joseph’s Mission, Phyllis had her shiny new orange shirt taken away. Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives educators time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

This year, LDSB will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. There are many ways in which you can participate. Please use the list of resources and books below as a guide. I have created a short list, recognizing that there are many other resources available to you.

Gillianne Mundell

Online Resources:

(K-12) The official Orange Shirt Day website where you can learn about Phyllis’ story.

(K-12) Orange Shirt Day Lesson Plans with links

(K-12) Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters Campaign-Links to resources

(K-2) CBC Gem- Molly of Denali- Grandpa’s Drum, have a Canoe Will Paddle

(K-3) CBC Kids link to the Story of Orange Shirt Day.

(K-7) Background information, activities, and suggestions for ways to honour the day.

(4-12) Song-He can fancy dance: An audio resource- song based on a little boy who is taken away from his

family and can no longer "fancy dance". A great Junior interpretation piece.

Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation

Terry Fox

During the week September 28 to October 2, Lacater staff and students will be taking part in the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope.

We are honoured to support and continue the legacy of Terry Fox! We are proud of this amazing tradition at our school and are looking forward to learning more about Terry Fox through various classroom activities and raising funds for cancer research. Through our participation, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated. To donate, visit our school fundraising page by clicking the tab below or click HERE . You can also visit: and follow the instructions below. It’s fast, easy and onors get a receipt immediately by email.

1. click “Terry Fox School Run”

2. click “Donate to a Student/School”

3. Enter the name of your school and follow the prompts to donate

It is strongly encouraged this year that your child set up their own fundraising page by clicking the “Donate to a Student” button. Their page will connect automatically to our school’s fundraising page and they’ll receive a link to email friends and family to help them reach their fundraising goal. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept cash or cheques this year due to COVID.

We are very excited to be a part of this year’s 40th Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer. We hope you will join us as our Lancaster school community bands together in the fight against cancer.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Important Reminders for Families

  • Please screen your child for symptoms using the KFL&A screener before your child leaves for school and keep your child home if they show symptoms.
  • Please make sure your child has what they need for school ex. water bottle, lunch, masks etc.
  • Please entire your child's absence and reason for absence using the School Messenger Absence Reporting feature
  • If your child is absent due to symptoms, please contact the school prior to returning them to school to share results of your medical consultation or testing where applicable.
  • Parents are not permitted in the building at this time. If your child is late, please come to the main door, ring the bell, and identify yourself and your child. Our staff will meet you outside if your child is not able to proceed to their class independently. There is a sign in/sign out sheet located immediately at the front doors where parents can sign in or sign out their child.
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Parents are ESSENTIAL! Parent Council Elections - October 6th @ 6:00

We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the Lancaster Parent Council over the past few years. Together we look at how best to serve the needs of students and families in our community. Often parent council plays an integral role in determining how to support teachers and bring special learning experiences into the school.

We warmly welcome all parents to be a part of any and every parent council meeting, whether you are an elected member or a parent who would just like to listen in an hear more about what is going on at Lancaster. Meetings usually include an administrator's sharing component, reports from members in particular positions (treasurer, chair, events co-ordinator, etc.) and some discussion items. We will start with virtual meetings until such a time that we can have parents on-site. Meeting links will be posted by the PAC so that parents can elect to join.

Our first meeting for Parent Council elections will be held on Oct 6th at 6:00. Please complete this Google Form below if you would like to have the meeting link sent to attend the meeting.

Emotional Regulation Workshops

The Maltby Centre is offering a virtual emotion regulation workshop to parents and caregivers of children 0-6. There are two dates available, including an afternoon and evening session. Please follow the link below for more details.
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COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
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All students and staff must self-screen every day before attending school using a checklist before arriving at school. If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention. If a student or staff member feels sick, or develops symptoms while at school, schools will follow the following protocol:

  • Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others, and the family will be contacted to arrange pick-up.
  • Staff and families will be directed to consult their health-care provider and should be provided with information about COVID-19 testing locations.
  • Staff and/or students who test positive may not return to school until they are cleared by KFL&A Public Health.
  • Staff and/or students who test negative can return to school once they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Limestone schools will immediately report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the KFL&A Public Health.
  • Limestone schools will participate in contact tracing through keeping records of classes, transported students, and visitors to schools.
  • KFL&A Public Health will be providing a flow chart to families and schools to help provide a visual of these guidelines that will be followed.
SORA Online Library

Students can access e-books and audiobooks using their LDSB login

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