Together in Education Family Update

February 22-26

OUR GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE CONTINUES - INUKSHUK STYLE!

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This past week our Great Kindness Challenge was highlighted by one of our grade three classes who have made a connection to their classroom learning about inukshuks. Inukshuk is an Inuit word that literally translated means "stone man that points the way". They were erected to serve as guideposts or markers of sacred places. An inukshuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship - a symbol of hope that transcends borders to ready people all over the world. In our great hall these students have created this large Inukshuk and have spread messages of hope and inspiration all throughout the hallways of the school - guideposts and reminders of the positive impact we can have in this world and on others if we chose to. What an important message for all of us - thank you grade 3s!

Upcoming Dates:

February 1-28 ~ Black History Month

February 22-26 ~ Kindness Challenge continues @ Lancaster

Wednesday, February 24 ~ PINK SHIRT DAY

Monday, March 22 ~ Term Two IEPs sent home

Dear Lancaster Families

MARS Day was certainly a highlight at Lancaster last week. Many classes jumped into unique learning opportunities to celebrate the landing of the Mars Perseverence Rover. We spent time researching and learning about what exactly happens in space, wondering what it would be like to be an astronaut, some of the goals of the space program and communicating their learning to others. The idea of this spirit day came from the initiative of one of our students at Lancaster a few weeks ago. As that student shared his passion for all things space over morning announcements, the support of our staff and the growing curiosity of our students led to MARS day being declared - a wonderful day of new learning and celebration.


We would like to acknowledge our student leaders who have been running daily announcements. These announcements not only highlight events happening in the building but also celebrate student birthdays, kindness, quotes, Black History in Kingston, safety reminders in the school and on the yard, and some musical additions to our spirit days. These intermediate leaders have been reliable, creative, and great additions to daily life at Lancaster.


Ms. Fox and your Lancaster Team

MARS DAY WAS A HIT AT LANCASTER!

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MARDI GRAS AT LANCASTER!

Our intermediate french students demonstrated creative flair in their work to create these mardi gras floats! Festive music greeted classes and they walked by to see the detail and different designs.
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March Break Postponed to April

Read LDSB Message from Director Burra by clicking here

ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

LDSB online registration for 2021-2022 school year is now open. Register now for September 2021. http://bit.ly/LDSBregistration2021 Thank you for choosing LDSB. #SeeYourselfInLimestone
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Kindergarten Registration 2021

February is Black History Month in Canada


The Limestone District School Board is proud to recognize and celebrate Black Heritage Month during the month of February.

This year’s theme for Black History Month in Canada is “The Future is Now,” a call to action for us all to build on the legacy of those who came before us, and to recognize the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.

Black people in Canada have diverse backgrounds and experiences – while some can trace their roots in Canada for many generations, others have immigrated in recent decades. Black Canadians are connected by a common African history and ancestry.

Did you know that although the commemoration of Black History Month dates back to 1926 in the United States, Canada's official recognition of Black History Month didn't begin until 1996.

Did you know that the motion to recognize February as Black History Month nationally was made by Canada's first Black female member of parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine?

Although Black History Month is officially from February 1 to March 1, schools and classrooms are encouraged to embed and celebrate past and present Black excellence and histories throughout the entire year.

The Limestone Equity Team has compiled several resources and links to explore Black History Month 2021 and Canadian Black History nationally, provincially and municipally.

As a board, we will also continue our work to confront anti-Black racism in our system, and in our communities. Earlier this school year, the Board of Trustees received a draft of the LDSB Equity Action Plan which outlines our actions and outcomes for the next few years.
Explore Black History Month Resources at home

The learning and conversations can happen anywhere, anytime

What is 28 Moments of Black Canadian History ?

KFL&A Public Health Immunization Announcement

KFL&A Public Health will be postponing the enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act for this school year and will not implement suspension actions this spring. Nevertheless, we ask that parents report any required vaccine(s) that a student has already received by the proposed deadline of February 18th, 2021.



Students missing vaccines, can see their regular health care provider as soon as possible and then update their record with KFL&A Public Health.


Students without a health card or doctor can book an appointment to receive free vaccines at KFL&A Public Health clinics. Go to //kflaph.ca/Appointments to book an appointment.


We recognize this may be a stressful time however we encourage families to provide the requested information due to the heightened importance of protecting against vaccine preventable disease outbreaks in our school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Report a Student Absence

This link will take you to information about how to report student absences.

Supporting Students with Social Media

We all know how much students love being involved with Social Media, however, it can be a source of stress for some students. When used properly, it can be a wonderful way to communicate with friends and family, share the good that is happening and build each other up. Unfortunately, social media platforms can also be a platform for negative interactions and even dangerous behaviour. The school will continue to teach and review digital citizenship and manage situations that directly affect the safety of our students, to the best of our ability. The school does not have the means or the tools to fully posts that occur during off school times. We ask that all families have a "check in" social media conversation with their student. Keeping students safe online is a partnership between the home and the school and we thank you for your support with this.


A reminder about social media platforms:

* users are to be 13 years or older to hold an account

* ask your child how they know each of their contacts (be sure they know who they are connecting with)

* be sure to 'follow' your child and monitor their posts

* be sure you look through posts and photos with your child from time to time to ensure they are making wise choices and are being safe


Teaching our kids about the internet is another safety skill that we need to ensure we are explicitly teaching to our kids. Thanks for your partnership with this. A cyberbullying parent resource is attached below to support parents.

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Accessing Communication Tools

Learn how to:

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SCHOOL CLOTHING - LINK TO ONLINE STORE

Click here to see our virtual store for student clothing. More options coming soon!

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SORA Online Library

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

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