Lord Strathcona Lightning

September 2, 2021 Update

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We are so excited to welcome you to a new school year at Lord Strathcona!

Supporting your child to feel safe, secure, welcome and ready to learn as they return to school is our top priority. Public Health and the Ministry of Education continue to provide direction to schools about routines and protocols. We will continue to take our direction from the local health unit and from the LDSB to ensure a safe start to the school year. Students and families will find comfort in the fact that many of our safety procedures are the same as last year. We have included some of those safety items for you throughout this newsletter.

We wish families who will be observing Rosh Hashanah a wonderful celebration! If your child will not be attending school due to this special holiday, please ensure that you let the office know. We will ensure that your child's teacher helps to get them caught up on all of the introductory activities.

We look forward to an amazing year!

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Karen Leggett, Principal

Communication Home:

We are moving to an electronic newsletter! The newsletter as well as other information will be shared through our Twitter account:


Our website:


The newsletter and information will also be shared through School Messenger. Instructions for downloading the School Messenger app are included in this newsletter.

Reminders for the first day:

  • We are asking parents to not enter the school building or be on the playground during drop off and pick up for safety reasons.
  • For the first few days, your child will be directed onto the yard where we will help them find their teacher.
  • Supervision does not start until 8:45 am - please arrive as close to 9:00 as possible as students will be remaining with their cohorts in line.
  • Please do not park in front of the school as this is where our buses load. Please park along the street, or in the parking lot.
  • All adults and students are asked to wear a mask at drop off and pick up..
  • Pleae send extra masks in case one gets wet or soiled.
  • All of our classrooms have new air purification systems to help keep us safe!

Allergen Awareness

To ensure the safety of all of our students, please do not bring food items to school that contain any peanuts or tree nuts; for example: almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts (Nutella), pecans, and other tree nuts.

Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe!

Daily Active Covid Screening

Families are asked to complete Covid screening each morning before sending your child to school. The link to the on-line screener is below. Please reach out if you have any questions.

COVID Protocols and Reminders

Covid protocols are similar to last Fall’s where each class will be kept together as a cohort and will be assigned a designated area for the class on the yards during recess. Masks are mandated in grades 1-6 and strongly encouraged and recommended in Kindergarten.

Masks will be worn inside but once students are outside, they will be able to remove their masks if they maintain social distancing. Handwashing and personal hygiene will be top priority in an effort to reduce any transmission of Covid. A very useful and up-to-date place to look for answers to possible questions you may have is on the LDSB Website FAQs and the return to school guide (click on the links below).

Daily Schedule

9:00-10:40 First 100 min learning block

10:40-11:25 Nutrition break and recess

11:25-1:05 Second 100 min learning block

1:05-1:50 Nutrition break and recess

1:50-3:30 Third 100 min learning block

Bus Information

Limestone and Tri-Board Transportation work together closely to develop safety protocols for student transportation.

If you were on a bus last year, you are set up for busing this year. If you are new to Lord Strathcona and require transportation, you will need to fill out the bus form at https://triboard.ca/

Please visit https://triboard.ca/covid19/ for the latest protocols and expectations for riders and families.

SAFE ARRIVAL - How to Report an Absence

Please use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence; do not call the school to report an absence. If your child is going to be absent from learning, please ensure you use the Safe Arrival system to report the absence. If your child will be late, please report a full day absence and then we will sign them in when they arrive. You cannot indicate a half day absence.

How to report your absence:

1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

2. School Messenger App

  • Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal
  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.


If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences. We have provided a video below to help you.

LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

Class Placements

All students have been placed into a tentative classroom organization. All classes and staffing are tentative until at least the second week of September. Should there be reorganization of staff and students, information will be shared with families. We will do our best to minimize disruption to student learning and will take direction from the LDSB should changes be required.

Our Amazing Team!

Support Staff:

Jennifer Marsh- Early Childhood Educator

Marlene Feenstra -Early Childhood Educator

Lee Eyles- Educational Assistant

Amy Boulerice- Educational Assistant

Brooklin Magee- Educational Assistant

Nicole Vellis- Educational Assistant

Rosemary Groenewegen- Office Coordinator

Kip Foster- Head Caretaker

Mark Jones- Evening Caretaker

Teaching Staff (grades are tentative):

Elizabeth Raven- Kindergarten

Kathryn Lane- Kindergarten/Planning Time

Kimberly Mulholland- Kindergarten

Deborah Pepper- Grade 1

Sarah Carter- Grade 2

Elizabeth Whitehead- Grade 2/3

Amanda Allen- Grade 3/4

Josie Turner- Grade 4/5

Jaymee Shepherd- Grade 5/6

Rita Fabbro- Core French

Lindsay Bell- ESL

Stephanie Leeder- ESL

Andrea Doolan- SST

Information From LDSB:

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process:

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .


The first day of school will be exciting...and busy. We ask that you please use the parking lot or side streets when dropping off or picking up your children. Please do not park in front of the school as this is where our buses load. We very much appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping our students safe.

School Supplies

Students do not need to purchase school supplies for school, as supplies like pencils, pencil crayons, paper and notebooks are provided. Sometimes students prefer to have their own items and students can bring a pencil case if they wish, but it is not necessary.

Click on the link below for the school year calendar

School Council:

We know that when families are involved with their child's school, they benefit greatly. We look forward to having families join our meetings. More information regarding elections and dates will be coming soon!

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes or anaphylaxis, or requires medication at school, please click on the link below to access the newsletter titled: 'Prevalent Medical Conditions' for more information. It is important that we receive these forms for the start of school. Please phone the school if you have questions:

613-549-1680 main office


Construction Updates:

Progress is on-going with the construction happening on the east side of our school. The construction area is fenced off and well contained. We will certainly have lots of students excitedly and safely watching the progress. We will have new bricks, doors and windows on that side of the school. Good progress is being made and it will continue into the fall. We will provide you with updates on the construction project as it progresses. Our school is going to look amazing!

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