Together in Education:Family Update

November 29-Dec 3

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A Message from your Lancaster Spirit Ministry!

Lancaster Spirit Days 2021! ❄️🎉❄️
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Happy Hanukkah to our Families celebrating!

Many Jewish communities in Canada mark the first day of Hanukkah, which marks the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

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Our Minstry of Caring are our Leaders in Caring! Check out their next project!

Dear Lancaster Families

This year our Ministry of Caring leaders have chosen to support Interval House for our holiday campaign. Kingston Interval House is a local agency in Kingston, Ontario that provides 24-hour safe emergency shelter, community-based counselling services and Second Stage Housing to women, youth and children who have experienced violence.

The Ministry of Caring team is hoping, with everyone's help, to be able to put together gift boxes for the women and children living at the shelter, and possibly some of their outreach clients (the waiting list for shelter beds is long).

Classes that are participating will receive a letter to send home to families tomorrow. Each class will be asked to contribute a specific item, and then the caring ministry will put together and wrap the boxes. If families would prefer sending a gift card instead of an item, there will be a list of the most useful gift cards.

The collection period is from Monday, November 29th to Friday, December 10th (the next two weeks). We will bring around baskets or boxes to classes on Monday to store the items, then we will gather them on Friday, December 10th. Ministry of Caring leaders will come around for a brief visit to classrooms (at the door) on Monday and Tuesday to generate excitement and explain the campaign.


The Ministry of Spirit and Ministry of Caring are working together on the candy cane sales this year. The proceeds from this event will also go towards Interval House.


Finally, our Winter Warmth campaign will also support this campaign, as some of the items collected will be warm mittens, scarves and hats.

Thanks for your kind support of this student-led project. ❤️


November is Indigenous Education and Hindu Heritage Month

November 26 ~ PINK SHIRT DAY

November 28 - Hanukkah

November 28 ~ MAXSOLD DROP OFF @ Lancaster 12:00-2:00 pm

November 29 ~ SPIRIT DAY: Blue & White day

November 29 ~ Ministry of Caring Donations begin for Interval House

November 30 ~ Hot Lunch - Pizza

December 1 ~ Nurturing Resilience w/ Relationships @ 6:30 - see info below to register

December 3 ~ International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 ~ SPIRIT DAY: PJ/Comfy Day

December 4 ~ MAXSOLD DROP OFF @ Lancaster 12:00-2:00 pm

December 6 ~ National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

December 7 ~ Hot Lunch - Pasta

December 10 ~ SPIRIT DAY: "Wrap Yourself Up" day

December 14 ~ Hot Lunch - Panzarotti

December 15 ~ SPIRIT DAY: Ugly Sweater Day

December 17 ~ SPIRIT DAY: Red and Green Day

December 17 - Last day before holidays

December 18 - January 2 - WINTER BREAK

January 3 ~ First Day back

School Update

Dear Families,

We have let our student voice be highlighted in this week's family update as you have read with the many upcoming initiatives from our Spirit Ministries. We are grateful for the opportunities staff have provided students to grow and experience this part of school life, both through our Ministry work and sports teams. Our Boys and Girls Volleyball teams have represented Lancaster well at their first few games this season - the growth in skill and team camaraderie has been wonderful to see.

Students in grades 4-8 at Lancaster have been participating in our school climate survey this week. School Climate is defined as “the learning environment and relationships found within a school and school community.” This year's questions are designed to dive deeper into findings from recent board-wide student surveys, specifically the recent Student Census and the Mental Health and Substance Use Survey. We look forward to being able to review our results and using them to be proactive in our school planning. We want to ensure students at Lancaster develop a sense of belonging, a connection to each other and have pathways to get help when needed to support their mental health and well-being.

It is important that all students continue to be screened every day using the online active screening tool:

Please keep your children home when indicated and follow Public Health directives to get tested: we continue to work hard at the school to ensure that students are being vigilant about adhering to Covid protocols, and appreciate families doing their part as well.

Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn


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  • Clean out the closets! Declutter the garage! Get rid of items taking up space in your home!
  • Donate new or gently used items for the Lancaster MaxSold auction:
  • 100% of all proceeds will go to Lancaster for student enrichment and outdoor equipment

Leaders in Caring - Ministry of Caring takes on Bully Awareness week!


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CGI 3D Animated Short: "Ian" - by Mundoloco CGI Ian Foundation | TheCGBros
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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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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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Daily COVID Screener for Students

Save this link to complete your screening before coming to school each day

Accident Insurance: For school sports and general coverage throughout the year


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Mabels Labels

Need labels for your kids belongings – simply hop onto 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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