La Salle Family Update (7-12)

September 15th, 2023

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Staff Welcomes

As we enter the beginning of the school year we are welcoming some new staff members. We are exicted to be introducing the following staff as they transition to new placements at La Salle for September:

Intermediate Staff

Margaret Chung - Grade 8 Teacher

Carrie Day - Grade 7 Teacher

Jen Tracey - Grade 7 Planning Time Teacher and Music Planning Time Teacher

Kristy Luffman - Educational Assistant

Secondary Staff

Alex Garofolo - Construction Technology Teacher

Renee George - Budget Clerk for Semester 1

Lisa Gordon - English Teacher, Communications Department Head

Ed Goodfellow - Educational Assistant

Linda Hahn - Educational Assistant

Lauren McEwen - Visual Art Teacher

And a welcome back to ...

Adam Bonsall - Automotive Technology Teacher for Semester 1

Justin Peterson - Educational Assistant

Manjit Singh-Graham - Science Teacher and Science Department Head

Greg Thome - English Teacher currently in an interim teaching position for Semester 1

Sarah Woods - Attendance Secretary for Semester 1

We wish them all the best for the fall as they join the Black Knight family!

Our Welcome Back Message ... In case you missed it ...

Dear families,

On behalf of the staff, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to La Salle Intermediate & Secondary School, home of the Black Knights. La Salle has much to offer – outstanding and innovative programs, beautiful facilities, an exceptional and supportive staff, and a safe learning environment. To ensure a successful startup, we are sharing key highlights of school culture in advance in hopes that you and your student can review and discuss them.

Respect. Everyone would agree that this is an important shared value. As outlined in the Ontario School Code of Conduct and the LDSB Progressive Discipline Policy (both found here on our school webpage), we must respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. We all need to consider the audience and impact of our words and actions and to remember that schools are places that must feel safe for everyone. Please consider viewing and discussing this short video clip with your student, and/or this more in-depth one.

Classroom Routines. In the community of almost 1,000 people at La Salle Secondary and Intermediate School, it is critical that we respect and observe the routines necessary to maximize learning. This September a focus will be on students arriving to each class on time and minimizing bathroom breaks and cellphone usage. Please see the Classroom Cellphone Use poster below that we are suggesting teachers use.

Academic Honesty. Technology is always changing, and there are new internet tools for content generation. If terms like Artificial Intelligence, ChatGPT, and generative tools are new to you, consider watching this video clip and having a conversation with your student about academic honesty. Our value is that student ideas and writing are cited properly or are entirely their own. Our academic honesty policy is also found on our webpage. For a view at the capability, see a computer-generated letter that was created instants after entering the prompt: “write a principal's welcome message 200 words about classroom routines, respect, and academic honesty”.

We're looking forward to a wonderful school year together!

Brent Jen and Mike

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Spotlight on Intermediate Experiential Learning

Among other activities, our Intermediate students have been in the fields playing soccer baseball and in the classroom learning about math probabilities.
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Spotlight on Secondary Experiential Learning

Our science department has been busy building bridges and engaging in the egg drop challenge. Want to see more of this content? Follow them on 'X', formerly known as Twitter, @ La Salle ISS Science Dept.
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Please explore the list below with your child and consider encouraging them to join a group - extracurriculars are an important way to build belonging, purpose and meaningful connections with staff members and other students.

Dungeons and Dragons

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Football Practice during the September Heat Wave

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Jr Boys Volleyball Practice

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Sr Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament

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Racialized Affinity Group

Black and Racialized Limestone District School Board secondary students are invited to gather at the Board Office (220 Portsmouth Ave.) on September 21st to share and collaborate. This leadership opportunity will bring together students in already existing Black and Racialized Affinity groups and those who are interested in creating an affirming space at their school for marginalized students.

September 21st, 2023

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Lunch and Transportation will be provided

Interested Students should see or email Ms Grewal at

The LSS Racialized Student Affinity Group meets each Thursday in Ms Grewal's room.

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Coming up:

  • Sept 20th: Kingston Transit Orientation and Training

  • Sept 22nd: Grade 9 Orientation at Grass Creek Park - Rain Date is Tuesday, Sept 26th.

  • Sept 25th: PA Day - No Classes

  • Sept 28th: Grade 7 and 8 Immunization Clinic

  • October 5th: Parent/Guardian Night Open House from 5:30-7:30 pm

  • October 11th: Secondary School Picture Day

  • October 13th: Intermediate School Picture Day

  • October 27th: PA Day - No Classes

  • November 10th: PA Day - No Classes

  • November 28th: School Picture Retakes

Math Help for Secondary Students

Math help is available daily to all students in room 206 at lunch and after school on Wednesdays until 4pm starting September 13th. Everyone is welcome!
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Food Sharing Project

Help us provide healthy food for students at your school

The Food Sharing Project is a registered charity that has been serving the area for almost 40 years. We are the organization which provides nutritious food and equipment to schools across Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington for their in-school breakfast, lunch and hearty snack programs.

Each week of the school year, our team of 12 volunteers pack about 450 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and protein foods which are delivered to every school in KFL&A, including yours. In 2019, prior to the onset of COVID-19, we sent food with a value of $12,000 to schools each week and in 2022, that amount rose to $21,000 per week.

The 2022-2023 school year has been unprecedented for The Food Sharing Project. Due to increasing demand and the skyrocketing costs of food, we are facing a significant budget shortfall as we are now sending out over $25,000 in food every week. We need your help to ensure that students do not go through the school day hungry. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to get healthy food to students at your school.

Educators and research tell us that when they can eat nutritious food at school, students are more engaged in their learning, can focus better on tasks and can have more positive social interactions throughout the day. They are also more willing to try something new, which can lead to better food choices as adults.

Every donation, regardless of the amount, will make a difference for students in your school. Please go to and click on the DONATE button to make a secure online donation today. Thank you.

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Mental Health Support

There are many community organizations, including The Maltby Centre, that offer a variety of resources to support students and families. The Maltby Centre ( provides mental health and autism services to children and youth, and works with clients in schools, homes, and other locations.

Other supports include:

We continue to see many students who struggle to safely and respectively use social media. Please monitor your student's phone usage, especially at night. Many students admit to staying up quite late each night, and therefore coming to school quite tired. Thank you for your vigilance and helping your student get the most out of their day.

School Advisory Council

Our next school council meeting will be held on Sept 26th at 6:30 pm. New members are welcome to join us at each meeting.

Elected council for the previous 2022/23 school year:

Chairs: Stephanie Saunders

Secretary: Stephanie Gratto

Much appreciation to this team for their volunteer time in supporting our school!

La Salle Athletics Fundraiser

Learn more about reducing the cost of school trip fees or school athletic fees. The rebate adds up over time, so don't delay! Watch this video for more information, then learn more at the school website under Secondary>Athletics

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2023-2024 School Year Calendar

The Ministry of Education has approved the Limestone District School Board’s 2023-2024 School Year Calendar.

The following key dates have been approved:
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Winter Break: December 25, 2023, to January 5, 2024
March Break: March 11, to March 15, 2024
Last Day of School: Thursday, June 27, 2024

The 2023-2024 school year consists of 194 days;

Secondary - 177 instructional days, 7 PA Days and 10 exam days.
Elementary - 187 instructional days and 7 PA Days.

Professional Activity Days - no classes for students:
Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023
Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024
Friday, May 31, 2024
Friday, June 28, 2024
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