La Salle Family Update (7-12)
September 15th, 2023
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:
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
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 ...
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
Spotlight on Intermediate Experiential Learning
Spotlight on Secondary Experiential Learning
Dungeons and Dragons
Football Practice during the September Heat Wave
Jr Boys Volleyball Practice
Sr Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament
Racialized Affinity Group
September 21st, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lunch and Transportation will be provided
Interested Students should see or email Ms Grewal at email@example.com
The LSS Racialized Student Affinity Group meets each Thursday in Ms Grewal's room.
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
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 www.foodsharingproject.org and click on the DONATE button to make a secure online donation today. Thank you.
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 (https://maltbycentre.ca/) provides mental health and autism services to children and youth, and works with clients in schools, homes, and other locations.
Other supports include:
- School Mental Health Ontario (*Added new SMH Resource Document below!)
- Youth Diversion
- Kids Help Phone
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 https://www.fundscrip.com/how-it-works, then learn more at the school website under Secondary>Athletics https://lasalle.limestone.on.ca/secondary/athletics.
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