Together in Education

September 2019

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Welcome Back!!

Another school year awaits, and we have already launched into learning at Lancaster!


Thank you for your the patience and understanding of families with the ongoing work that is being completed at Lancaster. The start-up has gone smoothly and students have been arriving to school safely and ready to learn. We anticipate paving to be completed over the next two weeks, focusing on function as the first priority. There will be continued work taking place over the rest of the month that will address some of the finishing touches and aesthetics with fencing and landscaping. The end result will be a safer and welcoming entry to our school!


We have again included the map of the project to help inform parents around appropriate drop off and pick up locations. Also included is the communication that went out in August to families with some important information for families about arrival and departure procedures. We recognize that some families would have only been able to access this on our school website until School Messenger accounts were activated or error-free.


We will continue to share elements of school life through our Twitter account - you can see our Twitter feed through our school website, or by activating notifications on your Twitter account to be notified when Lancaster has a new tweet. Other whole-school messages will continue to arrive through your School Messenger app and on our Website. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the office.


Have a great weekend and see you on Monday for week two! Please note in our Upcoming Events Section our parent information night on Tuesday Sept 10th at 6:00-7:00 in the Great Hall. This will be a night for new and returning parents to come with questions and to learn more about school routines, events, extracurriculars, operations and volunteer opportunities, including parent council. Babysitting will be available. A warm welcome for everyone to attend! Come and enjoy a coffee and a cookie, meet other parents, be informed and engaged in your child's journey through school. : )


Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Carrie Moore

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PARENT WELCOME AND INFORMATION NIGHT ~ Tuesday September 10th 6:00-7:00

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 6-7pm

1020 Lancaster Drive

Kingston, ON

A night for new and returning parents to come with questions and to learn more about school routines, events, extracurriculars, operations and volunteer opportunities. Babysitting will be available. A warm welcome for everyone to attend! Come and enjoy a coffee and a cookie, meet other parents, be informed and engaged in your child's journey through school. : )

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 3 ~ First Day of School

Sept 4 ~ Soccer Team tryouts begin, grade 5-8

Sept 5 ~ Running Club begins, grade 3-8

Sept 10 ~ Parent Information night 6:00-7:00

Sept 18 ~ Parent Council elections 6:00

Sept 23 ~ Soccer Tournament week, dates TBA

Sept 26 ~ Race Around the Park - running club event at Lancaster after school

Sept 27 ~ PA Day, no school for students, school year improvement planning for staff

Sept 30 ~ School Picture Day!

Oct 3rd ~ Open House and School BBQ

Oct 16 ~ Cross Country Meet at Fort Henry

Oct 22 ~ District Cross Country meet at Fort Henry

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Traffic update letter - sent August 29th, 2019



Dear Lancaster Families,


We are excited to welcome you back for a new school year!


Here is our very important update about our construction project along with an attached diagram of how our traffic flow, parking and arrivals and departures will look like in the future. We have also attached a table that summarizes our arrival and departure procedures. We ask that you take time to review this information carefully prior to the first day of school.


We are working closely with the contractor, Board staff and our friends next door at Mother Teresa Catholic School to ensure the safety of student and staff during the final stages of this work. There will be some changes in routine until this work is completed.


Here is what you need to know:


  • The areas at the main entrance of the school will be a gravel surface. Paving is scheduled to take place over the next week. This work will be done during the school day but outside of school drop off and pick up times. The front driveway will be out of bounds during the day as the workers need to continue their work.
  • A fenced pedestrian path (between the Mother Teresa and Lancaster parking lots) is to be used for walkers and those exiting to take school buses. Students may also use the walkway on the east side of the school by the kindergarten yard and there will be school staff visible to allow parents to drop off younger students and have them walk to the rear of the school (Look for the grey arrows on the diagram attached.). There will be school staff available as well as signage to help with pedestrian and traffic flow.
  • School bus drop off and pick up locations are now at the front of the schools in the new bus zones on the side of the road. Please do not park or stop in bus loading zones. Supervision at bus drop off and pick up will be in place and ongoing.
  • Families are asked not to drive students to school to ease traffic congestion in the area. Walkers are asked to walk and students who are regularly bused are asked to take the bus. If you would like to accompany your child to school, especially for the first day, you will need to park on nearby side streets and walk to the school. The north side of Lancaster Drive is not a parking lane for cars to stop or park. There will be pylons in place while the construction project continues. When completed, there will be raised curbs that will prevent vehicles from pulling in to stop/park. Research studies show that there is a high incidence of serious injury when children leave vehicles and cross roads.
  • There is no longer short-term parking in the driveway at the front of Lancaster except for during the school day when picking up or dropping off a child for an appointment. Parents may “kiss and ride” on Lancaster Drive but will not be permitted to park and leave their vehicle at the front of the school or on Lancaster Drive. If you are visiting to the school for a longer period to attend a meeting or go on a field trip short-term parking will in the rear parking lot once the paving work is complete.
  • Parents are asked to NOT access the staff parking lot for the purpose of picking up or dropping off children, this poses a significant safety risk to staff and students. Our staff team will be monitoring this to ensure that our parents and Mother Teresa parents are not accessing that lot (students and staff are still using that space at that time of day).
  • While the construction project is being completed, if families need to pick up their children during the school day for appointments, etc. they are asked to confer with the construction staff on-site for directions for the most appropriate entry point. This will change hourly, especially when paving begins.
  • Parents should not be dropping students off on the north side of Lancaster Drive to cross the street to get to school - this is not a safe practice and will cause traffic congestion. Please use the drop off zones indicated in pink on the traffic map to "kiss and ride" safely.
  • On the first day of school all students should meet on the back playground area and look for the balloon that indicates their grade. Staff will be there with lists to greet them and ensure they are in the appropriate line up.


This construction project puts student safety first and may require some small changes to your morning routines. We look forward to its completion and thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during the final steps. We would recommend if you are walking to school or driving to a nearby street that you allow extra time.We thank you in again for your attention and patience! We will continue to send updates regularly to keep you informed of progress, changes and other important information.


Sincerely,

Lancaster Drive Public School

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What is Self-Regulation: how can I help grow it with my child?

There are three factors that affect self-regulation; sensory input, arousal level and personal strategies. Sensory input relates to how we interpret sensory information from our environments. Arousal level is our level of hightened sensitivity (high or low). Personal strategies relates to how effective our own calming strategies are for us.
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Lancaster Parent Council Fundraising

Parent Council Account Balance

The Parent Council account balance

as of May 31, 2019 is


$6040.38



Submitted by Lyndey Caves, Treasurer

Mabels Labels

Need labels for your kids belongings – simply hop onto www.mabelslabels.com 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!!

Cobb's Bread

Love tasty baked goods from Cobbs Bread?? Every time you visit Cobbs 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”!

FlipGive

You can now shop online at your favourite stores and fund raise for Lancaster! As part of our 2018/2019 Fundraising efforts, Parent Council is putting a 3 year plan in place to raise funds for schoolyard improvements for all divisions - primary, junior and intermediates. This is a significant project and will require a lot of hard work and dedication from our Parent Council, Staff and Community.

FlipGive allows us to earn cash back for our school for shopping online! There are dozens of retailers to shop with including Indigo, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Old Navy, Sport Chek just to name a few. You can even earn cash back for the school when you purchase gift cards - great teachers gifts or stocking stuffers! Going out for dinner? Order your gift card online through FlipGive ahead of time and use it to pay for dinner....So easy & something you were going to do anyway!

How it works


This fundraiser will run all year around so check back each time you shop online to see if there is a participating retailer. For a full list of current retailers, click here.

Feel free to also share the link and code with family & friends - anyone can join our team! Every little bit helps. We appreciate your support.


  • Indigo - Gift Cards gives 15%, Shop Online gives up to 3%
  • Amazon - Shop Online gives up to 10%
  • Walmart - Shop Online gives up to 1%
  • Starbucks - Buy Gift Cards gives 2%
  • Old Navy - Buy Gift Cards gives 2%, Shop Online gives 5%
  • Sport Chek - Shop Online gives 10%
  • Ultimate Dining Gift Card - gives 7%
  • Jack Astor's - Buy Gift Cards gives 10%

Music Lessons

Lancaster is happy to share that our students are able to register for instrumental music lessons that take place in our school building during the school day. Please contact the music teachers directly if you are interested in registering your child/children for piano or guitar lessons.


Piano

Tanya Bezanson

613.539.8342

tanya.bezanson@bell.net


Piano

Maria Boston

613. 384.1057


Guitar

John Porter

613.328.6070

mouringhorse@gmail.com

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