Victor Lauriston Public School

June 2020 Newsletter

Contact Information

44 Alexandra Avenue, Chatham, ON N7M 1Y1 T: 519-352-4530

Principal: Ms. Vander Pol -

Vice Principal: Mr. Newcombe -

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On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis!

This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

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Phase 3 - Learning From Home

As you are aware, students in the Lambton Kent District School Board continue to learn from home while schools are closed. Recently you were contacted by your child(ren)'s teacher(s) to determine what your child(ren)'s needs are at this time. Parents were provided with three academic options from which they could select a path that best matches their family's needs. We recognize that your family's needs might change in the coming weeks, and depending on the health and well-being of the members of your family, academics might temporarily become less of a priority. Please know that we are flexible in our planning and can make changes based on your requests. Should your child need more or less support, we are there to assist.

Sometimes we feel strong and capable, other days we might struggle to take on the challenges of the day. Keep us in the conversation and know that we are flexible.

Retrieving Student Items During School Closures

Information about how families can retrieve student items during school closures was sent out today via School Messenger. To reduce traffic and to ensure safe retrieval of items, families will need to sign up to come into the school to stagger entry. Please visit this link, to sign up for a convenient time that works for your family.

Recognizing Pride Month

The month of June is nationally recognized as Pride Month in Canada. The Lambton Kent District School Board is committed to student achievement, well-being and championing anti-oppressive education. In support of the LGBTQ+ community, the LKDSB is displaying the Pride Flag from June 1-5.

Special Education Remote Learning Support Strategies for Caregivers to Support Students with Digital Learning

During this time, you might be taking on an even greater role in your child’s formal education and this may be difficult. The most important thing to do is to go easy on yourself. Recognize that we are all in this together. Click on the following link to access strategies that may support your child to have their best chance for success while learning at home.

Support For Caregivers

Graduation 2020

We look forward to celebrating our graduates of 2020. We are excited to honour their many accomplishments and determination this year, and throughout their elementary education. Current restrictions will direct what Graduation will look like this year, but staff are working hard to ensure that the event is a positive, jubilant experience for our Grade 8 students, facilitated through technology. More details will be shared with graduates and their families in the coming weeks as final preparations are put in place, under current stipulations.

Congratulations graduates! We are proud of you and all that you have accomplished.

Sun Safety

Rules are made with the intent to keep everyone safe. There are many family rules that can be put in place that are for the benefit of everyone. As we are getting into the summer months of the year, please take a look at the following video, that was posted on the Chatham Kent Public Health Unit's website. It provides more information on how we can keep our families safe from the harmful effects of overexposure to the effects of the sun.

All Good Things Come to an End and New Beginnings

For your information, the last day of school this year for students is Thursday, June 25th. The 2020-2021 School-Year's first day for students is currently scheduled to be Tuesday, September 8th. For your planning purposes, the Lambton Kent District School Board's 2020-2021 calendar can be accessed here.
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