Together in Education Family Update

Week of April 19-25

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LANCASTER BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS!

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Hearing your name read over our morning announcements to recognize your birthday is a special part of school life. Here we are giving it a try remotely from home! Thanks Lions for helping out. : ) If your family would like to participate or has another video message or project they would like to share in future newsletters, please contact Ms. Fox (foxla@limestone.on.ca).
LDSB DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE - April 17th

Read the most recent message from the LDSB Director Deb Rantz

Ontario Schools to Remain Closed until May 31st, 2020 - Director's Update to Follow

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MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

What Do You Do With a Chance? ~ Read Aloud with Mrs. Fox

School Organization for 2020-21

Spring is typically the time of year that we begin our work in the staffing process and planning and organization for the next school year. Although times are different much of our work continues to follow the ebb and flow of a school year.


Creating class lists is a shared task by our team of educators who spend a significant amount of time getting to know your child, discovering their academic, social and emotional needs in educational settings both inside and outside of the classroom. Each year we want to build the best possible learning environments for all learners. Our school team considers a wide range of factors including overall number of students in each grade (if a split grade), student learning styles and personalities, number of boys and girls, academic strengths and needs, peer relationships, learning skills and work habits, and social/ emotional strengths and needs.


All classrooms, whether a single grade or a combined grade, include students performing at a wide range of achievement levels. We meet the needs of all learners in a classroom through differentiated instruction, with a focus on developing critical thinking skills, and by providing modifications and accommodations for various learning needs. In every case, Lancaster staff put a lot of thought into creating responsive classroom learning environments that will support the success of all students.


If you wish to make a request for class placement for next year we ask parents to communicate to your child's classroom teacher about his/her needs as a learner rather than a specific teacher's name. Teacher assignments can change for many reasons (illness, transfer, leave of absence, etc.) and what does not change are your child's needs. This sharing can serve to further inform our team of educators while creating classlists but does not guarantee a particular placement.


Please also keep in mind that our school organization may change before the first day of school, based on new registrations from families moving into our catchment area, or those who may have moved out of our catchment area over the summer. As a result, information about your child’s class placement will not be available until the first day of school.


TENTATIVE ORGANIZATION FOR 2020-21


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Grade 1

Grade 1

Grade 1/2

Grade 2

Grade 2/3

Grade 3

Grade 3/4

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 5/6

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 7/8

Grade 7/8

CHECK IT OUT: LIONS EXPLORING REMOTE LEARNING!

BENNETT’S SECRET SOUND
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What skill have you learned in the last week Mar 25, 2020 at 1 57 PM
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Learning new skills - "Giving it a Go!"

SCHOOL PHOTOS: A MESSAGE FROM LIFETOUCH

Dear Families,

If you would like to place an order for the Lifetouch school pictures that were taken earlier this year, go to mylifetouch.ca. Free shipping to your homes will be available until May 31, 2020, when you order on mylifetouch.ca with promo code SMILES. Locate your access credentials on your proof sheet if you have it or call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your credentials.

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. Here are some to practice using with your child, valuable for all of us for our well-being.

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Kindergarten registration is underway
Lancaster is accepting kindergarten registrations. Families who reside in the Lancaster area are currently able to register on-line (clickable link above). You will receive a confirmation email that asks families to come into the school to provide documentation. This stage of the process will be completed once schools re-open.

Are you MOVING?

Please let your child's teacher know or contact lancd@limestone.on.ca. This is useful information as head into the planning and class organization for 2020-21.
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Ontario Ministry of Education Learn at Home Resources


With the end of March Break, families may be looking for ways to establish learning routines at home when schools are closed. The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided some links to resources that families and students can access from home.

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LEARN AT HOME LINK

Please follow the link to the Ministry of Education Learn at home resource page

ACCESS TO WIFI


For individuals without access to the internet, the wifi is being left on, and enhanced where possible at Limestone D.S.B. schools. Students can log into wifi outside of any of LDSB school. A reminder that students and families must use physical distancing protocols and stay at least 2 meters away from others when using wifi around a school.

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Learning in all kinds of ways!

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre is offering free online educational programs tailored for young children. Their program aims to raise awareness of their impact on wildlife and teaches compassion toward animals. The programs can be found on the SPWC website: https://sandypineswildlife.org/?page_id=75
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SORA Online Library

Students can access e-books and audiobooks using their LDSB login

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Supporting Children through COVID-19

More mental health resources for children during COVID-19

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