Together in Education:Family Update

February 7-11

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School Update

Dear Families,


Our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support from our community in light of the tragedy that occurred this week. Moments like this connect us to what it means to be human and the importance of our connection to one another. Support Counsellors were on-site throughout the day on Tuesday to check-in with students and provide a place for students to talk, draw or take a break. When meeting with staff before school we were able to help frame classroom discussions with students in age-appropriate ways. We centered our dialogue on the understanding that each person's grief, sadness, and reaction is as unique as their own fingerprint and that all of our emotions are okay and what we need to feel in that moment.


Compassion and empathy help us to go places together in hurt and healing. It has been so touching to drive the neighborhood and see the lights and hearts in the windows of our community and across the city. As part of our healing process, students at Lancaster engaged in an opportunity to offer thoughts and support to the students at Mother Teresa. Our care packages are ready to be delivered to each buddy class at Mother Teresa on Monday. The notes were heartwarming and, we believe, helped students feel a sense of care and compassion - an expression of their amazing lion hearts.


As we work through the next period of time, administration from both schools will be meeting with school board representatives, City of Kingston representatives, and traffic commissioner to review policies and procedures, and ensure our practices are placing the highest priority on student safety. We will continue to work in partnership with our school councils and value their input as stakeholders in these processes.


School life continued this week and students engaged in the normal routines, learning activities, and enjoyable moments of being together. We look forward to being in the building again this week. Thank you Lancaster families for all that you do.


Lani Fox, Sara O'Hearn and your Lancaster Staff

Message from your Lancaster School Council

Thank you to our community for their support this week. Our school council chairs have been connecting with the chair at Mother Teresa and Holy Cross. We will continue to advocate for on-going involvement in efforts and decisions made to ensure the collective safety of our students. Updates will be communicated with parents as they evolve.


Join us at our next parent council meeting on Tuesday Feb 8th @ 6:00 to have a voice in allocating council funds and supporting our school.

Contact your School Advisory Council Using the link below

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Upcoming Dates:

FEBRUARY

Black History Month


Tuesday, February 8th: HOT LUNCH: Pizza

Tuesday, February 8th: School Council Meeting @ 6:00, all welcome! Contact ldpssc@gmail.com for link

Thursday, February 10th: SPIRIT DAY: Olympics Day - wear colours to support a country you are cheering for!

Monday, February 14th: Valentine's Day - RED, WHITE and PINK Day

Tuesday, February 15th: HOT LUNCH: Panzarotti

Friday, February 18th: Term One report cards go home

Friday, February 18th: Vreeken and Barling to Gould Lake

Monday, February 21st: Family Day Holiday - no school

Tuesday, February 22nd: HOT LUNCH: Pasta

Tuesday, February 22nd: TWOSDAY!!! 2-22-2022 - School-Wide Activities TBA


March

March 14th-18th: March Break

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Tutoring Available through LDAK

The Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston is proud to announce the launch of our LDAK Literacy Tutoring Program this Spring! The program will be piloted in selected school communities in Kingston, ON from April - June 2022 with students in Grades 1-3. We hope to be able to expand our tutoring program based on the Science of Reading in the future. In the meantime, LDAK is happy to share contact information for some of our trained tutors, who are available independently for online tutoring.


For more info, click here.

HOT LUNCH AND MILK SCHEDULE

Due to our missed weeks during the period of remote learning, the hot lunch and milk schedules will be extended, with items paid for transferred as follows:


Jan 4 - March 22

Jan 11 - March 29


Our final hot lunch and milk schedule will run from April to June.

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DAILY SCREENING TOOL

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SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL PROTOCOL

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LETTER HOME IF SYMPTOMATIC AT SCHOOL

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LETTER HOME IF SYMPTOMATIC AT SCHOOL

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Lancaster Apparel available through our Spirit Store

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Connecting our Lancaster Community - Do you own your own business in Kingston?

The School Advisory Council for Lancaster Drive Public School would like to invite you to join our Lancaster Connect community directory. We want to connect with you and provide a way for you to find people or resources within our school community. The School Advisory Council funds a wide range of activities for the school and we would like to utilize and support businesses within our school community wherever possible. Please join us in creating this community directory by providing your business and contact information below. Once we collect all of the responses, we will share the link to the directory in the weekly school newsletter "Together in Education". You can print out the paper copy and send it in with your child to school or use the Google link in next week's newsletter.
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TRANSLATE OUR NEWSLETTER

Did you know there is a function available that will allow you to translate our newsletter into a preferred language? Use this feature as indicated in the image below.
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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!!

Cobs Bread

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

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