Together in Education:Family Update
Lancaster Drive Public School and Parent Council
TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULES:
Running Club – Tues/Thurs 3-4 pm
Ultimate Frisbee – Mon/Thurs after school 3-4:30 pm
JUNE is National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month
June 6th – Regional Track & Field Meet
June 7th - Queen's Engineering Workshop (Dowdell/Tidman/Vreeken)
June 7th – District Track & Field Meet
June 9th – School Advisory Council Meeting @ 5:00
June 9th - MADD Canada presentation (Intermediate)
June 13/14 – Intermediate Trip – Camp Iawah
June 16th – Ultimate Frisbee Tournament @ Woodbine Park
June 17th - Discover Kindergarten Event 3:30-4:30
June 19th: Father's Day
June 21st - Vreeken to Treetop Trekking
June 24th - Junior Classes to Henderson Pool
June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
We know that change is the one constant in life and that change often brings growth and new opportunities. As we near the end of the school year there are some staff changes to share with our school community.
We will welcome Patti Andrews as ECE at Lancaster next year as part of the kindergarten team. She brings with her a wealth of experience as an educator of some of our youngest learners.
Cindy Greenlees, Deb Cancian, and Lindsay Dowker also return after their self-funded leaves and will be re-joining our junior and intermediate divisions. We are excited to hear of their adventures and have their skill sets and assets as part of our building once again.
We have a number of staff who have joined us at Lancaster in long-term occasional or permanent teaching positions; Virginia Sheriff, Michelle Kenyon, Seth Barling, Emma Nagy-Ewing, Emily Price, and Nathan Bruder. Through the staffing process, they will move on to new positions next year. They have all been tremendous contributors to the strength of our staff and we wish them the very best as they move on in their professional journeys.
Our Educational Assistant team will also experience some changes as we say goodbye to Jana Sask, Karen MacDonald, Corey Moncrieff, Matt Flood, Laleh Firouzi and Ken Roberts. Their connections with so many students in our building have been incremental in student success - they really are the glue in our building.
After many years of dedication and service, Dan Scott and Jill Elliot-Kish celebrate their retirement to enjoy time with family and perhaps some traveling and adventure. We will be celebrating their tremendous contributions to the building after many years of service with Limestone and at Lancaster. Incredible individuals who have given so much to students, families and colleagues.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION FOR 2022-23
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 great 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 class lists 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 2022-23
LIFE AND LEARNING MOMENTS AT LANCASTER:
Parents: Please Note the Change Below and Ensure Your Vehicle is not blocking this area during the times indicated
VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOL & ON FIELD TRIPS
Parent, guardian and community volunteers play an essential role in our school communities. We welcome the participation of volunteers who bring a wide range of talents and skills to school life that enrich and support both students and staff.
Board policy states that people wishing to volunteer are required to complete a mandatory screening process that includes a police criminal record check, sometimes better known as a CPIC. This excludes guest speakers or presenters but does include parents/guardians attending school field trips who will be assuming supervision responsibilities for students. Where, at the request of the principal, a parent/guardian is participating on a field to attend to the needs of their child, a CPIC may not be required (a condition of this situation must be that this parent is never alone with children other than their own). In this case, an offense declaration would be acceptable. These situations must be discussed in advance with the school principal.
CPICs must be updated and approved every three years. During interim years, volunteers must complete the annual Offence Declaration Form. Volunteers are encouraged to complete their CPIC application forms early in the school year, as there may be a waiting period involved with the processing and approval. Currently, there is variability on whether or not school volunteers are charged for the police criminal record check.
Kingston Police offers an automated online system for submitting your CPIC for approval.
Ontario Provincial Police requires you to download the form and then take it to your nearest OPP Detachment for approval.
You may also obtain copies of the applications from your school.
For the 2021-2022 school year, all volunteers are required to follow the LDSB Mandatory Vaccination Disclosure Protocol.
All volunteers are required to sign in and out of the office as do all school visitors. You may be asked to wear a visitor pass while in the school.
GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!
Meet Up Location Map
Student Rapid Antigen Testing Kits
Rapid antigen test kits can be provided for students, and staff that develop symtoms at school. Please let us know if you require additional test kits if you are picking up a symptomatic student from school.
Please follow these instruction when using the Rapid Antigen Test Kit .