Together in Education Family Update

May 31- June 4 2021

TikTok Project - Dynamic Duo
Tik Tok Challenge - The talent is real!
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MESSEAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

As you know, we are awaiting news from the Ministry of Education about a possible return to in-person learning. We hope that we will be able to see our students face-to-face before we wrap up our school year. A drop in local cases and the news of youth vaccination clinics means that we are moving in the right direction. Information will be sent to families as soon as we know more.


The start of June marks the beginning of Pride Month. Our students, staff, families and community members identify either as members or allies of the Rainbow or LGBTQ2S+ community. We will raise our Pride Flag on Tuesday as a symbol of acceptance, inclusion, love and equality and the ongoing work we do to help everyone know that we are all welcome in learning and life at Lancaster.


Ms. Fox, Ms. O'Hearn and your Lancaster Team

Youth Vaccination Clinics

Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.


How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics

  • To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
  • Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
  • Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
  • Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as the youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (simplybook.plus)

THE LIMESTONE LENS - Guiding and Building Equity in LDSB

The May 2021 edition of the Limestone Lens is all about maintaining the momentum in personal and collective equity work. To do that, let's take some time to reflect and acknowledge where we are in the work presently, and spend time thinking about what actions are needed to move forward toward positive change.



As you read through this issue, try to see how your role (social identity) is connected to these topics. What actions and work can you do to help equalize power imbalances in our community? Let's keep the momentum going!

Curated by the Limestone Equity Team, this monthly newsletter is designed to help all of us tackle anti-racism issues, and build confidence in our ability to talk about anti-racism and equity issues.

For previous issues, visit the board's Equity & Inclusion webpage.

If you have ideas about future equity topics or terminology, please contact Rae McDonald, Equity Curriculum Consultant K-8: Arts and Social Studies, History, and Geography.

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2021 CENSUS - YOUR PARTICIPATION MATTERS

“You may have heard that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for families, and the census might seem like another thing on your busy to-do list. However, I would like to encourage you to complete your census, if you haven’t already done so. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, libraries and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at www.census.gc.ca using the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance, or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) quest ionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians.”

REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

*Families are asked to complete a separate survey for each student in your family who is currently attending a Limestone school. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will have received an invite to participate via their Limestone email. The board hopes to capture authentic student voice from students themselves who are directly affected by remote learning. Younger students may require support from family members to complete the survey. The survey is open until May 28, 2021 and will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Click the button below or this the link to access the survey: LDSB Remote Learning Survey May 2021 - Families

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR NEW KINDERS & ALL NEW IN-AREA STUDENTS K-8

We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for in-area Lancaster students. If you are unsure of your home school, please check the Triboard School eligibility search link HERE.


All registrations can be completed online and the link to access this is below. If you are having difficulty, please send a direct email to our general mailbox (lancd@limestone.on.ca) with details of how best to reach you. We look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten friends!

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Discover Kindergarten in Limestone
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Super Siblings Workshops

Having a sibling with autism can be a great experience but sometimes it’s beneficial to connect with other people in a similar situation to work through common situations and issues that may arise. Parents are not required to attend this workshop but are expected to meet individually with the facilitators following the workshop to learn about the workshop content and strategies that may have been developed with their child regarding their sibling.

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

• Describe what Autism is

• Understand how Autism may affect your sibling

• Understand how your sibling may be affecting you

• Create strategies with your parents to help resolve issues between you and your sibling

Dates: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

**the parent sessions can be booked by the facilitators upon completion of the workshop**

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maltby-centre-learning-home-series-super-siblings-registration-154267942569

Location: This is a virtual workshop offered on Zoom. Links to join on your phone, tablet, or computer will be sent a day prior to the event.

Requirements: To access this workshop, or a follow up session, you will need a valid Ontario Autism Program Reference number. If you do not have an OAP Reference number please contact the Maltby Centre at 613 546 8535 and ask to speak to a Family Support Coordinator. This is a free workshop.

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LANCASTER PLANTABLES FUNDRAISER - CLICK HERE

Order your ready-to-plant garden or gift one to someone else! Planting season is coming : )

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Kid's Inclusive Resource for Educators and Parents

This site was created in collaboration between Occupational Therapists at KidsInclusive, Student Occupational Therapists at Queen's University, and Educational Services Staff at the Limestone District School Board. This project came out of a recognized need for staff and families to have access to information and strategies prior to considering an OT referral. The time between making a referral and receiving services can be quite long. Not every referral meets the criteria for OT services. An assessment would be completed to determine eligibility for OT services. We hope you find this site helpful in exploring some of these strategies.
SCHOOL CLOTHING - LINK TO ONLINE STORE

Click here to see our virtual store for student clothing. More options coming soon!

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SORA Online Library

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

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Parent Session - Helping your Child with School Anxiety

Dear Lancaster Families

In these last few weeks of learning students have been engaging a wide variety of learning activities - class spirit days, math challenges in break out rooms, making a vidos of creating a favourite sandwich, adopting a class pet, exploring virtual field trips, working hard at procedural writing, student presentations and guest speakders, and various assessments in the form of quizzes, tests, and 1:1 reading evaluations. There is a lot of learning going on! We encourage families to find a balance that works for getting outside and enjoying the wonderful sun, and engaging in studies to continue the learning momentum. We all need time to connect through learning and laughter, and time to "disconnect" into nature and personal downtime.


Attendance:

Please continue to complete attendance for your child if you know they will be away. We are still doing call-outs as attendance is taken each day. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. If this does occur please call the office to have the attendance modified. Thank you in advance.


Last Week for Government Supports for Students:

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage.


Ms. Fox, Ms. O'Hearn and your Lancaster Team