Together in Education:Family Update
Remembrance Day at Lancaster was an opportunity throughout the week for students with the guidance of staff to honour the significance of the contributions of the many individuals and families who have served our country in the name of peace. Our virtual service allowed classes to share a collective moment of silence and spend the 11th hour viewing the amazing artwork, poems, writing and songs that classes had worked on to pay tribute to the past and present work and sacrifice of Canadians of many races, genders and cultures. The link to the service is also in this newsletter for families to view together.
Progress reports will come home this week with students November 19th. Staff and students have been working together to meet students where they are at and help fill gaps due to the effects of the pandemic. This snapshot report focuses on student progress, not achievement. As always, we appreciate each of you for your support and collaboration to ensure we are doing our best for kids. Our staff are always happy to support children and help them achieve their best. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
Our School Advisory Council is working on two initiatives to support our community and students at Lancaster. See information in this newsletter about an opportunity to have your business listed in a Lancaster Connect index - this will help us to make connections within our community to "support local" by supporting each other.
We will be hosting a MaxSold auction in the coming weeks and will be looking for donations of new and lightly used goods to be donated by our Lancaster families - more information will be coming to you. In the meantime, consider setting aside any items you might have hanging around that you are no longer using, considering selling, or are having trouble re-gifting - these are the items that we are looking to use for our Auction. All proceeds will go right back to the SAC and will be used to benefit the enhancement of learning and enrichment of student experiences at school.
See information in this newsletter about the School Climate Survey that has been provided to families to complete. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and information that will be used to generate reflection and planning for our schools to ensure students have the best learning and growing experiences while they are within Limestone - we all want students to success, feel belonging and to grow to their best potential. We can do this best by working together and value your input.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
FROM YOUR ATHLETICS MINISTRY: JERSEY DAY!
The athletic committee is planning two events on November 18th (rain date on November 19th): Jersey day and Guided Cohort Activities!
For Jersey Day, each student is asked to wear a jersey of their choice (any sport). The goal is to have the highest percentage of participants within a class. Members of the athletic committee will collect numbers.
We would also like to invite classes to participate in an extra organized 20 minute recess period before or after their regular morning recess block. Cohort A students will be invited to attend at 10:10 am, and Cohort B students will be offered an activity for 20 minutes directly after morning break. These extra periods will occur within the regular cohort area, and will be organized by an athletic committee member.
Have a blast Lions!
LANCASTER BOOK FAIR CONTINUES UNTIL NOV 15TH
November 15 ~ Last Day for book fair orders!
November 16 ~ Hot Lunch - Panzarotti
November 17 ~ Picture Re-take day
November 18 ~ Jersey Day and Guided Cohort Activities!
November 19 ~ Progress Reports go home
November 22nd-26th - Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 22 ~ School Climate Survey Opens until November 30th
November 23 ~ Hot Lunch - Subway
November 28 - Hanukkah
November 30 ~ Hot Lunch - Pizza
December 3 ~ International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 6 ~ National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women
December 7 ~ Hot Lunch - Pasta
December 14 ~ Hot Lunch - Panzarotti
December 17th - Last day before holidays
Connecting our Lancaster Community - Do you own your own business in Kingston?
School Climate Survey 2021
School boards in Ontario are required to conduct school climate surveys of students, school staff and families at least once every two years as one way to gather data that supports creating a positive school climate. School climate is defined as “the learning environment and relationships found within a school and school community.”
Some families and students may be familiar with the Tell Them From Me or Our Schools Survey from previous years. Those surveys restricted the board’s ability to write our own questions. This year we are using Qualtrics software, the same tool we used for the Student Census. This year's questions are designed to dive deeper into findings from recent board-wide student surveys, specifically the recent Student Census and the Mental Health and Substance Use Survey.
This year, the anonymous survey will ask questions related to equity and inclusive education, engagement in learning, and bullying and harassment at your student’s school. Students in Grades 7 to 12 will be asked an extended set of questions about graduation from high school, mental health and substance use. All questions are voluntary and students can skip those they do not want to answer.
Because the survey is anonymous, data cannot be tracked back to individual students. This information will be used by schools to build safer spaces in which everyone is respected and feels that they belong.
Students will be invited to complete the School Climate Survey, which is designed to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete, online during class time between November 15 and 30, 2021. Students who are absent will be given additional opportunities to complete the survey. The survey is available in other formats upon request.
Staff and families will also be invited to complete a School Climate Survey in 2022.
Families are invited to review the survey questions in advance. If families require the questions in a different language, please visit the survey platform and select your desired language from the top right menu. If you do not want your student to participate in the survey, please contact your school directly before Friday, November 12, 2021.
Schools may share more specific information around the survey over the coming days. If you have any questions, please contact your school directly.
Enjoying our Library Again!
Taking time to honour Remembrance Day
We learned a lot as we explored the celebration of Diwali! ✨
LANCASTER VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR CONTINUES UNTIL NOV 15th!!!
- Thank you to families who have already placed an order! Students truly do enjoy this opportunity to receive a brand new book whether they select it themselves or a new favourite is chosen for them. You might just spark a new interest!
- The fair is open through November 15th, check it out, and support Lancaster while adding to your book collection.
- Books will be shipped to the school and handed out to students at the end of each week.
- Each student order will be individually wrapped.
Click on the button above or follow this link to get some great deals. https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5163788
This is a GREAT time to start your holiday shopping for your family!
Our MAXSOLD Fundraiser is coming....stay tuned and check your closets for items you would like to donate!
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