Together in Education:Family Update
RUNNING CLUB: Practices will be Tuesday and Thursdays after school 3:00-4:00, Fridays at Lunch for the remainder of the season
April 1st - Sikh Heritage Month
April 1st - 1st Day of Ramadan (April 1-May 1st)
April 2nd - World Autism Awareness Day
April 5th - Hot Lunch: PANZAROTTI
April 7th - School Advisory Council meeting @ 6:00, email firstname.lastname@example.org for link
April 11th - Jump Robe for Heart - Campaign Kick-Off, Candy Jar Weight Guessing
April 12th: Hot Lunch: PIZZA
April 14th: International Day of Pink
April 14th: Intermediate Bunny Hop (Dance)
April 15th - Good Friday (no school)
April 18th - Easter Monday (no school)
April 19th - Hot Lunch: PASTA
April 22nd - Earth Day Spirit Day: Blue and Green Day, Student Recycling Creations Due
April 26th - Hot Lunch: PANZAROTTI
April 27th - Bayridge Road Race at BSS
April 29th - PA DAY
May 4th - LCVI Road Race
May 4th - Spirit Day "May the 4th be With You"
May 13th – Immunization Clinic – Gr. 7 & 8
June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC - OPEN TO ALL - FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD DOSES
We are excited for WALKING WEDNESDAYS at Lancaster and Mother Teresa Schools. We will be challenging students to find their way to school by biking, walking, or rolling to school with a special focus on Wednesdays. The warmer weather has tentatively joined us which will certainly help in this endeavour.
As many of you will be aware, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. The LDSB District Autism Team has shared a variety of resources for educators to use to help students to broaden their understanding of persons with Autism and neurodiversity. We look forward to some wonderful teaching and learning this month.
April also marks the beginning of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. This year, Ramadan is from April 1st until May 1st. Please take a moment to enjoy this short video that gives a good overview of Ramadan:
We wish a "Ramadan Mubarak" (filled with blessings) to all of our students, staff and families who observe.
Our Senior Basketball season has come to an end with lots of growth and healthy competition from both teams. It has been wonderful to see students back on the court and experiencing this element of school life. Junior Basketball is also now up and running! Thank you to Mr. Vreeken, Mme. Take, Mr. Barling and Ms. O'Hearn for supporting our teams this season.
Running Club is also back in action: students from Grades 3-8 are invited to join the Running Club. We encourage all runners to come out whether it means they are hoping to compete or just wish to stretch their legs and be a part of the fantastic energy of our group. Those who are able to run the distance for their age group will be invited to the Bayridge and LCVI Road Races later in the season.
As planting season is fast approaching it is time to schedule your "Plantables" delivery! This fundraiser was a success last year, the plants were healthy and hearty, and the online system made it very easy for families to order. Funds raised by this initiative will support a variety of school projects including purchasing "consumables" for outdoor play (balls, sand toys, sleds, etc...), and materials for experiential learning in classrooms. Order plants for yourself, or gift them to family, friends or neighbours - what a kind gesture towards someone you care about. Simply visit the site and use our school code (LDPSGROWS) at checkout.
This month, Lancaster Staff will be engaging in professional learning on the PA Day at the end of the month focusing on LDSB violence prevention training, school climate data and structured literacy. Over 15 staff will also be renewing our First Aid Certification through an after school course.
Please continue to send your child/ren with extra socks & clothes, waterproof boots and splash pants if possible: our yard continues to be quite muddy. Have a great weekend,
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
- Please do not use the staff parking lot for the purpose of dropping off or picking up your child - additional vehicles at these times is counterintuitive to preserving a safe space for all students. Students can be dropped off using the laybys on Lancaster Drive or drive-thru zone, and then use the walkways on either side of the school to walk to the playground at the back of the school.
- We continue to require families to remain off the main pavement area during drop-off and pick-up times. This practice has had a positive impact on student safety as we are more clearly able to see students connecting with families as they wait at the path or make their way to their meeting spot at the beginning of the day.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
Kindergarten Registration has begun! If you have a child who will turn 4 or 5 by the end of December, you will find information about online registration for 2022-23 using the following link: https://www.limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/kindergarten_registration_for_september_2022 We look forward to planning some events to welcome our littlest learners later in the spring!
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD POSITION
CROSSING GUARD POSITION AT LANCASTER/LIMESTONE
Thank you to members of our School Council for your shared advocacy on this new addition to our before and after school routines. This is position has been staffed and is scheduled to begin at the corner of Limestone and Lancaster on Monday, March 28th with the following times:
AM: 8:00am - 9:10am
PM: 2:55pm - 4:05pm
The Crossing Guard positions exist in two forms – Regular and Relief. The Relief Crossing Guard role allows the flexibility for an individual to cover a single shift (AM, PM, or both) at a crossing guard location in need of coverage on a given day. Applications for relief positions are still welcome, individuals interested can connect using this link (email@example.com) with their availability / locational preference.
GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation
LIFE AND LEARNING AT LANCASTER: Experiential Technology Week in Junior, Intermediate Pneumatics Projects, Spring Planting, Gould Lake Adventures, Bike Racks are Ready, AND Learning Moments Throughout the School
Virtual School 2022-23
Virtual School 2022-2023: The board has begun planning for September 2022 including the continuation of our Virtual Schools for K to 12 students who learn best in the online environment, or who require a virtual environment due to underlying medical conditions for themselves or for family members. Collecting some preliminary information now will allow us to do some necessary planning.
Families wishing to have their elementary school student(s) enrolled in the LDSB Elementary Virtual School for September 2022, will need to complete the EVS Survey to confirm their interest by March 21, 2022, even if their student was in the Elementary Virtual School this year.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!
Meet Up Location Map
KFL&A Masking Protocol Changes for LDSB
KFL&A has updated the masking protocol for schools. Students are no longer required to wear masks when they are outdoors and in their cohorts. This means that when students are outside with their class cohorts for phys. ed or for recess, they do not have to keep their masks on.
A reminder that arrival and dismissal times have many students crossing different areas of the yard to get to their cohort lineup spots. Students should keep their masks on until they get to their designated lineup with their class cohort. Masks are still required indoors and on school transportation. Staff will remind students to put their masks on prior to entering the school building and prior to boarding a school
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 .
Tutoring Available through LDAK
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