Together in Education Family Update
Week of Feb 17-21
Upcoming Calendar Events
Feb 17 ~ Family Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 18 ~ Hot Lunch: Pasta
Feb 18 ~ Screenagers at KCVI @ 7:00 (see poster in newsletter)
Feb 21 ~ POSTPONED Transition to Kindergarten session for caregivers of children with special needs (see poster in newsletter)
Feb 25 ~ Hot Lunch: Grilled Cheese
Feb 26 ~ PINK SHIRT DAY
Mar 5 ~ TASTE OF LANCASTER - Multicultural Night 5:30-7:30
Kindergarten Registration Open for 2020-21
It's Kindergarten registration time for the 2020-21 school year!! Your child must be 4 years of age before December 31st to enroll in JK and you must live in the Lancaster catchment area. Complete the registration form online using the link below.
GRADE 5 CHESS BUDDIES!! Sharing the game with primary classes
Labour Update- School Closure Friday February 21st
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario(ETFO), which represents elementary teachers within our board, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which represents secondary teachers and professional student service personnel within our board, gave notice that their members will be participating in a one-day, province-wide strike on Friday, February 21 if no progress is made at the central bargaining table.
At that time, classes for ALL LDSB students will be cancelled on Friday, February, 21. Classes will resume as planned on Monday, February 24.
Please make alternative child care arrangements and do not send your child to school on Friday, February 21. For more information please go to the LDSB website.
Student Census 2020
School boards across the province are asking students to complete a student census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. Students in the Limestone students in Grades 4 to 12 will participate in our confidential student census in the spring of 2020.
The online census, which will be completed by students during supervised class time, will ask students a variety of questions around their identity and demographics. All information on individual students will remain confidential. Below you will find a video and link for more information about the student census.
TERM ONE REPORT CARDS
As shared earlier by the Limestone District School Board, Term 1 report cards for elementary students across the province will not be issued due to the ongoing provincial labour disruption by members of ETFO.
We know families are disappointed with the absence of mid-year report cards which are normally scheduled for February. Teachers are continuing to evaluate and assess students but will not be entering marks and/or learning skills electronically. It is important to remember that report cards are not the sole record of achievement data for your child. Ongoing and regular communication between teachers and families occurs throughout the year. As always, parents and guardians can contact their child’s teacher to discuss their progress, or concerns.
It was a difficult decision not to issue term-one report cards; however, during job action it is not business as usual in our schools. Although elementary teachers have submitted marks to administrators, school administrators will not be communicating marks to families.
The production of report cards for Limestone’s 13,000 elementary students relies on the electronic inputting of assessment data by teachers. This translates into about 300,000 individual pieces of data. Our principals and vice-principals cannot do the work of more than 800 classroom teachers. Nor can this work be outsourced to other Board staff, or external agencies due to the significant unbudgeted cost, and concerns about accuracy and, more importantly, privacy given the confidential information that is part of a child’s report card.
We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during this time of labour action. We are hopeful that the parties at the central table are able to reach an agreement soon. The Board will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
STUDENT SUCCESS: Picking up early or dropping off late. When done as a habit, or it becomes a routine....it matters
HEALTHY SCHOOL INFORMATION
Lancaster Parent Council Fundraising
You can now shop online at your favourite stores and fund raise for Lancaster! As part of our 2018/2019 Fundraising efforts, Parent Council is putting a 3 year plan in place to raise funds for schoolyard improvements for all divisions - primary, junior and intermediates. This is a significant project and will require a lot of hard work and dedication from our Parent Council, Staff and Community.
FlipGive allows us to earn cash back for our school for shopping online! There are dozens of retailers to shop with including Indigo, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Old Navy, Sport Chek just to name a few. You can even earn cash back for the school when you purchase gift cards - great teachers gifts or stocking stuffers! Going out for dinner? Order your gift card online through FlipGive ahead of time and use it to pay for dinner....So easy & something you were going to do anyway!
How it works
- Join our Lancaster Team at Flipgive.com or download the FlipGive App from the app store
- Go to https://www.flipgive.com/teams/164409 and click on "Join This Team"
- Enter code CFKGRP
- Happy Shopping!
This fundraiser will run all year around so check back each time you shop online to see if there is a participating retailer. For a full list of current retailers, click here.
Feel free to also share the link and code with family & friends - anyone can join our team! Every little bit helps. We appreciate your support.
- Indigo - Gift Cards gives 15%, Shop Online gives up to 3%
- Amazon - Shop Online gives up to 10%
- Walmart - Shop Online gives up to 1%
- Starbucks - Buy Gift Cards gives 2%
- Old Navy - Buy Gift Cards gives 2%, Shop Online gives 5%
- Sport Chek - Shop Online gives 10%
- Ultimate Dining Gift Card - gives 7%
- Jack Astor's - Buy Gift Cards gives 10%
FOR OUR PARENTS: COMMUNITY SUPPORTS, PROGRAMS, EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Kingston Gets Active’s Grade 5 ActivPass is a unique opportunity for students to enjoy physical activity at participating recreation centres, during designated times, free of charge until August 31, 2020.
The schedule can be found at www.KingstonGetsActive.ca
Bayridge Secondary School Grade 8 Info Night: February 10th @ 6:30 PM at the School
Hope you can join us Feb. 10th at 6:30 PM in the Main Bear Pit at the school.