Together in Education:Family Update
LIFE AND LEARNING MOMENTS AT LANCASTER:
TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULES:
Running Club – Tues/Thurs 3-4 pm; Friday @ lunch
Jr. Boys Basketball – Mon/Wed after school; Tuesday @ lunch
Jr. Girls A team Basketball - Tues/Thurs after school; Mon @ lunch
Jr. Girls B team Basketball – Tues/Thurs after school; Mon @ lunch
Ultimate Frisbee – Mon/Thurs after school 3-4:30 pm
April 26th - Hot Lunch: PANZAROTTI
April 26th - Jr Girls A Basketball @ The Prince Charles, Jr Girls B Basketball @ Welborne
April 27th - Walking Wednesday
April 27th - Jr Boys B Basketball vs. Trudell
April 27th - Bayridge Road Race at BSS
April 28th - Jump Rope for Heart Event
April 28th - Ultimate Frisbee @ Dome 3:30-4:30 pm
April 28th - Jr Boys A Basketball @ Welborne
April 29th - PA DAY
May 2nd - Playground Pavement Games painted (May 3 rain date)
May 3rd - Jr Girls Basketball @ Cat Woods
May 4th - LCVI Road Race
May 4th - Jr. Boys B Basketball vs Henderson
May 4th - Spirit Day "May the 4th be With You"
May 5th - Ultimate Frisbee @ Dome 3:30-4:30 pm
May 5th - Jr Boys A Basketball @ Welbourne
May 9th – Gould Lake (Tidman/Dowdell)
May 11th – “Creation Station” Fun Day
May 11th - Read-a-Thon Milkshake Day
May 13th – Gould Lake (Hamilton/Ewing)
May 11th - Read-a-Thon Milkshake Day
May 13th – Immunization Clinic – Gr. 7 & 8
May 23rd – Victoria Day
June 1st – Regional Track & Field Meet
June 7th – District Track & Field Meeting
June 8th – Reports due to the office
June 9th – MADD Canada presentation (Intermediate)
June 13/14 – Intermediate Trip – Camp Iawah
June 16/17 – Ultimate Frisbee Tournament @ Woodbine Park
June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
STAFFING AND ADMINISTRATION UPDATE:
The spring season is when we begin planning for our school organization and staffing for the next school year. We wish Lori Farrelly well as she takes a leave from her ECE position with Limestone and begins her next journey at Teacher's College - congratulations! We will share further staff changes, additions and leaves later in the staffing season.
At a system level, this can also mean some changes in administrative teams. Lancaster will warmly welcome Jolene Knowles, currently principal at Rideau Heights Public School as Principal at Lancaster in September. Ms. Knowles brings with her a tremendous skill set and we will work together over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for our community. I am delighted to share that Ms. O'Hearn will continue in her role as VP/SST at Lancaster. I (Ms. Fox) will be making the transition as Principal to Ecole Kingston East Elementary School. It has been a tremendous honour and a privilege to serve the Lancaster community over the last 7 years, and it will certainly be an emotional farewell. I look forward to spending the next two months with students and staff and ending off the school year together.
We have a big week ahead! Runners have been working hard to prepare for their first road race at Bayridge High School on Wednesday. We have seen lots of skipping action at recess as students work towards our goals for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A big thank you to Ms. Jarbeau and Ms. McDougall for your leadership in organizing our school-wide Jump Rope for Heart event this week. Teams from our grade 7/8 classes will have an opportunity to compete in the Bayridge Computing Challenge with other schools across the district on Thursday evening. We also have a PA Day on Friday where staff will be engaged in learning related to Structured Literacy, The Right to Read Report, and training focused on Human Trafficking, Workplace Violence and the LDSB Workplace Census.
With students active outside and more moderate temperatures it is even more important that students come to school with refillable water bottles. Please make sure that they are labeled so that we can connect any stray bottles with their owners.
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.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
- We continue to have a few parents who are using the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up their child. This creates unsafe conditions for students who are walking to school and are using the correct drop off locations and walking to the playground. 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.
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. It is important that we receive registrations before the end of the school year so that we can plan for class placements in the fall.
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!
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.
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
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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