Together in Education:Family Update

April 19-22

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Upcoming Dates:


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


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.

School Update

Dear Families,

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.

Kindergarten Registration

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. We look forward to planning some events to welcome our littlest learners later in the spring!

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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.


April 5 - Panzarotti
April 12 - Pizza
April 19 - Pasta
April 26 - Panzarotti

May 3 - Pizza
May 10 - Pasta
May 17 - Panzarotti
May 24 - Pizza
May 31 - Pasta
June 7 - Panzarotti
June 14 - Pizza
June 21 - Pasta

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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 ( with their availability / locational preference.

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GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation

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Kindergarten Registration for September 2022
COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool

Please complete daily before attending school

Meet Up Location Map

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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

The Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston is proud to announce the launch of our LDAK Literacy Tutoring Program this Spring! The program will be piloted in selected school communities in Kingston, ON from April - June 2022 with students in Grades 1-3. We hope to be able to expand our tutoring program based on the Science of Reading in the future. In the meantime, LDAK is happy to share contact information for some of our trained tutors, who are available independently for online tutoring.

For more info, click here.

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Lancaster Apparel available through our Spirit Store

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Contact your School Advisory Council Using the link below

Connecting our Lancaster Community - Do you own your own business in Kingston?

The School Advisory Council for Lancaster Drive Public School would like to invite you to join our Lancaster Connect community directory. We want to connect with you and provide a way for you to find people or resources within our school community. The School Advisory Council funds a wide range of activities for the school and we would like to utilize and support businesses within our school community wherever possible. Please join us in creating this community directory by providing your business and contact information below. Once we collect all of the responses, we will share the link to the directory in the weekly school newsletter "Together in Education". You can print out the paper copy and send it in with your child to school or use the Google link in next week's newsletter.
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Did you know there is a function available that will allow you to translate our newsletter into a preferred language? Use this feature as indicated in the image below.
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Mabels Labels

Need labels for your kids belongings – simply hop onto and click on “support a fundraiser” scroll through until you see our school then do your shopping – 20% of all sales go to our school fundraising efforts – how easy is that!!

Cobs Bread

Love tasty baked goods from Cobs Bread?? Every time you visit Cobs Bread Bakery at 770 Gardiners rd. in Kingston simply let them know you are supporting Lancaster School’s Fundraiser and they will donate 10% of your sale to us!

Let’s “Raise some Dough”!

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