Welcome Back January Update

January 2020

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A new year, and all of its 365 opportunities, is upon us! We warmly welcome our students and their families back after some time to rejuvenate and refresh. Students will be diving back into learning and we are ready to finish off term one at the end of this month. We have included a few calendar and news items in this update to get everyone on track and ready to give our best efforts!
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Jan 6 ~ First Day back for staff and students, Teacher Appreciation gesture from PAC

Jan 6 ~ Bricks 4 Kidz registration opens at 10:00 am (limited enrollment available)

Jan 6 ~ Girls BBall practice at Lunch, Boys after school 3:00-4:45

Jan 7 ~ Coffee Time 8:00 am on schoolyard

Jan 7 ~ Parent Council Meeting 6:00

Jan 7~ Boys BBall practice at Lunch, Girls after school 3:00-4:45

Jan 7 ~ Hot Lunch - Pizza

Jan 8 ~ Karate at Lunch, Boys BBall after school 3:00-4:45

Jan 9 ~ Girl's BBall after School 3:00-4:45

Jan 14 ~ Hot Lunch - Pasta

Jan 21 ~ Hot Lunch - Grilled Cheese

Jan 21 ~ Bricks 4 Kidz program Grade 1-3 begins (Tuesdays for 6 weeks)

Jan 22 ~ Bricks 4 Kidz program Grade 4-6 begins (Wednesdays for 6 weeks)

Jan 22 ~ Grade 6 Winter Gould Lake trip - Vreeken

Jan 27-30 ~ Literacy Week and Scholastic Book Fair

Jan 28 ~ Hot Lunch - Subway

Jan 28 ~ Bricks 4 Kids at lunch Gr. 1-3

Jan 29 ~ Bricks 4 Kids at lunch Gr. 4-6

Jan 31 - PA Day - No school for students

Jan 31 ~ Lancaster Invitational BBall Tournament

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Bricks 4 Kidz Program - Registration opens Jan 6th

6 Week Lunch Hour Program

Lancaster Drive Public School

Grades 1-3 Tuesdays

Grade 4-6 Wednesdays
Program Fee: $61.80
January 21/22 – February 25/26

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby carts, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants build a new project each week. Architectural concepts are taught while assembling buildings, bridges and other structures. Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.

NOTE: Program enrollment is on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum of 30 spaces. Completed registration and payment due by January 13th, 2020.

Please log into School Day to register for Bricks 4 Kidz program.

Students bring their lunch with them to this program and are given time at the beginning of the class to eat. Bricks 4 Kidz is proud to be part of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area; supervision for this program is provided by Bricks 4 Kidz staff, who are also Ontario Certified Teachers. If required, students will be arranged into appropriate grade level groupings to suit the skill level of each individual student.

GRADE 1-3:

The topic of this lunch hour program is Gizmos and Gadgets. This unit is all about the fun of doing something with what you’ve built. From a spinning top to a spin art model, kids will love playing with their creations! But don’t worry, we sneak in lots of learning too--from understanding probability in the “3 in a row” game model to learning about friction and symmetry with the spinning top lesson!

  • Class 1 – Spin Art Machine
  • Class 2 – Optical Illusion
  • Class 3 – 3 in a Row
  • Class 4 – Paper Crinkler
  • Class 5 – Spinning Top
  • Class 6 – Car

GRADE 4-6:

The topic of this lunch hour program is Ticket to Ride. Delve into the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing boat ride, and Merry Go Round. Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.

  • Class 1 – Merry Go Round
  • Class 2 – Carousel Swing
  • Class 3 – Loop de Loop
  • Class 4 – Earthquake
  • Class 5 – Tsunami
  • Class 6 – Swing Boat

Note: Class grade range may change based on interest, We do our best to keep classes to the specified day of the week, however delivery date may very when necessary. The delivery order of builds may change. In the event that school busses are cancelled, our programs will be rescheduled. The school will be notified of these changes.

If you have any questions about this program, or our other offerings, please contact Sarah at sarah@bgckingston.ca

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Labour Update

Please follow the link to the labour update on the LDSB Website: https://www.limestone.on.ca/

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NEW THIS YEAR: Parent Reporting of Student Absence on Inclement Weather Days

The Limestone District School Board uses the SafeArrival system for parents/guardians to report student absences. This can be done one of three ways: the SchoolMessenger App on your mobile device; the SchoolMessenger website portal; or the toll-free number automated phone system at 1-855-257-9349.

In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.

NEW FOR 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know the whereabouts of every student to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for. Students are asked to ensure they report to their first period class for attendance.


· Bus cancellation as the reason for absence if your student is bused

· Inclement weather as the reason for the absence if your student walks but chooses not to attend

If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact by telephone to confirm the absence.

The new SafeArrival system makes it easier for you to report your student’s absence, reduces the time it takes for our school staff to verify student attendance, and responds to unexpected or unplanned student absences. This time savings makes it faster and more efficient to account for all students and their safety.

On inclement weather days, sometimes the daily plan is amended but learning continues as many students can, and do find alternative ways to school (Kingston Transit, family drop off, walking). In schools where there are significant walk-to populations, an inclement weather day doesn’t usually affect the curriculum plan. In others, almost all students might be (school) bused. In these cases, educators make the necessary adjustment to adjust their lesson plans for who is in attendance.

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