Together in Education Family Update

Week of June 1-5

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LANCASTER BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS!

Lancaster Birthday Shout Outs - June 1-6 ~ from Abby, Charlie and Eli!
Hearing your name read over our morning announcements to recognize your birthday is a special part of school life. Here we are giving it a try remotely from home! Thanks Lions for helping out. : ) If your family would like to participate or has another video message or project they would like to share in future newsletters, please contact Ms. Fox (foxla@limestone.on.ca).

Marley’s Adventures this Week

MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Dear Families,


In our visits to Lancaster's remote learning classrooms we often share big smiles as we see student work submissions. We are so proud of the hard work of both our students and our staff as they try to bring their best selves and participate in learning together while apart. Staff have been working hard to bring forward both creative and concrete learning activities. We have seen podcasts, talent shows, video lessons, theme weeks, class challenges, mystery guests, and poster contests, all while allowing students to shine in class meetings, through video submissions and by trying out new sharing platforms. This has been a very new experience for all of us and a tremendous amount of work for parents, guardians and educators to keep our little (and big!) ones and ourselves safe, engaged and well. While at times quite challenging, there have certainly been some highlights in the growth we have seen collectively as a learning community. Well done Lions!


During a regular school year, June is also a month that is often injected with end-of-year celebrations, outdoor learning, field trips, and popsicle chats. You may find your child is having a harder time attending to learning tasks as they are drawn outside or wanting to celebrate as they would at school. Our staff will continue to provide remote learning throughout the months of June as well as opportunities for students to connect with each other. We encourage families to focus on staying well and ensuring they are continuing to adhere to public health guidelines. It is also okay to inject some end-of-year flavour to your days, finding a backyard adventure, taking a break for a popsicle, and putting on some music with the sprinkler on....bring on the warm weather!



Lani Fox and Carrie Moore

Preliminary LDSB Student Survey Results

Students, families and staff were recently invited to share their thoughts about the Limestone District School Board’s emergency remote learning. You can see some preliminary results by clicking here to view

Retrieval of Student Belongings

The LDSB and KFL&A Public Health Unit have been working to develop safe protocols for students to retrieve any belongings left behind in March. Protocol has recently been released to schools and we are now developing site-specifc procedures that align with these guidelines and organizing staff to support the process. We will be contacting families to arrange for a time for access to the school building and to provide you with the protocol for retrieving student belongings.


There are some families who will not need to enter the school (no personal items/items may be too small by now). Any items in good condition remaining at the school will be donated or saved to support a child in need when we return to school.


We thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan a smooth, safe and efficient entry/exit plan. Details will come to you via School Messenger in the coming week.

FIND LDSB INFORMATION UPDATES ON ANY OF THESE PLATFORMS

Lions Learning At Home

Hey Baby Kinder Dancers movie

GOODBYE AND THANK YOU MRS. HAWLEY!!

We have been so fortunate to have Mrs. Hawley as part of our Lancaster team in the grade 4 classroom this year. She has been full of ideas, energy and passion for her subject-areas and connecting with students. Mrs. Hamilton returns full time this month to carry out the remainder of the school year. Thank you Mrs. Hawley for your time at Lancaster and we wish you well on your next adventure!
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HEY LIONS!!!.........IT'S RECESS TIME!!!

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Congratulations on your Marathon Snow Family!!

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VIRTUAL RUNNING CLUB - MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO ALL!

WE ARE MOVING OUR FEET LIONS!


New runners and families are welcome: CLASS CODE: j3eJs76. Although we can't travel very far right now....we can run! We are collecting kilometres to virtually run to different destinations in Ontario (and beyond). Join us and track your running, walking or biking kilometers. Hold a mini track meet, challenge siblings, parents, or relatives to see if they can track their kilometres too - we'll count them all. The more we are moving the healthier we will be!


MARATHON CHALLENGE

Some of you may have taken part in The Marathon Challenge before. If you did, you'll remember working hard to accumulate and track kilometres everyday. Once we got close, we took a trip to Invista Caraco Track to complete our last kilometres together. Obviously, we won't be able to do that this year, but nothing's stopping you from still taking on that challenge now!


We have attached the tracking sheets for a half marathon and the other is for a full in the classroom. You can collect kilometres together as a family or collect them individually. We'll check in with you each week in the classroom so you can tell us how you're doing.


Great work this week, keep it up Lions!


Your running coaches,

Ms. McDougall, Mr. Vreeken, and Ms. Fox

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ONLINE SAFETY ~ WEBINARS FOR PARENTS

The Ontario Principal's Council is offering free webinars for parents/guardians about online safety for kids:


Online Safety for Parents/Guardians of Students in Gr. 3-6

In this 1-hour webinar guest speaker, Paul Davis, will assist parents and guardians to:

  • understand the rules for online safety;
  • define responsible use of technology;
  • and learn about digital trails, cyberbullying, picture taking and sharing.

Paul will help parents and guardians understand where their kids should be online, in spaces that are safe, productive, and educational. The focus will be building healthy relationships and creating positive digital citizens.


Dates

Tuesday, June 2 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 4 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Navigating Cyberbullying & Cyberviolence for Parents/Guardians of Students in Gr. 7-12

In this 1-hour webinar, guest speakers from the field of cyber safety will advise parents and guardians on:

  • navigating the risks of cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, and cyber violence;
  • building healthy online relationships and safe spaces for students;
  • and using the internet for positive purposes.


Dates

Tuesday, June 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Click here to register: online safety webinars.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE STARTING KINDERGARTEN IN THE FALL? SHARE THE VIDEO BELOW TO SHOW THEM HOW MUCH FUN IT IS!

Westin Clancy presents, Forky Goes to Kindergarten!
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Mental Health Resources

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.


Anxiety Canada - free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.


Big White Wall – A free, anonymous online community, monitored 24/7 by trained professionals. Not intended for individuals in an emergency.


Bounce Back – A free online or telephone skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry.


Moodgym – An online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

LOOKING FOR YARD SUPERVISORS FOR 2020-21

YARD SUPERVISORS

As we begin to plan for the next school year, we are looking for people who may be interested in being a Paid Yard Supervisor. Some of our supervisors come every day from 12:20-1:20, and others commit to a few times a week - the schedule can be flexible!


If you are interested, please email the school at lancd@limestone.on.ca

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Kindergarten registration is underway
Lancaster is accepting kindergarten registrations. Our team is currently making plans for communications to our newest families, more information to come! Families who reside in the Lancaster area are currently able to register on-line (clickable link above). You will receive a confirmation email that asks families to come into the school to provide documentation. This stage of the process will be completed once schools re-open.

Are you MOVING?

Please let your child's teacher know or contact lancd@limestone.on.ca. This is useful information as head into the planning and class organization for 2020-21.
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Ontario Ministry of Education Learn at Home Resources


With the end of March Break, families may be looking for ways to establish learning routines at home when schools are closed. The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided some links to resources that families and students can access from home.

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LEARN AT HOME LINK

Please follow the link to the Ministry of Education Learn at home resource page

ACCESS TO WIFI


For individuals without access to the internet, the wifi is being left on, and enhanced where possible at Limestone D.S.B. schools. Students can log into wifi outside of any of LDSB school. A reminder that students and families must use physical distancing protocols and stay at least 2 meters away from others when using wifi around a school.

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SORA Online Library

Students can access e-books and audiobooks using their LDSB login

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Supporting Children through COVID-19

More mental health resources for children during COVID-19

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