Together in Education Family Update
Week of June 1-5
LANCASTER BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS!
Marley’s Adventures this Week
MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
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
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
Remote classroom learning - checking for understanding with an exit ticket
Virtual lesson to cover a new topic - quadrilaterals!
Ms. B starts off her week with a message to students and shares her garden at home
Creating at home, lots of recycled creations happening at home!
An Eco-Journal Entry - observations from a spot nearby
It's spring and we're planting!! Can't wait to see the growth!
Grade 6/7s make Crepes with Ms. Cancian
Cooking recipes are perfect for procedural writing
Drawing and photography...we get to explore our creative side
Grade 8 Students and Parents get involved in Graduation Plans!
We had a drawing session in this classroom and students enjoyed showing their work
Throwback Thursday was a hit in this house!
GOODBYE AND THANK YOU MRS. HAWLEY!!
HEY LIONS!!!.........IT'S RECESS TIME!!!
Congratulations on your Marathon Snow Family!!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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 email@example.com
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.