We are pleased to offer students at Lancaster ongoing opportunities for enrichment, meaningful learning, connections across the curriculum, and exposure to new experiences.
On Thursday March 2nd Lancaster was “Art Attacked”!! Across the school and throughout the entire day Lancaster staff and students dedicated time to learning, exploring and engaging in art. We began the day with a memorable kick-off assembly with guest artists Donna Jackson and Donna Banting and then classes set off to work on some amazing art projects. We welcomed artists from the community, as well as Queen’s Fine Arts and Education Students to help lead some classes in their work for the day. We were thankful for support from a great team of parents who helped in classrooms to make the day run smoothly. Many thanks to our parent council for helping to purchase and gather some of our art supplies for the day. By the end of “Art Attack”, every student will have produced his or her very own work of art that will be
displayed at our upcoming Family Formal night on March 23rd. On that evening we will have art, live instrumental music, a family DJ dance, and fine food prepared by the Bayridge SS culinary program. Our parent council is busy planning and organizing details and tickets are still available through your child’s classroom teacher or at the front office.
With Canada 150 on our mind, students in grades 4-8 were brought on a journey into Canada’s far north as we welcomed John Dunn, an Arctic explorer, to share stories and pictures of his breathtaking expeditions. Through his images and narrative, we were able to catch a glimpse of the amazing landscape that he has uncovered as well as capture a sense of the adventure, the challenges and the survival of an explorer. Connections were made to passion, hard work and the simple beauty of our country. For more on John Dunn and open conversation with your child visit www.arcticlight.com
Gary Raspberry, a well-known musician, will be joining primary classes to enagage in song-writing and performing from March 6-10. The theme “Write off the Page” focuses on using music to bring a book to life. This unique experience of being involved in creating and producing music is a unique one and we are eager to hear some of the final products!
Intermediate students welcomed the Queen's "Get Real" group into their classrooms this month. Our students enjoyed the positive leadership of enthusiastic facilitators who ran workshops aimed to educate students on changing homophobic attitudes, unlearning homophobic language, and creating a safe space for all. Lancaster students embraced the opportunity to have honest conversations about challenges that peers could be facing and decided to take a positive stance towards creating an inclusive school for everyone.
On March 7th award winning author and storyteller Rukhsana Khan is coming to share her story "Big Red Lollipop" with our primary students. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Rukhsana’s stories have universal themes about being new to Canada, about fitting in at any cost, being an ‘outsider’, dealing with sibling rivalry, having to overcome racism and other forms of exclusion and social cruelty aka ‘bullying’. She also writes sensitively about the plight of refugee children and their challenges and struggles for resiliency in times of war and fear. See more on her website.http://www.rukhsanakhan.com/
While the school is bustling with events, our Basketball teams have found their own hustle and bustle on the court. Both our girls and boys basketball teams worked very hard this year to develop their skills and come together as unified forces on the court. The seasons have wrapped up but the memories remain and we are certain to see some talents continue out on the court this spring.
This fall and winter, we have been working with Mother Teresa Catholic School, board-level Facility Services staff from LDSB and ALCDSB and a third party traffic consultant to look at the traffic and parking situation at the two school sites. We are looking at ways to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve student safety particularly at drop-off and pick-up times. We look forward to working with families and our school communities as we work towards positive solutions together.
Kindergarten registration – Kindergarten registration is open for children who will be 4 by December 31, 2007. Please share out in the community to register soon as this helps give us accurate numbers to work with in the fall as we create classes.
For more pictures of these events, or to get updates on school happenings, follow us on Twitter @LancasterPS_LDSB or on the Remind app using the class code: @lancasterd
Have a wonderful March Break filled with family time and new and familiar adventures!
Your administrative team,
Lani Fox, Principal & Sara Wellwood, Vice-Principal
Lowering flags to half-mast in support of tragedy in Quebec, City
Lancaster Drive Public School school is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred at a Quebec City mosque on January 29, 2017. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and the first responders who worked diligently to keep everyone safe.
As an expression of support and solidarity with the community in Quebec City, all schools of the Limestone District School Board will lower its flag to half-mast as that community mourns for those lost in this tragic events.
Although events like this are rare, we cannot downplay the impact they have on our students, families and staff. Our reactions to unexpected and troubling situations can shape how children and youth experience these events, and can influence their perceptions of safety. Please know that the safety and security of our students and staff is always our first priority. If at any time, we are advised by authorities that any action is required, we will move swiftly as directed.
We know that an unimaginable event like this affects all of us. If you feel your child needs to speak to someone, please contact Educational Services Support Staff at our school.
Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year at Lancaster Drive Public School. Staff are excited to begin another school year and continue to share learning experiences with our students, developing strong character and integrity as we learn and grow together. We strive to meet the needs of the whole child as we provide numerous opportunities within and beyond the classroom in the Arts, Academics, Athletics, Character Education and Leadership.
As a staff we like to highlight the fact that success requires effort. We are continuing with our education about the Growth Mindset and that failure does not define us, it is an experience that we learn from. We strive to foster critical thinking in our students through inquiry-based learning and the use of technology as pathways to deep thinking and building our network of learning with others.
Our October Newsletter, a partnership with Parent Council, is posted here under Newsletters. We will be transitioning to an online version over the next month or two. Please see our first online newsletter with this link, https://www.smore.com/7zxv1.