Crisp mornings and the earthy smells of autumn have finally come to greet us as we meander into the fall season. Students and staff certainly enjoyed that last little treat of summer that lingered in September but welcome the new season. Our students have been demonstrating an enthusiasm for learning, and a commitment to maintaining a tone of respect and community throughout our school. Our staff exudes this same commitment to growing strong character in your children and providing the best learning environments possible. Over the last few weeks staff have been establishing routines and getting to know students. We gather baseline data in some of the core subjects and explore student interests and strengths to design the learning journey ahead. We encourage parents to establish communication with their classroom teacher if
they have any questions about progress, program or how best to support your child at home.
At Lancaster, there is a focus not only on achievement and curriculum but also on student well-being. We know that active bodies and engaged students foster active minds. Media Club has already been busy capturing some of the big and small moments that occur every day at Lancaster, including our Terry Fox Run, Open House and the many smiling faces in our building and on the playground. Our running team were strong participants in our very own Race Around the Park and sent 128 runners to the Fort Henry Cross Country Meets, with a large number qualifying for the District meet next week. We recently held our Student Councilelections to elect our Spirit Leaders (Macy Dowdell and Kate Vanderlaan) and class representatives. We have many students taking on leadership roles in our
building including Lunch Helpers, Yard Pals, Milk Program Co-ordinators, and the Green Team. New this year we are offering Junior Volleyball teams along with the Senior Teams. Many thanks to our dedicated coaching community made up of staff members and parent volunteers for investing in our students. We also invite all families to become involved in our school. We offer opportunities to read with students, join on field trips, and be part of the team that makes memorable school activities happen. Joining our Parent Council is an easy and fun way to become involved.
As a staff, we have committed to exploring ways to bring Student Voice to the forefront of our classrooms, our school, and into the community and beyond. We are asking parents to consider whether there might be opportunities for student involvement or student voice to be present in your workplace. Are there committees that might want the opinion or thoughts from our students? Would there be an opportunity for you or your work team to Skype with one of our classrooms or a small group of students? Would you read the same book as your child's class and have a book talk with them?
All the way from kindergarten to grade 8, students have important things to say. We leave you with this....the possibilities are endless. : ) Please contact your child's teacher or the main office with any of your thoughts or ideas.
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox & Sara Wellwood
WELCOME BACK SWEET SEPTEMBER....HERE WE GO!
Our first two weeks of school have been a wonderful start for students, staff and our community. We are all settling into routines and at the same time gearing back up to meet the pace of school life and extracurricular activities. We are pleased to share that, although we are very full at Lancaster, the staffing committee has approved our organization for the 2017-2018 school year and there will be no need to re-organize classes.
We look forward to seeing families at our upcoming Open House BBQ on Wednesday September 27th 5:00-6:30. Food will be available starting at 5:00 and classrooms will be open for touring. Staff will be holding two 15 minute information or Q&A sessions in their classrooms to be held at 5:45 and 6:05. Families will be able to pre-order their $5 BBQ meal through our online hot lunch service. (lancaster.hotlunches.net, Access Code: LDHL). This online system helps our volunteer parents tremendously in terms of reducing the time it takes to manually organize the information and calculations. While it may not be this year, we hope to be able to offer an on-line payment option when a mechanism is approved through board policy.
We have a very active school community and we like to celebrate and support active lifestyles. This fall we be purchasing some additional bike racks to accommodate student riders and adding two outdoor basketball nets to the playground. Some classrooms are also exploring flexible seating to encourage students to identify their learning needs, help them with focus to work collaboratively and increase engagement.
Orders can be delivered to the school and sent home with your child or can be picked up at Specialty Trophies directly.
Running Club, Karate, Boys and Girls soccer teams, Yearbook and Media Club, Lunch Helpers, Yard Buddies and Milk Helpers are all up and running at Lancaster. A busy start and students are ready to get involved and develop important leadership skills. More opportunities are coming as we look to encourage student voice in our building. We encourage all students to try something new this year. : )
Thank you for all of your support for a smooth start up. We look forward to another great year!
Yours in education,
Lani Fox and Sara Wellwood
MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM - JUNE
June will come and go in the blink of an eye! Students and teachers are enjoying their last few weeks together and our year-end activities are in full swing! As we write this message, our Track and Field team is representing Lancaster at the District Meet. Our Ultimate Frisbee team is working hard towards clinching another City Championship title, and our Grade 7 and 8s just returned from a memorable trip to Camp Oconto. We asked several of them to tell us about their favourite memory of their time away. The winner? Kayaking :)
Our 25th Anniversary festivities were a huge success! Watching our current students and staff looking through the memorabilia along side former students and staff was very impactful. Our new school logo was unveiled during the event and is now proudly being displayed in our front foyer. The logo design comes as a result of our student submissions for our Logo Design Challenge earlier this year. Eliah’s design (Gr. 3) was brought to life by a local graphic design artist and Lancaster parent and represents all that Lancaster grows in students; knowledge and wisdom, innovation and creativity, a healthy body, mind and spirit, and strong heart and character.
EQAO has also finished for another year. Our students persevered and did their best throughout the 3-day testing period. The results will be shared with the school and with parents in the Fall. Please remember that these results represent you child’s performance on ‘a day in time’ and must be viewed as part of the whole continuum or ‘story’ of your child’s achievement profile.
During the next few weeks, our Grade 3-6 students will be participating in an outdoor cycling festival in partnership with Cycle Kingston. We have classes visiting the Brockville Aquatarium, going bowling, visiting Lakeshore pool, and participating in Mathletes!
June is also a time for celebrations - notably, our Grade 8 graduation! For those students and families moving onto other adventures, we will miss you. You have made a difference during your time with us, and please know that Lancaster will always be a place that you can call home. We would also like to celebrate our many volunteers! The partnership between school, parent/guardian, and student is essential. On behalf of our staff and students, we would like to thank all parents who helped in so many ways to make this school year such a success at our drop-in Volunteer Breakfast on June 14th. Your efforts, individually and collectively, have been greatly appreciated by all. We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our parents for allowing us the privilege of working with your children. The
memories created in elementary school are ones that will last a lifetime.
As we all get ready to enjoy the summer, we would like to recognize all the hard work, collaboration and discovery that went into making this school year a huge success. We are proud of our community’s dedication towards excellence and of all our students’ incredible accomplishments in academics, athletics, artistic endeavours, and personal goals. Students are encouraged to take time to reflect upon their achievements and to be proud of all that they have learned this year. We hope you have a safe, healthy, and rejuvenating summer holiday! We are already looking forward to seeing excited faces on Tuesday, September 5th!
Mrs. Sara Wellwood and Mrs. Lani Fox
MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM - May
As May arrives, students and staff begin to look ahead at the valuable time remaining in the school year, as well as the many upcoming events to look forward to. We reflect on our learning journey and set goals to continue student growth and prepare students to transition to the next grade, a new division, or on to high school. We have many things to celebrate as a school and a community with a very full calendar ahead. We have had thriving junior basketball seasons with multiple teams participating in weekend tournaments under the leadership of Mr. Vreeken and the support of Mrs. Hamilton. Lancaster had wonderful team results at the recent Bayridge Road Race and runners persevered through rain and mud to meet personal goals at the second run at LCVI. Ultimate Frisbee teams have been preparing for
the season with indoor practices at the 1000 Islands Sports Complex. Primary students have thoroughly enjoyed lunchtime yoga sessions with Ms. Dudley. We have also showcased and supported student leadership with some of our primary and intermediate students generating student interest clubs and activities with a reading club, volleyball sessions, junior ultimate frisbee, and student tutoring sessions.
Our staff continue to bring new learning and experiences into the instructional day. We have had our Community Safety Officer, Constable Valerie Hurding, in to speak to students from grades 3-8 this term to build student awareness and confidence in the areas of on-line safety and bully awareness and prevention strategies. Our kindergarten classes have been celebrating the beginning stages of their new outdoor garden, planning and talking together about the planting of new seeds. We have also welcomed Lego Robotics sessions into three of our junior classrooms as they worked with coding programs to make their Jade Robots do some drawing and maze navigating! Congratulations to students Andrew K., Evan B., Charlotte W., and Anahita S. who had their artwork chosen for the Hotel Dieu Student Art Gallery. Our very
own Andrew K. has been selected to perform at the upcoming Canadian Crystal in the fall and Katie P. has also taken the stage with a role in the Grand Theatre's production of "James and the Giant Peach". Our school talent show "Lancaster's Got Talent" was just one of the ways that we continue to celebrate student achievement in all areas of school life. Seeing our students grow and take healthy leaps to explore their limits in a supportive environment makes our hearts sing!
SUCCESSFUL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Creating class lists is a shared task by the team of educators that spend a significant amount of time getting to know your child, discovering their academic, social and emotional needs in the educational setting both in and out of the classroom. Each year we want to build the best learning environments for all learners. The team considers a wide range of factors including overall number of students in each grade (if a split grade), student learning styles and personalities, number of boys and girls, academic strengths and needs, peer relationships, learning skills and work habits, and social/ emotional strengths and needs. All classrooms, whether single grade or combined grade, include students performing at a wide range of achievement levels. We meet the needs in that wide range through differentiated instruction, a focus on developing
critical thinking skills, and modifications and accommodations for various learning needs. In every case, Lancaster staff work to put a lot of thinking into creating responsive classroom learning environments that will support the success of all students. Through conversations with staff, parents may offer input around their child's strengths and needs if there is information that may be helpful when considering the best placement for your child.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM - April
Longer days, milder temperatures, and a healthy dose of mud spell some brighter smiles and renewed energy. All signs that Spring has arrived and we welcome it wholeheartedly! With only three more months left in the school year we continue to see much growth in our students. We celebrate with you the big and small gains your children are experiencing as they increasingly gain confidence in their learning, and demonstrate their understanding and skills in a wide variety of ways. They are working hard to grow their brains, open up awareness to the world around them and to their own unique strengths. Is amazing to watch and be a part of.
The strength of our school community had a true chance to shine as we shared a very special evening together with Family Formal night. Our parent council did an outstanding job with all of their organization and planning to make it such a success. The support of our staff in volunteering, coordinating student artwork for the evening, and offering special experiences for the silent auction gives a true sense of the partnership that we celebrate.
Spring also provides numerous extra-curricular opportunities for students with junior basketball, chess club, marathon club and road racing. A huge thanks to the Lancaster coaches who volunteer their time to support student athletics and clubs. Our student leadership opportunities continues with our environment club, lunch buddies, student tutors, tech crew, and media club. We look forward to our upcoming spring talent Show to be organized by our very own Student Council team.
Please be sure to check our upcoming events carefully as there are many learning opportunities for parents this spring. Updates and information are often sent out via Twitter and Remind so if you haven't joined yet this is a great way to ensure you don't miss these events throughout the Limestone DSB community. Messages from experts in the areas of bullying prevention, on-line safety, concussion safety, opiod awareness, and how to support your child's learning needs in the school system. All great learning for your parenting toolkit. See our April newsletter on Smore with this link: https://www.smore.com/9jkrb
Thank you as always for your support of Lancaster Public School. We are very proud of our students, staff, families and the community!
Please join us to celebrate Lancaster's 25th Anniversary at our Walk Down Memory Lane Picnic and Open House on May 20th!
Your administrative team,
Sara Wellwood, Vice Principal and Lani Fox, Principal
Message from Your Adminstrative Team - March 2017
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.