Friday, January 15, 2021 – Lambton-Kingsway Friday Flash

This Week’s Friday Update:

A Message from Our New Principal

P. A. Day – Friday, January 15 – No School

Student Absences

Adjusting to Remote Learning

Helping Children Manage Events of the World

Dogs inn the Schoolyard

A Message From Our New Principal:  Here is a message for students and families from Mr. Howe, our new Principal.  We look forward to our return to school so we can all meet in person. 

 P. A. Day – Friday, January 15:  January 15th was a reporting and assessment day for teachers.  There was no school for students on this day.  School will resume on Monday, January 18th.  We hope all LKS students used this day to step away from their screens and played a game, read a book, built something, painted or just rested.

Student Absences:  As our school office is closed during remote learning, there is a small change to student absence reporting.  If your child is going to be absent for the school day or part of the school day, please notify the classroom teacher and they will record the information. If a student is absent, they can access assignments on the Google Classroom.

Adjusting to Remote Learning:  The change to learning and working remotely from home is an adjustment for everyone.  New routines need to be created, parents are juggling work responsibilities and students are sometimes in need of support with schoolwork and technology.  During this adjustment period students may experience increased levels of anxiety and frustration.  Parents may find it difficult to find the balance between employment responsibilities and supporting students at home.  These feelings are expected as we adjust to change.  Our teachers are doing their best to provide a consistent schedule and a supportive academic program for students but there are differences between learning in a classroom and learning remotely. 

If your child becomes frustrated or upset with their new learning environment remember that we are all managing change.  Focus on the accomplishments and achievements and know that mistakes are opportunities for learning.  More frequent breaks in the day may be needed.  Our students can be proud of the perseverance and resilience that they have demonstrated in the last two weeks.  Parents may also find suggestions in this article to be helpful as we manage the change. 

Helping Children Manage Events of the World:  Covid-19 and recent political events in the U.S. have made for a turbulent year for our students and families.  Students may see what is happening all around them and ask questions.  There may be questions about safety and concerns for well-being.  Other questions about violence and racism can be more challenging.  Organizations such as the Canadian Paediatric Society and HelpGuide provide resources to support parents who are responding to these questions.

Dogs in the School Yard:  The Lambton-Kingsway community is reminded that despite students learning remotely, the school yard should not be used as an off-leash area for dogs.  We would like our school yard to remain a safe and welcoming place for our students return.