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Friday, May 7, 2021 – Lambton-Kingsway Friday Flash

This Week’s Friday Update:

Happy Mother’s Day

Essential Ingredients for a Healthy Mind

Jewish and Asian Heritage Month

Social Media and Mental Health Presentation – May 20

Planning for 2021-2022

B & A Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Happy Mother’s Day:  We wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12th.  We are fortunate to have mothers and family members who provide support, nurturing and guidance each and every day for our students.  We hope that all mothers are well celebrated on this day and many more.    

Essential Ingredients for a Healthy Mind:  Eating nutritious meals each day is important for our physical health.  What is needed for a healthy mind?  Whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or we are back to our ‘normal’ or we are in a new normal, there are key factors that support a healthy mind for our students and families.  This article provides suggestions for keeping our minds healthy.  There are seven ingredients highlighted.  Before looking at the article, challenge yourself to write a list of what you think is needed. 

Jewish Heritage Month: The TDSB recognizes May as Jewish Heritage month.  Since inception in 2015 the TDSB Jewish Heritage Committee activities have always been focused around teaching & learning in celebration of Jewish heritage and culture – impactful, innovative, and inspirational work with students in fighting antisemitism, and all forms of hate. And on May 4-9, the JHC is pleased to support Liberation75, a virtual, free, once-in-a-lifetime event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust. This global gathering of survivors, descendants, educators, and friends will feature survivor testimony, interactive discussions, performances, films, and exhibits. https://www.liberation75.org/

Asian Heritage Month:  Asian Heritage Month is recognized during the month of May at the Toronto District School Board. Our theme this year is, “Our stories. Our voices. Our journey.”
Asia is a land of great political, economic, social, ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity; this diversity creates challenges when we attempt to define Asia in geographic and political terms. More than 40% of TDSB students identify as Asian. During May there will be many opportunities to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians and to recognize the narratives and wisdom of various Asian cultures.

This year, the JHC is pleased to partner with the Asian Heritage Committee for the month of May, Jewish and Asian Heritage months, to present Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/artmid/474/articleid/1629. This program targeted at students in Kindergarten-grade 3, has been described as a “very sweet book and a perfect early lesson on diversity.” As Sophie the main character in the story says about her grandmothers’ soups – “a little different; a lot the same”.

Social Media and Mental Health Presentation – May 20: On May 20 our Grade 4 – 8 students will have an opportunity to listen to Scott Ste. Marie speak about social media and mental health.  At 7:00 p.m., that same day he will present to parents.  Watch for the private YouTube link to the session in next week’s bulletin.  The presentation will be approximately an hour long with an opportunity for questions at the end. 

Planning for the 2021–2022 School Year:  Spring is the time when the school begins the planning process for the next academic year.  Although we are still awaiting decisions about virtual schools, covid safety procedures and classes, it is still important to begin the process. If you know that you are moving, and your children will not be returning to Lambton-Kingsway in September 2021, and you have not already done so, please inform our office by sending an email to lambton_kingsway@tdsb.on.ca at your earliest convenience. This information will help us with our planning for the upcoming year.

One of the areas that we look at each year is the composition of classes.  Our goal is to provide the best possible educational environment for all students using the following criteria:

• Gender balance

• Class size guidelines set by the Ministry

• Academic achievement

• Social, emotional, and behavioural factors

• Other unique considerations or circumstances

On occasion there may be personal information that is unknown to the school staff that may affect a child’s placement (i.e. family changes, learning assessments or medical situations).  If you believe there is information that may assist with this process, it should be submitted to the main office email – Lambton_Kingsway@tdsb.on.ca – to the attention of the Principal by Friday, May 15th.  Please note that we will not be able to consider requests regarding specific teachers.   Information provided should focus upon student needs.

Although we strive to ensure continuity and stability of classes from the beginning of September and throughout the year, there is always the possibility of reorganization early in the year due to an increase or decrease in enrolment over the summer.

B&A Summer Camp Registration – Now Open:  The B&A offers school age kids five weeks of jam-packed summer fun from July 5th to Aug 6th. Children must be entering Grade one in September to be eligible to attend camp.  Head over to our website https://www.lambtonkingswaybanda.com/summer-camp/ and register now! Spaces are limited!


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