Upcoming Events for December
December 7th – Gym Day in the Classroom
December 12th – Bingo
December 13th – 17th – Christmas Activity Week
December 17th – Movie & Pajama Day, Last day of classes
December 17th – Newsletter
December 20th – January 2nd – Christmas Break
Upcoming Events for January
January 3rd – Regular classes resume
January 3rd – Classroom Cleaning
January 12th – General Membership Meeting
January 13th – Gym Day
January 14th – Newsletter deadline
January 21st – Newsletter emailed
January 23rd – LCDS Bingo Event
January 26th – Board Meeting
January 26th – Open House & Registration TBD
January 28th – Dynamyx Gym
- Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
- The classroom temperature can fluctuate during the winter; we suggest dressing your child in layers so they are comfortable.
- Please remove all wet footwear in the entry and place on the LCDS racks.
- Please make sure your child’s outdoor footwear is labelled with their name.
- If you’re running late due to the weather and will not be able to drop off or pick up your child on time, please have a plan in place.
If you are able to, please call the office and let the staff know the situation and what your
plan is – such as another family member picking up your child.
- Please do not park right in front of the entrance doors. This limits access for others.
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We want to extend a huge thank you to all members. As COVID continues be a part of our lives, you and your families continue to be vigilant in protecting our team and others in the classroom. We truly appreciate the effort and will continue our strict regimen of cleaning and sanitizing to ensure it is safe for all. Please remember you will be required to show proof of vaccination status and ID at the Bingo Hall when volunteering. Please remember if you are volunteering to assist for the Dynamyx Gym field trip you will be asked to show proof of your COVID vaccinations and your ID.
Once again, a big thank you to the learning team. We recognize that once again the school year is still not the same as before. You continue to go the extra mile to keep things safe for everyone. This is an extra load for all and we all appreciate what you do for our children.
The Teaching staff could use help with the classroom sanitizing at the end of each class. If you are able to assist, please sign up on the calendar on the Parent Board or email the school office. It will only take about 15 to 20 minutes to help sanitize the high touch surfaces and toys used. If you are volunteering, we will provide you with gloves.
Reminders for upcoming deadlines and events:
Purdy’s Chocolates – last day to order November 23rd, Delivery for December 8th.
25% of your sales will be credited to your $300 fundraising commitment. Information for ordering is on the LCDS website and LCDS Preschool & Kindergarten Facebook page.
Drive By Holiday Gift Giving – December 4th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In Line of our regular LCDS Family Christmas Party, we have opted for a drive by event where the teaching staff will hand out gifts and hot chocolate for all of the LCDS children and their siblings. We hope you can stop by and join us.
Silent Auction – Live on Facebook at 8 am on December 10th
Please share the following link with family and friends so we have a good turnout. We have received some wonderful donations thus far!
New Website – We are continuing to add information to our Website. If you are looking for information on fundraising, newsletter, etc., please check the private website, lcdskids.com/private . If you think there is something that we could add to benefit membership, please let us know.
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Substitute Teachers and Educational Assistants – We are also in need of substitute teachers and substitute educational assistants who might like to be on our call list in the event we need to call in a substitute. If you know of someone, please send them our way. For a teacher sub, they need to have a valid teaching certificate, first aid, criminal record check and childcare staff qualification (we can assist with the childcare certification, and we can help reinstate an expired teaching certificate). For an EA, they will need their first aid, criminal record check and childcare staff qualification and a diploma or certificate from a recognized early childcare/development course. All applicants must be fully vaccinated.
Board Secretary – Jessica Rohuedel is no longer able to assist the Board in the Secretary position. We would like to express our appreciation and thanks for all of the help she was able to give us in this position. We do need to fill the Secretary position. If there is someone who is interested in helping out on the Board, please speak with Ms. Shannon in the office.
Watch for the upcoming January newsletter and LCDS website for information on the Open House and Registration for 2022. Although we will not be having a formal in-person holiday event please be assured that we will do our best to provide the kids with some festive cheer and activities during the month of December.
We wish you all the best during this holiday season and look forward to 2022. Have a fantastic December!
Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book orders will help LCDS get free books for the classroom, which our kids benefit from. Please order your books thru LCDS for your children at home.
Scholastic Books has become an online service. If you would like to order books, go to www.scholastic.ca , create an account and shop whenever you like. Books will be shipped directly to your home. When you pay for your order insert our school code to help us earn free books for the school. Orders $35 and over receive free shipping with our school code. LCDS School Code: RC157909
Thank you for supporting our school!
LCDS Food Bank Donations
LCDS will have donation boxes for the Edmonton Food Bank outside the office the last week of November. Please bring in some non-perishable food items or cash donations to help support.
New Dismissal Procedures for the End of Class
Now that winter has arrived we will be making changes to our class dismissal procedures so you are not standing outside in the cold to wait for your child. We are going to try a texting method using the Class Dojo App. If the process seems to take too long we will look at other options.
Beginning on Monday, November 29th, we will begin using the Class Dojo App to dismiss the children to you. When you arrive in the parking lot and you have put your car in park, you will text Ms. Michell that you are here. Just send the word “Here”. Please do not text your arrival until you have actually parked your vehicle in the parking lot. We will dismiss the children in order of your arrival. As the children are ready, Ms. Michell will text you to let you know that your child is ready and you will come to the doors to sign out your child.
If you have not signed up for the Class Dojo App yet, please see Ms. Shannon for your login information, you can also email and we can send you the information for downloading the APP and setting up your login information. If you do not have the App on your phone or you have Grandparents picking up, please let them know to come up to the door as usual.
Online Silent Auction – December 10, 2021
OUR ONLINE SILENT AUCTION EVENT IS ON DECEMBER 10TH, 2021.
OUR SILENT AUCTION HAS BEEN SET FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 2021.
ALL FAMILIES WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN FUNDRAISING ARE ASKED TO BRING AT LEAST 2 DONATIONS (OR MORE) FOR THE AUCTION WORTH AT LEAST $50.00 OR MORE. THE MORE THE ITEM IS WORTH, THE MORE MONEY WE MAKE AT THE AUCTION. (YOUR FAMILY WILL BE CREDITED FOR THE AMOUNT THE DONATED ITEM(S) SELL(S) FOR AT THE AUCTION TOWARDS YOUR FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT OF $300 FOR THE YEAR) PLEASE TAKE THE SILENT AUCTION DONATION LETTER (found on the LCDS private website link – lcdskids.com/private ) TO THE LOCAL BUSINESSES OR BUSINESSES YOU FREQUENT AND SPEAK WITH THE MANAGER TO SEE IF THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER WITH A DONATION. PLEASE LET THE LCDS OFFICE KNOW (BY EMAIL) WHERE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED DONATION LETTERS TO SO WE DON’T DOUBLE UP.
PLEASE TRY TO HAVE YOUR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS INTO THE OFFICE BY DECEMBER 1ST, 2021.
WE ALSO ASK ALL FAMILIES TO JOIN THE SILENT AUCTION ON EVENT NIGHT AND SEND THE LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THE MORE PARTICIPANTS WE HAVE THE MORE MONEY WE MAKE.
…This event has been really successful in past years, but is requires everyone to participate in securing donations and SHARING THE EVENT LINK.
✔ WE WILL NEED A FEW EXTRA VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH THE EVENT. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ASSIST WITH CATALOGING ITEMS, WITH UPLOADING ITEMS AND HELPING TO MONITOR THE AUCTION, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact us, Summer Halabi & Megan Waye at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Gym Day is on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
Please drop off and pick up your child at school
AM Class: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
PM Class: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
All children are welcome to attend even if Wednesday is not their regular day.
Please dress your child in loose comfortable clothing for stretching and exercise and tie long hair back.
We will need some volunteers to assist with the equipment set up/take down and cleaning on the Gym Day, please sign up on the parent boards
Movie Pajama Day
On the last day of classes before the winter break, we will have a movie and pajama day in class. All children are welcome to attend even if Friday is not their regular day.
AM Class: Kindergarten/Jr. K please arrive for your regular time of 8:45 am,
Preschool children please arrive for 9:00 am.
PM Class: Kindergarten/Jr. K please arrive for your regular time of 12:45 pm,
Preschool children please arrive for 1:00 pm.
Please sign up on the parent boards if your child will be attending.
The next classroom cleaning date is November 29th, 2021
The following families are scheduled:
Monday November 29th, 2021
Tenney Fossen Halabi Chandra Padua
The Classroom Cleaning will be in the LCDS Classroom
From 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
If you are unable to attend, please call the school office at least 72 hours before the classroom cleaning. If you have an emergency and cannot make it, please call Summer Halabi 780-834-8524
It is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot attend.
A paid worker can be arranged if needed.
Thank you to all of the workers who attended the
November 21st,2021 Bingo Event.
Our next scheduled Bingo Date is:
Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Kensington Bingo Hall
10:30am – 4:00pm
The following families are scheduled to work this Bingo:
Dinisyk – 1 worker Naidoo – 2 workers Bhatti – 1 worker
Wilson – 1 worker Olazo – 1 worker
Hewawasamage – 2 workers Tenney – 1 worker Lowen – 1 worker
If you are not able to make your scheduled Bingo date, it is up to you to find a replacement worker for your shift(s). Please speak to the office if you need to hire
a paid worker to attend in your place.
If you have an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled Bingo or you will be late, please call
Victoria Pellegrino (780) 982-9925 or email: email@example.com
or Holly Dinisyk (780) – 999-1071 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in mind last minute replacements are very difficult to fill and you will be responsible for paying for the replacement worker ($50).
For anyone who hasn’t signed up for their Bingo Dates or may want to switch dates, please speak with the office to sign up.
Thank you to the Social Committee for all their hard work that contributed to a wonderful Halloween week. The children and teachers had a great time dressing up in costumes, and the children enjoyed all the Halloween activities. Thanks to all those families who contributed treats for the “treat bags”! I am sure the kids loved it.
I hope your child enjoyed the Music Theme as much as our staff did! It was great to see the children playing the different musical instruments we have in class and to learn the instrument names. The children seemed to enjoy the music projects and the musical instruments they made in class. They loved learning the Chicken Dance especially the fast part at the end.
The next few weeks of November are filled with Dinosaur exploration where the children will learn about the different dinosaurs and their names, which ones were plant-eaters (Herbivores), and which ones were meat-eaters (Carnivores).
The children had an amazing time at Gym Day. A huge thank you to all of the parents who helped to bring in the equipment from the shed, clean the equipment, tidy up between classes, set up the classroom, tidied up at the end and put the equipment back into the shed. All of the Staff at LCDS appreciate the extra help especially on a busy day like Gym Day, we can’t facilitate special event days without your assistance.
Please check out the weekly pictures and video posts on the ClassDojo App to see what the children are doing in the classroom. If you have not joined yet, please ask Ms. Shannon for a new ClassDojo code and don’t miss out on all of the fun. This is also a quick way to communicate between you and myself when needed.
We are teaching the children how to be good Community Helpers by asking our families to bring in food for the Food Bank and bags of empty clean bottles. The money raised from the bottles will be given to the Food Bank. The collection boxes can be found in front of the LCDS office beginning November 22nd. We would like the children to understand how lucky they are to have food, warm clothing, toys, etc., and to think about how other children might feel if they were very hungry and didn’t have food to eat. Did you know that approximately 40 percent of clients served by the Edmonton Food Bank are children under 18? More details on the Food Bank can be found on http://edmontonsfoodbank.com/about/
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Our theme for the end of November to the beginning of December is “Winter Animals”. We’ll be reading stories about foxes, rabbits, penguins, polar bears, etc. to learn about how these animals survive in winter. The children will also be learning about hibernation and migration of animals during this time of the year.
*On Saturday, December 4th, 2021, in lieu of our LCDS Family Christmas
Party, we will be hosting a Drive-By Holiday Gift Giving from 10:00 am – 12:00
pm. The staff will be passing out gifts and hot chocolate to the LCDS children
and their siblings. See more information in the newsletter.
Tuesday, December 7th is our next Gym Day at our school. This will be an excellent opportunity to burn off some extra energy before the holidays begin! Please be sure to sign up and note the times posted on the parent information boards. Please dress the children in loose comfortable clothing and tie back long hair. Also, if the weather looks like it might be nice, we may go outside for sledding at the beginning of class. We will email to confirm if we are going outside for sledding. If we are going out, please dress your children in winter coats, snow pants, mittens/gloves and winter boots. All children will need a helmet to go sledding (bike helmet, hockey helmet, ski helmet). Please make sure the helmet is adjusted to fit over a thin toque or hat. Please check for the times on the parent board and any other important information.
We always look forward to celebrating the holidays together as a school community. For the week of December 13th – 17th the children will be experiencing holiday activities throughout the week.
Our classroom theme for the rest of December will focus on Winter Celebrations. Keep in mind that many other holidays are celebrated close to this time of the year! For Example, Hanukkah celebrations begin on November 28 till December 6th. Kwanza will be celebrated from December 26th through to January 1st. Ukrainian Christmas will be celebrated on January 7th. The children will also learn that not everyone celebrates these holidays and they may celebrate something similar or different to Christmas.
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I will be leaving for my holiday break a little bit earlier than winter break schedule and will not be here on Dec. 17th. Ms. Rita will be in class that day. The last day of school before winter break is Friday, December 17th. The children and staff will dress up in pajamas and watch a holiday movie.
Regular Classes at L.C.D.S. will resume on Monday, January 4th, 2021. Our theme for January begins with Colors from January 3rd – 14th, 2021. There will be a color calendar in the January newsletter, please check the Calendar for the color of the day. Your child can dress in the color of the day and bring a photo of a toy or other object in the color of the day (if you don’t have a printer, you can send the photo ahead of the day and Ms. Shannon will print it out for you). The children will have fun learning all about colors.
Enjoy the new season of winter, we’re looking forward to the holidays