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 18th – General Membership Meeting
January 21st – Newsletter emailed
January 23rd – LCDS Bingo Event
January 26th – Board Meeting
January 28th – Dynamyx Gym
Upcoming Events for February
Feb 7th – Deadline for returning members to register
Feb 7th – Classroom Cleaning
Feb 9th – Gym Day
Feb 11th – Newsletter Deadline
Feb 7th – 11th – Valentine’s Day Week
Feb 14th – Valentine’s Day Class Parties
Feb 17th – Clay Guys in the Classroom – TBD
Feb 18th – Teacher’s PD Conference- NO SCHOOL
Feb 19th – LCDS Bingo Event
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Edmonton, AB Fax: 780-473-7021 Fax: www.lcdskids.com
Message from the Board
Wow! We can’t believe the Holidays are upon us!
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Drive by Holiday Gift Giving! The staff
enjoyed seeing everyone and handing out the LCDS Christmas Gifts and some Hot
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 50/50 Draw and Silent Auction on December
10th! We appreciate everyone’s efforts in securing donations for the event and sharing the
links with your family and friends. We would like to especially thank our former LCDS Vice
President, James Salt in helping to solicit for donations as he brought in several items for
us to bid on. Congratulations to Layne Fossen, our 50/50 winner!
Thank you to our current Board Treasurer, Joe Salaysay, for organizing the silent auction
and the 50/50 draw and getting it set up online. Also, thank you to Summer Halabi and
Megan Waye our Fundraising Coordinators and Janelle Graw our Vice President, for doing all
of the leg work to put it all together. Many hands make light work and to put on an event
like this, there is a fair amount of work involved. From our members soliciting for
donations, our team tracking items and donors, photographing the items, writing item
descriptions, pricing the items, loading them to the site, monitoring the site, answering
redundant questions, storing the items, collecting payment and distributing the items to
buyers. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!!
We really appreciate everyone’s hard work to help operate the school. By helping in any way
that you can, cleaning, working your Bingos, working extra bingos, participating in
fundraising, helping set up gym day and take down, bringing snack items, attending parent
meetings, project preparation work, etc. Everything you do no matter how big or small helps
to make sure the program operates smoothly. Thank you to all of our parents and friends!
We have some important decisions to make in the near future:
Bingo Events – Our Bingo license will be up for renewal and we need to decide whether we
want to continue working Bingo events for a source of income. Does Bingo still serve our
Value and Mission statements? Is it still beneficial to supply 14 members for 8 or 9
monthly events for $10000.00 – $15000.00? If we were to discontinue working Bingo
events for a source of income, what would we replace it with?
Message from the Board (Cont’d)
Ms. Shannon recently attended an information workshop regarding Corporate
Giving/Donations. This would require a committee each year to volunteer and work towards
securing annual donations from past members, community businesses, corporate sponsors,
etc. The links to the presentation and information is below if anyone is interested in
learning more about how we could replace the Bingo proceeds.
AISCA Presentation links below:
What Every Independent School Leader Should Know About Fundraising – Presentation by Mira
Session Recording: https://vimeo.com/640087613/50fabeb46a.
Casino – We received our Casino Dates, May 31st and June 1st. We will be sending out the
list of positions and time slots we will need to fill in the New Year. The funds we receive
from Casino revenue pays for our Teacher’s salary and our building rent for two years.
Vision Statement – We need to create a vision statement for LCDS, where would we like to
see the program in the future? We will be looking to create a committee to work on our
Vision. If you are interested in participating please speak with Ms. Shannon or a Board
Member. We would also like to involve past members who are interested.
50 Year Anniversary – LCDS is approaching its 50 Year Anniversary in September 2022.
We would like to plan an Anniversary event to mark this momentous occasion. We need to
create a committee to plan for this event. If you are interested in participating, please
speak with Ms. Shannon. We would also like to involve past members who are interested.
Planning for Staff Retirement – Our Executive Director, Shannon Music and our Financial
Manager, Carmen Briggs would like to retire in the next two years. We need to make some
decisions for these positions and begin looking at change management/updating the job
descriptions or the positions/policies/procedures, etc. If anyone is interested in being a
part of the decisions for the future of LCDS, please speak with Ms. Shannon or a Board
Member to assist in the decision making process. We would also like to involve past
members who are interested.
Message from the Board (Cont’d)
A few dates to note:
- General Membership Meeting (Online Zoom Meeting) – January 18th, 6:00 pm
- Bingo Event, Kensington Bingo Hall – January 23rd – 10:30 am – 3:45 pm
- Board Meeting – January 26th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Monday January 31st will be a regular class day to replace the Kindergarten hours lost due to the freezing rain closure on December 8th.
- Returning Member Registration – New registration forms will be available January 14th.
To reserve your child’s spot for September 2022, please submit your registration with
the required fees by February 7th, 2022.
If you know of any families that will be enrolling children in pre-school or kindergarten
next year, please let them know that we will be booking appointments to view the
classroom and to meet with the teacher
Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year
LCDS Members, if you are planning to have your child return to LCDS in
September 2022 either for Kindergarten, Jr. Kindergarten or Preschool, please pick up
a registration package from the office, they will be available on January 14th.
All returning registrations must be in by February 7th in order to secure your spot for
September. After February 7th registration will be open to the general public
and we will not be able to guarantee your registration spot.
If you know of anyone who would like to register their child at LCDS
for Kindergarten, Jr. Kindergarten or Preschool, please let them know they can pick up
a registration package from the LCDS Office.
We will make arrangements to meet individual families by appointment; they can call
during office hours for more information. Information will be updated on our Website.
If your child is transitioning to Kindergarten in September, please
consider LCDS for your child. LCDS offers the same curriculum programming as the
Public and Catholic Boards set by the Alberta Government.
LCDS has the benefit of being able to offer your child a small class setting with lots of
individual teacher support and access to Speech & Language and OT support if needed.
If you are interested in having your child attend Kindergarten at LCDS,
please speak with Ms. Michell about our program. We will also be sending out some
information on the program in January.
If your child turns 5 before December 31st, 2022
they are eligible to register for Kindergarten
2022 – 2023 Board of Director and Committee Positions
We are beginning to plan for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
If you are planning to have your child return to LCDS for school in September,
please consider adding your name to a Board or Committee position for next year.
Some of our Board Members may stay on in their positions; other families will be moving on to
Kindergarten or Grade one with their local schools.
We cannot offer the wonderful program and special events without the extra support and
assistance of our members in these positions.
We have a lot of decisions to make in the next 2 years.
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 18th, 2022, 6:00 PM
We would like to invite all of our members to the virtual General Membership Meeting in
January. This is one of three opportunities where we are able to meet as a group and
discuss matters which relate to the operations of the Society. Your suggestions and
feedback help our Parent Board members and Staff members make decisions for the
We will be looking for your input into next year as we plan around COVID and to recover
from COVID deficits and future planning.
We look forward everyone joining us for the meeting.
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
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!
Edmonton Food Bank Donations
Thank you for donating food and recycled beverage containers to the Edmonton Food
Bank and helping to teach our children about helping their community.
We appreciate your participation!!
Teacher’s Report Michell Fung
Thank you to all the families who contributed food and empty bottles for the Food
Bank. The children enjoyed learning how to be good community helpers.
The temperature in our classroom can fluctuate in the winter. Please dress your
child in layers, such as a long sleeve shirt and a hoodie or sweater so they can take
a layer off if they are too warm or put it on if they are chilly. This may help to
prevent illness too. It is a great idea to pack extra clothing and extra masks in
case they get wet or dirty. Please practice at home and remind your children to
sneeze or cough into their elbow. It also helps to talk about keeping their hands
out of their mouths, noses, etc.. Thank you for your cooperation!
We hope your child or children enjoyed the Gym days as much as we have. They
seem to have fun at the different Gym centres and they like playing the large
group games with their peers.
We hope your children enjoyed the Christmas Activity Week and I will see
everyone when I am back from my Holiday.
From all the staff and myself we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays! Have a Happy 2022 New Year!
Winter break is from December 18th to January 2nd – January 9th
We will see you back at school on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. January 10th.
Our first theme for January begins with Colors from Jan 3rd -14th January 10th – 21st .
The children will have a good time learning different colors. Please look at
the calendar for the color of the day in the newsletter. It would be great if your
child could dress in that color. Due to COVID the children will not be showing and
sharing with their home toys in the classroom. The children will bring a picture of
their home toy relating to the color of the day to school instead. If you have
printer issues please send the pictures ahead of time to the office through an
email and Ms. Shannon will print them out for the color day your child will be
Teacher’s Report Michell Fung (Cont’d)
Our next Gym day is Thursday, January 13th, 2022 will be postponed due to the
rise in COVID cases. Please dress your child in loose gym clothing and running
shoes. Tie back long hair. If the weather permits we will let you know in January if
we will be able to go sledding for part of the gym day, if the weather permits.
In Kindergarten/Junior Kindergarten the children will be starting their home
reading program in the middle of January. There will be more information to come.
We usually begin a library program for all children in February. We are still
discussing what that will look like. We will send out more information once we have
figured it out.
From Jan 17th – 28th 21st the children will learn about the weather. This will be
a wonderful opportunity to talk more about the different types of weather we
In the first two weeks of February, we will learn about Friendship and
Valentine’s Day. We will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a class party on Monday
February 14th. a Valentine’s Day Week where we will have special activities for
Valentine’s Day all week. On Valentine’s Day we will have a regular class and the
children can wear red, pink, purple or white. More information will be posted on
the parent boards closer to the date.
On Thursday, February 17th, 2022, we have Clay Guys coming to the class. (TO
BE DETERMINED) The children will be making a special creation out of clay. More
information will be available on the parent boards.
There will be No School on Friday February 18th as the Teacher’s will be
attending a professional development conference. Monday February 21st there
will be No School for Family Day.
Have a wonderful Christmas Break!