Upcoming Events for October
October 2nd – Family Photo Fundraiser
October 4th – Classroom Cleaning
October 4-7th – Reading Week
October 8th – Class Photo Day
October 11th – Thanksgiving Monday – No School
October 16th – LCDS Bingo Event
October 25th – 29th – Halloween Week
October 27th – Board Meeting
October 31st – Halloween
Upcoming Events for November
November 1st – Classroom Cleaning
November 11th – Remembrance Day – NO SCHOOL
November 12th – Staff Planning & PD Day – NO SCHOOL
November 17th – Gym Day
November 24th – Board Meeting
November 21st – LCDS Bingo Event
November 26th – Dynamyx Gym
November 28th – Family Christmas Party – TBD
Message from The Board
We would like to thank everyone for making the first weeks of school fantastic! We are so pleased to see our returning families and lots of new faces. We welcome all of you to the LCDS family for the 2021/22 school year.
September is always such an exciting time. Thank you to those members who attended our General Membership Meeting, who volunteered for a committee, or Board of Directors position. We are still in need of a Bingo Coordinator and a second Yearbook coordinator for the morning class and the afternoon class. If we do not have a Bingo Coordinator we cannot participate in working the Bingo events which brings in about $12000.00 each year for our school. Please step up to help.
Thank you to everyone for making your Fundraising commitment choice. For those who chose to participate in fundraising, our first event is a quick Family Photo Fundraiser. An easy $75 towards your $300 fundraising goal. This is happening on October 2nd, we still have sessions available, just email the school office if you are interested. Our next event we are working on will be an online Silent Auction, the fundraising team is finding out more about how this will work and then we will send out more information to everyone. We will need a few volunteers to assist, if you are interested in helping please email the school office.
Thank you to all our families for sending in the snack for your first snack day. Remember to check the snack schedule in the back of the newsletter. Thank you to those who participated in our first Bingo event this past weekend. Thank you to Ms. Shannon for standing in for our Vacant Bingo Coordinator and getting everyone organized at the event. Please remember to sign up for your Bingo and Cleaning commitments in the office, if you haven’t already done so. Our parents are a vital part of making this early education program possible for our kids.
We hope your children have enjoyed the first few weeks of school. Our program is currently full, but we may have a few spots available in a few weeks if you know someone who might be interested in joining our school.
If you have some new and exciting ideas for fundraising or something you feel would improve what we are doing here at the school, we’d love to hear them. The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month so please feel free to attend or pass your suggestions to the office. As we work on re-building our website, please consider sharing a story or testimonial for the website or our Facebook page, about your experience here at LCDS. Family success is the heart of our school.
LCDS Fall Family Welcome Social
Due to the high COVID numbers we are cancelling the LCDS Fall Family Welcome Social scheduled for October 2nd.
Instead, we will be handing out a special Welcome Treat bag to each of the children during the week of October 4th to 8th.
We hope that the numbers start to come down so that we might be able to have our family Christmas Party. Thank you for your patience.
We are still in need of a Bingo Coordinator. Your responsibility will entail receiving the scheduled list of volunteers from the school office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event. You will send a reminder to the families scheduled. Assist in securing paid workers from the Paid workers list if needed. Show up on the morning of the scheduled Bingo event, make sure everyone has arrived, organize the volunteers, make sure everyone is aware of their jobs and once everyone has settled in you can depart (usually 1 ½ hours of time).
We have one volunteer secured but would like to have another person to make the job a little easier. Each of you would attend 4 Bingo events. Please see Shannon in the office if you can assist, we really do need to fill this position as we cannot participate in Bingo Events without a coordinator.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2021
Regular classes on this day will be cancelled.
Individual photos will be taken at the designated times below.
We do not arrange for a picture retake day as the photographer usually takes several poses for you to choose from.
The Morning Class Photos will begin @ 10:00 am
The Afternoon Class Photos will begin @ 10:45 am
We would like all children to attend, even if you will not be ordering a photo package.
We would like all of the children to be present on the class photo sheet.
If you would like to have your child’s individual photos taken, please sign your child’s name on the sign-up sheet located on the parent boards. Each sitting only takes a few minutes.
The photographer will take your child’s photo at the photo session, when the photos are ready for viewing we will send you a link to view your photos online. You can place your order and when they are ready they will be delivered to the school.
On photo day we will go in the order of arrival, so time yourselves accordingly so you are not waiting too long in line.
No money is required on Picture Day.
Please remember it is quite normal at this age for a child to “all of a sudden” be anxious about having their picture taken. We will try to encourage them to have their photo taken but if they do not want to have it taken and they are quite upset, we will take photos again at the end of the school year for graduation and we can try again.
Photo Day Protocol
In keeping with the COVID-19 AHS protocols, we will not be having everyone gather in the foyer to wait for their photo to be taken. We will ask you to stagger your entry and we will take your child in order as you arrive. Please wear a mask and please sanitize your hands when you come in. Please sign into the register at the door. We will ask you to wait in line and stand the required 2 meters apart while waiting. We ask you to keep your children with you at all times. You may choose to wait in your car if you see a line-up and then come in as other families leave. The photographer only takes a few minutes with each child so it goes fairly quickly. We do not take a formal group photo; the class photo will be a composite group photo portraying each child’s photo.
At this time we will not be able to accommodate photos with siblings who are not registered in the program, the photographer may be able to arrange a time to do a family photoshoot with you on another day.
A reminder, if your child is feeling unwell, please keep them home for at least 48 hours or until their symptoms subside. Please use the COVID Health Questionnaire if you are unsure if they should attend school.
If your child develops symptoms while at school, we will give you a call to please pick them up from school and they can return when they have improved. Thank you to those parents who have kept their children home, have had them tested and have called to inform us of their symptoms. COVID tests are not mandatory but it does give you and our staff peace of mind knowing that it isn’t COVID.
Monthly Fees & Subsidy
Please make sure you have paid your September fees.
October fees will be due October 1st.
You have 3 options for paying your child’s monthly fees:
Post-dated cheques: Please date all cheques for the 1st of each month, Sept to May and submit to the office.
Cash: Please have your exact cash payment into the office by the 1st day of each month. We do not keep change in the school office and will not make change.
E-transfer: Please have your e-transfer payment in by the 1st day of each month. Please make sure you send your transfer to email@example.com and be sure to indicate who the payment is for and what the payment is for (Monthly fees, fundraising fee, etc.) in the message section of the e-transfer. A password is not needed as the funds are deposited directly into the school bank account.
If for some reason you need an extension for payment, please let us know and we will provide some options.
If you have applied for subsidy, this is still being worked out with Early Learning and Child Care; we will notify you when we receive your information from their department.
Family Photo Fundraiser
We still have spots available for the Family Photo Fundraiser. The $75 sitting fee goes to the school and is credited to your $300 Family Fundraising Fee if you are participating in fundraising. October 2nd, 2021 Lion’s Park in St. Albert Photos will be taken Rain or Shine, they will not cancel. Dress for the weather.
Thank you to all of the workers who attended the September 26th Bingo event.
Our next scheduled Bingo Date is: Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Kensington Bingo Hall
10:30am – 4:00pm
The following families are scheduled to work this Bingo:
Pellegrino – 1 worker
Nghiem – 1 worker
Sandhu – 2 workers
Dinisyk – 2 workers
Chandra – 2 workers
Hunt – 1 workers
Olazo – 1 worker
WE ARE SHORT 3 WORKERS FOR THIS EVENT; PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP OUT.
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. 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.
The next classroom cleaning date is October 4th, 2021
The following families are scheduled:
Waye Bacque Olazo Padua Amyotte Yu
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.
It is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot attend. A paid worker can be arranged if needed.
Emergency parent Helper, Classroom Cleaning and Bingo Lists
For our members convenience we are creating a paid emergency list for
Parent Helper duty, Classroom Cleaning and Bingo.
If you are interested in putting your name on the lists as a paid helper,
please see Ms. Shannon in the office.
• For In-Class Parent Helper Days – Emergency parent helpers will
be paid $30.00 for working (if we return to in-class parent
helpers); snack is still supplied by the scheduled family unless
otherwise arranged with the emergency parent.
• Emergency Classroom Cleaner will be paid $50.00 for each
• Emergency Bingo Workers $50.00 for each Bingo event.
The emergency lists will be distributed to all LCDS Members for their
use. It is up to the hiring family to arrange for paying the workers.
Payment may be left with the school office in advance.
Teacher’s Report – Michell Fung
My name is Michell Fung and I have enjoyed getting to know your kids these
last few weeks. Your children will address me by Ms. Michell and feel free to
address me as Ms. Michell as well. Here is some information about myself, I
was born and raised here in Edmonton. My ethnic background is Chinese, and
I can speak some Cantonese. I grew up here on the north side of Edmonton
and now I live on the south side. I live with my husband Neil and my fur
babies Miss Olivia Fuss my cat, my chocolate Lab Emma and my new puppy, a
black Lab, Belle. I have two degrees. My first degree is in Psychology with a
minor in Sociology. My second degree is in Elementary Education. I have
worked with children in various places such as YMCA daycares and taught in a
couple of Head Start school programs.
This will be my 6th year at LCDS in January. One of my hobbies is singing. I
have sung in a mixed community choir called Vocal Alchemy for about 12
years. I can sing both Alto and Soprano. Currently, I am a Soprano 2. Your
children will learn many songs and dances, so when your children randomly
start to sing and dance, they probably learned it from school. As a teacher, I
love working with children and seeing them grow and develop. I love teaching
because every day is always different when working with children and you
never quite know what the day will be like. I hope your children enjoy school
as much as our teaching staff does. We will have lots of fun!
In September, our themes for the first full two weeks are Back to School,
All About Me and Fall. The last week of September we will focus on Safety
and Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day).
The children will learn about the importance of 911 and when to use that
number and what to do during a fire drill at school. It might be a good time
to go over your parent’s phone number or emergency plans in your own home.
We will discuss the topic of Orange Shirt Day through conversations, crafts,
and indigenous stories. We would like the children who attend on
Wednesday and staff to wear an Orange Shirt on Wednesday,
September 29th, 2021. There will be no school on Thursday, September
30 for the new Truth and Reconciliation Day Holiday. We encourage our
families to learn, reflect and participate in the ceremonies and events
throughout the city.
October begins with our focus on Community Helpers. The first week of
October is “Read In Week” We would love for a few parents to read to the
children in their work uniforms (if you have one) and talk about the job they
do in our community. This will help the children learn more about Community
Helpers. Thank you for filling out your occupation forms and I will contact
you soon about reading to our kids. This year we will be asking you to record a
short video of yourself telling the children a little bit about your job and
reading a short story (that I will provide for you). The Video should be about
5 mins or less. More details will be provided soon.
Photo day is with photographer Chelsea Capri (Pixels by Capri) booked for
Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10:00 am for the Morning Class and 10:45
am for the PM Class. Regular classes are cancelled this day, staff will
be using the afternoon for planning and prep work. Please bring your child
for photo day even if you will not be purchasing photos, as we always make a
composite class photo and would like all of the children to be in the photo. No
Money is needed on Picture Day!! A few weeks after photo day, Chelsea will
send a link for everyone to view their child’s photos. We do not schedule retakes as the photographer takes several poses for you to choose from. The
background is usually white for the pictures.
In the middle of October, we will focus on a Fall and Halloween theme. We
focus on the lighter side of Halloween such as harvest, scarecrows and
pumpkins. The children will learn about Fall and we also learn about the parts
of a Pumpkin. We usually do a pumpkin exploration at school where we cut it
open and see what is inside. We will have fun the last week of October where
the children can dress up every day that week and we will have a special
activity planned each day. Please ensure that your child is not wearing a scary
costume or a costume that is hard for them to go to the washroom in; please
leave props such as wands or weapons at home. Thank you!!
If you are going to dress up, please do not dress up in a scary costume. A
reminder it is not mandatory for your child to wear a costume, if your child
does not want to dress up that is okay. In our dramatic play area (the
playhouse), we will be practicing what to do and say when we go out for trick
At the beginning of November, we will be working on Music. The children will
enjoy learning and playing different musical instruments and learning the
concepts of loud and soft, fast and slow. Next, we will be learning about
Dinosaurs. The children will learn about plant and meat-eaters and the names
of the different Dinosaurs. We will have our first Gym Day and Dynamyx
Gymnastic day in November (COVID permitting).
At the end of November and the beginning of December, we will learn about
Winter Animals. For the rest of December, we will talk about Christmas and
other celebrations around the world. Our last day before winter break will
be a Pajama and Movie Day, all children will be welcome to attend on that
Friday even it is not their regular day.
We are currently working on our field trip schedules so please read your
monthly newsletters and watch the parent boards to sign up.
Thank you for helping your child make their “All About Me” scrapbook page and
sending it to class for sharing. The children have enjoyed sharing them with
their friends and teachers, and they look fantastic.
I hope I get the chance to meet everyone throughout the school year, feel
free to stop by for a brief chat about your child’s progress after class
anytime. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Class Dojo or phone the office to
make an appointment if you want to talk about any concerns. This year we
would love if everyone can join Class Dojo for up-to-date information and
videos and pictures of the children.