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    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    March 20, 2017

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Dear Lakecrest Parents,

    I am so pleased to announce that our newly renovated library is ready for opening! It was a much longer process than initially anticipated, but I think it has given us a more usable and updated space. Many thanks to our wonderful Home and School Association who do so much for our school and made this renovation possible. Also, much gratitude to SAM Design and Susan Drover for your design suggestions and support throughout this process. I look forward to the library’s grand opening this coming Wednesday where I can finally share the library with the students. I hope that some of you can find an opportunity to pop in soon to take a look.

    Warm Regards,
    Sherry Reid-Paul

    Department of Education – High School Approval for Lakecrest

    Last week Lakecrest received a letter from Honorable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, indicating he had received our application to establish a High School program. The program is scheduled to start with Grade 10 in September 2017. The application was approved by Minister Kirby and he also sent best wishes to Lakecrest with this initiative.

    Terry Fox Foundation

    Last week Lakecrest received a letter from the Terry Fox Foundation thanking the school for ongoing support over the last ten years. The school has contributed $24,487.85 over ten years – a tremendous contribution. An excerpt from the letter is provided below:

    “The Terry Fox Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank Lakecrest Independent School for the $24,487.85 you raised over your ten years of participation in the Terry Fox run. Your school continues to play an important role in the honoring Terry’s legacy and contributing to cancer research each year.”

    Thank you to past and present parents, students, and teachers who have supported this Foundation at Lakecrest.

    Orchestra/Beginners sectionals and French Immersion Invoices

    Parents whose children participating in the school orchestra, beginner’s sectionals and or French Immersion afterschool program are asked to please ensure that the most recent invoices are paid up to date by Friday 24th March. Invoices sent in January should now be paid in full.

    If there are any errors in the invoices due to changes in attendance arrangements, please notify Ms. Parsons (gparsons@lakecrest.ca) or Mr. Pittman (rpittman@lakecrest.ca)

    Grade K-6 Parents – Student Led Conference Feedback
    A note from Ms. Dove Major – PYP Coordinator

    Last week Grade K-6 parents participated with their child in a “student led conference”. This included a review of each student portfolio with their parent. We would like to hear from parents about how the experience helped them understand their child’s achievement at Lakecrest. All Grade K-6 parents are asked to please complete the attached short survey and return it to the school as indicated.
    Thanks, in advance to those parents who provide this valuable feedback as we continue work with our International Baccalaureate Program at Lakecrest.

    Multicultural Day at Lakecrest – March 31

    Parents have received an e-mail about plans for the Multicultural day at Lakecrest on March 31.
    Information about the activities and a form for those parents who would be willing to help are attached to this e-mail. Thanks to Ms. Parsons and the committee for organizing this event.

    Kangaroo Math Reminder

    The Math Kangaroo Contest is taking place on Sunday March 26th at Memorial University. Math Kangaroo is an opportunity for students to test and hone their math skills outside of the school environment. Contest content (grades 1 through 12) is covered in the Provincial Math Curriculum. Problems require creativity, logical thinking or a different perspective.
    You can read more about the contest here in detail: https://kangaroo.math.ca
    If you would like to register your child please contact Ms. Zinterl at mgzinterl@mun.ca.

    Lakecrest Calendar – March 2017
    (Please note “*” indicating changes/updates from the previous calendar)
    Date Day Event
    March 20 Monday St. Patrick’s Day School Holiday
    23 Thursday Grade 9 meeting with IB, Diploma Program coordinator from Holy Heart at Lakecrest 1:00 p.m. (Gr. 9 parents invited)
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    31 Friday *Leadership Team and Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    Multicultural Fair
    April 3-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    7 Friday Last Day classes before vacation
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday First Day classes after vacation
    All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 10 Wednesday Grade 6 PYP assembly + 7-9 assembly
    11 Thursday Public Speaking Evening -Grades 4-9 only
    18 Thursday Grade 9 Junior High Graduation
    25-27 The Little Mermaid – confirmed date
    June 8-14 Junior High Exams
    15-16 Grade 9 Overnight Excursion (Lamonche)

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    March 12, 2017

    Multicultural Day at Lakecrest – March 31

    Parents have received a separate e-mail about plans for the Multicultural day at Lakecrest on March 31.
    Information about the activities and a form for those parents who would be willing to help are also attached to this memo. Thanks to Ms. Parsons and the committee for organizing this event.
    As an International Baccalaureate World School, this activity is an important part of the school “Mission”.

    “To develop internationally minded learners and leaders, in an educational community of excellence.”

    Senior Boys Basketball Game today at Lakecrest

    The Lakecrest Boys Basketball team has a game Sunday, this afternoon, against St. Bon’s. The game starts at 2:00 p.m. Good luck to the team.

    Grades 2, 5 and 8 cross country skiing on Monday, March 13 ,

    Plans are still in place for students in grades 2, 5, and 8 to spend Monday, March 13, at Pippy Park. Parents are reminded that students need to have appropriate clothing, snacks and lunch.
    Students and parents are asked to please return permission slips.

    St. Patrick’s Day (17 March) and Monday School Holiday (March 20)

    On Friday, March 17th Lakecrest students will be encouraged to wear “dress down” green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Monday, March 20th will be a school holiday for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Kangaroo Math Reminder

    The Math Kangaroo Contest is taking place on Sunday March 26th at Memorial University. Math Kangaroo takes place all over the world and is an opportunity for students to test and hone their math skills outside of the school environment. Contest content (grades 1 through 12) is covered in the Provincial Math Curriculum. Problems require creativity, logical thinking or a different perspective. Here in lies the challenge.
    You can read more about the contest here in detail: https://kangaroo.math.ca

    If you would like to register your child please contact Ms. Zinterl at mgzinterl@mun.ca.

    Lakecrest Calendar – March 2017
    (Please note “*” indicating changes/updates from the previous calendar)
    Date Day Event
    March 13 Monday Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing (Grades 2,5,8 -all day)
    14 Tuesday Grade 7 and 8 Geo-Centre Activity (AM)
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    17 Friday St. Patrick’s Day – Wear Green to school – Dress Down
    20 Monday St. Patrick’s Day School Holiday
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    29 Wednesday Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 3-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 10 Wednesday Grade 6 PYP assembly + 7-9 assembly
    11 Thursday Public Speaking Evening -Grades 4-9 only
    18 Thursday Grade 9 Junior High Graduation
    25-27 The Little Mermaid – confirmed date
    June 8-14 Junior High Exams
    15-16 Grade 9 Overnight Excursion (Lamonche)

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    March 5, 2017

    “The Little Mermaid” – update

    Please reserve a “family and friends” evening/afternoon for “The Little Mermaid” musical on May 25, 26(evenings) and 27(matinee).

    We are pleased to announce that this production will take place at the new Majestic Theatre on Duckworth Street. This theatre has, after extensive redevelopment and renovation, just recently become available for rental. The cast and audience will have an opportunity to enjoy the musical in a professional theatre setting. Tickets will be available soon. Parking will be available in the nearby parking garages.

    As Ms. Warren, the cast and parent volunteers continue to prepare for this production we wish them the best.

    Senior Boys’ Basketball Game Today

    Our Grade 6-9 Boys’ Basketball Team has a game today, Sunday, with Beaconsfield Junior High at 2:00 p.m. Good luck to Mr. Darcy and the Boy’s team. – Go Lakecrest Lightning!

    Grade K-6 Student Led Conferences– March 9

    Parents are invited by their children to the Lakecrest “Student Led Conferences”. These are part of the student assessment process in every International Baccalaureate World School. The assessment and student reflections discussed during portfolio reviews are an important component of the personalized and individualized IB education for each student.

    Student led conferences will be on Thursday, March 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. During the Student Led Conference sessions child care services will be provided in the cafeteria, for those parents who have more than one child attending K-6. We therefore request that families with more than one K-6 child please attend the conferences individually with each child.

    There will be no school for K-6 students in the afternoon on March 9. Grade 7-9 classes will continue as usual.

    Starting on Monday, March 6, grade K-6 parents please e-mail Ms. Gillingham to arrange for your child’s conference.

    All K-6 students will have a Student Led Conference, but for those students who would benefit from a more traditional parent/teacher conference, teachers will contact parents to make those arrangements separately. Parents may also request such a conference at any time.

    School Uniforms

    Parents and students are reminded that all students are expected to wear their school uniform. The regular academic, full dress academic and athletic uniform information was sent last week. Thank you to parents and students for ensuring that the school uniform policy is supported each school day.

    Library Storage Boxes Available for parents

    We are currently restocking the books in our new library. This process should be completed in the next week. The many books and library resources had been stored in packing boxes of various sizes. These are no longer needed, thus any parent who would like to have these boxes please contact Ms. Reid-Paul to arrange for pickup.
    Many thanks to Ms. Reid-Paul and those volunteer parents who are helping with this re-stocking process.

    Lost and Found Table -February 27-March 10 (extended)

    There is a “lost and found” items table in the front entrance of the school. Parents and/or students who have misplaced items are asked to please check this week. The table currently has pairs of new skates and helmets, school cardigans, and athletic wear etc. There are also many pairs of uniform shoes and gym footwear. If any of these have been lost/misplaced by your family in recent months, please feel free to check.
    The items remaining by Friday, March 10 will be donated to a charity.

    Grades 2, 5 and 8 cross country skiing on Monday, March 13 (NEXT WEEK).

    A reminder that students in grades 2, 5, and 8 will be skiing and snowshoeing for the day on Monday, March 13, at Pippy Park.
    Students and parents are asked to please return permission slips. These are still available at the school.

    St. Patrick’s Day (17 March) and Monday School Holiday (March 20)

    On Friday, March 17th Lakecrest students will be encouraged to wear “dress down” green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Monday, March20th will be a school holiday for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Lakecrest Calendar – February 2017
    (Please note “*” as these indicate changes/updates from the previous calendar)
    Date Day Event
    March 6 Monday *DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
    presentation for Grade 6 (AM)
    RNC Constable Schwartz
    7 Tuesday K-6 Term 1 Reports for Parents
    (Linked to the student led conferences on Thursday)
    8 Wednesday Grade 3 PYP assembly/Student Awards (K-6)
    9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    10 Friday Grade 1 to House of Assembly and Government House (How we Organize Ourselves Unit Activity)
    13 Monday Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing (Grades 2,5,8 -all day)
    14 Tuesday Grade 7 and 8 Geo-centre Activity
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    17 Friday St. Patrick’s Day – Wear Green to school
    20 Monday St. Patrick’s Day School Holiday
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    29 Wednesday Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 3-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 10 Wednesday Grade 6 PYP assembly + 7-9 assembly
    11 Thursday Public Speaking Evening -Grades 4-9 only
    18 Thursday Grade 9 Junior High Graduation
    25-27 The Little Mermaid – confirmed date
    June 8-14 Junior High Exams
    15-16 Grade 9 Overnight Excursion (Lamonche)

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    February 26, 2017

    Spirit Week Activities – February 27- March 4 – A message from the Lakecrest Student Council

    Dear Parents and Students,

    This coming week is Spirit week at Lakecrest. We are looking to see which class will be the winners of the Lakecrest Spirit Cup this year. Show your school spirit by participating in the daily activities and at the end of the week see which class embodied the most school spirit!!

    Here is the list of activities for the week:

    Monday – Dress as a famous Person
    Tuesday – Twin Day (find a friend and dress alike!) (Pancake Day)
    Wednesday – Career Day
    Thursday – Dress Up Day – the opposite of dress down day – come to school in your finest.
    Friday – Crazy Hair/ PJ Day – Plus a special treat in the afternoon.

    We are looking forward to this week – come on and show us your school spirit

    The Student Council

    Grades 1, 4 and 7 cross country skiing on Tuesday, Feb 28th.

    A reminder that students in grades 4 and 7 will be skiing and snowshoeing for the day on Tuesday at Pippy Park. Also, grade 1 students will have Pippy Park activities for the afternoon. Grade 4 and 7 students will be able to participate in the pancake day activities before they go to Pippy Park.

    Students and parents are asked to please return permission slips. These are still available at the school.

    Pancake Day – Tuesday, Feb. 28th

    On Tuesday, February 28th, Lakecrest students, parents and teachers will start the day with a pancake breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Lakecrest chefs – our student council members – will be baking and serving pancakes in the cafeteria for all who would like to attend.

    Parents can skip breakfast at home on Tuesday and enjoy the Lakecrest Pancake Day event. We have excellent chefs, coffee, juice, and a selection of chocolate chip, plain and other pancakes!!

    Student council members are asked to be at Lakecrest at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Pancake Day activities.

    School Uniforms

    Parents/students are asked to please find attached a list of the school uniform pieces which are required daily wear at Lakecrest. K-6 students wear their athletic uniform on days they have PE. Grade 7-9 students wear their academic uniform each day and change as necessary into their athletic uniform. Students from 7-9 who are on our athletic teams and practice in the early morning are also expected to change into their academic uniforms before attending classes.

    In recent weeks, we have noticed some students are not regularly wearing regulation school socks and footwear as indicated in the uniform list. Students are not permitted to wear canvas black shoes or black sneakers as part of their academic uniform.

    We understand that there may from time to time be a reason why a student is not able to wear the uniform as expected. If so we ask parents to please notify the HR teacher so that we can record that for the student for the day.

    Thanks to all parents and students for your cooperation.

    Grade 7-9 Parent/Teacher Conferences – March 2

    Parent/teacher conferences for grade 7-9 students only will be held on Thursday, March 2. These meetings are optional at the request of the parent, student or teacher. For Grade 7-9 students there will be no afternoon classes on March 2, to provide the opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers.

    Starting on Monday, February 27, grade 7-9 parents are asked to please e-mail Ms. Gillingham (agillingham@lakecrest.ca) with suggested appointment times. Appointments will be available from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. on March 7. Please include approximate appointment time requested in your e-mail to Ms. Gillingham.

    K-6 classes will continue as usual for the full day.

    Grade K-6 Student Led Conferences and Math/Language Arts Reports – March 7 and 9

    “Student Led Conferences” are an important part of K-6 student assessment. Student led conferences will take place on Thursday, March 9. A separate report focusing on math and language arts assessment will be provided to students/parents on Tuesday, March 7.

    Student led conferences will be on Thursday, March 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. During the Student Led Conference sessions child care services will be provided in the cafeteria, for those parents who have more than one child attending K-6. We therefore request that families with more than one K-6 child please attend the conferences individually with each child.

    There will be no school for K-6 students in the afternoon on March 9. Grade 7-9 classes will continue as usual.

    Starting on Monday, March 6, grade K-6 parents please e-mail Ms. Gillingham to make arrangements for your child’s conference.

    All K-6 students will have a Student Led Conference, but for those students who would benefit from a more traditional parent/teacher conference, teachers will contact parents to make those arrangements separately. Parents may also request such a conference at any time.

    Lost and Found Table (February 27-March 4)

    This week there will be a lost and found table in the front entrance of the school. Parents and/or students who have misplaced items are asked to please check this table this week. The items remaining by Monday, March 6, will be donated to a charity. Thank you.

    Lakecrest Calendar – February 2017
    (Please note “*” as these indicate changes/updates from the previous calendar)
    Date Day Event
    February Feb 27-March 3 Lakecrest Spirit Week (See information above)
    27 Monday Appointments available for 7-9 Parent/teacher conferences
    28 Tuesday Pancake Day Activities
    Cross Country Skiing/snowshoeing
    (Grades 1 (PM), 4, 7)
    March 1 Wednesday Grades 6 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    Lakecrest Leadership group presentation
    2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    3 Friday Dress Down Day
    7 Tuesday K-6 Term 1 Reports for Parents
    (Linked to the student led conferences on Thursday)
    8 Wednesday *Grade 3 PYP assembly/Student Awards (K-6)
    9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    13 Monday Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing (Grades 2,5,8 -all day)
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    17 Friday *St. Patrick’s Day – Wear Green to school
    20 Monday *St. Patrick’s Day School Holiday
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    29 Wednesday Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 2-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 11 Thursday *Public Speaking Evening -Grades 4-9 only
    25-27 *The Little Mermaid – tentative date
    (to be confirmed by March 3)

    June 8-14 Junior High Exams
    15-16 Grade 9 Overnight Excursion (Lamonche)

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    February 19, 2017

    Boys Basketball Games – This Sunday at Lakecrest.

    Best wishes to our two boys’ basketball teams for today’s games at Lakecrest. Thanks to Mr. Darcy for the coaching and development he is doing with the two boys teams.

    Sunday at 1pm Lakecrest vs Rennies River (grades 3-6) at Lakecrest

    Sunday at 3pm Lakecrest vs Leary’s Brook (grades 6-9) at Lakecrest

    Grades K, 3 and 6 cross country skiing on Wednesday, Feb 22

    A reminder that students in grades 3 and 6 will be skiing and snowshoeing for the day on Wednesday at Pippy Park. Also, Kindergarten students will have Pippy Park activities for the afternoon.

    Students and parents are asked to please return permission slips. These are still available at the school and a copy is attached.

    Spelling Bee Congratulations

    This past Thursday after many postponements due to weather related school closures Lakecrest students from grades 4-8 competed in the school spelling bee. Two winners from each 4-8 class were chosen from the class competitions.

    Congratulations to the all class winners, listed below, who participated in the school competition.

    The two winners of the school competition were Shaharyar Siddiqui, first place and Abdullah Hussin, second place, Shararyar and Abdullah will represent Lakecrest at the regional competition on Sunday, Feb. 25.
    Grade level winners:
    Grade 4 Diya Morkar Amelie Healey
    Grade 5 Parsa Tayebivaljozi Haelan Culp
    Grade 6 Shaharyar Siddiqui Sebastian Pereira Mora
    Grade 7 Abdullah Hussin Allie Lockyer
    Grade 8 Juliet Battcock Elizabeth Clarke

    Kiwanis Festival Arrangements

    All Lakecrest Choirs will participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival on Tuesday, Feb 21. Students will travel to and from the D.F. Cook Recital Hall (MUN School of Music) by bus. Please note that the times are slightly different from those in the previous newsletter.
    The performances are scheduled as follows:
    11:20 a.m. for the elementary choir
    11:35 a.m. for the primary choir
    2:00 p.m. for the chamber choir.
    Lakecrest Parents are welcome to attend these performances. There are however very strict entrance requirements as the audience is not permitted to enter the concert hall after the performances have started. There is also usually a small fee changed for attendance.

    Lakecrest Calendar – February 2017
    Date Day Event
    February 21 Tuesday Lakecrest Strategic Planning/CAIS Committee, meeting – 10:20 a.m.
    Kiwanis Music Festival
    *(Elem. and Primary Choirs at 11:20 and 11:35 am.; Chamber Choir at 2:00 p.m.)
    22 Wednesday Cross Country Skiing (Grades K -PM; 3,6 – all day)
    23 Thursday 7-9 Term Reports for Parents
    Senior French Immersion Classes only cancelled for today.
    Feb 27-March 3 Lakecrest Spirit Week
    28 Tuesday Cross Country Skiing/snowshoeing (Grades 1, 4, 7)
    March 1 Wednesday Grades 6 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    Lakecrest Leadership group presentation
    2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    3 Friday Dress Down Day
    7 Tuesday K-6 Term 1 Reports for Parents
    (Linked to the student led conferences on Thursday)
    8 Wednesday *Grade 3 PYP assembly/Student Awards (K-6)
    9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    13 Monday Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing (Grades 2,5,8 -all day)
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    29 Wednesday Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    30 Thursday Public Speaking
    Grades 4-9 (7:00 p.m.)
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 2-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 11-13 The Little Mermaid – tentative date.

    Lakecrest will be closed Wednesday, Feb 15, due to weather conditions.

    Dear Parents,

    Lakecrest is closed for the day, Feb.6, due to weather conditions.
    Thank you,
    Bob Pittman

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    February 5, 2017

    Family Skate Reminder

    Our annual Family Skate is Tuesday, February 7 at Mile One Centre. All students and parents who wish to skate are required to wear a helmet. Parents and guests are invited to join in the skating.

    For Grade Kindergarten to Four Students
    Buses will leave the school around 8:40 a.m. and all students will go with their classes. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 8:45 and 9:00 to help with tying of skate laces, etc.
    K-4 students will return to the school at about 10:00 a.m.

    For Grade Five to Nine Students
    Busses will leave the school at 9:40 and will return at about 11:00 noon. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m.

    Lakecrest Skiing and Snowshoeing Days/Afternoons

    Ms. Carroll has arranged for snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing in Pippy Park for all Lakecrest students over the next several weeks. Snowshoes and skis etc. are provided by the Pippy Park Lodge. Details for classes will be provided prior to the date for each group. Thanks to Ms. Carroll and let’s hope the weather cooperates for all students. Please find the summary below:

    Feb 7 Grade 9 (PM).

    Feb 22 Grades 3 and 6 for the whole day, and Kindergarteners (PM)

    Feb 28 Grades 1,4,7 for the whole day.

    March 13 Grades 2,5 and 8 for the whole day.

    March 14 Back up Day

    Kangaroo Math Competition – A message from Ms. Maike Zinterl – Lakecrest parent

    Thank you to Ms. Zinterl for making this opportunity available for interested parents/students.

    Dear students and parents,
    The Math Kangaroo Contest is taking place on Sunday March 26th at Memorial University. Math Kangaroo takes place all over the world and is an opportunity for students to test and hone their math skills outside of the school environment. Contest content (grades 1 through 12) is covered in the Province Math Curriculum. Problems require creativity, logical thinking or a different perspective. Here in lies the challenge.
    You can read more about the contest here in detail:

    https://kangaroo.math.ca

    If there is enough interest among Lakecrest students I would be happy to do an introductory session with some sample questions.
    I would also like to point out that this contest is a test and in the students interest it would be beneficial to study for this appropriately. Otherwise they should be prepared that their score might be below their usual as this is a different test from their usual school tests. You can find sample tests online on the website. There will also be an online training available through the Canadian Math Kangaroo organization.
    If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at mgzinterl@mun.ca.

    Ms. Zinterl (Mother of Jakob – Grade 2)
    Assistant Site Coordinator for
    Ms. Margo Kondratieva,
    Memorial University

    Lakecrest Calendar – January / February 2017
    Date Day Event
    February 7 Tuesday Family Skating at Mile One
    K-4 at 9:00 a.m., 5-9 at 10:00 a.m.
    (Hockey or ski helmets required
    for all parents and students)
    *Cross Country Skiing P.M. Grade 9
    8 Wednesday Lakecrest Spelling Bee
    1:00 p.m.
    Scrabble Club Starts (3:15 p.m.)
    9 Thursday Junior/Senior French Immersion classes cancelled for today only.
    10 Friday Lakecrest Teacher In-service
    School closed for students
    13 Monday Family Day – school closed
    21 Tuesday Lakecrest Strategic Planning/CAIS Committee, meeting – 10:20 a.m.
    Kiwanis Music Festival
    (Primary and Elementary Choirs at 11:45 a,m.; Chamber Choir at 2:00 p.m.)
    22 Wednesday *Cross Country Skiing (Grades K -PM; 3,6 – all day)
    23 Thursday 7-9 Term Reports for Parents
    Senior French Immersion Classes only cancelled for today.
    28 Tuesday *Cross Country Skiing/snowshoeing (Grades 1, 4, 7)
    March 1 Wednesday Grade 3 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    7 Tuesday K-6 Term 1 Reports for Parents
    (Linked to the student led conferences on Thursday)
    9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    13 Monday *Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing (Grades 2,5,8 -all day)
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    26 Sunday Kangaroo Math Competition for interested students
    29 Wednesday Grade 1 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    30 Thursday Public Speaking
    Grades 4-9 (7:00 p.m.)
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 2-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    5 Wednesday Grade 2 PYP assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 11-13 The Little Mermaid – tentative date.

    Lakecrest Independent School – Parent Newsletter
    January 22, 2017
    The Little Mermaid Cast Performance and T-Shirts

    As indicated below members of the Lakecrest Little Mermaid Cast will be performing at the arts and culture center on February 10th. Today, the special Little Mermaid T-Shits arrived at the school in time for the concert below. Cast members may pick up their T-shirt’s from Ms. Warren. The cost of each T-Shirt is $30.

    Join us as musical theatre SUPERSTAR Rebecca Caine sings music from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and much more with the NSO on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre.

    Rebecca previously starred as Cosette in Les Miserables in London, and Christine in Phantom of the Opera in Toronto and we are thrilled to have her with us!

    Cameo Performance: Come early for the show to hear the talented students of Lakecrest as they perform selections from their upcoming musical The Little Mermaid, on the upper concourse of the Arts and Culture Centre.

    Get your tickets today! Click for Ticket Information

    A message from Home and School

    Lakecrest Fundraising Lottery

    Thank you to all parents, teachers, families and friends who have purchased a ticket for the Lakecrest Cash Lottery. As of right now we have 135 tickets sold. We still have 165 to sell before January 31,2017!! Please continue to spread the word about our fundraiser. If everyone in school sells two tickets, we will reach our goal in no time!!!

    Contact Jenny Barker at jenny4bar@gmail.com if you would like to purchase a ticket. Thank you for your support!

    Volunteers Needed

    We need lunchtime volunteers for pizza service on Fridays. The time commitment is from 11:15am -1:00pm and we require three volunteers every Friday. If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information please contact Jenny Barker at jenny4bar@gmail.com

    Please review the Literacy Day note from Ms. Parsons

    Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

    In celebration of Literacy Day, students will be invited to participate in various activities throughout the week.

    • LITERACY DAY BINGO: On Monday, your child will bring home a Literacy Day Bingo family activity sheet. Please follow the instructions provided on the sheet and return to your child’s teacher by Friday, January 27th, for a chance to win a prize!
    • LAKECREST BOOK SWAP: Does your child have a pile of books sitting in their room that they have already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for more exciting reading materials? From Monday to Friday, students may bring in a “gently used” book (no coloring books please) to the donation boxes provided on the first floor (near Ms. Spurvey’s door, or on the second floor (by Ms. Parsons’ and Ms. Gallagher’s classrooms). On Friday, classes will attend the book swap with their teacher and will have the opportunity to select a “new” book to take home.
    • CHARACTER DAY: On Friday, students are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters or authors. Throughout the day, students will also participate in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), and a ‘Book-nic’ in the gym with their study buddies!

    Thank You for Your Support

    Principals for a Day

    During our spring Lakecrest Auction an item on which bids were made by parents and friends was “Principal for a Day”. Arrangements have now been made for Chiamaka, Elliott and Chidiebube, as identified in the calendar below, to be principals for a day at Lakecrest. Activities for the students will include attending an administrators’ luncheon, assisting with the STAR student assembly, welcoming students to the school in the morning, monitoring good deeds of students during the day, making school announcements, and others to be determined by the principals. This activity is one which benefits the whole school as the current administrator can learn much from the newly appointed principals.

    Junior High Exams

    From January 30 to February 3, Lakecrest will hold its mid-year exams for students in grades 7, 8 and 9. Teachers have provided study guides indicating content and understandings which students should prepare. Students are asked to be sure to ask teachers for clarification or further explanation about any of the information for which they are responsible, as class reviews take place this week.

    As indicated in the attached documents there will also be both tutorial and supervised study sessions offered for students during exam week. We wish all students the best as they prepare for their exams.

    City of St. John’s Programs Offered

    Please see below a message from Lori Letto, Youth Services Field Worker, City of St. John’s. The City provides several interesting activities which may be of interest to some Lakecrest students.

    Please contact the city as indicated to register if interested.

    Here’s how to register:
    • Online www.stjohns.ca through RECconnect

    • In person at either H.G.R Mews Community Centre

    • Telephone at (709) 576-8499

    Youth Learn To …

    – Classic Cross-Country Ski
    If you’ve never skied before or have been a frustrated skier, this course will help get you started on the right track. All equipment is provided.
    Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    Time: 6 to 8pm
    Ages: 12 to 16 years
    Location: North Bank Lodge, Pippy Park
    Cost: $14

    – Robotics
    Learn how programs work and how to program your own robot. All necessary materials provided.
    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Time: 5 to 8pm
    Ages: 12 to 16 years
    Location: College of the North Atlantic, Ridge Road Campus
    Cost: $21

    – Animal Care
    Learn about animal rescue, pet care, careers with animals and bite prevention.
    Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    Time: 6 to 8pm
    Ages: 12 to 16 years
    Location: Animal Care & Adoption Centre, 81 Higgins Line
    Cost: $14

    – Architectural Design
    Learn how programs work and how to program your own robot. All necessary materials provided.
    Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    Time: 5 to 8pm
    Ages: 12 to 16 years
    Location: College of the North Atlantic, Ridge Road Campus
    Cost: $21

    Youth Inclusion Leader
    Develop your advocacy for inclusion in recreation and leisure settings. Topics to be explored are empathy, mentorship, multiculturalism, ability, gender identity and mental health. Participants will receive certificate of completion.
    Date: Wednesdays, Feb 1 to April 5, 2017
    Time: 3:30 to 5:30pm
    Ages: 15 to 18 years
    Location: Waterford Valley High School
    Cost: $60

    Youth Ball Hockey
    This is an opportunity for youth to take part in a recreational ball hockey night. Registration is required. Teams will be assigned on a nightly basis.
    Date: Sundays, Feb 5 to April 9, 2017
    Time: 6 to 7:15pm
    Ages: 12 to 16 years
    Location: H.G.R Mews Community Centre
    Cost: $31.25

    Lori Letto
    Youth Services Fieldworker II
    Recreation Division
    Community Services Department
    City of St. John’s
    P.O. Box 908
    St. John’s, NL A1C 5M2
    576-8630 (Tel)
    576-8469 (Fax)
    lletto@stjohns.ca
    www.stjohns.ca
    Lakecrest Calendar – January / February 2017
    Date Day Event
    January 25 Wednesday School assemblies for k-6 and 7-9 students.
    Principals for the Day:
    Elliott Barker
    Chiamaka Okenna Afamefuna
    Chidiebube Okenna Afamefuna
    27 Friday Literacy Day at Lakecrest
    30-Feb. 3
    Junior High Mid-Year Exams
    February 3 Friday Kindergarten 2017/18 Orientation
    9:00-11:30 a.m.
    7 Tuesday Family Skating at Mile One
    K-4 at 9:00 a.m., 5-9 at 10:00 a.m.
    (Hockey or ski helmets required
    for all parents and students)
    Cross Country Skiing Grades 1,4,7 – tentative date.
    8 Wednesday Lakecrest Spelling Bee
    1:00 p.m.
    Scrabble Club Starts (3:15 p.m.)
    9 Thursday Junior/Senior French Immersion classes cancelled for today only.
    10 Friday Lakecrest Teacher In-service
    School closed for students
    13 Monday Family Day – school closed
    21 Tuesday Lakecrest Strategic Planning/CAIS Committee, meeting – 10:20 a.m.
    Cross Country Skiing (Grades 2,5,8)
    22 Wednesday Cross Country Skiing (Grades 3,6,9)
    23 Thursday 7-9 Term Reports for Parents
    Senior French Immersion Classes only cancelled for today.
    March 2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    7 Tuesday K-6 Term 1 Reports for Parents
    (Linked to the student led conferences on Thursday)
    *9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences
    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
    16 Thursday Kindergarten Orientation 2017/2018 Class
    (9:00-2:45 p.m.)
    *24 Friday Lakecrest Science Fair
    *30 Thursday Public Speaking
    Grades 4-9 (7:00 p.m.)
    31 Friday Multicultural Fair
    April 2-7 Europe Excursion – Grades 8/9
    10-21 Spring Vacation
    24 Monday All Science Challenge – Grade 8
    26-28 St. Pierre Excursion – Grade 7 class.
    May 11-13 The Little Mermaid – tentative date.

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter

    January 8, 2017

    Re-scheduled Lakecrest Annual Family Skate, Tuesday, February 7.

     

    Our annual Family Skate has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7 at Mile One Centre. All students who wish to skate are required to wear a helmet. Parents and guests are invited to join in the skating.

     

    For Grade Kindergarten to Four Students

    Buses will leave the school around 8:40 a.m. and all students will go with their classes. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 8:45 and 9:00 to help with tying of skate laces, etc.

    K-4 students will return to the school at about 10:00 a.m.

     

    For Grade Five to Nine Students

    Busses will leave the school at 9:40 and will return at about 11:00 noon. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m.

     

    Extracurricular Athletics – Updates from Ms. Carroll

     

    Hockey/Skating:

    The Hockey/Skating program will resume this Wednesday after school. New registration is required. The program will run until April 5th excluding March 8th due to the Public Speaking contest. The fee for these 12 weeks is:

    $120 for the first family member,

    $60 for the second family member,

    All other family members free.

    All fees for last term and this new term are due prior to getting on the ice this Wednesday.

    Parents are welcome to come skate with their children and must accompany any children who are not yet students of Lakecrest.

    Everyone who comes onto the ice must be wearing skates and helmets. All Hockey gear is required for the hockey program.

     

    Tennis:

    Information regarding the restart of tennis is not available at this time. If your child is interested in a new term of tennis, please sign up with Mrs. Gillingham along with the $20 registration fee to hold your spot. The cap is 20 students for this program for grades K – 6.

     

     

     

     

    Girls Basketball:

    Girls grade 3 – 6 practice Mondays during the morning recess. Gym uniforms can be worn to school on this day.

    Girls Grade 6-9 practice on Thursdays during the lunch recess. Gym uniforms can be worn to school on this day.

     

    Games are suspended for the junior high girls until available times are confirmed. If you have not yet let Ms. Carroll know your daughter’s available times for games (beginning 5:00pm in the evenings), please do so as soon as possible so we can resume play. We do not want to default anymore games. It is very accommodating of the convenor of the tournament to allow us to choose game days. Please submit all times for possible games, and they will be confirmed with you before sent to the convenor.

     

    To view the schedule, go to:    www.nlscoreboard.com

     

    click JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL LEAGUE and after viewing the teams in the tournament, click Enter to view the schedule.

     

    Boys Basketball:

    Boys have upcoming games this week. Please go to the scoreboard site above to view times and venues. Mr. Darcy will be providing more information on the teams’ activities.

     

    Other Sports:

    We will be inquiring for interest in Junior High Tennis, Badminton and Ultimate Frisbee. There will be an interest sign up sheet on the sports bulletin board in the main lobby of the school. If your child is interested in these sports, please have them sign the lists.

     

    Thank you for supporting your children and the sports program!

     

     

    Lakecrest Calendar – January / February 2017

    Date Day Event
         
    January 2017 9-13 FI, basketball, sports skills, orchestra / sectionals start this week
      17 Tuesday Lakecrest Strategic Planning /CAIS Committee Meeting

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

      20 Friday Dress Down Day
      27 Friday Literacy Day at Lakecrest
      30-Feb. 3

     

    Junior High Mid-Year Exams
     February 2017 3 Friday Kindergarten 2017/18 Orientation

    9:00-11:30 a.m.

      7 Tuesday Family Skating at Mile One

    K-4 at 9:00 a.m., 5-9 at 10:00 a.m.

      8 Wednesday Lakecrest Spelling Bee

    1:00 p.m.

      9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences

    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)

      10 Friday Lakecrest Teacher In-service

    School closed for students

      13 Monday Family Day – school closed
      23 Thursday 7-9 Term Reports for Parents
    March 2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences

    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)

    April 26-28 St. Pierre Excursion for Grade 7 class.
    May 11-13 The Little Mermaid – tentative date.

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter

    January 2, 2017

     

    Best wishes to Lakecrest Families for a happy and successful 2017

     

    Opening Day – Wednesday, January 4, 2017

     

    Lakecrest will reopen on Wednesday, January 4. The first day of school will be a full day as usual.

     

    Extracurricular Activities

     

    Each Lakecrest semester provides an extensive variety of extracurricular activities. Some activities have ended and will be replaced by new ones for the second semester, while other activities continue throughout the school year.

     

    Ongoing extracurricular activities will resume during the week of January 9-13. Specific start dates will be announced shortly for the new activities.

     

    These activities which will resume during the January 9-13 week include the following:

     

    Basketball (Mondays-Girls, Thursdays-Boys)

    French Immersion (Mondays and/or Thursdays)

    Sports Skills (Tuesdays)

    Orchestra (Tuesdays) and beginners’ sectionals (various times)

     

    As always, students may join these activities at any time during the school year. Please check with Ms. Carroll or Mr. Darcy for athletics, Mr. Pittman for French Immersion, orchestra or sectionals.

     

    Grade One Teacher

     

    Our grade one teacher, Ms. Hollinshead, will begin her maternity leave on January 4.  We wish her all the best.

     

    Ms. Danielle Power will replace Ms. Hollinshead for the remainder of this school year. Ms. Power brings both international and local teaching experiences to this position. Contact information and additional transitional details have been sent to grade 1 parents.

     

    We wish Ms. Power the best as she continues the school year with our grade one class for the remainder of the school year.

     

    Junior High- January / February Exams

     

    Term 1 junior high exams will follow the schedule below. Additional Details for student attendance, and tutorial arrangements during the exam schedule will be sent to parents in the next week.

     

    Date Day (AM) Exam
    Jan 30 Monday English Language Arts
    Jan 31 Tuesday Social Studies
    Feb. 1 Wednesday Science
    Feb. 2 Thursday Mathematics
    Feb. 3 Friday French
    Feb. 23 Junior High Term 1 Report Cards
    Mar. 2 Junior High Term 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences

     

    Lakecrest Calendar – January / February 2017

    Date Day Event
         
    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after vacation.
      6 Friday Dress Down Day
      9-13 FI, basketball, sports skills, orchestra and sectionals Start this week
      20 Friday Dress Down Day
      30-Feb. 3

     

    Junior High Mid-Year Exams
    February 2017 9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student Led Conferences

    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)

      10 Friday Lakecrest Teacher In-service

    School closed for students

      13 Monday Family Day – school closed
      23 Thursday 7-9 Term Reports for Parents
    March 2 Thursday 7-9 Parent Teacher Conferences

    (1:00-4:00, 5:00-7:00 p.m.)

    April 26-28 St. Pierre Excursion for Grade 7 class.
    May 11-13 The Little Mermaid – tentative date.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter

    December 18, 2016

     

     

    Christmas Concert – Monday, Dec. 19

     

    Our Christmas Concert will take place on Monday, Dec 19, at 7:00 p.m. Students are asked to be in their homerooms at 6:30 p.m. Some students/parents have been notified by homeroom teachers that a costume is requested for the event. This of course depends on the type of homeroom presentation. Otherwise dress casual is permitted, but we request that students not wear jeans, unless they are part of a costume.

     

    All family members are welcome; however, we do ask that very young children not be permitted to walk around the gymnasium or make loud noises during the performances. This can be very distracting for the students who are speaking and performing on the stage as sound does “carry” in all directions in our gym.

     

    Christmas Assembly/Early Dismissal, Tuesday, Dec 20

     

    Our annual Christmas assembly will start at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 20 This assembly will include a slide show of first term events, and a Christmas sing-along lead by the Lakecrest Chamber Choir.

     

    Parents and all family members are invited to come and enjoy.

    Students will be dismissed from the assembly to homerooms at about 11:30 a.m. The schedule for dismissal from classes is provided below.

    11:40 – K and 1 (Parents please go to the classroom to pick up students)

    11:40 – 2 and 3 – Students will be brought to the foyer.

    11:45 – 4, 5 and 6 – Students will be brought to the main first floor hallway as in a regular dismissal

    11:50 – Junior High – Students will be dismissed as in a regular dismissal

     

    Last call for Lakecrest Chromebooks

    The Lenovo Chromebook N22 with the Lakecrest logo as seen on display will be ordered this week. We recently negotiated a price reduction to $230 per laptop including tax shipping and logo. Please let Mr. Bishop know ASAP if you would like to purchase one.

    The chromebooks are great devices for school, are durable, portable and wonderful for internet based tasks, including document creation and editing using G Suite. These devices don’t have large internal hard drives so don’t allow for instillation of games etc. but instead run chrome apps. This means the computer stays up to date and operating quickly for much longer than a typical windows or mac based laptop.

     

    We are hoping to collect class sets of these devices as technology at Lakecrest continues to expand and improve. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Bishop. (abishop@lakecrest.ca)

     

    Locker/Desk Cleanout on Monday, Dec 19.

     

    Students are asked to ensure that their lockers and desks have been emptied of clothing, any food or other left over items before the Christmas break.

     

    Student Council Christmas Food Drive

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

     

    The Lakecrest Student Council Christmas Food drive has been extended to December 19. Parents and students are encouraged to bring along items as described below.  They can be delivered on Monday when families are arriving for the concert.

     

    All Non-perishable items such:

    Cereal                                                                     Jello

    Crackers/Biscuits                                                   Jam

    Soups                                                                     Tin Tomatoes

    Beans/spaghetti/ stew/ Meatballs etc.                    Rice

    Tin Vegetables                                                       Cereal Bar

    Sugar                                                                      Mayonnaise

    Peanut Butter                                                         Tea

    Chez whiz                                                              Coffee

    Tin or Bottle pasta sauce                                       Tin milk

    Dry Pasta                                                               Juice

    Kraft Dinner                                                          Cake Mix

    Pancake mix/ syrup                                               Tin Fruit

    Tin Tuna, Ham, Chicken, Turkey                          Mustard

    Ketchup

     

    There is also a need for the following items:

    Shampoo, Body wash, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste

     

    The Lakecrest Student Council.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Loom Knitting Extracurricular Request from Ms. Spurvey

     

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Please ask your children to return the looms and hooks that were used during the loom knitting class. If anyone needs help casting off any projects, please have the children bring them to me by Monday. I hope they have enjoyed the class as much as we have! Enjoy the break!

     

    Regards,

    Ms. Spurvey

     

     

    Junior High- January / February Exams

     

    Term 1 junior high exams will follow the schedule below. Details for student attendance arrangements during the exam schedule will be sent to parents in January.

     

    Date Day (AM) Exam
    Jan 30 Monday English Language Arts
    Jan 31 Tuesday Social Studies
    Feb. 1 Wednesday Science
    Feb. 2 Thursday Mathematics
    Feb. 3 Friday French
    Feb. 23 Junior High Term 1 Report Cards
    Mar. 2 Junior High Term 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences

     

    Lakecrest Calendar –December 2016/January 2017

    Date Day Event
         
    December 19 Monday Lakecrest Christmas Concert

    Students arrive at 6:30 p.m.

    Concert start time 7:00 p.m.

    Last date to order a Chromebook

      20 Tuesday Last day before Vacation

    Christmas Assembly – 10:30-11:50

    Brass Sectional Performance

    Student dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after Vacation.
      30 Monday Junior High Mid-Year Exams start.
    February 2017 9 Thursday K-6 Term 1 Student led conferences
      10 Friday Lakecrest Teacher In-service

    School closed for students

      13 Monday Family Day – school closed
    April 26-28 St. Pierre Excursion for Grade 7 class.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter

    December 11, 2016

     

    Chamber Choir events on Sunday, Dec.11

     

    The Lakecrest Chamber Choir will perform at two events this Sunday, Dec 11.

    Shine a light on Mental Health

    Star Gala Performance

    Signal Hill (4:30-5:00 p.m.)

    The event includes “special performances by Spirit of Newfoundland Productions LTD and The Lakecrest Independent School Chamber Choir.”

    Check out the details for parking and other details at:

    http://destinationstjohns.com/event/signal-hill-star-gala-shining-a-light-on-mental-health/

     

    Celebrate the Season

    Anglican Cathedral (8:00 p.m.)

     

    Best wishes to all chamber choir members and Ms. Warren for today’s performances.

     

     

    Lakecrest Annual Family Skate, Tuesday, December 13

     

    The annual Family Skate will take place on Tuesday, December 13 at Mile One Centre. All students who wish to skate are required to wear a helmet. Parents and guests are invited to join in the skating. Please note that due to other morning activities for Grade 4’s their skating session is from 11:00-11:50 a.m.

     

    For Grade Kindergarten to Three Students

    Buses will leave the school around 9:40 a.m. and all students will go with their classes. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 9:45 and 10:00 to help with tying of skate laces, etc.

    K-4 students will return to the school at about 11:00 a.m.

     

    For Grade Four to Nine Students

    Busses will leave the school at 10:40 and will return at about 12:00 noon. Parents and family members are invited to meet us at Mile One between 10:45 and 11:00 a.m.

     

    Lakecrest Christmas Concert – Thursday, Dec 15 /Ticket order forms

     

    Our Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday, Dec 15 at 7:00 p.m. Students are asked to be in their homerooms at 6:30 p.m. Some students/parents have been notified by homeroom teachers that a costume is requested for the event. This of course depends on the type of homeroom presentation. Otherwise dress casual is permitted, but we request that students not wear jeans.

     

    All family members are welcome; however, we do ask that very young children not be permitted to walk around the gymnasium or make loud noises during the performances. This can be very distracting for the students who are speaking and performing on the stage as sound does “carry” in all directions in our gym.

     

    A reminder also that Monday 12th, is the deadline for return of Concert ticket request forms and payment to purchase two tickets/student.  Starting on Tuesday, Dec 13 additional tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis

     

    Late opening – Friday, Dec.16

     

    Friday Dec 16, the day after the Christmas Concert, classes for students will start at 10:05 a.m. For those parents who wish to drop off their child at the regular time supervision will be provided until classes begin.

     

    Student Council Christmas Food Drive

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

     

    The Lakecrest Student Council will be holding our annual Christmas Food drive for the less fortunate from December 12-16th.This season we will be supporting two outreach programs with this food drive – the St. Patrick’s Food Hampers as well as the Food Sharing Association. We are hoping for a wonderful turnout.  Students are encouraged to bring along items as described below.

     

    All Non-perishable items such:

    Cereal                                                                     Jello

    Crackers/Biscuits                                                   Jam

    Soups                                                                     Tin Tomatoes

    Beans/spaghetti/ stew/ Meatballs etc.                    Rice

    Tin Vegetables                                                       Cereal Bar

    Sugar                                                                      Mayonnaise

    Peanut Butter                                                         Tea

    Chez whiz                                                              Coffee

    Tin or Bottle pasta sauce                                       Tin milk

    Dry Pasta                                                               Juice

    Kraft Dinner                                                          Cake Mix

    Pancake mix/ syrup                                               Tin Fruit

    Tin Tuna, Ham, Chicken, Turkey                          Mustard

    Ketchup

     

    There is also a need for the following items:

    Shampoo, Body wash, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste

     

     

    The Student Council appreciates that you are helping the less fortunate around this time of year and our collective act of kindness for our community.

     

    The Lakecrest Student Council.

     

     

    Lakecrest Family Christmas Tree

     

    Parents are asked to please bring in any items purchased as indicated on the front entrance Christmas tree tags.  These will be delivered to the Christmas family at the end of the day, on Monday, December 12. The mom and three children will I am sure appreciated the generous contributions of Lakecrest Families to their Christmas.

     

    Extracurricular Activities / Orchestra /Sectionals

     

    All extracurricular activities as well as orchestra and sectionals will conclude at their regularly scheduled times during the week of December 12-16. Please note the exception for the French Immersion session below.

     

    French Immersion Afternoon classes this week (Dec 12-16)

     

    There will be a slight change to the French Immersion classes this week.  The Monday class will continue as usual, but due to the Christmas concert the Thursday FI class will be moved to Tuesday. Students who usually attend the Thursday class may for this week attend a session on either Monday or Tuesday, whichever is more convenient.  French Immersion will resume starting on January 9.

     

    Technology Meeting Postponed

     

    The Meeting scheduled for Monday 12th, has been postponed until January.

     

    Lakecrest Calendar –December 2016/January 2017

    Date Day Event
         
    December 11 SUNDAY Lakecrest Chamber Choir Performances

    1.    Shine a light on Mental Health

    Star Gala Performance

    Signal Hill (4:30-5:00 p.m.)

    2.    Celebrate the Season

    Anglican Cathedral (8:00 p.m.)

      13 Tuesday Recycling

    Family Skate –Mile One

    (10:00-10:50 for K-3/ 11:00-11:50 for 4-9)

    Last day for Orchestra before vacation

      14 Wednesday Last day for flute sectionals /lessons

    before Christmas

    School Assembly

    Chamber Choir Representatives visit Street Reach at Lunchtime.

      15 Thursday Lakecrest Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m.
      16 Friday Late start for school at 10:05 a.m.

    Dress Down Day

      20 Tuesday Last day before Vacation

    Christmas Assembly – 10:30-11:50

    Brass Sectional Performance

    Student dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after Vacation.
      30 Monday Junior High Mid-Year Exams start.
    April 26-28 St. Pierre Excursion for Grade 7 class.

     

     

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter

    December 4, 2016

     

    Provincial / CRT Testing Results – Wow!!

     

    A few weeks ago, provincial testing /CRT results were received by the school. Since then they have been reviewed by teachers to identify the strengths and areas for improvement for our students.

     

    Again, as in the past years the results indicate that Lakecrest is the top school in the province in terms of the overall result for the grade levels. The term “private “in the table below refers to the private/independent schools in the province.

     

    All parents, students and teachers of Lakecrest should again be commended for the outstanding performance of our grade 3, 6 and 9 students on these tests. These skills are developed at all Lakecrest grade levels. The tests are administered at each school in the province but are assessed at a provincial marking panel during the summer vacation.

     

    Lakecrest continues to lead in the development of teaching and learning strategies which are current and thus produces measurable results. Congratulations to all for this tremendous accomplishment.

     

    Provincial tests / CRT’s Spring 2016

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    Grade Lakecrest

    (Total aver. %)

    Private

    (Total aver %)

    Province

    (Total aver. %)

           
    3 (Prim) 93.1 78.6 75.8
    6 (Elem) 77.5 71.6 63.3
    9 (Inter) 85.7 76.5 65.8
           

     

    Total provincial results show a marked difference between Lakecrest and provincial results for

    the total test. “Cut Score” is the grade level standard.

     

    Provincial tests / CRT’s Spring 2016

     Total Test Cut Score

    Grade Cut Score Lakecrest

     

    Private

     

    Province

     

             
    3 (Prim) 42/74 66.4 55.1 52.7
    6 (Elem) 50/94 72.2 68.3 59.2
    9 (Inter) 28/50 43.4 32.3 32.3
             

     

     

     

    “Hour of Code” activities this week

     

    All Lakecrest students from K-9 will this week have “hour of code” activities.  Students in grades K-6 will work with their buddy classes and participate in several grade level appropriate activities.

    Students in grades 7-9 on Wednesday afternoon will attend sessions on Drone Technology, Python Coding and Photoshop. Thanks to Mr. Bishop and homeroom teachers for organizing these activities.  Please find a note below about “Hour of Code”.

     

    “The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages.”

    Website: https://hourofcode.com/ca

     

     

    Lakecrest Basketball Teams Update

     

    Congratulations to the Girls’ Senior team (grades 6-8) on their game and win against Mount Pearl Intermediate at MPI. Special congratulations to Grace Fitzpatrick on her selection as “Player of the Game”.

     

    Congratulations to the Girls’ Junior team (grades 4-6) who played a game against Rennies River at Lakecrest on Friday. They played a great game and showed much Lakecrest school spirit.

     

    Good luck also to the Boys‘ Senior Team in their game against Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity School, today, Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

     

    Many thanks to Ms. Carroll and Mr. Darcy for organizing these competitions and league participation for our four basketball teams this year.

     

    MAX visits for Grades 2-5 this week

     

    Students from grades 4 and 5 on Thursday, and 2 and 3 on Friday will travel by bus to MAX to attend sessions on cheerleading, theatre, dance and music.

     

    MAX is a center for arts, athletics and wellness.  Students will participate in various grade level appropriate aspects of these activities. This is a new program being offered by MAX. We hope that our students enjoy this opportunity. Thanks to Ms. Warren for organizing this activity for our students.

     

    Cafeteria Update

     

    Milk will not be available in the cafeteria at lunchtime for the first few days this week. Juice will be provided for all students who have purchased a drink.  This is necessary because of the delivery of a new refrigerator for the cafeteria kitchen. We expect to receive it by mid-week.

     

    Lakecrest Chromebooks

     

    Soon Lakecrest plans to order additional laptops to replace some of our older devices. In consultation with the Technology Committee and IT faculty it has been determined that Chromebooks would be good replacements and make it possible to increase the number of devices available to students.   The approximate cost for each Lakecrest Chromebook, which includes a Lakecrest logo on the case, will be $265 per unit. These devices would be suitable for all educational technology requirements from grades K-high school.

     

    It should be noted that a Chromebook is a laptop running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in “the cloud“.

     

    Several parents have asked that if the school does purchase Chromebooks, could they order one of these for their child. We can make that option available for parents. Unfortunately, they will not be available before Christmas vacation. A sample Lakecrest Chromebook will be on display in the school entrance for this week if any parents would like to view the device.

     

    Please send any questions or requests to have one ordered for your child to Mr. Bishop (abishop@lakecrest.ca) or Mr. Barrett (mbarrett@lakecrest.ca)

     

    Please find below some of the advantages of having a Chromebook.

     

    Rugged and Durable

    – Drop resistant – built to withstand bumps and accidental drops from up to 70cm (2.3 feet) Stronger, thicker rear cover and a frame around the screen, sides and corners absorb the force of bumps and reduce damage when dropped.

    – Reinforcement around ports and hinges adds durability that stands up to student wear and tear

    – Anti-peel keys resist removal by students

    – Water resistant keyboard channels spills (up to 330ml) away from the electronics to prevent damage.

    – Sealed touchpad protects the electronics from moisture and spills

    – Non-slip texture hides wear and scratches and helps the students to better grip the device

    – Fan less design eliminates the need for bottom vents which helps keep debris away from the electronics

     

    Designed for Education

    – Rotatable camera gives students flexibility in how they capture images and video. A student can rotate the camera away to record a science experiment or capture video of other students doing a skit or presenting a report. The student can also rotate the camera up to closely examine an object. The integrated microphone also rotates with the camera to better capture sound.

    – The anti-glare screen produces less reflection under florescent lights and near classroom windows, reducing student eyestrain.

    – With up to 10 hours of battery life, teachers and students can work where they need to without a power cord. The battery is serviceable and can be replaced by school IT.

     

    French Immersion Opportunity for Lakecrest Parents and Students

     

    The previous newsletter provided information about a French Immersion excursion for parents and students during the summer of 2017. Any parent who might be interested is asked to please notify Mr. Pittman prior to the Christmas vacation. A parent information session will be planned for January/February if there seems to be sufficient interest. Please note that parents and not expected to make a firm commitment now, but rather to indicate that they would like to know more detail.

    Please notify Mr. Pittman (rpittman@lakecrest.ca) if interested.

     

    Lakecrest Calendar –December 2016/January 2017

    Date Day Event
         
    December 4 Sunday Boys Senior Basketball game at Holy Trinity

    6:30 p.m.

      5-9   Computer Education Week – various activities for all students in grades K-9.
      7 Wednesday “Hour of Code” Junior High Sessions (PM)

    Python Coding

    Drone Technology

    Photo Shop

    Extracurricular skating/hockey – last session

      8 Thursday Grade 4and 5 students visit MAX

    from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

      9 Friday Grade 2 and 3 students visit MAX

    From 9:00-11:00 a.m.

      11 SUNDAY Lakecrest Chamber Choir Performances

    1.    Shine a light on Mental Health

    Star Gala Performance

    Signal Hill (4:30-5:00 p.m.)

    2.    Celebrate the Season

    Anglican Cathedral (8:00 p.m.)

      13 Tuesday Recycling

    Family Skate – Confirmed at Mile One (10:00-10:50 for K-4/11:00-11:50 for 5-9)

    Last day for Orchestra before vacation

           
      14 Wednesday Last day for flute sectionals /lessons

    before Christmas

      15 Thursday Lakecrest Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m.
      16 Friday Late start for school at 10:25 a.m.

    Dress Down Day

      20 Tuesday Last day before Vacation

    Christmas Assembly – 10:30-11:50

    Brass Sectional Performance

    Student dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after Vacation.
      30 Monday Junior High Mid-Year Exams start.
    April 26-28 St. Pierre Excursion for Grade 7 class.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter
    November 13, 2016

    Lakecrest Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 30th

    The Lakecrest Annual General Meeting is scheduled for November 30th at 7:00 p.m. There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Directors. All parents are eligible for membership on the Board. Any parents who are interested in membership on the Board are asked to please notify the Board chair, Mr. Liam O’Brien by e-mail (LOBrien@curtisdawe.com).

    Lakecrest Chapters Night, Tuesday, Nov 15th

    All Lakecrest families and students are invited to attend Chapter Night on Tuesday, 15th. Student in the primary and elementary choirs will also come together to perform for parents. There will also be a presentation by grade one students. Parents are encouraged to attend Chapters night both for the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts and thus support purchases for the school library and classroom resources.

    During the day on Tuesday we will be reminding our students about appropriate behavior during the Charters night event. During the evening, we ask parents to ensure that their children are not disturbing other parents or shoppers since the store remains open to the public during the evening. There is a play area with samples of some toys etc. for younger students provided by the store. Thanks, in advance for your help with this.

    Please see below a message for the Home and School Association
    This year, Lakecrest Chapters Night will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 7:00PM – 9:00PM at Chapters on Kenmount Road.
    This annual event allows parents, students, extended family and friends of Lakecrest to enjoy an evening of Music and treats while having an opportunity to boost literacy at the school by purchasing books for the Lakecrest library and classrooms.
    In addition to purchasing books for the school, 20% of ALL purchases you make that night from Chapters and Starbucks (except gift cards) will go directly to our school so please remember to let the cashier know that you’d like to support Lakecrest. This is an ideal opportunity to supplement your home library, purchase birthday gifts, and do holiday shopping in one evening all while supporting a great cause!
    Reminders
    Please check your child’s book bag for Chapters night information and coupon for free kids’ beverage. All students attending Chapters Night must wear full dress uniform and are reminded to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner.

    Home and School News – Fundraisers
    Parents are asked to please check out the Home and school News attachment. The Home and School association is providing information about two exciting fundraising projects for this school year.
    Kindergarten 2017/18 Orientations
    This week there will be orientation sessions for parents and students of the Kindergarten 2017/18 class. On Thursday at 7:00 p.m. the second parent orientation will take place in the Kindergarten classroom and on Friday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Kindergarten 2017 students will attend their second student orientation.

    Lakecrest Calendar – November/December 2016
    Date Day Event
    November 15 Tuesday Lakecrest Chapters Night – 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Chapters Book Store – Kenmount Rd.
    16 Wednesday School Assembly
    17 Thursday Kindergarten 17/18 Parent Information Session #2 (7:00 p.m.)
    18 Friday Kindergarten 17/18 Student orientation
    (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
    Dress Down Day
    22 Tuesday Recycling Day
    Grade 3 visit the GeoCentre
    24 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Comm. Meeting – 3:15 p.m.
    25 Friday *Report Cards to Parents
    29 Tuesday Lakecrest Heritage Fair – 12:35 p.m.
    30 Wednesday Lakecrest Annual General Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
    December 1 Thursday Lakecrest Parent/Teacher Meetings.
    2 Friday Dress Down Day
    7 Wednesday Extracurricular skating/hockey – last session
    8 Thursday Family Skate – tentative date
    13 Tuesday Recycling
    15 Thursday Lakecrest Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m.
    16 Friday Late start for school at 10:25 a.m.
    Dress Down Day
    20 Tuesday Last day before Vacation
    Christmas Assembly – 10:30-11:50
    Student dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after Vacation.
    30 Monday Junior High Mid-Year Exams start.

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter
    November 6, 2016

    Lakecrest Chapters Night Date Change – Now Tuesday, Nov 15th

    Lakecrest was notified over the weekend that Chapters had accidentally double booked the 9th November for Chapter’s night. We have been reassigned Tuesday, November 15th.We apologize for any inconvenience with this date change. Please see the revised notice below.
    This year, Lakecrest Chapters Night will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 7:00PM – 9:00PM at Chapters on Kenmount Road.
    This annual event allows parents, students, extended family and friends of Lakecrest to enjoy an evening of Music and treats while having an opportunity to boost literacy at the school by purchasing books for the Lakecrest library and classrooms.
    In addition to purchasing books for the school, 20% of ALL purchases you make that night from Chapters and Starbucks (except gift cards) will go directly to our school so please remember to let the cashier know that you’d like to support Lakecrest. This is an ideal opportunity to supplement your home library, purchase birthday gifts, and do holiday shopping in one evening all while supporting a great cause!
    Reminder
    All students attending Chapters Night must wear full dress uniform and are reminded to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner.

    Remembrance Day Assembly – Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m.

    Our Remembrance Day assembly will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 1:00 p.m. All students are expected to have dress uniforms for the day. Parents are most welcome to attend the ceremony. Remembrance Day poppies will be provided for students.
    School will be closed on Friday, November 11th, for the national Remembrance Day Holiday.

    Baseball opportunity – “Winterball”

    This fall Lakecrest students showed a great interest in the baseball extracurricular activity. Junior and senior teams enjoyed practices and games with a number of coaches. Many thanks to Mr. Gruchy for coordinating this activity. The St. John’s minor baseball association also organizes an indoor winter program which provide for ongoing development of skills for all ages.
    Please find below a link for parents and students who wish to register for this “Winterball” program. Interested students can continue playing baseball during the winter as preparation for the next Lakecrest season.

    http://www.leaguelineup.com/topnews.asp?url=sjmba&sid=212972192&itemid=1590816

    Colder Weather Clothing

    Appropriate colder weather clothing is necessary for all outdoor school activities. All students are required to attend outdoor lunchtime activity weather permitting. As the temperatures drop please ensure that fall jackets, gloves, hats etc. are included for students every day, as in our climate sudden daily temperature changes are not uncommon.

    Reminder – November 8, 2016 School Photo Retakes

    There will be a school photo retake day on November 8th, for those students/parents who would like to have a retake of the recent school photo. Students are asked to please return their original set of photos, when they have the photo retaken.

    Also, it is possible for siblings in different grade levels to also have their photos taken together. If any parents would like to arrange for that option, please notify Ms. Gillingham. (agillingham@lakecrest.ca)

    Lakecrest Calendar – November/December 2016
    Date Day Event
    November 7 Monday Lakecrest Board of Directors’ Meeting
    9 Wednesday WE Day in Ottawa – Grade 8 students
    Remembrance Day Assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    (Parents welcome)
    11 Friday Remembrance Day Holiday – school closed
    15 Tuesday Lakecrest Chapters Night
    16 Wednesday School Assembly
    17 Thursday Kindergarten 17/18 Parent Information Session #2 (7:00 p.m.)
    18 Friday Kindergarten 17/18 Student orientation
    (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
    Dress Down Day
    22 Tuesday Recycling Day
    Grade 3 visit the GeoCentre
    24 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Comm. Meeting – 3:15 p.m.
    25 Friday Report Cards to Parents
    29 Tuesday Lakecrest Heritage Fair – 12:35 p.m.
    30 Wednesday Lakecrest Annual General Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
    December 1 Thursday Lakecrest Parent/Teacher Meetings.
    2 Friday Dress Down Day
    7 Wednesday Extracurricular skating/hockey – last session
    8 Thursday Family Skate – tentative date
    13 Tuesday Recycling
    15 Thursday Lakecrest Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m.
    16 Friday Late start for school at 10:25 a.m.
    Dress Down Day
    20 Tuesday Last day before Vacation
    Christmas Assembly – 10:30-11:50
    Student dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

    January 2017 4 Wednesday First day of classes after Vacation.
    30 Monday Junior High Mid-Year Exams start.

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter
    October 23, 2016

    Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams

    Last week we had an excellent number of students attend the basketball practices for the boys’ and girls’ teams. Girls teams meet on Monday afternoons and boys on Thursdays. Student who did not attend these first sessions can still join the teams this week. Girls should check with Ms. Carroll and boys with Mr. Darcy.
    We encourage boys and girls to join the basketball teams to contribute to and benefit from the ongoing development of skills which are developed through participation in competitive team sports. Thanks to Ms. Carroll and Mr. Darcy for their ongoing work with these teams.
    With successful team development we plan to become more fully aligned with both local and Canadian Accredited Schools (CAIS) competitive team athletics.

    Janeway Hospital Jamarama Day

    Thanks to parents and students for their contribution to Jamarama Day on Friday past. Lakecrest students donated over $500 to the Janeway Hospital for children.

    Student Lateness

    We ask that students be in their class ready to start at 8:30 a.m. as instruction starts at that time. Students should be in the school at 8:25 a.m. each morning so that they will have time to place coats etc. in their lockers and organize their materials for the day. If a student arrives in class after 8:30 he/she may have missed the opportunity to review the day’s activities. Late arrivals also tend to disrupt the start of the day for all students.
    When students are to be late due to a doctors or other appointment, parents are asked to please notify the school.

    Pokémon Cards and Toys

    As parents know we do not permit students to bring their toys to school unless there is a special event or activity planned by teacher. It has been noted lately that some of our younger students are bringing Pokémon cards to school. This can sometimes cause difficulties as students decide to play with and/or switch cards with other students. Student also sometimes lose cards as they are being passed around in groups.
    We ask therefore that Pokémon cards not be brought to school so that we can avoid the above possibilities.

    Lakecrest Calendar – October 2016

    Date Day Event

    October 27 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Committee Meeting 3:00 p.m.
    Lakecrest presentation at Early Achievers 7:00 p.m.
    31 Monday Halloween Activities – p.m.
    November 2 Wednesday K-9 Student assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    4 Friday Faculty In-service – Google Classroom / PowerSchool
    (no school for students)
    7 Monday Lakecrest Board of Directors’ Meeting
    9 Wednesday WE Day in Ottawa – Grade 8 students
    Remembrance Day Assembly – 1:00 p.m.
    10 Thursday Chamber Choir at Breast Cancer Cure Fundraiser
    Glendenning – 7:00 p.m.
    11 Friday Remembrance Day Holiday – school closed
    16 Wednesday School Assembly
    17 Thursday Kindergarten 17/18 Parent Information Session #2 (7:00 p.m.)
    18 Friday Kindergarten 17/18 Student orientation
    (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
    Dress Down Day
    22 Tuesday Recycling Day
    24 Thursday Report Cards to Parents
    29 Tuesday Lakecrest Heritage Fair
    December 1 Thursday Lakecrest Parent/Teacher Meetings.

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter
    October 16, 2016
    Extracurricular Athletic Programs Updates
    Parents are asked to please review the athletic extracurricular program updates below. Last week a meeting was held with those boys and girls from grade 4-9 who were interested in playing basketball on a school team this year. Many students expressed interest and we look forward to a year of competitions with other schools. Students may still join these groups. Students should please see Ms. Carroll or Mr. Darcy if you wish to join and did not attend the first meeting. Please e-mail Ms. Carroll (ccarroll@lakecrest.ca) or Mr. Darcy (kdarcy@lakecrest.ca), if you have any questions or would like to help out with either of the teams.
    Starting Next Week (Oct 24th and 27th)
    Girls Basketball – Mondays at 3:00-4:00p.m. – Ms. Carroll
    Boys basketball – Thursdays (Grades 3-5 from 3:00-4:00/Grades 6-9 from 4:00-5:00p.m.) – Mr. Darcy
    Starting This Week (Oct 19th)
    Hockey and Skating…$90 for the first child…$45 for the second and third is free. Registration still available at the main office. Full hockey gear is mandatory for the hockey program. Helmets are mandatory for anyone getting on the ice for each program. Parents are welcome for the skating portion also with helmets, please. Skating is from 3:15 until 3:45 p.m. Hockey will be from 3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
    Skating runs until December 7, then registration will begin again for the second session in January until the Easter break.

    Information Sessions for Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parents/Students

    A reminder to Lakecrest Parents that there will be a 2017/2018 Kindergarten Information session for parents on October 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This will be followed by the first orientations for the Kindergarten 2017/18 class on Friday 21, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Any current Lakecrest parents, who have not to date registered their kindergarten child for the 17/18 year, are asked to please do so prior to these sessions. Siblings of current Lakecrest students have priority in kindergarten registration.

    Janeway Hospital Jamarama Day – this week!

    Dear Lakecrest families,

    On behalf of the Student Council we would like to inform you that on Friday 21st of this month we will be doing the pajamarama here at school. Students may bring $2 to wear pajamas for the day. This is a fun activity for students of all ages and the money that is collected will be donated to the Janeway children’s hospital, an excellent cause. The Janeway uses the money collected for continued education for the medical staff, state-of-the-art medical equipment, research purposes and child health programs. All money collected will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Student Council

    Grade 7-9 Dress Down Days

    Starting on Friday 28th October, not a dress down day, grade 7-9 students only, will be permitted the option of wearing their academic uniforms or athletic uniforms for the day. This will continue for grade 7-9 students on Fridays that are not dress down days. Please note that these alternate Fridays, which are not dress down days, require the full 7-9 regular academic or athletic uniform, as they are not extra dress down days.

    This policy change recognizes the difference in athletic and academic uniform policies for K-6 and 7-9 students. Grade 7-9 students are required to change into and out of their athletic uniforms for PE classes, while K-6 students wear their PE uniforms for three of five days/week.

    “Drop off” and “pick up” reminder

    There are still a few students who are dropped off at the sidewalk on Patrick Street directly in front of the school. Parents are asked to please note the signs at the front of the school which indicates that stopping is not permitted during specific times.
    We have been in contact with St. John’s City traffic enforcement officials, who have in the past given tickets to drivers of vehicles which stop during those times at the school sidewalk along the front of the school.

    Lakecrest Calendar – October 2016
    Date Day Event

    October 18 Tuesday Grade 8 to Fluvarium
    Recycling Day
    19 Wednesday Grade 6 Salmonier Nature Park presentation at Lakecrest
    20 Thursday Grade 7 to Fluvarium
    Grade 5 Conservation Corps – Climate Change presentation at 10:30 a.m
    Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parent Orientation – 7:00 p.m.
    21 Friday Kindergarten 2017/2018 Student orientation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Dress Down Day
    27 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Committee Meeting – 3:15 p.m.
    Lakecrest Information Session at Early Achievers – 7:00 p.m.
    31 Monday Grade 1 Visit Kenny’s Pond (AM)
    Student Council Halloween Activities (PM)
    November 4 Friday Faculty In-service – School closed for students
    9 Wednesday Remembrance Day Assembly 1:00 p.m.
    Grade 8 students in Ottawa for WE Day
    11 Friday Remembrance Day Holiday – School closed
    17 Thursday Kindergarten 17/18 Parent Information Session #2 – 7:00 p.m.

    Lakecrest Soccer Team

    Please see below a note from Mr. Bishop. Many thanks to Ms. Carroll and Mr. Bishop for their work with the team during the weekly practices and at the games.

    Congratulations to the junior high soccer team on their great game against St. Bon’s. Everyone worked hard and played great as a team. The tremendous effort was rewarded with 2-0 victory with goals scored by Maddie Duggan and Lauchlann Goodall, Colin Major had a shutout in goal. Great job everyone!

    Information Sessions for Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parents/Students

    A reminder to Lakecrest Parents that there will be a 2017/2018 Kindergarten Information session for parents on October 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This will be followed by the first orientations for the Kindergarten 2017/18 class on Friday 21, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Any current Lakecrest parents, who have not to date registered their kindergarten child for the 17/18 year, are asked to please do so prior to these sessions. Siblings of current Lakecrest students have priority in kindergarten registration.

    Parking and Drop Off

    Parents are asked to please note that stopping to “drop off” is not permitted, even for a few minutes, in front of the building during the posted times. This is mainly to ensure that there are unobstructed sight lines for moving traffic in front of the school when students and parents are entering and leaving.
    Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

    Lakecrest Calendar – October 2016
    Date Day Event

    October 10 Monday Thanksgiving Holiday
    11 Tuesday Grade 3 – St. John’s Regional Fire Department Presentation 1:00 p.m.
    12 Wednesday “Diversity of Life” Grade 6 presentation
    Lakecrest Communications Committee – 7:00 p.m.
    14 Friday Dress Down Day
    Grade 1 to the Rooms
    Grade 6 to Salmonier Nature Park
    18 Tuesday Grade 8 to Fluvarium
    Recycling Day
    19 Wednesday Grade 6 Salmonier Nature Park presentation at Lakecrest
    20 Thursday Grade 7 to Fluvarium
    Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parent Orientation – 7:00 p.m.
    21 Friday Kindergarten 2017/2018 Student orientation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    27 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Committee Meeting
    31 Monday Grade 1 Visit Kenny’s Pond (AM)
    Student Council Halloween Activities (PM)
    November 4 Friday Faculty Inservice – School closed for students
    9 Wednesday Remembrance Day Assembly 1:00 p.m.
    11 Friday Remembrance Day Holiday – School closed

    Lakecrest Independent School Parent Newsletter
    September 25, 2016
    Lakecrest Student Council

    Student council elections were held on Wednesday of last week. Candidates for executive positions provided a short speech indicating their strengths and objectives for the council, should they win. All speeches were well presented and informative. Congratulations to all who tried for a position on the council.

    The following students were elected. Special congratulations to the new council members and campaign managers on their success.

    Student Council Executive

    President John Pearce
    Vice President Elizabeth Clarke
    Secretary Ruby Christie
    Treasurer Eli Quinn

    Class representatives

    Grade 5 Philip Keeping
    Grade 6 Jacob Broussard
    Grade 7 Luke Pearce
    Grade 8 Jacob Rowe
    Grade 9 Joel Cox

    Lakecrest Technology Committee
    A message from Mr. Bishop, Chairperson

    The technology committee is looking for new members! This year the first meeting of the technology committee will be October 27th at 3:00 p.m. If you would like to take part, please email me at abishop@lakecrest.ca. We certainly believe that incorporating technology into your children’s education is important and we would love to have your input as we continue to evolve and grow our programs.

    Extracurricular Athletics, Orchestra/Sectionals, French Immersion etc.
    Please pass in to the office any additional registrations for athletics, orchestra, sectionals and other activities by Monday morning. If changes are necessary for any activity, parents who have registered students, will be notified by e-mail.
    The French Immersion Sessions on Monday and Thursday will begin this week. All other extracurricular activities are going ahead as scheduled

    Lakecrest Annual Terry Fox Walk – a message from Ms. Carroll

    Dear Lakecrest Parents,

    Lakecrest students will take part in the Terry Fox walk on Friday Sept. 30th. This walk is a tradition at Lakecrest in support of the Terry Fox Foundation, as the search for a cancer cure continues. Students were provided with sponsor sheets last week. Donations are entirely optional. We are not asking students to canvas door to door for these pledges, and there is no pressure to contribute. However, any and all donations would be appreciated.

    Please return your child’s pledge form with any donations as soon as possible.

    This is the 36th year of the Terry Fox walk and, as last year, we will be going to the Terry Fox monument for a short ceremony and then walking back to school together. Buses will leave the school by 9:00am on Friday, Sept 30th. The ceremony will begin approximately 9:20.

    We will walk back along the east end of Water Street and onto the Harbour front sidewalk. It is possible that some of the younger grade kindergarten or grade one students may not be able to walk the whole way back to the school so we will have transportation available to bring those students back as necessary. If you expect that your child may need to access transportation at the half way mark, please let the homeroom teacher or me (ccarroll@lakecrest.ca) know by e-mail. We will however also monitor the younger children closely.

    All students are required to wear their full PE uniforms for this event and may remain in them for the rest of the day. Outdoor jackets will be permitted if required, depending on weather conditions. Outdoor athletic footwear is also required for the walk.

    Parents who would like to attend the ceremony at the Terry Fox Monument and /or walk back to school with us, are most welcome. However, to ensure security and supervisory monitoring of the event and walk all students will be required to remain with their classes under the supervision of their teacher.

    ID Picture Day on Thursday, 29th
    All students are asked to come to school on Thursday in full dress uniform. The school photographer will be taking individual photos for student ID cards and the yearbook.

    Parent Information Session – Lakecrest High School Program
    Sept 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the library

    Lakecrest is currently planning for the introduction of a high school program in September 2017. Plans are to follow this with grade 11 and 12 programs in 2018 and 2019, providing high school graduation at Lakecrest.

    On Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. there will be a meeting of interested parents in the Lakecrest library. This meeting will be of special importance to parents of grade 9 and other junior high students, but all parents are of course also welcome to attend.

    While there are Department of Education Graduation regulations which must be followed, we would like to provide opportunity for parents to contribute to discussions about the parts of the program which Lakecrest will control. In particular course selections, availability of enriched high school courses, personal development and extracurricular opportunities will be discussed.

    We look forward to a year of collaboration with Lakecrest junior high parents as we assemble the Grade 10 year of the Lakecrest high school program.

    Lakecrest Calendar – September/October 2016
    Each parent newsletter is also included on the website in the website “Newsletter” section.
    Date Day Event

    September 26 Monday Grade 6 to the Fluvarium
    French Immersion starts at 3:00 p.m.
    27 Tuesday Grade 8 to the GeoCentre (AM)
    Lakecrest High School Information Session – 7:00 p.m.
    28 Wednesday Flute/Brass Sectionals as scheduled with sectional teacher
    29 Thursday ID Picture Day for students/teachers
    (Dress uniform required please)
    French Immersion at 3:00 p.m.
    30 Friday Terry Fox Walk from the Water Street Monument.
    October 4 Tuesday Duke of Edinburg Presentation for parents and
    Grade 9 students at 7:00 p.m.
    7 Friday Thanksgiving Lunch for Lakecrest Families
    (Details to be announced)
    12 Wednesday Diversity of Life Grade 6 presentation
    14 Friday Dress Down Day
    Grade 1 to the Rooms
    Grade 6 to Salmonier Nature Park
    18 Tuesday Grade 8 to Fluvarium
    Recycling Day
    19 Wednesday Grade 6 Salmonier Nature Park presentation at Lakecrest
    20 Thursday Grade 7 to Fluvarium
    Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parent Orientation – 7:00 p.m.
    21 Friday Kindergarten 2017/2018 Student orientation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    31 Monday Grade 1 Visit Kenny’s Pond

    Duke of Edinburgh Presentation -Tuesday, October 4th

    On Tuesday, October 4th, there will be a presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Lakecrest for parents and students interested in learning about the Duke of Edinburgh program. This is a program which is available for students who are at least 13 years of age. The program continues into high school, thus providing opportunities for students to obtain bronze, silver and gold awards.

    Many thanks to Ms. Cox (parent) and Ms. Warren for the preparations they have already done to secure this program opportunity for Lakecrest students. Students in grades 8, 9 and then into 10,11 and 12 will be able to take advantage of this program and thus achieve these international awards.

    “The Duke of Ed Award believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life. By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.” (Duke of Edinburgh NL website quote)

    THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON NOTE

    All students are asked to wear their full dress uniform on Friday, October 7th for the Thanksgiving luncheon. The Dress Down Day has been moved forward to Friday, October 14th.

    Parents or students who are planning to attend the thanksgiving luncheon and purchase the meal but have not registered to please do so as soon as possible. The deadline is Tuesday, October 4th.

    The hot lunch website is www.lakecrest.hotlunches.net and the access code is LCHL.

    Please send an email to dglundrig@yahoo.ca if you/ your child are planning to attend the luncheon but are bringing a packed lunch so that seating arrangements can be made for you at your child’s table.

    The full luncheon ordering instructions for the Thanksgiving Lunch from the previous newsletter are provided below:
    Order forms for our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon to be held on Friday, October 7th are now available. These orders are due by Tuesday, October 4th.
    This year’s event will be catered by The Spirit of Newfoundland, a locally owned and operated company. They are also one of the main caterers to the St. John’s Geo Centre.
    Each student is allowed to have one adult guest join them for the Luncheon. The first lunch seating will begin at 11:30 AM for Grades K through 4. The second lunch seating will begin at 1:00 PM for Grades 5 through 9. This is a special event enjoyed by the entire Lakecrest family, so we hope you can join us. If you’d like to volunteer to help serve at either lunch seating please contact Gillian Chapple. Her email address is aberdeenquineincanada@gmail.com.
    Students will all attend the Thanksgiving Luncheon together, however, you may pack a lunch for your child if you don’t wish to order the catered meal for them. Students packing a lunch are welcome to have one adult guest. That adult guest is also welcome to pack a lunch rather than ordering the catered meal, however, please send us a note to let us know you’re coming so that we can designate a seat for you at the Luncheon. We generally track guests through meal orders and arrange seats accordingly. Send an email to dglundrig@yahoo.ca to let us know you’re planning to attend the meal with your child, if you’re not planning to order lunch for the day.
    Lakecrest Calendar – October 2016
    Date Day Event

    October 3 Monday Extracurricular Baseball pick up time is 4:15 p.m.
    4 Tuesday Duke of Edinburg Presentation for parents and
    Grade 9 students at 7:00 p.m.
    7 Friday Thanksgiving Lunch for Lakecrest Families
    (Please see registration information
    Deadline Tuesday, Oct 4th)
    10 Monday Thanksgiving Holiday
    12 Wednesday “Diversity of Life” Grade 6 presentation
    14 Friday Dress Down Day
    Grade 1 to the Rooms
    Grade 6 to Salmonier Nature Park
    18 Tuesday Grade 8 to Fluvarium
    Recycling Day
    19 Wednesday Grade 6 Salmonier Nature Park presentation at Lakecrest
    20 Thursday Grade 7 to Fluvarium
    Kindergarten 2017/2018 Parent Orientation – 7:00 p.m.
    21 Friday Kindergarten 2017/2018 Student orientation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    27 Thursday Lakecrest Technology Committee Meeting
    31 Monday Grade 1 Visit Kenny’s Pond

    Lakecrest Independent School
    Parent Newsletter
    September 18, 2016
    Lakecrest Website Access
    The Lakecrest website consists of two pages, one public, and one – My Lakecrest – for parents/students only.
    The website page link is, www.lakecrest.ca. The My Lakecrest “button” is found in the top right corner of the public page. Please check out the teacher Faculty pages under the “Faculty” drop down menu. These contain homework updates and other curriculum information. Please contact the teacher if there are any questions about assignments or other student work.

    Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night

    Parents and asked to please reserve Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m. for Meet the Teacher/Curriculum night at Lakecrest. The Lakecrest curriculum provides for student achievement of provincial, national and international standards. This parent information session describes how these programs provide levels of enrichment new to the province.
    The session will begin in the school gym with a short introduction from 7:00-7:15 p.m., followed by classroom and subject area sessions.

    Extracurricular Athletics, Orchestra/Sectional, French Immersion and other Activities
    Please pass in to the office any additional registrations for athletics, orchestra, sectionals and other activities by Monday morning. If changes are necessary for any activity, parents who have registered students, will be notified by e-mail.
    The Monday French Immersion Session will not start this Monday 19th as previously indicated. Those parents who have registered students will be contacted individually as to the start date.

    Magazines to support Lakecrest

    At Lakecrest, other than occasional contributions to charities or student council dress down days, students are not involved in fundraising for the school.
    We have been able to arrange for parents to directly order magazines and other items online, with a portion of the value of each order providing funds for the school. Early this week students will bring home a booklet indicating available products. Please note this is not a competition among classes or students, but entirely an opportunity for a parent to support the school with purchases of items available. There is no need to return any ordering information to the school as the school ID number will automatically credit the purchase to Lakecrest.
    Ordering instructions will be provided with the magazine, but parents may go online to view and order products by following the steps below.

    Step 1: Go to www.qsp.ca
    Step 2: Click on the red “shop now” Button
    Step 3: Enter our Online ID: 4616140
    Step 4: Input students name to insure credit is given (not required)
    Step 5: Search through hundreds of Magazine titles and thousands of other products to help support
    Lakecrest.

    Funds raised will be used to support various student activities in consultation with the Home and School association and the Board of Directors.

    Lakecrest Recycling Program

    Please find below a note from parent, Ms. Kerri Keeping outlining the school recycling program. Thanks to Ms. Keeping for organizing our ongoing recycling program for the 2016/17 year.

    The Lakecrest recycling program will commence this week for the 2016-17 school year. Recyclables can be dropped off at the front gate of the school between 8:00 and 8:30am. Evergreen usually collects the recyclables shortly after 8:30. We only collect beverage containers, but milk containers are NOT included. Caps and straws should be removed and containers should be rinsed. Other recyclables such as cardboard, paper, compost, etc. are not permitted as part of this program.

    Some families may prefer to use the Evergreen recycling card, which allows people to drop their recyclables at one of the depots in town, and still have the recycling credited to the Lakecrest account. If anyone would prefer a card to use, please contact me at kerrikeeping@gmail.com.

    The recycling days for the 2016-17 school year are as follows:

    September 20 and 21 March 7 June 13

    October 18 April 4

    November 22 April 25

    December 13 January 10

    February 7 May 23

    Thanks to all parents for their participation in this important recycling program, which helps to preserve our environment and support Lakecrest.

    Lakecrest Nutrition Policy and Birthdays

    Birthdays are a very important time in your child’s life and we enjoy celebrating them with every child at school. Because we have children in our school who are unable to eat many of the treats that are provided (due to allergies or food sensitivities), as well as, in keeping with our nutrition policy, we are asking that parents please refrain from bringing in food treats to celebrate your child’s special day. There are some students who have allergies which can cause illness even when a very small amount of the allergen is present in the treats.
    While it is not expected that a birthday treat is provided, if you would like to send a non-food item along, please coordinate this with your child’s teacher before hand to help determine what would work nicely for your child’s class.
    Lakecrest Calendar
    September/October 2016

    Each parent newsletter is also included on the website in the website “Newsletter” section.
    Date Day Event
    September 19 Monday Chamber Choir Auditions (7-9)
    Orchestra Sectionals begin this week
    No French Immersion session today.
    21 Wednesday Student Council Elections Assembly at 1:00 p.m.
    22 Thursday “Meet the teacher /Curriculum night” at 7:00 p.m.
    27 Tuesday Grade 8 to the GeoCentre (AM)
    29 Thursday ID Picture Day for students/teachers
    (Dress uniform required please)
    30 Friday Terry Fox Walk from the Water Street Monument.
    October 4 Tuesday Duke of Edinburg Presentation for parents and
    Grade 9 students
    7 Friday Dress Down Day

    Lakecrest Independent School
    Parent Newsletter
    September 11, 2016

    Lakecrest Website Access

    The Lakecrest website consists of two pages, one public, and one – My Lakecrest – for parents/students only.
    The website page link is, www.lakecrest.ca. The My Lakecrest “button” is found in the top right corner of the public page.

    “My Lakecrest” information will be updated this week to include the latest information and extracurricular schedules. Also you can check out the new French Immersion Workshop information in the extracurricular section.

    Teacher pages which contain homework assignments, curriculum resources, and other information for students and parents are available on the My Lakecrest page. Please “pull down” the Faculty menu to access the teacher pages.

    Students in grades 6-9 because they use certain e-texts and additional online resources, may use other password protected sites such as Edmodo. During the September 22 “Meet the Teacher” curriculum night, teachers will provide any additional information needed so parents can access these other sites as required.

    Parents are also encouraged to check out the Home and School Facebook and Faculty Twitter feed on the public page. This can help you keep updated on other school events and classroom activities of interest to parents.

    Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night

    Parents and asked to please reserve Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m. for Meet the Teacher/Curriculum night at Lakecrest.

    Overnight Leadership Excursion
    Grade 7-9 parents have already been informed that, junior high students will take part in an overnight excursion to Lavrock Camp and Conference Centre on September 14th and 15th. We hope students enjoy this annual event. Please address any questions to Ms. Carroll (ccarroll@lakecrest.ca) or Mr. Pittman. Grade 7-9 parents should have received all the registration and other information on Friday past.
    Extracurricular Athletics and other Activities
    Registration forms for most extracurricular activities will be forwarded to all parents this week. Please return forms by Monday, September 19th. Parent/s who would be interested in coaching/ or assisting with any extracurricular activity are most welcome.

    Please notify Ms. Carroll for athletics or Mr. Pittman for any other activity. Most extracurricular activities start on Monday, September 19. Additional activities will be added later in the semester.

    Athletics starting early for students in grades 4-9 – this week!

    Co-ed Soccer – Monday after school from 3-4:00 p.m.

    Co-ed Cross Country Running – Tuesday afterschool from 3-4:00 p.m.
    The cross country running races are the next 3 Saturdays in the mornings. Details will be sent by email to the running team, and can be viewed at:
    www.nlaa.ca
    Water bottles, appropriate clothing for the weather are needed for each. Cleats and shim guards are needed for soccer.

    (Grade 4-9 Students may attend these activities on Monday(12th) and Tuesday(13th) prior to official registration form submission)

    Athletics starting early for students in grades K-3 – this week
    Tennis – Friday(16th) for 6 weeks – Fee: $20 to be paid at the office when registering (12-15th).

    Lakecrest School Orchestra and Sectional Classes

    The Lakecrest School Orchestra begins on Tuesday, September 13. Most beginners’ sectionals will begin the following week on Monday19th.

    Announcements and messages to parents will be provided with details for each sectional group. Students who have moved into the grade 3 class as well as new and returning students in grade 4-9 classes who wish to join for the first time this year may join the school orchestra and/or sectional groups.

    Plans are to offer beginners sectionals for clarinet, cello, double bass, violin, flute, trombone, trumpet, and French horn.

    The sectional groups this year will also include a saxophone group, which will be provided as an extracurricular activity.

    Registration forms and further information about new orchestra members and beginner sectional membership will be provided for students this week.

    There is a small fee for participation in these groups. The fee varies from group to group depending on the number of students participating in each session. Parents are informed of the cost prior to the first session, and some parents also request additional private instructional time for their children.

    Inside and Outside Shoes

    Students are reminded about the need for both inside and outside shoes. Students are required to remove their outdoor shoes when they enter the building and then carry them to their locker or classroom cloakroom. This measure greatly helps to keep the school clean and tidy throughout the school year especially when fall and winter weather result in mud and snow on exterior footwear.

    Student Medication and Special Medical Conditions

    Please ensure that the school is notified about any health issues for your child. The opportunity to provide this information is included on the information form which was sent home last week. Parents who have children with severe medical conditions should have already notified the school. If there are any conditions which have not to date been reported please contact the school. The medical information and emergency procedures will then be provided to teachers in confidence.

    School Closures due to Weather Conditions

    In the event of any school closures due to weather conditions there will first be an e-mail sent to all parents, followed by announcements made on radio stations and a posting in the news section on our school website. These will be made as early as possible in the morning usually before 7:00 a.m. Closures during the school day will be announced in a similar way and students are released directly to the care of their parent or guardian. Parents who make arrangements with other parents or relatives for pick up on a school closure day are asked to please notify the school of these arrangements. Thank you.
    Fire and Lockdown Drills

    From September 12th to 23rd we have scheduled several fire, lockdown and secure school drills. There will be information provide for students in classrooms and on the PA. Students will be informed about the first number of drills before they happen as we concentrate on exit routes and attendance check procedures outside the building. While teachers will of course discuss the drills with the students, it might be helpful if parents of younger students the general purpose of the practices. We will do our best to prepare students, particularly in primary classes.

    Lakecrest Calendar
    September/October 2016

    Each parent newsletter is also included on the website in the website “Newsletter” section.
    Website access to the “My Lakecrest” and teacher pages requires the use of the
    Parent Password
    Date Day Event
    September 12 Monday Classroom fire drill/s practices
    Student Council Nominations Assembly 12:35 p.m.
    Grade 4-9 Co-ed Soccer Extracurricular Starts (3-4:00 p.m.).
    13 Tuesday Announced School Fire Drills Scheduled Weather permitting – About 10:25 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    Lakecrest Orchestra Starts (2:45-3:45 p.m.)
    Grade 4-9 Cross Country Running Starts (3:00-4:00 p.m.)
    14/15 Grade 7-9 Lavrock Excursion
    14-16 Extracurricular activities registration forms distributed (Grades K-9)
    Orchestra Sectional/ French Immersion Workshops Registration forms distributed
    15 Thursday Chamber Choir Auditions 4-6
    16 Friday Unannounced Fire Drills
    Dress Down Day
    Tennis for grade K-3 Starts – Register at Office
    19 Monday Chamber Choir Auditions (7-9)
    Orchestra Sectionals begin this week
    21 Wednesday Student Council Elections Assembly at 1:00 p.m.
    22 Thursday “Meet the teacher /Curriculum night” at 7:00 p.m.
    29 Thursday ID Picture Day for students/teachers

    30 Friday Terry Fox Walk form the Water Street Monument. (Tentative date)

    Welcome to the Lakecrest 2016-2017 School Year

    The opening day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6. This first day will be a full day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. All students go to their classes as indicated on the entrance area bulletin board when they arrive on the first day of school. Parents/guardians are most welcome to attend the opening assembly at 9:15 a.m. in the gym. The Lakecrest Home and School Committee will also host a “Meet and Greet” especially for new parents following the assembly.

     

    Students wear their full dress uniform for opening day. For those students who are new to Lakecrest, and/or have just arrived in the city, school uniform information may be obtained from the school office and in Home and School newsletters.

    Parents have also received an e-mail from Mr. Pittman which contains school specific information about how to access the Lakecrest Parent Page “My Lakecrest”. This e-mail contains access codes and other important information. If any parent has not received this, our apologies. Please e-mail Mr Pittman at rpittman@lakecrest.ca, so that the parent e-mail list can be updated. Thank you.