April Break Message

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

As we embark on our new April Break, we have some information and reminders from Lyonsgate, Public Health, and the Ministry of Education.

Possible School Closure

Hamilton schools may be closed by order of Hamilton Public Health during the April 12-16 break period. Hamilton Public Health and the two Hamilton school boards will be meeting on Thursday, April 15, to determine whether schools in Hamilton will return to in-person or remote learning after the break. We will of course let you know if any Lyonsgate campuses are closed.

When we return to school, please remember the following:

Arrival and Dismissal Times

There are strict arrival and dismissal periods for each cohort at the Primary campus. Please adhere to these timeframes to avoid crossing paths with the other cohort. If you are late, please wait.

  • Casa North students are to arrive between 8:00-8:30 a.m. (staff and essential worker drop off is 8:00-8:15 and other students from 8:15-8:30) and must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m.
  • Casa South students are to arrive between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and must be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m.
  • Toddler students arrive with their siblings or between 8:15-9:00, enter the school through a separate door, and must be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary students will retain the same 15-minute interval arrival and pick-up times.

Playing on Private Property and in the Parking Lot

We continue to receive complaints from neighbours at the Primary campus about children playing on private property and in the parking lot after school. The hockey nets and area to the east of the building (on the other side of the walkway fence) are private property. Please do not let children play on the nets or on private property at pick-up, or in the parking lot. Thank you.

Ministry and Public Health Messages

We have been asked by the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health Services to share some messaging with you about public health measures to ensure a safe return to school, and about available asymptomatic testing during the break. From the Ministry of Education and HPHS:

"Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept child care programs and schools open and safe. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn with their friends. With spring break and the nicer weather around the corner, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow public health advice and do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading in our communities. Outside of child care/school settings, we encourage families to continue to:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Refrain from non-essential activities or playdates with those outside your household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Refrain from travelling.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community based on the COVID-19 response framework. We also suggest checking out www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus for additional resources and supports.

Asymptomatic Testing Available: For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments for children attending child care and child care staff, and elementary students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19 and continued safe operation of child care.

Please stay at home as much as possible and continue following the direction of public health officials so that we can keep schools and early years and child care programs open."

Thank you everyone. We know that the current situation remains difficult, and that you are all aware of the measures and behaviours needed to keep our families, friends, and fellow citizens safe. Let's all commit to doing our individual best to stay healthy, keep schools open, and get back to some semblance of normalcy sooner rather than later.

Have a fun, restful, and creative time at home, full of smiles.

 

Have a wonderful break everyone, and we hope to see you all on Monday, April 19.


COVID Updates Now in Effect

We received the updated COVID protocol documents from Hamilton Public Health this week. All Lyonsgate policy and procedure documents have been updated accordingly, as have the website resources, including the screening forms, decision charts that contain the new symptom, exclusion, and return to school requirements, return attestation form, and your "Lyonsgate 2020 – 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook."

You can view each of the updated items at the links below, as well as on the Home page and under your "Parents" tab of lyonsgate.ca.

Primary Screening Form

Elementary Screening Form

Staff (and essential visitor) Screening Form

Sick Child at Home Decision Chart

Sick Child at School Decision Chart

Return Attestation Form

COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook

You will also find other vital information at lyonsgate.ca, including:

Child and Youth Mental Health Support

COVID-19 Test Booking

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Advisory Page (where information about any positive cases at Lyonsgate will be posted).


You can also view the full COVID policy and procedure documents by following this link.

The following documents have been updated:

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Drop-Off, Pick-up, and Screening Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Exclusion of Sick Children and Staff Policy and Procedures

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Mask and PPE Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Outbreak Response Plan Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Reporting Requirements Policy and Procedure

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to keep the Lyonsgate community safe and healthy as we navigate through this... interesting... time. One day, it will be a not-so-fond memory.


Primary Parent Ed., COVID Clarity, and Montessori Week

In this week's Lyonsgate update: Casa and Toddler Parent Education sessions; details of enhanced COVID safety measures; no crossing guards March 5; and a brief video interview with Maria Montessori for Montessori Education Week.

Parent Education sessions are intended to help parents of Montessori students better understand how and why Montessori education does things the way it does. It is quite different from the traditional education models many of us experienced, and rumour has it children aren't always forthcoming with details of their school days.

Casa Parent Education

Wednesday, March 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Lyonsgate Montessori Casa staff online for a parent education session to learn how Montessori education approaches language learning and development.

Zoom link was sent via email on Thursday, Feb. 25.


Toddler Parent Education

Thursday, March 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler staff online for a parent education session to learn about how to incorporate Montessori practices and activities into your home to help your toddler's development.

Zoom link was sent via email on Thursday, Feb. 25.


Enhanced COVID Safety Measures

We have more clarity on the enhanced measures in place since the return to school enhanced safety measures were announced. This week we had an info session with Hamilton Public Health to explain the new measures, the reasoning behind them, and to answer questions. There were over 200 attendees from child care centres across Hamilton, so you're not the only ones trying to wrap your head around the new measures and requirements.

Basically, we are back to where we started in September:

  • one symptom means exclusion
  • asymptomatic siblings must also stay home
  • expect more absences and longer wait times for tests and results

Important: you know your children best; if you know your child tends to report feeling unwell to avoid tasks, or when they may be feeling sad and missing home, please talk with them and tell them to please tell us what they are truly feeling — "I miss mom"/"I don't want to do that"/etc. If they tell us they are feeling unwell we have to take them at their word and send them home, as well as all siblings, and COVID tests or doctor visits will be required. Thank you.

If you ever have any questions you can call Public Health’s COVID-19 line at 905-974-9848 option 2.

COVID tests can be booked here: https://www.stjoes.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-test-home

Lyonsgate's screening forms have been updated with the new measures and requirements from the provincial government, including the "Next Steps" section after you hit "Submit."

As has been the case throughout this school year, some of the directives come from the provincial government and some from Hamilton Public Health. It was explained to us this week that a significant reason for the more restrictive measures and the heightened degree of strictness in adhering to them are the COVID variants (B.1.1.7 — the U.K variant; B.1.351 — the South African variant; and P.1 — the Brazilian variant). It is known that the B.1.1.7. variant is more transmissible, but beyond that not a lot is known about the other variants or their effects.

Updated decision charts and Return Attestation forms are still to come from Public Health and we will share and post them at lyonsgate.ca as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, please see below for what to do if a child falls ill or fails screening for one of the other required reasons.

WHEN CHILDREN ARE SYMPTOMATIC

Next Steps

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.

2. They should isolate (stay home) and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

3. Talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if they need a COVID-19 test.

4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

5. If you think they have a cold or the flu, you should still talk with a doctor or get tested. Symptoms are similar to COVID-19.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

They should stay at home until the student showing symptoms tests negative, is cleared by your local public health unit, or is diagnosed with another illness.

Going to School/Child Care Again:

Don't forget to complete a Return Attestation form when they are ready to return to school.

Not sure about returning? Talk with a health care provider.

  • If They Test Negative (they do not have the virus):

They can return to school/child care if ALL the following apply:

1. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
2. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving
3. they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

  • If They Test Positive (they have the virus):

They can return to school/child care only when they are cleared by your local public health unit.

  • If They Do Not Get Tested:

They must isolate for 10 days*. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

1. a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
2. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
3. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving

  • If You Do Not Talk With a Doctor:

They must isolate for 10 days*. After the 10 days, they can return only when ALL the following apply:

1. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
2. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving

*Note: we learned at the Public Health session this week that the 10-day isolation period is for symptomatic children. Asymptomatic family members/siblings must isolate for 14 days if the not tested and/or not talk with a doctor conditions are the case.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE CANADA

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) for 14 days immediately after their return except for a medical emergency.
3. Follow the advice of public health.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return to school/child care only when they are cleared by their local public health unit, regardless of test result.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

They should stay at home for 14 days too.

IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) for 14 days and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
3. Talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if they need a COVID-19 test.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return to school/child care only after 14 days, regardless of test result.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons for 14 days.

COVID ALERT (via the cell phone app)

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
3. Visit an assessment centre to get them a COVID-19 test.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

If they test negative (they do not have the virus), they can return to school.

If they test positive (they have the virus), they can return only after they are cleared by their local public health unit.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons until the person who got the COVID Alert tests negative or is cleared by your local public health unit.

TOLD TO ISOLATE

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) except for a medical emergency.
3. Follow the advice of public health.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return only after they are cleared by their local public health unit.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons.


No Crossing Guards Friday, March 5

Our friendly neighbourhood crossing guard has asked us to let you all know that there will be no crossing guards on duty on Friday, March 5. It is a public school PD day.


Montessori Interview and Education Week

Our friends at the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) shared this very short, subtitled interview with Maria Montessori upon her return to Italy after her years spent in India (1947): https://montessori150.org/maria-montessori/maria-montessori-interview

The coming week is Montessori education Week and CCMA has a dedicated web page with a number of interesting videos and links: https://www.ccma.ca/montessori-education-week/. Enjoy!


March Break, Ministry, and City of Hamilton Updates

As you know, the Ministry of Education announced the postponement of the scheduled March Break for publicly funded schools on Thursday, Feb. 11. From the Ministry press release:

The actions announced today serve to limit opportunities for congregation - while reaffirming the evidence that schools are safe for students. ...With respect to travel, our government's position on this is unchanged. Ontarians should refrain from travelling, particularly given the increase in new variants that pose a direct risk to our country. Please stay at home as much as possible and continue following the direction of public health officials so that we can keep schools open and protect our seniors, frontline health workers and all families.

As you know, Lyonsgate had two weeks of March Break scheduled this year (March 8-19). In an attempt to accommodate parents who may have already booked time off in March, and for families that also have children in, or are employed by, the public or Catholic systems, we will be splitting the two weeks between March and April.

  • March 15-19 will be March Break (this aligns with the original HWDSB March Break)
  • April 12-16 will be April Break (the new HWDSB break).

We know that we still have a March Break week during the period of postponement. With the majority of children remaining in school during the March week, we anticipate there will be less opportunity for Lyonsgate students to congregate and we do not imagine anyone will be travelling in the current circumstance.

It is a delicate balance, and we know that this is very difficult for families that have already booked both March weeks off and will have difficulty securing additional time off in April. The pandemic and everything it brings remains difficult for all of us.

Please note: there may be further changes coming; a meeting with Hamilton Public Health scheduled for last week was postponed due to new information they received from the provincial government, including March Break postponement. That meeting has not yet been rescheduled, but when it is we may have new mandates from Public Health regarding March Break postponement requirements and additional COVID safety measures.

Latest Update: we received one update from the Ministry of Education today. The latest change affects other household members if someone in the household becomes symptomatic; from today's Ministry update, they are now:

...requiring all household contacts of symptomatic individuals to quarantine.

Through this memo, this guidance is being applied to staff, students and children by requiring them to stay home from school or child care if anyone in their household has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 and has been recommended for isolation and testing.

All asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.

We will update the screening form "Next Steps," Lyonsgate policy documents, and your "COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook" next week, We are still expecting updated guidance related specifically to the Primary campus, but that update will most likely align with the "school" guidance above.

Vaccination Reporting to Public Health

Hamilton Public Health has made changes to vaccination reporting. At Lyonsgate, this primarily applies to children in their 2nd or 3rd year of Casa, or new to Ontario. From Public Health:

Parents and legal guardians of junior and senior kindergarten registrants and students new to Ontario are asked to report their vaccinations to Hamilton Public Health. Parents are responsible for notifying Public Health each time their daycare or school-aged child receives a vaccine [Note: this applies to all Lyonsgate students].

Due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic we are moving away from paper registration for reporting vaccinations. Please visit our online reporting tool at www.hamilton.ca/reportingvaccines and select the online option.
If you do not have access to the internet or you have any questions, please call 905-540-5250.

Required Children’s Vaccination Records
By law in Ontario, Public Health needs:

o An up-to-date vaccination record, or
o A valid exemption form

This is required for each child attending a licensed child care centre, licensed home child care agency (Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 - https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/14c11 ) or school (Immunization of School Pupils Act - https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900645).

How to Check your Vaccination Records
You can check to see if your child has the vaccines they need to attend child care or school by:

- Reviewing their vaccination record (yellow card)
- Asking your health care provider
- By checking Online
- Or by calling Public Health at 905-540-5250

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Also from the City of Hamilton:

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is being developed for Hamilton. The planning and  development of this plan is being overseen by a cross sector community advisory committee bringing together representatives from municipal government, education, police, not-for-profit sector, health care, and human services. The aim of the Community Safety and Well-Being plan is to ensure all residents in Hamilton feel safe, has a sense of belonging and can meet their needs for education, healthcare, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

As part of the Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well Being Plan (CSWBP), we are holding community sessions later this month seeking feedback from residents and service providers as we work to prioritize six challenges facing the community. These include: mental health and stigma, housing and homelessness, hate incidents, violence, substance use, and access to income.

It is critical that the CSWBP reflect the needs and perspectives of Hamiltonians. During this phase of planning, the community can provide feedback in a few ways:

Thank you everyone. So far, next week has no PD days, holidays, or snow days in the forecast, and fingers crossed there are no more pandemic problems.


SNOW DAY. LYONSGATE CLOSED TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2021

SNOW DAY TODAY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16. LYONSGATE IS CLOSED.

Lyonsgate utilizes the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board inclement weather process, which posts cancellation notices by approximately 6:00 a.m. If HWDSB closes, so does Lyonsgate.

Stay safe and have fun in the snow. We'll see you tomorrow for snowy recess fun. Remember to dress for the weather on school days.


New Mask Rules, Screening Forms, Elementary Return and Winter Weather

Mandatory Masks for 2nd and 3rd Year Casa Students

The return to school on Monday, Feb. 8, brings with it enhanced COVID-19 safety measures. On Friday, Feb. 5, we received updated safety measures for the Primary, licensed child care campus, from the City of Hamilton. Students in their second and third years of Casa will now be required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors, starting on Monday, Feb. 8. Montessori students in their 2nd and 3rd years are equivalent to school age children in JK and SK. (First year Casa students are the ages 2 - 3.8 years old group mentioned below).

See below for the updated safety measures from the City:

We understand that in some cases these changes go above and beyond the minimum ministry requirements, however based on current COVID-19 case numbers and Public Health advice, we are implementing additional health and safety measures in Hamilton.

1. All school-age children (Kindergarten and above) are required to wear a mask or face covering. This includes both school and community based before and after school programs.
2. There will be an increased focus on masking while outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Given the challenges of maintaining physical distancing with children, we are strongly encouraging masking of children and staff/students at all times while outdoors. If a child requires a “mask break”, they should be encouraged to move to a space that is a minimum of 6 feet away from all other children and staff before removing their mask.
3. Children between the ages of 2 and 3.8 years are encouraged to also wear a mask however this remains at the parent’s discretion. Child care operators should provide communication to all parents and caregivers advising them of this recommendation.
4. Active screening, including a temperature check, is required upon arrival to the child care centre. This applies to both children and staff/students. Parents and caregivers are still encouraged to complete the online screening in advance of arrival, but should also be actively asked the screening questions upon arrival.

Your child's masks should, with their mouth wide open as if yawning:

  • remain securely in place, covering both nose and chin

  • fit well around their face, with no gaps at the edges

  • be comfortable enough to avoid the need for adjustments while wearing

Please see the "Winter Weather" section below for information on mask use outdoors during the winter.

Return to Lyonsgate's Logged Screening Forms

In order to meet the screening requirements above, and expected requirements for Elementary, Lyonsgate will return to using our own screening forms starting Monday, Feb. 8. These forms ask the same questions and provide the same guidance as the provincial school and child care screening form, but they also allow us to track and log daily completion of the forms by parents and staff, making drop-off more efficient for you.

Please complete the relevant form (Primary Campus, Elementary Campus, or Staff Screening) each day, after 5:00 a.m., and prior to arrival at Lyonsgate. The forms will be available on the Home page of lyonsgate.ca on Monday morning in place of the current provincial form.

Elementary Return to School

Lyonsgate Elementary students will return to in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 8. Please see the email from your child's Elementary Montessori guide, sent on Thursday, Feb. 4. That email contains information on:

  • Masks
  • Physical Distancing
  • Return of Materials
  • Submission of Completed Work
  • Return of Continuing Work

We are expecting updated, enhanced safety protocols for the Elementary campus from Hamilton Public Health. We will let you know as soon as we receive word.

Prompt Departures

Updated guidance from the Ministry of Education on the safe re-opening of schools strongly discourages students and their families from congregating before and after school. We ask that you depart for home as soon as you pick up your child from either Lyonsgate campus. Thank you for understanding.

Winter Weather

Overall, we have had a fairly fortunate winter in terms of severe weather conditions. Lots of fun was had in the snow at the Primary campus recently, and colder weather is forecast for next week. A weather widget has been added to lyonsgate.ca, on the Home page so you can view it when you visit the site to complete the required daily screening forms; click on it to view the full Hamilton forecast and please make sure children have appropriate outerwear for each day's weather conditions.

Reminder: cloth or knit gloves and mittens are not suitable if there is snow on the ground. They become wet and frozen quickly when students play with snow and hands become very cold. Please also send an extra pair of mittens so that they always have a warm and dry pair.

Below is guidance from Public Health Ontario about outdoor mask use during cold weather:

Mask use outdoors

  • Replace masks that become wet or frozen in cold weather.

  • Ensure access to multiple masks throughout the day for students, teachers and school-based staff to replace masks that become wet.

  • Where possible, maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, if someone must remove their mask while outdoors.

  • Do not use neck warmers or scarves in place of masks because they do not form a seal around the nose and mouth and may not be made of the recommended material.

Extreme Weather

  • Inclement Weather (Snow Days): Lyonsgate utilizes the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board inclement weather process, which posts cancellation notices by approximately 6:00 a.m. If HWDSB closes, so does Lyonsgate. If there is a snow day, we will communicate that to you as early as we can in the mornings via email, lyonsgate.ca “Home” page, and Facebook. (For more information from HWDSB, please see “Part IV: Reference and Resources: Ref. E: HWDSB Winter Weather Bus Cancellations and School Closures” in your Lyonsgate Parent Handbook).
  • Extreme Cold: students at Lyonsgate will remain indoors for recess when the City of Hamilton's cold weather alert conditions are met. Those conditions are a temperature of -15°C or below or a windchill of -20°C or below.

PD Day and Family Day

  • Friday, Feb. 12 is PD day and both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed.
  • Monday, Feb. 15 is the Family Day holiday.

Both campuses are back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Stay safe, stay home, and stay warm (brrrr).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Lyonsgate Update: Jan. 22, 2021

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

Thank you for all of your timely submissions of registration forms for next year. We will begin building the classes for next year and make offers to those on our wait lists soon. If you can, we are asking Primary parents to please print and sign only the last, signature page of the registration form that is emailed to you upon submission and drop it off to Ms. Mattar in the morning. If you do not have home printing capabilities, please let us know and we will have your form ready for you. If you still need to submit a registration form, please do so as soon as possible.

PD Day

Friday, January 29, is a PD day. The Primary campus will be closed.

Elementary Material Pick-Up

Elementary students working from home will have a second material pick-up day on Friday, January 29. Jason will be available at Elementary from 9:00-4:00. Please stop by to pick up additional materials at your convenience. Registration forms will also be available to sign at that time.

Hot Lunch Menu Online

One of the things that fell through the cracks this year was the posting of the hot lunch menu for Casa and Toddler students. It is now available under your "Parents" tab at lyonsgate.ca. Check the calendar to see which week of the 4-week rotation we are on. Many families check to make sure they are not doubling up on the same meal for lunch and dinner, and also use the menu for new meal ideas.


Lyonsgate Update: Jan. 8, 2021

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

We have updates about registration for the 2021.2022 school year, the extended closure of the Elementary campus, a request from neighbours at the Primary campus, financial support, and some reminders about Lyonsgate COVID-related information that is available and where to find it.

Registration

Registration for the 2021.2022 school year will be available next week.

Extended Elementary Closure

The Provincial government has extended the closure of elementary schools. January 25 is now the stated date for a return to in-person learning at the Lyonsgate Elementary campus.

Updated online learning schedules are now on each cohort's "Learning Support" web page. We will distribute any additional learning materials as need be.

Neighbour Complaint

Neighbours at the Primary (Aberdeen) campus have expressed concern about children playing on the parking lot snow banks that border their property. To maintain good relations with our neighbours, we are asking that families please depart the property promptly after picking up children. Thank you for understanding.

Financial Support for Parents

Parents that have not already applied for this second round of funding are eligible to receive $200 per child ($250 for children with special learning needs) from the provincial government. Click here to access the government's "Support for Learners" web page .

  • Primary Parents: when applying, select "My child is not enrolled in either public or private school" and proceed with the default "My child is in child care" option.
  • Elementary Parents: when applying, select "My child is enrolled in a private school" and begin typing "Lyonsgate" into the "Search for a private school" box; Lyonsgate should pop up as "Lyonsgate Montessori School (Elementary, L8P 4B9)."

Information Reminder

Remember that you can access all necessary COVID-related information and tools on the Home page at lyonsgate.ca:

Remember to also check your Lyonsgate calendar regularly for up to date information. January is fairly quiet, but there is a PD day on January 29.

Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing patience, understanding, and commitment as we continue to navigate our way through schooling during a pandemic. It won't always be this way, but you make it easier for all of us to help each other stay safe, healthy, and happy.

Thank you.


Lockdown/Closure Information

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

We're sure you've heard the news about the school closure after the holiday break. We have received details from the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health and here's where things stand:

Primary campus (Aberdeen; Casa and Toddler students): Will remain OPEN to ALL STUDENTS.

Elementary campus (Locke St.): Will be closed to students from Jan. 4 - Jan. 8, 2021, with in-person schooling resuming on Monday, Jan. 11. Students will begin online learning on the morning of Monday, January 4. Staff will also be at the school on Jan. 4 for pick up of prepared materials packages for students. Schedules and details for online learning will be shared before the new year.

Return to "Active Screening": Both the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health have mandated a return to active screening. This means Lyonsgate staff will be verbally asking each parent the screening questions prior to entry each day. Please continue to use the Provincial Screening Tool to determine whether or not your child should attend school; the screening tool is updated as conditions change. Please be patient with the stricter screening measures and be aware that drop-off may take a little longer.

As you remember from the spring and summer, things can change quickly. The closure dates may be extended or new protocols put in place. We will let you know if anything changes.

We hope you are all having as wonderful a winter break as you can under the circumstances. Stay safe, stay home, stay healthy.

Lyonsgate.


Lyonsgate Winter Holiday Message

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

As we near the end of 2020, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for entrusting your children to us through all the new experiences that this school year has brought. While it has presented many challenges to us as adults, the children have proven their ability to adjust to new situations with ease. It has been magical to watch in awe as the children acclimatize and flourish with all the changes. Their level of adaptability is nothing short of inspiring! If only we could all adapt the way a child does, what a peaceful and joyful world we could live in!

We want to wish you all two wonderful weeks of festive merriment, rest, and fun family time. This holiday season will be different than any of us have experienced before. Celebrate safely, stay healthy, and please make the best choices for your family, the school community, and the community at large.

We are all being asked to celebrate with our own households only and to avoid travel and social gatherings. If you do travel or extend your celebration circles, please follow the relevant guidelines from Hamilton Public Health.

The Provincial government has both an overview webpage with guidance to "Celebrate Safely During COVID-19," including "Ten Safe and Fun Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season."

The Government of Canada has a webpage listing restrictions and requirements for:

Primary Morning Screening Change

When we return in January, with the colder weather it brings, morning screening will be moved to the glass foyer entrance of the synagogue (off the parking lot). Starting in the new year, please walk your child to the glass foyer doors of the synagogue. Once clear from other families, please enter for your child to have their temperature checked inside the foyer. Toddler students will be escorted by a teacher directly to their classroom from the foyer. Casa students will continue to need to be escorted to the black gate, where they will be greeted by a member of their cohort staff.

In Case of Closure

If the holiday break is extended or closures are announced, Lyonsgate will shift to remote, at-home learning.

Note on Terminology:

If it is announced that "schools" are closed for an extended break, this will affect the Elementary campus only; Casa and Toddler students at the Primary campus will still be able to attend Lyonsgate Montessori.

If it is announced that "child care" (or "licensed child care") is closed, that means the Primary campus (Casa and Toddler) will be closed.

The most likely scenario is that "schools" will be closed before "child care," but keep an eye on the wording of any closure announcements. We will of course let you know.

In the event of an extended break or closure announcement, materials and online schedules are ready to support you. Details will be shared within the first two days of the winter term (Jan. 4 and 5). In the meantime, you can review the plans for at-home on pages 16-19 of your "COVID-19 Supplemental Handbook."

2021.2022 Registration

Registration for the 2021.2022 school year, along with fee schedules, will also be distributed when we return in January. Thank you for your patience as we work through the difficulties the current year presents while planning for the future.

While we will miss the winter concert, we hope you enjoy the special videos shared by each classroom, and we look forward to our return in January.

Enjoy a well-deserved break and rest everyone, and celebrate safely in all the wonderful ways you do.