Updates from Lyonsgate

Hello Lyonsgate Families, We are so excited that another school year is about to begin.  The staff are busy setting up the classrooms and getting ready to warmly welcome your children into their care.  While we would have liked a “normal” return to the school year we realize the world is far from that, and we hope you will understand the special circumstances that we all find ourselves in to keep the children, your families, and the community as safe as possible.  Thank you for your…

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School Year Update from Lyonsgate Montessori

Hello Lyonsgate Families, We know you are all anxiously awaiting information about the upcoming school year. We have received information from the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health and can now tell you about some of the changes and requirements for the coming 2021.2022 school year at Lyonsgate Montessori School. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact regular school operations, although there are changes to some requirements. Here are the highlights, but please take the time…

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Year End and Youth Vaccination Info

I wanted to take this time to really thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in us this year. It has been quite a year, lots of handwashing, cleaning,  learning to put masks on and off safely and new words for all of us, like "cohorts!" We have gotten through it all with grace and dignity and always with the utmost respect for the child. We are looking forward to next year with anticipation of a little more normalcy. Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you and your…

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Ontario Parent Survey

McMaster University’s Offord Centre for Child Studies is conducting a follow-up Ontario Parent Survey. The initial survey took place 3 months into the pandemic. Both studies general themes focus on the well-being and health of children and parents/caregivers, family stressors, family relations, and how COVID has had an impact on individuals and families. “This follow-up study will help inform community practice on how to assist families through these very challenging times, now and in the…

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Parent-Teacher Conference Info

Hello Lyonsgate Families, This upcoming Friday, May 21, is a PD day leading into the Victoria Day long weekend. Lyonsgate will be closed on Friday, May 21, and on Monday, May 24. In-person at the Primary campus (Aberdeen Casa and Toddler) and remote learning for Elementary students will be closed on both days. Parent-Teacher Conferences The next PA day is Friday, June 4, for Parent-Teacher conferences. Both campuses — in-person at Primary and remote for Elementary — will be closed to students.…

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Lyonsgate Update: Post-April Break Information

Hello Lyonsgate Families, Below are the details we know regarding the Elementary campus closure and other information related to the ongoing pandemic response. As you know, case numbers are escalating and new measures are being announced frequently. As of Friday afternoon, April 16:Elementary campus is closed indefinitely. Elementary families have received their children's online learning schedules and groups. Material pick-up will take place on Monday, April 19, at the Elementary campus,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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