Start-up has been terrific. The later school start time of 9:15 am has already received positive feedback as shared with us from students during out “Ask Admin” classroom walk-throughs our first week back. Students arriving late to period 1 class have decreased substantially; we are also observing students eating breakfast and more engaged in their learning during morning classes.
At the Start-up Assembly students were introduced to Student Parliament, Athletic Council, School Social Worker, CYC, Halton Police Community Liaison Officer, as well as co-curricular activities through a Student Parliament Fair. School expectations related to academics, behaviour, and protocols were reviewed and can be viewed on our school website. The Guidance Department also shared information related to Student Success and Pathways (see attachment and out website for upcoming information). September will end with a Spirit Assembly to welcome our Grade 9's and celebrate the line-up co-curricular activities.
Sports is off to a smashing start: Jr. & Sr. Girls Basketball, Cross country, Field Hockey, Jr. Football, Sr. Football with MM Robinson HS, Golf and Jr. & Sr. Boys Volleyball are all ready for the Fall Season. Clubs and Councils confirmed so far include: Athletic Council, Broadcast Club, Environment Club, Engineering Club, HFFT Breakfast Club, PEP Crew, PRIDE, Sears Festival, Software Development Club, St. Parliament, Social Justice, Tech and Production Crew, Upper Middle Symphonic Band & Choir, and Yearbook. The Burlington-Apeldoorn Student Exchange is upon us as our visiting students arrive Sunday September 25. We have so many students committed to make great things happen within our community, and each group will continue to welcome new members.
OF IMPORTANCE: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT FEE supports ventures associated with the co-curricular. If able, please contribute HERE to offset the student costs for events connected to these activities. We are well on our way to promoting the spirit of our youth with the support of their parents/guardians. Thank-you to the families who have already contributed…but we still need more support from others who have yet to contribute.
Parent involvement is important to the academic success of students in high school. A place to start is to assist your child with their Learning Skills. Review the progress of your child throughout the semester and follow‐up with teachers after the 5th week, Midterm, and 15th week reports to discover the strategies teachers are implementing when a student is struggling. Plan to participate in the upcoming Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences to be held PRIOR to the midterm reports being sent home.
To further support our parents, consider joining our LBP Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings. Council members joining us this year are:
Co-Chairs: Cheryl De Lugt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Todd Reilly (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Dianne McFarlane
PIC Rep: Vicki Stevenson (see attachment for upcoming conference)
Student Reps: Laura and Zahra
Teacher Rep: Mrs. Galay
Administrators: Mrs. Fedurco & Mrs. Newcombe
PAC Fundraising continues this year at Burlington’s COB’S BAKERY; just mention your child attends LBP with a purchase and COB’S BAKERY makes a donation towards our school community. Our PAC is connecting with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club this year for their Huddle Up Program for Youth to further build positive relationships among students. The aim of the program is to strengthen resiliency against the “bystander effect” of bullying. Finally, our students have reached out to PAC to support the start-up a Breakfast Club at Pearson for all students. If you are able to assist with the purchasing, supervising, even baking/cooking to launch this program please email one of our co-chairs.
We welcome the following teachers to LBP this year: Tanya Andersen returns to History, Janet March returns to Physical Education, and Lianne Cutler to Math, all returning from an LTO. In addition Kelly Peterson returns for Geography and Civics while Jacelyn Lambert returns to us for Drama and Geography. New to our Library is Danielle McCarthy - Librarian, Stephanie Taylor - Library Technician, as well as Cecile Barbier for French, Lauren Mendoza hired for Chemistry and Physics, Heather Michlik to English, and Rebecca Vanbenthem to Music .
Our school goal for the coming year is to make learning more relevant for students through innovative experiential learning opportunities. To learn more stay connected to our website for activities, dates, and class information through teacher links.
Stay in touch!
Regards, Loraine Fedurco, Principal