The New Lakefield District Public School!
As a result of $6.38 million in provincial funding for updates and renovations, this new school will be one of the most unique elementary schools in the Board. The many enhanced educational opportunities that will be created for students in the new school, include:
- maintaining the integrity of the 19 acre site (largest by far for an elementary school in KPR)
- maintaining the large high school gyms for school and community use
- a large new learning commons (library) with maker space
- maintaining a multi-purpose room/cafeteria with full kitchen
- new sound enhancement technologies within classrooms
- opportunities for enhanced science programming
- new modular classroom furniture to support 21st Century learning
- a dedicated music room
- newly designed Kindergarten rooms
- maintaining a strong Curve Lake First Nation presence within the local educational community, with continuance of a First Nation classroom
- the ability to retain Grade 7-8 French Immersion students within the Lakefield community
Renovations have begun at the current Lakefield District Intermediate and Secondary School site to transform it into a new, Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, starting in September 2017. All grades will move from the current Ridpath Junior Public School to the new site, as will Grades 7 and 8 only from Buckhorn Public School.
A committee of parent/community/school board representatives reviewed 162 submissions from the community. At the February 23, 2017 Board meeting, Trustees approved Lakefield District Public School as the new school's name.
The new Lakefield District Public School will continue to offer regular English programming, French Immersion, and Ojibwe classes.
Newest Parent Update - August 21, 2017
This newsletter for parents/guardians and community members will be published regularly over the next few months to provide updates on the new Lakefield District Public School.
The new Lakefield District Public School (LDPS) will provide our students with some of the most unique opportunities across the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. With over 40% more learning space than would be planned for any newly constructed elementary school with the same number of students, our trilingual (Ojibway, French and English) JK-8 school will include a high school size gym, multi-purpose room, modern learning commons library, and enhanced music, science and technology spaces among its many attributes. Housed on a 19-acre site – the largest elementary school property in KPR – LDPS offers a spacious yard, with a track, large field and a variety of play areas for students. The school will also include licensed child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and a child and family centre with early years programming.
The summer has certainly flown by! While all of us – students, families, KPRDSB staff and community – recognize that starting the new school year at the Ridpath Jr. PS building is not what we had originally planned, we are pleased to let you know that we are ready to welcome everyone at the Ridpath site for the start of the new school year. We will be able to offer all regular programming to students, including instrumental music, gym, science, library, technology and extra-curricular activities. A balanced day will be in place for all grades. Enough portables have been brought onsite to accommodate all students. Primary and intermediate classes will be in the main building, and junior classes, which are smaller in size, will be in the portables.
A Student Leadership group will be formed to help us create our new mascot, colours, etc. and bring everyone together as one new school group in preparation for the move to the new LDPS.
Teachers will all be ready on the yard for the first day to meet and greet their students as well as assist students in finding their classrooms and new teachers. For our new Kindergarten families, you will have received communication from your child’s teacher about the scheduling of their first day. Rest assured that all busses will be met by Kindergarten or other school staff to ensure that each child gets where he or she needs to be. The first few days of school will be all about staff getting to know and reconnect with your children and lists for needed supplies will be sent home by teachers that first week.
Please ensure that you are parking in the drop off zone in front of the building on side streets that permit parking as there is no parking nor drop off zone for students in the parking lot at the back. This area is for busses only. Yard supervision begins at 8:25 am and the starting bell rings at 8:55 am. The day concludes at 3:15 pm. Parents are asked to arrive at the school NO EARLIER than 3:10 pm to pick up children at the end of the day.
As for school buses, Student Transportation Systems of Central Ontario (STSCO) is the transportation provider for the school board. STSCO is communicating directly with all parents regarding bus route information. If you have not heard from STSCO, please visit their website to look up your child’s transportation information using their Ontario Education Number (OEN): at www.stsco.ca. Alternatively STSCO’s phone number is: 705-748-5500
The school office is now open for new student registration. Please contact us if you have any questions at (705) 652-3811
We are pleased to report that we have been able to work closely and productively with the construction company Steelcore over the summer. We continue to receive weekly updates on progress from Steelcore, based on the work of all of the trades and sub-trades involved in this large project. The unexpected underground plumbing issues have been resolved, and work is beginning on electrical rough-ins, drywalling and other activities related to making the school ready for students. We will continue to work with Steelcore to improve upon the timelines for completion.
As work progresses, we will continue to provide updates to families and we are hopeful that we will be in our new school as soon as possible.
Child Care at Lakefield DPS
The YMCA of Central East Ontario will be operating the new child care at Lakefield DPS. Any families in need of child care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as before and after-school care for school-aged children, should contact Crystal Read, Child Care Supervisor, at email@example.com The program will continue to operate out of its current location in Lakefield, until their program space in the new school is ready. Before and after-school care will continue to be offered at Ridpath for the time being.
To stay connected to the progress of the new school, we invite you to visit the new Lakefield DPS page on the school board website www.kprschools.ca or search #thenewLDPS on Twitter.
The right-sizing of the former Lakefield District Secondary and Lakefield Intermediate School site includes removal of the Intermediate wing in order to improve safe access and traffic flow for students, parents, staff and buses. The graphic below depicts the school's site plan.
Over 20 community organizations regularly use our schools in Lakefield after-school, on weekends and in the summer, for over 7,000 hours each year. We will be able to accommodate all of these groups in the new school. Beyond community use opportunities at the new school, additional partnerships at the school will include the following.
Child Care: a full-service, three-room licensed child care, with space for 49 children, including infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The school will also have a before and after-school licensed child care program for children in Kindergarten up to Grade 6. Both of these programs are in partnership with YMCA of Central East Ontario.
Child and Family Hub: Lakefield District Public School will also include a new child and family hub dedicated space operated by the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, for parents and children (0-6) to participate in early learning activities together.
Kawartha Youth Unlimited will have community partner space for its many youth programs and services, including daytime and after-school programs.
Nourish Lakefield’s Community Garden features 'field-style' plots at the west end of the property for community members to grow their own food. Partners include Selwyn Township, Lakefield United Church, and the Lakefield Food Bank.
Stay up to date with all of the changes by visiting here often! Below are some links for more information.