TERRY FOX MARATHON OF HOPE

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and  LWMS  is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. We are aiming to run the distance Terry covered over four days: September 22-25 in laps around our school! Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/LenWoodMiddleSchool. Together, we can all make a difference! #terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation

Len Wood Middle School Plan

Terry Fox said, “We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles,” he wrote. “The running I can do, even if I have to crawl every last mile.”


This is also a time where we need a renewed belief in miracles. Together, we can make a huge difference – and build commUNITY at the same time!
Len Wood Middle School is taking on the herculean task to equal the distance that Terry ran from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario: 5373 km. That’s roughly 384km per division.


Main Event: Equal Terry’s run.
Week of Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 September 2020


Every morning, we will share our progress on completing Terry’s run with
students and update the community at the end of the week. You will likely see students running laps of our school all week! Please encourage them along with this! Classrooms will also do a number of other activities in their classes including showing videos, running classroom events and activities, and asking, “What’s your 40?” inviting us to take on a personal or class challenge.
Fundraising: Given the pressures we have been under as a community this year, we are not having fundraising activities in school, but we do encourage community members to contribute if they can! The fight against cancer doesn’t know COVID!
Feel free to contribute here: http://www.terryfox.ca/LenWoodMiddleSchool
Thank you for supporting us with our EXTREME challenge to “Run like Terry” for his 40th Anniversary! This community is resilient and powerful!

A Great First Few Days!

During our first two days of school, we focused on connecting with our students and having time to explore, reflect and process all the changes due to the pandemic. Teachers showed a power point to the students which reviewed in detail all the information in our September Routines Plan. Students practiced the routines. STUDENTS ARE DOING AMAZING WITH ALL THE CHANGES!
As well, students viewed a Welcome Back Assembly in their class. It was interactive and allowed students time to name the challenges we are facing. The assembly invited the students, to share challenges and connect with their classmates to develop support and to hopefully start to help TAME the worries.
Our focus is to support the return of students to re-engage and to focus on relationship building. As well, our goal is to restore school activities with necessary safety modifications. Students made hashtags to remind each other what is important now!
Please know that all the preparation you did with your child has made all the difference! The students have done exceptionally well. We are so proud of all of us. Together we are strong! Thank you for being such a caring and committed LWMS Extreme commUNITY!

EMAIL TO PARENTS SEPTEMBER 9th, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Welcome (back) to Len Wood Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year!  We are thrilled to have your child join us in person this school year!  We have been working very hard to prepare a safe and welcoming “home-away-from-home” for our students as they return to a different – but very workable – school year that is full of promise and hope! 

Please note:  To observe social distancing, we will NOT be posting physical copies of class lists at school. 

If you are arriving by car, please drop off and pick up in the parking lot across the road from the school.  We are not using our traffic circle for drop offs at this time (unless you have a disabled parking decal). 

This email is to inform you that your child has been placed in the TEAM NAME

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Each team has a designated entrance to use when coming to school, a designated bathroom for their team, and a hallway set aside for limited cohorts as well.  For tomorrow and Friday, to minimize cross-cohort contact, simply find a convenient spot to drop off your child/children, and a team of staff members will direct your child from there. 

We invite you to watch this short walk-through video showing your team’s designated areas: 

http://bit.ly/LWMSblack

Also, if you have not yet watched the Introduction and General Info videos, you can find those at the top of this playlist: http://bit.ly/LWMSplaylist  

Please arrive at school close to 8:04 AM tomorrow: Thursday, September 10. 

It will likely speed up your turnaround if you choose to drop off your passenger(s) a short way from the school and have them walk the remainder of the trip. This will minimize the number of cars we have in the parking lots opposite the bus lanes (by PVSS). Please be patient and considerate of others during drop off. 

Students should find a teacher on the edge of the property and wait to be escorted to their designated team area.  As of Monday, students will head directly to their team’s designated entrance and wait there for school to start – socially distanced from other groups.  This is where they will meet their teacher and classmates for the year! 

We have worked very hard to ensure a safe and caring environment with careful segregation of cohorts (teams).  We are looking forward to the excellent learning opportunities that students will explore in our building this year! 

If you have any questions about start-up, please review thoroughly the information on our website that goes over health and safety protocols as well as the video playlist.  We will be happy to address any further questions that you may still have by phone once you have reviewed these resources! 

We look forward to caring for your child throughout this school year! 

Best regards, 

Denise Moore, Principal 

Duncan Hazlewood, Vice-Principal 

September 10 Arrival and Class Placements

You will receive an email September 10 that let’s your child know their Team. As well, the email will indicate the entry door your child will use.
We will have staff on the outskirts of our property with maps of entry points and class lists. As students arrive by foot the staff member will ensure the student knows their team and entry door and escort them to their entrance. If your child arrives by bus the students will be met by staff members who will also ensure your child knows their team and entry door. We are hoping that students who arrive by vehicle can be dropped off so they can walk onto our property to reduce the morning traffic. Our focus is on a safe entry back to school! Please allow extra time as we need to ensure our safety protocols are being followed. Thank you for all your support! We are so grateful we are able to spend our days with your children!
September 10 and 11 are full days.
Please bring school supplies September 11. (lists on website)