Weekly Update, March 9-13, 2020

Pink Shirt Day preparations at Connect. 


Please review the calendar: connectcharter.ca/calendar/

NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Please move your clocks ahead one hour and adjust schedules as needed for bus pick up, badminton practices, and just generally getting where you need to go on time.

COVID-19 Update

As you have likely heard in the media, there are now four presumptive cases of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) in Alberta. In spite of this recent development, the risk of contracting the virus remains low in Alberta, and most cases are being treated by affected individuals remaining at home in self-isolation until the symptoms have passed. Of utmost importance is the need to remain calm, stay informed, and recognize that we are fortunate to have a robust and proactive health care system that can respond to situations effectively. 

We will be continuing to monitor development of the virus and will make decisions affecting school activities on the basis of advice from Alberta Health Services and the World Health Organization. Please go to 

www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx for additional information and updates.

Connected Parents

This week, we are highlighting Inclusive Practices at Connect Charter School. Our belief that inquiry-based learning benefits all learners has defined the evolution of the school for the past seven years.   Please see the following article for more information: connectcharter.ca/2020/01/13/connect-charter-school-inclusive-education/

Report Cards and Student Led Conferences

Term 2 report cards will be distributed to students at the end of the day on Friday March 13th. Student led conferences will take place on Thursday March 19th from 4-8pm and Friday March 20th from 8am-1pm. Student led conferences will be structured to permit 4 families at a time to participate in 15-minute blocks.  You will be able to sign up for SLCs on Conference Manager beginning at 4pm Monday March 16th. Stay tuned for more details in the next two weeks.

Australian Wildfire Relief Fund Update

Me to We is excited to announce that the school raised $1,049.77 in loose change to help the animals impacted by the Australian wild fires! The money has been donated to WWF-Canada, who are working closely with Australian agencies to help the injured and displaced animals. 

Thank you for your generous donations!

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Powwow Celebration – April 27, 2020

On April 27, we will be celebrating Partners in Place with a community powwow

Partners in Place is a partnership of Tsuut’ina Middle School, Connect Charter School, and Mount Royal University. Through this community partnership, our goal is to work together as treaty people to understand our shared history as we work towards reconciliation.

This powwow is a celebration and opportunity for the community to share Indigenous culture, including music, dancing, and storytelling. It will be an amazing experience! 

Parents – we need your support to help our students safely walk to Mount Royal University and back for this incredible event!!

We will need at least 8 parents per grade to arrive at the school between 11:45 and noon. 

School administration will provide a volunteer briefing for everyone at noon. 

At 12:15, students will begin to leave the school to walk to MRU, and will walk back with students starting at 2:15. Younger siblings are welcome to accompany parents for this volunteer opportunity. 

Program at Mount Royal University: 

  • Seating 12:30 pm – 1 pm
  • Grand Entrance: 1 pm
  • Welcome, drumming and dancing: 1-2:15 pm

If you have a current police clearance and can help out, please sign up here app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer

If you do not already have a Better Impact account, click here to create one in just a few clicks: bttr.im/ta0ot Note: If creating an account for the first time, it can take up to 24 hours for your account to be approved before you can sign up.

Bolder Coffee Fundraiser

Order your BOLDER COFFEE for March now, the website is open!

Please visit: ccs.fundraiserorders.com to input your March order.

Setting up an account for fundraisers:

  1. Log in with your Fun Lunch user name and password
  2. The Access Code you require is specific to this school and will have been sent to you in an email from the school. If you already have a Fun Lunch account you will not need this access code. 

Bolder Coffee Details: 

Bolder Coffee was started in 2013 by two born & raised Calgarians. Bolder Coffee is a local, small batch, artisan roasted coffee company dedicated to sourcing high quality and flavourful beans.  Coffee is available in 1/2 pound ($10.50) and 1 pound ($21) whole bean bags.

Payment is only accepted by credit card at this time. Paypal is the company we have selected to process credit card transactions, you do not need to have a Paypal account – you can enter your credit card number on their site and they will process your payment.

March 2020 order deadline is end of day March  12th. Orders will be processed by the system and sent to the vendor on March 13th.  Delivery date will be Thursday March 19th, 2020. Coffee will be delivered to your child to take home unless you provide alternative pickup instructions to the email listed below.  Additionally, your account balance must be ZERO at the time the order is sent to the vendor to allow the system to process your order.  

If you have any questions/issues with Bolder Coffee ordering, please contact Jennifer at [email protected]

Thank you for supporting this school fundraiser.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Phil Butterfield