November 22 Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

It can certainly be challenging to find an abundance of positivity in our world when we are faced with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and the devastating effects that the illness can produce. 

Acknowledging our gratitude for all the little things that lift our spirits is, therefore, so much more important than it might be under ‘normal’ circumstances. With that in mind I would like to extend the gratitude of our staff to all of our parents and grandparents who have put wind in our sails by passing along a positive comment or a note of understanding and support during this challenging time. Our staff are under an intense load to keep students, and themselves, safe from COVID-19. Comments of empathy, understanding, and appreciation go a long way to lift the spirits of teachers, educational assistants, office support and custodial staff who are placing our students’ health as their top priority. We are truly grateful for your support…thank you.

Last week I mentioned an article from the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute but I believe the link did not make it into the update.  You may access the article on winter wellness at

We also encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers or the school leadership team if you have any concerns regarding your child’s moods, anxiety levels, or overall state of well being as a result of COVID-19 and the protective measures in place. 

As the number of positive COVID cases increases, so does the number of students in isolation due to close contact with a positive case or who are awaiting test results. Please remember that when students are in isolation they are to have no contact with friends or cohorts. The purpose of isolation is to break the chain of virus spread and therefore requires physical separation from others.  See the Q and A from our public health consultant, Nasreen Sunderani, in last week’s update for details or visit for the latest guidance from AHS.

Parent Webinars 

Nov. 25 @ 7pm Reading and Writing Accessibility on the iPad

Via Zoom at

Learn more about optimizing your child’s iPad for their reading and writing needs, including built-in features and add-on apps that will help them to better access and create information. This workshop will be of special interest to parents of developing readers and English as additional language learners.

Dec. 9 @ 7pm Screen Time on the iPad

Via Zoom at

This workshop supports your development of a family screen time plan, which includes building trust and transparency, and informing your conversations around how your child is using their device. This is the evolution of “parental controls” and a great refresher on our Empowered Use Policy.

Report Cards and Student Led Conferences

Term 1 report cards will be sent home via email on Monday Nov. 30th. Sign up for student led conferences (Dec. 3 from 4:30-8pm and Dec. 4th from 8am to 1pm) will open at 4pm on Nov. 30th. Four families will be able to sign up for each 30 minute Student Led Conference spot.

Phys Ed this week

For PE this week students will need to bring indoor runners for class Monday to Thursday. On Friday, all PE classes will take place outside so dress for the weather.

High School Orientation

Our high school orientation for grade 9 parents and students will take place  on Thursday November 26th at 6:30pm. Further information and the Zoom link will be sent to grade 9 parents early this week. 

Stay healthy everyone,

Phil Butterfield