January 17 Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

There was a very definite buzz of excitement in the air at Connect this past week as we have all of our students and teachers in the school for the first time since the end of November. Teachers spent a considerable amount of time reviewing COVID-19 protocols with students to emphasize the continuing importance of keeping ourselves and each other safe by adhering to these critical procedures. 

It can be understandable that family and personal routines get derailed somewhat with changes to school and work schedules. Since returning to in-person learning, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of students arriving at school after the 8:50 bell, and in some cases, long after the bell and announcements are complete. Sometimes there are very legitimate reasons for a student being late; appointments and unexpected delays can throw a stick in the spokes of the most organized families. Late arrivals cause disruptions to classes already in session and, in most cases do not get the late individuals day off to a great start. We appreciate your cooperation in getting all students to school on time, however if you anticipate being late, please let the office know.

A reminder that Friday January 22nd is our staff retreat and a non-instructional day for all students.

Protocol for students who are unwell

A reminder of our protocol around students who present with symptoms at school. If your child presents with symptoms they will be sent to the infirmary where they will be screened by an administrator, if they answer yes to any of the screening questions you will be asked to come and collect them from the school immediately. Please be patient and courteous with our staff as we are following guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services. Please see the attached guidance for further information. 

www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-school-journey-a-symptoms.pdf 

www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-school-journey-b-symptoms.pdf 

If your child(ren) are required to self-isolate, please reach out to their teachers to discuss learning support at home.

Guide for Returning Travellers

In the aftermath of winter break there seemed to be widespread confusion regarding the steps required for Canadians returning to the country after travelling abroad. With our 5-day Family Day break a month away and spring break a month or so after that, it is possible that people will once again be travelling, and I wish to reinforce that we anticipate all those returning from outside Canada will adhere to all public health orders regarding testing and quarantine. In addition to the explanatory links below, I have developed a flowchart to explain the process for re-entry to Canada… and Connect.

Returning travellers www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html  

 

International rapid test program 

www.alberta.ca/international-border-pilot-project.aspx 

 

Staffing Update

Brittney MacDonald will be starting her maternity leave on February 5th and we are pleased to announce that Carla Cameron will be taking on the Inclusive Practices Coordinator role during Brittney’s leave. Carla comes to us from Foothills Academy and has an extensive background in working with students across a wide range of learning challenges and in literacy development. Carla will begin her duties on Monday January 18th to provide an adequate period of transition in this important role.

There has also been a temporary change in the KeeBo online learning program as Margaret Leland is on leave and Kaitlyn Hladik has taken over the grade 4 to 7 Humanities duties. Kaitlyn has eagerly jumped into her new role already and she will be in touch with the parents of all her students in due course.

Parent Society and School Council Meetings

Regular meetings of the Connect Charter School Parent Society and the Connect School Council will take place on:

Tuesday January 19th

Parent Society at 6:30pm

School Council at 7pm

Zoom link: connectcharter-ca.zoom.us/j/96669332127

Parent Society minutes from the November meeting are attached separately to the cover email.

Parent Society Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. ApprovalofAgenda
  1. ApprovaloftheNovember17,2020 MeetingMinutes
  2. President’sReport
  3. Treasurer’sReport
  4. Business:
  5. OtherBusiness
  6. Next meetings–February16,2021(Thisisaflexdateandcouldbecancelledwith the next meeting being April 20 AGM) (via Zoom)
  7. Adjournment

School Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes 

Minutes drive.google.com/file/d/1dfvCABaEo_rkxB1j9dwgQCjYGf2djMCA/view 

Agenda – docs.google.com/document/d/1N3pPfnqi3CT2mEVmlvVegiWrLHuTk85eT9a7hWiwQdU/edit 

Phys Ed this week

We will be skating in PE next week which will require a change in the schedule with Comp to accommodate 80 minute classes. Students on their non-skating days will stay in their Comp class for 80 minutes. Big thank you to Andrew and Lorrie for their flexibility to make this happen.

Please remind students to bring the following:

– gloves 

– winter boots

– winter jacket

– winter hat

– winter pants

– skates (if they own them)

– helmets (hockey, bike, snowboarding etc)

– hockey stick (optional) 

PE skating schedule (classes will be 80 minute blocks)

Monday: 

6.1/6.2 (9:30AM – 10:50AM)

5.1/5.2 (12:10PM – 1:30PM)

4.1/4.2 (1:30PM – 2:50PM)

Tuesday:

9.1/9.2 (9:30AM – 10:50AM)

8.1/8.2 (12:10PM – 1:30PM)

7.1/7.2 (1:30PM – 2:50PM)

Wednesday:

6.3/6.4 (9:30AM – 10:50PM)

5.3/5.4 (12:10PM – 1:30PM)

4.3/4.4 (1:30PM – 2:50PM)

Thursday:

9.3/9.4 (9:30AM – 10:50PM)

8.3/8.4 (12:10PM – 1:30PM)

7.3/7.4 (1:30PM – 2:50PM)

I realize there is a lot to absorb in these updates and I truly appreciate all of you who take the time to go through it all each week. We all long for the days when the updates are about upcoming outdoor ed trips and a recap of the very cool things our students and staff are doing to make learning meaningful, exciting, and fun. While those last 3 things are still happening, the pandemic and the attention it demands to keep our community safe have kept us strictly regimented to a set of necessary protocols. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

Stay safe everyone,

Phil Butterfield

Principal