May 31 Update

All tuned up and ready to go…



Good afternoon Connect parents;

It has been a spectacular weekend for those who enjoy sunshine and warmth. I hope you have all been able to take advantage of it and get outside to soak up some natural vitamin D. We have a busy schedule ahead at Connect that is almost reminiscent of pre-pandemic days. Although we will still be adhering to all of the COVID protocols as directed by AHS, the Camp Riveredge day camps and the half-day kayaking lessons at the Calgary Canoe Club will be starting on Monday May 31st. More information about these off campus experiences is below. Please be sure to complete the informed consent forms in PowerSchool. Students without signed consent will not be permitted to accompany their cohort on these trips.




Recognition of the Kamloops Indian Residential School 

It was with great sadness this week that the discovery of the remains of over 200 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School came to light. The pain that is being felt by the families and community associated with these deaths is unimaginable. In recognition of our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous communities and deepening our understanding of the injustice that was perpetrated on generations of Indigenous youth through the residential school systems, we will lower the flag at the school to half mast and have a minute of silence at the start of the day tomorrow to reflect on this tragic loss. 




Camp Riveredge and Kayaking

Below are the schedules and packing lists for Camp Riveredge and Kayaking through the month of June. Classes will walk from the school to the Calgary Canoe Club for kayaking and 2 to 3 parent volunteers are required for each class to comply with outdoor gathering regulations.

 

Grade 4 and 5 students will need to be dropped off and picked up from Camp Riveredge while all other grades will cycle from the school on their designated day. We have arranged for early drop off beginning at 8:30am and late pick up until 4pm on the grade 4 and 5 days to try and accommodate scheduling complications due to parent work commitments. 

 

If you have a student in grades 6 to 9 who will not be able to cycle and will be dropped off and picked up by a parent, please notify their homeroom teacher and the school office at [email protected] to avoid confusion.

 

In the event that a student begins displaying COVID-19 symptoms during either Camp Riveredge or kayaking, they will be separated from their cohort and will be supervised while parents are contacted to pick up the child from the venue.




COVID-19 Update

Increased rates of vaccination among people over the age of 12 has led to the adjustment of contact tracing procedures in the event of a close contact. We have been advised by AHS to include the names of ALL students who may have been in close contact with a positive case and not to inquire whether a student has been vaccinated or not. Following is an excerpt from the most recent AHS guideline that clarifies how close contacts will be addressed:

  • It is not part of the school case investigation process to determine who has received a COVID-19 immunization. Schools should continue to include all close contacts on line lists provided to AHS.
  • Letters sent by AHS to close contacts provide the 14-day quarantine requirement and direct individuals who are immunized to visit ahs.ca/quarantineaftervaccine and adjust their own quarantine accordingly. A sample letter is attached.
  • Schools are not expected to verify the immunization status of students, staff members or visitors.

Yearbook volunteer wanted

We are looking for another parent volunteer to join in yearbook planning.  This role would shadow our current volunteer this next month, co-plan next year, and hopefully take over the following year.  If you would like to be involved, please email  Lori Hitchcock at [email protected]




Parent Society and School Council meeting – June 8th 

The final Parent Society and School Council meetings of the 2020-21 school year will take place on Tuesday June 8th. The Parent Society meeting will begin at 6:30pm followed by the School Council meeting at 7pm. The Zoom link for these meetings will be included in next week’s update.




Fun Lunch 2021/2022

Fun Lunch is a School Council fundraiser and raises approximately $30k per school year.  Proceeds from this program go directly to supporting the purchase of priority items for the school. Fun Lunch is offered every Wednesday and a fun snack every Friday school is in session.  We require several volunteers each school term to deliver these lunches and snacks to our student community.  Approximate time commitment per lunch/snack is 1- 1 ½ hours depending on the scheduled lunch/snack. You can volunteer for as many lunches/snacks as you want to, there is no minimum obligation. If you would be interested in volunteering please email the Fun Lunch Committee at [email protected].  The Fun Lunch program start date will be contingent on Covid protocols/restrictions at that time.




Have a wonder filled week everyone,

 

Phil Butterfield

Principal