June 13 Update

Good afternoon Connect Parents;

Despite the cooler, damp weather through parts of this past week, students in grade 5 and 7, as well as our KeeBo crew, enjoyed their days at Camp Riveredge. Grades 4, 6, and 9 students, meanwhile, were kayaking at the Calgary Canoe Club, and since kayaking often involves getting wet anyway, the rain that fell just didn’t matter that much. 

On Thursday, Alberta moved to Phase 2 of the scheduled reopening plan. The revised regulations permit the resumption of team sports, recreational activities, camps and outdoor gatherings with varying degrees of restrictions. As a result we may be able to relax some of the protocols at Camp Riveredge to permit greater interaction of activities and teachers will be able to plan supervised activities for their classes at North Glenmore park and the Weaselhead area. There may also be implications for the grade 9 farewell activities scheduled for the afternoon of Friday June 25th that will allow us to have more students and guests outside than previously thought. A complete list of Phase 2 changes may be found at: www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx?utm_source=Email_marketing&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_content=notificationservice&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail 

Camp Riveredge Tent Takedown – Volunteers Needed

We will be taking down the large event tent at Camp Riveredge on June 23rd beginning at 10am. Six to eight volunteers will help the job go very smoothly. If you are able to help, please send me an email to [email protected] with the subject: Camp Riveredge takedown.

Camp Adventure – Volunteer Opportunities and Work Bee on Saturday June 26th

Now that the reality is setting in on our acquisition of the Camp Adventure outdoor education centre at Sibbald Lake, so too the scope of work needed to bring the facility to operational status is becoming very apparent. We are excited to share the space with parents, staff, and students at  camp open house in August and will be hosting our first work bee to clean up the site and start on priority repairs on Saturday June 26th from 10am-4pm. We will adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions and regulations in force as of June 26th and will ensure individual group sizes for any project do not exceed 20 people. Please have a face mask to put on in case you are within 2 metres of another person. There is no running water or electricity on site at this time. Please bring water and lunch with you.

Thank you to those who have offered assistance with the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and solar power systems. Your contact information has been passed along to Rob Pegg  ([email protected])  as he will be coordinating volunteers and contractors to test and start up the various components that need to be functional for the centre to operate. The work bee on June 26th will involve cleaning spaces that have not been used for 2-3 years. The work will be ‘grubby’ and will require the use of dust masks and gloves when cleaning out some areas. A lot of the current need is focused on clean up and moving disposables to a large dumpster that is being delivered to the site. There are also many tasks that require proper training and certification to complete and we are hoping to find some of the following expertise within our parent community:

  • Commercial kitchen cleaning, sanitizing, preparation and assessment of readiness;
  • Window / glass replacement
  • Window cleaning – including plexiglass and lexan windows
  • Carpentry – ramps, decks, door and window framing, siding
  • Roofing – removal and replacement of asphalt shingles; fascia, soffit repair and replacement
  • Flooring – removal of old floor, selection of appropriate flooring, preparation and installation of new floor 
  • Fire safety and suppression – extinguishers, smoke alarms, sprinklers, pumps, alarms
  • Chimney cleaning, repair, and inspection
  • Gardening – to convert an old canoe into a feature garden (no certificate required for this one…just a green thumb)
  • Transport of 2 large barbecues (each is about 7’ long x 4’ high x 3’ deep) from Connect to Camp Adventure – trailer or truck required;
  • Transport of lawn tractor from Connect to Camp Adventure and back to school again at the end of the day.

If you are able to offer your time and energy in support of any of these roles, please contact Rob Pegg at the email above and also email [email protected] to notify us that you will be able to attend the work bee.  We also need to post commercial quality signs at all access points onto the property. If anyone has connections to a sign maker, please let me know.

Due to the nature of the cleaning and potential hazards around the site that will be addressed during the work bee, it may not be the best time to introduce young children to the camp. We understand that students will be anxious to get out there but hazards and the proximity to the lake make supervision problematic. We will schedule an open house in August that will be a fun inaugural event for everyone. 

Outdoor Education for 2021-22

Planning for the 2021-22 school year is actively underway and we are acutely aware of the continuing uncertainty that permeates our lives as the pandemic ebbs and flows. We are sincerely hoping many, if not all, restrictions will be lifted before we return to school, opening up opportunities for electives, sports, intramurals, clubs, and outdoor education to once again lead to an exceptionally busy calendar that is a sign of a vibrant and dynamic school. In our planning for outdoor education, we will be scheduling several day camps to the new outdoor centre through the fall and winter months. Overnight trips will not be possible initially for two critical reasons: 1. The site will not be adequately restored for multi-day trips in time for our fall camps, and 2. Our grade 4 to 6 students will likely not have been offered vaccines against COVID-19 and therefore the possibility of virus spread still exists within close sleeping quarters. We will most definitely be scheduling 3-day, 2-night trips for all grades in the spring of 2022. In addition, core and phys ed teachers may book additional days at camp throughout the year. 

Summer 2021 Technology Recall

All student technology will be recalled this year for the summer – parents will receive an email next week with detailed instructions. The key parts of the plan are:

-Tech for Grade 4, 5, and 6 students will be returned on Thursday, June 24

-Tech for Grade 7, 8, and 9 will be returned on Friday, June 25

(If you are anticipating being away these dates please make sure it is brought in to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before your child’s last day.)

-All technology, including accessories and chargers, must be returned cleaned (including stickers removed), backed up where appropriate, and reset/erased. 

For those that bought out devices, further instructions including how to reset them will be provided closer to those dates – but they do NOT need to come in those days.

Questions can be asked through the helpdesk on the website however please wait for the full summary email next week first.

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.

Music Instrument Update from Mr. Bolen

Any students that have used and/or borrowed instruments this year from Connect are asked to return to the school before the end of this month.

Bring them back to the IAC and inform the office so we can check the condition and clear your child’s record of the rental.

Thank-you to all parents for your support with your child learning to play their instrument during this trying year.

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]

To order a yearbook, visit  ybpay.lifetouch.ca and the school id is 10356221.  

Have an amazing week everyone,

Phil Butterfield