Weekly Update, June 21-25, 2021

The Grade 6’s bottle rocket design inquiry culminated in an exciting launch day at Camp RiverEdge. Students used simulators to modify the variables needed for a successful rocket design. Students modified drag coefficients, fuel, weight, and pressure to simulate velocities and heights. Once these variables were “dialed in” students used a parachute simulator to determine  parachute size and rate of descent. Once the blueprints were created, the designs were brought to life and constructed. Each team created a rocket that held a parachute in the nose cone to ensure a softer landing and enable multiple launches. 

The excitement was palpable on launch day. There were many high fives and shouts of joy, reminiscent of NASA’s Mission Control Center, when the rockets took off and parachutes deployed. 




Good afternoon Connect parents;

As we enter the final full week of the 2020-21 school year, we can start to look ahead to next year with optimism and hope that our Connect program will return to the robust stature that includes outdoor education, elective classes, intramurals, clubs, and organized sports. As you can see above, the grade 6’s found a safe and effective way to test their rockets and parachute deployment at Camp Riveredge last week. Our staff and leadership team are actively planning for next year having few, if any, restrictions related to COVID-19. We are anticipating a further directive from Alberta Education relating to any lingering regulations by the beginning of August.

A huge thank you to our School Council for acknowledging our staff and their tireless efforts this year by providing gift certificates to the Farmer’s Market. We are extremely fortunate to have such a thoughtful and caring community; these gifts will be put to very good use by all of us.

During these final days of school, teachers may be planning to walk students to North Glenmore Park or the Weaselhead. These activities are covered by the walk area consent that is part of the registration process and therefore you will not receive a separate informed consent form. 

This week will also be an opportunity to say farewell to our grade 9 students. They will have an additional day at Camp Riveredge for each pod and the farewell ceremony will take place Friday afternoon. Grade 9 teachers will send specific information on times and details of the ceremony to parents.

Camp Adventure Work Bee

We have scheduled our first work bee at Camp Adventure for Saturday June 26th from 10am to 4pm. We are hoping for a strong parent turn out to help us get the site ready for use. General clean up and maintenance will be the main tasks for the work bee, but it will also provide an opportunity for you to become acquainted with the site. New parents are most welcome to join us – no volunteer security clearance is required for the work bee. Children are welcome, however parents must be aware that they are fully responsible for supervision of children while on the camp property. If you can make it for all or part of the scheduled time, please reply to [email protected] using CA Work Bee in the subject line. Directions, maps, and further information will be sent to all who respond

Parent Survey

The annual parent survey, prepared by school administration, School Council, and Parent Society executives, is now available. Your feedback on several aspects of school operations and student support is important to our planning for next year and beyond. As an added incentive to complete the survey, you may include your name and email address to be entered into a draw for reimbursement of the enrichment fee for one student in the amount of $615. The survey will close at 4pm on Wednesday June 23rd and the prize draw will take place on Friday June 25th. The survey may be accessed at:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLKeeJJ90D_K7MhHKhIe2pUIh4_WqCV2LQ1OPwG5H9mIlbdw/viewform?usp=sf_link

August return to school

To assist with your back to school planning in August, our staggered entry will take place as follows:

August 22 – grades 7, 8, 9 only will attend

August 23 – grades 4, 5, 6 only will attend

August 24 – all students will attend

*Note: all buses will operate as scheduled on August 22 and 23.

A further change is being implemented that seems minor but will significantly reduce bus ride times for students who reside farthest from the school. The school day will begin at 8:40am and end at 3:20pm. Complete bus schedules will be sent to all those who have registered for transportation.

Posting for Accounting Clerk

Connect Charter School is seeking an Accounting Clerk. Please note the deadline for applications is 3pm Monday June 21st.

ACCOUNTING CLERK (Full Time)

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in working within a school environment and will fulfill the following role:

  •       Ensure correct coding and approval of all invoices and purchase cards;
  •       Produce cheque runs that are approved by the Secretary Treasurer; 
  •       Invoicing for amounts due for collections; 
  •       Assist in Rycor and fee collections;
  •       Prepare the bank deposits for the Secretary Treasurer;
  •       Prepare account reconciliations as needed;
  •       Responsible for managing ReadySub; 
  •       Responsible for Volunteer list management;
  •       Management and maintenance of student kits, annual supplies, key distribution and rentals;
  •       Cross-train and back up for the Receptionist and Administrative Secretary;
  •       Provide support and assistance to administrative office staff as required;
  •       Other duties as assigned.

The suitable candidate will demonstrate:

  •       An ability to work in a very busy environment and remain patient and organized;
  •       Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  •       Works well in a team setting;
  •       Strong attention to detail;
  •       Knowledge and experience in Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable;

Applicants are invited to submit resumes and supporting documentation to the Secretary Treasurer at [email protected]

Please use the subject line Accounting Clerk. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The application deadline is 3pm Monday, June 21, 2021, with interviews to take place shortly thereafter.

Fun Lunch Coordinator Needed

The Connect Charter Fun Lunch program raises almost $30k per year with proceeds going directly to priority items for the school and students. It’s the largest fundraising initiative for the School Council each year. The program runs every Wednesday with a fun lunch and a snack is offered every Friday school is in session.

Fun Lunch is coordinated by two parent volunteers but is supported by many more weekly volunteers that distribute the food throughout the year. 

We are in need of one more Coordinator!

Please email [email protected] if you are able to help out.

Recommended Reading and Resources

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples History Month June is National Indigenous Peoples History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD). In recognition of these important events, Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is excited to share new and exciting resources that support Métis Education. Via a new NIPD google folder, educators can access a collection of student activities, including a digital scavenger hunt, Michif activity and colouring booklet, a jeopardy game, and coming soon, stories with Lean Dorion. Perfect for year-round learning are classroom resources, lesson plans and a RCTL YouTube channel. Another new addition is the Rupertsland Education Community Connection (RECC Room) platform, which shares special events, a tutoring community, Métis Education supports, and more.

Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Schools

Circle June 22, 2021, on your calendar as a reminder to register for 19toZero’s town hall meeting, “Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Schools.” Running from 4 to 6:15 p.m., the town hall will explore current information about vaccines, how they work, their effectiveness, and why vaccinating children will help society return to normal. Hosted by Dr. Cora Constantinescu, a pediatric infectious disease physician and vaccine expert, the session also will provide time for a live Q&A. Share the news!

In addition, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has requested that schools distribute a letter by way of the following link mcusercontent.com/abbba26b952d296852cb14942/files/c1a0e767-9269-84d3-aeef-edc231681cba/School_Letter_June_8_2021_English_final.pdf to further address vaccine safety, eligibility, and accessibility.

There will be one further weekly update next Sunday before we all head into a much anticipated summer break. Until then, stay well and have a wonderful week.

Phil Butterfield

Principal