September 3, 2021 – Parent Weekly Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Field Experience Centre at Sibbald Lake last Saturday. Over the course of the three scheduled tours we had in excess of 220 people tour the facility. Several people offered to help with clean up and maintenance…offers that are greatly appreciated and your help will be most welcome when we have another work bee in the fall. In the meantime, we are very excited about getting our outdoor and experiential education program up and running. Our first trips will be starting on September 7th and we will have classes on site each day through to Sept. 22nd. Several classes are still in need of volunteers to help supervise students and ensure safety. If you are able to spare either one or both days to volunteer, and have a current security clearance check, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.  

Meet the Teacher night took place yesterday, and although it was a virtual event in order to minimize the number of people in the school, it still provided an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and gain some perspective on the grade level curriculum, classroom expectations, and exciting learning opportunities that will take place through the year. Please remember that we encourage you to ask teachers for clarification or information as required, and that all communication is expected to be respectful and focused on student success.

Cross Country Running Team

Our student’s appetite for extracurricular sports is clearly evident by the overwhelming turn out for the brief but active cross country running season. Close to 70 students have signed up for cross country with distances ranging from 1.5 km for the grade 4’s to 3 km for the older students. Practices will take place on Monday and Friday mornings beginning at 7:30am in the IAC. If either a Monday or Friday are non-instructional days the practices will move to Tuesday and/or Thursday for that week.

We have seven staff members assisting with coaching to ensure there is adequate supervision and safety measures are in place. There are two cross country meets: 4pm on Sept. 15th at Ecole de la Source and 4pm on Sept. 22nd at Ecole Francophone d’Airdrie. The final meet is scheduled for Sept. 29th with the location and race times yet to be determined. More information on upcoming races will be sent to parents whose children are registered for cross country as it becomes known.

Please note that registration for cross country will close at 9am Tuesday Sept. 7th. 

Note: following fall break cross country run training will morph into the weekly run club for students that heads out at 7:30 every Friday morning for a good morning run to North Glenmore Park.

COVID-19 Immunization Clinic for students 12+ on Sept. 21st

Alberta Health Services is strongly recommending that anyone born in 2009 or earlier receive two doses of vaccine to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. AHS will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Connect students 12 years of age and older and staff on Tuesday September 21st. On September 7th, all eligible students will receive a paper version of an immunization  information sheet and informed consent. If you wish your child to be vaccinated against COVID-19, complete and sign the consent form, and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday September 13th. All consent forms will be retained in the office and will be given directly to our public health nurse, who will oversee the vaccination team during the clinic at the school. More information is available at www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-sch-school-imm-during-covid.pdf

On a related note, we have been advised by our public health nurse that scheduled vaccinations for grade 6 students, and grade 7’s who were not inoculated last year due to the pandemic, will take place after the COVID vaccination clinics wrap up.

COVID-19 Reporting Protocols

With the relaxing of provincial regulations for reporting positive COVID cases and conducting contact tracing in schools, we are left with several questions concerning how we would share information that was intended to help to keep people safe from contracting the virus. Although there is no longer a legal requirement for positive cases among students to be reported to school administration, we appreciate it when parents do share the information with us so we can, at the very least, advise the parents of classmates to be vigilant for symptoms and get their child tested if they deem it necessary. Only individuals who test positive for COVID are required to isolate for a period of 10 days – all others who may have been in contact do not need to quarantine unless symptoms develop. We are trying to be as transparent as possible with our communication and are so appreciative when parents share the same priority to keep children healthy.

Parent Volunteer in the Library

We are looking for some volunteers who would support our library this year.  In one role, we are looking for volunteers who would help students to sign out books on a regular rotation.  The second role in the library would be to shelve books, with little interaction with students.  We hope to have volunteers who can commit to a consistent weekly time for the first half of the school year.  Please contact Shannon Bennett at [email protected] if you are interested and indicate your availability.  If you have a skill set related to this kind of work, please identify this, but it is not necessary. Training will be provided in the upcoming weeks.  

Parent Society and School Council

The first regular meetings of Parent Society and School Council will take place via Zoom on September 21st beginning with the Parent Society meeting at 6:30pm and followed by the School Council meeting at 7pm. The Zoom link will be sent out shortly before the meeting begins.

Sept 21 Parent Society Meeting Agenda

drive.google.com/file/d/1lbYHsWhCXU3oe1SO9DT1CWW5i9Yz1pq7/view?usp=sharing

June 8 Parent Society Meeting Minutes

drive.google.com/file/d/17nMZLHcSEsEp0Li6tUjZRY0ToieOLCkS/view?usp=sharing

Connect Charter Casino November 21 & 22

The Connect Charter Parent Society is excited to announce our next casino taking place on November 21 & 22, 2021 at the Elbow River Casino. After a lot of delays and cancellations due to Covid, this will be our first casino since 2018. The casino is the single biggest fundraiser for the school and the funds raised help to support many outdoor experiences as well as purchase items essential to the enhancement of student learning. 

We require about 40 parent volunteers to successfully run the casino and are hoping for a strong support from our parent community. Sign up opportunities will be posted on Better Impact shortly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Steinbach-Kane of the Parent Society at [email protected]

Thank you so much in advance for your support. 

School Council

Looking for a way to get involved?  School council is looking for one or more parents to coordinate our fall and/or spring meat fundraiser(s).  School council will provide additional support and volunteers to help out but right now we are in need of a person to lead this activity.  If you (or you and a friend) would like to lead this activity please contact  [email protected].School Council Meeting Agenda for Sept. 21 – 7pm

drive.google.com/file/d/1-13cJ3aCmfmsGMHl5TOoN3ZnRSqXpPtk/view?usp=sharing 

Please be sure to check the school calendar at connectcharter.ca/calendar/ for important information on upcoming events at Connect. 

Terry Fox Run 

Our 2021 Terry Fox Run will take place at North Glenmore Park on Monday October 4th. In order to minimize congestion during the walk from school to the park and on the route, we will be staging three separate runs: 4-5 starting at 9:30am, 6/7 at 10:40am, and 8/9 at 1:30pm. Please make note of these dates/times if you are interested in volunteering or participating in your child’s run.  More details to follow in future updates

Individualized Program Plans

Parents of students with IPPs to guide their educational program will be receiving an email from teachers to seek parental input on IPP goals and strategies. These connections will occur before the IPP meetings that will be scheduled for Sept. 24th and Oct. 1st.

Drop off and pick up of students

The following routes are available for dropping off or picking up your children safely in the Drop Zone located on the east side of 34 Street between 58 Ave and 61 Ave. 

  • Please do not drop off or pick up your child in the staff parking lot
  •  From Crowchild Trail: enter on 66th Ave and turn north on 34 St. and exit to 37 St. via 58 Ave or leave via Lakeview Dr.
  •  From 37 Street:  enter on 61 Ave and exit on 58 Ave 
  •  Lewis Drive is designated as a BUSES ONLY zone. 
  •  The Staff parking lot is designated for Staff parking ONLY and is NOT a designated drop off / pick up zone.

 

Have a wonderful long weekend everyone,

Phil Butterfield
Principal