September 10, 2021 – Parent Weekly Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

It has been an exciting week at Connect as our grade 7’s spent two days at the Field Experience Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the grade 8’s Thursday and Friday. It is beyond exhilarating to see our students once again participating in outdoor activities and to see the Field Experience Centre come to life as a focal point for students to develop a sense of their place and the value of the land we share. 

The ongoing reality of COVID-19 is never far away, however, and we are continually monitoring trends in absenteeism as well as consulting with public health officials to see if there is more we can be doing to maintain a healthy school community. We have been assured that the measures we have in place, specifically the 3 W’s of:  

Wear a mask 

            Wash your hands

                       Watch your distance

together with being immunized, are the most effective ways to prevent spread of the virus. 

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 in grade 6, and all students in grades 7-9 received 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 on Wednesday October 20th. More details will be forthcoming.

Daily screening reminder 

Daily screening of students prior to coming to school is still a requirement and we are asking for your ongoing diligence in completing the simplified screening form each morning. There is still an extensive list of students in all grades who are required to complete the screen during the first block of morning classes. When students do not have the morning screening complete, they miss class time and our staff are pulled from other priorities to walk students through the screening process. Your cooperation in completing the daily screening and helping to get these numbers down is greatly appreciated.  

Cross Country Running Team – Practices and Race Info

The turnout for cross country running has been wonderful…and somewhat overwhelming. With close to 70 students across all grades participating it is essential that parents of students registered for cross country know when and where the races are taking place. With the  increase in participation levels, we do expect some frustrations related to the amount of parking these sites provide.  Please note, parent transportation is required to attend.

Our first cross country meet will take place on Wednesday Sept. 15 at Ecole de la Source,  360-94ave SE, beginning at 4pm. Those participating in the meet must attend the training session on Monday Sept. 13th at 7:30am.

Volleyball

Senior boys and girls volleyball will be starting next week. Grade 8 and 9 students will be eligible to try out for the senior teams and grade 7’s will be organized into an intramural volleyball program. A complete schedule of practices and games will be provided to all students who sign up, however those interested in the senior girls team should note there will be a practice on Monday Sept. 13th at 7:30am in the gym.

Truth and Reconciliation Day – September 30th

The federal government has identified September 30th as a statutory holiday to recognize and reflect on the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Although the Alberta government has not declared this to be a statutory holiday here, the discretion is being left to school authorities to determine whether to recognize this important day. The Connect Charter School Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday September 14th and will determine what path we will take in this regard. The decision will be shared with parents the following day. 

Terry Fox Run – Monday October 4th

This year’s Terry Fox Run will take place at North Glenmore Park on Monday October 4th and will consist of three runs: grade 4-5 at 9:30; grade 6-7 at 10:40; and grades 8-9 at 1:30. Each group will walk from the school to the start/finish area 30 minutes before the start time with one grade using 34th St. and 66th Ave. and the other 58th Ave. and 37th St. to maintain cohorts and distancing. More information will be in next week’s update on volunteer requirements for these runs.

School Council and Parent Society News

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  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. 

Connect Charter School Council Meeting

Date: September 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Zoom (link to be provided by email on Sept. 21st)

  1.       Welcome/Treaty acknowledgement
  2.       Agenda
  3.       Meeting minutes approval
  4.       School Council’s role vs Parent Society’s Role
  5.       ASCA survey results
  6.       School Council Activities

      Updates on the following:

  • Fundraising

o   Proposed fundraisers/timelines

  • Fun Lunch 
  • Volunteers needed (committees/leads)
  • Finances /expenditures
  • Communications
  1.       Forum with Phil

      Principal report/update

  1.       Meeting Close (Adjournment)

 

School Council Volunteer Opportunity

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].

Fun Lunch…

…is back & we’re looking forward to a great year of lunches & snacks!

The Fun Lunch program will be commencing for the school year beginning October 20, 2021 for Term 1.  We would like to thank you for your patience and we look forward to once again continuing this important School Council fundraising project.  Fun Lunch raises approximately $28k per school year and proceeds from this program go directly to supporting the purchase of priority items for the students, staff & school. 

A backpack letter should have come home with your student this week with details about the Term 1 fun lunches and snacks.  Once again, the HotLunches.netwebsite will be used to place and manage orders.   Everyone will need to create a new account for the 2021/2022 school year for your student(s).  The instructions to create an account are available on the back side of the backpack letter, which is also attached here. If you require any assistance please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Fun Lunch is completely run by parent volunteers and if you would like to get involved please email us at [email protected].
Thank you,
Traci, Kristen, Tammy & Charmaine
Fun Lunch Coordinators

Drop off and pick up of students

Student drop off and pick up zones are determined with student safety as our primary consideration. Although it may seem illogical or inconvenient to drop a child off on 34th St. when they need to enter the doors nearest the alley, long experience and some near misses have reinforced that restricting our drop off/pick up zone to the east side of 34 Street between 58 Ave and 61 Ave. is safest for students and staff. Despite repeated reminders, some parents are continuing to use the alley and staff parking lot for drop offs. The Calgary Parking Authority has been contacted and will be enforcing parking regulations in the area.

  Please do not drop off or pick up your child in the staff parking lot or laneway. These are not safe drop off/pick up points due to moving traffic

  •   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.

 

This is the sign of a great camp…Have a wonderful weekend,

Phil Butterfield
Principal