October 22 – Parent Weekly Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

The photo above is a great example of the problem solving that our students and staff engage in regularly…the girls volleyball team needed to get to another school for a tournament…and we have bikes…problem solved!

The volleyball season will be wrapping up with a tournament at the Volleydome on October 4th and 5th. Senior basketball for boys and girls will take center stage beginning in November with more details to follow as they are known.

Several grades have planned late fall trips to the Field Experience Centre at Sibbald Lake and we are pleased to announce that winterizing of the dining hall has been completed. As a result we will have a large heated space with soon-to-be potable water to ensure we can operate the facility year round. Planning for the winter day camps is well underway. We are scheduling one pod per day for these trips to ensure we have adequate equipment and to maintain a manageable occupancy limit for the dining hall. Each pod will have two days of winter camp with the exception of the grade 6 and 7 classes who will have three days; the grade 6’s because winter camp is part of the grade 6 program and is normally a 3-day experience, and the 7’s because they missed out on this opportunity last year.

Proof of Vaccination Requirement for Adults

Following is an update from our Superintendent Chris Gilmour:  

On Tuesday October 21, 2021, the Connect Charter School Board of Directors held their monthly meeting. During this meeting, there was an extensive discussion on the status of vaccination requirements in schools. 

To provide some context to the discussion, on October 5, 2021, Connect Charter School received a joint letter from the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health requesting a policy on vaccinations be established at the school board level, similar to the policy being established at the provincial level for all public employees. The following day, consultation with public health officials, other school boards, ministry leadership, legal council and our own administrative team began.

We understand that transmittable diseases declared a public health threat such as COVID-19 are identifiable workplace hazards. We also know that we (the School) have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to identify, eliminate and control workplace hazards like COVID-19. 

As a result, Connect Charter School has updated policy 6.04 now titled “Health, Safety and Wellness”, available on our website at this link. Please note the Appendix A to policy 6.04  is a part of this. The policy and appendix outline new expectations for anyone over the age of 12 (other than Connect Charter School students) entering a Connect Charter School facility (in section K)

NOTE: Section K of the appendix to policy 6.04 does NOT apply to Connect Charter School students. All children have the right to an education and we will not be collecting information on the vaccination status of any students at Connect Charter School.

Information on requirements for volunteering in Connect Charter School events (trips, walks, or in-school etc.) after December 1, 2021 will be forthcoming in Phil’s weekly updates.

Please note policy updates in section K of the appendix will come into effect on December 1, 2021.

Chris Gilmour
Superintendent

Halloween

Halloween will be upon us in a week, and although the day itself lands on a Sunday, we realize that some students may want to dress in costume for school on Friday October 29th. 

  • Students wishing to wear their costumes must put them on at home and be prepared to wear the costume all day at school. Washrooms cannot be used as change areas at this time;
  • Non-surgical face masks are still required at all times in the building and Halloween costume masks are not a replacement;
  • Halloween masks must allow for facial recognition of the student;
  • Costumes must be appropriate for school and weapons or replica weapons must not be brought to school;
  • Students must not trade costume pieces or food;.Teachers may plan low key activities on the afternoon of Oct. 29th at their discretion.

Above all else, we want all our students to enjoy a safe and fun Halloweenif they choose to acknowledge this annual event.

Busing

A reminder that bus seating plans will have changed as a result of the increased precautions Alberta Education has outlined. Students will now be sitting with people in their household, where applicable and boarding the bus from the back to front.  We are keeping record of bus attendance and should there be a positive case identified on a route, students who are seated in close proximity may be required to isolate.  

Staffing Note

Mr. Bolen will be on leave and is expected to return on November 22nd. Mr. Ben Carson will be filling the music role in the meantime.

School Council News

Meat Fundraiser

WHAT A SUCCESS! We raised $8,257.00! 

The School Council would like to extend a thank you to all the parents who supported our meat fundraiser and all the volunteers who helped make it happen, especially our leads Rochelle and Melissa! 

Connect Charter Casino November 21 & 22 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are still in need of some volunteers for the Connect Charter Parent Society upcoming casino on November 21 & 22, 2021 at the Elbow River Casino. 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. The following positions still need to be filled:

Chip Runner (1 opening):        Sunday evening 7:15 PM – 4:00 AM
Countroom Staff (2 openings):   Monday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

In addition, we need some backup volunteers:

Backup Volunteers (4 openings): Sunday evening 7:15 PM – 4:00 AM (2 openings)
       Monday evening 7:15 PM – 4:00 AM (2 openings)
Countroom Backup (2 openings):  Sunday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
       Monday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Please sign up on Better Impact / MyVolunteerPage.com (app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer) if you can volunteer for one of the above positions. Your support is greatly appreciated and we couldn’t do it without you. A big thank you also to all our amazing parent volunteers who have already signed up for the casino.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Steinbach-Kane of the Parent Society at [email protected]

Fun Lunch Update

The scheduled Glamorgan Bakery seasonal cookie fun snack scheduled for October 29, 2021 has been canceled and all paid orders have received a credit on their Hotlunches accounts, which can be used for future purchases during the 2021/2022 school year. Unfortunately, due to the way the cookies are delivered in a single box for each classroom and not individually wrapped it would pose a high touch point for food distribution.  We would like to ensure food is delivered as safely as possible and we do not think this would be meeting Covid protocols at this time.  The scheduled Booster Juice for October 29 will still be delivered and distributed.  We apologize for the oversight and any inconvenience. 

Spirit Wear/School Store

It’s that time of year again to show your school spirit. Our store will open on October 8th and will remain open until the end of day October 29th.  Expected delivery for all items will be approximately November 19th.  

We have added some great new items, so be sure to check out all the tabs.

Shop early for Christmas.

Please note some items are a limited time offer so get them while you can!

Below is the link to access the store 

store.kodiaksports.ca/stores/connect-school 

Go Connect!!!!

Important Dates:

connectcharter.ca/calendar/ 

October 27 Photo retakes

November 4-5 Volleyball finals

November 11 Remembrance Day – school closed

November 12 Organizational Day – school closed

Have a wonder filled week everyone,

Phil Butterfield
Principal