October 29, 2021 – Parent Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

It may soon be a fading memory that students were practicing their ukulele tunes under the warm fall skies and glorious colours of Clem’s Garden. The first taste of winter will be upon us this weekend, with the promise of clear skies and cool temperatures to follow next week. It is a timely opportunity to remind ourselves that students need to be prepared for a variety of weather in the course of a day and boots, gloves, toques, and parkas need to become part of their wardrobe while waiting for school buses or while outside for recess, phys ed, DPA or other school activities. Children should not be left unattended while waiting for a school bus if the weather is cold – unexpected delays may result in students waiting longer than usual in cold or inclement weather. As an added precaution, you can download the MyBusStop app and use the school code: CSCR1A9YTT to receive notifications when buses are delayed. On a related note, our custodial staff would be most appreciative if students have a pair of indoor shoes to change into when they come in from morning or lunch recess. With wet, snowy weather in our future, the mess created by 624 pairs of feet in our hallways can be excessive. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

As you will see below, the senior volleyball season is wrapping up, and normally this would signal a transition to basketball. The Calgary Alternative Athletic Association (CAAA) governs league play and is currently considering options for the upcoming basketball season that take into consideration ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in schools as well as the complication of not being able to use private facilities for tournaments as they are required to ask for proof of vaccination from all patrons aged 12 and up and yet schools are not permitted to ask students for proof of vaccination under any circumstances. Additionally, this condition creates a requirement that players be vaccinated and vaccination is not a requirement to participate in team sports at Connect. Confusing?  You bet… but we’re working through the ever evolving protocols and thank students and parents for your patience as we do so. The CAAA will be meeting with all Athletic Directors within the next couple of weeks and will advise schools of how future extracurricular sports will be managed at that time.

XC Ski Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking forward to getting our students on cross country skis during their time at the Field Experience Centre this winter. If any parents have the time and expertise to wax and tune up skis, we would appreciate some assistance to get our 70+ pairs of skis ready for use. If you are able to help, please contact John Cadman at [email protected].

COVID Protocols and Extracurricular Sports As we continue to reintroduce extracurricular sports for grade 8 and 9 students, we have found it necessary to revisit some COVID-19 protocols in light of the nature of team sports and the proximity of players to each other during games and tournaments.  At present we only have senior teams (grades 8 and 9) registered for extracurricular sports with the CAAA as their access to the COVID vaccine makes them the least vulnerable of our student population. Even so, we are requiring that certain safety precautions be adhered to as follows:

  • With parental permission students in grades 7 to 9 may play/practice without a mask and can have their masks off when actively eating or drinking during games or practices. 
  • Students are required to wear masks when on the bench, hallways, classrooms or any other indoor common areas.
  • Students representing teams from other schools are required to follow Connect’s mask policy, and our students, when playing at other schools, must adhere to the mask policy of schools they are visiting.

Volleyball Finals

Our final tournament of the season will be played on Friday November 5th.There are no final games on Nov. 4th as previously indicated on the school calendar.

The Grade 8 & 9 Boys Teams will both play at Calgary Arts Academy, located at 640 14 Ave SE, Calgary. The first game will start at 9:30am, but please arrive at 9am. Pickup will be at 3:00pm.

The Grade 9 Girls Teams will play at Ecole Rose Sauvage, located at 2512 4St NW, Calgary. The first game will start at 9:30am, but please arrive at 9am. Pickup will be at 3:15pm.

***The bronze medal game will be played 1pm-2pm and the gold medal game will be played 2pm-3pm*** In the event that our teams don’t make the gold medal game, there will be opportunity to pick up students at 2pm

What to bring

– Connect volleyball uniform (please arrive changed and ready to go) 

– gym shoes

– 2 non-medical masks 

– Personal hand sanitizer

– Bag lunch

– Water bottle

Masks

We will continue to wear masks inside the school during non-playing times and on the bench. If you have not yet given permission for your child to play without a mask, please contact the coach to say “yes, they can play without a mask” or “no, keep wearing a mask on the court”.

Transportation

Transportation to and from each venue will be the responsibility of parents to organize. If your child is not going to be riding with a parent or guardian, please notify me by email who you have authorized to drive your child.

Other tournament notes

Unfortunately friends/family will not be permitted to enter the school as spectators for the tournament in order to minimize numbers due to Covid-19 protocols. 

Practices

There will be practice on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 for girls and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 for boys unless otherwise stated.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,

Boys team coaches:
Evan Ferguson ([email protected])

Terran Fong ([email protected])

Girls Team Coach:
John Cadman ([email protected]

School Council and Parent Society News

Parent Society and School Council Meetings – November 16, 2021

The next regular meetings of Parent Society and School Council will take place on Tuesday November 16th, with the parent Society meeting beginning at 6:30pm and School Council at 7pm. Both meetings will be virtual and a zoom link will be sent to all parents on the afternoon of Nov. 16th.

Connect Charter Casino November 21 & 22 – STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS 

The casino of the Connect Charter Parent Society is only three weeks away (November 21 & 22, 2021 at the Elbow River Casino) and we are still in need of some parent volunteers to fill all the positions. The casino is the single biggest fundraiser for the school and we cannot run the casino if we haven’t got all the volunteer positions filled. Please consider signing up to fill the remaining open slots:

Countroom Staff (2 openings):   Monday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Backup Volunteers (3 openings): Sunday evening 7:15 PM – 4:00 AM (2 openings)
       Monday evening 7:15 PM – 4:00 AM (1 opening)
Countroom Backup (2 openings):  Sunday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (1 opening)
       Monday evening 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (1 opening)

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 Error

Hello parents. Please be advised that due to a vendor error the Booster Juice order was not delivered today. We have received confirmation that the order will be delivered this coming Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Fun Lunch Coordinators

Lost and Found

Check out the lost and found link at docs.google.com/presentation/d/1e6nlpSsAmoDXWqVVxDbX8xpxPlJaZffEBlryBwVCwp4/edit#slide=id.gc6f73a04f_0_5 and follow the directions if you notice something in this growing collection that may belong to your child.

Important Dates

November 5 Volleyball finals

November 10 Remembrance Day Assembly (virtual)

November 11 Remembrance Day (school closed)

November 12 Organizational Day / Non-instructional day

November 16 Parent Society and School Council Meetings

Please have a safe weekend everyone,

Phil Butterfield
Principal