February 4, 2022 Parent Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

The 50/50 raffle being sponsored by our Parent Society is currently at $4690, which means if the draw was held today the winner would take home $2345  Please share the raffle information with your friends, networks and across your social media platforms. Our goal is to reach $20,000 with a total prize of $10,000. Scan the QR code above or access the website at www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/ccps to purchase your tickets. Sales will end on February 16th and the draw will take place on February 17th. A huge thanks to our Parent Society executive for initiating the raffle and to everyone who has supported our school programs by purchasing tickets.

COVID-19 Update

We seem to be entering what could be a confusing phase of the pandemic, with case counts and hospitalizations still high amid speculation that some restrictions may soon be eased or eliminated. From the Connect perspective, our overall student absentee rates have remained relatively stable at about 11% (70 students) per day. Staff absence rates have also remained manageable and we have been able to provide coverage for all classes in the past week. We will continue to adhere to AHS health orders and restrictions until otherwise directed. 

Parent Webinars

Thank you to everyone who participated in the ADHD/Executive Functioning webinar with Les Reddick on Wednesday evening. For those who were unable to attend, the webinar recording is available for viewing at drive.google.com/file/d/1M3o4TLSkcdRuVswNcBJi7Lcqh9MK6ray/view?usp=sharing. Based on the positive feedback and interest in this session, we will try to schedule a follow up webinar with Les in the spring. ADHD and Executive Functioning are large and complex topics that generate lots of important discussion and questions worth exploring. Our next parent webinar is tentatively scheduled for February 23rd with the Center for Sexuality presenting Supporting 2S/LGBTQ+ Youth: A Workshop for Family, Friends, and Parents. More details will be shared once we are able to confirm this session.

Winter Camps

Despite having to reschedule a few winter day camps due to cold weather, we have nearly completed one full rotation of field experiences that provides students with a day at the FEC to further explore the site and refine their snowshoeing and cross country skiing skills. We are currently looking at a further schedule for a second rotation of winter camp days to begin following the Family Day break and will share that with you once it is finalized.

I Love to Read Month

I Love to Read ” month activities have begun at Connect this week! 

If you are looking for some activities to do at home with your child, have a look at the daily literacy activity Calendar put out by the Winnipeg Public Library. It’s an excellent way to explore inclusivity through literacy and goes very well with our I love to Read theme this year- Literacy for ALL- Colour your world through Literacy.

Also check out the downloadable family reading kits available from the Calgary Public Library.

February 7-11 is Literacy spirit week at Connect

Monday-Read a Shirt Day- wear a shirt with words/message

Tuesday-Team Up for Reading -wear sports jerseys

Wednesday- PAWSitivly Wild About Reading- wear animal print

Thursday-Book Character day or Well Read Day- Dress as a book character or wear red

Friday- Snuggle up and Read- Wear Pjs or lounge wear

February is Black History Month

Classes have been challenged to create a hallway bulletin board to display an influential and inspirational POC who has made a difference to society through their actions and contributions.

The Calgary Public Library also has some great events this month as well as book recommendations to explore Black History month. Check out this link for more information.

Parent Mid-year Survey

Thanks to all who have completed the mid-year parent survey. We will leave the survey links open until Monday morning to provide an additional opportunity for people to respond. Your feedback is important and appreciated. If you have a child in grade 4, 5, or 6 and do not have any children in the upper grades, we ask that you complete the brief survey at  forms.gle/dhzFR63cmrDWs8ms9. If you have a child currently or previously in grades 7, 8, or 9, you may complete the slightly longer survey at  forms.gle/YHxZixMh5au6xHSa7. The surveys will remain open until Monday February 7th.  

Draft  K-6 Curriculum Feedback 

Use the link below to sign up to participate in the engagement sessions being hosted by Alberta Education on the draft curriculum. Click on the Calgary region link to sign up for a specific engagement session and/or take the survey to provide feedback. 

www.alberta.ca/curriculum-have-your-say.aspx

School Council Message

How Might We Engage You?

School Council is creating a Parent Engagement sub-committee that we need your involvement in. Its purpose is to act as a feedback conduit between parents, School Council and Connect Charter administration. Actionable topics of this committee could include:

  1.   Channels for communication (emails, school newsletter)
  2.   Topics / Questions (for consideration) 
  3.   How to report the responses back to the parent community
  4.   How to present/report findings back to school administration
  5.   Actions going forward (based on the input)

We can’t do it without You

Please attend the online kick-off on Feb 10th at 5:45pm.  For more information, please email s[email protected]  The meeting invite link will be sent out the day before the meeting.

Parent Society and School Council Meetings

The regular meetings of Parent Society and School Council will take place on Tuesday February 15 at 6:30 and 7pm respectively. Agendas will be in next weeks update and the Zoom link will be sent to all parents on the afternoon of Feb. 15th.

Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday February 23, 2022 www.pinktshirtday.ca 

In solidarity on this day the Connect Charter Community wears Pink to show that we support inclusivity and diversity.

PInk shirts will be available to purchase in our School Store until February 5th with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Build Them Up Foundation of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Deliveries will be made approximately February 16th.

store.kodiaksports.ca/stores/pink-connect

Important dates

Calendar connectcharter.ca/calendar/ 

January 17-February 8 Winter day camps (see calendar)

February 8 5:30-8pm Board of Directors meeting

February 15 6:30-7pm Parent Society Meeting

7-8pm     School Council meeting

February 17-21 Family Day Weekend break

February 23 Pink Shirt Day

6:30-8pm Parent webinar – Center for Sexuality (to be confirmed)

Enjoy this spring-like weekend…maybe Balzac Billy was wrong when he saw his shadow and scurried back into his groundhog hole to get ready for 6 more weeks of winter.

Phil Butterfield
Principal