March 4, 2022 Parent Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

It is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner (according to the calendar, if not Mother Nature). Term 2 will be ending on Friday March 11th and report cards will be available in PowerSchool after 3pm on Monday March 14th. Virtual student-led conferences will take place on Thursday March 17th from 4:30-8pm and Friday March 18th from 8am to 1pm. Details on signing up for SLCs through Conference Manager will be included in next week’s update. We had considered trying to coordinate a hybrid version of SLCs to accommodate preferences for either virtual or in-person conferences. The logistics of this plan were very complex, given the short planning time and therefore we opted to leave this term’s SLCs in a Zoom format.

We also recognize just how vitally important it is to celebrate our school community and the resilience, patience, and understanding shown by our staff, students, and parents throughout the pandemic. Assuming that COVID-19 statistics continue to decline, we are planning a ‘Connect Our Community’ event for Thursday April 21st from 3:30 to 7pm. The school will be open to all registered Connect families. Displays of student work will highlight the journey of learning that has taken place this year and information kiosks will provide details on the essential pillars of our school: outdoor and experiential education, integration of technology, and inquiry-based learning. School Council, Parent Society, and representatives of  the Connect Charter School Board of Directors will also be on hand to answer questions about their respective roles in supporting the school. Save the date – more details will be shared after Spring Break.

Admissions Lottery Update 

Students entering grade 4 in August 2022 will be the last to be admitted from the waitlist. The waitlist will still be in effect for grades 5 through 9 until this cohort reaches grade 9, at which time the current waitlist will be completely eliminated. Students entering grade 4 in August of 2023, and who are therefore currently in grade 2, will enter a lottery to determine admission order. Information on the lottery process may be found at connectcharter.ca/registration-and-admissions/#lottery

If you have a child whom you wish to be admitted to grade 4 in August 2023 and who has an older sibling currently enrolled at Connect, their name must still be entered in the lottery, however the filtering will automatically place siblings at the top of the admissions list.

From April 15 to May 31, 2022, any parents may enter their grade 2 child’s name into the lottery through a link on the Connect website at www.connectcharter.ca

The lottery will take place in June 2022 and parents will be notified of their child’s placement.

Note: our intake year is grade 4 only. 

The lottery process is applicable only for grade 4 entry each year.

Parent Society and School Council

Parent Society AGM  Tuesday Apr 19, 20226:30pm

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 19 when we will hold our Annual General Meeting for the Connect Charter Parent Society. We are in need of new directors for the 2022/2023 school year, and welcome parents or guardians from all grade levels. In the next two years, we will have six directors moving on from Connect, so we especially appreciate representation from younger grade levels.

The Parent Society is responsible for organizing all AGLC related fundraising (casinos, raffles) which accounts for approximately $45k every 18-24 months. These funds are used to purchase items for educational enrichment for all Connect students. Volunteering for Parent Society is a minimal time commitment, but has a huge impact on our school. Please consider getting involved. The Connect Charter Parent Society (CCPS) serves as a separate entity in parallel with the Connect Charter School Council at the direction of the Connect Charter School Board.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to contact Mary Jensen, Parent Society President, at maryk[email protected]

School Council AGM – Tuesday Apr 19, 20227pm

School Council Executive positions 2022/2023

School Council is looking for parents to fill the following positions for the next school year:

  • Treasurer
  • Vice-Chair (could be a shared co-Vice-Chair)
  • Communications Specialist to help with WordPress site and other parent engagement responsibilities

If you would like to find out more, please contact Sandra Rosano Koeller at [email protected].

Easter Chocolate Fundraiser – 10 more days to order!

Our chocolate fundraiser with Purdys Chocolatier has been kicked off again in time for Spring and Easter – thanks to our supporters so far, we’re over $1,000 in sales to date. Connect earns up to 25% of our chocolate sales, so it is a great fundraiser for our school.

For a catalogue sneak peek, go here (you can’t shop in this link): 2022_Easter_Catalogue_Group.pdf (purdys.com)

To purchase chocolates, go to our campaign website here Purdys Chocolatier Group Savings and Fundraising. Create an account, or login if you remember last year’s info, then click Shop Online in the top bar. Choose Marketplace to see all the products and place your order. Payment is made directly online by credit card to Purdys when you’re ready to order.

Feel free to forward this link to any chocolate lovers you know! As long as they can pick up at the school (or you can pickup for them) then they can take part in our campaign.

Deadline for orders is Sunday, March 13th (the website says March 27th based on our delivery date – but our actual deadline is earlier due to spring break)

Pickup at Connect Charter School on the evening of Tuesday, April 12th. Covid friendly car drive-through to be arranged, details TBA.

Thanks in advance for supporting our school!

Fun Lunch

Thank you parents for your continued support of the Fun Lunch program. Term 3 orders are open!  A friendly reminder that the deadline for cheque payment is March 16th, payment after this date is by credit card only. If you are paying by cheque for your order, please ensure your student(s) take the cheque to the office. All cheques should be made payable to Connect Charter School and in the memo please put Fun Lunch. 

Place your fun lunch orders at: ccs.hotlunches.net

Saucy Bread Company will be fulfilling the order that was missed on Feb 11th. The delivery of your orders will be on March 17th. You don’t have to take any additional steps, your orders have already been placed and paid for.

We are also looking for additional volunteers to help distribute Fun Lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please email [email protected] if you’re available to help.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found has many items looking for a return to their rightful owners. Please take a look at the collection in the link below and follow the instructions to reclaim belongings. 

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Important dates

Calendar connectcharter.ca/calendar/ 

February 22-March 17 Winter Camps – Round 2

March 11 Term 2 ends

March 14  Term 2 report cards available in PowerSchool

Term 3 begins

March 17  Last day of classes for students

4:30-8pm   Student-led conferences

March 18  8am-1pm   Student-led conferences

Spring break begins

April 4  Classes resume

Have an outstanding weekend,

Phil Butterfield
Principal