May 27 Parent Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

Undoubtedly by now you have all heard of the unspeakable tragedy that took place in Uvalde, Texas, where a school shooting left 19 children and 2 teachers dead and millions of people asking the question ‘why’. We don’t have answers to that, but educators and parents around the world are looking at our schools and wondering if we are doing all that we can to keep our students and staff safe. Yesterday our leadership team met with a Community Resource Officer (CRO) from the Calgary Police Service to reassess our security and preparedness for the unlikely event of an armed intrusion into the school. Admittedly, schools are very porous structures, given that students enter and exit the building through many doors during the day and there is a considerable amount of foot traffic during morning and lunch recesses. For many years we have conducted training and drills that reinforce the critical importance of school safety being a collective responsibility. As evidence that all of our repetitive practice pays off, we have had two recent incidents in which non-Connect students entered the school and were almost immediately confronted by staff members who ushered them off the premises. In neither case was there any harmful intent on the part of the individuals but it does illustrate that we take building security and school safety very seriously at Connect. The intercom system on the front entrance, while all other doors are locked during class times, video surveillance on all entrance points, and regular reminders of procedures to follow for school evacuation and lockdowns contribute to an increased level of security without becoming complacent. We were assured by the CRO that our school is considered by CPS to be a model of preparation. He cited our recent external lockdown as an exemplar of how school security should work in response to a perceived critical incident and information available. Connect staff will continue to revisit security procedures and seek improvements and efficiencies in the future. While we all mourn the tragedy in Texas, and we can’t help but feel a bit vulnerable as well, we all want to hold your children just a little closer to keep them safe. The following article has been shared to schools by the Charter Schools Critical Incident Response Team lead. It may be of some help in addressing questions and fears or anxiety being expressed by your children.

connectcharter.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/How-to-talk-about-Texas-School-Shooting-1.docx.pdf 

Now onto something a little cheerier…

Spring Camps

Thank you to everyone who attended the Spring Camp 2022 parent webinar on Wednesday evening. The recording of the webinar can be found at connectcharter.ca/spring-camp-orientation-2022 for those who were unable to attend. 

 

Camp Work Bee – Saturday May 28th  10am-3pm

Our all important camp work bee will take place on Saturday to set up camp, clean the site, prepare buildings and the kitchen for use, and ensure we have adequate firewood split and stacked, along with many other tasks. All families are welcome to join in on the work bee for as much time as you can spare. Here is a map and directions to get to the camp:

Equipment List 

A general list of gear that each student should take to camp may be found at:

docs.google.com/document/d/1BvUccGphbvfomRngBXm0Qlpl5CH6HcaFwA9pmZkVS6E/edit?usp=sharing

Each student’s gear should be clearly marked with their name and homeroom and all personal equipment is to be contained in a sturdy backpack, duffle, or suitcase (less desirable but will still work). All ‘smellables’…anything that may emit an odor and attract animals, including toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc… must be in a separate small bag marked with the student’s name. These will be stored in the wash house when not in use. All food products will be stored in the dining hall. No food or smellables will be permitted in tents.

School Council Meeting and New Parent Orientation

The final School Council meeting of the year will take place on June 7th from 5:30-6:30pm. This will be a hybrid meeting, with the option for in-person attendance or connecting through Zoom. The Council meeting will be followed immediately by the New Parent Orientation for incoming families, that will take place in the gym beginning at 6:30pm. 

Parent Society Meeting  June 21 @ 6:30pm by zoom

The last Parent Society meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday June 21st from 6:30-7pm via Zoom. The link to join the meeting will be sent out earlier in the day on the 21st.

Individualized Program Plans

Parents of students for whom an IPP has been implemented can expect the final review and recommendations on June 10th.

Calgary Food Bank Donations

We have an opportunity to help the tiniest members of our community! The Calgary Food Bank is calling for donations to support families who are experiencing shortages of essential baby products. 

Did you know, babies go through an average of eight diapers per day, and the cost of diapers can quickly become overwhelming for families facing food insecurity. 

If you’re able to participate, we are collecting donations of the following items until Friday, June 3rd

DIAPERS & WIPES (NEWBORN, SIZE 2-6) The most needed diaper sizes are 4, 5 and 6.

  • The Calgary Food Bank accepts open and unopened packages of diapers! 

INFANT FORMULA: Stages 1 & 2 only

BABY FOOD Jarred food: meat, fruit, vegetables, baby cereal

The mission possible elective has graciously volunteered to host and maintain this collection in the IAC under the front office window. 

Please contact Mrs. MacDonald if you have any questions: [email protected] 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop 

Asian Heritage month

Did you know that May is Asian heritage month? Check out the link below for more information: 

www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/asian-heritage-month.html

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

Grade 6 and 9 students will continue writing PATs through June. Below is a schedule for the PATs:

Monday June 13 Grade 6 Science

Tuesday June 14 Grade 6 ELA Part B

Wednesday June 15 Grade 6 Social Studies

Thursday June 16  Grade 6 Math Part A and B

Monday June 20 Grade 9 ELA Part B

Wednesday June 22 Grade 9 Math

Thursday June 23 Grade 9 Science

Friday June 24 Grade 9 Social Studies

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found link below for items that may have become separated from your child. docs.google.com/presentation/d/1e6nlpSsAmoDXWqVVxDbX8xpxPlJaZffEBlryBwVCwp4/edit#slide=id.gc6f73a04f_0_0

Important dates

Check the school calendar at connectcharter.ca/calendar/ and weekly updates from your child’s teachers for dates of class field experiences and other school activities and events.

May 28 10am-3pm FEC Camp work bee

June 1-24 Spring camps at the FEC 

June 2-3 Grade 9’s to Camp River’s Edge

June 7 5:30pm School Council meeting (in person & zoom)

June 7 6:30pm New Parent Orientation (in person – gym)

June 16 6-7pm Grade 9 stage walk

June 17 Organizational Day/ Non-instructional day

June 21 6:30-7pm Parent Society meeting

June 29 Last day of school for students

June 30 Non-instructional day/ Appeals Day

Have a great weekend, everyone and we hope to see many of you at the work bee.

Phil Butterfield
Principal