Good afternoon Connect parents;

June is flying by and Connect is buzzing with activity as spring camps, Provincial Achievement Tests, elective capstone activities, and culminating curricular connections all converge in the final few weeks of the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Bennett, Ms. Shergill, and our new assistant principal, Ms. Friesen, are actively planning for next year and will be introducing some exciting new elements to the school that are innovative and aligned with our core goals of focusing on inquiry-based learning supported by the meaningful integration of technology as well as outdoor, experiential, and place-based education. 

It was wonderful to host the new parent orientation evening on Tuesday as an ‘in-person’ event. As our first gathering of this size since before the pandemic, it was truly gratifying to see how eager our parents are to become involved once again in school activities and reconnect as a community. Many incoming students were guided through the school by our current grade 4’s who were incredible ambassadors of the school. A highlight of the evening occurred as the orientation ended and Mrs. Bennett invited parents to continue their discussions outside and let kids enjoy the playground…there must have been 40 people who did just that and either got reacquainted or met for the first time while their children played on the creative playground.

Connect Charter School Awarded Apple Distinguished School designation

In September 2021 Connect Charter School was acknowledged as an Apple Distinguished School for the 5th consecutive 3-year cycle. The current ADS designation is for the 2021-2024 cycle.  Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal. A small celebration including Connect students and staff (see photo above) took place on Wednesday to unveil the ADS banner. 

Volunteer Appreciation Thursday June 15th 2:00-3:10pm

We wish to acknowledge the many parents who have supported our staff and students during the 2021-22 school year by inviting volunteers to an appreciation tea on Wednesday June 15th from 2:00-3:10pm in the gym. Volunteers who are able to attend are asked to RSVP to [email protected] no later than June 14th. 

Parent Society Meeting

Final meeting of the year: Tuesday June 21, 6:30pm (Virtual – link to a Zoom meeting will be sent out that afternoon)

Please join us for the last meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. Officer positions have been filled, but we would still welcome volunteer Board members for the upcoming year. Being on the Parent Society Board is a low-impact, high-return way to contribute to the important fundraising at Connect. Send an email to [email protected] or just attend the meeting and raise your (virtual) hand.

What did you miss last time? See May 17 Meeting Minutes:

drive.google.com/file/d/1nbvAGNxhZskPS-4q6RiZw-lEKaTx6xWk/view?usp=sharing

What’s coming up at our next meeting? See June 21 Agenda:

drive.google.com/file/d/1TAtJhvcKvcqcq8ld47WdpPu1n-7dPkFt/view?usp=sharing 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered as board member this year and especially those to showed up to carry a shift or two at the Casino in November. We can’t do it without you!

Wishing everyone a great summer, and we’ll see you in the fall. 

Parent Society Executive

Grade 6/7 Backpacking Elective Trip

Students in the grade 6/7 backpacking elective trekked out to Quaite Valley for an overnight adventure as the capstone activity of the course. Here is one grade 6 student’s account of their trip…

In the classes leading up to the trip, we learned everything we needed to know about bear safety and leave no trace principals. We played team games which helped us get to know the other kids in our electives class.  We learned how to properly pack a backpack – by only taking what we need, putting light things at the bottom and putting important items that you may need along the trail at the top. We discussed proper gear to ensure we stayed warm at night. It was cold!! We practiced cooking safely, this includes: not sitting directly beside a boiling pot of water and how to use the stoves,  pressurizing the gas, turning on the fuel and lighting the stove. 

We started the trip by hiking from the Heart Creek Trail parking lot to Quaite Valley Backcountry Campground. On the hike, we stayed on trail to make sure we were leaving no trace. We were really feeling the weight of our backpacks by the time we got to the campsite. After we arrived, we set up our tents with our groups, and organized games to play before dinner. We cooked Kraft Dinner and made sure to pick up anything spilled noodles, we wanted to leave the campsite as we found it! 

We slept in our tents, and woke up ready to pack up and make breakfast. The trip was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone. 

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks may be ordered at ybpay.lifetouch.ca by June 29th. Ordered yearbooks will be delivered to the school in September. Grade 9 students moving on to high school will be notified by email when the yearbooks arrive.

Grade 6 and Grade 9 Student iPad Buyouts

Thank you to families in Grade 6 and Grade 9 who completed the device buyout form. A few important notes:

  • If your child has a Bluetooth keyboard (wireless), it needs to be returned.
  • They will be able to take their iPad and other accessories once it is reset on the date indicated below.
  • It is very important that any personal items are backed up. For students not returning to Connect, it should be backed up to a personal account.
  • PowerSchool fees will need to be up to date for your iPad to be released.

Parent – General Tech Recall

Connect will be recalling iPads for the summer break. Please see below for important information on the process this year.

  • Tech recall will take place on the following dates:
    • Friday, June 24 – Grade 4/5/6 Tech Recall Day (6 students who are buying out their devices need to return their Bluetooth keyboard, if applicable)
    • Monday, June 27 – Grade 7/8/9 Tech Recall Day (9 students who are buying out their devices need to return their Bluetooth keyboard, if applicable)
    • Tuesday, June 28 – Catch-up day, for any students away due to emergent circumstances, etc.
  • If you know you are going to be away on either of these days (early vacation, appointment, etc.) it is important all technology is dropped off before these dates.
  • iPads will be remotely wiped the morning of these days, and so it is important any important documents, resources, etc. are saved to iCloud, or Google Drive. Students can ask their homeroom teachers, or Creative Tech teachers, for support with this if there is any confusion. 

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.

June 1-24 Spring camps at the FEC 

June 15 2:00-3:10  Volunteer Appreciation Tea

June 16 6-7pm Grade 9 stage walk

June 17 Organizational Day/ Non-instructional day

June 21 6:30-7pm Parent Society meeting (via Zoom)

June 29 Last day of school for students

June 30 Non-instructional day/ Appeals Day

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Phil Butterfield
Principal