June 17, 2022 Parent Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

What a week it has been at Connect! Starting with a last minute cancellation and rescheduling of the grade 5 spring camp due to torrential rains, the volunteer appreciation tea on Wednesday, 

part of the Connect sign blowing off the front of the school in the extreme wind, a family of ducks taking up residence on the roof of the school (they were safely relocated to the ground and reunited with their mama)

and culminating with the grade 9 stage walk ceremony on Thursday evening…we have lived through our motto that “it’s never just an ordinary day”. 

There is an interesting intersection between this year’s grade 9 classes and my term as principal of Connect. As these students entered the school in grade 4 I was taking my first cautious steps as principal, and as they move on to the next phase of their lives, I will be stepping into a new chapter as well. My last update to our parent community will be next Friday, and Shannon Bennett will step into this role with a year end message and information for the start of school in August.

Spring camps have been on hold due to the weather and flooding concerns but are scheduled to resume on June 20 to 22 for grade 4’s, June 22-24 for grade 6, and June 27-28 for grade 5. If you have children in these grade groups, check your email regularly leading up to departure, particularly if the weather forecast is looking sketchy, as there may need to be changes made on short notice. A contingency plan is in place for grades 4 and 5 if any of those trips need to be cancelled. Students will have a sleepover at the school and will enjoy supervised activities during the day. Teachers will provide details should this plan ‘B’ become necessary.

On behalf of all our staff I would like to extend our thanks to the School Council for the staff appreciation treats on Friday morning. There can be days in June when it is a challenge to keep up our energy and this type of recognition goes a long way to get us across the finish line to June 30th. 

Parent Society Meeting

Final meeting of the year: Tuesday June 21, 6:30pm (Virtual – link to a Zoom meeting is


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:


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


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

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.

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

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

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 1-28 Spring camps at the FEC 

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