Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

Welcome Back! August 22-26, 2022

We are looking forward to seeing all of our incoming students for the school year. Staff have been hard at work preparing for their arrival. A special welcome to our new families and to some new staff who are joining the Connect Community. Several events that welcome parents to the school include the morning coffee on the first of school, the meet the team and school barbeque on September 1st, and the work bee (details below).

This Week's Highlights

Special memories at the Field Experience Centre Firepit.

August 22nd – First Day of School for only grades 7, 8, 9 – Buses will run.

August 23rd – First Day of School for only grades 4, 5, 6 – Buses will run.

All students will be greeted by our staff outside in our school yard, check your welcome back email from teachers for your child’s specific location.

Back by popular demand: the first day of school is also picture day when students are looking their best.

Parents are invited to a welcome back coffee on the basketball courts beginning around 9:00 on Monday and Tuesday morning.

Our Staff Retreat took place at Mount Royal University Library, where teachers reviewed current research and Indigenous perspectives on the importance of belonging at school. The focus on belonging is intentional in helping us to bring back the deeper sense of community Connect Charter was celebrated for prior to the pandemic. Students will be engaged in the topic of belonging as well when they return to school.

A reminder that the Field Experience Centre at Sibbald Lake work bee, scheduled on August 26th – August 27th is an optional overnight with food provided.

Date: Friday, August 26 4:00 p.m. onward to Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Food: Friday Night:
-Pizza and Marshmallow Roast

Saturday Morning:
-Continental breakfast

Saturday Afternoon:

*Note, salad, vegetable platters or fruit will be provided at all meals.

*We are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions.

*This will be a dry event – no alcoholic beverages or non-prescription drugs permitted

Accommodation: bring your own tent and sleeping gear. If you do not have a tent, sleeping in the communal dining hall is available (mattresses provided.) Some RV’s can be considered based on parking space. We ask that you park on the road by Owls’ Nest. Please notify the front office in your RSVP if you plan to bring an RV or camper, so we can confirm based on numbers.

What to bring? The willingness to pitch in, maybe get a little dirty and enjoy the company and outdoors with other community members at our school. There will be a variety of ‘jobs’ posted that are varied for different abilities and interests.

Location: Across from Sibbald Lake Campground in Kananaskis. No Kananaskis Park Pass will be needed if you are parking on our premises.

Please contact [email protected] by Monday, August 22 if you plan to attend and whether you will be staying overnight.

Supervision of children will be a parent responsibility.

With camp dates established, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you are interested in volunteering for camp.

September 6-8 – Grade 8

September 12-14 – Grade 6

September 14-16 – Grade 5

September 19-21 – Grade 9

September 21-22 – Grade 4

September 26-28 – Grade 7

PLEASE register and utilize – school code is CSC7FR630W

This website tracks all the Connect busses and is instrumental in providing parents with real-time information on their student(s) bus route/times.

– Many parents seem to have missed the deadline to download their report cards from the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Please be patient with office staff as we are preparing to begin a new school year and there are many details to attend to. We will certainly provide copies of report cards as requested later in September.


-Locks will be distributed to all students in grades 6 – 9. These locks will come without charge, and with a unique combination code. The locks are to remain with the student for their entire experience and duration at Connect Charter School. Any locks that break, need to be cut, or otherwise are decommissioned can be replaced via the front office at a $10 cost to the student.


Have a wonderful week, Connect!


-Shannon Bennett

-Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal

-Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal