Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

August 29 - September 2, 2022

The vibrancy of learning and belonging was evident in our classrooms and outdoor learning spaces this week as students began their school year.  It has been a wonderful start.  The sense of community has been strengthened by the number of families who attended the morning coffees and who have signed up for tonight’s Work Bee.  In advance, our enriched outdoor programming and enhanced in-school experiences are made possible by the active participation of parents/guardians, so thank you for your engagement.

This Week's Highlights

Grade 7 students mentor Grade 4s on their first day of iPads!

A recent parent survey identified Outdoor Education to be the primary reason that families choose Connect Charter School. This data along with feedback from students and our elective selection data has helped us understand Outdoor Education as a significant priority for our community. In response, we have adjusted programming for the grade 7, 8, and 9 students to include a semestered course called Place-Based Citizenship, which includes Outdoor Education (Grade 7), Urban Outreach and Expedition (Grade 8) and Outdoor Leadership (Grade 9). This course takes place during what would have been the grade 7, 8, and 9 music program. As in previous years, our dedication to the music program in grade 7, 8, and 9 is emphasized in our band elective and clubs, allowing students to select this opportunity if it is aligned with their interests. Students in grade 4, 5, 6 will continue to have a strong foundation in music with semestered programming. Art continues to be offered to grade 4-9. Electives, which are begin after labour day provide opportunites for a range of choices further enriching our program.

Thank you for your RSVP to the Field Experience Centre Work Bee at Sibbald Lake. Perhaps some more details will help you to know what to expect.


Our water is potable – please bring a water bottle!

There is access to flushing toilets and sinks and showers.


Tents can be set up on the property – please bring your own tent and sleeping bag/foamy.

The dining hall is also available for communal accommodation with mattresses on the floor – bring your own sleeping bags.

What to wear/bring:

Plan to dress for the weather and expect to get a little dirty as we dig into the job list together.

Safety glasses and gloves will be available, if you have your own, please consider bringing them.

You may want to consider sunscreen, hat, bug spray.

Nights are cold in Kananaskis.

No park pass needed if you are parked on our property.

This is a dry event.

What kind of work?:

Three types of jobs will be posted: Heavy Duty, Light Duty and Child Friendly.


Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.

Please attend a safety/site/job overview.

Evening of August 26th

5:00 -First Safety/Site/Job overview in dining hall.

5:30 -Supper (pizza, salads, juice, milk)

6:30 -Second Safety/Site/Job overview in dining hall (for those arriving later)

7:00-9:00 First Work Bee Session

9:00 Campfire and marshmallow roast (snack, cookies, oranges, apples, bananas)

*Set up camp when it works best for you

Morning of August 27th

8:00-9:00 Breakfast – Continental (croissants, muffins, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese, coffee tea, juice)

9:00- Third Safety/Site/Job overview in dining hall.

9:30-12:30 Work Bee

10:00 -If needed safety/site/job overview in dining hall

12:30-1:30 Hotdogs – folks depart – camp take down etc. (hotdogs, buns, ketchup, mustard, relish, veggie trays, chips)



Located on the north side of Sibbald Lake. Turn left at the 4-way stop (towards the day use area), continue through the green metal gate to the centre.

Please order and purchase your meal for the welcome back barbeque by 8:00 p.m. August 29th here:

To sign up to volunteer at this event, please express your interest here:


4:00-4:45 Arrive and if you ordered food, check-in at registration at the table at the front of the school

> 4:45-7:45 Formal Programming in Classrooms

> Homeroom teachers repeat their session twice to provide flexibility for families.

4:45-5:30: Session 1:

6.1 and 6.2; 6.3 and 6.4; 5.3 and 5.4; 9.1 and 9.2; 7.3 and 7.4; 8.3 and 8.4

5:30-6:15: Session 2:

4.1 and 4.2; 4.3 and 4.3; 5.1 and 5.2; 9.3 and 9.4; 7.1 and 7.2; 8.1 and 8.2

6:15-7:00: Repeat of Session 1:

6.1 and 6.2; 6.3 and 6.4; 5.3 and 5.4; 9.1 and 9.2; 7.3 and 7.4; 8.3 and 8.4

7:00-7:15: Repeat of Session 2:

4.1 and 4.2; 4.3 and 4.3; 5.1 and 5.2; 9.3 and 9.4; 7.1 and 7.2; 8.1 and 8.2

We invite families to connect with our PE/Arts/Technology and Outdoor Education teachers who will be providing experiences in the field (weather permitting).


Families will receive a separate email with a sign up by this weekend. The choice catalogue can be viewed here (sorted by grade). We ask families to review the options, and complete the form together by no later than Tuesday, August 30th at 8 PM.

› We do our very best to make sure your child gets one of their choices, but due to the complex nature of placement, we cannot provide any guarantees.

› Each of our electives has been thoughtfully designed to add value to student learning over the course of the term, and so we ask families please support our messaging with your children that even if they don’t get their first choice or top pick, they will learn and grow.

› Please do not submit multiple entries, as they will be deleted – your first form submission is your final one. If we don’t receive a submission, we will randomly place your child where there is available space.

› We are unable to accommodate late or special requests around electives. There will be no elective changes after elective placements are announced.


To support the Terry Fox Foundation, Connect Charter will be hosting a Terry Fox run at the school on Friday, September 2, 2022. Each homeroom will be encouraged to dress up in a collaborative theme, enjoy a brief assembly focused on the legacy of Terry Fox, and participate in a walk/run outside on the school grounds for approximately 45 minutes.

Students are encouraged to bring a “Toonie for Terry” that will be collected by homeroom teachers. or collect pledges on a pledge sheet that are tax deductible (see attached link at bottom of this section).

Parents are welcome to bring their cheer game and cheer on the students as they run/walk in the schoolyard in 3 cheer “stations” at the corners of the field.

Grade 7, 8, and 9 at 8:50-10:15.

Grade 4, 5, and 6 at 12:40-2:10.

Please note, there will be a first aid station. Students are requested to prepare and dress for the weather to maximize their enjoyment.

The Terry Fox organizing committee and all members of Connect Charter are excited to host this event for the students, staff and parent community to keep the Legacy of Terry Fox alive. Thank you for your support for cancer research!

Pledge sheet:

We continue with our optional programming, which takes up curricular themes to support the growth and development of our students.  The Centre for Sexuality has continued to provide meaningful programming for students.  These classes take place every other week, during Daily Physical Activity.  These programs require parent registration. 

Girls Program Registration:

Girls Program is a school and community-based program from the Centre for Sexuality for girls aged 8-13. Over 25 sessions, this three-year program explores topics such as mental health, puberty, friendships/relationships, self-esteem, body image, and media literacy, with the ultimate goal of healthy bodies, healthy relationships, and healthy development and aligns with Alberta Curriculum. Each year of curriculum builds on the previous year. Our goal is for girls to find a sense of belonging and feel equipped to take on their next big journey into puberty and adolescence. The program is interactive, evidence-informed, age-appropriate, and based on best practices.

WiseGuyz Program Registration:

WiseGuyz is a healthy relationship, life skills program for male-identified individuals in grade nine. WiseGuyz is an evidence-informed participatory program designed to promote healthy relationships and prevent adolescent dating violence. The program provides a safe space for participants to reflect on the impacts of harmful gender stereotypes and build essential relationship skills. These skills aim to promote healthy sexuality and healthy relationship development while decreasing attitudes related to homophobia as well as gender-based violence and aligns with the Alberta Curriculum. In school settings, WiseGuyz strategically targets grade 9 boys who are 13 – 15 years old because this is an important time of change as they transition to high school.

Have a wonderful week, Connect!


Shannon Bennett

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal