March 20 – March 23 – Connect Charter School

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

March 20-March 23

This Week's Highlights

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Hello Connect Families,
1. 2022-2023 Term 2 Report Cards are available for review in PowerSchool.
Login using your usual PS Parent Account login, and select <Report Cards> from the left side menu.
NOTE: **Report cards are only available for a limited time. Please download or print them for your records.**
2. Gr 4-9 Student-Led Conferences 
Grades 4-9 Term 2 Student-Led Conferences, March 2023
Thursday March 23, 2023, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday March 24, 2023, 8:00am – 1:00pm
Families will sign up for an in-person 30-minute block with your teaching team, with a maximum of 4 families per block.
How To Book:
Conference Manager is accessed through your PowerSchool parent account.
A booking link is not required.
The steps to log in and book a parent-teacher conference at Connect Charter School are:
  1. Log into PowerSchool at the following URL:
  2. Select the Application Launch icon  image003.jpeg near the top right of the screen
  3. Select the Conference Manager in the menu list that appears.

Conference Manager will open for bookings Monday March 20, 2023 at 4:00pm.
The site closes for bookings on Thursday March 23, 2023 at 12:00pm.
3. Reading the Report Card
Connect Charter values timely feedback for families in relation to student progress and report cards are one of the many ways we communicate with parents about student achievement.  Connect Charter provides families with a report card three times a school year. 

On each report card, you will be provided with information about your child’s progress in citizenship, core subjects (math, science, language arts, and social studies), physical education, and electives.  
Please note, for semestered courses and courses that have fewer required minutes, grades will only be provided in terms 2 and 3 (examples of these courses include: art; music; outdoor education; health; and creative technology). 

We strongly encourage families to come to student-led conferences this year.  The benefits of this opportunity include:
-a lived experience of how and what your child is learning;
-the opportunity to talk with a variety of teachers that teach your child;
-seeing a variety of learning environments at the school;
-engaging with school-based activities that are hosted by the school and school council

Tips for Reading Report Cards with Children:
This is a snapshot of your child’s learning.  They are growing and developing over time in their learning both socially and academically. 
  1. Providing a positive experience when reviewing the report card is important to open dialogue with your child. 
  2. Ask your child what they are most proud of as you read the comments.
  3. Ask your child if there are any assignments, courses, or activities that really excited them this term.
  4. Ask your child what is tricky at school.  How do they get help with this?
  5. Consider the areas for growth in the report card; what does your child want to bring attention to?
  6. If there is confusion related to feedback in the report card, consider looking to the seesaw learning management to provide greater understanding and plan to attend conferences to learn more about progress and to have the opportunity to touch base with the teachers.
  7. Leave the conversation by saying what you are proud of related to your child’s report card. 


We look forward to seeing you at student-led conferences.
For those who purchased chocolates, buyers will receive an email early next week with pick-up instructions.  
– mid-April: Connect Meat Sale… Stock up on quality favourites from Spolumbo’s and Bow River Meats for a summer full of BBQ staples! Sales will open after spring break with the pick-up date scheduled for May 10. 
– Thursday, April 20: Mark your calendars for Movie Night, a not-to-be missed evening of fun (for the students), education (for the parents) and socializing (for everyone!). Details below. 
– Tuesday, April 25: Join us for our next School Council/Parent Society meeting. This will be our Annual General Meeting – we are still looking for helpful parents to join as directors or execs. The time commitment is low and the feel-good return is high! Contact us with interest and/or questions: School Council via or Parent Society via [email protected]. Getting involved is great for the school and your students. Also at this meeting, expect a report from Administration.
MOVIE NIGHT DETAILS (in case you missed it)
Open for RSVP, dinner orders and pre-paid snacks next week. 
The evening will kick off around 5:30pm with dinner, which will be pre-ordered in advance (Panago Pizza) or BYO. Drinks, popcorn and chips will be for sale but the movie and parent education seminar are FREE, starting around 6:15pm. We expect to wrap up by 8:30pm, making this an easy weeknight commitment. 
Students voted this week on their choice of movie. We’ll make the announcement next week! One movie will be shown in the gym while parents assemble in the IAC. Fear not – there will be adult supervision in the gym during the movie and intermission. 
Parents – regardless of whether your student is attending the movie – are invited to a special program and conversation with Julie Freeman Smith. We’ll talk about parenting in a post-pandemic world and pick up new ideas and tools to help with current challenges we may be facing. Julie was a Connect Charter parent and has context for our school setting. We’re thrilled to welcome her back in the school. 

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal