Parent Update December 2 – December 9

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

December 5 - December 9

This Week's Highlights

Our students in grades 5-9 engaged in the Junior Achievement program.

About the Report Card:

Connect Charter values timely feedback for families in relation to student progress. 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;
-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. Consider yourself in their shoes; how would you like a conversation about your progress to be approached?
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 achievement, consider looking to the seesaw learning management to provide 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 with your child’s report card.

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:

Log into PowerSchool at the following URL: https://connectcharter.powerschool.com/
Select the Application Launch icon near the top right of the screen
Select the Conference Manager in the menu list that appears.

Conference Manager will open for bookings Monday December 5, 2022 at 4:00pm.
The site closes for bookings on Thursday December 8, 2022 at 12:00pm.

Teachers will send out the meeting links for virtual sessions prior to the conferences.

BOOK FAIR

The Scholastic Book Fair runs Dec 7-9, concurrent with the Student-Led Conferences. It is a great fundraiser for our library and a wonderful chance to encourage students to keep reading.We need some volunteers to help the Librarian with this important project. Please sign up online for a shift (or two!) and if you are interested in taking lead role, please contact Liesel Coetzee, School Librarian ([email protected]).

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AA5AC23ABFCC16-scholastic

For parents wishing to shop online, books can be purchased online using the Class Code: RC838205 at scholastic.ca. A Shopify link will also be available during the book fair: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5194280.

Flyers are available at school in the learning commons and in the school office. 

SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraisers! The proceeds from the Gift Cards is $1,077, and another $1,175 from the holiday chocolates. Monies raised by School Council are granted to specific requests from school administration and teachers – it can be anything from new projectors, whiteboards, gaga pits and athletic uniforms. Please note that if you are less of a shopper, you can always make a tax-deductible donation in the amount of $25 or more and receive a receipt for tax purposes. Contact [email protected] with any questions

PURDY’S CHOCOLATE PICK UP will be in the IAC during Student-Led Conferences on Dec, 8 & 9. 

SKIP THE DEPOT is always available to pick up your returnables and is currently offering a promotion with a higher return. Just select Connect Charter School as your charity of choice. https://skipthedepot.com/

 

PARENT SOCIETY UPDATE

Our November meeting was canceled, so we are reconvening on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30pm (virtually).
This will be a short status review to meet our requirement for quarterly meetings.
Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WL90oPhIit8KyHMKalWBQNjuc-rvbGyflqhBBCsvcqQ/edit?usp=sharing
Minutes from Sept 21: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kRkYh2qrJA7nutfsistTfmzghI6vrP0T/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=100429544203835706330&rtpof=true&sd=true
A virtual meeting link will be sent out from school administration on the day of the meeting.
Please note this meeting is for Parent Society only (all Connect parents and guardians are de-facto members) and does not include School Council or a Principal’s Update (stay tuned for that next meeting in January).

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 
Principal

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal