Principal Update December 19 – December 22 – Connect Charter School

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

December 19 - December 22

This Week's Highlights

Connect Charter students carve up the ice at Lakeview Community Centre.

If parents are wondering about bus timing/delays (and the app is not viable) or trying to reach a student/inquire as to student whereabouts – they need to contact Southland Dispatch at 403-873-7268. All other inquiries regarding stops, routing, scheduling etc. should go to our transportation liaison at [email protected]

Thanks to everyone who helped make the book fair a great success! We appreciate the parent volunteers who donated time to ensure we had enough help for set up and sales. As a result of parents, students, teachers, and school staff supporting the fair, we raised $3131.63 in Scholastic Rewards which will be used to purchase new books for the school library. We hope to make this an annual event, so if you have feedback or ideas or want to get involved next year, please contact our School Librarian at [email protected]

Our Fundraising Committee has met with school administration to field new requests for purchases to help support our facilities and programming. We’d love to find out if anyone in the school or parent community has contacts to companies which might be willing to provide us these important items at a discount, or through a donation. If you have any ideas or connections, please contact [email protected] We’d be happy to provide more details.
– DPA, Camping and Sports Equipment: Sport Chek, Canadian Tire, Breathe, MEC, independent bike shops
– Classroom Materials: Staples, Office Max, Scholar’s Choice, Michael’s

Please find the letter provided to school jurisdictions related to respiratory illness. 

Good Morning,

Today, AHS has launched an enhanced respiratory assessment tool to provide Albertans with guidance to manage a wide range of respiratory illnesses, and provide advice on caring for symptoms at home, and when to seek additional care. We are sharing this new tool with you, with the hope that you will find value for yourself and your family, and also share this resource within your communities.

Building off the success of our COVID-19 online assessment tool, this updated tool provides Albertans with another option to obtain tangible advice for symptom management. The tool will help guide individuals to the best care options for their symptoms, including self-care at home, or seeking care through a walk-in clinic, family physician, or pharmacy for mild to moderate symptoms. As always, those with severe symptoms will be recommended to seek care through an urgent care centre, or emergency department.

The COVID-19 tool has been invaluable for Albertans, having been accessed more than 15 million times since launch. Other available resources such as the HEAL website, and know your options guidance, continue to provide support for care, whether that be in-home or elsewhere.

As always, Health Link continues to be here for Albertans, 24/7, by calling 811.

Prevention is our best opportunity to keep our communities healthy. We continue to strongly encourage all Albertans to get immunized against influenza and COVID-19. Albertans can learn more and book appointments online at

Albertans can keep illness away from family and friends by staying home and away from others when feeling sick. To prevent spread of any illness, we encourage frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It’s also important to cover coughs, and avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Albertans are also encouraged to wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask in public places if they choose to do so, and rapid, rapid test kits for COVID-19 will continue to be available at participating pharmacies across the province which can be found through the Alberta Blue Cross website.

We know that illness is worrisome, and we thank you for being a partner in prevention.

Sent by Community Engagement on behalf of:

Dr. Kristin Klein

Lead Medical Officer of Health, Communicable Disease Control

Alberta Health Services

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal