Principal Update: November 20-November 24 – Connect Charter School

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

November 20 - November 24

This Week's Highlights

UPCOMING SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: Tuesday, Nov 21 @ 6:30pm (virtual)

Join us for our last meeting of the year for a Principal’s Update on school happenings such as the charter school renewal and Alberta Education results. Hear the latest on plans for Connect’s 25th Anniversary. A full agenda with link to the online meeting will be sent on Tuesday. Minutes from Oct. 24 can be viewed here (

GIFT CARDS: Don’t forget … Order forms due on Monday!
Select from a variety of retailers, restaurants and services – a portion of every gift card kicks back 2-8% to the school. Money spent = money received on the cards! Find the perfect giftable item or just divert some of your regular spending – so easy! If you don’t have the form handy, just print from home (Downloadable file ( Email [email protected] with any questions.
Order Deadline: Monday, Nov 20 (return to homeroom teachers or office)
Delivery: Cards will go home with students on Nov. 30 (if you wish to pick up from the office, please add a note to your order form).

RSVP ( this event is FREE for Connect families
Volunteer ( consider a short shift to help make this event a success
Pre-Order Your Food ( Boston Pizza (and pasta) plus drinks and snacks make for an easy, family friendly meal.
Some quantities of Drinks, Popcorn and Treats will be available to purchase – CASH ONLY – at the event. These affordable snacks are also a School Council fundraising offer.
Lyle Lyle Crocodile ( voted Students’ Choice
Who doesn’t love a fun NYC movie with singing, car chases and emotional connections? The movie will be screened in the gym and supervised by Connect staff.
Remember you can also BYO dinner, drinks, water bottle and snacks.

Bring pillows and anything kids need to get cozy while watching the movie. An intermission will coincide with a parent program break and the snack station will be open for more sales.

“Parenting Through the Messiness of Family Life”
Connect with other parents through this engaging discussion lead by Parenting Mentor, Julie Freedman Smith.

  • With everything going on at home, it’s easy to get stuck doing all the day-to-day minutiae without making time
  • Connecting with our kids (when they sometimes won’t even talk to us)
  • Teaching great habits to support their learning, both at school and at home
  • Supporting their emotional strength
  • Building independence

This session will provide an opportunity for group discussions, open Q&A, and tips for you to get clear on how to help your child through the messy emotional times while they gradually build courage and strength to take on new challenges.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LOOKING AHEAD: Scholastic Book Fair coming Dec. 6-8
The Learning Commons will become a bookstore during Student-Led Conferences next month. This pop-up sale raises funds for our library and also gives you the opportunity to buy books for your child’s classroom. Volunteer shifts available – look for a signup soon!

This year’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is November 20 – 24, 2023, with the theme “Where to Turn.” In recognition of this important week, Education has partnered with Children and Family Services to host a Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Virtual Speaker Series.

We look forward to seeing you there!

I invite all students, staff and parents to tune in to the Virtual Speaker Series on Friday November 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This virtual event will feature speakers Teddy Manywounds and Sheldon Kennedy, who will share their unique stories and experiences with bullying behaviours. The speaker series will be followed by a live question and answer period – so come prepared with your questions!

Registration information for the live event can be found here ( For those who cannot tune in live, a recording will be posted at ( following the live event.

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal