Principal Update November 27 – December 1 – Connect Charter School

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

November 27 - December 1

This Week's Highlights

When Art and Science collide: Beautiful renditions of flowers as grade 4's explore the plant growth and change unitl.


Plant orders may be picked up from the school Gym – enter via Gr. 4 doors – from 3:30pm-5pm. 
A few helping hands are needed – please sign up HERE.


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. Remember you can also BYO dinner, drinks, water bottle and snacks.
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. 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 for the really important parts of parenting:
  • 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 is coming Dec. 6-8
Once again, we need a few volunteers to pull off this benefit for our school. Sign up HERE.
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. 
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for our regular meeting. There’s room for everyone to get involved in some area! It really helps build a strong, “Connected” community. 




Grades 4-8 Term 1 Student-Led Conferences, December 2023

Thursday December 7, 2023, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday December 8, 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.


Grade 9, High School Discussion Meetings, December 2023


Thursday December 7, 2023 1:00pm – 8:00pm VIRTUAL

Friday December 8, 2023 8:00am – 11:00am VIRTUAL

Friday December 8, 2023 11:00am – 1:00pm in-person


Families will sign up for a 15-minute meeting (virtual or in-person) with your teaching team for a high school discussion specific to your student (virtual times are identified).

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 (arrow in a box) 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 December 4, 2023 at 4:00pm.

The site closes for bookings on Thursday December 7, 2023 at 12:00pm.


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

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal