Principal’s Update February 6 – February 10 – Connect Charter School

Connect Charter Family Weekly Update

February 6 - February 10

This Week's Highlights

Please note that camp payment will be made through PowerSchool at a closer date to the camp.  Payment plans and payment supports can be accessed through [email protected] or [email protected]

Grade 4: Dinosaur Provincial Park Approximate Cost: $200.00

Grade 4 classes will camping at Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground in school tents. During this camp, students will tour the Bassano Dam, participate in curricular tied activities at the Dinosaur Provincial Park interpretive Centre, and get active with a swim at the Brooks Aquatic Centre.

Grade 4 Accommodation: Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground (Tents – provided)

Grade 4 Dates: June 19-21 Grade 4.1 and 4.2  and June 21-23 Grade 4.3 and 4.4

Grade 5 Circle Square Ranch Camp Approximate Cost: $275.00

Grade 5 classes saddle up for an adventure at Circle Square Ranch camp.  This historical themed location is the perfect setting to horseback ride, canoe, rock climb, try archery and test balance on the low ropes challenge. 

Grade 5 Accommodation: Dorms at Circle Square Ranch (Indoors)

Grade 5 Dates: June 7-9 Full Grade

Grade 6 Cultural Exchange Approximate Cost: $200.00

Grade 6 classes will be traveling to the Culture Camp of Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School  for 2 nights and 3 days of activities. Programming at the Culture Camp will focus on Indigenous Worldview and Ways of Knowing, while connecting to nature in Central Alberta. Students will also be visiting Edmonton to take part in the Alberta Legislature. Students will also get a swim in at the Terwillegar Recreation Centre.

Grade 6 Accommodation: Dorms at Mother Earth Charter School  (Bunks – indoors)

Grade 6 Dates: May 1 -3, Grade 6.1 & 6.2 and May 3 – 5, Grade 6.3 & 6.4

Grade 7 Ribbon Creek Cost $220.00 (Currently running this camp, fees already applied on PowerSchool)

The Winter Camp at Ribbon Creek has been a popular field experience at Connect for many years. Students will enjoy a short bus ride out to the Kananaskis where they will be staying at the HI Kananaskis Hostel. While at camp students will participate in x-country skiing, snowshoeing, quinzee building, and other outdoor education skills. Should there be little snow, we adjust the program with hiking.  Stargazing with a guide during our darker months enhances the experience. 

Grade 7 Accommodation: Ribbon Creek Hostel Dorms (Bunks – Indoors)

Grade 7 Dates: January 23 – 25 (Grade 7.1)    January 31 – February 2 (Grade 7.3)    February 6 – 8 (Grade 7.2)    February 13 – 15 (Grade 7.4)

Grade 8 Writing on Stone Approximate Cost: $250.00

Grade 8 students will get the opportunity to experience a Southern Alberta tour to Scenic Writing on Stone Provincial Park (WOS). Along the way we will stop for a full day of curricular tied activities Led by Professor Ken Vos at the University of Lethbridge. Activities will include: Exoplanets, an Electric Guitar workshop, Optical Illusions and more. At WOS, students will camp, take part in curricular tied activities at the Interpretive Centre and hike the famous Hoodoo Trail. On the way back to Connect there will be a stop at Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens and a tour of a water treatment plant

Grade 8 Accommodation: Writing on Stone Provincial Park Campground – tents provided

Grade 8 Dates: June 5-7 for 8.3 and 8.4 and June 7-9 for 8.1 and 8.2

Grade 9 Blue Lake Camp Approximate Cost $400.00 (with subsidy from Parent Council Funds)

Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp is located near Canal Flats, B.C. The camp offers rich programming related to leadership development, supporting our students with the upcoming transition to high school. While at camp, students will participate in curricular tied activities, low & high ropes, challenge courses, canoeing and much more.

Location: Columbia Outdoor School and Blue Lake Camp (near Canal Flats B.C.)

Grade 9 Accommodation: Cabins at Blue Lake

Grade 9 Dates: May 29- June 2


It’s live…! Today we’re excited to announce sales of raffle tickets online. Get ‘em early, send to family and friends, and get more as the deadline looms! Last year one lucky parent took home over $7,000.
Tickets are on sale through Feb. 28 and the drawing will take place March 1.


50/50 Connect Charter Parent Society Raffle 2023


Volunteers are needed!!
Our always successful Meat Fundraiser needs a new lead. This has been a well-organized event and it should be a smooth transition for someone to take on. There’s a good roster of parents available to help out on the day of pick-up too.

Our AGM is in April, and School Council needs to fill the following roles for next year: Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. This is a great way to help support the school and get on the inside track on happenings.

Contact [email protected] with inquiries on these opportunities.


Tuesday, Feb. 21 6:30pm – our next meeting (virtual) combined with Principal Update and Parent Council.

Late February: a well-timed Purdy’s chocolate fundraiser to get treats home before Spring Break. Thanks to Tricia Gibbs for her help in leading this again!

Thursday, April 20 – Family Movie Night at Connect! We’re going to have students help choose the movie and simultaneously host an interactive parent seminar. There will be an option to order dinner and/or buy snacks at the event. Details to come!

Have a wonderful week, Connect!

Shannon Bennett 

Shashi Shergill
Assistant Principal

Andrea Friesen
Assistant Principal