Weekly Update, March 2-6, 2020

Connect students attending the Calgary Hitmen game

Connect students at the Calgary Hitmen game

 

 

Calendar: www.connectcharter.ca/calendar/

Covid19 (novel Coronavirus) Update

Although there are no confirmed cases of Covid19 in Alberta, it is important to have the most current and factual information on incidences and spread of the virus as well as precautions to protect against contracting or spreading the illness. With spring break on the horizon, some travel plans may be affected by the global nature of the infection; in particular it is worth noting that anyone who has travelled to any of the following areas will need to be tested for Covid19 upon returning:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Italy

In addition, students who travel to these regions will need to complete a 14-day period of self-isolation at home and receive a medical clearance for symptoms prior to returning to school. The following AHS bulletin explains in greater detail the nature of the virus and precautions to be taken.

www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx 

Accountability Pillar Survey Deadline Extension

Alberta Education is extending the deadline for the completion of the Accountability Pillar survey to Friday, March 6, 2020. This extension applies to students, teachers, and parents. Note that as this extension is already cutting into the time needed to process and integrate the data, no further extension will be provided past this date. Thank you to all who have completed the survey, and to those who have not, a few minutes of your time to do so will be greatly appreciated. public.education.alberta.ca/apos/

Report Cards and Student Led Conferences

Term 2 report cards will be distributed to students at the end of the day on Friday March 13th. Student led conferences will take place on Thursday March 19th from 4-8pm and Friday March 20th from 8am-1pm. Student led conferences will be structured to permit 4 families at a time to participate in 15-minute blocks.  You will be able to sign up for SLCs on Conference Manager beginning at 4pm Monday March 16th. Stay tuned for more details in the next two weeks.

An Interesting Perspective…

This week I had the opportunity to speak to a class of university students just beginning their Bachelor of Education program at the University of Calgary. During the presentation I spoke about our commitment to experiential education and the value of getting students off campus to explore their community and the immediate world around them to appreciate the place in which they live, learn, and play. After I left, one of the students approached their instructor and made the following comment:

“I went to a junior high in the same neighbourhood, the same distance away from the Weaslehead, and we never once even took a walk there. I had no idea that it was even a thing we could do or that it would help us connect to the land and our place in it. I want to know how you can do this as a classroom teacher if the rest of the school is not on board.”

Such an observation speaks volumes about the collective vision we have to connect our students to their world and validates so much of what we do in our quest to prepare our students as extraordinary citizens. Thank you for your support and the role each of you plays in providing these opportunities to our students.