Good afternoon Connect parents and Happy Mothers Day;
I can appreciate that this might be a challenging day for some, particularly if, due to COVID-19, you are unable to spend time with a loved one on Mother’s Day to share this special day of recognition for the monumental effort required to raise children to be extraordinary citizens. With that said, I wish to thank all parents for the commitment you are showing to support the continuation of student learning. We have always considered our partnership with parents to be the bedrock upon which our school is built, and that belief has never been more profound than right now, as we build our path into the future together.
This is quite a long update as there is a lot to report…but before going any further, please take a few minutes to watch the video of hope that Mr. Bolen has put together to remind us of who we are and what we mean to each other… drive.google.com/file/d/1YJVp96H1KppD_YaeLLgDqhrVneBYaeBA/view
School Reopening Update
Top of mind for many people is the question of when schools will reopen and what education might look like in a world of physical distancing and additional precautions. While we hope to have more information soon regarding reopening, at present we are planning for a variety of scenarios in order to be as prepared as possible. The most current information from Alberta Education may be found at www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=712792C1E64D8-9A5B-9162-E664314164B1783C.
Your input on reopening scenarios is also being sought from the Alberta School Councils Association (ASCA) at www.albertaschoolcouncils.ca/about/the-parent-voice/survey?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Input%20on%20School%20Re-entry%20Planning&utm_content=Input%20on%20School%20Re-entry%20Planning+CID_7dd43d674fdf2adb10875a6537268b7f&utm_source=MailGuide%20email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Survey%20Input%20Link
We will also be conducting our own survey of parents and staff in the coming weeks to help us assess our response to the pandemic and determine future direction of the school.
Parent Society and School Council AGMs – May 12th 4:30pm
On Tuesday, May 12, from 4:30-5 pm, School Council and Parent Society will hold their annual AGMs. We encourage all parents to join in this virtual event (online link will be sent to all parents prior to May 12).
Connect Charter School Council:
All parents of students at Connect Charter School are members of School Council.
Executive positions of School Council include: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The objective of our School Council includes sharing information and supporting communication among parents in the school community, and supporting special events and activities that foster student learning while building community.
School Council initiatives include Parent Summit, Volunteers, Fun Lunch, Lost and Found, Balzac Meats, Gear Swap, and Staff Appreciation events.
- All parents are eligible to stand for election on School Council Executive
- School Council Executive Terms of Office are one year (from the end of the AGM until the following AGM), and any elected member can serve two consecutive one-year terms in the same position.
- We are currently recruiting a Vice Chair for the School Council. This position involves attending Council meetings and coordinating Council initiatives and activities throughout the school year. This position (or any other on Council) can be shared. For more information, please contact Mel McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connect Charter Parent Society (CCPS) serves as a separate entity in parallel with the Connect Charter School Council at the direction of the Connect Charter School Board. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CCPS Director please contact the Chair, Traci Zeller at email@example.com.
AGM documents for School Council and Parent Society are published at: www.connectcharter.ca/connect-charter-school-council-and-parent-society/
Please use the Zoom meeting link below to join the AGMs beginning at 4:30pm on Tuesday.
School Council Request
Hi Connect families! Our School Council is looking for ways to express our gratitude to all the staff and administrators at Connect who are doing a stellar job with online learning! We’d love photos of drawings or chalk art with an expression of gratitude to the hardworking team at Connect. We’ll get them out to staff and other members of the school community.
Please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance!
– Your Connect Charter School Council
Clem’s Garden Podcast
We are excited to share our latest project the Clem’s Garden Podcast, a staff and student co created podcast aimed at keeping our Connect Charter community connected during the Covid-19 pandemic. The vision for the podcast is to create a series of episodes that helps bring our community together around signature themes and experiences. The podcast is co-hosted by our assistant principal Ms. Shashi Shergill and grade 9 student Joshua. Mr. David Cloutier is in charge of all of the technical production along with grade 7 student Lenart. K and grade 9 students Natalie. G and Valentina. P work on the research for each episode. This project is an example of collaboration, innovation, and citizenship. New episodes will be released each Friday and will be posted for students in the google classroom community hub page and shared with parents in the weekly update. Please check out our first episode and happy listening!
Please listen to our first episode of Clem’s Garden online:
You can follow along for future podcasts at the Clem’s Garden page where each episode will be posted: www.connectcharter.ca/clems-garden/
PD Day and Schedule Adjustment
Please note that Friday May 15th is a PD Day and there will not be any classes for students. Monday May 18th is the Victoria Day holiday and the school will be closed. The online teaching and learning schedule for May 19-22 is being adjusted as follows: Classes that would normally be scheduled for a Monday will be moved to Friday May 22nd. The schedules for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week remain the same. The regular schedule of online classes will resume on Monday May 29th.
Extracurricular clubs and activities
Several members of our staff are offering extracurricular clubs and activities for students through the week and on Fridays. A list of available sessions may be found at www.connectcharter.ca/elearning-extracurriculars/. There is no formal sign up for these sessions and there will not be any assessment of student progress or participation. Most sessions will be offered through the google classroom unless indicated otherwise. Sponsor staff members may be contacted by email with any questions.
Backyard (or basement, living room, deck) Challenge
Mr. Cadman and Mr. Ferguson would like to issue an outdoor challenge. We’d love to see your backyard structures. This can be a tarp shelter, blanket fort, castle, tent, log cabin, tree house…… Really the design and function is up to you. We’ve gone with tarp shelters that could keep us dry and warm once camping season is here. Be creative, be ingenuitive, have fun.
But wait, what if you don’t have a backyard?
-build a shelter on your deck
-build a shelter in your basement
-build a shelter in your living room
Backyard Camp Setup Time-Lapse
Here is how to participate:
- Build a shelter in your yard (ask mom or dad first though).
- Take a picture of your shelter, the outside.
Include in the picture all of your building team members.
- Take a picture of the inside of your shelter.
- email your photos to Mr. Cadman and/or Mr. Ferguson.
More resource links can be found at…
Band Instrument return
If you have a band instrument rented fromLong and McQuade that is not going to be used for the balance of the school year, you may return it to any one of the 3 L & M locations in the city. If the instrument is rented from Connect, we will let you know the procedure for returns before the end of the year. Instrument rentals for next year will be determined through the summer and information will be sent to parents prior to the beginning of the next school year.
End-of-year Technology Recall for the 2019-2020 School Year
We understand this is an unusual time, and that technology forms a significant part of your child’s social connections and entertainment needs during this time of social distancing. Accordingly, we are not recalling technology for the summer break for students who are re-registered for Connect in the 2020-2021 school year. We will inspect and reset devices upon return to school for next school year.
We encourage particular care of devices over the summer months, and would like to note the following:
- There will be no technical support, so make sure your password and passcodes are written down in a safe place. Do not change them over the summer or attempt to re-enter the wrong password multiple times (check your paper). Take special care of your device, as we also cannot process damage repairs over the summer.
- The Empowered Use Policy continues for the duration of the use over the summer. We encourage families to explore the “Screen Time” settings on devices to support a plan/strategy for supervision and use of devices.
Grade 9 students and their families will receive an email with an important form to complete regardless of whether they intend to purchase (buy out) their computer or not. The buy out cost is $320. Devices not being purchased will need to be dropped off or picked up between June 24 and June 26, with more details to follow.
Grade 6 students receive a brand new device with new functionality and accessories in August. Families may choose to buy out the iPad, but we will coordinate this process in August or September instead of this June. For now, please continue to use the device as normal and it may be retained over the summer just the same.
For students leaving Connect, devices and accessories will need to be returned to us. Drop offs and/or pick ups will occur between June 24 and June 26 and more information will follow closer to that date. If you have not already let the office know of your intent to leave Connect, please email email@example.com.
Have a wonderful week,