June 21 Update

Volunteers hand out packages at the staff appreciation event at Connect, June 19, 2020. 

Good afternoon Connect parents;

Welcome to the final week of a very challenging school year. As this year draws to a close we are looking forward to restarting classes in August. Our planning continues for any and all of three possible school scenarios:

  1. Full re-entry and resumption of classes in August with additional safety measures;
  2. Partial resumption of classes with strict physical distancing regulations that will translate to only half our students attending at any one time;
  3. A return to e-learning.

Although we may not receive a final decision from Alberta Education on which scenario will start the year, I wish to assure you that I will send updates throughout the summer as necessary to ensure you have the most current information available.

Part of our planning involved the 2020-21 school calendar and the question of whether to amend the calendar for  September 1st start date or remain with the currently approved student start date of August 20th. There were several reasons to stay with an August 20th return date, including feedback to that effect on the recent parent survey, significant researched benefits to having learning to take place outside the school building, and the added advantage of gaining an extra two weeks of teaching and learning time and therefore covering more curriculum in the event that we have to shift to scenario 2 or 3 due to a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. Maintaining the current calendar also ensures we will retain the scheduled fall break in October, a respite that will be most welcomed by teachers and students as we adjust to a number of new factors that will influence the way we interact with each other and the physical environment of the school. The calendar question was taken to the Board of Directors meeting last Tuesday evening and they supported the administration’s request to adhere to the approved calendar.

Summer Vibes Challenge 😎

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer Vibes Challenge. Please find the link below to see Connect students getting into the summer spirit. Also, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has participated in weekly challenges this spring.

drive.google.com/file/d/1bUZeQQxRB8KqCj8WwnuKNr9mjIGtway2/view?usp=sharing

Last Day of Classes and Report Cards

In order for teachers to have time to get into their classrooms and organize materials for next year, the last day of e-learning classes will be Tuesday June 23rd. A grade 4, 5, 6 online assembly will take place Monday at noon, with a grade 7, 8, 9 assembly to follow onTuesday at noon. A year end video has been produced that will be shared with students as a way to wrap up the year in a fashion that resembles, to some extent, the assembly we would conduct at school. Report cards will be emailed to parents on June 25th and the morning of June 26th will be available for teachers and administration to consider any appeals of report card grades.

Dropping Off Year End Items for Teachers

We have received many parent requests to drop of gift items for teachers – if you still wish to drop off non-perishable gift items for teachers, please do so by ringing the buzzer located to the left of the staff entrance off the parking lot. It may take a few minutes for someone to get to the door – please be patient.

A Huge Thank You to Our School Council

On Friday June 19th our School Council executive and volunteers hosted a Staff Appreciation Drive Through Event to recognize the efforts of our staff while maintaining physical distancing.  Our sincere thanks to the parents and students who took time from your busy day to come to the school and make this event a special and memorable one for our staff.

Thank you and have a fantastic week. There will be a further year end message on Friday before we part ways for a few weeks.

Phil Butterfield

Principal