November 8 Update

Connect Charter Calendar: www.connectcharter.ca/calendar/

Good afternoon Connect parents;

If you look out your window today you may notice that winter has returned to Calgary. In the era of COVID-19 this elevates the possibility of exposure to the virus as we will spend more time indoors and in close proximity to other people. Alberta is already experiencing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, and more than at any time since the pandemic began we must redouble our efforts to take precautions and reinforce measures that limit spread of the virus and clearly address the steps to be taken if a positive case emerges or an individual has been in contact with a positive case. To reiterate our core message…our school is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and families;  it is essential that the commitment is reciprocated by all of you taking necessary precautions to ensure the virus does not enter the school.

In addition to our established protocols of mandatory masks inside the school, hand hygiene, physical distancing, no visitors, and strict adherence to cohorts within the school, Alberta Health Services has added further restrictions in an effort to reverse the current trend:

  • Students are to be limited to no more than 3 cohorts – their immediate family, a school class, and one sport or social cohort;
  • A mandatory limit on indoor and outdoor social and family gatherings to a maximum of 15 people is now in effect and social gatherings in private homes in Calgary and Edmonton are to stop;
  • Further details on these new restrictions may be found at: www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx#Cohort_groups.

 

In addition to these AHS guidelines, Health Canada recently updated their recommendations for cloth masks. The latest information on mask materials and how they should be constructed is available at:

www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/sew-no-sew-instructions-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html

Additionally, here is a link to an article on re-usable cloth bags that make a suitable, washable filter: 

www.sfgate.com/science/article/The-easy-way-to-make-an-effective-polypropylene-15432672.php#photo-19724825

As COVID-19 drags on, it is understandable that degrees of fatigue set in…we are, after all, a species that thrives on self-determination. Unfortunately we must constantly revisit the critical importance of the measures that are in place to protect all of us… and this is abundantly true among our older students. To those who are diligent about wearing masks, maintaining distance, and sticking to their cohort, we are extremely grateful. Recently, however, some grade 4’s, in a conversation with their teacher, expressed their genuine concern for the well being of grade 8 and 9 students who removed their masks on the bus to and from school. I cannot express strongly enough how much we need parent support to reinforce the need for ALL students to adhere to the established precautions; they are not arbitrary rules created to make adolescent lives miserable, but are solely intended to keep us all healthy. Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the expectations with your child.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Mrs. Melville and Mr. Bolen have developed a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony that all students will participate in within their cohorts on Tuesday Nov. 10th beginning at 10:45am. The link to the recording is below. Although it is unfortunate we cannot gather our community together for this important event, this truly is the next best thing.

drive.google.com/file/d/1ODCxi4PTGhQkQe22TOyoEZchfW_Fnl-b/view?usp=sharing

Please note that Wednesday November 11th is a non-instructional day due to Remembrance Day. Classes will resume on Thursday November 12th.

KeeBo Registration

Based on feedback received from parents we are introducing an important change to the KeeBo online learning program. Rather than requiring students who register for KeeBo now to remain in the program until the end of the school year without the possibility of transitioning back into in-school classes at the end of Term 2 in March, we are opening up the opportunity for current or prospective students to register for KeeBo for Term 2 ONLY and reserve the right to shift back to in-school programming during the Term 2 to 3 switch. With this in mind, the deadline for KeeBo registration has been extended by one more day to 4pm on Tuesday November 10th. Further information may be found at:

KeeBo Information for Families_ Nov registration .pdf 

Parent Society Meeting  

The regular meeting of Parent Society will take place on Nov. 17th at 6:30 pm via Zoom (link to be included with next week’s update)

Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of the September 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes
  2. President’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Business:
  5. Other Business
  6. Next meetings–January19,[email protected] please watch Parent Weekly Update for time (via Zoom)
  7. Adjournment

September 2020 Meeting Minutes: www.connectcharter.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/September-152020-Parent-Society-Minutes.pdf

School Council Meeting

The regular meeting of School Council will take place on Tuesday November 17th at 7pm via Zoom (it will be the same link as the Parent Society meeting above)

Agenda: docs.google.com/document/d/1Y55JaAogBYN4cuOO10Fg-8n-p4YlYJufKMQtFDFJgC0/edit 

Minutes:

drive.google.com/file/d/1lBF3faFWkRKgBvqF4J8JBp_-rXpuPkh1/view 

Wize Guys and Girls Group Programs 

Over the past few years Connect has partnered with the Centre for Sexuality to offer the Girls Group and Wize Guys programs at the school. COVID restrictions do not allow for the program to take place on site, however the Centre for Sexuality will be offering both programs after school at the Lakeview Community Center.

www.connectcharter.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/WiseGuyz-Community-Info-Sheet-2020-21_Connect.pdf

www.connectcharter.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Girls-Program-Information-Sheet-for-Parents.pdf

Connect Spirit Wear (please note order deadline of Nov. 15th)

We are happy to be offering our popular Connect spiritwear again this year! Unfortunately, due to Covid, we will not be able to offer sizers at this time. If you have any questions about sizing please contact Kodiak Sports directly at (403) 291-4479 or [email protected], and they will be happy to help you. The store will be open until November 15, 2020. With delivery around December 7, 2020.

store.kodiaksports.ca/stores/connect-school

Have a great week everyone,

Phil Butterfield

Principal