Class Lists for 2020-21

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We are continuing to plan for the next school year; unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure of a lot of things.  We are planning for a typical start to the year, although there will be some changes in our new normal to address potential social and physical distancing requirements.

We hope to have our staffing and class structure finalized soon.  Therefore, the staff at Father Leonard Van Tighem will be working hard to develop class lists for next year to create rich educational environments for all the students.  A lot of thought goes into the making of homeroom classes to ensure a balanced classroom.  As a team, we will discuss:

  • Student needs
  • Educational Assistant supports
  • The male/female ratio
  • Academic balance
  • Behaviour needs
  • Number of students in classes
  • Student relationships with other students
  • New students joining FLVT

Parent requests make it difficult to keep classes balanced, therefore we are not accepting parent requests.   Please do not contact your current child’s teacher with a request to be in a particular classroom or with certain other students.  Parents are welcome to contact me if they want to share any information that will help staff make better decisions.

To help for a smooth transition to the new school year, class lists will be posted in either the gathering space or outside our front doors at Father Leonard Van Tighem School on Friday, August 28 by 10:00 am. (please note this may change due to potential COVID-19 restrictions).  We hope this helps with any student anxiety about the first day.

Once class lists are posted, I ask parents to be patient with any classroom change requests.  As mentioned earlier, parent requests make it difficult to keep the classes balanced.  Please contact me in mid-September if you find there is still a need to request a change.

Thank you for having your children at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  We are looking forward to the 2020-21 school year.

Greg Kostiuk

Catholic Education Week: May 18 – 22

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Good afternoon everyone,

Next week is Catholic Education Week in Alberta.  We are very proud and thankful for the gift of Catholic Education.  We want to provide you with a summary of the various events we are doing for Catholic Education Week here at FLVT and in our Holy Spirit community.  Throughout the week we are trying to follow the ‘marks’ of a Catholic School.

Monday: Mark 1 – Created in the Image of God

Bishop McGrattan has provided us a videotaped message to all schools in the Calgary Diocese to kick off Catholic Education Week:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p01Baz_BpXJejUH6sBKrde0XP7Tx3Ivo/view

Tuesday: Mark 2 – Catholic Worldview

Our staff that is working at school will be starting our day praying the Holy Rosary out by the pond. For those staff that are working from home and any of our FLVT families are encouraged to pray the Holy Rosary with our Calgary Diocese Bishop McGrattan at the following link:

Also, our staff will be visiting the students in our neighbourhood to connect with our families between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.  The purpose of this connection is simply to say hi, we will be adhering to social distancing protocols.

Wednesday: Mark 3 – Faith Permeation

Livestream Mass with Bishop McGrattan for all schools in Calgary Diocese – “Closing Mass” and Celebration of Catholic Education at 10:00 am. The Livestream feed can be accessed at https://www.catholicyyc.ca/

Catholic Education Mass

Thursday: Mark 4 – Gospel Witnesses

Please wear blue in support of publicly funded Catholic Education.  Post pics using #IBelieveinCatholicEd and #BlueforCatholicEd

Friday: Mark 5 – Spirituality of Communion

Please note due to the rain the parade has been switched to Monday from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Please join us Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for our 2nd Drive-by, Walk-by, Bike-by parade.  Our school staff are coming together for our 2nd Parade to wave and say hello to you!  We would LOVE to see you!

HandStaff members will be behind the fence line on Stoney Crescent West Friday, May 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am. We are asking families to drive-by, walk-by, bike-by by turning onto Stoney Cres off Red Crow Blvd. For those of you walking and biking please ensure you follow the distancing guidelines and please be sure to travel in only one direction on the sidewalk. We encourage you to make several loops by either using the sidewalk across the street or the pathways on the school grounds (more ideal if biking).

We hope to see you Friday!

Thank you for supporting Catholic Education and entrusting us with the care of your children.

FLVT School Council – May 13, 2020

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Please join us for our next School Council meeting on May 13, 2020, at 7 pm.  The meeting will be a virtual meeting using Google Meet.  Here is the link to the Meet:

meet.google.com/cqa-ocoj-vot

When entering the Meet, please turn off your mic as there may be a lot of feedback.  Please turn on your mic when you want to speak.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

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We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you and we hope to see you on May 13.

FLVT Staffing for the 2020-21 School Year

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We are continuing to plan for the 2020-21 school year and we want to share information about the staffing of our school.  Please know though, this plan is continually evolving as we try to best meet the needs of our students.  As we know more, we will update this page.  Thank you for trusting us with the care and educational needs of your children.

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May 25, 2020 update

Good afternoon everyone.  We are excited to make an announcement regarding our elementary classes at Father Leonard Van Tighem School:

  • Mrs. Cindy Clewes will be joining us and teaching Grade 4 next year
  • Mrs. Kelly Roth will be joining us and teaching Grade 5 next year

Both Mrs. Clewes and Mrs. Roth are talented teachers that have transferred from Our Lady of the Assumption School.  We are truly blessed and lucky to have them join our learning community.  Welcome Mrs. Clewes and Mrs. Roth.

May 22, 2020 update

Although specific assignments have yet to be determined, we are pleased to make the following Jr. High staff announcements:

  • This year’s new teachers in Jr. High will continue to be teaching at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  Please join us in congratulating Ms. Giannetti, Ms. Tkach, Ms. Loman, and Ms. Gabruck.  We are excited to have all of you back.
  • Mr. Leger will be moving from Grade 4 to a Jr. High assignment.  Mr. Leger is a talented teacher and has many Jr. High experiences.  We look forward to having him teach our Jr. High students.

We hope to make some elementary staff announcements soon.

May 5, 2020

Our full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions at FLVT is 27.5 for the 2019-20 school year.  Due to growth in our community, we are pleased to announce that for the 2020-21 school year it has been increased to 29.0 FTE.  Big cheer!  We were just notified of this and we will be looking at a variety of ideas on how to place our additional teachers.  Also, at this point, we do not have any names to share.  Once we have more information we will inform everyone.

FLVT Drive-By, Walk-By, Bike-By

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FLVT Family Drive-By, Walk-By, Bike-By is on – Wednesday, April 29 from 1:30-2:30

Our school staff are coming together tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 to wave and say hi to all of you! If you can make it, we would LOVE to see you on Red Crow Blvd and Stoney Cres West.

Staff members will be physically distancing behind the fence line on Red Crow Blvd as well as Stoney Cres, waving and wishing you well.

We are asking families to drive-by, walk-by, bike-by coming west on Red Crow and turn right onto Stoney Cres. Those of you walking and biking please ensure you follow the Alberta Health distancing regulations

We hope to see you Wednesday – Please know that each and every one of you are in our prayers.

FLVT Ongoing Learning – Parent Survey (Results)

May 5, 2020 update:

Thank you to all the parents that completed our parent survey.  The staff will be reviewing the results, including parent comments, to help improve ongoing learning.  Here are the results, due to privacy concerns we will not be sharing parent comments:

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Thank you again for participating in our survey.

April 27, 2020

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We are working diligently to provide the best learning experience possible for our students and we would appreciate your feedback on how things are going so far. The information gathered from this short survey will be used to inform the planning and preparation of ongoing learning for all students at Father Leonard Van Tighem School. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as all of our students, parents, and staff navigate new territory, and we look forward to your feedback in letting us know what is going well and where we can improve.  Please complete the survey by Thursday, April 30.  Thank you!

Based on what grade your child is in, please do the appropriate survey (if you have a child in different divisions you may do more than one survey):

Division One – K to Grade 3

https://forms.gle/6KSFZ2zECCizDrpL7

Division Two – Grade 4 to Grade 6

https://forms.gle/Es3UZpzWyoHtdEu2A

Division Three – Grade 7 to Grade 9

https://forms.gle/Pp4QVQ4HKaKJm8vM8

Thank you for your feedback.

 

Stations of the Resurrection

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This past month has been difficult for many of us; staff, parents, students, and most of all, individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Throughout these difficult times, we have all been witness to the many acts of love people of shown each other.  There is no better model of love than Christ.  Easter demonstrates God’s love for us.

During the Easter Week we focus on Christ’s last days; many of us reflect and pray the Stations of the Cross.  Sometimes we forget about the important part of Easter, the Resurrection.

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Recently, I was reminded of the fourteen Stations of the Resurrection, a counterpart to the Stations of the Cross.  Whereas the Stations of the Cross show the events of Christ before Easter, the Stations of the Resurrection show the events between Easter and Pentecost.  The Stations of the Resurrections are:

Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis)
1. Jesus Rises From the Dead (Matthew 28:1-10)
2. The Finding of the Empty Tomb (John 20:1-10)
3. The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
4. Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27)
5. Jesus is Known at the Breaking of Bread (Luke 24:28-35)
6. Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36-43)
7. Jesus Gives the Disciples the Power to Forgive Sins (John 20:19-23)
8. Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29)
9. Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14)
10. Jesus Tell Peter to Feed His Sheep (Primacy of Peter) (John 21:15-17, 19b)
11. Jesus Commissions the Disciples on the Mountain (Matthew 28:16-20)
12. Jesus Ascends into Heaven (Acts 1:6-12a)
13. Mary and the Disciples Wait in Prayer (Acts 1:12-14)
14. The Holy Spirit Descends at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)

As we finish our Lenten journey this year, I ask you to continue your faith journey after Easter by reflecting, praying, and celebrating the Stations of the Resurrection.  Although we are unable to physically gather together in prayer, I know we are still united in our faith community of Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

Easter blessings on behalf of the staff,

Greg Kostiuk