Muster Points and Cold Weather

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October 23, 2020

As cold weather is starting, we want to clarify the protocols for our muster points.

AM

– current protocols are in place until the outside temperature reaches -15C (including wind-chill);

– if the temperature is below -15C (including wind-chill), the school will open the various muster point doors at 8:30 am, and students need to go directly to their classrooms.  Students must not arrive early.  Please arrive at your muster point doors just moments before 8:30 am.

PM

– current protocols will continue to be in place;

– if you will be late, please contact the school.

Finally, we want to give you a friendly reminder to please have your child dressed appropriately for the weather.

Thank you.


Request to Notify the School of Positive COVID-19 Results

Please read this important message from our Superintendent. We are glad that we have not had a positive case at our school, but we want to make sure that we can quickly deal with it and limit its effect in the school. Notifying the school of positive COVID-19 results would be very beneficial.

October 21, 2020 

Dear parents, guardians and staff of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

Recently, Alberta Health Services (AHS) improved its methods for sending COVID-19 test results by relaying them via text message.  This means that parents/guardians are often provided with this information well before the school or division.  

As a result, we are asking that, if and when you learn of any positive test results in your home, please share this information with your child’s school administration.  This will allow us to follow up with AHS and provide notification to families as quickly as possible about the need to isolate. 

We certainly recognize that this may be uncomfortable information to share.  Rest assured that maintaining both your dignity and privacy is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Our aim is simply to reduce the spread of this disease and ensure the health and safety of our staff and students. 

Lastly, we would like to remind everyone to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using Alberta Health’s daily checklist. If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and keep your child at home. 

Thank you in advance for your support in the matter. 

Blessings,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools
Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

Safety First

As the snow is now starting, we want to remind parents to be careful and safe when using our new parking lot. Our parking lot can be very congested and can become a safety concern in the morning and after school.  Some areas of concern are:

  • The very north part of the parking lot (near the baseball diamond) is a ‘No Parking Zone.’  This area does not allow enough room for both parking and vehicles exiting stalls.  These extra vehicles can create blind spots that students may be walking in. Also, this area is a fire lane for emergency vehicles.
  • The very east part of the parking lot (nearest the front doors) is a ‘No Parking Zone.’  This area is a fire lane.  Although parents may quickly drop off or pick up students, they may not wait here and definitely not park here.
  • The very south part of the parking (beside the sidewalk) is a ‘No Parking Zone’ and a fire lane.

To help define some of the areas, we will try to put pylons out on a regular basis.

We are asking everyone to please take extra care and only park in the appropriate parking areas.  Often, there are empty stalls in the west area of the parking lot.  Always ensure you have a safe route planned to drop off or pick up your child.  Please see this map to see the proper places to park, don’t park, and traffic flow direction:

Also, many of our families choose to avoid the parking lot and drop off/pick up their children on the north side of Red Crow Blvd.

Thank you for your support and help in ensuring the safety of our students.

COVID-19 Response and Update: October 26, 2020

Good afternoon,

Please read this important letter from our divisional office regarding bus transportation:

October 26, 2020

Dear families of students who use Lethbridge Transit Yellow Bus Services, 

Lethbridge Transit has advised that, due to recent driver shortages, some bus routes may need to be adjusted or delayed over the coming months. As a last resort, some bus routes may even be cancelled on short notice.

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division will endeavour to keep families informed about changes. To ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date information, please ensure that you are subscribed to receive messages from the division by email and/or text.  The division’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are also good sources of information.

To assist Alberta Health Services in contact tracing for COVID-19, Lethbridge Transit has updated and reinforced the following safety procedures in the attached letter, Procedures for School Bus Transportation during COVID-19:

  • All students must clean their hands (wash with soap and water/sanitize) before the leave home to take the bus and when they leave school prior to taking the bus.
  • Face masks are required.
  • Drivers will be assigning students seats. Family members will be asked to sit together. It is extremely important that students sit in their designated seat.
  • Daily attendance will be taken.  Students will confirm their first and last name as they board. 
  • As per Alberta Health Services direction, school buses will be cleaned/sanitized after morning and afternoon routes with an approved cleaning product
  • The driver’s focus and primary responsibility is to transport students safely to and from school.  To help achieve this goal, students must follow the driver’s instructions.

Thank you so much for your attention to this matter, while we continue to navigate these challenging times. 

Sincerely, 
Anisha Gatner, Communications Coordinator
Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

October 7, 2020

Good afternoon families and staff of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

As we are now into week six of the school year, we can safely say that we have made it through what we anticipated to be a very challenging September.  School and divisional personnel have gone over and above the call of duty to ensure that schools were ready to welcome children and students back into our schools after a six-month absence.  Our staff has done some great work in welcoming students in school communities to ensure they feel loved, safe and included.  Further, parents have been extremely supportive of our direction and we definitely appreciate your support throughout the entire process thus far.

Recently, we have begun to see an increase in the number of positive cases in the South Zone.  This could very well be an early indication of what is yet to come and seems to be in line with what has been happening in other areas of the province, as well as across Canada. In fact, as you may have heard, over the past weekend Alberta Health Services (AHS) identified a positive case connected to St. Teresa of Calcutta School.  I am pleased to report that school and division staff worked diligently with AHS to inform and isolate the impacted cohort as quickly as possible. We continue to follow the lead of AHS and use the Alberta Government’s resource guide to determine how best to proceed in informing those affected promptly, while still maintaining their dignity and privacy. 

To assist us in the future, so that we may contact you quickly should your child be part of a cohort that needs to isolate, we ask that you ensure that your child’s school has your most current contact information. We also highly recommend that you enable text messages, or download the SchoolMessenger App, so that you may receive timely information directly on your phone. Please know that the school division will only send you text messages in emergency situations.  See our website for more information on this, or contact your child’s school directly for assistance. 

We know that we need to remain vigilant in adhering to the health measures put in place by our Chief Medical Officer of Health, along with additional precautions that our division has identified.  As such, we continue to ask our staff, students and visitors:

  • Not to come to school if feeling ill, even if you are only a bit unwell. The Alberta Health daily checklist should be completed each day prior to attending school and if your child has any of the symptoms listed, fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811, and remain at home. 
  • To engage in proper and frequent hand washing or hand sanitization
  • To ensure physical distancing of 2 meters
  • To wear masks while in common areas, hallways and in classrooms. This applies to grades 4-12 students, all staff, visitors and volunteers 

Our schools will continue:

  • To maintain class cohorts. This reduces the number of individuals impacted should there be exposure to COVID-19.  We are seeing that this is of particular importance
  • To remain closed campuses.  All visitors and parents are required to call ahead and make an appointment before coming to school
  • To ensure heightened protocols for cleaning frequently touched surfaces

We know that everyone plays an important role in stopping the spread of this relentless virus and other diseases.  We also recognize that the current context in which we live is far from ideal.  We appreciate the support from our parent community as we endeavour to support our students’ mental well-being on a day-to-day basis in our schools.

As in everything we do in Catholic Schools, we are called to pray for each other.  Let us continue to hold each other in prayer as we navigate these challenging times.

Kind Regards,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

October Message

There is an old story or fable told about a far-off land which was ruled by a tyrant. The tyrant had an ironclad grip over all parts of his kingdom, except for one frustrating area. He was unable to destroy the people’s belief in God. He summoned his counsellors and put the question to them: “Where can I hide God so that the people will end up forgetting him?”

One counsellor suggested that God be hidden on the dark side of the moon. This proposal was debated for some time, but voted down because it was believed that one day scientists would discover a means of space travel and God would end up being found again.

Another advisor to the tyrant came up with idea of burying God beneath the depths of the ocean floor. This was voted down for basically the same reason – it was felt that scientific advancement would lead to the discovery of God, even beneath the depths of the ocean floor.

Finally, the oldest and wisest of the counsellors had a flash of insight. “I know”, he said, “Why don’t we hide God where no one will ever think of finding him?” He explained, “If we hide God in the ordinary events of people’s everyday lives they’ll never find him.” And so it was done – and they say that people are still looking for God – even today.

Although the start of this school year during the COVID-19 pandemic cannot really be described as ordinary, I do believe I have witness God in the many events during our school re-entry plan.  I especially see God is the many relationships between students, parents, and staff.  I have the pleasure of leading pray at different events and I am always interested in the prayer intentions.  Hearing who people are praying for and thankful for. This year focusing on being grateful and being gracious I truly see God in the ordinary events at school.

Fall is one of my favourite seasons.  Although I enjoy the colours of fall, the best part of fall for me is Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends and be thankful for all the blessing we have.  A big part of our blessing is seeing God and what He does in the normal and routine parts of our lives, including our daily adjustments to life in a pandemic.  At Father Leonard Van Tighem School I am thankful for the many blessing God has given us.

On behalf of everyone at school, I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving as we thank God for the many gifts we have received.

Greg Kostiuk

Welcome Back Family Blessing

Last week we had our School Opening Mass. During this pandemic, it was different with Fr. William celebrating mass in our Gathering Space with only one class, recording it, and having the rest of our school watch it in their classrooms. Traditionally, we do a Welcome Back Family Blessing at our Welcome Back BBQ. Unfortunately, we are not able to gather for either. We still feel it is vital to have a Welcome Back Family Blessing, so Fr. William was able to record a blessing from St. Martha’s Church. Here it is:

Thank you Fr. William for the Welcome Back Family Blessing.

FLVT School Council 2020-21

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October 14, 2020

Google Meet link for October 14, 7 pm https://meet.google.com/iiu-rrxg-fio?hs=122&authuser=0

(Please remember to turn off your mic until you want to speak).

Thank you to our current executive for all the work they have done to help improve our school. Also, thank you to Mrs. C. for making this video to help explain the various positions:

October 14, 2020 School Council Meeting

For those of you that are considering a School Council position, thank you for your willingness to serve and please contact Mr. Kostiuk if you have any questions. We hope to see you on October 14, 2020.

September 14, 2020

School Council is a very important part of our school. It is a place to give parents a voice and provide valuable input to the school. Please join us for our next School Council meeting on September 14, 2020, at 7 pm.  During this first School Council we will be holding elections that were postponed and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about our school re-entry plan. The meeting will be a virtual meeting using Google Meet.  Here is the link to the Meet:

meet.google.com/uvc-ejwz-rjh

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.

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

Welcome to FLVT!

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Dear Students and Parents:

This September 1st will be my 30th first day of school as an educator and my 24th first day of school as a school administrator.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the 2020-21 school year will be like no other.  I hope the experience and skills I have acquired will help our school community adjust to our new reality.  Although there will undoubtedly be many challenges and mistakes, I 2020-21 will be a gratifying year.  I believe that our school staff will work incredibly hard to make student learning a positive experience, whether students are on-site or choosing at-home learning.  The COVID-19 pandemic will make for a unique experience, but please know that your children will be cared for and loved while they are in our care.  We will be applying our Van Tighem Virtues of Honest, Accepting, Wise, Kind, Spiritual to all that we do at school. 

Recently I noticed a gif from the Institute of Child Psychology. The 2020-21 school year would be a great time to follow this check list:

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From past posts, many parents know that I typically do not sleep before the first day of school—not due to anxiety about the start of the school year, but due to feelings of joy and excitement for beginning another year.  Despite the current uncertainty, I still have a sense of excitement and joy.  We do need to be aware that many of our students, parents, and staff are very anxious and worried about the start of this school year.  We will support the wellness of all the members of our learning community.  I welcome all the members of our learning community to the 2020-21 school year at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our Welcome Back BBQ.  Our Family Blessing will be done differently this year; final details will be sent to parents soon. 

We are getting bigger, both physically and in numbers.  Our new portable is not quite ready. We hope to be using it next week. 

The biggest challenge for us this school year will be adapting to education in the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, we will be focusing on our faith, learning, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Educations, and wellness.  Also, we are excited about the second year of our Faith Plan.  This year’s faith theme is Transformed by the Journey.  The primary focus is on being grateful and being gracious.  We will continue to integrate our faith plan with the Van Tighem Virtues of Honest, Accepting, Wise, Kind, Spiritual.

Now, for some housekeeping news.  Like last year, you can pay your school fees and other fees online.  Please click on this logo for more information:

Online School Payments

Online School Payments

To help with communication, here are some social media links (please click on the logo):

FLVT Facebook
FLVT Website
@flvthawks
Principal’s Blog
@flvthawks

We look forward to working with you to continue to make Father Leonard Van Tighem School a special place.  On behalf of our staff, I wish everyone a successful school year.

Blessing,

Greg Kostiuk

Jr. High At-Home Learning

August 28th, 2020

We welcome you to the Holy Spirit Catholic Schools Junior High At-Home Learning program which will be jointly delivered by several staff members from both  Father Leonard Van Tighem (FLVT) and St. Francis Junior High (SF). The  Grade 7 and 8 program delivery will be provided by FLVT teachers while Grade 9 program delivery will be provided by SF teaching staff.  

We are all committed to ensuring your child has the skills they need to be successful.  At-home learning will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum with teaching focusing on the five core subject areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Religious Education.  The weekly 25-hour learning commitment guidelines of this alternate learning option has been organized to include a combination of several types of content delivery methods.  

The different types of content delivery that will occur within our “At- Home Learning format include:

  1. Synchronous Learning
    1. Student learning that involves face-to-face instruction through an online learning platform.  This is similar to in-class instruction however delivered over a digital learning environment.
  2. Asynchronous Learning
    1. Student learning that adheres to deadlines but allows the student to learn at their pace with an opportunity to connect with the instructor if needed. This time provides an opportunity for 1:1 instruction or small group learning time.
  3. Independent Student Learning
    1. Student learning is independently completed without the assistance of the instructor. 

To support At-Home Learning: 

  • Teachers will provide instruction at a specific grade or subject level for all students who have signed up for At-Home learning in the division.  It is important to note that since all learners are not functioning at the same academic level, there will be a need to provide ongoing differentiated instruction to support ALL students.
  • Teachers will provide engaging, curriculum-based lessons that require students to actively participate in all lessons and planned activities.
  • Teachers are expected to offer a rigorous online learning program that requires the same degree of attention as an in-school class would have.  
  • Teachers providing at-home instruction in grades 1-9 will follow the sequencing of units and topics as set out by the Division
  • At-home courses will be delivered using Google Meet and Google Classroom and other secure Division applications
  • Teachers will have the flexibility to schedule their synchronous class meetings as well as their office hours (within the confines of the usual school day) in order to best meet the learning needs of their students. 

Assessment:

  • Teachers are expected to assess student learning through a variety of means, both formatively, as well as in a summative fashion.
  • Teachers will follow provincial learning outcomes as identified in the Program of Studies.
  • If a student (and their family) choose to move back into in-person learning, the at-home teacher will provide a summary report of outcomes covered to date and an assessment of student learning to date.
  • Teachers will be required to maintain ongoing communication to report student progress and address any issues or concerns with parents as soon as they arise.

Communication:

  • Teachers will be expected to connect and communicate with parents of students in their cohorts, the way they would in an in-school teaching context.
  • Parents who need to contact the at-home teacher should do so directly with the teacher first, and if there’s a need to contact an administrator, inquiries need to be directed to the ‘designated’ supervising principal of that teacher, not the ‘resident’ principal of the student.
  • There will be ongoing contact between the designated principal and the resident principal, as required.
  • Teachers will need to attempt to contact any students (and their families) who do not engage in the synchronous class meetings or if there are concerns with the completion of assignments as soon as possible. If teachers are unable to contact the student/families they are to inform their supervising administrator(s) in order to plan next steps for re-engaging the students. 

Student “At -Home Learning” Expectations:

  • Students will attend every day at the scheduled login times established by the teacher.  At-home learning is comparable to being in a classroom but in an online environment.  As such, attendance will be monitored.
  • Attendance will be taken daily and submitted in PowerSchool
  • If a student does not attend for 3 days (unexcused absence/without communication between parent/teacher) and or falls too far behind, he/she will be referred to administration.
  • Log-in expectations set by the teacher will be expected for students to adhere to (i.e. cameras on, microphones off, chat or comment protocols, etc.)
  • Google meets and/or secure video platform meetings are mandatory and recordings of these will NOT be posted.
  • Students need to be prepared and engaged. The learning space the student will be using should be free of all distractions (i.e. cell phones must be put away).
  • Regular check-ins on Google Classroom or Holy Spirit email will be required. It is the responsibility of the student to email the teacher if he/she is unclear of expectations, confused about an assignment, or if there is something preventing the completion of work.
  • There will be zero tolerance for plagiarism or cheating on assignments or exams.
  • As per the “Responsible Use Agreement Form”, digital etiquette of being respectful and positive to others at all times is expected.  This applies to the use of language and the sharing of content in written or verbal form. 
  • Students will conduct themselves in behaviours expected of all Holy Spirit students and engage with both the teacher and their peers respectfully.

Although the teachers will be working hard to meet the various needs of the students, the At-Home Learning program is a regular program; teachers will be teaching the Jr. High learning outcomes.  Student success in the At-Home Learning program requires students to be able to work independently.

Most of the teachers delivering the At-Home Learning program are working on-site at their respective school.  These  teachers have on-site classes at their schools with on-site students.  Therefore, At-Home Learning instructional times are set at specific times.  Here are the schedules:  

Grade 7 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Social Studies 7 / Religious Studies 7  Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMrs. Johnson
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMrs. Johnson (Mon) and Miss Giannetti (Wed)

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Math 7 Synchronous and AsynchronousLearningMiss Giannetti
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Language Arts 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Meyer
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Science 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMr. Meyer and Miss Tkach(Tues), Miss Tkach (Thurs)

Friday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:20am(40 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:23am – 10:01am(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 310:04am – 10:42am(38 minutes) Math 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Giannetti
Block 410:45am – 11:23am(38 minutes)Language Arts 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Meyer
Block 511:41am – 12:19pm(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A

Grade 8 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Language Arts 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Science 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Pollio
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMiss Gabruck (Mon) and Miss Loman (Wed)

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(58 minutes) Math 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Loman
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Social Studies 8 / Religious Studies 8Synchronous and AsynchronousLearningMiss Gabruck
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMiss Tkach and Mr. Pollio (Thurs)

Friday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:20am(40 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:23am – 10:01am(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 310:04am – 10:42am(38 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 410:45am – 11:23am(38 minutes)Math 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Loman
Block 511:41am – 12:19pm(38 minutes)Language Arts 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach

Grade 9 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:14am – 9:12am(58 minutes)ELA 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 29:12am – 10:12am(60 minutes)ELA 9 Asynchronous LearningMrs Tina Carmichael Young
Block 310:14am – 11:12am(58 minutes) Religion 9 Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 411:50am – 12:50pm(60 minutes)Independent Student Work Time(Mrs. Tina Carmicheal Young to follow up on student learning)
Block 512:52pm – 1:50pm(58 minutes)Science 9 Synchronous LearningMr. Brain Leclaire
Block 61:50pm – 2:50pm(60 minutes)Science 9 Asynchronous LearningMr. Brain Leclaire

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:14am – 9:12am(58 minutes)Social 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 29:12am – 10:12am(60 minutes)Social 9 Asynchronous Learning Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 310:14am – 11:12am(58 minutes) Math 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Jen Hay
Block 411:52am – 12:50pm(58 minutes)Math 9 Asynchronous Learning  Mrs. Jen Hay
Block 512:52pm – 1:50pm(58 minutes)Religion 9 Synchronous LearningTina Carmichael Young
Block 61:50pm – 2:50pm(60 minutes)Independent Student Work Time(Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young to follow up on student learning)

Flexible Learning Fridays (Grade 9)

  • Independent Student Work Time
  • This dedicated time will be an opportunity for students to independently complete any work that requires additional time. 
  • Fridays will be a dedicated time when Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young will be checking in and following up with the learning team, students, families, and resident schools regarding “At- Home Learning” progress.

At-Home Learning will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.  Google Classrooms will be established for At-Home Learning once class lists are final; teachers will contact you soon after.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we deliver this new program.

Respectfully yours,

Crystal Lothian Greg Kostiuk

Principal, SF Principal, FLVT