Online Learning: Grades 7 to 9 from May 3 to May 14, 2021

April 30, 2021

Please click on this link for a letter from our Superintendent: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/lethbridge_grades_7-9_move_to_online_may_3-14

Here are the specifics about FLVT:

May 3 – 14, 2021

  • Classes taught will include the academic cores of LA, Social, Science, and Math, Religion, Health and Wellness, and FLVT Class.  On Friday, there will be no Physical Education classes, and during Reading classes, students are to read independently. Attendance for all Google Meet classes are mandatory (please remember to turn on your camera);
  • The primary mode of online learning will be Google Classroom;
  • Mr. Leger will be contacting his 8/9L class regarding the programming for the next two weeks;
  • From May 3 to 14, 2021, complementary classes (option) classes are cancelled;
  • Monday to Wednesday, period 5 tutorial class will allow students and teachers to connect if additional support is needed.  Teachers will connect with students in a Google Meet at least once a week during this time.  Teachers will not be available Thursday, period 5;
  • As this is only for two weeks, the school will not be lending out any devices;
  • Please contact the school if a student, who is not in quarantine or isolation, needs to come to pick up an item or resource;
  • We hope to return to in-person learning for all our Jr. High students on May 17, 2021.

April 29, 2021

Our government just announced that all Grade 7-12 students in Lethbridge will be moving to Online Learning from May 3 to May 14, 2021. Students will return to In-Person Learning on Monday, May 17, 2021. Friday, April 30 is a regular day of school for our Jr. High students. Please watch the government announcement:

We will announce specific information as soon as possible, probably tomorrow. Also, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools will be making an official announcement tomorrow.

Online Learning: 6L and 4LC

April 27, 2021

Dear staff, parents, and guardians of students in FLVT’s Grades 4LC and Grade 6L Classes,

As you are likely aware, a number of our school’s staff are currently in quarantine due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, with a decreasing number of available substitute teachers, this has impacted Father Leonard Van Tighem School’s ability to operate at this time.

After serious consideration of our options, we have determined that the best course of action will be to move the Grade 4LC and Grade 6L classes to online learning from Wednesday, April 28, 2021 until Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Attendance will be mandatory and teachers will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for students. Our current plan is to resume in-school learning for these grades on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Please note that these students are NOT being quarantined. Rather, we are simply moving to online learning format while we navigate this difficult situation. In the meantime, we thank you in advance for your continued prayers and support during this time.

Sincerely,
Principal Greg Kostiuk, Father Leonard Van Tighem School
and
Superintendent Ken Sampson, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

AB Draft Curriculum: Q and A

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As you are aware, Alberta Education has developed a new draft curriculum for K to Grade 6.  Also, our school division has decided not to be part of the pilot process.  Please see this link for the reasons for this decision:

https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/division_response_to_the_draft_k-6_curriculum

On April 26, 2021, from 7 pm to 8 pm, our FLVT School Council has arranged for a virtual presentation from our Superintendent, Ken Sampson, and our Director of Learning, Carmen Larsen.  Mr. Sampson and Mrs. Larsen will be doing a brief presentation regarding the draft curriculum.  Also, they will be sharing how parents may choose to provide feedback.  After the presentation, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Here is the link for the Google Meet:

https://meet.google.com/rpy-xphe-jje?authuser=0

Thank you to our School Council for arranging this virtual presentation, and thank you to Mr. Sampson and Mrs. Larsen for coming.  We hope to see you on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Alberta Education Assurance Survey

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Alberta Education is extending the deadline for the completion of the Alberta Education Assurance (AEA)  survey (formerly the Accountability Pillar survey) to Wednesday, April 28, 2021. This extension applies to students, teachers and parents.  No further extension will be provided past this date.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts in encouraging completion of the survey during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact System Assurance Branch at 780- 643-9193 [toll free using 310-0000] or by email at EDC.SystemAssurance@gov.ab.ca.

Father Leonard Van Tighem School

Alberta Education Assurance – Information for Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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Alberta Education is conducting the annual Alberta Education Assurance Surveys from March to the end of April 2021.  These surveys help guide our school.  Parents of students of grades 4 and 7 will receive a survey mailed to their homes directly from Alberta Education.  Also, all students in grades 4 and 7 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online through their schools.  All surveys are anonymous.  Respondents are expected to answer the questions based on the experiences they have had at their school.

We strongly encourage your participation as the results help us identify our school and jurisdiction’s strengths and areas of growth. Survey results will be available to jurisdictions by the start of May 2021 and will be reported publicly by jurisdictions as part of the Annual Education Results Reports in the fall of 2021.

Parents have told us that there are questions asked on the Alberta Education Assurance Survey for which they have little information.  As a result, they often select “don’t know” as their response. Regrettably, any survey response of “don’t know” reflects negatively on our school.  Please see the below example:

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The survey will report that only 30% of our parents believe “High School students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout their lifetime.”  Parents may skip any question they feel does not apply.

To help parents, we have created the below document as an overview of the actions we use to support each child at our school regarding the questions many parents answer “don’t know” as their response.  Although this is not a complete list, it provides a general idea of the effort we make to meet the needs of each student in the specified areas.

We hope this document provides you with information that helps you to complete the Alberta Education Assurance Survey.  If you need more clarification or would like to speak about our practices, please contact Father Leonard Van Tighem School at 403-381-0953.

Respectfully yours,

Greg Kostiuk

Principal

To what extent do you agree or disagree that your child can get help at school with problems that are not related to schoolwork.
Actions by Father Leonard Van Tighem School to support this question.●        Referrals to mental health, counselling services and speech/occupational therapy services. ●        Risk assessment trained staff.
●        On-site Counsellor in school to use as a resource person to access professional services.
●        Staff ready and willing to help students with personal issues.
●        Many staff trained in First Aid.
●        Three on-site Administrators trained to assist students with problems.
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you that High School students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout their lifetime.
Actions by Father Leonard Van Tighem School and Holy Spirit Catholic Schools to support this question.
●        We prepare the students through the teaching of the prescribed curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  
●        We prepare the students by teaching them the skills they need for organization, homework and accountability for their education.
●        January Career Day.
●        Students that graduate from Holy Spirit Catholic Schools are prepared to go directly into the workforce, post-secondary studies, or whatever they desire to do when complete. ●        Students are supported by school administration and Holy Spirit Catholic Schools in ensuring they have the requirements needed to transition into life after high school.
●        Classroom lessons for all grades to discuss knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning.
●        Presentations for High School CALM classes from community agencies.
●        Visuals – posters, Rutherford Scholarships.
●        Work Experience and classroom discussions.
●        Dual-credit opportunities for students to get college credits in High School.
●        College/University handbook (calendars).
●        Students involved in Career and Technology Studies classes learn real-life skills. ●        Many skills such as carpentry, cooking, computer technology, and welding are relevant to situations and challenges encountered throughout a student’s life.
●        Through social class, students are able to demonstrate an ability to understand and analyze global issues.
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you that your child is taught the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout his or her lifetime.
Actions by Father Leonard Van Tighem School to support this question.
●        Students are taught responsibility for their actions and showing respect.  
●        Students are given age-appropriate classroom duties to foster responsibility and accountability
●        Students are taught how to model positive character traits which will enable them to be respected citizens in the community they will live.
●        Students are taught cooperation and how to work with other people.
●        Students are taught the meaning of social justice and to help those who are less fortunate than they are.
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you that your child is taught attitudes and behaviours to be successful at work when he or she leaves school.
Actions by Father Leonard Van Tighem School to support this question.
●        Jr. High Tutorial period Monday to Thursday for mentorship, organizing and class preparation.  
●        Study habits are taught to the students and are encouraged throughout all subject areas.
●        Policies encourage students to be on time and to attend all classes.
●        Organizational strategies are taught and reinforced.
●        Students are taught accountability, ownership and responsibility for their actions. ●        Elementary students receive agendas to support communication and organizational skills.
●        Study skills and test-taking strategies are taught to support students.
●        Jr. High Academic Awards.
●        Students are taught the value of completing tasks on time and to the best of their ability.
●        Students are taught to respect themselves and those around them.
To what extent are you involved in decisions about your child’s education?
●        Communication between home and school through school newsletters available on the web page monthly.
●        Emails to parent groups and regular social media posts.  
●        Parent surveys on a variety of issues.
●        Many parent meetings occur on an “ongoing” basis with parents.
●        Special notices are sent home between newsletters.
●        Communication with parents through the school and class websites.
●        Many parent meetings (virtual this year) are arranged between teacher and parent, or teacher and student.
●        For students with special needs, an Individual Support Plan is developed between the parent and the teacher.
●        School Council meetings are held monthly to get input from parents of our school community.
●        Phone calls home from teachers to parents to discuss their child’s educational needs.
●        Report Cards are sent home and parent/teacher/student interviews are held.
●        Parents can make contact with their child’s teachers when needed.
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the opportunity to be involved in decisions about your child’s education?
Opportunities for decision making at Father Leonard Van Tighem School related to this area.
●        Individual Support Plans  
●        Diverse Learning Needs – Parent meetings
●        Report cards and parent/teacher/student interviews
●        Parent surveys
●        School Council meetings held once a month.
●        Parent meetings with teachers – ongoing.
To what extent are you involved in decisions at your child’s school?
Actions by Father Leonard Van Tighem School to support this question.
●        School Council meetings are held monthly to get input from parents about upcoming changes within the school.  
●        Parent surveys.
●        Open Door Policy – allows parents to come into the school to become more familiar with the school and provide input.
●        Parental meetings with teachers – ongoing.
●        Parent/Teacher/Student interviews.
●        Parents have input on educational plans through our School Council.
●        Administration can be contacted through our school website, email, meetings, or phone to give input on school.

Gr. 7-9 Online Learning April 12-16, 2021

Please read this very important announcement:

April 11, 2021

Dear parent, guardians, and staff of all Grades 7, 8, and 9 students at Father Leonard Van Tighem School, 

After discussion with administration, we have determined that all Grades 7, 8, and 9 students at Father Leonard Van Tighem School will move to online learning for the week of Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 16, 2021. Attendance is mandatory and teachers will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for students.  Our current plan is to resume in-school learning on Monday, April 19, 2021.  

The rationale for this decision is first, and most importantly, that the number and configuration of staff currently isolating will significantly impact the ability of the school to operate during this time. Secondly, with the increased number of COVID-19 cases in our region, including the B.1.1.7 Variant, we are hopeful that this time will curb infection rates while ensuring the least disruption possible for our families with younger children who require child care. 

We understand and appreciate that this announcement may cause additional pressures on your family and apologize that more notice could not be provided as we have been in dialogue with Alberta Education throughout the day.  We remain hopeful that these efforts will limit the spread of COVID-19 and thank you in advance for your help in following the health guidelines set out to ensure the safety of our schools and communities. 

There will be a follow up email from the school outlining specifics soon.

Sincerely, 

Greg Kostiuk, Father Leonard Van Tighem School, 

and

Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

Here are some specific points:

  • Teaching and learning will follow the established timetable Monday to Thursday AM and all day Friday;
  • Classes taught will include the academic cores of LA, Social, Science, and Math, Religion, Health and Wellness, and FLVT Class.  On Friday, there will be no Physical Education classes, and during Reading classes, students are to read independently. Attendance to Google Meet classes are mandatory;
  • 8/9L classes: Mr. Leger will be contacting parents tomorrow morning about their online classes;
  • From April 12 to 15, 2021, option classes are cancelled;
  • Monday to Thursday, period 5 tutorial class will allow students and teachers to connect if additional support is needed.  Teachers will connect with students in a Google Meet at least once during this time;
  • Please contact the school if a student, who is not in quarantine or isolation, needs to come to pick up an item or resource;
  • Tuesday, April 13, is the date for Spring School Pictures.  We plan to continue this event for our elementary classes, and we hope to reschedule them for our Jr. High classes.

We look forward to having all our Jr. High students back on-site on April 19, 2021.

Greg Kostiuk

Balanced School Day 2021-22

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback about our Balanced School Day pilot in our elementary grades.  Please see this link for the reasons we did the pilot: https://gregkostiuk.com/2020/06/02/balanced-school-day-2020-21/

Here are the results from the various stakeholders in our community:

– January 2021 Parent Survey: 80% of parents support the Balanced School Day approach;

– January 2021 Staff Survey: 82% of teachers support the Balanced School Day approach;

– March 2021 Student Survey: 86% of students support continuing the Balanced School approach for the 2021-22 school year;

– March 2021 Elementary Teachers: 92% of teachers’ support continuing the Balanced School Day approach for the next school year;

– March 2021 Elementary Parent Survey: 94% of parents support the Balanced School Day approach for the 2021-22 school year.

Thank you to all the parents, students, and teachers that suggested ideas on how we may improve the Balanced School Day approach. Given the strong support from all community members, we have decided to continue to follow the Balanced School Day approach in our Grades 1 to 6 classes.  Unfortunately, we cannot share any draft bell times as we are still awaiting information regarding bus transportation for next year.  Once we have draft bell times, we will share them with our school community.

Thank you again for your feedback and support.

Online Learning for All FLVT Grade 8 Classes – April 12 and 13, 2021

April 2, 2021

Dear staff, parents, and guardians of Grade 8 Students attending Father Leonard Van Tighem School, Lethbridge.

After much consideration, we wanted to provide you with ample notice about the decision to move all of FLVT’s Grade 8 classes to online learning directly after the Easter Break.  This is due to the number and configuration of staff required to quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 case announced today. 

Our current plans are to have the students learning online for Monday, April 12, 2021 and Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  We hope to resume in-school learning on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your continued prayers and support during this time, and we wish you all a very

Blessed Easter.​​​​​​​

Sincerely,
Principal Greg Kostiuk, Father Leonard Van Tighem School
and
Superintendent Ken Sampson, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division