2021-22 School Year

August 30, 2021 Update

Please read my Welcome to School letter:

August 19, 2021 Update

Please click on this link for our divisional 2021/2022 Guidelines for Maintaining Safe and Healthy Schools in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic that were released today.

August 16, 2021 Update

Recently, our provincial government provided an update. Here is the video update and the updated government School Year Plan:

There will be a meeting on August 25 with school and divisional leaders. After that meeting, we will provide an update regarding the 2021-22 school year.

July 26, 2021 Update

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer break. As we continue to plan for the 2021-22 School Year, here is our draft plan for our school muster points:

We may have to adjust this plan once construction of our new portables begin.

July 2, 2021 Update

Earlier this week, our provincial government shared their 2021-22 School Year Plan.  Here is the document:

We continue to plan to keep some of our protocols, but it appears that the coming school year will include a normal start, and the government will lift all health restrictions.  This is terrific news.  We do not expect to share more information regarding our September start at Father Leonard Van Tighem School until the end of August. 

We want to thank all the members of our community for their support during this pandemic.

June 29, 2021

First Day

The first day of school for our students will be Wednesday, September 1, for all our Grade 1 to 9 students.  Our Grade 1 to 7 students attend all day.  Our Grade 8 and 9 students only attend the afternoon starting at 1 pm.  Our Grade 7 students receive lunch as part of the Grade 7 Orientation.  The school busses will be running for the beginning of the day and the end of the day.  There is no noon bussing; therefore, our Grade 8 and 9 students need to find their own transportation to school that day.

The first day of school for our Kindergarten and Early Learning Program students will be on Monday, September 13.

Helpful Links

Bell Times: https://flvt.holyspirit.ab.ca/school/bell_times

Calendar: https://flvt.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/f_l_v_t_full_year_calendar

Bussing Information: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/transportation/lethbridge_schools_transportation

School Supplies: https://flvt.holyspirit.ab.ca/school/supply_lists

School Website: https://flvt.holyspirit.ab.ca/

Divisional Website: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/

Principal Blog: https://gregkostiuk.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flvthawks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flvthawks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/flvthawks

Protocols

As we finish this school year, we can be proud of what we accomplished.  Firstly, we survived.  Although there were many ups and downs, we could complete a school year during a global pandemic, which is quite an accomplishment.  Secondly, we came together as a community.  Throughout the positive cases, close contacts, and pivots to and from at-home learning, our students, parents, and staff were able to support each other.  We did not do everything perfectly, but we supported each other throughout the school year.

Going into this school year, we were unsure what the school year would look like; this is true for next year, but now that we have had a year’s experience, we will be better prepared.  We plan on having a typical start, as much as possible, in September.  Some protocols will be out of our control as we await provincial and divisional directives.  Some of our COVID-19 protocols were popular in our school community, and some were not; therefore, we have decided to keep some and throw others away.  In deciding what to keep and remove, we reflected on what was best for students in mind.  Although we expect to have to adapt in September, here is a list of protocols we plan on removing and keeping:

Protocols (or changes) we are removing:

  • Keep students in strict cohorts. This is subject to the lifting of either the provincial or divisional mandate;
  • Require social distancing in our canteen lineup;
  • Require students to stay in cohorts during recess and break times. This is subject to the lifting of either the provincial or divisional mandate;
  • Keeping a closed campus for our Jr. High students during lunch. This is subject to the lifting of our divisional order;
  • Mandatory masking in our Grades 4 to 9 and elementary music classes. This is subject to the lifting of either the provincial or divisional mandate;
  • Rather than students moving from class to class in our Jr. High, require teachers to move class to class;
  • Close our library to student use;
  • Requiring our librarian to visit classes rather than have students visit the library;
  • Spread out student lockers in each of our classrooms;
  • Require staff to sign-in daily;
  • Follow a locker schedule to begin and end the day. We will need to maintain a structured protocol for locker use, so we do not have all our students at their lockers at the same time;
  • Student written prayers read by the office staff. Students will read their prayers over the intercom;
  • Announcements later in the morning. Announcements will be at the beginning of the day.

Protocols (or changes) we are keeping:

  • Teachers will continue to meet and dismiss students from muster points outside of the building. Our staff found this to be an effective way to start the school day. For our younger students, our staff found the use of muster points to be an effective way to communicate with parents daily. Once staff bring their classes into the school, our Jr. High teachers will take their homerooms to their lockers before going to class and our Elementary teachers will take their classes directly to the classroom and send students to their lockers right after morning announcements. We may have to adapt or revisit this protocol depending on the construction of our new portable classrooms. We will share a map of muster points closer to the start of the school year;
  • We will continue to use multiple entrances and exits. Our staff felt this improved on congestion in our hallways;
  • Keep all our outside doors locked. Many members of our community, including students, parents, and staff, felt keeping all the doors closed dramatically increased a sense of security in our school;
  • Keep the school building closed to the public. Similar to doors being locked, keeping our school closed to the public increases the security and safety of everyone in our building. Our younger students had an increased sense of responsibility as they needed to perform their locker duties by themselves. Our school population continues to grow.  Not allowing the public in our hallways helped to alleviate congestion.  Also, our Gathering Space will act as a learning space throughout the day;
    • When needed, parents will be able to volunteer in the classroom;
  • Close our mezzanine during lunchtime to our Jr. High students;
    • During inclement weather, our staff will open the mezzanine;
  • Having all our students eat in their classrooms;
    • Before the pandemic, our Grade 1 to 3 classes ate in the canteen. Our staff found that students were a lot more settled in their classroom and ate their lunches;
  • Require all Jr. High to go outside for part of the lunch break;
  • Play O Canada weekly over the intercom at school;

We will continue to reflect and adapt our plan as we know more information about the start of the school year.

Finally, here are our office hours for the end of August:

For all our returning families, we look forward to welcoming you back to our school.  For all our new families, we welcome you to our community.  Have a terrific, safe summer. 

FLVT: 2021-22 Staffing

We are continuing to plan for the 2021-22 school year, and we want to share information about our school’s staffing.  Please know, though, this plan is continually evolving as we try to meet the needs of our students best.  As we learn more, we will update this page.  Thank you for trusting us with the care and educational needs of your children.

September 3, 2021 Update

Mrs. Kasprick will be starting her maternity leave on Tuesday, September 7. We wish Mrs. Kasprick and her husband all the best as they will be welcoming their new baby into their family later this month.

September 2, 2021 Update

We are glad to announce Miss Rhiece Cordes has joined FLVT in the role of Success Coach. Please join me in welcoming Miss Cordes. Since the role of Success Coach is new to us, here is a brief description of the role of a Success Coach:

June 25, 2021 Update

We want to share that Mrs. Kasprick will be going on maternity leave at the end of September 2021. During September 2021, Mrs. Kasprick will be supporting a variety of students and programs in our Jr. High. We are glad to have Mrs. Kasprick start the year with us, and we wish her all the best once she starts her leave.

June 24, 2021 Update

We are glad to announce our staffing for next year is now complete:

  • Joining our Jr. High staff is Mrs. Patti Kroker. Mrs. Kroker will be one of our Grade 8 Homeroom Teachers;
  • Mrs. Carol Swanson is joining our staff as our new Administrative Assistant.

Please join us in welcoming both Mrs. Kroker and Mrs. Swanson to our school community.

Here is the most up-to-date list of our Jr. High homerooms and teachers:

June 21, 2021 Update

Here are our Jr. High homerooms and teacher:

There is still one Grade 8 Homeroom that will still have to announce.

June 16, 2021 Update

Here are our elementary homerooms and teachers:

We are happy to announce that Ms. Pelletier and Ms. Boutland are remaining on staff.

June 12, 2021

Early Learning Program

  • Mrs. Kroetsch is returning as Program leader;
  • Both Mrs. Walcheske and Mrs. Clarke have accepted positions at Ecole St. Mary’s.  A big thank you to both of them for all they did in helping our young students:
  • Mrs. Ellen Bran will be our Speech-Language Assistant in ELP, and Ms. Sarah Cassidy and Ms. Tanya Slomp will be Educational Assistants in the program.  We welcome all of them to our community.

Office Staff

  • Mrs. Wilson has recently accepted a position at CCH for the next school year.  We want to thank Mrs. Wilson for all she has done for our community and wish her all the best in her new role.  Once we have filled the office staff vacancy, we will share this information with our community.

Educational Assistants

  • Mrs. Roccatti is returning to our Kindergarten classes;
  • Mrs. Demers, Mrs. Elhert, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Kundrik, Mrs. Loose, Mr. Overes, Mrs. Sawchuck, and Mrs. Zrim all return to assist in our Grade 1 to 9 classrooms.

Teachers

  • At this point, we are still completing our teacher staffing for next year; this includes Mrs. Braun’s replacement.  We hope to be able to share our teaching staff and homeroom teachers very soon.
  • University of Lethbridge Practicum Students: We will be having three U of L Practicum Students in the fall.  Mrs. Alvarez will mentor Ms. Norton in Grade 3, Mr. Templin will mentor Mrs. Walz in Grade 1, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Martin-Weersink will mentor Miss Wright in our elementary music program.

Federal Grant Program

  • During this current pandemic school year, we were able to access a Federal Grant Program and hire some additional staff, including Miss Johnson (Jr. High Teacher), Ms. Pelletier (Numeracy Teacher), and Mrs. Paniagua (Educational Assistant).  Unfortunately, the Federal Grant Program is not continuing next school year, and Miss Johnson, Ms. Pelletier, and Mrs. Paniagua will not be returning next year.  We thank all of them for sharing their gifts with us, and we wish all of them the very best.

Class Lists for 2021-22

We are continuing to plan for the next school year; unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure of some things. Although we may be continuing with some current protocols, we are planning for a typical start to the year.

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 Monday, August 30, 2021.  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 2021-22 school year.

Greg Kostiuk