AHS Immunizations for Grade 7 and 8 Students

Hello,

A Public Health school nursing team will be immunizing at FLVT on 30 NOV 2021 in the morning for Grade 7 & 8 students who have returned a signed parental consent form for Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus vaccines. In the last two weeks, these consent forms were sent home from school with your child.   

A school nurse will also attempt to contact parents of eligible students in Grade 7 & 8 if we have not received this year’s signed consent form. If you haven’t already, please return the school immunization consent form as soon as possible.

For more information on Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus vaccines, please visit the Immunize Alberta website at immunizealberta.ca. If you have any questions, please contact the Lethbridge Public Health office at  #403-388-6666 and speak with our Intake Registered Nurse).

Advent Message

December promises to be an exciting month.  Although the pandemic will dampen many of our group activities, we will be doing our best to continue our Christmas traditions.  Some will be virtual or recorded, including Advent Celebrations, Advent Mass, and elementary Christmas Concert. In addition, we are planning to have some fun activities near the end of the month.  We will feel the Christmas spirit at our school.

Advent is a special time.  To me, Advent has two messages.  One is the buildup to the celebration of the birth of Christ.  This buildup includes the season of Advent and the call to “make ready the way of the Lord.” By focusing on the themes of Advent, we can definitely “make ready the way of the Lord”:

  • HOPEHOPE is a core belief in our faith.  Let us be HOPEful tools to express God’s love to another.  Let us serve others not out of obligation but in the hope that the kingdom of God is in our midst.
  • PEACE – We pray for the people suffering from conflict, whether the conflict is near or far.  We pray for a PEACEful solution to all conflict, conflict in our community or conflict in our world.  Our actions for the common good allow PEACE to grow.
  • JOY – May we JOYfully use the gifts that God has given us.  Let us use our many gifts to spread JOY to everyone.  We experience JOY in understanding creation and serving others.
  • LOVE – God, we know you are with us and in us.  We thank you for the sign of your LOVE in the many gifts you give us.  We are empowered to make positive choices by God’s gift of LOVE.  Every day, we choose to LOVE our neighbour.

The second message of Advent is that we do not have to wait.  God is with us now, here in our lives.  In the words of Mother Teresa, “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”

May this Advent and Christmas season be a time of great joy to everyone.

God Bless,

Greg Kostiuk

Advent Prayer

O God,
rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son.
As we light our advent candles,
may the blessing of Christ come upon us,
brightening our way
and guiding us by his truth.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of our world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Volunteers Needed

We are requesting your help with our School Council Winter Fundraiser. We need volunteers for the December 1, 2021 pick-up. Please see the following document for details:

Here is the link to sign-up:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JtcfU0VFgH43eJuLg3x9Y3ZnWnziXZzqq3rxvc9TS70/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you for supporting the fundraiser. Just under 500 products were sold. The sales were just over $13,300, which means $4,170 was raised to help support our students.

Thank you for considering this volunteer request.

Unvaccinated Students (less than 12), International Travel and School

The following link brings you to the official Government of Canada’s website that speaks specifically to federally governed COVID-19 related matters. The two-page handout can be found here:

Essentially, because of the fact that children under 12 years of age are not eligible to be vaccinated, the federal government has stated that they are not permitted to attend school for 14 days after the arrival date back into Canada, even if they remain asymptomatic.

AHS Survey (Elementary Students)

Please see this notice from AHS regarding a survey:

Good Afternoon,

Last week we sought your assistance in sharing a survey with Alberta parents, and then made the difficult decision to pause the survey. We heard frustration from those who did not have an opportunity to respond, and want to apologize for any inconvenience we caused.

As noted, we had more than 21,000 responses to the survey in two days. While the initial data is very insightful, we realized that we needed to alter the questions slightly to ensure that our Public Health team is able to use that data effectively. The most significant change you will notice, if you completed the first version of the survey, is that we are going to differentiate responses from those who do or do not plan to immunize their children. This will allow us to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all Alberta parents; providing access to reliable, accurate information and developing a smooth booking and vaccination process. We are also providing an opportunity for clarity on some of the answers that were provided.

We have relaunched the survey, and hope that you will consider sharing this link with the parents in your schools. If you are willing to share the link, please do so directly with parents and not on general channels, such as social media, as we are eager to hear the perspectives of Albertans with children in the 5-11 age group.

The survey will remain open until noon on Monday, November 8https://together4health.albertahealthservices.ca/covid-immunizations

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience we caused and hope to continue to partner with you going forward.

Katherine Morgan-Litke, Administrative Assistant, On Behalf of:


Community Engagement & External Relations

Alberta Health Services