About Greg Kostiuk

Principal Father Leonard Van Tighem School Lethbridge, AB "Try to feel, at your heart's core, the reality of others."

2020 Jr. High Awards

During November, we recognized our 2020 Jr. High Award winners.  Due to the pandemic, we did it a lot differently, and we did not give out all our traditional awards because of the move to online learning in the spring. The awards were given out to the recipients at CCH and our own school.  Here is a summary of the awards:

We want to congratulate all the winners—special thanks to Ms. Pilsner for all her work organizing the awards.

FLVT Announcement – December 1, 2020: Elementary Learning at Home (January 4-8, 2021)

December 1, 2020 – Elementary

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As of January 4, 2020, all Grade 7 to 12 students in the province will be moving to At-Home Learning (Scenario 3) until January 11, 2021. On the November 27 announcement, we outlined the plan for our Jr. High students. Now we want to share with you the plan for our elementary students.

The week of January 4th will be quite different than the sudden spring decision to close schools and move to online learning.  FLVT will be trying to have elementary learning at home learning as ‘regular’ as possible.  Assigned classes are mandatory, teachers will be taking attendance, and teachers will follow regular assessment practices.

Here are the guidelines we are using (time commitment is per week):

The platform to deliver the educational program will balance Google Classroom/Google Meets and independent work.  There will be daily instruction using Google Meet.  Individual teachers will be sharing their schedules and expectations.  During the last school week in December, some teachers may be sharing paper packages for students to take home.

Google Classroom/Google Meets require a robust device. Since the plan for learning at home is only five days, the school division will not be lending out any devices. Students that do not have a device will focus on the paper packages.

We look forward to having all our students back on January 11, 2021.

November 27, 2020 – Jr. High

As of November 30, 2020, all Grade 7 to 12 students in the province will be moving to At-Home Learning (Scenario 3) until January 11, 2021.  Although this sounds like a long time, the reality is it twenty school days.  We hope that this change will help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This change will be quite different than the sudden spring decision to close schools and move to online learning.  FLVT will be trying to have at-home learning as ‘regular’ as possible.  Assigned classes are mandatory, teachers will be taking attendance, and teachers will follow regular assessment practices.

We wanted to strike a balance approached to ensure student learning.  We do not think it is good to have students in front of a screen all day long.  In our balanced approach, we want to reduce screen time, maintain instruction, provide independent work, and continue teacher access.  Here are some key points to our approach:

  • The primary delivery system for at-home learning will be Google Classroom (online);
  • We will be following our regular timetable for academic cores of LA, math, social, and science and religion.  For example: if a student currently has math class on Monday and Wednesday during period 2, math at-home learning will be at that time;
  • FLVT Class: this class is challenging to deliver at-home; therefore, students will not be taking FLVT Class.  During this time, students will have a wellness break;
  • Period 4 Monday to Thursday Complementary Courses (options): like FLVT class, Complementary Courses are a challenge to continue in at-home learning.  Therefore, students will not have Complementary Courses.  During this time, the teacher may assign independent work, and teachers will be available to assist students.  Also, students may take wellness breaks at this time;
  • Health and Wellness Classes: there will be no new instruction in these classes.  Teachers will post instructions and wellness activities in Google Classroom;
  • Physical Education Classes: will be no new instruction in these classes.  Teachers will post instructions and physical education activities in Google Classroom;
  • Reading Classes: students are to read independently.  LA teachers will share expectations;
  • Period 5 Tutorial Classes: this will be a time for students to connect with their homeroom teacher, similar to what occurs on-site.  Teachers will be choosing one day a week that students must enter a Google Meet.  Teachers will contact students to inform them in their Google Classrooms;
  • Teachers have shared schedules with students.

We hope that this balanced approach will ensure the rigour of learning and student wellness.  Although this plan is for only twenty days, we may have to do some fine-tuning as we proceed.

Yesterday school staff informed students of our plan.  We hope this plan is short-lived, and we truly are looking forward to having all our students back on January 11, 2021.

Two additional points:

  • This plan has minimal impact on students that are currently enrolled in our AHL program.  There are minor time changes;
  • We will announce plans for our elementary learning at-home program soon.

Finally, here is an announcement from Mr. Sampson regarding the recent announcement and how it affects our students from Early Learning Program to Grade 12:

https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/updated_public_health_measures

Thank you for your support and understanding as we all do our part to stop the spread.

Immunization Program: Temporarily Halted

November 13, 2020

Dear parents/guardians of students in Father Leonard Van Tighem School,

Our local Alberta Health Services (AHS) have let us know that, with the increase in COVID cases in the South Zone, all school school immunization programs have been temporarily halted. More information can be found in the below memo: 

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

FLVT: Jr. High Complementary Courses – Q2

We are about to complete our Quarter One Complementary Courses.  For Quarter Two, we are still unable to provide our traditional option classes.  Our Jr. High staff tried to balance what students wanted and maintain our COVID-19 protocols, especially our cohorts.  In choosing complementary courses, we tried to address both the physical and mental wellness of our students.  Here is the schedule of our Quarter Two Complementary Courses:

We think it is in the best interest of all students to participate in Complementary Courses and stay in school for the entire day. 

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response and School Re-Entry Plan: Survey Says

Thank you to everyone for completing our recent survey FLVT Pandemic Response and School Re-Entry Plan.  We had 125 parents do the survey.  Overall, the results were very positive and supportive of our pandemic response and plan.  Here are the results:

Although 95.2% shows parental support, we do want to strengthen and improve.  As part of the survey, we asked two questions:

  1. What are some strengths in our Pandemic Response and School Re-Entry Plan?
  2. Knowing there are provincial and divisional requirements (for example, all students must be in cohorts), what are some areas of growth in our Pandemic Response and School Re-Entry Plan?

Here are the top answers regarding the strengths in our response and plan:

  1. Creating and following the protocols
  2. Focus on student cohorts
  3. Parent communication
  4. Student and staff mask use
  5. Use of muster points
  6. Closed campus

Here are the top answers regarding some areas of growth in our response and plan:

  1. Keep up the good/great work
  2. No changes needed
  3. Concern about inclement weather and muster points
  4. Request to begin co-curricular activities
  5. Masks – some requests to be more lenient in the Grade 4 to 9 classrooms and some suggestions to have masks mandated in Grade 1 to 3 classrooms

There were many answers to both questions, but these were the common responses. 

The school staff will examine all the responses and make changes when needed.  Some requests are out of our control as they are either divisional or provincial mandates.  These include co-curricular activities and mask-wearing protocols.

Overall, it is clear that our parent community overwhelmingly supports our pandemic response and school re-entry plan.  Parents are appreciative of the hard work of staff and students in implementing the response and plan.  And finally, a strong desire to continue following the protocols and, as one parent stated, “don’t let down your guard.”

Thank you again for doing the survey and for your support.

Should My Child Come to School? Flowchart

Starting November 2, there are updates to the daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist for children under 18.

For your convenience, here is a flowchart (thank you to Ms. Pilsner for making it):

For your convenience, here is the checklist:

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

We Are All Treaty People

Thank you to all the students who entered our We Are All Treaty People Poster Contest. We had well over 250 entries.  We hope that the students learned about the long-standing partnership between all of us.  Also, thank you to FLVT School Council for sponsoring the contest.  It wasn’t easy to pick from the many excellent posters.  Here are our winners:

Division One:

1st Piers L. – 2nd Sara B. – Tie for 3rd Quinn R. and Kadence S.

Division Two:

1st Lilly J. – 2nd Isabella P. – Tie for 3rd Logan W.C. and Hayden M.

Division Three:

1st Ezra R. – 2nd Grace B. – Tie for 3rd Alyssa P. and Aislynn H.

Honourable Mention to the following students ($10 canteen voucher for each student):

Kaylee S., Brynlee B. Ethan B. and Elliott R.
Kden T., Kirstin D. and Neala C.
Braxten S., Matteo G. and Ahlia D.

Thank you again for supporting our We Are All Treaty People Poster Contest.

Wellness Days for All Holy Spirit Catholic Schools – November 9 & 10, 2020

October 27, 2020 

Dear parents/guardians of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

As I’m sure all of you would agree, it’s been a challenging start to the school year.  I am so proud of how our students and staff have risen to the challenge to continually take care of each other. 

While I appreciate the significant efforts put forth, I am also aware that this holy work can be draining – physically, emotionally and spiritually. That is why, after discussing the matter with our Board Chair, I have declared that Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10 will be non-operational days across the division.  This means that there will be no students in school on these days.  As always, Wednesday, November 11 will be closed in honour of Remembrance Day. Fortunately, as our schools are well over the instructional time required by the province, the time away for students will not impact their learning significantly.

My hope is that this time will serve as a richly deserved wellness break for our entire divisional family.  I pray that you will be rested and rejuvenated when we return to school on Thursday, November 12, 2020. 

May God continue to bless each and every one of you.

Gratefully,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent

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