About Greg Kostiuk

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

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

September 20, 2021 Update

Here is the update from our Superintendent regarding contact tracing:

September 17, 2021

Good afternoon Holy Spirit Catholic School Divison families:

Earlier this week, senior leaders and school-based administrators met to discuss whether, as a division, we should be sharing with our families and communities self-declared positive COVID cases which are brought to our attention by parents.  As you well know, there are many views on this which are extremely polarizing in nature.

While many would argue that passing this personal and private information to our public gets the word out about the seriousness of this dreadful disease, we are not a health authority and we no longer have Alberta Health Services (AHS) doing contact tracing, which took place during the entirety of last school year.  As such, and after careful consideration, we have decided that we would NOT be sharing this information, for many reasons, but to name a few:

  • Not all parents are comfortable sharing this information with us and the absence of complete disclosure from everyone could present an inaccurate sense of what might actually be going on in the community, which might suggest a false sense of reality and safety;  
  • There is a very heavy stigma associated with identifying as COVID positive;
  • There will be significant unrest and increased anxiety if members of the community know of a positive case in a school that was not reported to us;
  • There could be serious ramifications around false or inaccurate reporting;
  • By the process of elimination, disclosure of a positive case in a classroom could lead to identification of an individual;
  • Over communication of positive cases will send a message that may desensitize the issue;
  • The public’s uncertainty of what a close contact is can cause people to gossip, especially when no specific information given; and
  • As there are people who present without symptoms, individuals may not be aware that they are COVID positive.

The bottom line is that COVID-19 is real AND in our communities.  Each of us must be vigilant in how we protect ourselves in the choices we make around health measures (staying home when sick, masking, hand sanitizing, physical distancing, and doing the Alberta Health COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool on a daily basis for everyone attending or working in our schools).

As always, we are continuing to report to AHS absences of 10% or more at each school in our division.  Parents and guardians may receive a letter from AHS when this threshold is reached at respective schools.

I wish to thank all of you for your continued support in these very challenging and trying times.  

Gratefully yours,
​​​​​​​Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

September 10, 2021

We want to take this opportunity to share with our FLVT community the current policy regarding COVID-19 Contact Tracing.  Many of you may remember the process last year of our school working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to inform parents of a positive case in a classroom and identifying the students in the class cohort as close contacts.  Self-isolation and recommended COVID-19 testing followed.

Now, AHS does not require schools to contact trace; it is prohibited.  Contact tracing is the responsibility of the individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.  If we have a confirmed positive case at school, and to our knowledge, we have not, the school will not share information with parents, classmates, or staff.  Again, according to AHS, any contact tracing is the individual’s responsibility that has tested positive.  Although this process change may be difficult to understand, it is the process the school must follow.

For the most recent updates regarding COVID-19, please refer to the following: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17221.aspx

To summarize, we can no longer share with our community that a member has tested positive. Instead, it is incumbent upon the individual to connect with everyone who may have been in ‘close contact’ during the infectious period.

School Council 2021-22

Meet Your School Council Executive

Please open this pdf for introductions from our School Council Executive:

Thank you to our executives for their willingness to serve our FLVT community.

November School Council – Virtual

School Council is a crucial 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 November School Council meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 7 pm. The meeting will be virtual; here is the Google Meet link:

https://meet.google.com/xyu-rouk-gqr?authuser=0

Also, this will be an opportunity for parents to meet our Jr. High Teachers as they will be attending the beginning of the meeting.

Agenda:

Financials:

COVID-19 Vaccine Program – AHS (Grade 7-12)

September 24, Update

Alberta Health Services is planning to administer COVID-19 immunizations to only those students who had previously submitted a signed consent form on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Father Leonard Van Tighem School. Immunizations will occur from approximately 9 am till noon. 

Again, this is only for those students who submitted signed consent forms.

September 9, 2021

Our government has a COVID-19 Vaccine Program for schools. The program is for Grade 7 to 12 students. Please see these documents for more information:

Parent Letter

COVID-19 School Immunization Consent and Information:

This program is voluntary and requires parental consent. Only if interested, please complete the consent form and return to the school office by Wednesday, September 15, 2021. If needed, the office has some paper forms that your child may pick-up to take home.

Currently, we do not know the exact date that the program will occur at FLVT.

Thank you,

FLVT School

FLVT Fall Fundraiser

Good afternoon everyone,

Please review this document, including a YouTube link, explaining our Fall Fundraiser that runs from today till September 15, 2021:

We expect most students to participate and sell our fundraising card using the MoneyDolly App.  Some key reasons to use the MoneyDolly App and not sell the physical card are:

  • The card is on the device (phone) for ease of use;
  • The card may get better as more stores are added to it;
  • The card can be used in different cities;
  • The payment of the card is made in the App;
  • There are multiple ways to sell the card (texting, social media).

For a preview of our physical card and the pre-sale sheet (used if you are choosing not to use the MoneyDolly App) please view the following document (updated Sept. 2):

Thank you for supporting our Fall Fundraiser.

2021-22 COVID-19 Protocols

November 18, 2021 Update:

At our recent School Council, we were requested to communicate current parent access protocols to the school. Please see the below chart for this information:

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

November 17, 2021 Update:

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

During our volleyball season, our games at school were closed to spectators due to the pandemic.  Near the end of the volleyball season, we announced that we were looking at the possibility of changing this policy for the coming basketball season.  After meeting with our school division and other Jr. High schools within our division, we are pleased to announce the following:

  • Once basketball season begins, our league games will be open to some spectators;
  • Each student-athlete from our school and the visiting school will be allowed two adult spectators;
  • The two adult spectators will need to provide proof of vaccination (AHS QR code) or evidence of a recent (within 72 hours) negative COVID-19 PCR test.  This will occur near our front door in our school’s Gathering Space;
  • All spectators are required to wear a non-medical mask while they are in the building;
  • All spectators are required to follow social distancing rules as family groups in our mezzanine;
  • All spectators are requested to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the game and leave the building after the game;
  • This policy applies to league games; it does not apply to practices or tournaments.

We will be piloting this change until the Christmas break and then re-evaluating moving forward. Again, we welcome this policy change and thank you for your understanding and support. 

Please get in touch with the school if you have any questions.

November 1, 2021 Update

As we continue to navigate through providing education through this pandemic, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding some of our current protocols or restrictions:

  • Vaccinations
    • All adults that are in our school are required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent, within 72 hours, negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening test;
    • Starting November 15, the QR scanner, with a government-issued ID, will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination;
    • There are no vaccination requirements for any students.
  • Public in the building
    • As per our divisional protocols, our building is closed to the public;
    • We are beginning to have parent volunteers in our facility; this includes volunteers invited by specific teachers, volunteers for school events, and volunteers in our library;
    • As per the vaccination bullet, all adults that are in our school are required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent, within 72 hours, negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening test;
    • Spectators at sporting events – We could not implement the government restriction for volleyball season, but we hope to implement them for basketball season.  Why the difference?  We have two games simultaneously during volleyball season, hence double the number of spectators compared to one basketball game.  We are still developing the protocols for allowing basketball spectators;
    • Please ring the front doorbell if parents need to come to school to drop something off or talk to their child.  One of our staff will welcome the parent and invite them to come into the small entranceway while we go and get their child.
  • Cohorts
    • Our elementary students continue to be in cohorts (homeroom classrooms) while they are in the building;
    • Our Jr. High students are not in cohorts.
  • Muster Points
    • We are continuing to welcome and dismiss students from homeroom muster points.  Many teachers find this to be a way to connect with their parent group.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather as students are expected to gather at their muster point unless the temperature is below -15C.  Staff will open the various doors for students to enter the school when the temperature is below -15C.
  • Events
    • We have investigated the possibility of having some school-based events, including student assemblies and our traditional Jr. High Christmas Formal student dance.  Unfortunately, current government restrictions prohibit large gatherings at schools.  Therefore, we are unable to hold such events at this time.  We hope to host a Jr. High Formal Dance in February if government restrictions allow.
    • Christmas Concert – Unfortunately, our elementary grades will not do an in-person Christmas Concert this year.  We plan to video each of our classes performing and sharing the video during the last week of school in December.

Thank you again for your support as we continue to do our best during these difficult times.

October 22, 2021 Update

Please see this letter from Mr. Sampson regarding spectators in the school:

October 20, 2021 Update

Please examine this recently update website and flow charts when determining if you should send your child to school when they have Covid-19 symptom(s):

AHS Website:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16998.aspx

Flow chart 1

Flow chart 2

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

October 12, 2021 Update

Please read this important letter from our Superintendent:

October 12, 2021 

Dear families of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division, 

Throughout this pandemic, the school division has been collectively steadfast in our commitment to keeping our students and staff safe – physically, mentally, spiritually, and academically. We continue to assess and implement measures that we believe will have a positive impact on the health and safety of our schools. 

Immunization, as communicated by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, is the most effective means to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigate outbreaks, and protect ourselves and children who cannot yet be vaccinated. In an effort to maintain in-person learning while ensuring the comprehensive health of our staff and students, it has been determined that all individuals in direct contact with our schools must be fully vaccinated unless they require an accommodation pursuant to a protected grounds under the Alberta Human Rights Act or participate in a regular, rapid testing program that ensures they are not COVID-19 positive. 

This requirement, which will come into effect on October 25, 2021, will apply to all staff, visitors, contractors, volunteers, and personnel from community agencies who come into our school buildings. This does not apply to students. Currently, children under 12 are still not eligible for vaccination and there is no provincial legislation that requires K–12 students to have specific vaccinations. Further, in keeping with the Education Act, every child in Alberta is entitled to have access to an education program. 

More information will be shared as appropriate. In the meantime, I ask again for your prayers and support of our staff, who continue to go to incredible lengths to ensure that the needs of all of our students are met. 

Sincerely, 
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

October 6, 2021 Update

Yesterday our government provided an update regarding COVID-19 measures.  Part of the update included changes to measures in schools, particularly concerning contact notification, sharing information about cases at schools, and at-home rapid testing.  Please click on this link for a summary:

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=8010338004656-FFAD-9A4C-1513D6E78C7690C9

Once these new measures’ effects are determined at our school, we will share specific information with our community.

September 23, 2021 Update

Yesterday, we shared the new COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklists.  Unfortunately, these new checklists have caused some confusion.  Our division is awaiting clear direction from Alberta Education regarding household close contacts. Therefore, we ask parents to continue to use the following flowchart as our guide:

September 22, 2021 Update

Lately, we have received a lot of questions whether parents should be sending their child to school if they have some symptoms or if they are a close contact due to a positive case in a household. Therefore, we want to share with you the most recent COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist (both for adults and children):

For Children Under 18 (llink temporarily removed)

For Adults 18 Years and Older (link temporarily removed)

September 20, 2021

Our school division sent out an announcement on September 16 sharing the new restrictions concerning our divisional COVID-19 Protocols.  We want to take this opportunity to share how the new restrictions affect our FLVT students:

  • Masking – There is no change in the masking policy.  All staff, visitors, and K to 9 students are required to wear non-medical masks.  The only exceptions are for students who have a medical exemption, for students while doing physical activities or while students are outside.
  • Elementary Cohorts – There will not be a significant change for our elementary students.  Previously to the new restrictions, we were only allowing grade-level gatherings. So, for example, our 1P and 1T students could gather together.  Now, all elementary homeroom classes will not be able to interact with other classes. However, cohorts will be able to interact with different cohorts outside.
  • Spectators – As per our divisional policy, spectators will not be allowed. However, we are currently hoping to live stream our events soon.

September 16, 2021

As you are aware, our province has announced new restrictions. Our school division will be sending out a notice sharing some specifics soon. One further restriction that we want to share with our community right away is the decision that all indoor sporting events will be closed to all spectators effective immediate. So, for example, today’s after-school volleyball game, and all other games, is closed to the public.

Here is a link to the school division announcement: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/updates_based_on_new_provincial_health_measures?fbclid=IwAR0fr-p6T9zVhgaaLLuWDI_bhgwx6zdH_cIlkieD6KArNmknrXnaRhIL52I

September 7, 2021 Update

Please see the announcement regarding masking from Mr. Sampson:

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

Here is a summary:

  • All staff and all students (K-12) to wear a non-medical mask;
  • Effective Wednesday, September 8, 2021;
  • Masks will not be required during physical activity, eating (while seated), or when outdoors;

Thank you.

August 30, 2021

Please review this very important document outlining Father Leonard Van Tighem School 2021-22 School Year COVID-19 Pandemic Response Protocols:

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

FLVT Bussing Information (Fee-Paying Students)

September 20, 2021 Update

We appreciate your patience as Southland Transportation looks to improve its services.  Southland Transportation is in the process of adding routes and drivers, so we hope our buses will be on time for drop off and pick up in a few weeks.

Also, just another friendly reminder that you must register by the end of the month if you are a fee-paying student (living less than 2.4 km away and are eligible to access bussing).  Southland Transportation will be finalizing routes based on the end-of-month registrations.  For example, if you plan to access bussing once it is cold and register after the end-of-month, Southland Transportation will not change the established bus routes.  Users will be required to follow the regular bus routes.  Please register for bussing if you plan to access bussing at any point in this school year.  Here is the link to register fee-paying students:  https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/transportation/lethbridge_schools_transportation

September 2021

FLVT Bussing Information (Fee-Paying Students)

Please read this important information regarding transportation registration for fee-paying students.  It is essential for families that are paying for bussing to register as soon as possible.  Southland Transportation is currently building bus routes based on the students that have registered for bussing.

This is just a reminder to let us know if your child will be accessing transportation under the “Eligible -Fee-Paying” category for the 2021/2022 school year.   All eligible riders must register, and only registered riders will be permitted to ride the school bus. In September, schools will be assigning transportation fees to approved riders using our SchoolCash Online program after finalized registrations and routes.

For more information, see the “Transportation Update – 2021/2022” or visit our website https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/transportation/lethbridge_schools_transportation.  

To access the Transportation Registration Form:

  1. Log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal (https://holyspirit.powerschool.com/public/).
  2. Click on the School Engage link on the bottom left corner of the screen.
  3. Select the Student tab on the top left-hand side of the screen.
    Then select the name of the student you are registering for transportation services.
  4. The Transportation Form should appear under the “Forms” section on the right hand of the screen. Select the “Open” button next to the appropriate form.
  5. Complete and submit the form.

Thank you in advance for your prompt completion of this form.  Should you have any questions or require assistance, please contact your child’s school for more information, or email us at transportation@holyspirit.ab.ca.

2021/2022 Guidelines for Maintaining Safe and Healthy Schools in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please find below the updated 2021-22 Guidelines for Maintaining Safe & Healthy Schools in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

There will be a meeting with divisional personnel and school-based leaders on August 25, 2021, to discuss the guidelines. In addition, school staff will be meeting on August 27, 2021, to discuss the implementation of the 2021-22 Guidelines for Maintaining Safe & Healthy Schools in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  Once we have finalized our site protocols, we will share them with our school community.

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.

November 25, 2021 Update

Mrs. Hawker, our librarian, announced her retirement today.  We thank Mrs. Hawker for her dedication and service to our students, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.  Mrs. Hawker’s retirement will be effective January 21, 2022.  Mrs. Hawker will be missed, and we hope she will continue to be part of our FLVT community.  We will be starting the process to find her replacement soon.

Best wishes, Mrs. Hawker!

November 15, 2021 Update

We are pleased to announce Mrs. Paniagua will be rejoining our staff as an Educational Assistant in our Grade 2 and 3 classes.  We can rehire Mrs. Paniagua due to a provincial government grant to support literacy and numeracy in Division One.  Welcome back, Mrs. Paniagua.

Due to the death of someone very close to Ms. Tkach, she will be away from school for a few weeks.  We offer condolences to Ms. Tkach, wish her all the best, and look forward to her returning in a few weeks.  Mr. Craig will be replacing Ms. Tkach for this week, and Ms. Schafer will be replacing her until her return in early December.

October 20, 2021 Update

Mr. Cheverie will be filling in for Mrs. Kroker in our Jr. High for short time.  We will notify parents once Mrs. Kroker has returned to work

September 20, 2021 Update

We are pleased to announce we have an additional half-time caretaker at our school. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Shawn Toker to our staff.

Mrs. Alvarez (3A) will be away for the next four weeks. We are glad to welcome back Mrs. Baczuk, who will be temporarily replacing Mrs. Alvarez. We wish Mrs. Alvarez a quick recovery.

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