FLVT: Important Notice

For at least Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (maybe longer) of this week, the road directly in front of the school will be closed to all traffic. Here is some information:

  • The east entry to Stoney Crescent will be closed;
  • The school parking lot can only be accessed via the west entry to Stoney Crescent;
  • Bus drop-off and pick-up will temporarily be on Red Crow Blvd.;
  • There will be no parent parking on the north side of Red Crow Blvd.;
  • Our elementary bus students will be dismissed to busses with our Jr. High students at 3:15 pm.

Here is a map to help explain the changes:

The safety of our students is a priority, so please drive carefully.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Thank you.

A Person to Remember

Tomorrow we will be starting our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.  During Lent, I often reflect on a portion of William Arthur Ward’s poem that is always hanging on my fridge:

William Arthur Ward

In a few days, I will be attending the annual Southwestern Alberta Teachers’ Conference Association convention this year virtually due to the pandemic.  I remember a past session I attended a few years ago featuring Dr. Eva Olsson.  She is a wonderous person, and she is a Holocaust survivor.  In 1944, at the age of 19, Eva and her family were forcefully moved from Hungary and shipped to various concentration and work camps, including the death factory of Auschwitz-Birkenau. She had the unfortunate experience of meeting the Angel of Death, Dr. Joseph Mengele.  Eva exhibited resiliency and survived; she was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen camp by British and Canadian troops.  Unfortunately, the only other survivor of the Holocaust was Eva’s younger sister.  The rest of her family perished.  After the war, Eva married and settled in Sweden.  With the fear of Soviet Union aggression, Eva immigrated to Canada. 

At the age of 96, Eva continues to share her story (www.evaolsson.ca). 

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Dr. Olsson has many reasons to hate.  As a school administrator, I am privy to some hardships that students and staff have experienced, but nothing compares to Eva’s experience. There is no hatred in her voice; there is only acceptance and love.  She reminded me people learn to hate; they are not born with it.  If Eva can ‘fast from hate, and feast on acceptance,’ I believe we all can.

Please consider keeping the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving this Lent.  Still, as we hear about growing hatred and witness it creeps into the fabric of our Canadian identity, I challenge all of us to ‘fast from hate, and feast on acceptance.’  If Dr. Olsson, a Holocaust survivor, can do it, indeed we can.

Lenten blessings,

Greg Kostiuk

Survey Says: January 2021 Parent Survey Results

To give parents a better voice, we held a parent survey during January.  Although we have not started making any detailed plans for next year, the parent survey results will help us.  Here are the parent survey results:

Thank you for participating in the survey, and thank you for being part of our school community.

CCH Gr. 10 Orientation: 2021-22

February 1, 2021

Catholic Central High is starting the process for our Grade 9 students to register high school. Like everything else this year, the pandemic will make this process somewhat different than previous years. Here is their plan:

  • Online re-registration for current grade 9 students begins the week of February 1, 2021 https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/registration/current_family_registration
  • Online registration for students new to our division begins February 22, 2021 https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/registration/new_family_registration
  • CCH will be doing a virtual meeting with all our Grade 9 on-site students on February 10, 2021, at 1:30 pm. Students are in their homerooms for the virtual meeting. All on-site students must attend class at this time. After the virtual meeting, students will begin to fill out their course selection sheets with our FLVT teachers’ assistance.
  • FLVT students enrolled in AHL will be part of the SFJH virtual meeting on February 10, 2021, at 8:30 am. These students need to arrange to pick-up the course selection sheets from FLVT beforehand.
  • Students must fill out the online registration and the course selection sheets.
  • CCH has a video that will be posted on their website.

Please read the below letter from CCH Principal Joanne Polec:

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 9 Students:

Your son/daughter will soon be embarking on the next exciting stage in his/her educational journey.  We are looking forward to welcoming these new students to Catholic Central High School (CCHS), and being part of their academic, spiritual, and social growth.  To help ease the transition from junior high to high school, and to ensure that you have all the information necessary to assist your child in making decisions, we invite you to view our parent information video that will be accessible on our school website https://cch.holyspirit.ab.ca/ by the first week of February and for the rest of the course selection period (until March 5th).  Please view the information video and take notes of any questions you might have. Should you still require further clarification, we will have a Google Form for you to fill out wherein we can gather common questions and proceed with a) creating Q&A documents; b) hosting a virtual platform (like a Google Meet or Zoom) to answer your questions; or c) scheduling a 1:1 appointment with you and your child, should that be required.

In the video, we will provide information about program selection and registration. Students are also welcome (and encouraged) to watch, although they will be receiving similar information during classroom Google Meets with Catholic Central administration. On February 10, 2021, CCHS administration will be meeting virtually, with your child with your child’s classroom teacher present to facilitate the process. FLVT will complete course selections from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Students will have program handbooks and a copy of their course selection sheets to bring home to you for approval. Please have all course selection sheets submitted back to your child’s school no later than Thursday, March 4, 2021.

In terms of how to register your child to attend CCHS, current Holy Spirit students will be completing a registration update (“re-registration”) form online. Students from our feeder schools (of which your child’s current school is one) will need to indicate the designated school as CCHS. The division is targeting February 1st for these registration update forms to roll out to you via email. Any students new to the division will need to wait until after February 22nd to register. Please note that course selections for CCHS cannot be completed until the registration update form has been submitted online. 

While we hope that the video, various ways of answering questions you might have, and the facilitated course selection sessions with your child should provide you and your child with the information you need to transition to high school, we recognize that this can be daunting. We are here to support and guide you through this in any way we can.

At CCHS, we believe that a culture of Rigor, Relevance and Relationships is essential to ensuring the success of all students.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our community.

Blessings, Joanne Polec – Principal

Please contact us or CCH if you have any questions.

FLVT Grade 7 Orientation

January 21, 2021

Re: FLVT Grade 7 Orientation

Dear Parents of Westside Grade 6 Students:

The transition to Grade 7 from Grade 6 can be a very exciting time; it can also be stressful, especially during a global pandemic.  Although the current school year has been very challenging due to the pandemic, it has also been gratifying and successful.  In a recent parent survey, 97% of our parents rated our school’s response to the pandemic as either very satisfied or satisfied.  Our students scored well above the Canadian average in almost every category in the recent Our School student survey.  We have attempted to be as near-normal and maintain a safe learning environment as possible.  As I write this letter, Father Leonard Van Tighem School has had zero Covid-19 cases (knock on wood). 

Although it is still January, it is time to plan for the 2021-2022 school year.  There are still many unknowns about the next school year, but Father Leonard Van Tighem’s staff are excited to support students as they start their junior high years.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Grade 7 Orientation will be quite different.  Here is our plan:

  • On January 28, 2021, some of our staff will be visiting the St. Patrick’s Fine Arts Grade 6 class at noon to share a presentation and information;
  • On January 28, 2021, some of our staff will be visiting the Children of St. Martha’s Grade 6 class at 2:30 pm to share a presentation and information;
  • During the week of February 1-5, 2021, the reregistration process for current students in our school division is available https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/registration/current_family_registration
  • On February 2, 2021, our school administrators will be visiting the Grade 6 classes at FLVT to share a presentation and information;
  • On February 10, 2021, our school will be hosting a virtual Parent Orientation Google Meet at 7:00 pm for all FLVT Grade 6 parents.  Here is the Google Meet link  meet.google.com/obt-vxum-sxq
  • On February 11, 2021, our school will be hosting a virtual Parent Orientation Google Meet at 7:00 pm for all St. Patrick’s Fine Arts and Children of St. Martha Grade 6 parents.  Here is the Google Meet link meet.google.com/buj-wbra-hyv
  • FLVT Grade 6 students enrolled in At-Home Learning are requested to join the February 10, 2021, virtual Parent Orientation Google Meet at 7:00 pm meet.google.com/obt-vxum-sxq
  • SPFA and CSM Grade 6 students enrolled in At-Home Learning are requested to join the February 11, 2021, virtual Parent Orientation Google Meet at 7:00 pm meet.google.com/buj-wbra-hyv
  • On February 22, 2021, the registration process for new students in our school division is available https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/registration/new_family_registration

If you are new to our school community, I recommend visiting our FLVT website and my Principal Blog for a variety of relevant information.  We look forward to having your children as part of the excellent Catholic Education here at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

Respectfully yours,

Greg Kostiuk

Principal

January 11, 2021

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We are excited to welcome students back to in-class learning on Monday, January 11, 2021. As educators, we know student learning is enhanced with in-person classes. There are no big changes from December but two minor changes are:

  • We are bringing back a common time when there will be prayer, O Canada, announcements and a groaner over the intercom;
  • We are changing the dates of our Jr. High Complementary Courses. Quarter 2 is extended to February 11. Quarter 3 is February 22 to April 29 and Quarter 4 is May 3 to June 17.

For those families that traveled outside the country during the Christmas break, we remind families of the self-isolation requirements.

Also, please see the below message from our Superintendent initially sent out on January 5, 2021:

Happy New Year to Families, Students, and Staff and welcome to the brand new year of 2021.

As was mentioned by Adrianna LaGrange, Minister of Education, in a Tweet yesterday, and with a Facebook post by Premier Jason Kenney, in-school classes will resume on Monday, January 11, 2021 for all junior and high school students who shifted to learning from home on November 30th, as well as for all elementary students who are currently learning from home this week.  This return to in-person classes at school does not include our students who have been and continue to be enrolled in our At-Home Learning program that began early in the school year.

We want to whole-heartedly thank all parents and families who have made significant sacrifices in order to support our students learning from home.  We ask that you pray for our students, families and staff as we continue to navigate this challenging situation.  

Thank you and God Bless,

Ken Sampson

Superintendent of Schools

Have a great rest of the week and we will see the students back in class on Monday.

Bussing Update

As we continue to plan to have all our students back in classes on January 11, 2021, we wanted to inform parents and students of two important bussing updates.

Changes to Bus Companies

As we move into our 2021 school year, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is excited to continue transitioning transportation services to our new carrier, Southland Transportation Ltd.

Here is an update of the changes:

The only noticeable differences will be the “SOUTHLAND” name on the side of the bus and a new driver equipped with Southland driver identification for those taking the bus.  Otherwise, the bus routes and pick-up/drop-off times for the year will remain the same and can be accessed on the Lethbridge Transit School Bus website. 

To contact Southland Transportation directly, call 587-425-4245.  They are available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and, starting on January 11, 2021, from 6 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday. 

Changes to Bus Loading Protocols

To improve bus safety at Father Leonard Van Tighem, we created two new open gates in the west fence.  As students go out to the after school bus loading area, students may go directly to their bus if their bus is already there.  If their bus is not there, students will wait on the grass by the sign of their bus route.  By remaining on the grass and not the sidewalk, students will wait safely while the school bus drives up for loading.  Once the bus stops, students may proceed to their bus.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

2021-2022 School Registration

February 2, 2021

Here is some more information to clarify the process:

February 1, 2021

Typically, with the start of a new year, we start the registration process for the next school year in January.  This year, we are starting the registration for the 2021-2022 school year a little differently.  Here is the process:

Please find the registration link here https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/schools/registration

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Asking Our Parents – January 2021

Parents are an important stakeholder in our learning community. We think it is imperative to give parents a voice. Private meetings and School Council can be an important part of this voice, but a simple survey works. Therefore, we are sending out this local survey to get your opinion on a variety of topics. Please take some time to answer this short and simple survey. We will share the results in the spring. Here is the survey link:

https://forms.gle/nbLcggc4iWeFmCbg7

Thank you for doing this survey.