Draft Curriculum Survey Results

Thank you to all those who shared their thoughts regarding the current Draft K-6 Curriculum in October 2021.

A summary of the results has been prepared, please see the below document:

To view all of the comments provided by our community, please visit: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/report/35c737a9909b8bbea0194f4046c472c2

Thank you.

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

Homework Requests

Good morning FLVT parents/guardians,

On behalf of everyone at school, we want to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Currently, we are finding it a challenge to juggle our commitment to in-person instruction with the increased requests for homework for absent students.  Simply put, our teachers cannot provide in-person learning for present students and an at-home learning program for absent students.  For students absent for a short period (1-2 days), our teachers will work with them on missed work when they return.

When students are absent for more extended periods (3+ days), we will be following these guidelines when a request comes in for homework:

  • Elementary grades
    • If requested, teachers will provide some homework for a couple of days;
    • Teachers will try to provide the homework the day following the request;
    • Teachers will not be updating their Google Classroom for homework purposes.
  • Junior High grades
    • If requested, teachers will provide some homework for a couple of days;
    • Teachers will try to provide the homework the day following the request;
    • Teachers that consistently use Google Classroom will update their Google Classroom once a week.

Also, our school division has created lists of learning activities for students that need to stay home for an extended period.  Here is the link to the lists:

We are always aware there are exceptional circumstances; please contact the school and talk to one of the administrators if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for being so understanding regarding this issue.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school if you have any questions.

We Are All Treaty People

Recently, we completed our annual We Are All Treaty People poster contest. Thank you to all the students that entered it and thank you to our School Council for providing the prize money. We had 297 student entries!

Here are our 2021 winners:

Division I

  • First Place: Isabelle L. 2J
  • Second Place: Kinley U. 3K
  • Third Place: Asheli S. 2J and Piers L. 3K
We Are All Treaty People – Grades 1 – 3

Division II

  • First Place: Paisley C. 5G
  • Second Place: Ethan B. 6W
  • Third Place: Aniston W. 5R
We Are All Treaty People – Grades 4 – 6

Division III

  • First Place: Emily C. 9C
  • Second Place: Brynlee B. 7J
  • Third Place: Annelise H. 8G and Dorothy K. 9H
We Are All Treaty People – Grades 7 – 9

Thank you again to everyone that supported this project.

School Council Winter Fundraiser

October 20, 2021

Please consider supporting our School Council Winter Fundraiser. All funds raised will support our HAWKS Virtue Program and School Community Meal events. Also, any unspent money will be carried over to the next school year.

All orders are placed online at:

https://fatherleonard.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home

Orders are due by Wednesday, November 17, 2021 and the Plant Pick-up will be December 1, 2021 between 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Specific details about pick-up will be shared closer to the date.

The products from deVry are excellent. Here is what we are selling:

Thank you to our School Council for organizing this fundraiser and thank you to everyone for supporting it.

COVID-19: Case Notification

November 25, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 24, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 22, 2021 Update (9 pm):

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 21, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 16, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 14, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 9, 2021 Update:

Please read the attached letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures:

October 18, 2021

Please read the attached letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures:

Also, please see the below email outlining our divisional procedures:

October 15, 2021

Dear staff and families of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021 the Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hinshaw, the Minister of Health, Jason Copping, and the Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, announced further public health measures for schools. The measures are to protect students, staff, and school communities so that in-person learning can safely continue.

1. Case Notification 

Process for Grades K-6

If a student in grades K-6 has a “confirmed case of COVID-19” as communicated to the school division by Alberta Health Services, the school will send a “case notification” to the parents/caregivers of students in the “class cohort.” A notice is not sent to all the parents/caregivers of students in the school. If parents would like to keep track of total number of cases in a school, they can access this information being tracked by Alberta Health Services at this link:  COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

No further action beyond notification is taken if the number of cases remain 1-2 in a class over the course of a five-day period. If there are 3 or more cases over the course of 5 days, a notice of a “Period of Exclusion” will apply (see below for details).

Process for Grades 7-12

If a student in grades 7-12 has a “confirmed case of COVID-19” as communicated to the school division by Alberta Health Services, the school will send a “case notification” e-mail to all the parents/caregivers of students in the school. Parents can track the total number of cases at a school by accessing the information tracked by Alberta Health Services a this link: COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

As per the Health Order, there is no Period of Exclusion process in place for grades 7-12. With that in mind, a class cohort notification system is not in place for grade 7-12.

2.  Period of Exclusion from In-person Learning  – For Grades K-6 ONLY

During any five-day period, if there are three or more members of a class cohort who are found to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 who attended school during the members’ infectious period within that five-day period, the class will be “excluded” from in-person learning. The period of exclusion will be “10 consecutive calendar days” counted forward from the last day a member of the class cohort who tests positive attended in person at the school during the member’s infectious period. Recognizing this sounds complicated, not to worry. The “Exclusion Letter” will identify the date of return of your child to in-person learning. When a class cohort moves to at-home learning because they fall under a period of exclusion, instruction will be delivered via Google Class. Schools and teachers will provide specific instructions regarding access to at-home learning during a period of exclusion. 

3.  Public Reporting – ALL GRADES

As noted in #1, Alberta Health has started the process of posting the number of COVID cases in all schools throughout Alberta. Any school with two or more COVID-19 cases will appear on the COVID-19 School Status List located here: COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

This list will include any COVID-19 cases at the school that were infectious while attending school over the last 14 days.

A school is classified as being in “Outbreak” if there are 10 or more COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that were infectious while at school. Parents/caregivers will receive an Outbreak Notification letter if this occurs in their school. Alberta Health Services will work with the school division to review outbreak control measures at the school and additional measures to limit further spread may be implemented.

4.  Rapid Testing

Alberta Education has informed us that rapid testing may be available by late-October for Kindergarten to Grade 6 schools experiencing outbreaks. If implemented, the rapid testing program will be voluntary.

If you are unclear as to the measures as outlined in this letter, please contact your school principal.

God Bless,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools