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.

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

We Are Getting Bigger!

Due to our building capacity and expected student growth, we are excited to announce Alberta Education has approved two more portable classrooms for Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  The building process will start soon, but the portables will probably not be ready for the beginning of the next school year.  The location of the portables is yet to be determined.

Thank you to our school board and central office personnel for advocating for our school community.

2021 FLVT Grade 9 Farewell

June 21, 2021, Update

Congratulations to all our Grade 9 students for completing Junior High – what an achievement!  During this pandemic school year, it was supposed to be ‘near-normal.’  Although we tried our best to provide a rich educational program, this year was anything but ordinary.  The pandemic robbed students of memories in many ways: co-curricular clubs and sporting teams, the Christmas Formal, the Quebec Trip, the pleasure of hanging out with friends at school, and the traditional Grade 9 Farewell activity, to mention a few.  We did not hear many complaints from our students throughout the year, sure the odd disagreement about cohorting on our field, but our Grade 9 students showed an extreme level of cooperation.  As our students finish off this week with their final exams, we wish them all the best as they enter high school.  Although some people may want to forget this pandemic year, I know many students will have fond memories of their cohorts and many other memories of their time at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

Thank you to all the members of the Grade 9 Farewell Committee for planning our Farewell last week.  Here is a link for the Grade 9 Farewell video:

On behalf of everyone at Father Leonard Van Tighem School, congratulations again on completing Grade 9 and best wishes in your future.

June 8, 2021, Update

Good afternoon,

This Thursday, our Grade 9 Farewell is scheduled. However, due to predicted poor weather, we have rescheduled the Grade 9 Farewell to Thursday, June 17. 

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

June 10, 2021, Farewell Drive-Thru

Plans for our Grade 9 Farewell Drive-Thru have been finalized.  On Thursday, June 10, between 5 pm and 8 pm, each Grade 9 Homeroom Class has been scheduled a time to come to school. Families can drive to the school (vehicles only) at their designated times and stop their cars in our fire lane loop. At that point, our Grade 9 students will be able to walk towards the school, interact with staff, and pick up a small gift from our school community.  After this, students will exit on the grass, and there will be a chance for a photo opportunity.  After this, the families will have to get back in their vehicle and exit the school parking lot.  We have created this map to show you the process:

Farewell Drive Thru
  • Please follow Alberta Health Services physical and social distancing protocols;
  • To avoid big gatherings of people, the Grade 9 Farewell Drive-Thru will be scheduled for classes to arrive at different times and is designed to be a come and go activity:  Here is the schedule;
    • 9C – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (A-K 5:00-5:25 pm and L-V 5:25-5:50 pm)
    • 9H and 9L – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (A-M 6:00-6:25 pm and N-W 6:25-6:50 pm)
    • 9R and At-Home Learning students – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (A-H 7:00-7:25 pm and K-W 7:25-7:50 pm)
    • Grade 9 classes will have a window of 50 minutes.  Homeroom teachers will be contacting parents with a general schedule based on surnames.  Surnames with the beginning letters of the alphabet will be the first 25 minutes, and surnames with the ending letters of the alphabet will be the second 25 minutes.

If we have poor weather on June 10, the Grade 9 Farewell will be postponed till June 17.

Finally, Mrs. Rogers and Mr. Craddock have put a lot of work into creating a video for our Grade 9 students.  It should be completed soon, and we will send a link out to our families.

Although this cannot replace our traditional Grade 9 Farewell, we are happy that our Grade 9s will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Thank you

We’re Back!

With the government announcement yesterday, we are glad to welcome back all our students back to in-person learning on May 25, 2021.  Here is the article from today’s Lethbridge Herald:

@LethbridgeHerald

There are only 24 more instructional days of school left in the school year.  Although we have had numerous challenges, simply providing an education program to our students during this pandemic has been a success due to the hard work of our students, parents, and staff.

As we reach the home stretch of our school year, please remember to follow our various COVID-19 protocols, especially those of our cohorts and masking, to have a safe and successful end of the school year.

2021-22 FLVT Bell Times

Due to changes in bus transportation for the 2021-22 School Year, we have had to adjust our bell times for next year slightly.  Please note these bell times are still draft and may change due to the finalization of bus routes.

June 17, 2021 Update

We have updated our Early Learning Program Bell Times. The 2020-2021 Early Learning Program hours were increased to 3.0 hours/day because of limited opportunities to provide other program options due to closed campuses at our schools.  For the 2021-2022 school year we are returning to 2.5 hours/day.  If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact Lynn Saler, Coordinator of Early Learning at salerl@holyspirit.ab.ca or 403 381 8495.

Here are our draft bell times for next year:

Catholic Education Day

This week we have been recognizing and celebrating Catholic Education.  Specifically, today, we celebrate Catholic Education Day.  The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories asked us to reflect on scripture from the Book of Isaiah:

              Those who hope in the LORD shall renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

As the pandemic continues to impact all the members of our school, we continue to strive to build a community of hope and learning.  Our school motto of “Many Hands Building a Better World” and our continued focus on our HAWKS virtues of Honest, Accepting, Wise, Kind, and Spiritual have supported all of us during this challenging year.

Although there are many examples of Catholic Education at Father Leonard Van Tighem School as it is everything we do, here are two recent examples:

Our School Division has done a great job acknowledging our school during Catholic Education Week.  We encourage you to check out the various announcements at this link:

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

One item created by our division was The Top 10 Reasons for Catholic Education:

As I read these reasons, it is easy to see them in our school community.

Today, we asked everyone to wear blue to support Catholic Education.  Please check our social media account for some pics.  Lastly, I want to give a “shout-out” to all the staff members at FLVT.  It is an understatement to say the pandemic has created a challenging year.  Despite the pandemic, the staff has FLVT have supported students, not only in their learning but especially in their physical and mental well-being, and they have supported each other.  We are very blessed at FLVT for our staff members sharing their many gifts with us.

Have a terrific Catholic Education Day!

Grade 10 CCH Information

Summer School 2021 Information

CCH is pleased to open our Summer School 2021 online application process! 


 Please access this URL, https://forms.gle/fcte6yLxLSvpQWKx7 to launch the Google Form application.

 If you have further questions about summer school operations, requirements, application process, or courses please contact Mr. Anthony Vercillo directly at 403-327-4596 or via email at: vercilloa@holyspirit.ab.ca

Summer School Semester runs from JULY 5-JULY 30**Course pending THIS FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MONDAY MAY 31 

CCH Student Council

CCH Student Council will be sharing a short introductory video to Grade 9 teachers to share with their homerooms soon. CCH Student Council will then be hosting two Q & A virtual nights on Tuesday the 18th and Thursday the 20th for any interested students, parents, and teachers to ask questions. Interviews to fill positions will be conducted the week of the 24th.

Please contact CCH if you have any questions.