Sister Alphonse Academy Newsflash!

3/February/2021

Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families!

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):


Please remember that Teacher's Convention is tomorrow and Friday so there are no classes for students and the school will be closed.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Blessings,


Christine Samson, Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk, Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

SAA Upcoming events:

Upcoming events: Month of February, 2021


Feb. 4 & 5 - Teachers Convention No School

Feb. 10 - School Council virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend! THE GOOGLE LINK TO JOIN IS LOCATED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF OUR SAA WEBSITE.

Feb. 11 - School Virtual Open House

SAA Elementary/Junior High virtual Open House! Registration now open as well on our website.

Feb. 12 - Early Dismissal 11:45 am NO Kindergarten classes

  • Valentine Activities

Feb. 15 - No School Family Day

Feb. 15 - 26 Time Machine Book Fair!!

Feb. 16 - Shrove Tuesday (Muffin, Juice & Fruit snack to be provided from the school activity fee). Mardi Gras MASK cohort parade 10 am

Feb. 17 - Ash Wednesday Liturgy 9 am

Feb. 17 - Lenten Project begins - Virtual Auction for Vulnerable Youth CSS! More information to be shared in our February newsflash

Feb. 22 - 26 - Virtual Career Symposium Week

Feb. 23 & 25 - Parent/Teacher Virtual Interviews: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Sign up and Google links will be provided shortly)

Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Watch our Facebook page information on how to order a special Knights Pink Shirt!


Blessings,


Christine Samson,

Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk,

Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

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Our GSACRD Superintendent's Message

Please click on the link below to read the latest update from Dr. Clint Moroziuk, Superintendent of Schools.


Superintendent's Update (Feb. 3, 2021).pdf

Covid - Health & Safety Updates: Important message

Parents/Guardians:


To answer a few questions I have recently received regarding how notifications work if health officials confirm a case of Covid-19 in a school community, please see the procedure below. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact the school.

This information is also found found in our GSACRD Parent Handbook:


COVID-19 Protocols

If health officials confirm a case of COVID-19 in a school community, Alberta Health Services will take the following steps:

1. The zone medical officer of health will work with school authorities to quickly:

  • ○ identify cases

  • ○ identify close contacts

  • ○ create isolation measures when needed

  • ○ provide follow-up recommendations


  1. A COVID-19 case will not automatically lead to school closure—it could be that only the group of students and staff who came in close contact will be required to stay home for 14 days.

  2. Parents will be notified if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at school and the individuals who tested positive, the school, and/or public health officials will contact those who were in close contact with the person.

  3. Each school authority will support students and staff to learn or work at home if they are required to self-isolate.


https://www.gsacrd.ab.ca/schoolreentry/parentguidebook


The Alberta Government has established stronger mandatory province-wide public health measures to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19.


Please open the link below to see an important change in the symptoms and isolating:

Alberta Health Daily Checklist - Please continue to screen your children for any symptoms BEFORE choosing to send them to school.


Covid-19 - How long to stay home from school


Thank you so much for your support!

What if my child has a Pre-existing condition?

  • Students with pre-existing health conditions​ that cause symptoms of illness should be tested for COVID-19 at least once. A negative test will help show that symptoms are related to their pre-existing conditions, and not to COVID-19. This will establish what their baseline for being healthy looks like. Families should notify their school about any pre-existing condition and the symptoms it causes. As long as these symptoms remain the same, the student can attend school. During our public health inspections, our public health officer (PHO) emphasized that it is necessary to encourage parents to get their child(ren) who have had pre-existing conditions to get a COVID-19 test to rule out COVID-19. She emphasized that this is part of establishing a baseline.

  • If symptoms change or worsen​, the student will need to leave the school, follow illness protocols and have another COVID-19 test to determine if the symptoms are still related to the pre- existing medical condition. If the test is negative, the student may return to school. Families can learn more about COVID-19 testing and book a test online through Alberta Health Services (this information is taken from our Parent Handbook).

SAA Elementary/Junior High Open House!

Thank you to all of the staff who have been working hard on our virtual open house which is coming up on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about our Advanced Academic Preparation options, Dynamic options, Fine Arts, and Recreation Academy. You may register for this event on our SAA website.

Our new "Exploring Sister Alphonse Academy" Website!

Parents/Guardians:


Please check out our "Exploring SAA" Website which has been created by Mrs. Kleparchuk and the Open House committee at our school. This website is an opportunity to showcase our programs and information about SAA. Please note that this website is being developed and added to on a daily basis as we prepare for our upcoming Elementary/Junior High Virtual Open House, which is taking place on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.


EXPLORING SAA!

SAA Kindergarten Virtual Open House!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual open house on Wednesday, January 27th! If you missed attending, please see the attached link to view this presentation. If you have any questions or need more registration information, please contact our school: (780) 809-2996. Thank you.


SAA Kindergarten Open House 2021/2022

SAA Career Symposium is coming up!

SAA VIRTUAL CAREER SYMPOSIUM

Exploring Different Careers Feb. 22 - 26


How did you choose to serve the world?

Students and staff at SAA would like to invite you to participate in our first ever Career Symposium. We are in need of parents who would be willing to join a class google meet or create their own video describing their career! We want to guide our students to the exciting possibilities in their futures. We know that being able to connect with real people actively working in various careers will make this meaningful and wonder driven for everyone! Please read this parent letter for more information and contact Mrs. Nadine Trenchard at natrenchard@gsacrd.ab.ca if you would like to participate by February 12th! Thank you!

Thank you Ecole Secondaire St. Albert Catholic High School!

Just a kind shout out to Ecole Secondaire St. Albert Catholic High School for providing our Grade 8/9 students with some SACHS wear! We are looking forward to learning more about the programs the school offers in the months ahead.

Kindergarten Literacy in action!

We have been reading the 'Enchanted Wood' novel to help build some higher level literacy skills (with the lack of pictures in a novel, they really need to paint these pictures in their heads to understand the story). This Kinders 'passion project' is to transform our loft into the Enchanted Wood, which is the setting of the story. In the end they will have a complete retell of the story including all the important elements: setting, plot, characters etc as well as a documentation piece with their opinion of the best 'land' to visit when climbing this magical tree. Their ideas are phenomenal and quite intricate for 5 and 6 year olds ;). This is such a great way to make their learning visible!

Valentine's Day Guidelines


With Valentine's Day coming up soon, we have had some parent/guardian inquiries regarding cards and treats:


PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY TREATS/CARDS WOULD NEED TO BE SENT TO THE SCHOOL BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, AS TIME WILL BE NEEDED TO ENSURE SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE FOLLOWED UP WITH. This provides the staff time to separate and properly distribute items with gloves, safety routines and protocols.

Food treats are in pre-packaged in sealed packaging. Please do NOT send homemade foods.


Thank you so much!

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Valentine's Day School Fundraiser!

Purchase your Valentine-themed creations now! Bags remain $10, and bowl cozies (great for soup, chili, etc.) are also $10 with 100% proceeds to Friends of SAA.

Please contact Meghan at meghanwagner5@gmail.com to arrange purchase/payment.


Thank you to everyone for your support! Funds raised are allocated to student needed technology or equipment. Blessings.

Junior High News!

Dear Parents/Guardians:


A couple of staff from Ecole Secondaire St. Albert Catholic High School will be having a short visit with our Grade 8/9 class on Thursday, February 11th during our EXCEL block to provide students with some information about the high school programming. Grade nine parents stay tuned for more information on transition tips/information to high school. Thank you!

Purchase your SAA Yearbook today!

Mrs. Kleparchuk and our staff are working hard on our 2020/2021 yearbook! A big thank you to one of our parents Mrs. Kosik-Lowen who is spending time again helping us build our yearbook. Your time and expertise is greatly appreciated! Purchase your yearbook through school cash using the link below.

If you experience any problems with the system, please let our office know at 780-809-2996.


School cash online

SAA Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

Sister Alphonse Academy Virtual Book Fair

Let reading take you anywhere at our Time Machine Book Fair!! From February 15-26, you are invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online.

Come explore the latest books and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $40

  • FREE shipping for orders made on Wednesday from 6pm-8pm

  • All purchases support our school and earn 20% in rewards

Our goal is to get 180 books into students’ hands, so please help us make this the best fair yet! Click here to explore our online fair when it goes live on the 15th. Until then, you can use the link to preview the upcoming books. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Happy Reading!

Ms. L. Gamache

Phone: 780-809-2996.

Email: lgamache@gsacrd.ab.ca

SAFETY PROTOCOL STUDENT RE-ENTRY REMINDERS

  • Before coming to school each day, all staff and students must complete the Alberta government’s COVID-19 Information Screening Questionnaire, which is available in multiple languages, to determine whether they can attend or must stay home. The form does not need to be submitted to the office. If your child has any symptoms, contact your school office to let your child’s school know. Everyone who enters a school will see a sign that reminds them to complete the daily COVID-19 Information Screening Questionnaire before entering the building.

  • Please remember to bring with you all of your books and supplies that are needed for school on Monday morning. Monday is a regular, full day of classes.

  • Please remember that we have four entrances for students. When you arrive at school please report to the same school door that you were using before the Christmas break.

  • On August 4, grades 4-12 students and all staff have been asked to wear masks and mask use will be mandatory in common areas and when physical distancing of 2m is not possible. K-3 students are not required to wear masks, but mask use is encouraged as much as possible. Masks are to be worn while riding the bus as well.

  • Students with pre-existing health conditions that cause symptoms of illness should be tested for COVID-19 at least once before returning to school. A negative test will help show that symptoms are related to their pre-existing conditions, and not to COVID-19. This will establish what their baseline for being healthy looks like. Families should notify their school about any pre-existing condition and the symptoms it causes. As long as these symptoms remain the same, the student can attend school.

  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in every school and division office and additional hand sanitizer has been provided to schools to enable individuals to practice good hand hygiene.

  • It is recommended that individual-sized hand sanitizer bottles be purchased for your children so that they have this with them throughout the day. If you need to purchase another one for Monday please do so. Thank you.

  • Students please bring your own water bottle to school and do not share them. Water fountains will remain open and be cleaned regularly.

  • All students are asked to wear a mask to wear upon entry at school and when riding a school bus. Teachers will provide mask breaks. Prior to the break, students needed more reminders of continuing to do this so let’s have a new start again.

  • Grades 4 - 9 students: Please remember to wear your mask at all times when walking in the classroom and/or hallway and continue to maintain physical distance between one another.

  • Approved cleaning protocols have been put in place in all Division buildings. Custodial staff have been trained to identify high touch areas and to know how to clean, sanitize, and disinfect them.

  • If your child becomes ill at school, your child will be placed in a safe space until you or your emergency designate picks up your child.

  • Lunch Hour: All students in the elementary and junior high school need to eat their lunch in their own classrooms. We have always had this guideline in place, but students needed a few reminders to adhere to this prior to the break. Students in Junior High who are leaving the building for lunch please follow all safety protocols with masks use, physical distancing and sanitization upon exit and entry.

  • Junior High - Nutrition break: You are to eat your snack at your desk in your classroom. If you would like to go for a short walk in the school, wear your mask and continue to maintain a physical distance of two metres while walking.

  • Gym use - Students will have grade cohort assigned time to use the gym. Please listen for the announcements for your day of use.

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Sacramental Preparation - Holy Family Parish

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

If your child is in Grade 2, and is preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist, please contact Marieta by email: marieta@holyfamilyparish.ca to register for preparation class.

If your child is in Grade 6, and is preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Marieta at marieta@holyfamilyparish.ca to register for preparation class.


https://www.holyfamilyparish.ca/

St. Albert Parish News!

Please check out the link to St. Albert Parish to learn about mass times, events and sacramental preparation opportunities.


https://www.stalbertparish.com/sacraments

SIGIS Childcare available

Parents/Guardians:


Please note that we have SIGIS Childcare within our building at SAA! If you are in need of before school or after school childcare, please read some information below. This may be a convenient service you may be interested in. Thank you.

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Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENHANCE SAA BY SUPPORTING FUNDRAISERS AND VOLUNTEERING


ONGOING FUNDRAISERS:

1. Campbell Park Bottle Depot - Ask for the receipt from the return of your bottles and cans to go towards 'Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy" envelope.

2. FlipGive - Go to flipgive.com or get the FlipGive app. Enter code QYXC53 to earn a portion of proceeds for the school by purchasing gift cards and shopping online!

3. COBS DoughRaiser - Mention Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy at St. Albert location, and 5% of your purchase will go to Friends of SAA.

4. Oliver's Labels - http://www.oliverslabels.com/FriendsofSAA
5. Mabel's Labels - mabelslabels.ca - Click on 'Support a Fundraiser' and search for Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy (St. Albert)