Sister Alphonse Academy Newsflash!

9/April/2021

Rejoice! The Lord is Risen!

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SAA - We Arise to help Vulnerable Youth!

Thank you for all of your generosity! Our SAA "Fill a Basket" Campaign was a huge success. We surpassed our goal of $1200.00, and had a grand total of $1960.05 dollars being raised. Many young people will receive the personal and household items they need. Thank you to Catholic Social Services for working with us in helping vulnerable youth in our community.
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Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families!

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Happy Friday! We are happy to experience the Easter Joy and celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our students and staff are happy to be back at school and are enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Our staff and students spent time in prayer, joy and reflection during our Easter Faith Filled Friday Celebration.


Students who are transitioning from in person to online or online to in person learning, will be starting on Monday, April 12th. We wish all of our students an excellent Term 3!


With us experiencing warmer temperatures now, please encourage your child (children) to bring home extra outdoor clothing they may not be wearing now. We are experiencing a larger number of lost and found items being found such as mittens, toques, etc.



Blessings,


God bless and take care.


Christine Samson, Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Cindy Phillips, Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

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SAA Upcoming events:

Upcoming events: Week of April 12, 2021


Monday, April 12 - Transition date between online to in person or in person to online learning.

Tuesday, April 13 - Exciting day of learning

Wednesday, April 14th -Exciting day of learning

School Council meeting: 6:30 p.m. Please see our website to join the virtual meeting. All parents/guardians are invited to attend!

Thursday, April 15th - Wear your SAA spirit wear or blue and green colors!

Friday, April 16th - Exciting Day of Learning.

Saturday, April 17th: Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha


April 28 - Junior High Information night - 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

If you missed our Open House, please join us at this short information session to learn more about our Junior High programming and options. Thank you!

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning

Thank you to Ms. Billie-Jo Grant, who was very kind and lent us some resources (in our display case) from Rupertsland Institute to help us highlight and learn about the Metis.
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Alberta Education Assurance Framework

As part of the Assurance Framework, Alberta Education surveys teachers, students and their parents/guardians to gather information on the quality of education provided by school authorities and their schools. Results are provided to SAA and GSACRD to evaluate school and school authority performance on AEA survey measures, report in our annual education results reports and help us develop our education plan.


Please watch your mailboxes for your own personal survey information package. You will be receiving a random access code in the mail to complete the survey found at https://public.education.alberta.ca/APOS/. We thank you in advance for your feedback!

Student Health & Safety

Dear Parent/Guardian:


With students away from school during spring break, we are reminding students of the Covid-19 safety related protocols that are in place. Please help your child remember all of the expectations as this keeps all of us safe in school.


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.


  • 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.


During the spring season we will also be conducting a few more fire drills. The procedures and protocols will be reviewed with staff and students prior to the drill. Thank you!

Creativity in the Kitchen!

Our Junior High students were excited to be able to start learning about knife skills and some cutting techniques in their Option this week. The students came up with some wonderful designs in Mrs. Hillier's Foods class. Well done!


*Please note all of the activities are being completed in very small, cohort groupings with all safety protocols in place.

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SAA Friends Spring Fundraising Event!

Please see the attached Spring fundraiser! Funds raised support the purchase of items for the school such as technology, physical education equipment, etc. Thank you for your ongoing support.


ORDER FORM: https://forms.gle/KSwAchUVAoqtmwA96


The deadline to purchase flowers and plants is April 15, 2021.


Message from the SAA Friends Society

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Ongoing SAA Friends Fundraisers

ONGOING SAA 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)

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Junior High Science at SAA!

We are WONDER DRIVEN! Students in Ms. Bennett's Science 8 class are excited to participate in a Reflection and Refraction lab.

SAA Virtual Junior High Information Night!

Wednesday, April 28th, 6-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Dear Parents/Guardians/New Families:


We are holding a short information night for parents, guardians and potential families to virtually attend an information evening to learn more about our Junior High at SAA! This is being held on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00 p.m.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Dinosaur Fun in Kindergarten!

Kindergarten worked with a variety of media materials (plaster of Paris, clay, plasticine, foam, cardboard, paint etc) to create a 3D dinosaur or an egg diorama.
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Order your 2020/2021 SAA School Yearbook today!

Parents/Guardians who are wishing to order a 2020/2021 school year book, please log into the School cash online system. Thank you to Mrs. Sandra Kosik-Loewen, Mrs. Kleparchuk, Mrs. Shmyr, and Ms. Dugan for all of the work they are doing on this year's book of memories that may be cherished for years to come.
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Elementary Science Fun!

Take a look at some of the great learning that is taking place in Grade one! Students in Ms. Dugan's class are learning to select appropriate materials, such as papers, plastics, and woods; and design and build objects. Here are some pictures of our buildings from yesterday!

Alberta Education Draft Curriculum

As referred to in Dr. Clint Moroziuk's weekly address,


"As you are likely aware, the draft of the new Kindergarten – Grade 6 curriculum was released by Alberta Education last week and they are seeking feedback from all Albertans. At this time, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools has not committed to piloting the new curriculum. In the coming weeks, we will be engaging our teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders as we unpack the new curriculum and prepare to provide feedback to the government. Division and school administrators will be reviewing the new draft curriculum and engaging teachers as part of the process. Prior to a final decision being made regarding the piloting of portions of the draft curriculum, GSACRD is committed to a comprehensive review. We invite you to provide your feedback to Alberta Education: Have your say - Share your feedback on the draft K-6 curriculum."

Our SAA Tower Garden is Growing!

With spring comes new life! It is exciting to see our Tower Garden starting to grow! At Sister Alphonse Academy we are WONDER DRIVEN and we care and wonder about the world around us. Thank you to Mrs. Shmyr and the Kindergarten class for caring the the Tower garden. We are looking forward to seeing the plants take shape and grow.
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Learning about Family and Culture in Kindergarten!

Mrs. Shmyr is excited to share that the Kindergarten class has been learning about what it means to be a family. Students also explored their different family cultures and backgrounds. This included diving deeper into some Metis culture as well as discovering some similarities among students.


Here we learned about the importance of beading, music, and dance within the Metis community.

Covid - Health & Safety Updates: Important message

Parents/Guardians:


Please check our our Covid-19 protocol updates in our parent handbook each week. Thank you so much for your continued diligence and support.


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!

GSACRD Summer School

If there are any students in Grade nine who are interested in attending summer school, please see the flyer below for more information.


Please visit summerschool.gsacrd.ab.ca

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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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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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