Sister Alphonse Academy Newsflash!

5/March/2021

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Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families!

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):



We experienced an exciting week of learning! Our Recreation Academy students had the opportunity to leave the school and experience some exciting, physically distanced activities. Our grade one students are excited to be able to now use the new Chrome books we were granted through the GSACRD Education Foundation Grant that SAA received!


Some of our students also engaged in being able to learn how to create Indigenous digital art through a great virtual lesson:

Paint like a pro (in Google Drawings) with Canadian Indigenous Artist, Roy Henry Vickers


Please check out the GSACRD Voice Parent Cafe, which provides families with resources in supporting physical and mental health. There are some interesting sessions that take place through zoom! Please feel free to click on the link to explore some of these sessions and resources.


God bless and take care.


Christine Samson, Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk, Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

SAA Upcoming events:

Upcoming events: Month of March, 2021


Friday, March 5 - FATHER IGNACY - Live streamed mass 12:00 p.m.

Fr. Ignacy and St. Albert Parish will be holding a live streamed mass at 12:00 noon for all of the prayer intentions GSACRD students have made to support GSACRD's Lenten campaign in support of Catholic Social Services.


Mass for GSACRD and CSS Partnership

Friday, March 5, 2021

Noon

Please feel free to join us:

Link for livestream - https://www.facebook.com/SaintAlbertParish/


Monday, March 8 - 10 - Exciting days of learning!

Wednesday, March 10 - School Council meeting: 6:30 p.m. The Google link to join the meeting will be on our website again: www.saa@gsacrd.ab.ca

Thursday, March 11 - St. Albert High virtual visit to Grade 8/9 classes.

Please bring a can of non-perishable food for the FOOD BANK

Friday, March 12 - NO CLASSES - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY


Monday - Friday - March 15 - 19 - Exciting week of learning!

Wednesday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day! Dress in Green!

Thursday, March 18th - SAA Spirit wear day, wear your spirit wear or blue and green today!

Friday, March 19th - Another exciting day of learning!


March 24th - K - 6 Report Cards. Please check marks online for Junior High students.

Update: Recreation Academy for next year!

We are so happy to see that there is so much interest in the Recreation Academy for our next school year 2021/2022! We are offering this program in Grades 4 - 9 and we are working hard at creating class configurations which support the expansion of this program. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting alternative to Physical Education program, please contact the school at (780) 809 - 2996. Blessings.

Mrs. Lobel's Grade 4/5 class: Paint like a pro (in Google Drawings) with Canadian Indigenous Artist, Roy Henry Vickers

Student Health & Safety

Dear Parent/Guardian:

SAA will be holding a "Shelter-in-Place" drill on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Generally, Shelter-in-Place is used during an environmental emergency, such as severe storms or chemical spills.


During a Shelter-in-Place, students and staff retreat to safe zones to seek shelter. Staff and students will move away from windows into hallways areas during this drill. This drill also includes having students or staff who are outdoors come back into the school. Each school’s emergency response plan identifies the safest location for its occupants and how to seal a room from hazardous conditions.


More Fire drills and other drills will be scheduled shortly so please watch for more updates regarding student health and safety. Thank you.

SAA Parent parking/Drop off

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Please use the designated pick up/drop off zone lane that is located in front of the school to pick up and drop off your child/children. Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter. Blessings.

Returning Students: Please remember to complete your registration for 2021/2022

We are looking forward to welcoming our Knights families back again in the upcoming new school year! Parents please register your son/daughter for next year as soon as possible as this information supports us in developing our staffing and class configurations for the fall.

Thank you!

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Our GSACRD Educational Foundation Grant is here!

Our students in Mrs. Teixeira's class are excited about being able to use the six new Chrome books that we just received through the GSACRD Educational Foundation Grant! The students are excited to be able to work on a new literacy project using these devices.

Celebrating Lenten intentions with Fr. Ignacy:

We were so happy to be able to pray together during this Lenten season with Fr. Ignacy and St. Albert Parish this afternoon. Our staff and students engaged in a special virtual mass in support of Catholic Social Services and helping vulnerable youth. Thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff who were able to join us online for this virtual mass. God bless.
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New Beginnings Baskets for Youth Information:

GSACRD students, staff and families are invited to help raise money for Catholic Social Services staff to purchase the items for the New Beginnings Baskets.
For $150, each New Beginnings Basket will include a number of necessary items for youth in their first homes, including blankets, sheets, pillows, and pillowcases, a phone charger, grocery or Easter dinner card, towels and face cloths, dish towels and dish rags, a toaster, and cutlery.


Please go to the donation page linked here to contribute.

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” Matt 25:40

The class that raises the most dollars will enjoy an ice cream treat!

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St. Albert Parish Food Bank Drive

We are working in cooperation with St. Albert Parish to assist them in providing food for families in need during Lent. Please consider bringing one can of non-perishable food on Thursday, March 11th to contribute to helping families in need. When we care for others, we practice our Catholic Social Teachings. Caring for

others, caring for the common good, makes a difference in the lives of so many.


To celebrate the donations, the class with the most items will receive an ice cream party!

SAA Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy

Thank you to all of the SAA Friends committee and the parents who have been joining the Friends meetings.


An order form regarding the latest fundraiser will be shared shortly.

Notification period is coming - Online/In Person Learning

Please note that the notification period transition date will be coming up soon for SAA. Please take note of the following:
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Junior High Options & Semester Change

Although our Junior High classes are in cohort, homeroom groupings, students will be experiencing a change in their options commencing the week after spring break. Students have been experiencing many different options this term including Media and Communications, Art, Drama to name a few. Here are a few pictures from the Grade seven option classes.

Snack & Chat with Grade sixes!

Mrs. Samson and Mrs. Kleparchuk enjoyed talking to the Grade sixes about some of the exciting programs and opportunities in entering into the next school year. If you would like further information about Junior High at SAA, please check out our "Exploring SAA" website.

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!

Junior High Final Exam Information

Dear GSACRD Junior High Families,


For the 2020-21 school year, we will be approaching our final exam process differently. As a result of the very unusual year we have experienced, we endeavour to ensure that our students have maximum learning and preparation, without the pressure of high stakes final exams. We have therefore taken an approach that focuses on exam writing in a context of support and this approach is inline with our senior high counterparts:


  • All grade 7-9 students will be expected to write final exams. The rationale for this is to teach students how to prepare for exams, both mentally and academically. We believe that exam writing is a skill in and of itself and that students require practice to be confident in their ability to approach exams in the future.

  • All exams will be treated as a replacement exam. This means that students will be allowed to use the exam grade to replace their lowest unit test grade over the course of the year. As a result, the exam can only serve to benefit the student.

  • Parents will be able to see how their child(ren) performed on the final exam.

  • All GSACRD junior high students will write exams for each subject and grade.


Note for grade 9 families:

  • Final exams are a useful tool for grade 9 teachers to make accurate course recommendations for students entering high school.

  • Please note that teacher recommendations for high school course selections will be listed in the report card comments for each subject in June.


We encourage all students to approach these exams with diligence and care, and ask that as parents, you reinforce the importance of taking the process seriously.


Thank you in advance for your support.


Yours in education,


GSACRD Junior High Administration Teams

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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