Sister Alphonse Academy Bulletin!

29/November/2020

Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families,

Wishing you a blessed and happy start to your Advent season. Please see some information regarding the upcoming week at SAA.


Upcoming events: 12 DAYS OF ADVENT SPIRIT WEEK!


Students and staff will be having the Advent liturgy in their classrooms this time. We look forward to sharing highlights from this with you.


Monday, November 30 - Virtual online learning begins for Junior High classes.

START TIME IS USUAL SCHOOL TIME. TEACHERS WILL SHARE GOOGLE MEET LINKS FOR STUDENTS TO CHECK IN AND ATTEND CLASS.

ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN EACH BLOCK AND ABSENCES WILL BE RECORDED AND ENTERED AS UNEXCUSED. If they haven't already done so on Friday, the link will be shared before class begins. Start time: 8:20 a.m. as per usual. Please see other details below.


Grade 6 Vaccinations. Please note Grade 7 catch up vaccinations have been postponed at this time.

Beginning of the new semester - Junior High: Online learning commences. Please see details in Superintendent's most recent communication below.


- Early Dismissal - Dec. 11 (dismissal time is 11:45 a.m.)

- Last day of classes before Christmas Break - Dec. 18

- Classes resume via online learning- Jan. 4th

- Resume to in-person learning - Jan. 11th


New option changes for Elementary classes:


As previously communicated, to support fewer touch points for teachers and students, some changes in the option areas of elementary are taking place with the new schedule:

Mrs. Samson will be teaching Music/Phys. Ed/French (4 - 6) in the Grades 3 - 6 area. Music will be taught by Mrs. Tina McKinnon to the Grade 5/6 class.

Mrs Manderson is now teaching Grades K - 2 Music and Phys. Ed.

Mr. Parks is Homeroom Grade 9 and teaching Phys. Ed. and Excel block to 7/8/9.


Please note that I will be visiting the elementary classes tomorrow to discuss these changes with students.


GRADE 4 - 6 STUDENTS STUDENTS ARE SNOW SHOEING WITH RECREATION ACADEMY THIS WEEK!


Wednesday, December 2 - Exciting day of Learning!


Thursday, December 3 - WEAR YOUR JEANS! SAA Spirit Day!


Friday, December 4 - WEAR YOUR TOUQUE! Happy Friday!




Blessings,


Christine Samson,

Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk,

Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

Junior High Online Learning - What will it look like?

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Students are expected to log in for 8:20 a.m. via Google meet with their Homeroom teacher tomorrow morning. If the teacher did not share a link with them on Friday, this will be shared with them in the morning before class begins tomorrow. Please note attendance will be taken each block. Absences will be recorded as if the student missed an in person class.


Students will NOT be ONLINE for 6 hours each day. The expectation is that students check into their google meets at the start of each block beginning with prayer and announcements at 8:20 am each morning. Depending on the subject topic, students will be present for instruction from teachers and assigned a follow up activity to demonstrate their learning of the outcomes.


Options will consist of a check in for class as well, but once students have a project to work on that they have chosen, they will be able to again have work time away from the computer.


A few other informational pieces about online learning:



  • Teachers and students have been using Google Classroom since the first day of school. Students are knowledgeable and very experienced with daily interactions in all of their CORE subjects.
  • Students should have all of the textbooks and materials they need as they were asked to take everything home with them on Friday.
  • Administration spoke with students on Friday explaining more about what online learning will look like.
  • The current student timetable is the schedule students will be following throughout the school day. Students are expected to check in with their subject teacher at the beginning of each block.
  • OPTIONS - Students will receive a few choices to choose from and will choose a project. Time to work on the project will be given, with students still checking in to the class as they would with a normal class.

The Advent Season is Here!

Advent is a time to prepare and recognize that we have a need for Jesus Christ, our Saviour! (Bishop Barron)

This is a time of renewal and joy. Let us take some time to reflect upon how we may be more prepared for His birth!


Bishop Barron's Reflection - Advent


STUDENTS ARE PARTICIPATING IN SEVERAL ADVENT INITIATIVES.

- Toonies for Teens - Donations can be made through school cash online. This will assist vulnerable youth - Catholic Social Services

- Toy Drive in conjunction with St. Albert Catholic High School for the Salvation Army


MORE DETAILED INFORMATION TO BE SHARED THIS WEEK!


Guided prayer sites from Flocknote. Father Ignacy shares this document with Parishioners.


ADVENT A - Z

ADVENT CALENDAR

HOLY HEROES FOR ADVENT - RESOURCES FOR KIDS

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An Advent slideshow will be shared with families through classroom teachers which families will be able to contribute to!

Covid - Health & Safety Updates!

Superintendent’s Update - Week ending November 27, 2020:

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


MASK REMINDERS:


PLEASE CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO WEAR MASKS (K - 3) AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO DISCUSS MANDATORY WEARING OF MASKS AT THE GRADES (4 - 9) LEVEL.


OUTDOOR STUDENT PICK UP/DROP OFF:

PLEASE HELP US NOT HAVE ANY GATHERING OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR ENTRIES WHEN PICKING UP/DROPPING THEM OFF AT SCHOOL. WE ARE PRACTICING A STAGGERED ENTRY WITH STUDENTS BEING ABLE TO ENTER A FEW STUDENTS AT A TIME. PARENTS PLEASE WEAR A MASK DURING THIS TIME OF PICK UP OR DROP OFF. THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO HELP US MITIGATE RISK DURING THIS TIME.


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!

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Staffing Change at SAA

We would like to thank Mrs. Ramona Kiernan for all of the hard work and care she demonstrated while at Sister Alphonse Academy. Mrs. Kiernan will be now working at Albert Lacombe, so we wish her all the best in the rest of her year. We would like to also welcome Mrs. Karen Webb to our SAA community. Mrs. Webb will be working with our Grades 3 and 5/6 students and staff. We are looking forward to getting to know you and we take this opportunity to welcome you to our SAA community.

Arise: Get Up!

Guiding Question:

What is the relationship between how Jesus calls us to “Arise: Get up!” and how we respond to challenges that impact our well being?

Our Faith Goal:

At Sister Alphonse Academy we will “Arise: Get up!” and live like Jesus through engaging in hope, perseverance, and caring for our students, staff and community. (SERVE, ACHIEVE, ASPIRE).


Guiding Question:

How can we provide valuable feedback to students based upon success criteria while continuing to support deep learning through multiple pathways?

Our Learning Goal:

At Sister Alphonse Academy we will practice and explore ways to provide meaningful and varied feedback to students while continuing to support deep learning through multiple pathways.

Providing Feedback & Student Engagement at SAA!

We are happy to share some good news that we have recently had the opportunity to purchase computer software, "Pear Deck", which provides teachers with many more ways of being able to engage and connect with students while they are working on their technology assignments and presentations! Thank you to Mr. Brass who is our Curriculum Lead and is looking forward to providing inservicing and support to our staff. Our teachers are excited about being able to support our learning goal of providing more meaningful and varied feedback to our students. Stay tuned for further updates!
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Our Junior High Knights!

God bless and see you virtually on Monday!

Look at what we learned this week at SAA!

Grades 4 - 9 completed their options in semester one this past week. Students had the opportunity to create many interesting and creative projects during this time. Thank you to all of the teachers who put so much work into making our Dynamic options so much fun for students!

Grade 5/6 Coding with Mr. Brass: Battle Bots using Spheros robots

Art 7, 8, 9 - Clay Diorama Projects!

School Fees are due, thank you!

Our School cash online is up and running! Please pay any school fees you are owing as soon as possible. If you experience any problems with the system, please let our office know at 780-809-2996.


https://ca.schoolcash.net/GSACRD/Login

Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy!

Thank you to the families who supported the Poinsettia Fundraiser! Curbside Pick Up of your orders is Wednesday, December 2 from 3-5 PM.


Please do not come inside the school. One of our volunteers will be happy to meet you with your order at the main entrance.


Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy Fundraisers!


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

CURRENT INITIATIVES:


ONGOING FUNDRAISERS:


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.


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!


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


Oliver's Labels - http://www.oliverslabels.com/FriendsofSAA


Mabel's Labels - mabelslabels.ca - Click on 'Support a Fundraiser' and search for Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy (St. Albert)

STOCKING STUFFER ALERT!!

$10 Multi-Purpose Quilted Zippered Bags - 100% proceeds being donated to Friends of SAA. Please contact Meghan at meghanwagner5@gmail.com.
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