Sister Alphonse Academy Newsflash!

16/April/2021

Outdoor Wellness in Junior High!

Spring is here! Our Junior High students are excited to be able spend some time outdoors in their new Outdoor Wellness Option! Such beautiful, inspiring chalk messages.
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Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families!

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Happy Friday! We have had a great week of exciting learning and community building at SAA. Thank you to all of our families who have completed their online registration for next year and we are happy to welcome many more new families to our building next year.


We enjoyed some great conversation and input from our School Council this past Wednesday, and appreciate all of the feedback and great ideas that were shared. Our SAA Friends continue to work hard for us in generating dollars through selling some beautiful spring plants to fund initiatives at SAA which enable us to purchase extra equipment, physical education and/or technology needs.


Thank you for continuing to support our Covid-19 safety protocols with your children at this time.



God bless and take care.


Christine Samson, Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Cindy Phillips, Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

SAA - We Arise to help Vulnerable Youth!

Students and staff enjoyed virtually connecting today with Mr. Gerald Sseguya and Ms. Faye Oshowy, from Catholic Social Services to discuss the contributions SAA has made to support vulnerable youth. They mentioned that many items have already been purchased for the young people through our "Fill a Basket" campaign and expressed their many thanks for our generosity during this meaningful Lenten project! We will be continuing to work with Catholic Social Services through with our "Break a Rule Day", which will support the purchase of new sneakers/footwear for these young people who are at risk.



Our students are excited about being able to create hope filled messages which will be included with the sneakers. As Knights, we are Arising Up! to make a difference and live like Jesus!

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SAA Upcoming events:

Upcoming events: Week of April 19, 2021


Monday, April 19 - Exciting day of learning

Tuesday, April 20 - Exciting day of learning

Wednesday, April 21 -Exciting day of learning

Thursday, April 22 - Wear your SAA spirit wear or blue and green colours!

BREAK A RULE DAY to support Lung Cancer Research and CSS Vulnerable Youth footwear/sneakers initiative

EARTH DAY!

Friday, April 23 - No Classes - Professional Development Day

Staff faith retreat

Feast of St. George


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

Please fill out the registration form to attend this virtual event.

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!

Break a Rule Day!

On Thursday, April 22nd, students will have an opportunity to "Break a rule" by pledging a variety of dollars to support vulnerable youth and Lung Cancer Research.


Our students will be having a fun day through engaging in activities such as having an opportunity to teach a class for the block, wearing their PJs, or being able to bring a stuffy to school. We are looking forward to engaging in a fun day while raising dollars which will be used to help others in need.

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GSACRD - Draft Curriculum Update

As our Superintendent Dr. Clint Moroziuk and GSACRD School Board Chair, Noreen Radford recently stated:


"Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (GSACRD) is sincerely appreciative of the feedback that we have received from our staff, parents, and community partners about the recently released draft Kindergarten-Grade 6 curriculum. We are committed to continuing to work with stakeholders to provide the Ministry of Education with suggested revisions as we collaboratively review this draft curriculum. However, at this time, the Division will not be piloting the draft K-6 curriculum in the 2021-2022 school year. The key priority for the Division is student learning, which includes working to address any achievement gaps that may have come about as a result of the pandemic and ensuring that students and staff can have a school year that is as close to normal as possible, particularly in light of the many challenges faced over the course of the past year due to COVID-19."

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Much to Celebrate!

According to our recent District Assurance Survey, 90.4% of Grades 7 - 9 students acknowledge and report that they learn about and practice faith in school (prayers, liturgies, celebrations, masses). 92.5% of Junior High respondents agree with the statement that: Overall, I am confident that this is a good school. There is much to celebrate!

Knights Serve, Achieve and Aspire!

Congratulations to Mrs. Lobel's class for doing an excellent job in responding to our office question regarding "What does it mean to Serve, Achieve and Aspire?" Homerooms entered their descriptions of what this looks like at SAA, and the Grade 4/5 class came up with some excellent descriptors and examples of what is means to be a Knight! They enjoyed a ice cream snack today as a treat.

Grade 7 Foods: Creating a delicious breakfast snack!

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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!

SAA Students care!

Congratulations to Madison Cadzow and Livie Hlushak in Mrs. Lobel’s Grade ⅘ shared their exciting Lenten project in raising money for the Humane Society to help animals! Knights in the community make a difference. So many people have commented on how you are doing such good work. A great example of Arising up! Living Like Jesus https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/local-students-raise-money-for-the-edmonton-humane-society-3620350?utm_source=Email_Share&utm_medium=Email_Share&utm_campaign=Email_Share
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Message from the City of St. Albert: Woodlands Skatepark

Hello, community partner,

Woodlands Skatepark is one of the City’s premiere recreation facilities, built for the enjoyment and abilities of all users within our community. The City and the RCMP have received complaints that users of the Skatepark are not following the 2 metre physical distancing rules, as required by the province. The City is legally required to follow all provincial public health orders in order for our facilities to remain open and operational and is taking additional steps to ensure all users understand how to use the Skatepark responsibly during the pandemic, while enjoying this great amenity.

We ask that you share this message in the community through your channels.

  • Due to the increased use of the Skatepark, please adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Maintain at least 2 metres physical distance from other users at all times, especially at the top of the bowl
    • If too crowded to keep 2 metres from others, come back at another time
    • Limit your stay, so others can enjoy the facility
    • Be respectful of any requests by City staff, RCMP or Municipal Enforcement Services
    • Everyone has a responsibility to follow public health measures and to keep each other safe.
    • Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in additional limitations to this facility.

Thank you,


Daniele Podlubny


Daniele Podlubny

Manager, Community Recreation | Recreation and Parks

P: 780-418-6068 | Fax: 780-459-6070

City of St. Albert | 100, 110 Carleton Drive | St. Albert, AB | T8N 3Y4

dpodlubny@stalbert.ca | www.stalbert.ca

www.facebook.com/cityofstalbert | www.twitter.com/cityofstalbert


SAA Friends

Thank you to all of the people who purchased spring plants to support our spring fundraiser!


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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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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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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