GHP - Week-At-A-Glance

November 29 - December 3rd, 2021

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Christmas is coming! There are loved ones to see, gifts to give, baking to share. We prepare our homes for the celebration. Yet even more important than this outward preparation is the preparation of our heart.


The Advent season is a beautiful reminder to prepare our hearts as we prepare our homes — to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus! At the start of this week, we light the first of the four candles in the Advent wreath: the candle of Hope.


Lord Jesus, we wait in joyful hope for you. Come into our hearts so that when the time comes we will be prepared to join you in everlasting joy.

Holly Jolly Christmas Campaign 2021 - GHP School

Thank you to our families that have supported our Holly Jolly Christmas fundraisers.

Reminders of Pick Up Dates with information from school council.


Pick Up Dates:

  • Growing Smiles: Poinsettias

Curbside Pickup for Flowers at GHP School: November 30th


  • Farm-to-School: Vegetable Orders
  • Fundscript: Gift cards
  • Purdy's Chocolates:

Curbside pickup for veggies, gift cards and chocolates: December 9th


Thank You for Your Support


Any parents that are able to assist with organizing parent orders, or parent pickup for our Holly Jolly Christmas Fundraiser, please email friendsofprimeau@gmail.com

This Week at GHP

THIS WEEK

Monday, November 29 - ADVENT WEEK 1: THE CANDLE OF HOPE

  • Art for Heart - Lunch

  • Leaders of Social Justice Club - Lunch

  • Gr.6 Boys BBall Tryouts at lunch

  • Jr Girls Bball Tryout 2:45 pm-3:30pm

Tuesday, November 30

  • Kick Off to Advent - Ugly Xmas Sweater Day - Community Block: Advent Social Justice Project

  • Art for Heart - Lunch

  • Band - Block 6 for 7-1 & 7-3

  • Reconciliation Fathers Visits GHP - PM

  • Gr.7 Boys BBall Tryouts @ 2:45pm-3:15pm

  • Poinsettia Plant Pick up Day

Wednesday, December 1

  • Band Practice @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm - ALL Band Students who can attend

  • Gr 8 Boys (& call backs) BBall Tryouts @ 2:45pm-3:45pm

Thursday, December 2

  • 12 Days of Christmas Starts Today - More Info to Come

  • Band - Block 6 for All Gr 8s, 67’s, 7-2 & 87’s

  • Grade 6 Emulator Club - 2:50 - 3:45 pm

Friday, December 3


UPCOMING WEEK

Monday, December 6

  • Art with Heart - Lunch

Tuesday, December 7

  • Art with Heart - Lunch

  • Band - Block 6 for 7-1 & 7-3

  • School Council @ 6:30 pm Online

Wednesday, December 8

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

  • Band Practice @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm - ALL Band Students who can attend

  • Stawnichy Band Order - Delivered

Thursday, December 9

  • Band - Block 6 for All Gr 8s, 67’s, 7-2 & 87’s

  • Grade 6 Emulator Club - 2:50 - 3:45 pm

  • GHP Craft Nite $10 fee @ 4pm (Pre-Registered Students Only)

Friday, December 10

Reconciliation


Father Trini & Father Lester will be at GHP on Tuesday, November 30th offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation to students and staff.


If students have received the Sacrament of Communion and would like to take part in Reconciliation they can tell their teacher and they will be scheduled.


If students have not received Communion BUT would like to still talk to Father and receive a blessing, they too can tell their teacher and they will be scheduled.


We will set up the fitness room so Fathers Trini & Lester can hear confession. COVID safety protocols and privacy protocols will be in place.

Corporal Works of Mercy- "Visiting" the Imprisoned

For many years, students in our District have been involved in decorating Christmas bags or cards for the imprisoned at the Edmonton Remand Centre. This important project provides an opportunity for GSACRD students to learn about, and practice the Catholic Corporal Work of Mercy - to “Visit the Imprisoned”. We are called, not to condone the sin, but to acknowledge the inherent dignity of the human person. Christ said, “When you did it to the least of these, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).


The project invites students to create a small card or decoration with a Christmas message (e.g. “Merry Christmas”) and symbols of the season to be delivered to inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre.


Students are instructed not to indicate their name or even their school. Recipients are simply told that students in the Edmonton area decorated their gift bags.

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Toys for Teens

This year GHP is doing a toy drive for local teens in Morinville.

We will be sending our gifts on December 13 to the Midstream Support Society.

Since we are a middle school, our age demographic is teenagers! For gifts we highly recommend items that are related to teen’s favorite things;

Makeup kit, volleyballs/basketballs, books, drawing/painting kit, gift cards & other great ideas for teens.

We do ask that all the gifts be new.

Let’s make sure every teen in Morinville has a present for Christmas this year!

Thank you!

Hockey Equipment Storage Change

Please note that we have changed the location of the Academy storage room effective Tuesday, November 30th.


Bags and sticks are to be brought in through the Grade 7 Entrance at the rear Northwest side of the building. The room is just outside of the boot room and is labelled with a sign.


The labelled exterior door will be open by 7:15 am in the morning for drop off and will be unlocked after school until 4:15 pm for pickup.

Winter Coats, Sobeys Gift Cards and Christmas Hampers

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. After all, no one is meant to go through life alone. Did you know that GHP School is able to help families in need. If you are needing a little extra help, please contact jogorman@gsacrd.ab.ca or ckushniruk@gsacrd.ab.ca to inquire as we have access to grants, donations and community resources to help our school students and their families.


GHP School can assist families with:


Let us know how we can help you. All inquiries will be handled with discretion.


"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." - Romans 12:13

GHP is Looking for a Noon Hour Supervisor

We are looking for a Noon Hour Supervisor for weekdays to assist us at lunchtime with supervision of students (11:15 am - 12:15 pm)


The Noon Hour Assistant provides supervision and direction to students, and general assistance throughout the school.


Please contact Ms. Kushniruk, Principal, if you are interested in further information or applying for the position. ckushniruk@gsacrd.ab.ca


SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Supervises students in the lunchroom, hallways and playground.

  • Assists in the classroom, office or library as needed

  • Duties include: refilling ice bags and medical kits for accidents, preparing lunches for students without a lunch, monitoring playground and classroom activities during lunchtime

  • Be able and dressed for all weather conditions for outdoor supervision

School Council - A Great Way to Be Involved with GHP

Please join us at our next google meet online for School Council and Friends of Primeau on Tuesday, December 7 @ 6:30 pm. Google Meet Code: schoolcouncil2021


School Council Slides - October 5, 2021 - Note :September 2021 Minutes will be reviewed on Nov 2, Meeting


GHP School Council 2021-22

  • Chair - Lauren Dilman
  • Vice Chair - Laila Saikaley
  • Secretary - Angie Langley


Friends of Primeau (Fundraising)

  • Chair - Lauren Gauthier
  • Vice - Kristin Letourneau
  • Treasurer - Patti Turcotte
  • Secretary - Angie Langley


If you have questions or items to add, both the school council chair and the principal will determine if school council is the location for discussion - please contact School Council Chair to add items for the agenda ldillman@gsacrd.ab.ca


Note: Parents need to log in using a google account (parents can use their child’s or their own google account).

GHP COVID

All staff and students must continue to use the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist daily to determine if they may attend school.


All GSACRD staff must declare their COVID-19 Status by October 25, 2021, to our Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Service, as per GSACRD AP 489.


  • If staff or students develop symptoms, they must isolate at home immediately. Complete the AHS COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool or call Health Link at 811 as soon as possible to arrange for COVID-19 testing.

  • Household contacts of a case of COVID-19 are strongly recommended to stay home for 14 days from last exposure to the person with COVID-19, if they are not fully immunized.

  • If a positive case is reported at GHP School, if required, classroom close contacts will be contacted by AHS.

  • If staff or students require medical attention, please call ahead to the health care provider or call Health Link at 811 so that safe care can be provided.


Please note that if individuals (staff, students or guests) begin to exhibit any symptoms of illness (especially those related to respiratory issues) during the course of the day, they will be asked to go home immediately. Please have a plan to pick up your child in the event that they become symptomatic over the course of the day.


Reminder no visitors or volunteers at this time without an appointment. Please call our main office to schedule an appointment.


If you require any further information please contact ckushniruk@gsacrd.ab.ca.

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The Mindset of a Leader




The world needs all different kinds of leaders. You can help your child become a leader in their own right. Big Life Journal has provided a list containing some basic yet important characteristics of a good leader. Check them out here and see how many characteristics your child has. Which ones can you help them learn?

A Leader is Someone Who...



If you have any questions about mental health and mental illness, you can reach out to Brittany Bowdige (Wellness Coach) at bbowdige@gsacrd.ab.ca.

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WINTER WEATHER

The arrival of winter and cold weather means that all students need to be dressed for the weather. We ask that you monitor your child’s clothing before they leave for school to ensure their warmth and safety while outside.


It is important that if at all possible children go outside even for a few minutes of fresh air and exercise. Your cooperation in ensuring that your child has proper winter clothing is greatly appreciated. Outdoor temperatures are closely monitored and students are permitted to remain inside when the temperature is below - 20°C degrees with the wind chill.


Please note that our school doors do not open before 7:50 am. The supervision of students also begins at this time.

Morinville Army Cadets 3061 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps

“Is your child interested in learning new skills and participating in outdoor adventures? Are they between the ages of 12 to 18 yrs old?


3061 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps provides the opportunity for the youth of Morinville, AB and surrounding areas to join Canada’s largest youth group.


Due to current Provincial Health Measures, your local army cadet corps is currently conducting a combination of virtual (Wednesday evenings) and in-person training (1 Saturday/month) to safely educate and practice the skills required to be a successful army cadet.

For more information about this interesting and engaging youth programme, please contact Captain P Neilson at (780) 902-6042 or by email at patrick.neilson@cadets.gc.ca

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Previous Information and Helpful Links Shared With GHP School Families Below

PowerSchool Student & Parent Portal

PowerSchool is now open to students & parents/guardians. Teachers are entering marks & assessments regularly. If you have already created an account you will not need to create a new one. Personalized emails have been sent, (Sept. 28) with information needed to create parent/guardian accounts with a secure PDF containing your User Access ID and Password to create a GSACRD Parent Portal account


Please click here for instructions on how to gain parent access to Powerschool and student marks.


Please note the following;

To access your child’s marks, attendance and assessments, you will need to create an account using your child's unique ID & Password. Please keep this information in a secure location and keep your passwords confidential so only you can access the information.

The website location is: https://gsacrd.powerschool.com/public/home.html
Or, you can access this site clicking on "PowerSchool Login" under our Quick Links on school webpage (www.ghp.gsacrd.ab.ca).

Your child also has access to their information using their own ID & password provided by the school.


IF YOU CREATED AN ACCOUNT LAST YEAR, you do NOT need to create a NEW account. If you have misplaced your account password from last year, you can contact our front office for help in resetting your account. Once this account is created, it will stay active as long as your child is with the Greater St. Albert Catholic School District.


Students do not need to create a new account.


Also, please note that you are able to link multiple GSACRD children to one account, (even if they are in different GSACRD schools.) PowerSchool will also allow multi-user accounts. This means that individual parents/guardians can create their own accounts and link their children to them. The same Parent Access ID and Parent Access Password is used.

An additional email with instructions on how to create your account and the instructions for setting up automatic email notifications for marks and attendance will be sent Tuesday as well.

School Fees 2021-22

GHP School Fees are reviewed each spring with school council for feedback prior to submitting the school fees to GSACRD School Board for approval.


GHP School will send parents information for student school fees in the upcoming weeks. We will be collecting school fees each term for complimentary courses.


Please see the link for the Approved School Fee Schedule for GHP for 2021-22 . These are the maximum amounts our school can charge families during the 21-22 school year. Some fees are year round and some are for individual complimentary course or special events.


A NEW fee added this year was a noon hour supervision fee to offset the cost of a hired noon hour position to assist us with supervision during lunchtime both inside and outside. This fee is $35/year for each student.


If you have a question about school fees, please contact our main office.

Student Supports & Programming Needs

We have all new Grade 6 students in our school and several new families in Grade 7 & 8. Teachers are taking time to build relationships and understanding learning and personal needs for all students.


GHP Learning Supports Team will be setting up online appointments in the upcoming weeks to connect with parents regarding IPPs and student programming needs. Thank you to our parents that have already provided information to support their child's learning needs. Teachers and staff will be working on developing the learning plans Sept 30 - Oct 7. Once the GHP team has completed the IPP, parents will be contacted to review and sign the IPP for the school year. These are working documents that will be updated throughout the school year.


Mrs. Kushniruk coordinates and supervises programming supports for all students in GHP. Please email ckushniruk@gsacrd.ab.ca if you have questions about your child's supports.

Masking in GSACRD Schools (Update August 30, 2021)

Mask wearing will allow our schools to safely return to many of the activities that we were unable to do this past year because they required strict cohorting and scheduling of students. In addition, mask wearing will more safely allow students to congregate in common areas, use lockers, cafeterias and gymnasiums.


While the Government has eased their restrictions in regards to masking, we are confident that masks act as an additional layer of protection from the transmission of COVID-19. As such, we strongly recommend that as we return to school, all GSACRD staff and students adhere to the following measures:


Grades 4-12

Masks are required in common areas (hallways, bathrooms, lunch rooms and

foyers).

• Masks remain strongly recommended during class time, when physical

distancing is not possible or when students are required to circulate.

• When outside, masks are not necessary, but we encourage students to practice

physical distancing.

Masks are mandatory on the school bus, to and from school, and to any school

sanctioned event.


Staff

• All school staff are required to wear masks in all common areas.

• Masks remain strongly recommended during class time, when physical

distancing is not possible or when staff are required to circulate.

• Masks are mandatory on the school bus to any school sanctioned event.


*In cases where staff or students have obtained a medical exemption from a physician, psychologist, or nurse practitioner, they will not be required to wear a mask and will be welcome to fully participate in all school events.

Back To School Links for Parents

1. Registration Information including Sports Academy HERE

2. 2021-22 School Supply List HERE

3. Complimentary Course, (Options) information is HERE

4. District Calendar 2021-22

Reporting an Absence - Safe Arrivals/School Messenger

Attendance - Every School Day Counts


Parents are asked to notify the school using the SAFE ARRIVALS system when a child will be absent.

Please note: Notifying your child's teacher of an absence may still result in calls/emails from the SAFE ARRIVALS system. Calls to parents begin once our school attendance is submitted , usually at 8:30 am.


SafeArrival (SchoolMessenger) – Student Absence Reporting and SMS Text Messaging

The SafeArrival absence reporting process has been put in place to support families in having their children arrive safely to school. This system will make it easier for you to report, and respond to, school absences for your child. The SafeArrival system also integrates with our notification system, School Messenger.


The student absence reporting system will allow the school to verify student attendance, and quickly notify parents and guardians of absences that were unexpected or unplanned..


Report your child’s absence in advance with 3 convenient methods:


  1. On a mobile device, install the District App (search “Greater St. Albert Schools” in the Apple App or Google Play stores).


Select SafeArrival -> Attendance -> Report an Absence. (Please note, to sign up for School Messenger SafeArrival it is best to use a computer. Your account MUST be verified within 24 hours)


2. On the SafeArrival website, go.schoolmessenger.ca.

Sign Up to create your account, then select Attendance followed by Report an Absence.


3. Call the toll-free number 1-844-818-9908 to report an absence using the automated phone system.

Visitors

At this time, we require that any visitors and volunteers to our schools make appointments in advance through the school office/administration.

  • All visitors and volunteers are required to enter through the front doors of all GSACRD schools and check in at the office. We ask that visitors and volunteers use Alberta’s Daily Checklist and are encouraged to remain masked when physical distancing is not possible.

PARENT PARKING & EXIT/ENTRY PROCEDURES FOR 2021-22

As a school, we value our partnership with our parent community, as we endeavour to work collaboratively in order to create a safe and caring environment for our children. This includes creating a safe and caring journey to and from school as well as within our school day, for our students and families. The following information is in an effort to communicate expectations for our community regarding parking, pedestrian safety, entry and exit procedures, and security with our building.


Neighbourhood Courtesy

A reminder to all parents to be courteous with regards to our community neighbours. Please be mindful of driveways, cul-de-sacs, sidewalks and congestion during our busy times. Bylaw officers regularly patrol the area and complaints will be directed to their office by community members.


Parking and Drop Off Zones

Our parking lot is for staff only and families with identified needs to access our parking lot. All visitors and parents are asked to park on the side street, especially during our peak drop off times @ 7:45 - 8:05 am and pick up times @ 2:30 - 2:50 pm. In order to ensure the safety of our children and to alleviate congestion and confrontation, it is essential that parents DO NOT drive into the parking lot to drop off or pick up their child. Please do not use the entrance driveway to turn your vehicle around. This causes unnecessary congestion and limited visibility that places our students at risk.


A reminder that there are signs posted on either side of the crosswalk that indicate there should be no parking within 5 metres of the crosswalk. Encourage your children to use the designated crosswalk area to avoid jaywalking. Administration consults with our local city bylaw to help reinforce parking in this crosswalk area and speed limits. Cars that are in violation of the posted signs may be ticketed.

We are strongly encouraging all families that routinely pick up their children after school to use a designated area away from these trouble zones to ensure the safe crossing and reduce risk to all students. We truly need everyone’s cooperation and best effort to faithfully follow the recommendations. Please communicate this information with aunts, uncles, grandparents, spouses who may be dropping off or picking your child(ren).


Jaywalking/Safe Street Crossing

Please help us to model for all of our students safe street crossing behaviours. Please choose safety over convenience by accessing our lighted crosswalk. This is the only safe route for all students and adults to access our school. Please do not encourage your child to jaywalk between parked cars for everyone’s safety. Modelling is key for our students!

Lunch

Dismissal to the halls- Students will be asked to wear their masks in the halls until they exit the building at the start of lunch and lunch recess.


Students will need to bring their school lunch each day. Lunch items will be stored in student backpacks. There will be no access to school microwaves at this time. Students will be eating lunch in their homerooms. We will be opening our lunchroom in the upcoming weeks for students to access with social distancing.


Circle K

Students in junior high may leave school property during the lunch hour.

Grade 6 students are not permitted to leave school grounds during the lunch break.


School Nutrition Program - GHP school has purchased additional items for students during nutrition break and lunchtime. Yogurt, cheese string, granola bars, drink boxes etc are made available to all students.


GHP School also has additional funds for families needing extra support. Please contact ckushniruk@gsacrd.ab.ca for further information.

Recess

All students are required to go outside for lunch recess. They may interact with students outside of their cohort. Masks are recommended if they cannot maintain safe physical distance. Sports must be non-contact.

Access to Counsellor & Wellness Coach

Mrs. O’Gorman, our Counsellor and Brittany, our Wellness Coach, support many students throughout the school year. They will be located in rooms that allow for physical distancing while meeting with individual or small groups of students. Students will be able to request meetings via email, in person or through their parents & teachers.


Email for our School Counselor is Jessica O'Gorman

jogorman@gsacrd.ab.ca

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GHP School Staff 2021-22

Charlene Kushniruk - Principal

Lorne Pedersen - Vice Principal

Jessica O'Gorman - Counsellor

Ashley Moss - RISE Teacher

Amber Gratton - Diverse Learning Teacher/6-1

Emily O’Neil - 6-1/ Sports Academy Cheer

Cindy Vervynck - 6-2

Michael Kurschat 6-3/Band

Aayla Vance - 6-7 French Immersion

Denise Groten - 7-1

Nicole Kuzio - 7-2

Kerri-Lynne Cochlin - 7-3

Travis Hay - 7-8 French Immersion

Vincent Falcone - 8-1

Mallory Burton - 8-2

Dean McKinney - 8-3

Ryan Mullen - Gr 7 Social/Religion

Jason Paik - Sports Academy - Hockey


Colleen Durand - SOS II

Dawn Herrington-Mccumber - SOS I

Sharon Van Brabant - Library (GHP Tues, Wed AM, Thursday)

Brittany Kindzierski - VOICE (Tues/Thurs & Alternating Fridays with END)

Lorna Gialet - Educational Assistant

Sherri Large - Educational Assistant

Elizabeth (Beth) Laton - Educational Assistant

Debbie Rivet - Educational Assistant

Sue Price - Noon Hour

Sheldon and Katie Crane - Caretakers


We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our 2021-22 school year. Please contact our main office if you have any questions or if you require an appointment to meet.

We are reinforcing a slow, steady, safe re-entry as we continually review all safety protocols in the school. As we receive further updates from Alberta Health Services and our district, we will take the time to re-examine our protocols and make adjustments where wellness for all remains a priority.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Ms. Charlene Kushniruk, Principal, EMAIL

Mr. Lorne Pedersen, Vice-Principal, EMAIL

GHP Parent/Student Handbook 2021-22

Please take some time to review GHP Parent/Student Handbook 2021-22


Note
: Our Parent/Student Handbook 2021-22 contains information during a regular operational school year. COVID Return to School Plan Protocols 2021-22 supersedes Handbook regular operation procedures during COVID.