Sister Alphonse Academy Bulletin!

7/December/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!



- 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 - FATHER IGNACY'S BIRTHDAY!


Blessings,


Christine Samson,

Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk,

Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

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Stuff-a-Stocking Campaign!

Our schools have partnered with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the 2020 Stuff-a-Stocking Campaign. All funds raised will help CSS provide Christmas stockings and turkey dinners for approximately 300 vulnerable or at-risk youth. Please consider supporting this worthy cause.

The Advent Season is Here!

Dear Parents/Guardians:


STUDENTS AND STAFF 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


If you would like to donate on our school's behalf to GSACRD Catholic Social Services Stuff a Stocking, here is the link to make your donation, and that way you will receive a tax receipt.


Donate to CSS for SAAKnights


Thank you for your support with our Advent project!



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

Staff and students are creating a list to share with everyone!


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!

Junior High Online Learning - We are learning online!

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.

Mrs. McKinnon teaching her Homeroom Grade 7 class!

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Powerschool Marks - Parent Portal is open

Thank you for your patience as we update our timetable on Powerschool to reflect the new Homeroom schedule for Junior High students. The parent portal is up and running again!


If your email has changed please contact our office at (780) 809 - 2996 to update your information as the newsletters and all communication is sent through the email we have on file at the school. Thank you!

Elementary Report Card - Absence report

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Please note that the absence report that was included in the Elementary report card, reports ONE ABSENCE as either a morning, AM, or PM. If the child missed a full day, it would count as two absences. Attendance is taking once in the morning at the start of the day, and then again in the start of the afternoon. Thank you.

Covid - Health & Safety Updates!

Superintendent’s Update - Week ending December 4, 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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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.

Sister Alphonse Academy receives GSACRD Education Foundation Grant!

We are so happy to let everyone know that Sister Alphonse Academy has been successful in receiving an educational grant of $2350.00 towards the purchase of Chrome books and iPads for Learning and Technology projects at SAA!

Thank you to Mrs. Kristi Rouse and Mrs. Karla Bergstrom who provided assistance and support with our application for this grant. We are excited about being able to have more students use technology for learning at SAA!

School fees are now due

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

Snowshoeing Fun and Learning in Grade 2!

Grade 2s finding their own work space to independently practice reading and writing

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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!

Thank you to Mrs. Christine Hoskins!

A big thank you to Mrs. Hoskins, our Vice Chair of our School Council, and small business owner of Coco & Bear Textiles, cocobeartextiles@gmail.com who donated fabric and time in creating a large number of masks and then donated the $500.00 towards technology at SAA!

We appreciate all of the community support!

Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy!

Thank you to Mrs. Kristi Rouse and all of the other parents who assisted with this fundraiser and facilitated the pick up of the Poinsettias! Thank you to the families who supported the Poinsettia Fundraiser!


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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