Sister Alphonse Academy Newsflash!

8/January/2021

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Welcome back to all Sister Alphonse Academy students and families!

Welcome back! We are looking forward to seeing all of our students from K - 9 on Monday in person at school. Thank you to all parents and students who have been working diligently online to attend classes and complete all of their work online. Thank you and have a great week!
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SAA Upcoming events:

Upcoming events: January 11 - 15th, 2021


Monday, January 11 - Exciting day of in person learning at SAA!

Tuesday, January 12 - Exciting day of learning.

Wednesday, January 13 - School Council Virtual Meeting: 6:30 p.m.

THE LINK TO ATTEND THE MEETING IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR WEBSITE. Please feel free to join us!

Thursday, January 14 - SAA Spirit Day! Wear blue/green or your SAA spirit wear.

GSACRD Virtual Kinder Open House! REGISTER NOW for the 2021 Virtual EXPO

Friday, January 15 - Exciting day of Learning

REMINDER THERE IS NO KINDERGARTEN TODAY.


***SAA VIRTUAL KINDER EXPO***PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS!


Sister Alphonse Academy Kindergarten Virtual Open House - Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. Registrations are now open online on our website.


Looking ahead?

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. - SAA Elementary/Junior High virtual Open House! Registration now open as well on our website.


Blessings,


Christine Samson,

Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk,

Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

Covid - Health & Safety Updates!

Superintendent’s Update - Week ending December 18, 2020:


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


DOWNLOAD: Parent Guidebook for School Re-Entry: 2020-2021 (Updated: 2021.01.08) (PDF)


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!

Junior High - Reminder we are learning in Homerooms

Students we will still be following the homeroom timetable that was established during online learning. Your homeroom teacher has been instructing you over the last few weeks and this will continue when we see you in person for learning on Monday, January 11, 2020.
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In Person/Online Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians: Please remember that our next transition date between in person and online learning is scheduled to take place in the spring according to the following dates which are found in our GSACRD Parent Guidebook.



Thank you so much.

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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Have you paid school fees yet?

If you are not sure if whether you have paid your school fees or not, please log in to school cash to view any balances that may be owing. Thank you to all of our parents and guardians who are paying their school fees online. 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.


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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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