I have been meaning to turn the video footage I captured from Coun. Farkas's visit into a video, so I finally got around to doing so. I am hopeful we can have Coun. Farkas return to speak to us about his experience as a member of Calgary's city council. It will be interesting to hear how things have gone for him in his new role.
Fun was had by all on last week's snowshoeing trip in Kananaskis Country. In addition to enjoying the spectacular scenery and weather, students deepened their understanding of many concepts related to this year's inquiry into trees and forests. It was a highly successful outdoor education experience and we would like to thank the parents that came along and supported the trip. Thanks to Pat M, Melissa M, Iris G, Lily L, Mandy C and Maureen Y. Please enjoy the slideshow below.
Students of 6.1 and 6.2 are in the process of reviewing some important terminology related to our exploration of ancient Athens. Students are creating a study guide for 20 terms that the class selected and deem important to our understanding of their decision making process. The study guide is a digital document they created on their iPads. Feel free to review these study guides with your child to support their success on an upcoming quiz challenge!
Over Spring Break, Connect will be updating student laptops with a variety of features designed to enhance the learning experience for our Grade 6 students. This means iPads will be stored at school over the break. It is important that students have their iPad chargers at school on the last day prior to break. Please support your child by reminding them to have their iPad and charger at school this week. This is particularly important for families that may be leaving early for Spring Break. Thanks in advance for your support.
Project Long Table, in cooperation with Connect Charter School, would like to invite you to a free documentary film screening of "YYC Colours", a film about racism in Calgary. Following the film, we will have a panel discussion and question period with the film maker, Iman Bukhari; Cam Stewart, Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Where: Connect Charter School
Cost: Free (Donations to the Food Bank Welcome)
About the movie: YYC Colours is a documentary created by Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation (http://www.canadianculturalmosaicfoundation.com/) and aims to start discussions about racism in Calgary and Canada in general. The film creators spoke to hundreds of people and recorded over 100 interviews about how people in Calgary have experienced racism. The goal of the film is to promote honest conversations about racism and privilege in our society. The subject of race can be difficult to talk about, so this film approaches the subject through real, personal stories. The documentary also addresses topics such as hate crimes, privilege, white fragility, bigotry, xenophobia and islamophobia.
Please be advised the film contains some coarse language in the film, and we recommend that children be 12 years or older.
If you are interested in attending we ask you to sign up at the eventbrite link provided above so we can track attendance numbers. Also note that this event is open to all and you are welcome to bring a friend or neighbor if they are interested.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Project Long Table Society Members and Connect Charter School
In English Language Arts, students have been introduced to various skills and techniques related to helping them powerfully communicate their ideas. We began the year looking at words and honing our word attack skills to develop our vocabularies. Lately, we have been examining the benefit of using sayings and expressions in our writing to bring more drama and intrigue to our messages. Now, we are going to examine (and in some cases re-examine) various literary devices that can enhance our communication. The "Devices Worth Devouring" project kicked off today with an examination of similes and metaphors. Students will be conducting their own research into these literary techniques and creating comprehensive slideshows featuring ten popular devices. Teacher, Jedd Bloom has uploaded a fantastic rap to YouTube that students were grooving to in class:
The following is an example of what students must include on each slide of their project. A definition of the device along with an interesting idea that demonstrates their ability to use the device.
We are excited to be offering an amazing snow shoeing experience on March 13th for students. 6.1 and 6.2 will be traveling to Kananaskis to travel what is known as the Penstock Loop. In order to take full advantage of this 1.5 hour, 5-km trek we will depart the Connect campus at 8:15 which means alternative transportation arrangements may be necessary for some families. Similarly, we will retuning to Connect between 3:45 and 4:00. More information about the day's itinerary is forthcoming, but we wanted to give families this information today so you can begin your preparations. As well, we will be looking for intrepid parent volunteers to join our team! Stay tuned.
Students from 6.1 and 6.2 spent an enjoyable day at the SpacePort on February 13th. While there, students learned a number of lessons related to flight and aerodynamics as well as concepts related to our study of Space. The staff at the SpacePort engaged students in activities and discussions that reinforced information they had previous been introduced to as well as new information related to future lessons. Here are some photographs of our airport adventure!
I have designed a quiz for the students to test their understanding of the sayings we have been learning about this month. The quiz will focus solely on the figurative usage of these sayings and not on the literal origins.
I have created three scenarios for each of the seven sayings, and the challenge will be for students to match the situations to the most appropriate and relevant saying. I anticipate much success and look forward to seeing the independent research they conducted pay off for them. Today, we had some fun coming up with various situations that match the figurative meaning of the sayings.
Read the following mock news article and match the first five blanks in the article to the most appropriate of the seven sayings. (Weebly only allows me to ask 5 questions for some reason so I had to divide the seven questions into two parts. My apologies if it is confusing. You just need to respond to the first five then click "submit" then do the last two and click "submit: again.)
February's "Sayings Worth Saying:
Calgary council votes to spend $2M more on Olympic Bid
Calgary councilors have voted to dedicate two more million dollars to the pursuit of the 2026 Winter Olympics. Some council members feel like the application process has required a lot of (1)___________________________________, but the majority of council believes it has been a worthwhile and productive process. Despite these criticisms of the application process, most council members and the mayor are convinced Calgary’s bid will be well received by the IOC.
Some critics of the decision suggest council is on a (2)___________________ as the financial impact of hosting the Olympics could run into the billions of dollars and Calgary taxpayers may feel (3)____________________________ since many of them don’t care to host the games.
“I couldn’t care less about the Winter Olympics”, said Calgarian Matthew Baker.
While the IOC’s final decision isn’t (4)______________ for a few more years, a few councilors seem to have a (5)________________________ because they feel the council has acted too quickly and hasn’t faithfully considered all the various impacts hosting an Olympics will have on the city.
“My voice was rarely listened to in the council chambers. Unless you are a fan of the Olympics, it’s like no one wants to hear your thoughts”, claims Ward 10 councillor Lachlan Spence.
When Metro News asked Lachlan for specific examples of unfair treatment or disrespect during the debates, Mr. Spence failed to share specifics.
Mayor Dittmann responded to these charges by saying, “Mr. Spence is (6) ________________________ as usual and has no basis for making these types of accusations. We have heard his opinion, but he was simply out voted.”
The next important step in the process is a few weeks away, when the Calgary and Edmonton mayors meet to discuss the possibility of splitting the bid. Edmonton mayor, Avery McDonald told Metro News that the city has felt (7)____________________ to Calgary ever since the 1988 Winter Olympics and is eager to share in the bid, should the IOC approve it.