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.