September 13th - "In the Know"


September 13, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,

Week one down!! Right on! If you are anything like me, you are asking yourself if you have time to read this newsletter? The answer is yes!! I will endeavour to keep our "In the Know" communications readable yet meaningfully share our school news and updates.

Up and Coming Dates:

September 17th - Course Changes Close

September 27th - Year Long Leadership Class starts

September 30th - No Classes - Holiday

Start-Up

I appreciate your patience this week. Unfortunately, we had an issue with Google Email this past week which was out of our control. We believe it has been resolved, and all emails are working. Unfortunately, some students would not have received a welcome letter from the teacher because the system denied the email. However, as students attend class, they will meet with their teacher to obtain the needed information. If you have any issues with the email connection, please call our help desk at 403 945 4083 EMAIL.

Student Home Set-Up

I can not stress enough that you chat with your child about their daily schedule. Talk through the downtimes and their ability to organize their time. Assist them with how to take breaks and how to discipline themselves. For example, sometimes students assume they have plenty of time to complete an assignment, and as the week comes to an end, they suddenly become overwhelmed with assignment due dates.


Attendance

Each synchronous class, attendance is taken.  Next week you will begin receiving phone calls for attendance.  If you know your child/dependent is going to be absent for more than 1 period, please call, or email Cheryl Rinehart at rvsonlinehs@rockyview.ab.ca or call 403-945-4197.  If your child/dependent is missing one class during the day, you can email the teacher by email.

 

RVS Online HS is not COVID-19 at-home learning

Remember, our school is synchronous. That means students learn on a schedule as teachers prepare for Zoom-based learning experiences. Sometimes students think it is just about completing an assignment and moving on to the next one. Instead, students must attend the synchronous sessions to allow teachers to make connections in the curriculum, direct teaching, and enable students to learn from one another.

Leadership Class Year Long

We need positive and motivated student leaders who are willing to assist us in developing student culture. Therefore, we have created a Leadership block occurring one class a week for the full year from 9:30 am - 10:00 am every Monday. During this time, students will learn about leadership and act on that leadership by participating in the Principal's Student Advising Team. Students will also be fundamental in supporting and creating virtual student events. Chelsea Sommerville will be heading this class/team. The class will not begin until September 27th. If your child is interested in being a leader in this way, please email the Guidance Counsellor Christiana Van Ysselsteyn <cvanysselsteyn@rockyview.ab.ca> .

Parent Council

Are you interested in Parent Council? Yes, online schools can have a parent council. If you are interested in attending an orientation meeting in Mid-October, please email us at rvsonlinehs@rockyview.ab.ca. Our sessions will be virtual and monthly. The purpose of the parent council is to act as an advisory panel for myself.

I look forward to working with you! Please communicate your intention by Friday, September 17th.

Demographic Confirmation and Annual Authorizations

You would have received an email in August to complete the Demographics Form and Annual Authorizations. The Annual Authorizations is imperative for students to access Moodle and our RVS technology. Without the authorization digitally signed, the student will not be able to continue Online.

A reminder email to parents who have not yet approved their forms will go out this week.

September 30th Federal Holiday

RVS Board of Trustees voted to alter the 2021/22 school year calendar and observe the new federal holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30th. Therefore, the 2021/22 school year calendar now includes Thursday, September 30th, 2021, as a non-operational day (no classes in school or online). Click here for more.

Course Change Closes This Week

Course changes will close on September 17th, 2021.

Parent Grad Committee

Hello parents, if you are interested in participating in a graduation committee, please send your names to Cheryl Rinehart at rvsonlinehs@rockyview.ab.ca by Friday, September 17th.

 

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