Weekly Communicator
Initial COVID Case Notice
Today we sent out a notice regarding a COVID-19 case in Junior High. Please note that we have already contacted the families who have been impacted by this situation and we will continue to provide more information when appropriate. If you have any health questions or concerns, please contact HealthLink at 811. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Upcoming Dates & Important Info
  • The next Top Marks Customer Service Day is on Thurs Oct 8 - see important information below
COVID-19 School Reminders
MyAlberta Digital ID
Yesterday, Dr. Hinshaw announced that parents of children under the age of 18 can now review their childrens' COVID-19 test results online through the MyHealth Records account. This is the fastest way to get your test results. In order to do so, you must have a MyAlberta Digital ID. If you do not yet have the MyAlberta Digital ID, you can register here. Please note: the process includes receiving a verification code in the mail. As a consequence, it may take a number of days to set up. Dr. Hinshaw has recommended that all parents should sign up as soon as possible.
Elementary Updates
Elementary Office

  • Terry Fox Run - Our K-5 students have been running the Terry Fox Run during PE classes this week. They ran for 20 minutes and we will be counting the total distance run. We will be sharing the results , as well as all the students in total. Stay tuned!
  • Absences - Please email absences@gcaschool.com AND your child's homeroom teacher when your child will be absent from school. Since teachers may also be away and not receive the email from a parent regarding their absent child on a given day, we need for families to also email the school with the details about their child's absence. If the school office is not aware of the student's absence, the office administrator will call home to inquire about the absent student.
  • Medical Information - Parents with children who have a medical diagnosis (i.e. asthma, allergies, diabetes, seizures, etc.), that either require medication or do not require medication, are asked to email Jen Crawford at j.crawford@gcaschool.com in order for our student information system and documentation to be appropriately updated.  If a child requires medication to potentially be administered or self-administered by the student during school hours, we ask that the parent contact Jen Crawford at j.crawford@gcaschool.com in order for the appropriate documentation and communication with staff to be in place.
Junior High Updates
Junior High Office

  • Apple Fundraiser - Thank you for your support of our annual Davison Orchard Apple Fundraiser. This fundraiser was hugely successful and required 2 trucks to deliver! Thank you to our parent volunteers for all your help, Jen Barreth, Megan Stuart and Sharlene Neufeld. And of course to our students who helped unload and sort! 
  • Supporting Student Absences in Junior High - With COVID-19, the realities of practicing safe community health hygiene means that there is a much higher level of student absenteeism. It is challenging for students to thrive in their learning when they need to stay home frequently. Please note the support structure implemented as a Junior High to help support our students and families.
  • Next Week's Cafeteria Students - Grade 8 and 9 students will eat in the cafeteria October 5-9. The Junior High cafeteria schedule can be viewed here.
  • Calgary Flames Grade 6 YMCA Program - The Calgary Flames Foundation and YMCA Calgary are thrilled to announce that the Flames YMCA Grade 6 Program for this year’s cohort of grade six students has been extended to December 31, 2020. The Calgary Flames Foundation and the YMCA also want to remind students and parents that this year’s Calgary Flames YMCA Grade 6 Program opened on August 1st for this year’s Grade six students. Every grade six student in Calgary is eligible to receive a free YMCA 13-month membership to the YMCA, thanks to the Calgary Flames Foundation.
  • December Band Concerts - we are excited to announce with the lifting of some Band restrictions that we are tentatively planning for Band Concerts!
Tues Dec 8
Grade 6K and 6Z @ 4:00 pm
Grade 7 and Jazz band @ 7:00 pm
Wed Dec 9
Grade 6T and 6S @ 4:00 pm
Grade 8 and 9 @ 7:00 pm
GCA Community News
Admissions 2021-22
For all those interested in submitting an application for the 2021-22 school year in JK, Kindergarten, or any other grade, the GCA Application is now available online. Payment for the application can be made at either office with cash, cheque or debit cards or by requesting a one-time payment form. An enrollment specific account will need to be created in order to submit an application as this is different from the PowerSchool account for current students. Please contact Heidy Aviles at h.aviles@gcaschool.com 
with any questions.
Top Marks
The next Customer Service Day is Thurs Oct 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Elementary Music Room. Please note: students will have to try on items over their gym clothing as there will be no changing tents available. Each item that is tried on will be steam cleaned between each student. No appointments are necessary.
Lifetouch Photos
The Lifetouch photo proofs will be sent home with your child in the next few days. All orders must be submitted by Thurs Oct 15. Orders can be submitted to either office, or done online. Retake Day is Oct 29. Official Uniform is required for retakes.
Unified Classroom Tip
When you navigate to the class pages, any new announcements will show up as a pop up window.
Welcome to October! Have a wonderful weekend.

The GCA Team