Weekly Communicator
Upcoming Dates & Important Info
  • Mon Sept 21 is School Photo Day for JK Mon/Wed/Fri AM and Full-Day, KPW, KW, as well as all children in Grades 1-5.
  • Tues Sept 22 is School Photo Day for JK Tues/Thurs AM and Full-Day, KN, KPT, KT as well as all students in Grades 6-9.

Please ensure your Kindergarten to Grade 9 child is dressed in their official uniform on their scheduled photo day. Due to COVID restrictions, we will not allow for uniform items to be shared and we do not have sufficient stock to supply at the offices. There will be a Photo Retake Day on Oct 29 for those children not dressed appropriately on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Please watch the attached link for details on new COVID practices by Lifetouch. 
Student data verification forms are now available in PowerSchool, under Quick Links --> Forms. Watch the instructional video here for more details.  Please log-in to PowerSchool to complete the student verification form by Fri Sept 25. If you haven't set up your account yet, please follow the walkthrough guide here.
COVID-19 School Reminders
What if cases are identified at GCA?
As we close out this full first full week of classes, we want to thank students and parents for all the effort you are putting into the transition back into school this fall under unusual circumstances.
 
We are inundated with news every day about testing and cases in Alberta. We thought it may be helpful to recap a few useful pieces of information for parents. 

This information is based on guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services. The full document can be found here
 
Suspected Case - If a student or staff member is symptomatic, they will be isolated and sent home to do the self-assessment and likely have a COVID test done. GCA will not share information on potential cases unless a positive result comes back.

Alert (1 case) - If one case is confirmed within the school community, it is called an alert. Alberta Health will launch an investigation and be in direct contact with close contacts of the diagnosed individual. GCA will advise parents by e-mail of the situation as soon as possible. In-person learning will continue unless GCA is directed otherwise by Alberta Health.

Outbreak (2 cases or more) - If two or more cases are confirmed within the school community within a 14-day period, an outbreak will be declared. GCA will advise parents by e-mail of the situation as soon as possible. Alberta Health will launch an investigation and be in direct contact with close contacts of the diagnosed individual(s). In-person learning will continue unless GCA is directed otherwise by Alberta Health.

Outbreak Over - A school outbreak is declared over when there have been no new confirmed cases in a school for 28 days. GCA will (happily) advise parents by e-mail as soon as an outbreak is declared over.
 
What if my child has symptoms?
We have received many questions about what parents should do if their child has any symptoms of COVID, and have talked with our Zone Medical Officer of Health for clarification. Here’s what she confirms:

If you have a child with any symptoms of COVID-19, your child takes a COVID-19 test, and the results come back negative, the child can return to school when the symptoms resolve. If your child is still symptomatic, they must stay home until they are symptom-free. If you are unsure, we encourage you to speak to a nurse via HealthLink (811) before returning. We will continue to support your students’ learning needs while they are at home. 
Elementary Updates
Elementary Office
403-254-9050

  • Masks - A reminder that all adults entering our building need to be wearing a mask. Thank you for your support in this.
  • Reporting an Absence - Absences can be reported via the home page of the GCA Parent Website, as well as through the GCA App. Along with reporting your absence to the homeroom teacher, the office also needs to know. Thank you.
Junior High Updates
Junior High Office
403-254-9051

  • Unified Classroom Tutorials - Unified Classroom (UC) is a powerful tool that will allow us to post our Weekly Updates for each grade in your personalized UC dashboard. We have prepared a short tutorial to help you navigate to the right spot for these updates. See more details in our community news below. If you have not set up your Unified Classroom, now is the time.
  • Gym uniforms have been ordered and should be here soon. If you are in need of some, please wait until it is in before you try and purchase any. In the meantime, students may wear appropriate gym attire for PE.
  • Reporting an Absence - Absences can be reported via the home page of the GCA Parent Website, as well as through the GCA App. Along with reporting your absence to the homeroom teacher, the office also needs to know. Thank you.
  • Apple Fundraiser - The deadline for our apple fundraiser is Monday, September 21 at 8:00 am. You don’t want to miss out on these delicious apples straight from Davison Orchard in the Okanagan. Orders can be made at the Jr High office.
  • Next Week's Cafeteria Students - Grade 8 and 9 students will eat in the cafeteria September 21 - 25. The Junior High cafeteria schedule can be viewed here.
  • 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
Volleyball Tryouts
Volleyball try-outs will be held the week of September 21-25 Be sure to see the appropriate dates for each team try-out. Tryouts are from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Grade 7 Girls: Tues Sept 22 & Wed Sept 23 - East Gym S
Grade 8 Girls: Mon Sept 21 & Thurs Sept 24 - East Gym N
Grade 9 Girls: Mon Sept 21& Wed Sept 23 - West Gym

Grade 7 Boys: Mon Sept 21 & Thurs Sept 24 - East Gym S
Grade 8 Boys: Tues Sept 22 & Wed Sept 23 - East Gym N
Grade 9 Boys: Tues Sept 22 & Thurs Sept 24 - West Gym

GCA Community News
Unified Classroom Tutorials
We are pleased to share that we now have some Unified Classroom tutorials available online. We will continue to add more as the year goes on, but for now, the available videos include:
Navigating Between Students Filling Out Verification Forms
Navigating Back to UC
Accessing Elementary Homeroom Pages
Accessing Jr High Weekly Announcements
Using the Calendar in Jr High
Accessing Jr High Assignments

PikMyKid Note
Thank you for all of your support as we work with this new system. We ask that when you announce, to avoid confusion, please remain in the location that you have chosen. If you have announced L1 or L2, please remain in or by your vehicle and your younger students will be brought to you. Thank you for your cooperation!

Admissions for 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.
Have a blessed weekend with your family.

Blessings,
The GCA Team