New Heights Newsletter
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Important Dates in November
November 23rd is a PD Day. There will be no classes for School or ECS that day.

November 23rd is the New Heights Society AGM at 7:00pm.
Message from PAC
We hope you received your copy of the 2020/21 New Heights Directory that was sent home on Tuesday, Nov. 10th. The directory was made as a way for parents to connect and build community.
Thank you everyone that purchased gift cards from our FundScrip fundraiser. The cards will be ready for pick up the last week of November. Also, our ongoing Skip the Depot fundraiser has raised over $1,000! We appreciate your donations. If you would like to donate your recyclables please sign up at SkipTheDepot.com and select New Heights. Our last PAC meeting for 2020 is on December 10th via Zoom ...all are welcome to join :)
If you have any questions please contact pac@newheightscalgary.com
T2A at New Heights

Did you know that New Heights has a Transitioning to Adulthood (T2A) program? Jen Bodiguel and Amberly Wrubleski are our T2A team, working with our high school students in their graduating year and continuing to connect with our alumni after they leave the hallways of New Heights.
 
The T2A program was developed by New Heights to address the gap in services and support that often comes following the completion of high school.
 
T2A is not a daily, onsite program, but rather a support system for our emerging adults that is tailored to the needs and priorities of that adult. While some weekly sessions may occur (e.g. a financial planning seminar, a community kitchen, etc) the program will be more of a network and community of support. The emerging adults work with coaches to identify priorities and set goals. They then have the opportunity to work on those goals through direct support or consultation and appointments with staff.
 
The T2A program focuses on five key areas of support:
·        Employment
·        Independent Living
·        Post Secondary Education
·        Social Environments
·        Self Advocacy
 
Our goal is that our emerging adults will step out and be in the Calgary community, contributing to the community through their employment, involvement and relationships. We know that our students are dedicated, hard-working individuals who have a unique perspective, and we’re confident that workplaces and communities across Calgary will benefit from their participation.
 
For more information about our T2A Program, contact Jen at jen.bodiguel@newheightscalgary.com.

Photo Re-takes
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Ken Stewart will be back in the building on December 3rd for photo re-takes, including students who were absent for his initial visit.
 
Contact info@newheightscalgary.com for more information.

Daily COVID-19 Screening Checklist update
The Alberta government has updated the daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist for children under the age of 18, as well as individuals who are 18 or over and a student attending high school. The government has also updated the student illness – if a student has symptoms information to reflect these changes.
 
The symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the “core” symptoms list. Though students are not to attend school while they have a runny nose or sore throat, they are no longer required to isolate for 10 days if this is the only symptom.
 
The core symptoms for students that now require isolation for 10 days are one (or more) of the following:
·        Cough
·        Fever
·        Loss of taste or smell
·        Shortness of breath
 
If a student has one of the following other symptoms, they can return to school when the symptom is gone, as long as it has been at least 24 hours:
·        Chills (without fever);
·        Sore throat or painful swallowing;
·        Runny nose or congestion;
·        Feeling unwell or fatigued;
·        Lack of energy;
·        Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea;
·        Unexplained loss of appetite;
·        Muscle or joint aches;
·        Headache;
·        Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
 
If the symptom from the list above does not improve in 24 hours or if another symptom develops, parents should continue to keep their child home until the symptom(s) go away.
 
If a child has a core symptom, or two or more symptoms from either list, a COVID-19 test is recommended.
 
As of November 2nd, New Heights has updated our COVID-19 daily screening tool and Re-Entry Plan to reflect these clarifications for students.
Translated versions of the new Alberta Health daily checklist for children under 18, as well as updates to other materials to reflect this change, are posted at alberta.ca/returntoschool. 

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