New Heights Newsletter
School News
Upcoming date in April
Monday, April 27  th  is a Professional Development Day. There will be no emails sent or meets conducted that day as staff will be meeting as a larger group to collaborate, evaluate, and learn together.

Parent/Teacher Interviews have been postponed for the time being. We will inform parents when the date is rescheduled. If you need to meet with the classroom before then, please email your teaching team and they will set up a Google Meet with you.  
Talent Show!
With everyone at home one would think that New Heights would have to cancel their Talent Show, well think again! We are still moving forward with this year's Talent Show!

On  May 14  we will be broadcasting the Talent Show to you at home over the internet!

Here's how it will work:

Over the next four weeks students will have to consider what talent they would like to share. Then you will have to film it and submit the video by  May 7  to this Google Drive Folder:

We will edit all the videos together and create a private listing on YouTube of the Talent Show for everyone to see. The video will premiere in a live presentation on  May 14 at 1:30 .   We will sent out a link once everything has been prepared, be sure to tune in!

Any questions? Feel free to send Ryan ( ryan.mcculloch@newheightscalgary.com ) an email.

Student Council’s Lego Building Challenge!
Welcome to the New Heights Lego Building Challenge !
Over the month of April we will be having an at-home Lego building challenge.
Here's what's happening.
Step One : Build your Lego creation!
Step Two : Take a photo of yourself with your Lego creation
Step Three : Send your photo to  info@newheightscalgary.com
Step Four : Watch for your photo in the School Newsletter!
 
Get creating!
 
Brought to you by the New Heights Student Council.
Capital Campaign

Dear New Heights Family,

May this note find you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. I wanted to share some important news with all of you. With the move to the new school in July, and the challenging economic conditions continuing, the Board has decided to shift its direction on the Campaign to close off the capital fundraising goal of $2M. What will be done with the transition to the new building is continuing with the great relationships that were started through the campaign and keeping the doors open to future donor conversations. Although the Campaign is shifting gears, the financial position of New Heights remains strong for us to continue our exciting path forward. 
 
In the last year and a half of the Campaign, we successfully raised  $446,552.87 . Thank you to each of you that contributed to that impressive number and a  big  thank you to the Campaign Committee - Gary Vickers, Debbie Lemke, Claudine Adlington, and Scott DeJong for their unbelievable leadership and support throughout this journey.
Top two highlights that I wanted to share include: 
1. Secured a $250K grant that has been invested in allowing us to bring two in-house staff members to execute the Employment Program which has  19  active students involved to-date. The   Employment Program has helped students discover and develop valuable skills that are transferable to the workplace through group and individual career exploration sessions. Two students in the program have obtained placements in the community following their participation in the program and many others are preparing for potential summer employment. 
2. Established some valuable community partnerships with The Calgary Foundation, Birdies for Kids, Kids up Front, Indigo, to name a few.

With the Campaign shifting gears, Amy Ansell, Director of Development, will be moving on to her next great adventure as of April 30th. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Amy for all of the work, energy, and creativity she put into building this campaign. Her support in this project was greatly appreciated and we wish her well in her next endeavors.  Should you have any questions about the Campaign before then, please do not hesitate to contact her by email at  amy.ansell@newheightscalgary.com  or by phone at 403.830.3126. Amberly Wrubleski, Community Coach, will be managing all donations as of May 1st and can be reached at  amberly.wrubleski@newheightscalgary.com


Sincerely,

Gary Lepine - Board Chair
Admissions OPEN!
Despite the building being closed, we are continuing to accept registrations for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact Alison Black, our Admissions Coordinator at alison.black@newheightscalgary.com for more information.
Skip the depot
Skip the Depot is an app that allows you to have your bottle recyclables picked up, and it was designed by a group of University of Calgary graduates. Often described as the “Uber” or “Skip the Dishes” of recyclables.

Here's how it works:
  • The pick up is free and revenue is split 70% to New Heights School and 30% to Skip the Depot
  • An etransfer to New Heights School is sent once the user account reaches $25
  • Every pick up user gets a receipt with the breakdown of bottles collected with a total amount that will be donated (within 48 hours)
  • Choose how often you want pick up (between 8am and 5pm on designated pick up day for your community)
  • Once you set up your bottle pick up, log in to the app after 8am on the day of and you will be given a more accurate window of when your pick up will be
  • You will then get notice when your bottles/recycle items have been picked up (very similar to Uber/Skip the Dishes)

As a bonus, you can also add clothing/household items and electronic recycling to your pick up!

Tech Spot
Khan Academy
Khan Academy can be used as a great supplement for practicing and reviewing concepts. It is a personalized learning library for all ages and covers a variety of subjects. It contains many interactive assignments, tests, instant feedback, videos, and articles.
You can visit it’s website at www.khanacademy.org to signup or download the app.
There is also:

Khan Academy for Kids

This app was created with the little learners in mind. It has many activities, books, videos, and lessons. It combines subjects like math and reading with creative activities like drawing and storytelling.