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November 25, 2021

High School Boys Cook Quick and Ready Meals for their Gr. 3/4 buddies

Outdoor Ed. Collaboration – Gr. 3-4 Perspective!

The Gr. 3/4s have been learning about the types of meals to pack during a hiking/camping trip that will nourish and fuel their bodies for the following day. Last Friday, the 3/4s worked up an appetite by walking over to the High School campus to join theHigh School Outdoor Ed. group for some tasty, outdoor inspired cuisine. The 3/4s were thrilled to be cooking alongside their role models. TheHigh School boys did a fantastic job of engaging the 3/4 boys in each cooking step, and demonstrating how to cook safely and responsibly. The 3/4s loved trying the variety of meals that were made, and were eager to clean up alongside theHigh School boys. We look forward to doing some more collaborative outdoor activities in the New Year.

Outdoor Ed. Collaboration – High School Perspective!

The Gr. 9 to 12’s Outdoor Ed. class met the Gr. 3/4 Outdoor Ed. class last Friday for a cookout. TheHigh School boys needed practice cooking camping meals and who better to cook for then our Gr. 3/4 boys. In groups of 4, the boys lit stoves and boiled water for meals. TheHigh School boys made Mac and Cheese, Chicken Pasta, Ku Pow Chicken and Apple Crisp. The boys all shared the meals and then they all cleaned up. TheHigh School boys loved sharing time with their elementary counterparts and showing off their camping skills. The elementary boys enjoyed being pampered by the older boys. We look forward to doing this again after the winter break.



WEEK AT A GLANCE

MON. NOV. 29 – Healthy Hunger: Edo (Richmond Campus);  Spolumbo’s (Currie Campus)

TUES. NOV. 30 – Townhall, Non-uniform day, Fun Lunch

WED. DEC. 1 – Chocolate Bar orders are due

FRI. DEC. 3 – Ornament Ceremony (see below)

FRI. DEC. 3 – ACTION FRIDAY: Altruistic Activities (see below)



NORTH POINT GIVES BACK

Altruistic Action Friday – December 3rd

Each year around the Christmas season it has been a North Point tradition to try and positively impact the community around us through various good deeds. This year we are planning the following giving options and service opportunities:

  • Whole School – Families are encouraged to send in a backpack for a child that we will donate to Stephen’s Backpacks. Here is a link of what can be included in a backpack and/or a Food Donation to be delivered to the Calgary Food Bank and/or various organizations that provide food to families in need. Please try and have any donations in by December 14th so we can deliver them before we leave for xmas break.
  • K-2 Class – Ms. Jenn’s class will be coordinating our Food Bank donations as well as a special gift box activity within their classroom.
  • Grades 3-5 – Ms. Glowa and Ms. Bjornson’s boys will be spreading cheer throughout our neighbourhood with our annual Candy Cane Walk.  Boys leave Candy Canes with NP best wishes in mailboxes and on doorsteps.
  • Grade 6 – Annually the Grade 6 cohort supports giving to the Children’s Cottage.  They will again be collecting gifts/donations and then delivering them.
  • Grades 7-8 – In addition to spearheading the delivery of filled backpacks to Stephen’s Backpacks, the Grade 7-8’s will spend two hours at the Magic of Christmas Warehouse picking gifts for families and setting up packages for delivery.  
  • Grade 9 – Our Grade 9 boys will undertake a neighbourhood shovelling (or participating in the Candy Cane Walk if there is no snow to shovel) and clean-up project.  They will be walking through our surrounding neighbourhoods helping to make our community a better and safer place to be.
  • Grades 10-12 – Our oldest boys will have a unique opportunity to help sort and organize all the donations that have been dropped off at the Mustard Seed and prepare the items for distribution at the Foothills Shelter’s clothing & hygiene rooms. We’ve done this in the past and will continue the tradition this year.

NP TRADITION

Ornament Ceremony

On Friday, December 3rd we will invite all of our students, who are new to the school this year, to be recognized and place their ornament on one of our NP Christmas Trees. We have done this every year since we started the school and we will expand the tradition to both of our campuses this year.

Boys, new to NP this year, are encouraged to bring in an ornament that we can keep at the school forever!  They can start bringing their ornaments now, nice and early and teachers will collect and label them so that we are ready to go on the 3rd. 


A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS PLAY…

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

On Tuesday, December 14th, there will be two performances of the play that our Theatre Lunch Club has been hard at work on for the past several months. At 2:00 pm they will put on a show for the student body and at 6:00 pm parents and siblings are invited to enjoy the performance in the elementary/middle school gym.




UPDATE ON VACCINES

Please read the following letter from the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Kindy Joseph.

Subject: COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year olds – important information for families

As you are aware, Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Yesterday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that Albertans can book appointments beginning at 8 a.m. today. You can watch the news conference here

This is exciting news—as vaccines are highly effective and proven to protect Albertans and communities from COVID-19. The Canadian Pediatric Society is recommending that all eligible children get vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Appointments for children aged 5 to 11 can be booked through the Alberta Vaccine Booking system, or by calling Health Link at 811. Appointments will be available primarily at Alberta Health Services clinics around the province as of November 26. Vaccines will not be available in schools at this time. 

Parent or guardian consent is required for children to get their vaccine, and it can be provided either in-person at the vaccine appointment or by a signed consent form. Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek out reliable and factual information to inform their decisions on vaccines for their children. We appreciate your support in sharing accurate information with families in your school communities. 

The following information may be helpful:

All public health guidelines, including physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, masking when in public and staying home when sick remain in effect. It is important to continue to protect one another during this time. 

As always, thank you for your support in sharing information with your school communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please email educationcovidguidance@gov.ab.ca. 

Sincerely,
Kindy Joseph
Assistant Deputy Minister, 
Program and System Support Division



Master Chocolat Update – let’s get those orders in!

Master Chocolat Bars by Master Chocolatier Bernard Callebaut

So far we have sold 737 chocolate bars and we have 4,000 coming – keep those orders coming! Get your orders in before Wednesday, December 1! We will be donating 5% of our proceeds to our sister school, Kuwala Girls School in Malawi, Africa, to help at-risk girls access an education that will change their lives. You can read their Year End letter here.

Four flavour options include, Milk Chocolate, Milk Rice Crisp, Dark Chocolate (70%), and Dark with Pink Himalayan Salt. Click on this link to submit your order.  Payment is due to Dave Jackson in our business office, either via cheque, cash, or EFT to djackson@northpoint.school, before you pick-up your bars.  There is no direct payment mechanism on the order form.  We appreciate your support in purchasing and selling as many bars as you can!Bars will be available for pick-up at the school by our parents during the week of December 14th.


Dunvegan Farmer’s Market Boxes – keep it rolling!

This week, 12 new Farmer’s Market Boxes were signed up for. In total, we have sold 24 subscriptions. Here is the breakdown for the Navigator Squads (it’s a close race!):

Astronauts – 7
Mariners – 7
Aviators – 5
Mountaineers – 5

Link to Flyers

Please download these flyers to email or hand out to family and friends.

Mountaineers

Mariners

Aviators

Astronauts



NAVIGATOR SQUAD POINTS

MOUNTAINEERS •••AVIATORS ••• MARINERS ••••ASTRONAUTS
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Season One Wraps Up

With “season one” of CISAA and after school sports (golf, xc running, ultimate, and volleyball) now complete, we have been jumping right into a new season of school sports! It has been so wonderful to see the involvement, activity, and growth from our amazing student athletes!

FEATURE SPORT: ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Ultimate (sometimes incorrectly referred to as ultimate “Frisbee”), really took off on our North Point campus this Fall.  Strong interest in physical education class led to a robust intramural program, and – “ultimately” to competitive game nights. We hosted an after school mini tournament on the elementary/middle school campus in the middle of October and at the end of October the School Championship was held and North Point entered a strong team earning a 2nd place finish overall. There were great moments, amazing connections, a strong sense of team play, and very positive attitude on and off of the pitch.

With that said, the Calgary Junior Ultimate club is currently offering an 11-week clinic (throughout the winter) for athletes who want to continue to learn and become more competitive. Their competitive program runs on Saturdays at the West Soccer Centre. North Point athletes who sign up online are eligible for a discount through the code “NPBOYS2022“.  If you have any questions or want to learn more, please feel free to contact Mr. Humeniuk.


Season Two Begins!

This month marks the beginning of “season two” in CISAA sports.  We are currently offering basketball and wrestling for team participation!

North Point BASKETBALL

In Gr. 7/8 North Point Basketball, the first after school team meeting/practice took place this week on Tuesday.  Moving forward Gr. 7/8 team practices will be held on Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00pm at the elementary/middle school campus.  Supplementary off-campus practices are also possible. Game nights for regular league play for Gr. 7/8s will be Tuesday and/or Thursday nights between 4PM and 6PM

Gr. 6 Basketball practices have also started with noon hour sessions on Mondays and/or Thursdays. We will use the seed of intramruals to extend the experience to off-campus competition to give some of these athletes the fun of further game experience. This could include simple tournament play as well as a possibility of calling-up select players to join the Gr. 7/8 team.  

Finally, there will be a Basketball Academy opportunity coming up in January for those who want a day a week to get some very technical help!  More details to come!


North Point WRESTLING

We have also introduced the CISAA sport of wrestling to the Gr. 6,7, and 8 students in physical education class and will be looking at extending this involvement as a school team. The first off-campus opportunity is a clinic after school on Monday, November 29th. If this fits into your family schedule and your son in interested in taking part, please see the details and sign up form below:

Grade 7/8 Wrestling Clinic

Date:  Monday, November 29th
Location: Rundle College
Time: 3:45- 5:15pm
Sign Up Link for Wrestling Team Clinic: https://forms.gle/vfRvwiiuiVoCb2mQ9

Through this introduction and expressed interest, we plan to bring a North Point team to the JH CISAA championship next month to compete for the school banner. Stay tuned for further details.


North Point Soccer Academy – Winter Camp!

North Point Soccer Academy continues to run until December 15th.  The growth amongst the players and opportunity to improve has been fun to watch and a positive experience.  Several athletes who had not been involved in community soccer have even decided to join the City FC club to get even more touches and a higher level of competition in.

City FC is providing another opportunity for those families looking for something active for their boys over the winter break.  Calgary City FC will be hosting a 3 day soccer camp:

Calgary City FC – Winter Soccer Development Camp

When:  December 27th, 28th, 29th
Where: Viper Dome: 2221 Crowchild Tr.
U5 to U7: 9AM – NOON
U7 to U13: 9AM – 3PM
contact: mailto:calgarycityfc@gmail.com
tele: 403 819-2333

Please contact Coach Comacho directly for a discount code for all North Point families.