October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Trot

We would like to wish all of our North Point families a very Happy Thanksgiving! May you enjoy the extra long weekend together as you take time to reflect with gratitude!

In Physical Education class this week, students were invited to take part in the Turkey Trot Challenge.  The goal was to estimate the time it would take to run 1km and then complete the run to see who could finish closest to their estimated time. 

It was great to see the entire school take part with good guesses, consistent effort and practical adjustments to lap pace (based on the split times announced).  With great pacing, continuous effort, and a little bit of luck, we had two students literally “take home the turkey” (just in time for Thanksgiving weekend).  Congratulations to Thorsten in Grade 6 (with a time of 5:33.2 – 1.8 seconds FASTER than his estimated time) and Simon in Grade 8 who guessed and ran the exact time (5:25:00).



WEEK AT A GLANCE

MON. Oct. 11 – Thanksgiving; SCHOOL CLOSED

WED. Oct. 13 – Jersey Day

WED. Oct. 13 – Standard Gr. 6 & Gr. 7 Follow-up Vaccinations


COVID-19 UPDATE

On Tuesday, the Premier, the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Health announced new actions to manage COVID-19 in schools. This includes:

  • Public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools
  • Initiating contact notification in schools
  • Clarifying COVID-19 outbreak definitions
  • Providing rapid testing for K-6 schools experiencing outbreaks
  • In addition, where there have been three or more COVID-19 cases in a class over a five day period in K-6 schools a shift to at-home learning for that class will be required. 

Although Alberta Health Services will be back to confirming positive covid cases with schools and leading the contact tracing notification process, North Point will continue  providing notifications to our entire community when families self-report an AHS-confirmed case of COVID-19

All teachers and staff working in the school on a daily basis have confirmed they have received the vaccine. 



Standard Gr. 6 & Gr. 7 Follow-up Vaccinations

Our AHS public health nurse will be here on October 13 at 1:00pm to administer the standard Gr. 6 vaccinations. These are not COVID-19 vaccinations. An envelope with consent forms has been sent home with all Gr. 6 students. Please return them to Mr. Jackson at the main office as soon as possible.

For grade 7 students, last year, when in grade 6, they only received their first round of shots.  No consent forms needed as AHS has them from last spring. For new students, your sons name will be in the AHS system from their previous school and they will reconcile with our class lists to determine their status.  

If you have any questions please call our school AHS Nurse,  Matt Brooks at 403-944-7332


Picture retake day Oct. 20

Our Photographer will be back on October 20 to take individual student photos of those students who were missing and those who would like retakes taken. Please email Dave at photos@dhschoolphotos.com if you require retakes. On that day, he will also take our whole school photo. 


Parent Council 

Near the end of October we will have a Parent Council information meeting. At this meeting we will go over what is involved and what positions are available. Please keep an eye out for more information.



Annual Retreats

Food. Fun. And Friends. The annual retreats at Camp North Point, Goldeye, Blue Lake and Mosquito Creek were filled with outdoor activities, team building and much more.

During this difficult time navigating the 4th wave of the pandemic, we continue to have to think long and hard about every decision we make as a school. Going on the Retreats was one of those decisions and we had the overwhelming majority of the boys participate, if they were able.  We also respected and understood the decision by some parents to opt out of the Retreats this year.  

Our teachers put in so much of their time and effort into making these trips a success. We wanted to recognize that effort by sharing  an excerpt from a parent email we received which hit the nail on the head :

“Thank you so much to the team who organized and implemented the trip… I can imagine the amount of work that goes into planning transportation, accommodation, activities and food is a significant undertaking in addition to your classroom responsibilities. [Our son]  had a fantastic time and came home with a glowing report of all aspects of the trip.

I totally agree with North Point’s assessment that these kinds of trips shape young people’s life perspectives and personality traits, and we are so grateful that you’ve made this trip a priority for the boys. I suspect dealing with all those {boys} can be frustrating and stressful, at times, so we wanted to make sure you knew that for us the pay-off is huge.” – North Point Parent.

We would also like to congratulate and acknowledge all of the boys that were away from home for the first time without their parents or who felt a little uncomfortable or uneasy but were able to push themselves outside of their comfort zone.  Well done!


Theatre Lunch Club 

On Tuesday we kicked off North Point’s first ever Theatre Lunch Club with a physical warm-up and some movement work, exploring how different types of characters move through space, including, of course, zombies. The Theatre Lunch Club meets two times a week during the lunch break and they will be working on the play “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”.  We will be sure to send out a “save the date” when we nail down a performance date!


Bike Lock-up Reminder

Please remind your son to lock up his bike if he rides it to school. We unfortunately had a bike stolen from the school yard this week.



NAVIGATOR SQUAD POINTS

MOUNTAINEERS •••AVIATORS ••• MARINERS ••••ASTRONAUTS
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Contact Mr. Fagan to get the books your son has read counted toward his Navigator Squads points.  Just send an email in or sign a note outlining how many pages the book had.  Points are not awarded for ‘pages within an unfinished book’ but rather only for the number of pages in a completed book!



In Navigator Athletics, our Junior High boys  had an exciting week with the CISAA Golf and Cross-Country Running Championships held this past Monday as well as a Beach Volleyball Clinic and Mini Tournament held on Tuesday!

Our High School JV volleyball team competed in a double-header at Calgary Christian School competing against Ecole de la Rose sauvage and Foundations for the Future Charter Academy. It is great to have so many activities and so many active participants engaged.    

In grade 6-8 intramurals, we will be adding a new sport this upcoming week – Ultimate.  We will take the momentum gained through our Ultimate sessions in Physical Education Class and extend it to the Noon Hour Recess on Thursdays. We are also looking forward to putting North Point Navigator teams into an Ultimate tournament on October 23rd – more information to come.

Finally, please note that North Point Soccer after school program with German Comacho will also kick off later this month. For further details on this, please see the information below or contact Mr. Humeniuk.


Esports

North Point School For Boys had its first official Esports Match Against O’Dea Boys School in Seattle, Washington. With international competition the boys will be navigating skills in Global citizenship through their online presence when they represent North Point. Stay tuned for opportunities to watch the Navigators play online. You can follow our statistics and team record through this link https://app.playvs.com/org/north-point-school-for-boys-calgary-ab