Starting this week, students will be taking part in Course Selection presentations where they will receive their course selections sheets for next years’ courses. Students will then have the weekend and part of next week to discuss with parents what courses they would like to take next year. On March 10th & 11th, students will enter these selections into the new Student Portal. Please feel free to check out our course selection guide found under the “About” tab above.
Attention 2021 Graduates🎓…..scholarships are now open! You can pick up a local scholarship booklet and application in the library. Also available are separate scholarships/bursaries that require specific candidates and applications. All scholarships are due back by April 9th so applying is time sensitive – please be aware!
As we begin our second semester at Al Fortune this school year, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of showing up everyday. Regular school attendance is the key to enabling students to maximize the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realize their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.
We do understand that there are many reasons that a student may not be able to attend school everyday. This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please continue to make sure your child is completing the health checklist before coming to school. We would like to do our best to support families to ensure students can be at school as much as possible and reach their full potential. Here are a few things that we are going to be doing next semester.
· Teachers will be reaching out to families of students with unexcused absences to make sure that families understand what work is being missed.
· We will be sending an anonymous survey to our students to find out if there are ways we can support them in improving school attendance. (Please email Mr. Matheson if you would not like your child to receive this survey).
· We would also like to remind parents/caregivers that if you know your child will be absent, it is important that you let us know. Please phone the school in the morning and leave a message (250) 838-6431 or email Tracey Castle email@example.com . This will ensure that you do not receive an e-mail or call from your child’s teacher.
Thank you for your support in making sure that your child comes to school as much as possible even if it may be difficult.
We will be rolling out a new online platform called Family Portal. This new online tool will be replacing the Parent Connect program we have been using currently. Family Portal is an extension of the new MyEd data system the district put in place in January 2020.
On Monday, Jan 25th an email will be sent to all Parent/Guardian’s, who we have on file, which will contain your Username – your email with a number added and your TEMPORARY Password. Please keep watch as the email will come from this address firstname.lastname@example.org If you do not get this email in your mailbox, please check your Junk/Spam folder before calling the school.
You can login into the new portal under the “Parent” top tab select “FAMILY PORTAL” link. Once you are at the login site, please use your Username and Password provided in the email to login. DO NOT CUT & PASTE the password. It will not work! You must type it in! You will then be able to change your password. Write this down! Please note passwords expire every 90 days.
What does the new Family Portal offer Parents?
- View Demographic Information including Alerts
- View Attendance
- Access Report Cards
- Access to all your students in multiple schools under one Login
- Review & Pay Fees – coming soon!
If you have any questions, need assistance please feel free to call the school as we are happy to help. This is a new process for all of us and once we get it up and running it will be an asset to you.
A $500 scholarship opportunity via Vernon Winter Carnival has just come our way….
If you would like to apply for this scholarship, please do so; follow the scholarship content instructions below.
Instructions – Grade 12 students are asked to write a one-page letter on either their involvement, experience, participation, or their favourite event/memory of the Vernon Winter Carnival.
Submission deadline is Mon. Feb. 8/21 (so be sure to have it in the mail at least 4 days before this), with the 2 winners being announced on Fri. Feb. 12/21.
Please drop off or Canada Post to:
Vernon Winter Carnival
3401 35th Avenue
Applications for these scholarships close on February 15th, 2021. More information about the Provincial Scholarships Program can be found on the website https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/scholarships/provincial-scholarships/pathway-to-teacher-education-scholarship