Charger Connects
Friday,  Jan 14, 2022
Principal's Message

Welcome Back!

After an extended winter break, we were pleased to welcome students and staff back to Bert Church this week. There was certainly a good buzz in the building as we got back in the swing of things. Please see below for a few updates from the school.

Last Day of Regular Classes

Wednesday, January 19th will mark the end of regular classes for students at BCHS. January 20th - 26th will be targeted intervention for students who are not in a passing position as well as supports for students with social-emotional/complex needs. The elimination of high-stakes, final exams have given us ample opportunity to ensure students have their course work up to date in time for the end of the semester.

Provincial Achievement Tests

As per a memo from Alberta Education, school divisions had the flexibility to shift the administration of provincial achievement tests to accommodate for the extended winter break. The new dates for PAT's at BCHS will be Monday, January 24th (Social Studies) and Wednesday, January 26th (Science). Both exams will begin at 9:00 AM.

While we are still writing the exams at BCHS, teachers have been given the ability to not count the PAT towards the student's final grade if their performance is not representative of the work they have done throughout the semester. We know that schooling during this time can be stressful for students and that missing a week after Christmas added to that. Students can write the PAT's knowing that it will not cause a significant decrease to their overall mark. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to me.

Masks/Rapid Tests

Thanks to a herculean effort by our office staff, we bagged 24000 masks and distributed 1200 rapid tests to get to students shortly after receiving them. While rapid testings twice a week (whether symptomatic or not) and wearing the supplied medical-grade masks are encouraged, it is not mandated. 

Learning Continuity

Our focus is to keep our regularly scheduled classes moving forward for students. Thanks to our staff and students for their help with this. We have had substitutes in the building this week but only 1 situation where we had to implement our backup teaching team. We are prepared in the event we face them in the days ahead, but so far so good!

Safe Arrival

Some of you have been using Safe Arrival, our new attendance app that allows you to enter your child's absence without calling the school. We appreciate your feedback and patience. We're working with RVS to address some of the concerns brought forward and hope to provide communication when they're done. In the meantime, if you are struggling with the app, feel free to call your child's absence in.

Routine Gr. 9 Vaccinations

Vaccine consent forms for our routine gr. 9 vaccinations will be handed out on Monday, January 17th during block 1. These are not COVID-19 vaccinations, but the regular, scheduled ones administered each year to our gr. 9 students. Our hope is to have the forms returned by January 19th to the office with the vaccination date being Tuesday, February 8th. Thank you for your help with this.

If you've read this far, congratulations! Have a wonderful weekend and see you next Friday.

Ryan Reed
Principal | Bert Church High School

Upcoming Events

For everything going on at BCHS, please keep an eye on our school calendar.
For our athletics calendar, please click here.
Frog dissections are always fun. Students got hands-on learning about Biology before our break. Looks great!
Please follow this link to register for the above event.
Mr. Sera, our athletic director and Varsity Boys Basketball coach, was recently featured in Airdrie Today. The commitment and dedication Mr. Sera has shown to BCHS over the past 22 years is special. Read about why he does what he does here!
Stress vs. Anxiety

Althought the end of semester 1 is not a typical exam period, we do know that students and families experience stress during times of transition. Our gr. 10/12 counsellor Suzanne Tiemstra has put together a few resources for our community to look at that help students and families cope with the stresses of life. Thanks Ms. Tiemstra!

Stress vs Anxiety video CAMH - coping and Covid  Stress vs Anxiety Assessment tools

End of Semester Stress and Re-setting intentions for Semester 2
Congratulations to Charger football players Rain Bannick, Ben Klassen, and Kendrid Price for representing Football Alberta well over the winter break. The entire story can be found at this link!

Father Lacombe High School - Yearbook
Have you purchased the 2022 Yearbook yet? Deadline to order is February 28th!

Yearbooks must be purchased by to February 28th in order to receive a copy in June!


Yearbooks can be purchased for $40 on School Cash (

Our gr. 9 art students are once again showing their skills with more work making its way into the halls. Haiga is a style of Japanese painting that incorporates the aesthetics of haikai. Haiga are typically painted by haiku poets, and often accompanied by a haiku poem. Like the poetic form it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world.

Thanks for sharing Ms. Tschritter.
Any students interested in enrolling in Psychology Dual Credits for next semester are invited to the zoom info session below!
When: Wednesday, January 19, 7 - 8 PM
This will include a short presentation of the course and an opportunity for Q & A.
Zoom Information:
Psychology for Everyday Life Dual Credit Information Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2022 07:00 PM Calgary (Mountain Time)
 Any students who attend the zoom session and are interested please see Mr. Reed.
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