THURSDAY NIGHTS
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
ST. ALBERT COMMUNITY HALL (17 PERRON STREET)

 
NEXT PARADE NIGHT: Thursday, September 20, 2018
ORDER OF DRESS: C-2B (Summer Dress)

News & Updates

First Night Back - 2018-2019 Training Year!

Hello Everyone!

It's hard to believe it, but we are only just over a week away from a brand new and exciting training year. This year we will be returning on Thursday, August 30, 2018, and here are a few notes about what you can expect that night!

Dress of the Night and Uniform Exchange

We're going to take it easy on the first night back and let everyone return in civilian clothes. However! This means you all need to do something as well. We are requesting that all cadets try on their uniforms and bring any pieces that need to be exchanged with them on Thursday night. This will give us a chance to exchange them for you before you are required to be in full uniform. If you are missing any uniform pieces, we will also take care of that as well. Please make sure you fully go through your entire uniform so that we can get you fully set up for the training year!

CO's Parade and Meet Your Course Officers

Aside from a welcome back from the Commanding Officer, the bulk of your evening will be spent with your Course Officers (formerly known as Level Officers). They will be working with you to let you know what to expect from this year, what we expect from YOU this year, and to set you up to make sure that you have everything you need to be successful in everything you want to achieve - whether that be promotions, completing your level, or getting a summer camp!

Parents Meeting

First Night Back isn't just for the cadets - we want all of the parents to come as well! Once the cadets head off to meet with their Course Officers, the Commanding Officer and the Friends of 533 will be meeting with the parents to go over some changes for the year, give an overview of the upcoming year, outline some expectations, and to answer any questions you may have. We will also be validating contact information for the current training year, so it's important that you attend as we need these forms signed before cadets can actively participate in all activities! Please make every effort to attend, as it is important for you to have all of the information so that your child is successful in this program!

We hope everyone has had a great summer, and we are looking forward to having you all back for another year. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the squadron via email at 533RCACS@gmail.com.

See you all on August 30!

Statement on #JerseysForHumboldt

As many of you are aware, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last weekend has had a very emotional effect on people all across the country, even today as a sixteenth life was lost. For some of us, this tragedy hits closer to home than for others, as several members of the team were from St. Albert and surrounding areas. Stephen Wack and Logan Hunter, both from St. Albert, did not survive the crash. Two other players, Jaxon Joseph (Edmonton) and Connor Lukan (Slave Lake), played in St. Albert.

On April 12, the nation is coming together to show their support through #JerseysForHumboldt. General Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff, has even authorised the wearing of jerseys for CAF members during this time. To pay our respects to all of the families affected by this tragedy, 533 St. Albert RCACS will also be standing with its community tomorrow. As such, I am authorising the wearing of hockey jerseys during tomorrow's parade night (April 12) for all cadets and staff. Those who can wear a hockey jersey are encouraged to do so with appropriate civilian clothing; those who do not wear a jersey are to be in regular uniform for the evening (C-2B).

It may be but a simple act of remembrance, but together we are stronger. During this time of loss, we extend our condolences to all of families and communities who are suffering from these events.
 

Capt Adam Colbourne
Commanding Officer, 533 St. Albert RCACS

Return From Spring Break

Welcome back from Spring Break everyone! There are a lot of things to keep in mind as we return for the month of April, so here are some things to remember as we head back to our regular training tonight.

CO's Parade
That's right - tonight (April 5th) is CO's Parade! Make sure you're wearing your correct uniform (C-2)! There will be presentations and promotions happening tonight as well - all are invited to attend!

Ex Sabre Royale Permission Slips
Ex Sabre Royale is a flight competition which will be occurring on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 12 PM - 5 PM at the St. Albert Community Hall (both days). Flights will be competing in a variety of activities such as sports, marksmanship, drill, citizenship, general cadet knowledge, and more in order to earn points towards the Top Flight Award. This is a mandatory training activity, and permission forms are due tonight (April 5). Forms can be found here.

4 Wing Cold Lake Tour
If you were interested in participating in the 4 Wing Cold Lake Tour from April 13-15, you need to bring your $30.00 in tonight (April 5). We need to get a confirmed list of attendees ASAP (there are still some spots left to go if you're interested). Additional information on the trip will be distributed afterwards.

Summer Training Offers
If you have been given an offer for summer training, you must bring your signed offer forms back to the Administration Office ASAP!

Ottawa 2019 Trip
As most of you know, we have announced our intent to travel to Ottawa during Spring Break of 2019. If you are interested, we require you to sign up and a deposit is required. Last day to sign up/provide your deposit is May 3. For additional information, please see the letter which was distributed before spring break here.

We hope this sets things on the right track! There's plenty happening in April/May, so if there are any questions feel free to send us an email at 533RCACS@gmail.com!

Preparing for CO's Parade - November 2nd

It might be hard to believe, but another month has come and gone and we're once again gearing up for our regular Commanding Officer's (CO's) Parade, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month. As per usual, we've got a lot going on, so here's the breakdown for the night! Read carefully, because it's important!

First things first - dress. Because it's CO's Parade, cadets are to be in C-2 (Full Dress). This means dress shirts, ties, tunics, etc. Cadets are reminded to have all of their badges sewn on properly, and that all other uniform standards should be adhered to as well - especially hair cuts! Also, please wear a poppy!

CO's Parade in November also coincides with the City of St. Albert's proclamation of Cadet Week. This means that instead of meeting at the Community Hall, cadets are asked to meet at City Hall (same time, you should arrive by 6:30 PM) where will all form up and Mayor Cathy Heron will proclaim the week of November 3-9 as Cadet Week.

From City Hall, all cadets will then march back to the Community Hall, where before proceeding inside we will stop and raise the cadet flag outside the Community Hall, which the Community League has agreed to fly for the duration of Cadet Week. We will then proceed inside to begin our normal parade.

Once attendance has been taken and the parade has fallen in, we will begin the night by officially swearing all of the new recruits from this year into the squadron - did you know there are almost thirty of you?! Once you've been sworn in, you will be assigned to your new flights - no more standing off to the side in Tutor Flight! The Commanding Officer will then proceed to do an inspection and we'll complete our first march past of the year as a full squadron. First year cadets - don't worry about the march past - you learn by doing! This will be your first real foray into partaking in a real parade. It'll be a little weird, but don't worry - your newfound flight members will help you through it.

After all of the excitement of our first march past is complete, it will be time for some presentations! Another exciting part about CO's Parade in November is what we call our Coin Parade. Every year there are members of the squadron who are rewarded with a squadron coin. You'll hear a lot more about it on parade, but if you want to find out more beforehand, feel free to check out some info here. We will also be announcing October's Cadet of the Month, plus we are also hoping to have all of your results from the Cadet Fitness Assessment tabulated so we are able to present cadets with their badges. It's a full night!

Following the presentations, we'll take a short break before continuing on with some flight activities for the rest of the evening.

As always, parents and guests are strongly encouraged to come out for all parts of the CO's Parade. Watch the parade and presentations, take pictures of your cadets, and be proud of the work they have done so far this year. As parents, you're part of our squadron too!

Hope to see you all on November 2nd!

Follow-Up - October 5th CO's Parade

Congratulations to all of the cadets who received promotions and commendations at last night's CO's Parade!
 
As was also mentioned on parade, the squadron staff is very proud of all cadets in the squadron of the progress they have made in the month since returning for the new training year. New cadets - you may have lots to learn, but the enthusiasm you currently display for the program will help ensure that you will integrate well into the squadron. Returning cadets - we can already see personal improvements over last year, and commend you for it. Don't let up now! Continue to push yourselves to improve just a little more each day, and you'll begin to surprise even yourself.
 
It's still early in the year, but we have a very positive outlook on the things ahead. As a squadron we are growing and changing, but we believe that if everyone continues to work together we will continue to show why we are one of the top squadrons in not only the Edmonton area, but also in Alberta and the Northwest Region.
 
Again, Bravo Zulu to you all. We look forward to the continuation of the training year, and we hope you do too.

 

Calendar of Events

Weekly Announcements

September 14 - September 20, 2018

FRIDAY

No Announcements

SATURDAY

SurvivAir: No SurvivAir

Tag Day
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (AM Shift) // 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PM Shift)
Location: St. Albert Community Hall
Dress: C-2 (Full Dress)

SUNDAY

Battle of Britain Parade / Cadet Day
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 408 Squadron, CFB Edmonton
Dress: C-1 (Ceremonial Dress)

There are still some spots open for cadets to participate in the parade and Cadet Day activities - if you did not sign up and would like to participate, please email the squadron at 533RCACS@gmail.com. Activity is open to all returning cadets. Lunch will be provided.

MONDAY

Band: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
William D. Cuts Junior High School

Drill Team: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
William D. Cuts Junior High School

Flag Party: No Flag Party

Scholarship Prep Boards: No Scholarship Prep Boards

Sports: No Sports

Band and Drill Team start tonight! Both activities are open to ALL cadets (even those of you who just joined!) so come and try it out!

TUESDAY

Ground School: No Ground School

WEDNESDAY

Biathlon: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
St. Albert Community Hall

Effective Speaking: No Effective Speaking

Marksmanship: No Marksmanship

All cadets who are interested in trying out for one of the squadron's biathlon teams are encouraged to come out on Wednesday! Open to all cadets, even those who just joined!

THURSDAY

Order of Dress: C-2B (Summer Dress)

Returning Cadets
If you were given an Annual Validation Form to have signed and bring back, please ensure you bring it back tonight!

New Cadets
If you forgot to bring a copy of your birth certificate/passport when you registered last week, please do so this week!

If you're looking to join, you can still do so! Find the application form here and bring it with you along with any required documentation and join us for a fun-filled training year!

Friends of 533 - Annual General Meeting
All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the AGM for the Friends of 533, which will take place immediately following opening parade at the Community Hall. Your participation in with the Friends of 533 helps shape the program we are able to offer for the cadets, so we highly recommend getting involved and having your voice heard!

FUTURE EVENTS

Ex Autumn Air
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Location: Villeneuve Airport
Dress: Civilian Dress

Sign up sheet available at the Community Hall on Thursday night

Fall Bottle Drive
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Location: St. Albert Bottle Refund Center (8 Riel Drive)
Dress: Civilian Dress

Sign up sheet available at the Community Hall on Thursday night. Parents, if you are able to volunteer, please see the link below under "Friends of 533"

Senior Cadet Development Workshop
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 & Sunday, September 30, 2018
Location: St. Albert Community Hall
Dress: Civilian Dress

More information will be distributed on Thursday night

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Announcements

SPONSORING COMMITTEE

No Announcements

FRIENDS OF 533

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: St. Albert Community Hall
All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.

Fall Bottle Drive
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: St. Albert Bottle Refund Center (8 Riel Drive, St. Albert, AB)

We need parent volunteers to help as drivers and bottle sorters. The day is split into two shits - please sign up below!

Sign Up!

Bingo
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: West End Bingo (17304 105 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1G4)

Sign Up!