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October 06
Conferences and Fall Break

Fall Break begins for Students on Saturday, October 12th, and continues through to Monday, October 21st.  The first day back for studetns from Fall Break is Tuesday, October 22

Before Fall Break begins the school is holding Student Learning Conferences at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 10th from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday, October 11th from 8:30am - 12:30pm. 

We ask that you book your 15 minute time slot through powerschool.  Of course if you have difficulty booking online, please call the office for assistance.   

It has been a wonderful time leading up to Fall Break.  It has been filled with exciting learning opportunities for students.  The grade 5 students just returned from 4 days at Camp Chief Hector's Eco school in Kananaskis Country.   They had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Ms. Robb, Mr. Trechka, Ms. Gloge, and Mr. Huppie for arranging the activity and for supervising students.  Also thanks to the staff of Camp Chief Hector for providing such an amazing opportunity for students. 

This week, we would also like to welcome Ms. Dvorkin and Ms. Lewis into grade 2.  

Winter-Like Weather

We would like to thank our families for being such amazing supporters of Catherine Nichols Gunn School.  We appreciate your support, and everything you do for kids in our community.  In the last couple of weeks we've had a return to winter like weather.  The forecast also suggests we could return to cooler weather the week of October 7th.  As weathr in Calgary can be unpredictable we thank families for taking the time to ensure that students arrive at school prepared for any weather outcome.  

Breakfast Program

Every School day, Mrs. MacDonald ensures that if students should need it, there is a breakfast for them.   The Breakfast Program begins every school day at 8am.  If your child is attending the breakfast program we ask that they arrive at school no earlier than 8am, as there may not be supervision for them.   


Morning supervision outside begins at 8:15am on school days.  Unless your child is attending the breakfast program at 8am, we ask that you not send your child to school until there is supervision outside at 8:15am.

If your child goes home for lunch, teacher supervison resumes at 12:35pm with an afternoon start for classes at 12:50pm.  Please plan for your child to be at school for 12:35pm so that we know supervision is in place.  

Warm Regards,

Colin McCracken

June 28
Thank You and Farewell

As we end the school year and I leave C N Gunn as principal, I want to say thank you to the many people including student, staff, parents/guardians and community members that I have had the honour of serving for the past five years. I feel very blessed and privileged to have worked with you all. I want to wish you all a happy and safe summer and all the best next year.

 Kind Regards,

Steve Wigglesworth


June 05
June 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Wow, it has been a fantastic year at C N Gunn and it is hard to believe June is upon us and our school year will be coming to an end before we know it. We want to thank everyone that is connected in one way or another to supporting the work and learning that happens here at Catherine Nichols Gunn. A special thank you to our parents who day in and day out help their children to be successful at school. The many things like getting to school on time, packing a healthy lunch to reading together all make a difference in your child’s life. The little things do matter and make a difference. Thank you!
Our Grade six students will be saying farewell to Catherine Nichols Gunn very soon as they move on to Junior High. Most of our students will attend Sir John A. Macdonald which students have had the opportunity to visit this spring. We will have a farewell celebration on Wednesday, June 26th at 10:30am. Afterwards families are invited to join the grade six class for cake and juice. The last day of school is June 27th and there is an early dismissal that day at 12:06pm. We will be having a yearend assembly at 9:00am on the 27th and all families are welcome. 
Staffing is an ongoing process and we will provide a more detailed update of our staff for next year at the end of June.

I want wish you all a successful end to the school year and a fun and safe summer. If there are any questions for teachers/staff please connect with them as needed during June. We welcome any new families that have join use this spring and wish all the best to everyone else as they plan for the new school year in August.
Steve Wigglesworth
May 06
May 2019 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Spring is in the air and Catherine Nichols Gunn School continues to be an exciting place to work and learn. May promises to be a month full of many great learning opportunities and experiences. Please see our More News and Dates to Remember on our school website for things that are happening. Please let the office know if there is a change in your email address as we also email weekly reminders. Please note the Spring Concert for Gr. K-2 students on May 9th.

Thank you to School Council for their ongoing support. School Council directly supports most field trips at our school which is why no fees are asked for to pay for these trips. There are many trips this month and School Council has made most of them possible. Parent’s time to support School Council and their fundraising efforts impacts all students and our ability as a school to provide these learning opportunities. Please know you are all welcome and invited to attend and support all our students. The next school council meeting is May 30th at 7pm and nominations for the executive for next year will take place.

We look forward to our last formal face to face student-led conferences in May where you can learn about your child’s experiences at school. This is an excellent way to show your child how important their learning is. Please plan to attend on May 16th or 17th. You may also contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have other questions. Our last report card will come home on June 27th which is the last day of school and an 12:06pm dismissal.


Steve Wigglesworth,


March 04
March 2019 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to all the families that attended student-led-conferences. It was great to see so many students celebrating their accomplishments. We have been focusing on reading in literacy and basic facts in math for our school development plan and are pleased to see how many students are working hard to be successful readers and mathematicians. These foundational skills will serve your child throughout their life.

We continue to be a busy school with lots of activities and field trips happening for all students. Please check out our website and calendars for specific dates and times. This month we are pleased to have our grade 2, 5 & 6 students doing swimming lessons and our grade 5 & 6 students skiing/snowboarding.

Spring Break is just around the corner. A reminder that we are on break for two weeks starting March 23rd and ending on April 7th. Students return to school on Monday, April 8th. Friday March 23rd is a non-student day. Staff will be doing professional development.

Our next school council meeting is April 25th and our Spring Concert is May 9th. Our spring concert will include our kindergarten, grade one and grade two students. Please mark these dates on your calendar. Come out, learn and support your child.

Have a wonderful spring break. I hope you are able to find time to read, play and enjoy time with your children.


Steve Wigglesworth,


February 08
February 2019 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our weather this month has been very cold. We want to remind parents to please ensure students have warm clothing when they come to school. Students do spend time outdoors every day.  

Our student led conferences are on February 12th & 13th this month. This is an important time to celebrate and explore what your child is doing at school. Please plan to attend and spend some time interacting with your child and their learning.

There is no school on February 14th & 15th as staff is at convention where they will be enhancing their learning. There is also no school on Monday February 18st for the Family day holiday. 

School Council works very hard and pays for many field trips that support all students in our school. Your help is needed both by attending School Council meetings and volunteering for field trips. If you have not done a police clearance you are not able to volunteer. Please do so in order to support your child and the school. Students love having their parents attend trips and being involved in their school.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our student led conferences on February 12th & 13th.


Steve Wigglesworth,


January 15
January 2019 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and were able to spend time with your family. We are looking forward to a great year in 2019 with many exciting learning opportunities for your children.

Our School Council continues to be a huge support to the programming in our school by funding unique learning opportunities and materials for our students. We want to extend another invitation to join School Council and share your thoughts and ideas to make our school the best it can be. All parents/guardians are welcome. Our next meeting is January 31st, 2019 in the learning commons at 7pm. Child care is provided.

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to Ms. Jarvis who has returned after a year teaching in Australia. Welcome back to Canada.

A reminder that January can be a cold month and dressing for the weather is important for both comfort and safety. Please make sure your child has indoor shoes and warm clothing for outdoors. If you need support for any of these items please let the office know and we can help.

Our kindergarten registration starts on January 14th for any new families joining us next year. We will be accepting any new students that live in our attendance area.

I want to wish you all the best in 2019.


Steve Wigglesworth,

November 30
December 2018 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

December is here and cold weather is in the forecast. Please remember to dress for the weather, we have had some warmer days however, students are outdoors every day and it can be very cold with the wind. Thank you to those who have put their child’s name in their clothing, it does make returning lost items easier. Our lost and found will also be cleaned out before the Winter break, please have a look if you are missing anything before the break.

We are excited to share that our school has been identified for the School Playground Program. We will give more details as they are available. It is exciting that our school will be able to upgrade this important equipment that students enjoy every day.

It is a busy month here at Catherine Nichols Gunn School. Here are the highlights:

·         December 7th is a professional Development Day and there is no school for students.

·         December 13th grade 3, 4, 5 & 6 Christmas concert will take place. There will be both an afternoon and evening performance at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Please note that the evening concert is very busy so we ask only immediate family attend in the evening. The afternoon performance is open to all who wish to attend.

·         December 13th is the School Council’s pick up date for the cookie dough fundraiser. Please come after school or to the evening concert to collect your cookie dough.

·         December 17th our first written report card comes home. Please take time to look over the report card with your child and celebrate their successes.  

·         December 17th-19th is our annual Christmas store. Students will have an opportunity to go shopping at very low prices to buy gifts for their family. This is an exciting time for students to learn the gift of giving.

·         December 21st is our last day before break and is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:06pm so please be sure to pick them up early or that someone is home. We return to classes on Thursday, January 10th, 2018.

I want to wish you all a happy holiday season and Merry Christmas. I hope you are able to enjoy time with your children and know that the gift of time is priceless.

Warm Wishes,
Steve Wigglesworth

November 15
November 2018 Principal Message

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you to all the parents that are walking around on the side walk and parking in designated locations. Keeping the alley clear is helping to keep our students safe and traffic flowing.   

I am pleased to be able to share that due to increased enrollment we have hired another teacher for our grade two students. We welcome Mr. Neilson Laing to our school and are happy to have him join our grade two team. 

Our School council continues to be an active and involved group to support all students in our school. You are a member of school council because you have a child in the school. All are invited to attend, share their thoughts and concerns and help give insight to school decisions. Our November meeting is on November 29th, running from 7-8:30pm and child care is provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Please come out and get involved.

November is a busy month with many things happening at school. Please refer to the calendar on our website for more details. Also, please mark December 13th on your calendar for our Grade 4 through Grade 6 Winter Concert during the afternoon or evening performance. 


Steve Wigglesworth    ​

October 16
​October 2018 Principal message

Dear Parents & Guardians,

A big thank you to all the families that can for student led conferences before out fall break. It was great to see so many families and celebrate the learning that your children have done. Your child(ren) have worked so hard and love being able to share with their parents.

I hope you all had and a great fall break and were able to spend some time together as a family. We are excited to be back to school this week and are enjoying the warm fall weather. Please remember to dress for both cool morning and warm afternoon as students do spend time outdoors every day.

We are trying to use more electronic tools to communicate with parents/guardians. Please refer to our website for events and news items and make sure you have given us your email address so you are receiving information from the school. Please let us know if there are any concerns with receiving information.

Arriving to school on time is important. It helps student to be prepared for class and connect with friends as the day begins. Breakfast club that opens at 8:00am and all students are welcome to come have breakfast. We also have our gym open at 8:10am for students to come and play and supervision outside starting at 8:15am.

Thank you to all the parents that are helping to keep our parking lots efficient and safe. There is no parking in the alley or staff lot. There is parking on Huntchester Road and Huntridge Hill adjacent to the school. Also thanks to all who are walking on the sidewalk and keeping foot traffic out of the alley. All of these small steps made a big difference in keep students safe and the visitor parking lot more accessible.   


Steve Wigglesworth    ​

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