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November 08
Glendale Update- November 8, 2019

Glendale Update- November 8, 2019

Dear Glendale Families, 

Dan and I want to say, with unwavering belief, that your children are the reason that we come to work every day. 

Despite the current political climate, we are able to carry on with steadfast purpose because of our students and their families. Your children bring us joy, purpose, and a reason to believe in the calling we have as public educators. We are grateful for your support and commitment to our Glendale community, and to public education as a whole.

It was wonderful to see so many families join us for our Remembrance Day assembly.The care and work that our students and their teachers put into practicing and arranging the pieces was evident during the assembly as we gathered to recognize the sacrifices made by those who served, and continue to serve for our country.

Our choir is honoured and very excited to perform both the Canadian and the American anthems at the Hitmen game tonight! The choir has spent two hours every week in order to be ready for tonight's performance.  If you are not at the game, please check Twitter later on tonight for a glimpse.  We would like to send and extra special thank you to Mrs. Strome and Mrs. Alefantis for leading our choir.

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, November 11th, due to Remembrance Day.

Next week, we have our next Glendale Family Friday on the 14th (Thursday this time, so that we can include our friends in Kindergarten).These Glendale Family days allow us to gather as an entire community to play, learn and colloborate together. This month's Glendale Family Day focus will be a building challenge! Stay tuned for details!

As always, we remain honoured to serve this wonderful learning community.

Kristin and Dan​

November 07
Report Card Update

Dear Glendale Families, 

We wanted to send you the following information and provide you with an update about Report Cards for the 2019-2020.

As you may already know, the Calgary Board of Education committed to reviewing the CBE report card in the spring of 2019.  This included both the commitment to clarify the 1 to 4 indicator scale and revise the math outcomes that students will be assessed in.  A series of focus groups have worked together since this time, so that students and their families will have increased clarity about how their child(ren) are achieving at school.  As a result, our Glendale staff has been working on understanding what the shifts on the report card will look like as well. The CBE assessment focus groups are continuing their work together and have been providing CBE staff with updated information when it is available. We remain committed to providing our Glendale families updates when we have them.

Because the shifts to the report card continues to be dynamic as our System responds to feedback from the stakeholders involved, we have made the decision to move our first Report Card date from December 19th to January 30th, due to the changes in the CBE reporting process this year (including shifts on the Mathematics Stems). We felt the need to change the date of the first Report Card Period to January 30th so that we can appropriately respond to any shifts required on our part, and communicate with our students and families about these changes. This means that our report cards will go home 3 weeks later than last year. The report card date in June remains the same.

Specifically, there have been revisions to the descriptions of each of the indicators (1-4). Bottom line, this means that the explanation of what a 1,2,3 or 4 should give you more detailed information about what each number means.  The 1-4 scale remains the same, with revisions to the descriptors of each number. This indicator scale is used from Kindergarten to Grade 9 in the CBE.

The mathematics outcomes on the report card have shifted in language, but the math curriculum that students learn has not changed. This means that the math content that your child is learning will not change, but the language to describe it has been updated. 

During our November student-teacher-parent conferences, we can discuss what these shifts will look like for your child and on the report card. If you would like to discuss this sooner, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher, or alternately either Mr. Buchanan or myself. Please find the document detailing the changes to the Report Card Stems attached:


November 07
School Message Nov. 1, 2019

Hello Glendale Families,

We hope that you are able to find time to reconnect with each other this weekend and that you enjoy some time outside before the possibility of snow on Sunday!  Teachers were busy today in professional learning related to teaching for conceptual understanding in Mathematics. This includes the consideration of the following aspects of mathematical proficiency: procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning and productive disposition towards mathematics. We look forward to sharing our learning with you as the year progresses, and as your children engage with rich mathematical tasks.

We had our Halloween reading buddies yesterday morning! It was a joy to see the younger and older members of our community come together for that little bit of time to read and socialize. We also had our first Fun Lunch of the year ‘Opa!’ which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

Our annual Remembrance Day Assembly is on Wednesday at 10:40am. Families are welcome to join our community as we gather to remember the courage and valour of our soldiers and veterans. Please note that there is no school for students on Monday, November 11, in recognition of Remembrance Day.

We want to ensure that communication about your child’s learning remains clear and consistent.  We remain committed to our weekly learning updates.  As well, one of the best ways to have a window into what your children are doing in class, is through Twitter! Each grade team has a Twitter account, as does our school:






Please feel free to follow, retweet, and enjoy a glimpse in to the learning communities at Glendale School.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night!!

Have a safe and fun weekend--we can’t wait to see everyone on Monday!

Kristin and Dan​

October 01
Principal's Message October 2018

Greetings Glendale Families!

It is hard to believe that we are already into October in the school year. What an amazing start we have had at Glendale this year! The classrooms are buzzing with activity, and the kids and teachers are excited with the work that is going on so far! Some highlights have included the grade 3 and 4 field trip to the Tyrell Museum, our Terry Fox Run, Teacher Conferences, and our Welcome Back assembly! 

We have a very busy month coming up at Glendale school.We would like to give a warm Glendale welcome to Marla Bowers, who is a Calgary Board of Education Math coach who will be working with learners and teachers this year in developing mathematical strategies and deep understanding. She will be with us from October 1 for 4 weeks. 

Vaccinations for grades 1-6 are happening in the Morning of October 5. 

Thanksgiving is upon us!  Please enjoy a safe and happy long weekend with your families, remembering that there is no school on Monday, October 8. 

School Council will take place on October 15 at 6:45 PM at the school. Don't forget that the final day to purchase Ad-Mazing coupon books is this Friday, October 5. 

School photo day is on October 17. 

We welcome our first residency of the year in Sound Kreations- a local Hip-hop dance residency specialists. They will be with us for the week of October 15-19. 

The Grades 1 and 2 classes will be hosting a Fall Fair in the afternoon of October 24- there will be more information to follow! 

Our first Glendale fun lunch of the year will be on October 24. Sign up information to follow from our wonderful School Council.

Please remember that there is no school for students due to Non-instructional days on October 25 and October 26. 

As always, we believe that communication is key in education. Our doors at the office are always open, as are our phones and emails. Please feel free to drop in at any point for discussions, feedback or questions!

All the best, ​

Kristin and Dan
September 04
Welcome Back and Updates

September 4, 2018

Dear Glendale Families,

We had a wonderful first day with students! One of the most beautiful things about a small community school is that relationships are easy to build and things feel like home for students who are new to Glendale very quickly.

Today, our students spent time within their larger grade groups, as well as working in smaller groups with their teachers. School registration is ongoing, and we are excited to welcome new students as they join us. As such, we are in the process of finalizing class lists and homeroom teachers. This will allow us to ensure that any last minute changes can be made, classes are balanced, and class sizes are optimal for student learning. 

By the end of tomorrow, we will have finalized class lists and you will receive an email from your child’s teacher.  We know that this communication is important for both students and their families at this time of year. 

As many of you know, the Calgary Board of Education has made the transition to a new student information system called PowerSchool. As an entire system, CBE is working through some technical challenges at the moment, including processing registrations and staff not being able to log on system wide. These challenges have impacted individual schools in terms of finalizing enrollment numbers and class lists. At Glendale, it is our priority to provide information about class lists to families in a consistent and timely manner. We are working through these technical challenges to the very best of our ability at this time. Please know that we will provide you with the most up to date information as we have it and we appreciate your patience.   

As an administration team, you have our commitment to provide you information as soon as it is available. We will do so directly via email, as well as through the school website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly at 403-777-8330. Your child’s teacher will also provide you with ongoing information about your child’s learning throughout the school year. Their contact information is available via the school’s website, should you wish to reach out directly.


Ms. Dahl, Principal

Mr. Buchanan, Assistant Principal







August 29
Welcome Back 2018-2019

 Dear Glendale Families,


We are very excited to welcome everyone back to the 2018-2019 school year! By Friday afternoon, all families will receive a welcome email from their child’s teacher, with information about where to meet on the first day of school. Class lists will also be available in the school beginning on Friday, August 30th, but it is not necessary to come into the school, as the classroom teacher will have made contact with you via email.  If you are new to the Glendale community, registration is ongoing! We can not wait to welcome your family to Glendale.


Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 4th at 8:35.  Families are invited to enjoy coffee and muffins in the courtyard from 8:15 to 8:35, courtesy of Glendale School Council.  Administration will also have class lists with them at this time, so please touch base if you are unsure of who your child’s teacher is. Once the bell rings at 8:35, parents and guardians will say goodbye and students and their teachers will enter school for the day.


Parents and guardians are such an important part of our school community.  Please know that you are always welcome in the school.  If you do visit the school, sign in at the office and pick up a visitor tag.  This is important for the safety and security of our school. Volunteers are also an important part of the Glendale learning environment.  In order to volunteer, please ensure that you have a current CBE volunteer clearance that includes a CBE-specific police clearance. Stop by the office if you would like to start the process of becoming a volunteer in classrooms.


If you have questions as the year begins, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We are looking forward to a wonderful start to an amazing school year together.





Ms. Dahl and Mr. Buchanan​

June 20
Announcement: New Principal of Glendale School

Dear Glendale families,

It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce myself as the new principal of Glendale School.  My name is Kristin Dahl and I have been with the Calgary Board of Education for more than 20 years in a wide variety of roles.  I am a proud Calgarian, and have completed both graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Calgary.  My studies have included neuroscience and education, and my graduate work involved curriculum, assessment and leadership. 

My very first role as an educator began in a tiny inner city school in Calgary.  It was there that I fell in love with the teaching profession and have worked each day since, as a teacher, system specialist and administrator, with an unwavering dedication to support robust, inclusive and responsive learning environments for each and every student. 

I am a steadfast champion for public education and believe that our schools are the heartbeat of our communities.  I look forward to building relationships with students and their families at Glendale School.  Part of the important work between now and September will be to work closely with Mrs. Dozak, the phenomenal staff and families at Glendale to ensure that the transition in leadership is seamless.  This will include the hiring of a new Assistant Principal.

I am truly thrilled to join this learning community—it has long legacy of providing exceptional learning experiences for all students.  As your Principal, I value the ability to build deep, collaborative relationships with families, students and staff.  I look forward to meeting each of you in the very near future as we continue to support Glendale students as they learn, grow and succeed as capable citizens of Glendale and beyond.


Kristin Dahl

New Principal (effective August 29, 2018)

Glendale School​

June 20
Staffing Update: Music Position

Dear Glendale Families,

At this time, I am pleased to inform you that our former music teacher, Mrs. Marni Strome will be returning to Glendale School as our music teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.

At this time, we would like to thank our current music teacher, Mrs. Croal for all she has contributed to our school this year.  Although she was only here on a temporary contract, we are so thankful for the commitment to student learning that Mrs. Croal exhibited each and every day.  

Thank you for taking the time to share this news with your children.  


Michelle Dozak

Proud Principal of Glendale School

Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca

Glendale School

2415 Kelwood Drive SW
Calgary AB T3E 3Z8

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June 20
Staffing Update

Dear Glendale Families,

The staffing process across the Calgary Board of Education is currently underway.  As we learn about more about any staffing updates that affect Glendale School, we will reach out to our community to share these announcements.

As such, I have a few staffing updates to share with you.

Staffing Updates

As we shared previously,  a result of our projected decrease in student population for the 2018-2019 we have anticipated in lower than expected funding to start the 2018-2019 school year.  At this time, I regret to inform you that as a result, our grade one/two teacher, Miss Masniuk will be moving to a new school next year.  Miss Masniuk has been an outstanding member of our learning community for the last 4 years.  Her positive and caring manner in which she works with children will be deeply missed.  Please join me in wishing Ms. Masniuk the very best as she moves onto Colonel Walker School as their new grade 5/6 teacher.  They are so fortunate to have her join their learning community.

In addition, our educational assistant, Mrs. Honywood will also be leaving Glendale School.   Mrs. Honywood has been a gentle, caring and supportive part of our learning community.  Our students have been so fortunate to work with her this year.  We wish her the very best in her new school next year.

I would like to let you know that I have also been informed of my “new home” in this next chapter of my teaching career!  I am so excited to have found out that I will be going to Jenny Elliot School and will be teaching grade three next year.    Thank you to each of you who have connected with me to show your support.  I am so appreciative of your encouragement.

Welcome to New Staff

As you learned on Friday, we are very excited to be welcoming Mrs. Kristin Dahl as our new principal.  Mrs. Dahl will begin her position on August 29th.  We are so grateful to have such a thoughtful and dedicated leader joining our school.  Welcome to Mrs. Dahl!

Welcome also to our new math coach, Marla Bowers.  Marla is currently a teacher at Glenbrook school.  We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from her expertise in mathematical instruction next year.  Marla will be working at Glendale and Rosscarrock school next year.  Congratulations and welcome to Mrs. Bowers!

Open Teaching Positions

As you are also aware, our amazing Assistant Principal/resource teacher, Ms. Jenik will be moving to Buchanan School in her new position as Principal.  As you all know, Ms. Jenik has been an outstanding addition to our learning community over the last three years.  There are simply not enough words to describe the impact that she has made at Glendale School.   Her leadership, love of children and care for everyone around her will be so greatly missed.  Please note that our new Principal, Mrs. Dahl will be working with our Area Director to hire our new Assistant Principal over the next few weeks.

We are currently in the midst of hiring our music teacher and a part time literacy support teacher.  Currently these positions are respectively held by Mrs. Croal and Mrs. Frede however, we are unsure at this time if they will be continuing with us next year.  Because both  positions are temporary contracts, they will need to be posted for continuous teachers to have an opportunity to apply.   As we learn more about these positions, we will be sure to inform our school community.

At this time, we would like to thank our current music teacher, Mrs. Croal for all she has contributed to our school this year.  Although she was only here on a temporary contract, we are so thankful for the commitment to student learning that Mrs. Croal exhibited each and every day.  Mrs. Frede has also been an incredible asset to our school.  She has worked thoughtfully with students from K to 6 to support them in their adjustment to moving to Canada and the challenging process of learning English. She has also supported a variety of students with their literacy and mathematical development.  Her kind heart and flexible nature have been outstanding assets for our school.  Please join me in wishing Mrs. Croal and Mrs. Frede the very best in their new schools.

Open Postings for Teachers

The “Open Postings” process for teachers begins next week.  At this time, any positions that are vacant in the CBE (including our own music and literacy/math support position) will be posted for all teachers to view and apply for should they be interested.  Should there be any teachers who apply for positions and are successful through the interview process, we will let you know.


These are the updates that we are currently aware of.  I will be in touch again once we have more information to share.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Michelle Dozak

Proud Principal of Glendale School

Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca
Glendale School
2415 Kelwood Drive SW
Calgary AB T3E 3Z8​
May 16
June Principal Message: 2018-2019 Staffing Updates

Dear Glendale Families,

Each month at our school council meetings, we make every effort to inform our school council of any staffing updates at our school. It is our desire to provide our school community with ongoing communication regarding staffing updates whenever possible. As result, we would like to share the following information with you.

2018-2019 Staffing Scenario

As we discussed at length at our school council meetings in April and May, as a result of our budget this year, we are staffing our school in the following way for the 2018-2019 school year. Please note that this is subject to change pending final enrolment at the end of September 2018.

  • *10.5 Full-time equivalent (FTE) Teachers (includes music teacher) *updated
  • 0.5 FTE Learning Leader/ Math Coach to be shared with Rosscarrock School
  • 1 Principal
  • 1 Assistant Principal/Resource Teacher
  • 1 (15 hour/week) educational assistant position
  • 1 (15 hour/week) library assistant
  • 1 administrative secretary
  • 4 (10 hour/week) lunchroom supervisors

Staffing Updates

This month, the Government of Alberta has decided to continue providing schools with funding through the "Classroom Improvement Funding" grants. In the Calgary Board of Education this has resulted in the addition of a 0.5 FTE teacher in each school. This teacher has been included in the staffing scenario above. We are grateful for this funding and the possibilities that additional staffing will provide for our students next year. The primary purpose of this teacher is to support our English Language and Complex learners in the areas of literacy and mathematics.

We are also very fortunate to have been allocated a "math coach" for the 2018-2019 school year. This learning leader position is shared with Rosscarrock School. We anticipate hiring this learning leader in the next few weeks. The primarily role of this teacher is to work alongside teachers as a learning coach; supporting teachers with continuous improvement in the area of mathematical instruction. Their role is not specifically with students however, the benefits for students are insurmountable. We also had a math coach this year at Glendale School who worked primarily with grade 5 and 6 teachers. We were so grateful to have had this valuable resource in our school and are so thankful that we will benefit from this support again next year.

Kindergarten for Next Year

Due to a reduction in kindergarten registrations, next year we will only offering a morning kindergarten class. Given that we have an upcoming Kindergarten Orientation on May 24th, and understanding that new kindergarten families are anxious to meet their child's kindergarten teacher prior to the fall, we have made the decision to announce that Mrs. Belcher will be teaching our morning kindergarten program. Mrs. Patsula will remain at Glendale School but in a different teaching capacity. As many of you know, Mrs. Patsula has spearheaded an outstanding kindergarten program in her time at Glendale School. We are grateful that Mrs. Patsula will remain at Glendale School and be available as an outstanding resource to Mrs. Belcher in this new role.

Additional Staffing Updates

Given that we are projected to be staffing lower than we were for the 2017-2018 school year, we can all expect some changes in staffing for next year. In addition, the "open posting" process for teacher staffing will begin on June 17th, which is slightly later than usual This process allows teachers to apply for positions in various schools around the city. Should teachers apply for and be successful for positions prior to June 30th, we will do our best to provide families with an updated staffing update in the coming weeks.

As always, it is our goal to provide updates with our school community in as timely a fashion as possible. Should we have additional updates, I will share them with you when possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Michelle Dozak

Proud Principal, Glendale School​

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