Dec 20
Holiday Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the holidays are approaching, I enjoy pulling out old cookie recipes; recipes I learned to bake with my mom so many years ago. Listening to Christmas music, the house smelling heavenly, it is the one and only time of the year when I still, even after 32 years, suffer from a pang of homesickness. Christmas was a very special time for me while growing up.

Let me share my memories with you:

At the end of November, cookies would be baked. Lebkuchen need to ‘sit’ for over a month to get soft and chewy. The last 2 weekends prior to the December 24, we would sell Christmas trees. Families would come, walk into the Christmas tree plantation, choose and cut down their own tree. My sister and I would measure the trees and multiply it by 10 or 12 German Marks per meter, depending on whether it was a cheap or a more expensive tree. My sister and I would get $1 for each tree we sold. My mom would sell Glühwein and bake waffles. We’d have oodles of fun, connecting with neighbors we hadn’t seen in a while and fall into bed tired but happy.

We’d go out to cut our own tree down the Saturday prior to December 24. Yup, no tree up for 4-6 weeks! Decorating the tree was the job of my sister and myself. In Germany, you are even allowed real candles on trees. Yes, each year, a couple of houses catch fire. We always had a water bucket close by and it was always someone’s job to ‘watch the candles’.

On December 24, we had to help my mom setting the dining room table with the good china, help in the kitchen and, after a light lunch, it was time to have a nap. Then, off to church we went, barely able to sit still because we couldn’t wait to get home again! When we arrived home, my mom and dad would go into the living room, light the candles, start the Christmas music and… finally open the door to allow us in!

Each year, we had to recite a poem and play on our instrument before we ever opened any presents. We’d always sing Christmas songs as a family, too. Opening presents was also done in a particular fashion: one person would pick up a gift (which couldn’t be your own) and hand it over to the right person. Each year, my parents would give us a book that had a lovely dedication written inside. I still have most of those – despite my rather far moves! We would receive a piece of clothing we needed. Most years, we would receive a third gift, too, which might be a fun one.

This was followed by the most amazing meal of the year: meat fondue accompanied by a curry mandarin almond sauce & remoulade sauce (both home made), pickled veggies and salad. 

When we think about what defines our culture, food, music and clothing play a huge part. It is therefore no surprise, that, when I think about Christmas, I remember the smell of baking & candles, the food, the music and the clothing we wore.

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful, playful winter holiday. This is the first Christmas in three years during which we can truly come together in large family groups. It is my hope that you will enjoy the next two weeks.

From my family to yours, I wish you:

Frohe Weihnachten!
Joyeux Noël !
Merry Christmas!

See you all again on January 9, 2023.

Warm Regards,
Meike Thomsen, Principal/Schulleiterin
Bowcroft School

Sep 07
Message from Your New Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As some of you may remember, I have been at Bowcroft before: I started my career here, became a learning leader (the very first one of the German bilingual program); left and became and AISI learning leader for math; went to Thomas B. Riley School and set up the German bilingual junior high program; returned to Bowcroft as the assistant principal, left again after three years; continued my learning as Assistant Principal at Banff Trail and William Reid, both Early French Immersion schools; and have been the principal at Colonel Walker School in Inglewood for the past three years.

I am now coming full circle by returning to Bowcroft as principal.  I am fluent in German and can support the growth and viability of the German bilingual program. In 2008, some parents participated in my thesis research survey as well as in my focus groups. My thesis dealt with “The Sustainability of the German Bilingual Program.” You can find it online, if you are curious and wish to read it. At the same time, I have provided support for complex learners for the past eleven years, doing the resource work at all of my schools.

So while I am new to most of you, it is almost like a homecoming for myself. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know the staff, students and you, the parents. You will find me outside before school and at the end of the day. Please introduce yourself!

During the first parent council evening, I will be sharing more about myself as well as my educational beliefs. I am looking forward to working with all of you - students, staff and parents- to make Bowcroft the best place it can be. The place where we all want to be.

Warm Regards,

Meike Thomsen

Jun 28
Thank you and Auf Wiedersehen!
It has been a pleasure to have served as the principal of Bowcroft School for the last six years.  I am very proud of what has been accomplished.

Many thanks to our students, staff, and parents for their commitment to providing outstanding learning opportunities for both the regular and German Bilingual programs.  Our teachers truly are the 'best in the business'!

The new principal should be announced shortly.  Please watch for further updates.

With thanks,

​Rudy J. Stein


Nov 16
Welcome! Herzlich Willkommen!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer and that your child is looking forward to the return to school.


Our staff looks forward to welcoming both familiar and new faces.  We are especially excited to welcome our 40 new Kindergarten students! 


We are committed to providing a caring, personalized, and exceptional learning environment for your child.  Our school's practice remains focussed on excellence in teaching and learning.


We will be continuing the health and safety protocols established last year.  This includes the wearing of masks, as outlined by CBE, and enhanced health and safety protocols.  Families should use the Health Daily Checklist to determine if their child is well to attend school.  At the start of the school year we will unfortunately not be able to have parents, volunteers, or guests inside our building.  Please look for email updates from CBE to see how this progresses.


Class lists will be posted outside the school office on Tuesday, August 31 at 12 noon.  If your child would benefit from knowing who their teacher is prior to the first day of school, you are welcome to have a look.


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 1.  Teachers will meet students outside near our playground.  We will have lots of staff available (all wearing yellow safety vests) to help your child meet their teacher.  The school day starts at 9:00 am and teachers will lead their class inside the building.  To help all students feel safe and secure, I ask that adults also wear a mask for drop-off and pick-up.


Our Education Assistants will be available to help our youngest students transition to their classroom. We will take good care of them.


Our Kindergarten teachers will also meet students and their families outside near the playground. Kindergarten students have a staggered entry on Wednesday and Thursday: Students with last names beginning with A-L should attend on Wednesday, and students with last names beginning with M-Z should attend on Thursday. We do this to ensure a calm and reassuring start to Kindergarten.


Full Kindergarten classes begin on Friday, September 3.​

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