Apr 05
We are Now into April!

​“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going”. Jim Ryun

Wow! We are now into April with a great deal of things on our minds. This is the time of year that considerable attention is placed on planning for next year. The Administrative Team is starting to make some plans for next year and making sure that we maintain the quality programming that you have become accustomed to. Sometime in April, we will be given our operating budget and the process will begin. We will be looking for feedback about next year priorities.

On behalf of the staff at Cecil Swanson I would like to thank all of you for your continued support in helping us meet the needs of your children. We cannot underestimate the difference it makes for students when parents are active participants in their child’s learning. It is also important that some have also communicated concerns or issues. We welcome the opportunity to improve upon what we do here, so if you have any questions or ideas, please never hesitate to contact the school.

Kindergarten Registration is open! We are really hoping to know all the new young Cecil Swanson students that will be joining us next year. If you have a child or know of a neighbour’s child that was born in 2018, please make sure you contact our office and register. You can visit: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx for more information or call our school at 403-777-6690.

Lifetouch will be once again doing Spring photos of students if parents/guardians would like to have Spring photos of their students. Picture day is Thursday, April 13.

We had another very successful two days of Learning Conferences in March that many parents/guardians took part in. Thank you to all of you who met with teachers.

If you have recently changed your contact numbers, address or if you are moving in the next little while, it would be greatly appreciated if you would give us a call and share those changes with us. Also, we really would appreciate any new updates on your child’s medical status, which could impact their safety at school.

We hope you and your children had the opportunity to reenergize over Spring Break and prepare mentally for the final three months of school.

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Mar 06
Everyday We are Proud of Your Children

​​“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it from you.” B. B. King

Everyday we are so proud and impressed with the resiliency and flexibility of your children. Our entire Cecil Swanson staff thanks all the parents and caregivers that support our incredible students.

March Learning Conferences is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress and achievement in relation to the learner outcomes from the Programs of Study. These Learning Conferences are focused on evidence of individual student learning (examples of student work, student reflections, etc.). You must have a MyCBE account to book a conference. The MyCBE booking system will open up on March 2, 2023 at 8:00 am.

If your child comes home and says to you that they do not have any homework, would you please ask them to show you their agenda. Some of our students do complete their assignments at school and some students need some extra time to finish at home. Our teachers also send out a weekly email which outlines how you can help at home.

On behalf of Cecil Swanson staff, we want to thank you for your continued support in helping your child, “Be the Best You Can Be” and we look forward to seeing you at our next School Council Meeting, Tuesday March 7 at 6:30 pm.


Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Feb 06
Winter is Here and February is a Cold Month

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”. John Wooden 

Winter is here and February has been known to be a very cold month. We are strongly encouraging our students on a daily basis to wear their coats, hats, mitts and boots. It is important that the students dress warmly, as they will be expected to be outside until the entry bells ring (8:05 AM and 12:38 PM). We will post signs for a “Blue Dot Day” when the temperature is below -20 with the wind chill and students may come into the school.

Report cards are now available for viewing through your MyCBE Account. If you do not have a MyCBE account please follow the links to MyCBE ​to set up an account or contact the school for assistance. Paper copies of report cards are no longer available.

School Council is an excellent way to find out more about what is happening at our school. School Council is an important part of your child’s educational experience as they ​​provide enrichment activities. Our School council also raises funds so all of our field trips can be provided at a reduce cost to you. Thank you School Council! Our next meeting is on February 7 at 6:30 pm.

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Jan 13
Heading into the New Year

​“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

As we head into a new year, we would like to thank students, staff, and parents for contributing to the Cecil Swanson School Community. We are all so proud to be part of this amazing community. It is apparent that the work we have done to make this happen successfully has had a positive impact on all of our students. We are really looking forward to the fantastic work that is yet to come.

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins January 16.  Children must be at least five years old as of December 31 to start kindergarten in the fall of that kindergarten year. This means that a four-year old child may start kindergarten if they will turn five on or before December 31 of that school year. Please visit the CBE website on instructions on how to register your kindergarten student.  

If you have friends or family that have children who are eligible for kindergarten, please remind them to register.

Report cards will be available to view online at the end of the month. You need to have a MyCBE account in order to view your child’s report card. If you don’t have a MyCBE account, please visit this website MyCBE to create your account.

Our next School Council is Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend this meeting, please come to the school Learning Commons for 6:30 pm.


Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Dec 06
Busy Time of Year

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” Satya Nani

We can only imagine how busy you all are at this time of the year. We have the unique opportunity to work with your great children for a little less than seven hours a day. Thank you for working with them on being respectful, willing to learn new and exciting things, and willing to become strong independent thinkers. Together we will continue to work with your children to strive for excellence.

We would also like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to the School Council who has made valuable contributions to our common goal of student success. The School Council is happy to announce that they will be putting on our first fun lunch of the school year. School Council will be offering a cheese pizza fun lunch on December 22 (the last day of school before winter break), to all our wonderful Cecil Swanson Students and there will be no charge to students for this cheese pizza lunch. Look for more information in the weekly email from the teachers.

Once again our parent-teacher conferences that were held last Thursday and Friday were a huge success. Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who connected with their student’s teacher.

We hope you will enjoy this holiday season with your family. We will be looking forward to all of their smiling faces on Tuesday, January 9, 2023. 

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Nov 03
Thanks for Supporting Your Child

​“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”John Wooden

Parents thank you so much for supporting your child. With your continued support, working along side of us to support your child, we hope to see our students reaching their goals. We strongly believe that clear, honest and open communication makes strong partnerships. Every week our teachers send an email to keep you informed of the learning that is taking place at Cecil Swanson. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school.

Cecil Swanson School Council provide important support to our school. We want to congratulate the following parents on being elected to the various positions that make up our excellent School Council:

B. Sharma (Chair), S. El-Ghandour (Treasurer), A. Preet Bains (Secretary), F. Haymour (Key Communicator), Nancy Van Der Velden (Casino Chair), All Committee members (Fundraising).

Oct 20
Call or Email Anytime

​“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,” Malcolm X. As we reflect on the month of September, our students, staff and families have shown their patience and resilience as we continue to grow as a strong community.

Remember that you can call or email anytime. You can also send a message via your child’s agenda. All the teachers will be sending weekly emails home on Friday. These emails highlight the week’s events and gives ideas for connecting school to home. We believe that clear communication builds strong partnerships.

Thank you parents and guardians who have set up clear expectations around reading each night and getting a good night sleep. Your support in this area has been noticed by many of our teachers. Thank you for working with your child in understanding all of our new safety protocols. Safety of our students is a top priority.

Fall is definitely here! All students should be bringing a warm jacket every day. Calgary weather can change suddenly. It may be +10 in the morning and -5 and snowing by the time school finishes in the afternoon. We are going to continue to have outdoor Physical Education, please make sure your child is ready to participate outside.

We will continue to share updates with you in our monthly newsletter and through weekly updates with the classroom teacher.

Sep 16
Welcome Back to Another Excellent Year

Welcome back to another excellent year at Cecil Swanson School. We are so happy to once again work with you and your children.

The Student/Parent Handbook is a valuable source of information about school hours, behaviour expectations, student safety and general information.  This handbook can be found inside your child’s agenda. This year we are asking you to sign the various pages as you read it over with your child. This will be one more opportunity for your child to review our school’s expectations. We also have the Student Code of Conduct that is found on our website.

Each week you will receive a weekly email from your homeroom teacher. These emails will cover what is happening in the class, ways to help at home and upcoming school events. If you do not receive an email on Friday, please contact your homeroom teacher or our school.

On September 8, we are going to be hosting a “Welcome Back Night”. Teachers and staff will introduce themselves, and answer any questions you have.

After school all children are to go home and check in with an adult before coming back to play in our creative playground.  Only those students who are being supervised by an adult may stay and play.  Children are not to arrive at school before 7:55 am as there is no adult supervision available.  Both of these measures are to ensure your child’s safety. If your children go home for lunch, they should not return to play until 12:30 pm.  At that time, teachers and Lunch Supervisors are available to supervise them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office.


Mr. Adam Topp, Principal

Jun 07
It Was a Year Like No Other

“Every task, goal, race and year comes to an end…therefore, make it a habit to always finish strong.” Gary Ryan Blair

It was a year like no other as we pushed through and persevered through this pandemic. Thank you to the parents/guardians, teachers, staff and students for having patience and understanding as we worked through the uncertainties of what this school year brought us. As teachers and students wind down for another school year, I am amazed at the learning opportunities that our students have experienced over the past nine months. The support of School Council and the support from many of you have given our children experiences that they will never forget.

Our Grade 6 students are getting excited about finishing their final month with us.

If you are moving out of the Rundle area and your child(ren) will not be attending Cecil Swanson next school year, please let us know by calling the school office at 403-777-6690 ext. 0. This information is necessary for planning and organizing for next year. It also helps make the transition to a new school a lot smoother. Thank you for your assistance.

In June, teachers will begin to prepare class lists for next year. Our classroom placement process is very thoughtful, and staff members consider many factors before using their professional judgement to build classrooms that best meet student needs. To foster quality teaching and learning environments, we create classrooms with: A heterogeneous mix of students (achievement, citizenship and personal development), gender balance, a balance of children requiring additional support (ie; special learning needs, English Language Learns, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Thank you to our School Council! Our School Council has been supportive all year. With their support, we have been able to enrich the education of our students. Our last School Council meeting is Tuesday, June 7. Please note that many School Council Members will be leaving as their children on moving on to Grade 7. We would like to especially thank Rebecca Mansfield, Stephanie Cassell and Katrina Turner who have been on our School Council Executive for many years. Thank you so much for enhancing the educational experience at our school.

As the weather gets warmer, we sometimes see students who are dressed more for the beach than for school. Please remember that students are expected to dress modestly (no short shorts, extra short skirts, bare tummies or tops that do not cover the shoulders). Students still require proper footwear for physical education. If your child is inappropriately dressed, we may phone you to bring other clothes or we may provide a shirt to cover up.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and good will. We feel very fortunate to work with parents who are so deeply committed to supporting their children’s learning.

As we wind down to the end of June, we hope you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy some lovely evenings together and we wish you all a safe and happy summer. The first day of school for the 2022/2023 school year will be Thursday, September 1, 2022, with a staggered entry for kindergarten on September 1 and 2.


Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

May 01
Spring is Here

Spring is here and now we are looking ahead to next year. The planning process is dependent upon some key factors: Financial Resources (Budget) given to each school to run smoothly and the projected number of students entering the building for the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for all the parents that took time to share their feedback on the 2021-22 survey. The results of the survey have been posted on our website.

If you know that you will be moving, please contact the school by calling or emailing your homeroom teacher. Also, if you have any children born in 2017, please visit our website www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx on how to register them for Kindergarten. Having a good idea of student population, allows us to plan classes and have less movement in the Fall.

In staffing news, we would like to welcome back Ms. Valz! Ms. Valz is very happy to return to Cecil Swanson after her maternity leave.

With the arrival of spring, many students will begin to ride their bikes and walk, to school. It takes a while to adjust to using “wheels” to ride to school, and gravel along the edges makes for slippery surfaces. Please be extra vigilant in watching for students and following all traffic and safety measures. Students who are bringing bikes to school are reminded to securely lock items to the appropriate rack in the playground and to wear an appropriate helmet. If your child chooses not to wear a helmet, we will be calling you to either pick up their bike/scooter or bring a helmet for them. Safety first.

Our next School Council meeting is on May 10, at 6:30 pm. This will be an in person meeting at School, we look forward to seeing you there.

Again thank you for your on-going support to our school community and of course your children’s’ success.


Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

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