Nov 04
November is Here

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I’m possible.”  Audrey Hepburn.

November is here and the weather is changing everyday.  Please remind your children to dress for the weather (hat, gloves, boots and a winter coat).  Our Lost and Found display area has started to fill up with some of these items.  If you feel your child has lost some clothing or a lunch kit(s), please have them check the Lost and Found area to see if they may be in there.

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.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Vuong on the arrival of her baby boy!!

Jun 14
It Was a Year Like No Other

​ “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

It was a year like no other as we all pushed through and perservered 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 6students are getting excited about finishing up their final month with us.

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 (i.e. special learning needs, English Language Learners, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Occasionally, parents wish to provide additional information to us to consider during our placement process. If you have information that you believe is crucial to the learning needs of your child, I ask that you provide this information to myself, Mr. Adam Topp, in writing, by June 10th, 2021. Class placements will not always change as a result of this information, but they will always reflect our sincere interest in creating the best learning environment for all students.

At the end of the school year we will say good-bye to Mr. Barteski and Mrs. Harper, who will be moving onto another school for the 2021-2022 school year. It has been a pleasure having them teach at Cecil Swanson and we wish them the best in their new school. You will be missed.

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 foot wear 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 can’t 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. Bouquets to you for modeling respect, responsibility, safety and kindness to our children.

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 2021/2022 school year will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.


Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

May 11
Planning for Next Year

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”. Malcom X

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 2021-2022 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 will be shared at School Council and 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 2016, please call and 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. Brocke! Ms. Brocke is very happy to return to Cecil Swanson after her maternity leave. We would also like to thank Ms. Krygier for her amazing work with our Grade 3 classes. We would also like to say thank you to Ms. Stephanie Cassell for all of her work as Lunchroom Supervisor. Your dedication to our School Community will be missed.

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 School Council virtual meeting is on May 4, at 6:30 pm. If you would like to join the Council, please email Adam Topp at and we will send you the link.

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

Mar 26
We are Now into April

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” Christian D. Larson

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.

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 2016, please make sure you contact our office and register. You can visit: for more information or call our school at 403-777-6690.

Grade 2 students at Cecil Swanson School are raising money to buy t-shirts for all students.  We have an ongoing fundraiser with Skip the Depot.  If you don’t have any refundables and would still like to donate we have set up a Go Fund Me Page and a direct donation link. Please click the links below for possible ways to donate:


Direct donation through email transfer:

Skip the Depot link:

Cecil Swanson has been given the go-ahead to have traditional class photos this April. Covid protocols will be followed for all group pictures. Photos will be taken April 12  throughout the day.

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 virtually 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.

On behalf of our staff, we want to wish you a peaceful Spring Break with your children. We hope you and your children have the opportunity to reenergize and prepare mentally for the final three months of school.


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

Mar 03
March Conferences

Everday we are so proud and impressed with the resilency and flexibility of your children. We have outstanding students at Cecil Swanson and we know that their resilency and flexibility is the direct reflection of your positivity and encouragement that you provide them. Our entire Cecil Swanson Staff thanks all the parents and caregivers that support our incredible students.

The March Learning Conference 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 / PowerSchool account to book a conference. The MyCBE booking system will open up on March 4 , 2021 at 10:00 am. Please use this system to book an Microsoft Teams meeting with your child’s teacher. We will be sending out additional instructions close to the interview times. If you need help with booking a conference or setting up a MyCBE account, please contact our office or call the Parent Helpline at 403-817-6373.

If your child comes home and says to you that they do not have any home work, 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. The weekly email also outlines some “Ask Me About” topics. These topics provide you with information about what your child is currently learning. In addition, all students should be reading everynight and our School Council has purchase Raz-Kids and Mathletics, which are online programs to help reforce concepts taught 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 2 at 6:30 pm.


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

Feb 05
Winter is Here

“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream”. C.S. Lewis

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 (7:55 AM and 12:27 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.

We want to thank all the parents for taking their time to meet with our teachers virtually during the parent teacher conferences. We wish we could hold these interviews in person, but we really appreciate you working through all the technology requirements to have these important conversations. Report cards are going to be available for viewing on February 5 through your MyCBE/Powerschool account. If you do not have a Powerschool account please go to the CBE website and follow the links to MyCBE/Powerschool to set up an account or contact the school for assistance. We can also print report cards upon request.

By working closely with CBE transportation, the City of Calgary, and our neighbouring school, Dr. Gordon Higgins, the decision has been made to move some of the buses that normally stop in front of Dr. Gordon Higgins. By moving these buses this will take significant pressure off of Rundlehill Drive traffic (back of our school). We believe that this move will create safer roads for our students. The buses will be moved to the side of Dr. Gordon Higgins along Rundleville Drive. Please continue to encourage your children to watch carefully when crossing the roads. We often see children running between parked cars, please remind them how dangerous this can be.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys for students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and Provincial assessments of student learning. We will be sending out more information as we approach the survey.

In the month of January staff and students at Cecil Swanson continued our School Development Focus in Writing and Student Emotional Wellbeing by enhancing a positive culture that supports communication, connections, problem-solving, reasoning and visualization. In professional learning communities, teachers are continuing to come together to analyze student evidence and design the next best steps for their students. This last month we analyzed our writing task and engagement level of our students. We entered into professional conversation on strategies to creating more engagement during writing task.


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

Jan 11
Welcome Back

“Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time”. Author: Leo Buscaglia

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.

Our Learning Conferences will be taking place the following dates and times: January 28, 3:30- 7:30 pm & January 29th 8:00-12:00 pm (No school for students on the 29). This is an excellent way to reinforce the connection between home and school. The conferences will be done by Microsoft Teams. When booking your time on MyCBE/PowerSchool you will be emailed a meeting link. Please keep this email as you will use the link to meet with the teacher.  The booking system will be open on January 21st at 10:00am.  

In person school starts again on Monday, January 11th and we are so excited to see all of the students.

If you have travelled outside of Canada, you are legally required to follow  all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival. If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival. 

Kindgertan registration for next year begins on January 11.  If you have a child that was born in 2016, they can be registered for Kindergarten. Please visit the CBE kindergarten website for more information.

Our next School Council is Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend this virtual meeting, please send an email to and we will send you the link.


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

Dec 07

Thank you for everyone in supporting our young learners during this incredibly challenging first three months of school. We have come together as a community and we have been able to support each other. We continue to help our youngest community members make sense of all the changes. I often think of this quote:

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it” – Maya Angelou

The pandemic happened to us, tried to changed us, but it will never change our values. We still and will always believe in  “Success for every student, everyday, no exceptions.”

We also wanted to thank you for working with your children on being respectful to others, willing to learn new and exciting things, and willing to becoming strong independent thinkers. Together we will continue to work with your children to help them reach their goals.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to the School Council who have made valuable contributions to our common goal of student success.  Our School Council worked passionately in the last three months to support our students in funding enriching opportunities for learning. Our next School Council meeting is December 1st at 6:30 pm. Please email Adam Topp, if you would like to receive the link to join this virtual meeting.

Our schools’ Annual Report, Annual fee reporting and school development plan have been uploaded to our school website.  If you would like a hard copy of any of these documents, please come into the office and we can print you a copy. Our school’s website is also a great place to check for important information about our school.

Should you have any questions or concern, please contact our office.


Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Nov 02
Children must be taught to think not what to think

We would like to start this newsletter with a quote from Margaret Mead “Children must be taught to think not what to think.” This quote is even more important now, when information is so freely and easy to access. Students must be able to think critically about information presented.

November is here and the weather is changing every day.  Please remind your children to dress for the weather (hat, gloves, boots and a winter coat). If you feel your child has lost some clothing or a lunch kit (s), please have them check with their teacher and then the Lost and Found.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to send your child after completing the daily self-assessment and with a mask. Alberta Health has updated their guidelines on when to send your child to school. Please review the guidelines and let us know if you have any questions. Together we are stronger. 

Parents thank you so much for supporting your child. With your continued support, working alongside 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.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Valz on the arrival of her twins!! We always love new Cecil Swanson Family members

Please welcome Ms. Anderson, who will be replacing Ms. Weatherbee while she is away.

Cecil Swanson School Council and the Cecil Swanson Parent Association 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: R. Mansfield (Chair), M. Haymour (Vice Chair), S. Cassell (Treasurer), C. Turner (Secretary), S. McDonald (Key Communicator), All Committee members (Fundraising). If you would like to join the next School Council, please send an email to and I will send you a link.

The Cecil Swanson School Society has a fundraiser through Mabels Labels until Dec 31. Click the link and choose Cecil Swanson Parents Society to get some awesome labels for your kid's personal belongings such as water bottles, mittens, hats, masks and much more.

Adam Topp, Principal

Jun 26
Student Safety

I hope that all our families are staying safe and taking care of themselves during this very challenging time. With so much uncertainty about the upcoming school year, we all have many questions about what it will look like and how we will keep everyone safe. At this time, this is what I know: 

  1. The safety of our students is a top priority. School will start in September. (Some form or another)
  2. We will follow the guidelines set by the Alberta Health Minster and CBE.
  3. We will adapt, learn and we will get through this together. 

As we learn and plan, and more information becomes available in the coming weeks and months about how school will re-open, we will be sharing that plan with you. We will communicate via email so please make sure we have your correct email and contact information. Please pass this message onto other Cecil Swanson Families that are not getting the emails. Until we meet again, take care and stay safe. 

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