​​​​​Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year

Important Dates

We follow the CBE instructional ​calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.​​

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First Day of Classes 

Our first day of classes is Aug. 31, 2023 and the school office is open to parents on Aug. 28, 29, and 30, 2023 from 8:30 - 2:30.

School Start & End Times

Kindergarten (Monday & Wednesday & Marked Fridays)

  • Monday & Wednesday: 8:20 - 3:16
  • Friday: 8:20 - 12:05
    • No lunch on Fridays

Kindergarten (Tuesday & Thursday & Marked Fridays)

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 8:20 - 3:16
  • Friday:  8:20 - 12:05
    • No lunch on Fridays

Grades 1 - 4

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:20 - 3:16
  • Friday: 8:20 - 12:05   
    • No lunch on Fridays

School Calendar

View our school's Calendar for upcoming events and dates.  See the CBE website for system calendars.

School Supplies

Students supplies are provided by the school for children in kindergarten through grade 4. We ask that families provide a pair of indoor running shoes that are to be kept at school (runners only please as they need to have appropriate footwear for gym; and if your child does not know how to independently tie their shoelaces, then they need slip-on or velcro runners); a large backpack; plastic (not glass) water bottle; and a lunch kit with reusable cutlery.  Ensure that all items are labeled with the student's name.

Lunch Supervision 

Kindergarten to Grade 4 students staying for lunch will be required to pay lunch supervision fees. These fees cover adult supervision during the lunch hour -- while they are eating lunch inside the school and while they are playing outside at lunch recess.

For more information visit our Lunch Supervision page.

Assigned Teachers  

Teachers will be emailing parents on Aug. 28 and 29, 2023 to introduce themselves as the students’ homeroom teacher. At this time, parents are requested to provide transportation, legal, and medical information to teachers, as the safety and health of all students is our priority. We want to ensure that on the first day of school, the teacher and school is aware of all important student information.  Please meet your teacher at the back (south) compound.


Kindergarten classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. Please meet your teacher at the back (south) compound.

Registration Information

Currently, Highwood School conducts a lottery for acceptance into kindergarten and Grade 1. As such, there are wait lists for these grades. For acceptance into Grades 2-4, students are required to complete a test to ensure that they are
reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending Mandarin at grade level expectations. Acceptance into these grades is also dependent on space availability.

Please visit our How to Register page for registration details. Please note that the registration process is completed online, but schools can assist with any questions. 

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​​​​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?

Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who have not already done so, must create a MyCBE account and add their child(ren) to the account to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch ​supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2023-24 school year)

You will need your email address on file at the school as well as your child’s CBE ID, which can be found on the:

  • SchoolEngage student profile, for families that registered their child using SchoolEngage. 
    Note | For a visual guide on how to find the CBE ID within SchoolEngage, refer to SchoolEngage CBE Student ID
  • CBE Report Card, beside the child's name
  • CBE ID card

MyCBE Account

For parents / legal guardians / independent students without a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Create the account; refer to MyCBE - Creating an Account
  3. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

For parents / legal guardians / independent students with a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

Subscribe to School Messages

Most school messages are sent to parents through SchoolMessenger. It’s a mass communication tool that allows schools to easily and securely send email, phone and text messages to parents / guardians, independent students in a particular grade, class, school or area. Messages are sent to the parent contacts on file at your school.​​

To ensure you receive important information from your child’s school and the Calgary Board of Education, subscribe to school messages.​

​​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Yellow School Bus Tra​nsportation

Yellow school bus routes for the 2023-24 school year are created o​ver the summer and based on the addresses submitted before the pre-registration deadline in June. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline; however, students are added to the closest existing stop with available space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.

More information about 2023-24 transportation service levels and proposed fees are posted on the CBE website.

Your bus stop location and time will be available in your MyCBE account by mid-August.

Conditional riders can also register using MyCBE. Applications will be considered after eligible riders registrations have been processed. Should routes change or if qualified students are added to a route and the bus becomes overcrowded, conditional riders may be removed to accommodate these changes.​

Learn more about transportation on the CBE website.

​Follow CBE on Social Media

Follow the CBE social media platforms to stay up-to-date on system news and announcements.

​Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​