Sep 01
Principal's Message - Sept 1, 2023

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Dear Parents / Guardians,


In this message…


-       Start of Year Forms

-       Marion Carson Digital Family Handbook 2023-24

-       Meeting Spot / Pick-Up


The first few days of school are now behind us, and we hope that if you or your child were feeling any initial nervousness due to the unknown that can come with the start of the school year, that it has now started to shift to a sense of understanding of what the year will like and some more comfort for all.

It was an absolute pleasure to see the excitement of students upon their return, and we look forward to many more joys throughout this year's learning journey. I was able to connect with all classrooms throughout the first two days as students began to settle into their new learning spaces and grades.

Surprise always occur at the start of the school year, even when we try to minimize their occurrences. This year, one big surprise was that our bike racks went missing the night before school started. I am happy to say that today they were returned and students and families who ride their bikes to school will have proper racks again on Tuesday morning.


Below, you will find a few pieces of information which will continue to support the student experience at Marion Carson School.

-       Start of Year Forms: next week your will receive a message about completing various forms such as our demographic forms, student health plans, and more. Please complete these as soon as they are received so that we have the most up to date information for your child in case of emergency.

-       Marion Carson Digital Family Handbook 2023-24: This year many grades transitioned into not having agendas in favour of a more digital approach of communication. The handbook is therefore not at the front of agendas, but instead has been attached to this message. Please see the attachment, and read through the handbook for important school information related to school process and procedures, and expectations. We ask that all parents and children sign the final commitment page and return it to their teacher (either digitally or as a paper copy).

-       Meeting Spot / Pick-Up: there is a lot of congestion at our doors at the end of the days. We ask that families, especially of student in grade 3 and up choose a meeting spot away from the doors where it will become routine to pick up and meet with your child (e.g. a spot on the field). *Reminder that parents must be at school to pick-up their children upon dismissal and children should not be left alone. We do not have after school supervision; therefore we remind parents that Monday to Thursday we end at 3:50pm, and Fridays at 1:20pm. Please plan on being at the school 5 minutes early at a minimum to meet your child. Please call the school should you have an emergency where you will be a few minutes late and we will have the students on these odd occasions wait at the office. Please speak to your children about knowing that if you are not outside to pick them up that they should come to the front west doors and ring the doorbell to be let back into the school, where we will contact their family on their behalf (teachers will also have this conversation with students).


Throughout the year, I will be sending messages most often arriving on a Friday which will include important information such as upcoming events, initiatives, school council meeting dates, and more. Thank you for taking the time to read these messages so that our students can have a most successful school filled with a sense of belonging, care and growth.


Should you have any questions, please be sure to review our school website or contact your school teacher for classroom matters, or for administrative supports, please call the school office at 403 777-6050 or email



Mr. Dustin Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School


Important Dates:

September 4: School Closed (Labour Day)

September 15: Terry Fox Run

September 20: School Council Meeting (7pm)

September 21: School Photo Day for K-6 Students (*M/W MB Kindergarten Students Photo Day is September 20, 2023)

September 21, 22: School Conferences (meet the teacher) /Book Fair Purchases

September 27: Mid-Autumn Festival Learning and Celebrations

September 28: Marion Carson School's Orange Shirt Day

September 29: School Closed (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; Orange Shirt Day)



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