Aug 12
Welcome back!

Welcome Rundle School families, 

My name is Chris Southworth and I am the new Principal of rundle School. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of our amazing Rundle families this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that school begins for grade 1-6 students on Monday, August 15 at 8:00am. Kindergarten classes also begin this week with staggered entries Monday through Thursday. Please refer to the kindergarten schedule you already received on Wednesday for specific details. 


As you get ready for Monday, we have some important information to share with you: 


School hours 

Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM 

Lunch 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM             

Fridays 8:00A M - 12:00 AM            


Office Hours: 

Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM     

Fridays: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM  


Ms. Defoe-Hall and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, our secretaries, will be happy to support you with any questions you may have. 


Bussing Information 

If you live in Cityscape and registered your child for the yellow bus in June using your MyCBE Account, you will be able to check whether your child is confirmed to be able to ride the school bus. Please check your MyCBE Account to confirm bus transport. 


If you have not yet registered your child for the bus, please do so using your MyCBE Account as soon as possible. 


Confirmation of bus registration normally takes 4-6 weeks from date of registration to be processed by Southland Transportation. As a result, if you registered your child after the deadline in June or have not yet registered your child for the bus, your child may be able to ride the bus to school, but they will NOT be allowed to ride the school bus home after school. 


If your child is not confirmed on the bus, starting Monday, August 15, you will need to pick your children up from school at 2:30pm EVERY day (except Friday) until bussing is confirmed. Please remember, school is done at 12 noon on Friday. We apologize for this in advance; however, this is a Southland Transportation rule and completely out of our control. 


If you have any questions, please contact transportation at 403-817-7433 


Lunch and Snacks  

Although we do have a few children who go home for lunch, all bussed students and most Rundle community students stay at school for Lunch.  


All students require healthy snacks for the morning, and students who stay for lunch must bring their own lunch each day. Please ensure you pack enough healthy food to get your children through the day and encourage them to bring all uneaten food home at the end of the day.  


Breakfast Club will begin on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:45am. For security reasons, students coming for breakfast will need to rind the buzzer and come through the front (main) doors. 


The First Day of School 

You will have received either an email or phone call from your children’s teachers to welcome you and your children to their classes. On Monday morning, all teachers will be outside by 7:45am at their meeting places to greet students. Each teacher will have a sign that shows their name. Below is a map indicating where each class will meet on Monday morning.  


A staff member will greet each bus, take attendance and bring the children around to the back of the school to meet their teachers. Younger children will receive a colored tag that will indicate which bus they ride each day. Please ensure the tag stays on the backpack.  



Although we are still at the height of summer and it seems to be hot every day, stormy weather is common during the Alberta summer. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather, and ready to be both indoors and outdoors.  We only stay inside for recess and lunch when there is lightning, heavy rain, or it is below -20C. Students will be playing outside during light showers, and classes will be learning outside on the land as much as possible. To help keep our school clean and the children comfortable, students require indoor shoes. Please send these items in your children’s backpacks on Monday. 


Tips to Make the First Day of School Successful 

During this final weekend of summer, it is important for children to get outside and enjoy our short, yet beautiful Calgary summer. This is a perfect time for families to play together at the park, enjoy a nice picnic, or play your favorite outdoor sport such as soccer, basketball, or cricket.  


Please talk with your children about starting school on Monday and remind them how great it will be to both see all their friends and make some new ones. Also, remind them of the importance of kindness and the Seven Sacred Teachings: Respect, Courage, Honesty, Truth, Wisdom, Humility and Love. These Teachings will be a big part of our teaching and learning this year. They are great words to live by.  


On Sunday night, please ensure your children get to bed early and have a good breakfast on Monday morning. The first few days are very long for our young children. This will help them get through these first days of learning successfully. 


Thank you all for being a part of our wonderful Rundle School Community. We are so excited to meet you all! 




Chris Southworth       



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