Aug 29
Welcome Back and Warm Greetings to all Senator Patrick Burns School Families

​All SPB staff are looking forward to welcoming all SPB students back to school on September 1st, 2021. We truly hope that all students and families have had an opportunity to enjoy the summer, reconnecting with family and friends. The SPB staff certainly seems recharged and excited to continue teaching and learning. To be better prepared for day 1, please take an opportunity to read the following information regarding the school start-up for 2021-22.

First Day Back at SPB

  • All students in all grades will be entering the school on September 1st. Classes will begin at 8:25 am. The doors to the school will be open at 8:00 am.
  • All grade 6 students will be entering the school through the main school doors on Chilcotin Road. Grade 6 students will be met at the doors by the school administration and by all grade six teachers. Grade 6 students will be welcomed and taken to their homerooms on the second floor of the school.
  • All grade 7, 8 and 9 students will enter the school through any school entrance other than the main doors. Grade 7, 8 and 9 students may choose the southeast doors on Chilcotin, the southwest doors by the playground or the northwest doors near the art room. Teachers will be at all doors to guide grade 7, 8 and 9 students to their new homeroom classrooms.
  • At the end of the day, the grade 6 students will be dismissed a few minutes earlier than the other students, so they have time to exit the school as a cohort to find their rides home.


  • Please allow the grade 6 families to use Chilcotin Road (directly in front of the school's main doors) as the primary pick up and drop off area.
  • Grades 7, 8 and 9 students can be dropped off and picked up along the green space next to the school. There is plenty of space around the bend on Chilcotin Road and on Cherokee Drive to pick up.
  • Dropping off students between 7:45 am and 8:00 am is typically far less congested than after 8 am
  • Please do not use the staff parking lot to pick up or drop off students. This is not a safe place for students. Please respect these expectations at all times.

COVID Protocols 

  • For detailed information regarding Covid protocols, please visit the CBE Covid website. Please remind students to have their masks on as they enter the building. There will be many opportunities for mask breaks throughout the school day for all students. Frequent reminders for handwashing and physical distancing will be given to all students. If any students are feeling unwell, please keep them home.


  • Lockers will be provided for all students this school year. Homeroom teachers will provide more information on locker use on the first day of school.
  • Students will be expected to share a locker with another student from their homeroom.


  • There will be one lunchtime at SPB this school year. Grade 6s will be separate from the remainder of the student body during lunch time.
  • All grade 6 students will eat lunch in their cohorts. After 20 minutes for lunch, the grade 6s will go outside for physical activity on the playground.
  • Grade 7, 8 and 9 students may eat their lunches inside the school or outside, weather permitting. Approximately halfway through lunchtime, all grade 7, 8 and 9 students will be encouraged to be outside for physical activity, socializing and fresh air.
  • There will be no microwaves available for student use until further notice. Please prepare lunch accordingly.

Cell Phones Away for the Day

  • SPB will continue our policy on restricting cell phone use during the school day. This policy will assist in accomplishing the following goals:
    • Promoting healthy, in-person socializing
    • Reducing inappropriate use of cell phones that distract learning
    • Eliminate cyberbullying during the school day
    • Promoting more physical activity
  • Students are to put their cell phones away from 8:00 am to 2:55 pm.


  • The current realities of public health in Calgary has given rise to the Calgary Board of Education, providing another opportunity for families to enroll students in the CBe-learn, an online school alternative to in-person learning.
  • Transferring to CBe-learn is a full-year commitment. It is not designed to allow for transitions to in-person learning at any point during the school year.  
  • CBe-learn registration ends Sept. 2 at noon.
  • For more information, please visit

Senator Patrick Burns School Council

  • Senator Patrick Burns School is always looking for additional parents/ guardians to share their voices, feedback and experience to inform decision-making that improves the learning for all students.
  • There are a number of open positions that need to be filled for the upcoming school year.
  • Please see the school website or call directly to learn more about how you can contribute.


We sincerely look forward to serving all SPB families this school year. Please feel free to reach out to us directly with any concerns, feedback or questions. Email is the preferred method of contact at this time. We are available for in-person appointments by appointment only.


Very Best,


Sr. Joel Leavitt (principal) and Sra. Lis Edwards-Martinez (acting assistant principal)

Jun 29
Good Afternoon SPB Community! A few parting remarks at the end of this amazing school year:

School Council/ Parent Association Acknowledgment

I want to offer my sincere appreciation for the participation, organization and commitment that our School Council and Parent Association freely gave this school year.  I very much enjoyed the conversations and parent/ guardian input that was crucial in many decisions.  I found it very helpful to hear the perspectives and concerns of our school community.  All input was vital in shaping policy and protocols that helped in the implementation of our School Development Plan.  I know that education and learning was significantly improved because of the direct input and efforts of our School Council and Parent Association.  I truly look forward to the next school year when SPB staff and parents/ guardians can continue the collaborative work of improving the learning of all SPB students.


Staffing at SPB for 2021-22

We have had some staff turn-over this year.  A number of SPB staff have gone on leave, resigned or have taken positions in other CBE schools for 2021-22.  The following teachers will not be continuing at SPB in September:

  • Nicole Lamboo (on leave)
  • Tria Pallesen (on leave)
  • Erwin Blanco (on leave)
  • Laura Groulik (resigned from the CBE)
  • Pato Inostroza (new CBE school)
  • Maria Parkin (new CBE school)
  • Christian Hawkins (new CBE school)
  • Chelsey Lackner (new CBE school)
  • Melisa Easton (new CBE school)

    We will miss each of these staff members and all the positive learning they brought to each SBP student.  We wish them all the very best in their new teaching endeavors.

    The following staff have been hired at SPB for September:
  • Veronica Gugliotta
  • Nayem Al-Salem
  • Maria Aguilera
  • Marina Milan-Bugg
  • Claudia Espinosa
  • Ruth Oliver
  • Margaret de le Jara
  • Federico Lopez
  • Jenifer Rojas

    We are very excited to begin work with all new staff members.  Each of the new staff bring Spanish expertise, professional dedication and an abundance of enthusiasm to the work.  Welcome to all!


    Year End Message

The 2020-21 school year has been a very important year in education for many reasons.  First, as a school community, staff and students have learned and lived the value of putting the needs of the many before the needs of the few or the one.  As adults, we became familiar with this concept when we all watched the Wrath of Khan back in the 80s.  However, after this school year, the practical application of Spock's famous line is far more tangible.  This year, all SPB staff and students have had the unique opportunity to explore and live the meaning of sacrificing personal freedoms in the interest of the greater good.  It has been wonderful to see all SPB students understand this part of the Alberta Program of Studies that is normally taught in grade 12.  I have been amazed as SPB grade 6 students have discussed and debated the merits and challenges of putting the needs of the collective prior to the needs of the individual.  This pandemic has provided a first-hand experience that has strengthened all SPB students with an incredibly deep understanding of high school Social Studies concepts that will certainly serve each student as they progress into the higher grades.

SPB students and staff have also gained a tremendous measure of resilience during this school year.  I have constantly marvelled at the way students have been able to change, adapt and endure several alterations to traditional ways of learning.  Students have been so flexible and accommodating with each of the many, many changes that have been heaped upon them for the past 15 months.  I am very proud of all SPB students as they have shown great maturity and personal responsibility in doing their part to implement scheduling changes, option class changes and cohorting changes through the year.  Without exaggeration, I have not dealt with a single complaint from students regarding the many restrictions that they faced in school this year.  I attribute this excellence of character to the SPB parents and caregivers that have clearly been so supportive of the school community.

As we wrap up the 2020-21 school year, I wish to express my gratitude to all SPB families for helping our school to make the most out of a difficult COVID situation.  Your unconditional support has allowed teachers to help each student to become stronger and far more resilient than ever before.  I look forward to seeing how our robust SPB students face whatever reality we face in 2021-22.  Regardless of the challenges we may face, I know our students are abundantly prepared to face new learning opportunities head-on.


Have a fantastic and restful summer.  I know I will.




Joel Leavitt​

Jan 05
Welcome Back SPB - January 2021

Happy New Year to all SPB families!

We are continuing to work through reporting of positive cases even with the majority of students attending classes online for this week. The Minister of Education confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is expected that all K-12 students will return to in-person learning on Jan. 11. We will continue to work with Alberta Education as we navigate the return.

Please note the following important information as it may pertain to your family:

Return to School After International Travel

Students and families who have travelled outside of Canada 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.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:

  • quarantine (isolate) for 14 days
  • monitor for symptoms
  • get tested if any symptoms develop and isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until feeling well, whichever takes longer

    This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.

    We sincerely look forward to the return of all SPB students next Monday,


    Joel Leavitt ​

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