Jun 28
Silver Spring School: 2022 Year-End Principal’s Message

​Dear Silver Springs School Families, 


This school year has been another one for the record books. Without a doubt, the flexibility, compassion, and trust of our amazing Silver Springs team, students and community members has ensured our continued success through the school year. We were faced with many positive Covid cases, endless sanitization, countless messages home, isolation, at-home and in-person learning and following constantly changing health measures, and all of us, as part of a Silver Springs School learning community persisted, finding new ways to make things better, safer, great!  We remain optimistic and hopeful for the fall of 2022, knowing that we are returning to a more ‘normal’ schooling experience, and together we can manage anything that is thrown our way.   

Over the last year students have thrived and made us all so proud. Looking back, we are celebrating teaching and learning that is responsive and honours student growth from their own unique starting points. We have had opportunities to extend our outdoor classroom beyond good weather and see the benefits of getting outdoors and reconnecting with the land.  

June always brings both farewells and welcomes to our Silver Springs team.  I believe Winnie the Pooh says it best:  "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". Today we say goodbye to our grade 6 students and several staff members on our team. Their hard work, dedication, caring, and passion for children and education is evident in all they do! This includes: Mr. Avery, Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Drysdale, Miss Elma, Miss Faber, and Mrs. Sherlow. Further staffing updates to our team and teacher assignments will be made in our welcome back message in the late summer.   
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for trusting us with your precious children, for bringing them ready to learn and participate in school each day. To our staff, your dedication is so evident, thank you for always putting children first in all that you do. And to those who are always behind the scenes supporting and helping: our office staff, EAs, SAs, lunchroom supervisors, and facility team, thank you, your work does not go unnoticed. We also want to thank our hard-working and dedicated Silver Springs School Council, who support our school in countless ways! 
It is important to emphasize that the summer is for families to spend time with each other.  Don’t stress about schoolwork. In September, we will support students to learn from their starting points.   Students and families have lived through a number of extraordinary years. It is important that students spend time relaxing and knowing that they are strong and capable.   Reassure them with your calmness, share your strength with them and laugh a lot! This will help students to be centred, regulated, and ready to learn when they return to school. 

Please plan to check your email on Tuesday, August 30, when you will receive an email from your child's teacher introducing themselves and providing first day instructions. Enjoy your summer together and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into the school on Thursday, September 1, 2022. 


Wishing you all a wonderful summer.  Be safe, have fun, get some rest and take care of you. 

Reopening information:  

  • - Our school office will close on Thursday, June 30th at 1:00 pm. 

  • - The office reopens on Monday, August 29th at 9:00 am. 

  • - Your child’s teacher will reach out to you on August 30 via School Messenger. email.  They will introduce themselves and let you know where your child will meet them on the first day of school.  

  • - Our first day of school will be Thursday, September 1st.  School starts at 8:30 am. 

  • - More updates will be posted to our school website at the end of August. 

  • - A reminder that our Friday dismissal time will be shifting to 12:35pm. 

  • - If you have any general questions at that  time you can contact the main office at 403-777-6070.  Please note that our email and phone messages are not monitored during the summer. We will respond to parent messages within the first few days of school.  



Michelle Ryskamp 

Grateful Principal, 

Silver Springs School 


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