Aug 27
Welcome Back to the 2021 - 2022 School Year!

Dear Sunnyside families,

The staff and I are very excited to welcome your children to the first day of school on Wednesday, September 1.  We have a lot of information to share with you to make back to school run as smoothly as possible.

COVID-19 Protocols

On August 18, the CBE shared re-entry information with all families.  The information can be found on our school website:

Key information for Sunnyside families can be found below, in order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible.  

The priorities of CBE for the 2021-2022 school year are:

o   Learning Continuity

o   Increased Opportunities for Students

·      The following health measures will be in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19:

o   Masks will be worn by all K to 12 students and all CBE staff.  Students will be able to remove their masks during the day when they go outside and for mask breaks.  More detailed information on mask use will be shared with you next week.

o   Physical distancing will be used to space students out as much as possible and teachers will try to avoid students having to share items.

o   Hand-washing with soap and water and hand sanitizing will be frequent.

o   Classroom cohorts will be used at all times (students will stay with their class when they are inside the school and play with their class when outside for recess or lunch; students will enter and exit through the same doors at all time).  Lunch and recess will be split into 2 groups to keep cohorts together.

o   Students and staff are asked to complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist: every day before coming to school and stay home when sick.​

First Week of School Procedures for Kindergarten

·      Kindergarten families, please refer to the email that was sent to you in June about staggered entry.  The teacher will also send you an email on Monday with your date.

·      Please meet the teacher at the WEST door (at the back of the school).

Wednesday, September 1

8:40 to 11:20AM

Group 1 attends

Thursday, September 2

8:40 to 11:20AM

Group 2 attends

Friday, September 3

8:40 to 11:20AM

All kindergarten students attend


First Week of School Procedures for Grades 1 to 6

·      All grade 1 to 6 students attend for regular days for the first week.

Wednesday, September 1

8:40AM to 3:30PM

Regular day

Thursday, September 2

8:40AM to 3:30PM

Regular day

Friday, September 3

8:40AM to 12:00PM

Regular Friday early dismissal


Student Supplies

All school supplies will be purchased by the school and provided to students.  Later in the fall a fee will be added to your PowerSchool/MyCBE account for these supplies.

Students need to bring to school (please label all items with your child's name):

·      A backpack

·      Indoor running shoes that can be left at school

·      Healthy snacks

·      Water bottle

·      Healthy lunch (grades 1 to 6 only)

·      Extra masks

·      Outdoor clothing (dress for the weather!)


Welcome Messages from the Teachers

·      Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Palmer, will be sending an email to kindergarten families on Monday with staggered entry information for September 1 and 2.  She will also be calling her students on Tuesday.

·      Grade 1 to 6 teachers will be sending an email to their families by the end of the day on Monday with information about the first day of school.  Please take note of your child's room number because classroom cohorts enter and exit specific doors (see below).

·      If you do not receive an email from your child's teacher by noon on Tuesday, please email me at .


Entry and Exit Doors

Classroom CohortsDoor
Rooms 5 and 6Front door
Rooms 3 and 4South door
Rooms 7 and 8West door (back of the school)


School Hours for the 2021 – 2022 School Year

Monday to Thursday Grade 1 to 6
8:25 to 8:40AMSoft Start
8:40AMClasses begin
10:15 to 10:30AMRecess 1 (rooms 3 and 7)
10:35 to 10:50AMRecess 2 (rooms 4, 5 and 6)
11:30AM to 12:15PMLunch 1 (rooms 3 and 7)
12:20 to 1:05PMLunch 2 (rooms 4, 5 and 6)


Friday Grades 1 to 6
8:25 to 8:40AMSoft Start
8:40AMClasses begin
Flexible timesRecess


Monday to Friday Kindergarten
8:25 to 8:40AMSoft Start
8:40AMClasses begin


Soft Start

All students are welcome to enter their assigned doors and go into their classrooms for relaxed entry between 8:25 and 8:40AM.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to supervise and provide morning activities for students.


Arrival After 8:40AM

At 8:40AM, the doors will be closed so the supervisors can begin their duties working with students.  Teachers will do their attendance shortly after the bell rings so we can ensure all children are accounted for.  If your child arrives after 8:40AM, please bring them to the front door and ring the bell.  Office staff will be waiting for them to check in.


If Your Child Will be Late or Absent

Please call the school office at (403) 777-6390, extension 1 and leave a message.  Please state your child's name, teacher and the reason for absence.


Please email both your child's teacher and the office at to make sure that the message is received.


Visitors in the School

Due to COVID-19 protocols, parents are not able to enter the school with their children.  Parent or visitor entry to the school is by appointment only at this time.  If you would like to have a conversation with your child's teacher, please email them and set up a time for a phone or virtual meeting.  This decision will be reviewed by CBE at the end of September.


We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and shared experiences at Sunnyside School!

Krista Schmitt and Sunnyside Staff



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