Dear Sunnyside Families,
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that I will be leaving Sunnyside School at the end of the 2020-21 school year. I have been named the Principal of Battalion Park School for the 2021-22 school year. It has been a pleasure and privilege being the Principal of Sunnyside School for the last four years, and getting to know the wonderful students, parents and staff.
As I reflect on my time here, several things come to mind. The amazing commitment from the parents and local community to support the school and provide enrichment opportunities for the children. The thoughtful way the staff takes up the work and responds to the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of each child to enable all students to reach their full potential. The children, who breathe life into the building, and enrich the lives of each one of us with their joy, kindness and eagerness to learn. Finally, the way the entire community worked together for almost a year to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of this beautiful school. That was quite an accomplishment and just one example of the team mindset in this school. You are all truly the heart of this school and I will miss you!
The Calgary Board of Education is beginning the process of selecting the next Principal of Sunnyside School. Later today you will be receiving an invitation to provide input into the process. I will continue to share any information on this process as it is announced.
With deepest gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this special school,
Black and Red Day: Thanks to everyone who participated in the Grade 4 Black and Red day! We love that school spirit!
Announcements: Our daily announcements have resumed. The Grade 5 class did the announcements each morning. This week, the theme of their announcements was having a Growth Mindset. Please see our scrolling news banner for two news stories written by Grade 5 students on these events.
Family Literacy Week: Next week is Family Literacy Week. Wednesday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Alberta. Find fun family activities at familyliteracyday.ca. Please refer to the scrolling news banner for our specific daily activities at the school.
Music: We have been working on listening for tempo, mood, and rhythm in different versions of popular theme songs during music appreciation. Everyone had an opportunity to sketch their impressions of the pieces while listening, and then were invited to share their preferences and to explain why. Some students commented upon how the music made them feel, and how the rapid rhythm made the music more exciting. Others commented upon the instruments they could see or hear and compared the songs to the original soundtrack. The videos will be posted on the Google Music Classroom with accompanying questions this weekend.
Parent and Community Expertise: Do you have a skill or hobby that you would be willing to share with our students? Last year we began compiling a list of parents and community members who have expertise (job or hobby) that would enrich the learning of the children and provide real world examples to make content relevant and come alive. We are looking for all professions and interests (for example: electrician, accountant, cashier, architect, artist, baker, carpenter, vet, doctor, engineer, fitness buff, food service professional, photographer, musician, athlete, etc). If you have a skillset that you are willing to speak to children about please email your child's teacher or the school with your name, profession/area of interest, and contact information, and we will make sure you are added to our list.
Next Year Intentions: It's hard to believe, but it is already time for the school to do some advanced planning for next year. On Monday, January 25, all families will receive an email regarding their next year's intentions for school attendance. While we are aware that circumstances may change for some families, having an approximate idea of the number of students who will be attending Sunnyside in the 2021-2022 school year will help us plan for staffing and programming. Families with Grade 6 students, it is also important that we receive your information, as the receiving schools look to us to collect it for them. Thank you in advance for providing us with your next year's intentions as soon as you can.
Google Classroom and D2L: We would like to remind parents that the Google Classroom Streams and D2L Activity Feed continue to be updated during in-person learning with a brief review of the day to day work and supporting documents. Please remember to check in regularly to keep up with what is going on in your child's classroom.
Cutlery: We are starting to see an increase in students who are coming to school with meals that require cutlery. Please ensure that your child brings the fork or spoon they may need in their lunch kit as we do not have cutlery available at school.
After School Play: With the abundance of snow that fell over the holidays, the children have made some amazing play structures outside. During the school day, these play structures are accessed by only one cohort at a time, following COVID-19 prevention protocols. Families who may wish to take their children to these play areas outside of the school day are encouraged to follow the Government of Alberta's Guidance for Playgrounds in order to use the area as safely as possible.
We had a great first week back with our in-person students. It was nice to see their smiles and hear the sounds and laughter of children in the building!
Spirit Day: Friday, January 22 the Grade 4 class is hosting our first Spirit Day of the year. The theme they have chosen is Black and Red Day.
Music: This week our music classes focused on learning a new cup percussion routine using the cups provided by the School Council. The routine features Kaboom Percussion and encourages students to develop their rhythm and play together in unison. A link to the video can be found in the Music Google Classroom.
Off-Site Risk Update: A new risk has been added to off-site activities related to the exposure to infectious diseases. Since many of our teachers are planning walking field trips prior to the end of the school year, we have emailed the updated Walking Trip Annual Letter to Parents with this new information.
Family Literacy Week: January 24 – 28 is Family Literacy Week. Wednesday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Alberta. Teachers will be including at home ideas on their Google Classrooms each day that week and we will be participating in a new literacy activity each day. In preparation for that week, we wanted to share that we will be participating in a Dress as Your Favorite Book Character on Thursday, January 28. We are looking forward to seeing which characters come to school that day!
Calgary Public Library: Even though local branches are temporarily closed, the Calgary Public Library is offering students some creative online supports you may be interested in checking out.
- Library at Home
- Brainfuse - connects students Grades 2 -12 to free online tutoring via chat and is available from 2 - 11 pm
- Solaro - offers students Grades 3 – 12 connections to AB Curriculum lessons, reviews, practice tests and study guides
- TumbleBook Library
I hope that the Winter Break, while different than previous years, provided an opportunity to connect with loved ones and enjoy some downtime. I know the snowfall just prior to Christmas certainly provided the chance to enjoy some outdoor fun for many of the staff members since the temperatures were not too cold.
We are happy to say that by all accounts the At-Home Learning from January 5 – 8 went well, with teachers and all students able to connect to continue with regular instruction. Thank you so much to all of our families for your support and perseverance. Great team work everyone!
As noted on the scrolling news centre banner this week, we now have our Music Google Classroom set up and it is available for all in-person and Hub students. We hope you get a chance to log on and check it out.
While we are pleased with the success of At-Home Learning, it was great to see the smiling faces of the students as they walked into the school to resume in-person learning. It certainly is a lonely place without them here!
We started the new year with a Professional Learning Day where we continued with our work on designing rigorous and worthwhile inquiries. This work has been an important part of the School Development Plan for the past several years. I am excited about the learning experiences the teachers have planned for the next few months.
Over the next two weeks, teachers will be working on Report Cards. You will notice that the parent view of student assignments is no longer available during this time period. Once Report Cards are complete, this feature will be available again. All Report Cards will be provided digitally this year. To support a smooth role out, there will be a staggered distribution from February 1 – 5.
This week, we will begin our Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year. Please see the information on the Sunnyside homepage or the CBE homepage for more information.
Finally, you will notice a change on the organization of our website's main page. The 'Weekly Message from the Office' sent out each Friday on School Messenger will now be available under the Principal's Messages, while student-focused news stories will be highlighted in the scrolling news centre banner. We look forward to sharing more student work in this way.
Stay safe and stay healthy!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break
and everyone is successfully transitioning back to a more regular routine. The staff
is feeling well rested and looking forward to welcoming their students back.
As we start the new term, teachers, in conjunction with
student input and curricular expectations, are busy designing worthwhile and rigorous
learning tasks to engage students across all disciplines. In addition, they are
also intentionally focusing on specific areas of need to support our students. We
spent our first day back from the Winter Break participating in professional
learning sessions aligned with the goals of our School Development Plan. These goals
were determined after analysing student learning data and perception data from
the previous school year. In November, our Draft 2019-20 School Development
Plan achievement and instructional goals in the disciplines of Literacy,
Numeracy and Well-Being for Learning were shared with the School Council. In December, after consultation and feedback from our Dialogue Session and online
survey with parents, our 2019-20 School Development Plan was finalized. You can
find a copy of our 2019-20 School Development Plan posted on our website under
About Us, Our School.
Yesterday, teachers learned how to use a new basic fact assessment
tool and they will be using it to complete a subtraction basic facts assessment
for each child during the month of January. The information gathered will be
used to inform teachers of the next appropriate instructional steps for
children and to inform our progress towards supporting our students in this
area. You will see the results of this assessment for your child on PowerSchool
posted at the end of January.
As part of CBE’s Assessment and Reporting, our first term report
cards were handed out on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. If your family was away on
that day, teachers will send the report card home with your child their first
Alberta Education requires that Individual Program Plans
(for those children who have them) are required to be reviewed and signed
mid-year. Please note the date set aside for this is Friday, Jan. 17 (a change
from the initial date of Jan. 31). Teachers will be contacting those families
with children on an IPP to confirm a time that works best.
Just a reminder, weekly updates from teachers and the office
come out each Friday. The update from the office is posted to the main page of
our website by early the following week and archived updates are located under
About Us, News Centre. Please refer to these updates for general curricular
information that you can use to support your child at school as well as
upcoming events to be aware of. Our yearly calendar is also available on our
website under About Us, Calendar. You may wish to refer to this calendar for
advanced planning as it varies slightly from the CBE calendar.
We are looking forward to a fun second part of the school
year with wonderful learning experiences and opportunities to connect as a school community!
Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year!
I hope that you have all had a chance to recharge and spend time with your loved ones. The staff is back, and excited to meet and reconnect with you and your children. We are currently getting our school ready for your arrival and busy preparing some amazing learning opportunities!
We will continue to operate on a Monday to Thursday full day schedule and a half day schedule on Friday for our Grades 1 – 6 students. We offer a morning Kindergarten class with the regular schedule beginning after their staggered entry days on either Tuesday, September 3 or Wednesday, September 4.
Grades 1 – 6 (Instructional Time)
Monday to Thursday 8:40am – 12:00pm
12:50pm – 3:30pm
Friday 8:40am – 12:00pm
Kindergarten (Instructional Time)
Monday to Friday 8:40am – 11:20am
Before school supervision begins at 8:25am.
Morning recess on Monday to Thursday is from 10:15am – 10:30am. Friday morning recess is from 10:15am – 10:28am.
Lunch supervision times vary. Please refer to the Lunch Program information below.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3.
We are happy to welcome back Mrs. Boyer from her maternity leave. As well, we would like to introduce the newest member of our staff Mrs. Jolene Lazaro as a Lunch Supervisor.
Our grade configurations remain the same for this year although some teaching assignments have changed.
Kindergarten Mrs. Tara Holmgren
Grade 1 Ms. Jocelyn Topper
Grade 2 Ms. Joan Elago
Grade 3 Mrs. Christine Salhab
Grade 4 Mr. Paul Millar
Grade 5 Mrs. Anne MacQuarrie
Grade 6 Mrs. Kristen Boyer and Mrs. Erin Cattani
Our support staff are:
Ms. Jan Tetrault – Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Mavis Clark - Education Assistant
Mrs. Dana Mckay – Library Assistant/Lead Lunch Supervisor
Ms. Karin Boychuk – School Assistant/Lunch Supervisor
Mrs. Jolene Lazaro – Lunch Supervisor
Mrs. Wen Xin Liu – Facility Operator
Meet the Teacher
Teachers will be contacting families Friday, August 30 to welcome students to their classes. In lieu of the Meet the Teacher evening typically held in the first week, we are holding individual Parent Teacher Meetings on Thursday, September 19 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Friday, September 20 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. These meetings will provide an opportunity for you to get to meet your child’s teacher, share important information about your child and learn about classroom routines and procedures. Due to the short time frame that the children will have been in school at that time, formal feedback on student learning will not be provided by the teacher.
After a thoughtful examination of our lunch program, including factors such as the increasing number of children who stay for lunch, the dynamics of a busy lunch space and addressing the variety of needs of the children in that space, the staff has decided to split the lunch eating and play times. The Division One students (Grades 1 – 3) will eat first and then go out to play. The Division Two students (Grades 4 – 6) will play first then come in and eat. Our goal is to create a lunch space that is responsive and conducive to student needs.
12:00pm – 12:25pm Grades 1 - 3 eat
Grades 4 - 6 play
12:25pm – 12:50pm Grades 1 - 3 play
Grades 4 - 6 eat
On days we have Fun Lunch, all students will eat from 12:00pm – 12:25pm and play from 12:25pm – 12:50pm.
If you are interested in eating with or picking up your child at lunch, please inform the office or your child’s teacher in advance in order for our lunch supervisors to be able to accurately account for all registered children. We will have your child wait in the office for you to sign them out.
Due to the alternating noon hour play periods, children who go home for lunch are welcome to be at the school to play with their peers during the corresponding time periods. For example, with parent permission, Grades 4-6 children can stay to play from 12:00pm – 12:25pm and then go home for lunch; Grades 1-3 children are welcome to return to school from 12:25pm – 12:50pm to play. Supervision will be provided.
School Council AGM
Our School Council Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Elections for a variety of positions will occur that evening. In addition, year-end annual and financial reports will be shared and a brief discussion regarding the year ahead will occur. If you are interested in contributing to the school community, learning about or serving on one of the executive or member roles, we encourage you to attend. The School Council is a great way to learn more about the school and support enrichment and enhancement opportunities. Everyone is welcome!
First Day Back
We will begin our day with a brief assembly in the Gym at 8:40am. Parents are welcome to attend and are invited to stay for conversation once their children have moved onto their classrooms.
Enjoy your long weekend! We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
What a busy couple of months October and November have been
Our 100th Anniversary work continues in earnest.
The students have been working hard on our Sunnyside commemorative book, each
class providing a different snapshot of the last 100 years. We have also set
the date for our 100th Anniversary formal celebration. It will take
place May 31, 2019 at 10:00am.
We are excited to inform you that our Grand-Friend reading
program is up and running. Each Wednesday afternoon, we have a dedicated group
of volunteer seniors come and provide all students with an opportunity to read
to them. Our numbers are increasing each week and we are always happy to have
more join. Thank you to our dedicated parent volunteers for the work they have
done to set this in motion!
In October, our students gave two fabulous performances at
the end of their SoundKreations Dance Residency. Grade 4 hosted Pajama Day and
we held another successful Pumpkin Parade Halloween morning where we saw
interesting and amazing costumes, sang songs and were treated to a large
variety of creative Jack-o-Lanterns. Mrs. MacQuarrie also began ‘Hand Bell’ club
for students from Grades 4 -6.
In November, the students had the opportunity to participate
in a residency with Alien Inline Skating, which was generously funded by our
School Council. We took our annual whole school field trip to the ‘Field of
Crosses’ and the Grade 6 class sang again at the Sunrise Ceremony. Grade 3
hosted four special events days – Twin Day, Universal Children’s Day,
Stampeders Day and Crazy Hair Day. Our Grade 6 class also had an opportunity to
take part in a Social Studies field trip that included attending the Grey Cup
Celebration Rally in Municipal Plaza. Mr. McAreavy began ‘Japanese Club’ for
students in Grades 5 & 6.
October and November have also been busy months for the
teachers. After analyzing our school data from the 2017-18 school year, we have
begun work on our two focus areas of literacy and numeracy. In literacy, we are
focusing our work particularly on improving the use of conventions in student writing.
We are creating common teacher and student assessments across divisions to
enable the children to progress through each grade with consistent language and
instruction in this area.
We have partnered with Rosedale and Rosemont schools to take
part in joint professional development in Math. Working in grade specific
teams, we complete a common math problem each month, and meet to discuss task
design, effectiveness of our lessons and examine student work to determine our
next steps in moving student learning forward. Having an opportunity to
collaborate with our peers enables us to reflect meaningfully on the work we do
and enhances our practice.
I’d like to thank all the parents who support the school in
so many ways; coming to Parent Teacher Conferences, attending special events, serving
on committees and councils, and volunteering in and out of the school. Your commitment
to our learning community enriches us all and is greatly appreciated.
Enjoy the month of celebration coming up!
Trudi Tallerico, Principal
The 2018-19 school year brings a very special celebration with
it. Sunnyside School will be 100 years old in 2019! As such, students will be
involved with inquiry work that encompasses the last century. The children have
already begun to brainstorm and investigate ideas, and explore areas of
interest. We will be hosting a celebration of this learning at the end of May. Information
will be sent out periodically over the year to keep you up-to-date. If you or someone you know is able to
contribute to this work, please feel free to contact the school.
September was a great month for us; one that focused on knowing
who we are, building relationships and becoming active citizens in important events
in our world. I would like to thank all
of those families who attended the many events that enabled our school and parent
community to reconnect after the summer break. We especially wanted to thank
our School Council for supporting our Welcome Back Barbeque and hosting the Fall
Our Meet the Teacher night was an important part of developing
the collaborative working relationship between teachers and parents. It was
wonderful to see so many families join us that evening to begin our work
We held our annual Terry Fox Run, this year combining it
with Dot Day, celebrating that everyone can make their mark in the world. We
had our first Orange Shirt Day, where children learned about the past experiences
of our Indigenous people, how we can move forward and that every child matters.
Our Grade Six class took a leadership role in both the Terry Fox and Orange
Shirt Day events. Our Kindergarten and Grade Two classes organized our Dot Day.
All classes participated in buddy activities that helped build a network of
support for each child and sense of responsibility to each other. We highly
value the leadership that our students demonstrate when hosting these events.
We are currently participating in our first program enhancement
of the year – SoundKreations Dance. We are getting ready to entertain family
and friends with our original dance creations put on by the students. We would
like to thank School Council for providing this residency.
Please refer to our website and the October calendar for our upcoming
activities. We have a guest author coming, Grade 4 has a spirit day planned and
of course our eagerly anticipated Pumpkin Parade.
I would like to thank our dedicated staff for such a smooth start-up! They
have put in long hours to get to know each one of their students, plan some
amazing learning opportunities for the year to come and participate in all
areas of the school and parent community.
Kindergarten/Math Lead – Mrs. Tara Holmgren
Grade 1 – Ms. Jocelyn Topper
Grade 2 – Ms. Joan Elago
Grade 3/Learning Leader – Mrs. Christine Salhab
Grade 4 – Mr. Paul Millar
Grade 5 – Mr. Mitchell McAreavy
Grade 6 – Mrs. Anne MacQuarrie
Technology and Design Teacher – Mrs. Erin Cattani
Administrative Assistant – Ms. Jan Tetrault
Education Assistants – Mrs. Mavis Clarke and Mrs. Wendy Hansen
School Assistant/Lunchroom Supervisor – Ms. Karin Boychuk
Library Assistant/Lead Lunch Supervisor – Mrs. Dana Mckay
Lunchroom Supervisor – Mr. Nacho Sesma
Facility Operator – Mrs. Wen Liu
We look forward to an exciting year together and wish you an enjoyable
Thanksgiving weekend filled with family and friends.
Trudi Tallerico, Principal
The school year has rapidly come to a close and with it a flurry
In our last few months, students shared their learning
journeys through two Celebrations of Learning. We saw the diverse talents of
our students in two Talent Shows, enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast, participated in a fun-filled Sports Day and capped it
all off with a Family Dance.
We had the honour of hosting a Volunteer Tea to show our
deep appreciation to all of the volunteers who help us do what we do each day. Thank
you again to all of those volunteers who were able to attend and also to those
who help us out each day in numerous ways but were not able to attend the tea!
We also had some amazing learning opportunities. Grade 3
students went to Social Enterprise School, where they explored the concept of
global citizenship through a cross-curricular lens. Some of our Division Two
students attended the Calgary Young Writer’s Conference. The whole school
attended the final Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performance. The Kindergarten
and Grades 1 & 2 students went to the Zoo to conduct some scientific
studies of the animals and insects. The whole school participated in our
ArtFelt residency. Students created wet or dry felt pieces that captured learning
they had been doing in class. Our Grade 4 and 5 students had a week at Kamp
Kiwanis where they participated in active learning experiences in Science,
Physical Education and Health. We are very grateful to the School Council for
supporting these program enhancements.
Unexpectedly, we were selected to have an Australian
Football residency come to our school. Children from Kindergarten to Grade Six were
very fortunate to spend the second last week of school becoming ‘Footy’ experts
and enjoyed this program immensely. The football coaches even offered to run a
station for Sports Day!
You may have noticed our three Naturalized Areas looking refreshed
and revitalized. Home Depot, parent volunteers along with some student volunteers
from Kindergarten and Grade 6 spent a few hours one morning in June putting
down new mulch, pulling weeds and pruning trees and bushes. A big thank you to
Home Depot for the donated supplies and to the parent volunteers who
spearheaded our Home Depot partnership and recruited parent volunteers!
We would like to congratulate our Grade Six students as they finish off their educational experience here at Sunnyside School. For some it has been as long as 9 years (including their pre-school experience) and for others just part of their Grade 6 year. In all cases, the students left here reminisant but excited to begin their new journeys. We wish them continued success as they move to their selected junior high school.
Finally, we have a few updates on staffing. Sangeetha Rajesh
left our Sunnyside family in April to pursue other opportunities. Ignacio Sesma
(Nacho) came in for the last two months of the year and has been confirmed in
the Lunch Supervisor position in the September. As often happens this time of
year, we also said goodbye to three very special and dedicated members of our staff,
Arden Hunt (Kindergarten Teacher), Brigitta
Diehl (Grade 3, 4 & 5 Science Teacher), and Laura Clarke-Brubacher (School
Assistant/Lunch Supervisor). We wish them much success as they move to new
career opportunities. They will be greatly missed!
I wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing summer break!
Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!
All the Best,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! A time to
relax and rejuvenate is so beneficial, especially as we head into the final
months of the school year.
We have another update on our staffing here at Sunnyside. We
have welcomed Sangeetha Rajesh to our Sunnyside family as our new Lunch
Supervisor. We have also said goodbye to Leissa Haskins, who was our previous
lunch supervisor. We thank her so much for her years of loving and dedicated
care of our students, and wish her the very best.
Thank you to those families who attended Student-Led
Conferences. They were a huge success. Students eagerly showcased their
learning in multiple ways across all curricular areas and provided their
families with the opportunity to experience learning throughout the school.
We enjoyed a variety of curricular enhancements during the past
two months. Our first was M’Pact Movement (now known as Movement with a
Messsage) which was a resounding success. Students put on three amazing performances
over one evening and one day to some very appreciative audiences. This
opportunity was provided to our students through the fundraising efforts of our
School Council. Thank you!
In the second, the students took up the study of the
PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics with enthusiasm and passion. Our daily
student announcements were filled with Olympic facts. Students frequently came
in with updates on our medal counts and noted with pride that our teams
collected medal totals of 29 & 28 respectively. Way to go Canada! Our Winter Olympics Sports Day was so cold
that the teachers were quickly modifying activities in order to hold it
indoors. Fortunately, just as we were starting, the weather broke and we were
able to resume our originally planned games. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies
were highlights of the day. In addition
to participating in the modified winter sports, students also had a chance to sit
in an authentic luge and see an official torch of the Vancouver Olympics. At
the end of the Paralympics the students also participated in some adapted winter
sports. Engaging in these real world
events provided students with opportunities to make connections on many personal
levels and even inspired some to consider future Olympic Dreams!
Finally we had swimming lessons at Killarney Pool. We had an
excellent participation rate in our lessons and saw many students make big
strides developing this very important life skill. We’d like to thank School Council
for subsidizing this event.
Gym Club and GoNoodle Club have wrapped up for the year to
some very positive reviews. Dance Club for Division 2 will be wrapping up at
the end of April. A two day introductory Dance Club for Grade 3 is happening at
the beginning of May. Handbell Club will continue to run until the end of the
We have exciting news! We now have a Sunnyside Twitter
account. You can find us at @SunnysideCBE.
Please continue to check the calendar on our website for
upcoming important dates and events. We will have a fun and busy end of the
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