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
As I reflect back on the year so far, I am inspired watching
our school community come together in so many ways to enhance student learning.
We also had an opportunity to add to our
Sunnyside Staff that enabled us to complement our already fantastic team.
Since the year began, Brigitta Diehl joined us as the Rooms
3 & 6 Science teacher. This allowed us to release Mrs. Salhab and Mrs.
Boyer to attend some system professional development sessions on our behalf and
share that learning with the other teachers on staff. Arden Hunt joined us as a
part-time Kindergarten teacher to support the literacy and numeracy needs of our
youngest learners and Karin Boychuk joined us a School Assistant and Lunchroom
Teachers have enhanced curricular learning with personalized,
interest-based independent learning projects, hosted in-class presentations with
topic experts to enrich academics (ie. Teacher’s Pet presenters, knowledgeable
volunteers, our school constable, candidates for the Civic election) and taken
students on out of school trips to see how curricular topics live in the world
(Take Me Outside Day, Open Minds Seed School, community walks).
We have had room sponsored spirit days, including Jersey
Day, Blue Shirt Day (International Day of the Child), Fantastically Festive
Day, Winter Wonderland Day & Pajama Day. Students in host classrooms select a theme,
prepare posters, and write and read announcements over the intercom to promote
this special day. What a great way to authenticate the literacy work going on
in the school. Spirit days to date have
been hosted by Rooms 3, 8, 6 & 7.
Teacher sponsored clubs have begun and are being well
received by the students. The Cup Stacking Club and the Division One Christmas
Craft Club ran before the Winter Break. Our Cup Stacking Club (as well as other
interesting students and even some parents!) participated in the Speed Stack
Guinness World Record Day to try to help break the world record in Most People Sport
Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day. While this year the record wasn’t
broken, our group was part of a group of 578,704 people from 24 countries to
participate. Great work team! The Christmas Craft participants created and took
home some festive decorations. Division One Gym Club and Division Two Dance
Club started up after the break. Next week the Division One GoNoodle, Division
Two Handbell and Division Two Gym Clubs will be starting up. Thank you to Mr.
Millar, Mrs. Salhab, Ms. Elago, Ms. Topper, Mrs. Holmgren, Mrs. Boyer and Mrs.
MacQuarrie for offering up these fun activities for our students.
We also participated in some interschool activities with
Hillhurst School last term. Our Grade 6 students sang with the choir from
Hillhurst School for the Sunrise Ceremony at the Field of Crosses. In addition,
students in grades five and six had the opportunity to participate in a
friendly interschool game of basketball against Hillhurst School. Thank you to
Mrs. MacQuarrie, Mrs. Boyer and Mr. Millar for arranging these opportunities.
We are grateful to you, our parents, for continuing to
support our students with many program enhancements. School Council has
provided funding for the Division Two field trip to Word Fest, the school-wide Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra field trip, Alien Inline Skating, Lacrosse, the upcoming
M’Pact Dance program and the Hitmen Be Brave game for students in Grades 3 - 6.
They have also hosted the morning coffee and muffin social in conjunction with
the school Deck the Halls decorating day as well as the Winter Dance, which was
definitely enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Grade Six class who, with the help
of Mrs. Clarke-Brubacher, created and raffled off five Gingerbread Houses on
the evening of the dance, and raised a little over $350 for the Mustard Seed. In
addition, the School Council sponsored the Mayor’s Food Drive as well as a
Holiday Hamper to support local families. The support from our families was
overwhelming and we filled six extra-large boxes with food. A big thank you to
our school community!
What an amazing start we have had at Sunnyside this year. The students came in with an eagerness to learn and contribute to a successful school year. Our teachers devoted their first three non-instructional days to preparing rich, vigorous learning opportunities for students to start the year and creating inviting classrooms to learn in.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce this fantastic staff:
Kindergarten – Mrs. Tara Holmgren
Grades 1 & 2 - Ms. Jocelyn Topper and Ms. Joan Elago
Grade 3 – Mrs. Christine Salhab
Grades 4 & 5 – Mrs. Kristin Boyer and Mr. Paul Millar
Grade 6 – Mrs. Anne MacQuarrie
Resource Teacher – Mrs. Erin Cattani
Administrative Assistant – Ms. Jan Tetrault
Educational Assistants – Mrs. Mavis Clark and Mrs. Wendy Hansen
Library Assistant – Mrs. Mckay
School Assistants/ Lunchroom Staff – Mrs. Laura Clarke Brubacher and Mrs. Melanie Frank
Lunchroom Staff – Ms. Leissa Haskins
We currently have 153 students registered in our Kindergarten to Grade 6 classes. This is the highest enrollment ever at Sunnyside School! We also continue to have the Pre-Kindergarten Services program operating out of Sunnyside School which offers a Pre-School, Kindergarten Enhancement and Out of School Care.
In September, families came together at the Pot Luck and Fall Fair and a great time was had by all. The number of volunteers that came together to support these two events was incredible. We also took part in the Terry Fox Run and I am proud to share that we doubled our fund raising goal, raising just over $2000. Grade 3 students also wrote the Alberta Education Student Learning Assessments. These assessments are used in place of Provincial Achievement Tests at the end of the year to assess literacy, numeracy, as well as competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to apply knowledge to different scenarios.
Over the months of September and October, we began the work of transitioning our library to a Learning Commons. Staff visited other schools to research models of how these areas looked, teachers had discussions with students on their visions of what this space could look like, and we held two collaborative conversation meetings with parents and guardians to inform and collect further ideas of how this could look in our school. With this background work in place, we are now moving forward to put these visions into a reality. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this work and the School Council and School Society for their financial support.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to those parents who have given of their time to join the executive of both our School Council and School Society. The School Council serves a very important advisory role to school administration and is an excellent means of becoming better informed as to what is going on in our school community. Thank you to Lea Komaromi, Jane Brindle and Peanut White (Transitional) (Co-Chairs); Mike Nagy (Treasurer); Ian Russell (Secretary); Liz Tizzard (Key Communicator); Jen Nagy (Fun Lunch Coordinator); Cheryl Sung (Fall Fair Coordinator); Jacqui Thompson and Wendy Weishaar (Casino Coordinators); Joanna Rankin, Tracy Collyer and Leslie Munson (Social Coordinators); and Tiffany Freeman (The Voice).
The School Society plays a crucial role in raising funds to provide our students with additional enrichment opportunities and further resources. Thank you to Ian Russell (President); Rick Johnson (Vice-President); Mike Nagy (Treasurer); Sarah Nordean and Ian Russell (Co-Secretaries); and Liz Tizzard, Tim Schaefer and Kevin Chaney (Directors at Large).
In addition to the wonderful opportunities teachers provide students in class, our staff has gone beyond to provide some further beneficial developmental opportunities for our kids. Thank you to Mrs. Cattani and Mrs. Mckay for beginning the work of transitioning our library to a Learning Commons and Maker Space; Mrs. MacQuarrie and the Grade Six class for organizing our Terry Fox Run; Mrs. MacQuarrie and Mrs. Clark for taking the Grade Six students to Camp Chief Hector; and Mrs. Boyer for organizing the Grade Four, Five and Six trip to Wordfest.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 403-817-3544 or via email at email@example.com.
With Kind Regards,
It is hard to believe that we are beginning the final month of this school year! What an exciting and busy year it has been. From our residency with Chester Lees, In-Line Skating, Lacrosse, Scholastic Book Fair, Fun Lunches, Pot Luck Dinner and Family Dances to, field trips, clubs, assemblies and even swim lessons – you have always been there to assist us in providing an exciting and engaging program that extends and enhances the learning experiences for all of our students. Your time, talents and dedication have been greatly appreciation. We could not embrace all that we do without your strong support and participation and we wish to thank each of you.
We also wish to thank those who were able to join us for our Celebration of Learning followed by our Volunteer Appreciation Tea on May 18th. We had a wonderful celebration with over 40 volunteers in attendance. We also want to recognize our Grade 6 students who demonstrated the Sunnyside spirit of synergy and leadership in their support of the tea. Their efforts in setting up the gym, welcoming and serving our guests and by helping with the “take down” were greatly appreciated. Many thanks to all our student performers and the staff members who worked so hard to ensure the success of our Volunteer Appreciation Tea.
We would also like to recognize the amazing dedication of our wonderful School Council. Your efforts on behalf of our school community are truly inspirational and greatly appreciated by all.
We have many exciting events still to come during our last month of school:
- School Photo including all students and staff -- Thursday, June 1st
- Talent Shows:
- Grades 4, 5 & 6 will perform on June 2nd 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
- Grades K, 1, 2, & 3 will perform on June 9th. 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
- Staff Appreciation Lunch - Friday June 9th
- Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests will be held during the week of June 19th
- Sports day and our final Fun Lunch - Monday, June 26th
- Grade 6 Graduation and Family Dance - Wednesday, June 28th
- Last Day of Classes is June 29th. This is an Early Dismissal Day and Final Report Cards will be sent home
Update for the 2017-2018 School Year:
We have begun the process of organizing for the 2017-18 School Year. Barring any unexpected changes in student numbers or teaching staff, our class organization will be as follows:
- Kindergarten Mrs. Tara Holmgren
- Grade 1/2 Miss Joan Elago
- Grade 1/2 Ms. Jocelyn Topper
- Grade 3 Mrs. Christine Salhab
- Grade 4/5 Mr. Paul Millar
- Grade 4/5 Ms. Kristen Barker
- Grade 6 Mrs. Anne MacQuarrie
When creating our tentative class lists for the fall, we look very carefully at all student placements and consider a variety of factors that impact the way in which we “organize for learning” at Sunnyside School. We cannot accept parent request for a specific teacher and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this – we will make the best decisions that we can for all of our students.
We are attaching a copy of our tentative calendar for the 2017-18 School Year. We hope that you will use this calendar to assist you in your planning. Please try to arrange your family holidays during times that align with the natural breaks in the school calendar in order to minimize the impact that missing school has your child’s learning.
Please also note that we are adjusting our school times for the 2017-18 school year. Although we do not currently have bussing at Sunnyside School, we have been asked to align with the transportation by implementing a consistent Early Dismissal Day. Starting in September, Monday - Thursday dismissal will be at 3:22pm and we have an Early Dismissal at 2:00pm on Fridays. Teaching time remains the same as this year and the redistribution of instructional minutes will provide a consistent block of collaborative time for teachers to work together to enhance classroom teaching and learning.
If your child is enrolled in the After School Care Program at Sunnyside School, Joanne Merkosky the Director of OSC has assured us that they will continue to provide child care on Early Dismissal Days at no additional cost to parents.
In closing, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your ongoing kindness and support! I have had an amazing 10 years as Principal of Sunnyside School and will retire at the end of June with wonderful memories of time well spent. I wish each of you and your children all the best as you begin the new school year with your new Principal, Mrs. Trudi Tallerico. I know that you will extend a warm Sunnyside welcome to her and support her efforts as she discovers all the joys that Sunnyside School has to offer.
Best wishes to all,
Our “Making Music with the Calgary
Opera” pilot was an outstanding success. The children loved participating in
the final show, “Sunnyside Synergy” and we received many positive and
enthusiastic comments from the parents and visitors who attended.
thanks goes to Canada Post, Education Matters and the Sunnyside School
Council for providing the funding that allowed us to participate in this amazing
learning experience led by such a talented group of professional musicians.
We would like to thank Stuart MacQuarrie for sharing his amazing musical
talents and endless enthusiasm during our residency. Our thanks also goes
out to the grade 6 class for their leadership in helping the Kindergarten
students, to Anna for her outstanding violin solo, and also to Allison and
Quinn for their wonderful piano accompaniment.
Sunnyside Synergy was
definitely a big hit because we all synergized together
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