Dec 21
December 2022 Message

​Thank you to all of our staff, students and families who have made the past four months amazing at Tom Baines School. The school is full of laughter, fun, and amazing learning opportunities. We can't wait to see what 2023 will bring.

We wish you all a wonderful and relaxing break with friends and family. Thank you for all of our support. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Jen Bartlett, Assistant Principal

Sep 16
Important September Events

​Dear Tom Baines Families,

Our school year is well underway and we are excited for a few upcoming events.

1) School Council - our first meeting is on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 pm in person at our Learning Commons. You are encouraged to attend in person, however there will also be an opportunity to join online using this Teams link. Click here to join the meeting

2) Meet the Teacher is on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Remember that families have assigned times to attend. Please only come during your assigned times as that will alleviate crowding and allow teachers to meet and greet with more parents.

6:00 - 6:30 pm - families with last names A-I

6:30 - 7:00 pm - families with last names J-O

7:00 - 7:30 pm - families with last names P-Z

3) There is no school for students on September 23 and 30. September 23 is a professional learning day for teachers and September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Teachers will be providing learning opportunities for students around this important day the week of September 26. 

We are looking forward to having you in the building and working alongside you this school year.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Jun 23
Farewell from Mr. Petrowitsch

Dear Parents & Guardians,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message. I am retiring from the Calgary Board of Education after a rewarding 42 year career. My last day will be June 30th, 2022.  I have been the Principal at Tom Baines School since April 2009. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the many families, children and now young adults. I have been very fortunate to work with such supportive, generous and kind parents over the last 13 years. The students have been a joy to work with and get to know on a personal level. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me over the years. The Tom Baines staff are amazing and will continue to provide an outstanding learning experience for your children moving forward.  I look forward to helping and supporting your new Principal, Mr. Derek Siakaluk with the transition.

Again thank you for all your support and understanding.

Jun 15
Have a Safe & Restful Summer

This has been a year like no other school year. Our staff and students have moved online back to in-person, back and forth many times this year. I believe it has been the most challenging year in decades. 

Parents, teachers and many students are wondering what they may have missed in their learning opportunities this year. I would suggest that we cannot “worry" about this however; we will look at ways to help close learning gaps and meeting students where they are at in their learning progression. This will be a challenge that we will address in September. We all hope that the next school year will be a better year, a safer year and a much happier year for everyone involved.

Our hope for the students is to have a “near normal" summer with lots of outdoors time, time with friends and family and a reduction in screen time. We want everyone to stay safe and stay healthy over the summer.

Please keep checking the school's website for any additional information regarding our start up on September 1st, 2021. We will be taking our direction from Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Board of Education regarding what school start up will look like regarding Covid protocols and safety measures.

All our best to the grade 9 students moving on to high School and those families moving away from our designated communities. We look forward to having all 840 students starting school on September 1st, 2021.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer.

Rick Petrowitsch

Aug 29
Welcome Back to School!


We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to another fantastic school year. We are looking forward to welcoming all 830 students to school on Tuesday September 3rd. (see below) Students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 and no later than 8:40 am. Each grade will have a designated meeting spot to find their name on a class list. Again, this year Tom Baines school is at capacity and will be capped at 830 students. Please note: we are not able to make any class changes as our classes are very full and moving a child into or out of a class will mean moving other students around as well. The teachers have spent hours on creating well-balanced classes that will provide ALL students with an excellent learning environment. Thank you for your understanding. 

If you are dropping off or picking up your child at school, we would ask that you respect the signage and not enter the school parking lot during the peak hours in the morning from 7:30- 8:45 am and 3:15 – 3:45 pm. Last year we underwent a traffic study at Tom Baines School and we are awaiting final direction from CBE and the City of Calgary. Until that time, we will continue with the original drop off and pick up restrictions to Edgepark Blvd. If you feel that you need to come into the school please feel free to park in the church parking lot just north of the school.

 On the first day of school (Sept 3, 2019) your student will only need to bring a backpack or bag, small notebook, pen or pencil the first day of school. Students will receive a locker however, that may not happen on the first day. If they have school supplies, please have them here for the second day (Wednesday) of school. Cafeteria service with a limited menu will start on Wednesday September 4th

A reminder: grade 6 students MUST remain on the school property during lunch unless they are going home for lunch and we would ask that you provide the school with a note. Grades 7, 8 & 9 students may go off the school campus at lunch with parent’s permission. This is an arrangement between you and your child. The school does not restrict students in grades 7, 8 & 9 to campus unless it is for disciplinary reasons. Please discuss your arrangement with your child.

 Here is the information for the first week of school:

 Tuesday September 3rd – Grade 6 meet in the Gym, grade 7 Centre Court, grade 8 to Burgundy POD and grade 9 to Green POD. This is where the class lists will be posted.

Grades 6, 7 and any new to Tom Baines Grade 8 & 9 students will stay for the entire day with a Walking Taco Lunch provided by the school. Feel free to send additional lunch items and a drink. Students that are returning to Tom Baines will be dismissed at 11:52 (lunch dismissal time) and City busses will be available.

For those students staying for the afternoon, City busses will be available at 3:30.

 Wednesday September 4thAll students will be in attendance for the regular Wednesday schedule form 8:45 AM – 1:50 PM. Busses will be available for pick up.

Students will continue with orientation and will have a mini – practice timetable.

 Thursday September 5th – Day A on students’ timetable. 

3:35 dismissal

 Friday September 6th – Day B on Students’ timetable.​

3:35 dismissal​

Aug 07
Farewell & Welcome for 2019-20

Welcome and Welcome Back!

We are pleased to welcome several new and returning from leave teachers for the 2019-20 school year.  

Ms. Sandra Scott will be joining Blue Pod and the Humanities department, teaching primarily grade 6 students. Ms. Harriett Siemens joins the Fine Arts department as our new band instructor and Fine Arts Learning Leader.

Returning from maternity leave is our Guidance Counselor Ms. Simran Johal. As Ms. Johal returns we are excited to welcome Ms. Paddock back into the humanities department.  Also returning from maternity leave is Mrs. Simone Heywood, who will resume her work in Food & Fashion studies.​ 


Congratulations to the following staff members who will be pursuing new opportunities at other CBE schools in the 2019-20 school year. We say farewell to teachers Mr. Bradley Brown, Mr. Adam Mailman and Ms. Maria Sarro as well as Ms. Tea Trnski our school registrar. The positive impact these staff members have had within our learning community has been immeasurable, and they will be sorely missed.


We extend our sincere thanks to Miss Stacy Kim, Mrs. Beth Novak and Mr. Paul Ingle; all whom held temporary positions this year at Tom Baines.  Miss Kim, Mrs. Novak and Mr. Ingle were very active members of our learning community and we have been very fortunate to have them share their gifts with us.


All of the above mentioned staff members have contributed amazing gifts and talents to our community and will be greatly missed. We wish them much success in their future as they all move on to new challenges and adventures. We thank you colleagues for your dedication to our students, our parents and our school community. This is farewell but not goodbye!

Welcome and Welcome Back!​

Jun 15
Weekly Update for June 18-22, 2018

Monday June 18th    – Grade 6 Math PAT - AM & PM (regular dismissal at 3:35)

 Tuesday June 19th – Grade 6 Social Studies PAT-AM- (regular dismissal at 3:35)

-          Last day of regular classes

-          Return to homeroom at 3:15 for locker clean out and returning of locks.

 Wednesday June 20th – Grade 9 Science PAT

-          Grade 6 - Field Trip to Granary Road (regular Wednesday dismissal at 1:50 PM)

           Grade 7 – Math Exam

           Grade 8 - Alternative Study Schedule

            Mark Cut off – last day to hand in any assignments for final evaluation         

Thursday June 21st – Aboriginal Day – Org Day – No school for students - 

                                   (Staff Appreciation Lunch 11:30 AM)

 Friday June 22nd      – Grade 9 ELA Part B

​-          Lunch Time Dismissal for Grade 6 & 7 (busses provided)

-          Grade 7 Science Exam

-          Grade 6 Alternative schedule

-          Grade 8 Math – Arrive at 1:00 PM – Dismissed at 3:35 PM (bus pick up only)

 Special Notes:

Any grade 9 students wanting to purchase the Grade 9 Group photo must get their order form and money ($16.00) into the office first thing  Monday June 18th .

Please encourage your child to start taking items home from their lockers starting  Monday. Please send some strong bags for the kids to transport the locker items home. All lockers will be emptied on Tuesday and locks will need to be handed into their homeroom teacher.

Thank you to all the amazing Grade 9 parents that hosted a fantastic Grade 9 Farewell last Thursday. The students loved the afternoon and evening events. 

Jun 08
Weekly Update for June 11-15, 2018

A few notes and reminders for this week: 

  • Year-end exams can only be written on the day that they are designated for.  We cannot accommodate the many requests to write exams early or late due to family holidays or appointments. Thank you for your understanding as these dates have been published and emailed home for the past  three weeks and posted on  the school’s D2L calendar since the beginning of the school year. 
  • Grade 9 parents will be receiving a special email on Monday June 11th with all the details of the Grade 9 Farewell and ticket distribution.
  • Reminder that there is a lunch dismissal for the entire student body on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (11:52 a.m.)​
  • ​Some Tom Baines Students are organizing a bottle drive starting Monday June 11th until noon June 14th. The money raised will be donated to the “World Partnership Walk” on June 17th at Princess Island Park. This event is sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation – Canada to help eliminate world poverty. You can drop off your bottles out front of the school (next to the garbage bins) any time after 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day except Thursday until 12:00 Noon. Any cash donations can be dropped off at the school office. Let’s support these students to eliminate world poverty.

Mar 28
Welcome to our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website.

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Tom Baines School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. Thanks and come back soon!​​

Mr. Petrowitsch

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