Aug 28
June Jubilations!

June Jubilations!

Dear BelPark families, 


What a jam packed year we have had!


Our school community has come together to maintain our culture of care and to ensure so many great activities and learning experiences for our students, which makes Belvedere Parkway a wonderful place to learn and to work! Please check out all the yearly happenings on our website Teaching and Learning page under Year at a Glance 2022-2023.


We say goodbye to our Grade 6 student cohort as they move on to a new chapter in their lives as promising and successful individuals, supportive of each other and their community. We are so very proud of them all. A huge thank you to Parent Council for funding their farewell ceremony decorations, lunch, alien in-line skating and year photo reflecting the students’ voice. We are confident these promising young people will continue to demonstrate citizenship and character as they move forward and become part of Canada’s future. 


Unfortunately, June also means that we have to say goodbye to some of our staff as they move on to different assignments for the next school year. We will sorely miss our Facility Operator Mr. Lai as he moves into a well-deserved retirement chapter in his life. He has been an icon in our school and has worked tirelessly over the years to keep our school clean and our students safe. We owe him so much! We are also very sad to say goodbye to Ms. Jenna Halvorson who has been covering Mrs. Hettiaratchi’s maternity leave this year; Mrs. Jawne our ELL Assistant and Ms. Roy our Educational Assistant as they too move on to their next adventures. They have all been part of the learning and positive culture of the school. Mrs. Wickerson, our Braille assistant will also be moving on to another experience, supporting visually challenged students in the CBE.


I would also like to thank our School Council, Parent Fund Raising Association and our parent volunteers, without whom we would not have the kind of school community that is BelPark. Our Learning Garden is amazing, field trips and learning experiences supported, donations gratefully received and staff appreciated through all the incredibly hard work of our parent volunteers. We cannot thank them enough and they are essential to the success of students. They have also been the essential component in successfully fund raising for our new Agility Playground. Thank you everyone!


 BelPark student numbers continue to fluctuate slightly and for the 2023/24 school year, our population at this time is around 454 students. Please do keep in mind that numbers fluctuate between now and September. As a result, final class configurations will not happen until the first full week of classes in September. Class lists will be finalized and announced to families by the end of August. Any changes will be shared with families as soon as we are able.


We have such a dedicated and caring group of staff at Belvedere Parkway that the level of commitment they have shown is not surprising. Your children continue to benefit from all of the hard work our staff provide on a daily basis, whatever the year may bring.  


In the meantime, I wish all of you a wonderful summer break and hope that you are able to spend some fun times with family and friends. 

Best wishes,

Jane Gibson


Apr 19
Amazing April!

It really has been an Amazing April!  Our Grade 6 students wowed a huge audience at the Jack Singer Hall with their awe-inspiring performances. Our Indigenous Drum set provided the opportunity for a wonderful start up piece to the whole evening with the Children’s Blessing Song. The main performance piece, ‘Heavy Roller’, involved Xylophones and drums and the final performance included all the students for the evening, singing ‘As Long as I have Music’.

Ms. Draper, our talented Music Specialist and the students have worked very hard during their lunchtimes since January and it showed! Perfect timing and focus were enhanced by the theatre itself and took our breath away!

Congratulations to all those students and a big thank you to the support of their families who conveyed to their children the importance of hard work and commitment. We are very lucky to have Ms. Draper as a part of the Orff the Wall team so that our School can allow our students the opportunity to participate.

School photos are just around the corner on Thursday April 20 and the weather will be getting warmer soon, so please remember to send your child with their water bottle and sun hats!

Coming up in early May, the whole school will be having the chance to participate in Alien in-line skating and students are looking forward to honing their roller skating skills ready for summer! We also have our second Scholastic Book Fair from Monday May 8 to Friday May 12.

We are continuing to fund raise as much as we can for our Agility Playground and students are continuing to enjoy popcorn to support!  Parent Fund-raising are organizing some exciting fund-raisers coming up soon. A big thank you to all those coordinating playground fund raising efforts!

Lastly, we have an ask of all our families - please make sure you let the school know via the attendance line if your child will not be attending school. Capturing accurate information about attendance is important for student safety, appropriate coding information and we need families to be part of this. Thank you for your support!

Have a sprightly Spring and enjoy the upcoming weather, fresh air and the anticipation of getting outdoors again!

Best wishes to all,

Jane Gibson


Nov 14
Numbing November

Hello BelPark Families,

We have had a beautiful Fall and now it is looking like we are welcoming Winter in with warm clothing and hot cocoa!

Students were excited for Halloween and by all accounts had a wonderful time out there on Monday evening. We enjoyed a fabulous conga line to show off all their fun costumes:) Mrs. Bremner gave out prizes for our Pumpkin contest too which was well-received and everyone loved the extremely creative entries. They were all amazing and put a crooked smile on everyone’s faces!

We would like to say a big thank you for the Teacher appreciation and parent goodies that were in our staff room on Tuesday morning, it was a lovely and welcome treat! We were also thankful to parent volunteers for tidying and sorting all of our Lost and Found items, and for donating a brand new clothes rack and clothes hangers to make it easier to see jackets and hoodies that are lost and all alone.Please do not forget to label your child’s clothing and save yourself extra dollars this year!

We are excited to have the chance to join Paul Davis in his parent presentation on Digital Safety. Please remember you must register in advance (free) to join, as the speaker needs time to accept the registrations. We have heard nothing but outstanding reviews by parents who have attended his sessions in the past. Thank you for hosting and organizing this School Council!

Thank you to all our bussing parents for their patience and resilience in handling the challenges we have all had to face so far this year. All bus companies are having significant issues with staffing, we are not alone and it can be difficult to find alternate solutions.

I would also like to thank all the parents who have supported our efforts in keeping students safe around the South parking lot area. I know drop-of and pick-up can be challenging sometimes, especially when we are running late, but student safety is important to all of us and we need to work together.We are working with CPS to address the dangers around the crosswalk beside 44th Avenue and 85th Street, and I have placed a request with the City to get the streetlight that is out to be fixed.It is too dangerous for a Student Crossing Patrol to operate on 85th Street so please encourage your children when using the crosswalks to remember to activate the crossing light and make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross. With the clocks going back on Saturday there should be more light in the morning, so we are hopeful that will help.

Our Grade 4/5 Choir has been invited to sing at the Field of Crosses on Memorial Drive on November 6. Ms. Draper, our Music Specialist will be sending out a School Messenger with the details for attendance. Anyone who would like to attend are welcome. It is such an honor to have our school and the wider community of Calgary’s young people represented at this ceremony.

Please dress your children for the weather and stay warm!

Best wishes,

Jane GibsonPrincipal, Belvedere Parkway School​

Aug 25
Welcome Back!

Happy September!


A big welcome back to all our families, and a special welcome to all of you who are joining our school for the first time!

We have so much to look forward to this year, kicking off with an Open House between 9AM and 10AM on Wednesday August 31, 2022. Feel free to come over to the school so that your child can see their classroom and say hello to their teacher. Families will be contacted by their Homeroom teacher by end of day Tuesday August 30.  Please ensure you have updated your email with the office if necessary.


A few important reminders include the following:


  • Please ensure you have signed up for My CBE account so that you may complete necessary documentation, register for Lunchroom Supervision program and have access to PowerSchool etc. CBE are moving to digital documentation and paper forms will no longer be collected.
  • Please ensure you share any medical issues your child may have such as allergies, epi-pens etc. with your child's teacher and the office.
  • Please check our Belvedere Parkway School website  regularly and review the Traffic page on our website to keep students safe.
  • We will be sending home color calendars – please refer to our website for other information
  • Our first School Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30PM
  • Our Spirit Wear Store is open from September 1st – October 1st 2022 – Please see website for details!
  • Please do not forget to pack your child's backpack with lunch, indoor shoes, water bottle – we supply academic supplies e.g. notebooks, pencils etc.
  • Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. While we no longer have mandated protocols around Covid or any other illness, it is very important that we look out for one another. Please make sure your child is well enough to come to school.


We are excited to welcome several new staff to our school this year!

Rachel Makowski – Grade 5 and Learning Leader

Stacey Wu – Grade 6 and Learning Leader

April Brown – Grade 5 who will be in this position until Thomas (Stryder) Pressey joins us in October


I am personally glad to be back and excited about the coming educational year. We have been chosen as one of the few schools to implement the new curriculum in Math, English Language Arts and Physical Education/Well-being throughout K-6, and hope to provide valuable feedback throughout its implementation. We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and educational experiences for our BelPark community!


  • Looking forward to seeing everyone Grades 1-6 back at school Thursday September 1st 8:00 – 8:10AM!
  • Kindergarten's staggered entry times will be sent in a separate School Messenger along with details of the group your child is in and the teacher they are with.


There will be more updates to follow, via School Messenger and posted on the website!

Watch this space!

Best wishes,​

Jane Gibson


Jun 22
June Principal Message

“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just in one second.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Another year has come and gone. Yet, in the blink of an eye, it is June and we have ended our school year. It has been an honour and my pleasure to have joined Belvedere Parkway School if only for a short while during Jane’s absence. While only for literally the blink of an eye, each day I was graced with a gift of one kind or another. Excitement about new learning, laughter of students in the hallway, engaging conversations, unexpected hugs, random acts of kindness.
Belvedere Parkway has received many gifts in the form of the support of our School Council, our many volunteers, workshops, fieldtrips, in-line skating, and the generosity of our families to support other members or our community who are in need. We have much to be grateful for and to celebrate!
On June 27 we will celebrate our grade 6 students as they move on to the next chapter of their educational journey. They have grown throughout the year as individuals, learners, leaders and community members.
We spent the later half of our school year dwelling in story with Knowledge Keeper, Jessie Fiddler-Kiss and Jeff Stockton. Jessie and Jeff brought the power of oral stories to our students and our work. We were all inspired! We all know ‘that moment, when literature becomes accessible and a door of the world opens.’(Jane Yolen) That moment is what we aspired to for each of our students this year. Teachers shared the joy of reading daily through picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction, offering the joy of reading as just that, a joyful, precious gift. As author Jane Yolen also states, “Stories pour into the hearts of children and help make them what they become.” Belvedere Park students are readers! Take time this summer to share the love of reading with your child. Let them choose the book they most love to read to you. Pick your favorite childhood book to read to them. Visit the public library. Celebrate your child as a reader and share the love of reading in any language you choose!
It is with fondness and appreciation that we say farewell to some staff members. Each has contributed greatly to the learning environment and to the Belvedere Parkway School community. We send them off with all our very best wishes.
 Mrs. Elise Thomas announced her retirement
 Ms. Deb Dunham announced her retirement
 Mr. Nick Larkin will be taking a year off to join his family in BC
 Ms. Jody Honywood and Miss Mah both joined us on temporary assignments. We know they will find continued success within CBE
 Mrs. Christine O’Shaughnessy who has been accepted on to the CBE Sub roster as a Certificated teacher
 Mrs. Geetanjali Narula has accepted a position at Brentwood School as an ELL Assistant
We are please to welcome the following teachers to the Belvedere Parkway family:
 Miss Rachel Makowski has joined our Grade 5 team
 Ms. Stacy Wu has joined our Grade 6 team
 Mr. Stryder Pressey has joined our Grade 5 team
We look forward to the skill, talents and knowledge these teachers will bring to our learning community.
Families will once again be contacted in late August by their Homeroom teacher, to introduce themselves and welcome your child to the new school year.
Thank you to all our families for your continued support of your children in learning. For following up on homework, reading nightly, communicating with teachers and the school, participating in conferences, parent evenings, School Council, fundraising and fun lunches. We couldn’t do it without you. You, your children and your efforts on our community’s behalf are appreciated. We look forward to our upcoming year with great excitement and anticipation of all the possibilities yet imagined. Have a wonderful and safe summer break.
Lynette (on behalf of Jane Gibson) and Chris​

Mar 31
Spring has Sprung!

Amazing April is here!

We are so happy Spring has sprung……finally!

Thank you to our Parent Association and School Council for all their wonderful work in keeping staff spirits up this year with surprise cupcakes, feeding the teachers on PT Interviews, treasure box fun, and all the resources and support for residencies, presentations and visits our students have benefitted from so far this year.

Check out our Month by month review under the Teaching and Learning tab:

-See some samples of the student experiences we have enjoyed to date!

There continue to be updates and events to look forward to at BelPark including:

  • Jeff Stockton, Harpist and Storyteller residency, coming in May
  • Book Fair May 9th – 13th
  • Grade 6 Graduation
  • Sports Day
  • Various Field Trips, including the Leighton Arts Center and a virtual Conservation Champions Calgary Zoo experience followed by a field trip.

This year, our Learning Gardens are being organized into Grade level planters, aligned with grade appropriate experiences, including a 'Sensory garden, Three Sisters, a Salad Bowl and so on – more details to follow! Again, we would like to thank all the support our parent volunteers give us with our outdoor education exploits!

We heard from the Food Bank that students raised $62.90 and 400 pounds of food this year, so a big shout out to all who participated and donated. Thank you!

The office will be busy very soon with budget and staffing for next year. Please encourage anyone with age appropriate children who will be joining us, to register with us as soon as possible. Kindergarten registrations are ongoing.

Please continue to be vigilant now that the weather is warmer and children are more likely to be out and about on bikes and scooters in the area. Thank you for following our traffic protocols and keeping everyone safe. It is a team effort!

With regard to bussing and the related challenges, we have been informed that Belvedere Parkway E is an open route. This means there is no regular driver, and spare drivers and floaters cover the route so there is an increased chance of delays. Southland has arranged coverage for AM and PM with a floater driver with an expected 20 minutes delay, however if an unforeseen circumstance occurs, there may be an undetermined delay. Delays are posted on as soon as the information becomes available.

If your family is considering a move, please let the Office know, as it is extremely helpful for planning.

Please ensure your children have appropriate and extra clothing for the weather, now that April showers are here and the fields outside are wet and muddy. Have fun in those puddles!

Best wishes,

Jane Gibson




Aug 31
Back to School Update

Hello BelPark families,

We are all excited for this week's return to school starting tomorrow.

Kindergarten will be the only grade with staggered entry.

Tomorrow morning staff will be wearing orange vests and teachers will have their class lists ready with their names on the back of their clipboards so that you can easily see who they are. Additional staff will be out to support.

Bussing: Bus students will have their Bus letter written on the back of their hand as they get off the bus and will hand sanitize as they enter the school. This should enable them to remember which bus they need to be on at the end of the day.

We will have 4 buses this year; A, B, C, D.

Parents should access the 'My bus stop app' code via the MyCBE Account under 'Bus routes and stops'. This code will enable you to access real time bus tracking and information regarding the location and any delays that might occur. To download the app please access through the CBE website:

Kindergarten students on the bus will be escorted to the South doors until they are comfortable doing so.

When you drop your child to school please continue to observe social distance protocols, and students must wear a mask on entering the building unless they have a medical exemption form completed.

Please ensure your child has the following: indoor shoes, spare masks in Ziploc bag, as well as a water bottle, small bottle of hand sanitizer, spare clothing (all clearly labelled with your child's name – Mabel's labels fund raiser is great for this! The link is below.

Our School Spirit Wear store is open – it will be closed September 21, with delivery during the week of Oct 12.

Your child will receive Welcome information, the 2021-22 school calendar and the Covid checklist on their first day back. During the following week, students will be bringing a school package home. The pink and lilac forms will need to be signed and returned to school asap.

Please be aware parents are not permitted to use the car park to drop off or pick up students during peak times. Please be sure to read our traffic safety protocols via the following link to our website.

We look forward to meeting all our students old and new very soon!

Best wishes,​

Jane Gibson


Mar 25
Jumping Jelly Beans it's June!!

Good day Belvedere Parkway Families,

June has either been a long time coming for, or might seem sudden for some. We have all experienced many changes, both with positive and negative outcomes. However, through it all you have remained stoic, resilient and strong models for your children and the examples you set will clearly benefit them.

Over the coming weeks our Website will be updated with more current information. We will continue to be sharing information with you as it becomes necessary to share items of import to you. Please remain vigilant for incoming messages.

We have several updates and appreciations to share with you at this time. We have had a successful year working together with our School Council. A big thank you to Tess McCormick (Chair), Breanne Dollar (Vice chair) and all our School Council members for all their hard work in running our School Council and being so super -techy!  We are excited to share that the BP Parent Fund-raising Association raised almost $2000 through the recent Big BelPark Raffle! Many thanks to Breanne Dollar and those involved in donating and securing prizes and in rolling out this effort!

This year we have so many people to thank for their continuous efforts in fund-raising through various initiatives such as; Fill Your Freezer, Growing Smiles, Mom's Pantry and Big Box O' cards. Our Administrative secretaries Rana Jones and Joleen Schneider have also gone above and beyond in supporting our students, staff and families and also raised dollars for the school through Purdy's Chocolates.

We have been incredibly fortunate in the unrelenting commitment of Teena Gilmore and her support families in the maintenance and development of our Learning Gardens and in supporting our Bee Hotels. We were the first School in Alberta to gain recognition as a Bee City School in 2020 and continue to maintain our status as a Bee City School!

In addition, our School Council and Parent Association have implemented and followed through with a variety of activities and fun for all our students throughout the year culminating in our virtual dance this Friday organized by Alison Martini and our Grade 6 Farewell assembly and celebration. Thank you Kris Youell and to all for your hard work and collaboration around that!

We continue to look forward to the installation of the Buddy Benches and Picnic Tables as a result of a kind and generous donation at the beginning of the School Year. This should be completed imminently as well as the installation of the Three Pointer Basketball Hoops purchased so our students and families will be able to enjoy these amenities over the summer months.

We are also grateful for the CBE addition of 13 brand new Chromebooks that were initially sent to us to loan out during online learning and that we are now allowed to keep and assimilate into our school technology portfolio.

In spite of all the negative impacts this year has brought, so many of you have been instrumental in bringing positive experiences to our staff, students and families this year and have lifted our spirits. Thank you to you all!

I would also like to take the opportunity to celebrate the amazing efforts of our staff here at BelPark. Teachers and all members of our staff have persevered with grace, positivity and good humor through all the changes as have our families. They have shown the commitment it has required to overcome the additional work and challenges in supporting our students, families and each other. We are truly blessed here to have such a solid foundation and positive environment for our children to be welcomed into each day.

As always, there comes sad times for goodbyes and this year is no different as we congratulate our Grade 6 students on moving forward to their next exciting adventure into Junior High, and also to some of our staff as they too move on to different positions. We will be saying a tearful goodbye to Lori Benninger, retiring after 32 years with the CBE and 22 years with Belvedere Parkway! Also, Karen Loor who has been with us for 8 years will be moving on. She has been a strong part of our school and we will miss her. Ramneet Kaur will also be moving on as her contract with us comes to an end. Ramneet has been a wonderful addition to the school over the last three years and a loyal and invaluable teacher here. We will also be losing Dayna Wang and Amanda Gordon. They have been a great fit for our school and we are so grateful for their hard work.

In September we will be welcoming some new faces, not just students, but also staff. Please join us in welcoming the following new teachers to our BelPark family!

Julie Williams – Kindergarten

Jenna Schmideder – Grade 1

Christine Hettiaratchi – Grade 2

Ashley Addison – Grade 2

Jennifer Cairney – Grade 5

They will be introducing themselves to their students as do all our teachers in August with a welcome email. 

Our KG will have a staggered entry during the first week to support our brand-new students to school life. This means half of the class at a time are introduced to their classroom and peers for their first day at school. All other students will be attending school as normal.

Depending on Covid restrictions on re-entry to school we will be having our (almost) usual Open House on Monday August 30th 2021 between 10:00am – 11:00am.

This is an opportunity for you and your child(ren) to pop in and say hello to the teacher, to see their classroom and to feel comfortable in knowing which door will be your child(ren)'s designated entry /exit door so you know where to go on the morning of their first day. Please bring your questions with you:)

 Have a wonderful summer!

Best wishes,

Jane Gibson


Chris Dewsbury

Assistant principal

Dec 17
December Delight!

Good day Belvedere Parkway Families,

As a final note to this year, I would like to share a few updates with you:)

If you get the opportunity to walk past the school over winter break, please take the time to look at some of the delightful messages of joy attached to the fence from our students. They have thought about what brings them joy and wanted to share them with our community. We hope this brings some positivity to the end of a turbulent year and some hope for the new one!

We would like to thank everybody for supporting our different fund raising initiatives and taking part in our 10 days of festiveness! Thank you to School Council for providing individual popcorn and juice boxes to our movie and popcorn movie morning and supporting our teachers with headsets to save their voice boxes!

Please take time to reflect on and celebrate all the learning that has happened around the technological innovation in enabling student learning to continue this year, and the creativity Covid has necessitated on so many levels.

We wish you all a warm and restful winter break!

Best wishes,

Jane Gibson​

Oct 29
Opulent October!

Hello again Belvedere Parkway families!

October has given us much to be thankful for this year:) 

We have enjoyed a bountiful harvest from our Learning Gardens this Fall, thanks to our teachers, Parents and School Council members! Thank you for doing so much to ensure that our staff and students were able to experience and take home a piece of the harvest for dinner, as well as an authentic understanding of the growth cycle!

Our School clothing store offered masks this month as well as cozy hoodies and snuggly jackets, T-shirts etc. We have many students looking forward to the arrival of their Friday Spirit wear:) Thanks to School Council for moving that forward!

Local walks in our community down to Bowmont and Bowness Parks yielded an abundance of learning through the flora and fauna these amazing environments afforded our students. Learning was shared through real time twitter feeds, which parents and students alike enjoyed seeing! These trips are examples of the occasions in this Covid context when we can still access our parent volunteers. Our students would not have been able to have these experiences without you – Thank you!

On a more somber note we had our first Covid case this month. As we know it is likely we will experience this more often should numbers of cases in the Province continue to rise. We are grateful that our community has remained stoic in their sense of calm and kindness to each other throughout response protocols and in understanding that communication is not instantaneous in nature. Please be confident in the knowledge that relevant parties will receive information they need as quickly as possible.

Student safety is always our number one concern and we would like to thank all our students, families and staff in following and maintaining what has been asked of them. Working together in this has given us confidence in our belief that the protocols and procedures we have in place are supporting the safety of our Belvedere Parkway School community effectively.

We would like to welcome Dayna Wang to our BelPark family. Dayna will be joining us as a 0.6 teacher, and will be supporting our Grade 5/6 students. Dayna is a well-loved substitute teacher at our school and we are delighted to have her join us in a more permanent capacity!

So much thanks and giving this month!

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!!

Best wishes,​

Jane Gibson


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