Sep 10
Weekly Principal's Message - September 7

Hello Braesiders!

I hope that everyone is doing well and that they have heard great things from their children about an amazing first week.

It was amazing to see all of the students – both new and returning. The students were all smiles and it was a wonder to see how they all fit into the new classes with their new teachers.

Our new student information system is getting up and running, but still has a few kinks to work out. This may be affecting things such as teachers using the School Messenger to send out their weekly newsletter. We hope to have everything up and running as soon as possible.

This weeks Principal Newsletter will be a long one, so let’s get right into it!

This year, we are going to be using daily blogs or secret Facebook groups instead of agendas. We did a trial run of this with a couple of our Grade ½ classes last year with great success, even with some skepticism to begin with. Your child’s teacher will be sending home information and permission forms to get started with this. I know you will find that you will end up with more valid information on your child’s day, as well as a safe way to engage with the classroom!

Our School Council Meets on the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month. This is a great way to engage with other parents, ask questions and get involved in a different way with your child’s school. The meeting begins at 6:30 and there is babysitting available.

One very important message is about volunteering in the school. We love volunteers, and we could not function without them. From volunteering in the school, on field trips, school council and so many other ways you can help. If you are at all around students, you will need a volunteer clearance. It is so important to obtain a police clearance BEFORE you need it, as it can take a number of weeks to complete.

Finally (For Now) please remember that there is no after school supervision. As such, it is important to ensure that there is someone at the school to pick up your children right at the bell. 

There will be many other things that come up over the next couple of weeks, and I will try to ensure that I keep emails to a minimum!


Jun 29
End of June Principal's Message

Hello Braesiders!

Welcome to Summer! The year has flown by!


I have been very honoured to be the Principal of this great school for a whole year now. I have seen so many amazing things and so much growth in our students. Over the past couple of days, teacher reflection has been amazing on what worked and where we can go in the future.


Teachers have been working hard to get set for the next school year, and there is a lot to do. We have some significant changes in how we are running the school; all in place looking at what is best for students – all students. The staff in energized and, while very tired from the year, excited with the possibilities. We will update you on these changes when we return in August.


I would like to send best wishes to all staff and students that are moving on to new adventures, whether Junior High, Middle School, a different school or something else. We hope that you hold Braeside School in your hearts as a special part of your life.


I would also like to send out a huge thank you to all of the parents that took part in our School Council this year. I have enjoyed the meetings, the discussion, and getting to know you all. I am so very impressed with the amount of work and dedication that you put in, and I am so appreciative of the support that you have provided for the school.


The school office will close today (June 29th) at around 1PM, and will re-open on Tuesday August 28. There will not be anyone in the building to answer phone calls or emails, but we will return them when we return.


I wish you all the best for a safe, happy, healthy summer. For most of you, I look forward to seeing you on September 4!


Sincerely,


Glenn Goslin​, Principal

Braeside School

Jun 04
June Principal's Message
Hi Braesiders!

Can you believe it is June?!?

As we approach the end of the year, I am amazed at the growth that I have witnessed with all of our students. The school is so different from when I started, with even our littlest Kindergartens getting so big, so comfortable and so confident.

We started this year with another school in the school, a new Principal and a new CSSI class. Now, I feel like it is all settled in – now to mix it up again with the start of a new year in September!

June is extremely busy – we have the talent show, sports day, Grade 6 Farewell, PATs, Bike to School, field trips and more! Please see the attached calendar.

Thank you to everyone who came to the volunteer tea, and to those that helped get ready. It was amazing, and we cannot thank all of our parent volunteers enough.

Have a great week!​

Mar 05
Welcome to March

Dear Parents and Guardians;

Welcome to March. Apparently Spring has supposed to have sprung, but I have not seen the signs yet!

A highlight of February for me was how Ms. Lombard’s Grade 5/6 class did at Zoo School. They were fully engaged in the learning, and were amazing ambassadors for Braeside in the community. We received many unsolicited positive comments from other schools and the patrons of the Calgary Zoo!

As always, March is a busy month. We have a Dance Residency, which starts on March 12th . The students get very excited about this, even the ones that claim they do not like to dance! This residency is thanks to our wonderful Braeside School Council, and we thank them for their generosity!

School Council is on March 13 at 6:30PM. Everyone that has a child at Braeside is welcome to attend and babysitting is provided. Hope to see you there!

We are planning on doing our conferences a little differently this time around. We will be having Student Led Conferences on the Thursday night, and we can schedule more traditional conferences on Friday. In the Student Led Conferences, multiple families come at one time, and children lead them through different centres and stations where they can showcase the work they have done or ways they have been learning. One of the stations will be a short chat with the teacher. More information will be provided in the next week.

We are already beginning planning for next year here at Braeside. If you know your child/children are not returning to us in September, please let Karen know in the office. This will help us program and prepare for the students that we will have next year.

Please remember that Spring Break starts on March 24 and students return April Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

As always, we appreciate that you entrust us with your amazing kids! 

Jan 08
Welcome Back and Cold Weather Coming!

Hello Braeside Families!

I wanted to welcome all of our families and students back to Braeside for 2018! I hope that you all had a relaxing and/or fun break! We are already moving fast on the learning here at the school.

Today it has really begun to cool down and tomorrow is supposed to be very cold. Please send your children in the proper winter wear, as we do go outside until the temperature, including wind chill is -20 Celcius.

Have a great day!

Glenn Goslin, Principal​

Sep 05
Welcome Back to a Brand New School Year!

Hello Braeside School

Welcome, or welcome back to a brand new school year at Braeside School!

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and remind all of our families that school starts on Tuesday.

My name is Glenn Goslin. I am honoured to be the new Principal at Braeside School. I am very excited to start the year here. I have been working over the past few days with the teachers and staff at the school to be prepared for Tuesday.

We are also pleased to be housing Ron Southern School in Silverado until approximately Mid-November. It will make for a busy and energized school for the next few months!

For opening day, teachers will be outside at approximately 8:05. Admin will be outside as well with full classlists directing students and families. After the bell, I will be hosting parents in the gym for coffee and conversation.

For Kindergarten, you should have already been contacted for your time to come in for staggered entry.

Have a great long weekend and we will see you Tuesday!

Yours truly,

A. Glenn Goslin​

Jun 30
Off to a Great Start

The school year has started with a bang! I cannot believe that we are already getting into October. So much has happened so far that it feels like we should be looking at December, rather than October. 

So far, we have had the Parent/Teacher Conferences, the Pancake Breakfast and our first school council meeting.  Our students have gotten settled into their classes and are heavily into the learning. We also have been working closely with our friends at Ron Southern School, which has made the school very full! I really don’t know what we will be doing once they leave, which is projected to be Nov. 20.

We have had some changes in our school configuration, with an increased enrolment and the addition of the CSSI class. 

Our current class configuration is as follows

  • Kindergarten: Ms. Pat Bullas, Ms. Deb Singbeil
  • Grade 1/2: Ms. Gabrielle Hone/Ms. Elizabeth Lietz, Ms. Nicole Rigo, Ms. Christine Beard
  • Grade 3: Ms. Adele Arnold
  • Grade 3/4: Ms. Lina Dilov
  • Grade 4/5: Ms. BJ Harris
  • Grade 5/6: Ms. Finki Lombard, Ms. Billie Harris
  • Music: Ms. Elizabeth Lietz
  • Bridges: Mr. Jacob Roberts
  • CSSI: Ms. Lara Hamilton
  • Resource/Learning Leader: Ms. Deb Singbeil
  • Assistant Principal: Ms. Shannon Muir
  • Principal: Mr. Glenn Goslin

We are excited about this school year and what we can accomplish! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or the office. It is important that we work together to make school an amazing place for everyone!

Sincerely,
A. Glenn Goslin

Jun 01
A Look Back and a Look Ahead

​​As the school year winds to a close, I would like to thank all of the staff, students, and parents for the amazing work that has been accomplished over the course of the year. It has been an incredible year, and I am honoured to be a part of the Braeside School community. We had many successes throughout the year, and gave students many enriching experiences, such as the Quest Theatre residency, That Artist Woman residency, a dance residency, Jump Rope for Heart, literacy month, swimming, outdoor school, the gingerbread house building evening, family movie night, Open Minds, a school-wide visit to the National Music Centre, numerous extracurricular opportunities, and multiple field trips throughout the year. 

Students also had many chances to display their various skills and talents through events like the art gallery, holiday concerts, the Canada 150 celebration, the talent show, Entrepreneurial Adventure, young writer’s conference, the floor hockey tournament, the volleyball tournament, and ongoing assemblies and celebrations. 

I would like to thank our School Council for their incredible work over the course of the year. Through various fundraising activities, council has funded over $38,000 of activities for Braeside School students for this school year alone (this includes most of the activities listed above). This is a truly incredible support for students, and without the support of council we would not be able to do the many things that we do. I would especially like to thank our co-chairs, Ms. Diana R. and Ms. Amanda M., who support our school in countless ways. 

Going forward for next year, we are working on making class lists and determining grade configurations. This is work that we put a great deal of time and effort into, and is not typically finalized until September when we have a definite number of students. If you are aware of students that might be coming to Braeside in the future, please encourage parents to register before the end of June if possible so that we can make sure our class lists are up to date. The process is thoughtfully completed by staff and designed to set students up for success while keeping the big picture in mind. 

Teachers may not be teaching the same grade next year and some may take advantage of opportunities provided by the CBE teacher transfer process. We have some staffing and programming changes at Braeside for the upcoming year. As previously announced, we will be welcoming a CSSI (Communication, Sensory, Social Interaction) class, as well as hosting Ron Southern School until their new building is finalized. Due to a small decline in enrollment for the upcoming year, Ms. Baidoo, Ms. Clements, and Ms. Ballard may be moving on from Braeside in the upcoming year. Each of these individuals have worked very hard to support the students of Braeside in many ways, and will be greatly missed. 

I am looking forward to another great year together!

Apr 03
Welcome to Kindergarten

We had the pleasure of meeting our new kindergarten students and some of their families at the Welcome to Kindergarten event. ​Our new students were able to interact with some of our Braeside teaching staff, future classmates and try out some centres like counting with magnetic numbers, building their name with Playdough, creative drawing as well as movement and balance. 

The evening was a huge success and we have many community partners to thank for their support. School Council was present to speak about what they do for the school and opportunities to join. The Southwood Library provided information and engaged students with story time. Our school nurse shared about her role and what to expect in terms of vaccinations and healthy living for students entering Kindergarten. The before and after school care at the Braeside Community was available to provide parents with information and options for child care outside of school hours.​

We had positive feedback from parents and students about how welcomed they felt and how excited their Kindergarten family member was. We are also excited to be welcoming these new Braeside School families in September. 

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