Aug 27
Welcome Back to School

August 27th, 2021
Good Afternoon Braeside Families,

Welcome to the 2021 2022 school year! The staff at Braeside are very excited to welcome you and your child(ren) back to school next week on Wednesday September 1st. The first week of school always brings a buzz of joy from staff, students and family members. Staff have been working hard to ensure that all students have a smooth

transition and start to the school year.

In this message you will find important information that will help you and your child(ren) prepare and plan for the upcoming school year.

Your child(ren)’s teacher:

During the afternoon of Monday August 30th, you will receive a “Welcome Letter” from your child(ren)’s teacher. In this letter the teacher will introduce themselves, provide information about where to meet on the first day of school and outline what your child(ren) needs to bring with them. The teacher will include their contact information, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

If you have not received an email from your child’s teacher by Monday August 30th at 2:30 pm please call the school office (403-777-8470 ext. 0).

School hours and calendar:

Grades 1 6 students will attend Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:40
pm with a lunch break from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. In the morning teachers will start greeting students at their assigned doors at 7:50 am to
allow for a “soft entry”. This provides students an opportunity to enter the school in a staggered manner, settle into their classroom and be ready to learn right at 8:00 am.

Currently we have 1 PM (or afternoon) Kindergarten class. Kindergarten students will attend Monday through Thursday from 11:58 am to 2:40 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am to 10:42 am. (Please note that on Wednesday September 1st and Thursday September
nd Kindergarten students are starting with a staggered entry and students with last names A M will attend from 11:58 am to 1:18 pm and students with last names N Z

will attend from 1:20 pm to 2:40 pm only for these two days).

When dropping off and picking up your child please refrain from gathering close to the school doors, as we will be promoting physical distancing as much as possible with our students.

Please click here to access Braeside School calendars.

COVID-19 Information:

Please click here to access all the up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and the measures put in place in CBE schools for the 2021 2022 school year. As you are aware, the Calgary Board of Education has mandated masking indoors for all staff and students from kindergarten to grade 12 for the start of the school year. These means that all students will need to wear a mask when entering the building. Please click here to access CBE's mask guidelines.

All staff and students entering Braeside School will need to complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist. Please click here to access the checklist.

If a student is exhibiting symptoms identified on the checklist, parents / guardians will be contacted to pick their child up. In the first week of school a “Demographic Verification” report will come home with your child. Please ensure all contact information listed is correct, make any necessary changes, sign and send the form back to school.


Your child(ren)’s teacher will communicate with you primarily through email or their Google Classroom. In addition to this you will receive a weekly message from administration. Please ensure that you have subscribed to SchoolMessenger so that you don’t miss out on any important information. Please click here ​for more information or to subscribe to SchoolMessenger. All classes at Braeside School this year will have an on- line Google Classroom. Your child(ren)’s teacher will provide more information

about how to access Google Classroom in the first few weeks of school.

We hope that everyone is able to rest and relax over the next few days and truly look forward to greeting students on Wednesday September 1st!

Take care,
Melanie Bennett and Fiona Johnson

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!

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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