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!
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
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!
Glenn Goslin, Principal
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
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.
a great week!
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!
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
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!
A. Glenn Goslin
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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