Aug 26
Staggered Entry - School is Back

First Day Back

To assist in adjusting to new rules, practices and procedures our school will welcome students back on a staggered schedule.  The purpose of the schedule is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our school health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.

We are sharing the schedule with you now to aid in the planning all families engage in as the start of the school year approaches.  More details will be provided to you around our specific measures on August 28th.

During staggered entry, students will follow the same routines as they would on a day when everyone is attending, just fewer students. 

September 1:  Those with last names beginning A-K will attend.  If there are younger siblings with a different last name, they should attend with their older siblings. 

September 2:  Those with last names beginning L-Z will attend.  If there are younger siblings with a different last name, they should attend with their older siblings. 

To decrease congestion during entry and exits, bell times are slightly staggered for the duration of the school year.  

Schedule 1:  Kindergarten, Grades 2, 3, 4

  • 8:08am:  Soft Entry
  • 8:10am:  School Start
  • 2:53pm:  End of School Day

Schedule 2:  Grades 1, 5, 6

  • 8:18am:  Soft Entry
  • 8:20am:  School Start
  • 3:03pm:  End of School Day

Students will be exiting through the doors in which they arrived. Siblings should pick a suitable meeting area outisde the school.

We undertstand that first days of school are an exciting and sometimes nervous time.  We ask that parents say their goodbyes outside, and wish their children a great. day.  Parents should plan on meeting their children at the end of the day outside, and not plan on meeting students inside the school. 

Lunch:  More information will be coming out on August 28th around lunch, but please note that students will have lunch in their homerooms within their cohorts.  There will be three lunch periods to accommodate social distancing and sanitzing.  A more detailed explanation is coming on August 28th. 

September 3:  All students, as per the schedule above. 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Colin McCracken, Principal​

Jun 03
Congratulations to Mrs. Chastko

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am pleased to announce that Michelle Chastko, has been offered the Principal position at Rosemont School.  The position will begin for the start of the 2020-21 School Year.  Though we are very happy for Mrs. Chastko and this well-deserved opportunity, she will definitely be missed at Catherine Nichols Gunn School.   Over the last 4 years Mrs. Chastko has worked very hard to support students, families and staff.  The families, students and staff of Rosemont School are very fortunate to have such a caring and hard working individual as their Principal.
This of course means that Catherine Nichols Gunn School has an Assistant Principal vacancy.  As we know more about this process, we will be happy to communicate with you.
Colin McCracken
May 22
Move to Traditional Calendar 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Due  to the ongoing health risk of COVID-19, the Calgary Board of Education has made the decision to move all modified calendar schools and programs to the traditional calendar next year.  This means our first scheduled day of classes will be Tuesday, September 1, 2020.   Catherine Nichols Gunn School has operated on the modified schedule for many years.  Please know the decision that was made for the 2020-21 school year was not based on the merits of the modified calendar, and is only made due to the ongoing health risk.
The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance, and we look forward to welcoming back our students as soon as it is safe to do so.  More information about the re-entry plans for next school year will be provided later this summer.
If you would like to see a template for the traditional calendar, you may see it here. Traditional Calendar.  Please note that the specific school calendar will have slight variations, and in the next week you can expect to receive an updated school instructional calendar based on the traditional schedule, as well as updated bell times.   This means, due to a later start, that we will follow the shorter winter and spring breaks of the traditional calendar, and the usual fall break following Thanksgiving will not be a part of the school year.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.  Please see our school website for more information, including some frequently asked questions.
Colin McCracken, Princpal
Apr 24
Missing You

​Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

We have now reached the end of the third week of Ongoing Learning as per the order from the Minister of Education.  Teachers and students are gathering via Google Classroom and Google Meet to ensure the essential learning outcomes are met to ensure that students are as prepared as possible for the next school year.  We understand that everyone's access to materials, and context at home is different, and we wanted to let you know that we thank you for all you are doing at home to support learning.  We know that your main contact during this time has been your child's teacher, but we wanted to let you know that the school is open should you require support.  We are happy to support you with technology concerns, accessing programming, and where possible can assist and direct you to needed community supports. 
If you have a child who will abe attending Kindergarten next year, and are unsure of the registration process, please call the school or visit the link at
A few weeks ago we sent families a list of possible supports, and wanted to send it again in case your family situation has changed.  We also recognize that you are receiving a ton of emails, and wanted to make sure this information was present and available.
Alberta 211 |can be accessed via the telephone (dial 211) or by the website
The Calgary Food Bank | will be temporarily closed for part of the week of March 16-20. Families needing urgent food support are to access help via Alberta 211. Food hampers can be requested from the Calgary Food Bank by calling 403-253-2055.
Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids | is offering a $30 grocery gift card for any child who has recently received a free lunch at school through Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids.  Visit or and click the green "Need Food Support" button at the top.  This will require families to complete information online so that the gift card can be mailed to you.  
Calgary Co-Op | is offering Care Packages containing non-perishable food essentials, free of charge, to anyone required to be quarantined as directed by a public health agency.  These care packages are available until April 15 and will be delivered to those affected in the Calgary-area.  To request a care package, please contact or by calling 403-219-6064.  You will need to provide your name, address, phone number and the start date of your quarantine, as well as your closest Calgary Co-op Store.  This offer will only extend as long as inventory permits.
Additional food supports can also be found at  Meals for Individuals in Need and Food Banks and Hampers.
If none of the above options are working for you, please do call the school and we can see if we can assist or direct you.  
Please know that your children are missed, and that your family is on our mind. 
Colin McCracken, Principal
Apr 02
Ongoing Learning - Parent Update

Good Day to all Parents and Guardians of Catherine Nichols Gunn School,
Being a modified calendar school, our first day back from spring break will be Monday, April 6.  As you know from emails prior to the break, and from emails from Chief Superintendent of Schools Chris Usih, we know that learning and “school” are going to look just a different than they have in the past as we move to  primarily an online format.   For some of our students, this will be an easy transition, and for others it will be more of a challenge.  Even though we will not be face to face or in the same space together, we will do our best to come together to create the best  possible learning environment within an  ever-changing situation.
As this is a stressful time for our community, we will try to make communication as clear and timely as possible.  We understand that access to technology may be an issue for some families.  The Calgary Board of Education is looking at ways to ease the burden on families.  Once I have that information I will forward it to you.  This may include the loaning of devices, or may include a scheduled pick up of print resources. 
On April 6th, while the school is technically open, the majority of teachers will be working from home, collaborating with colleagues and planning for a new learning experience for the students.  To be clear, no families should be coming into the school unless they have made a prior  appointment with the school office to pick up belongings or other materials for learning from home.  Office hours at the school remain the same as our regular school day hours, 8:30am – 3:00pm.  If you do require some learning resources, we can do our best to gather these for you.
What I Do Know Moving Forward.
Based on the directive form the Minister of Education, learning will be focused in the following ways:
Kindergarten to Grade 3:  Language/Literacy and mathematics/numeracy curriculum outcomes.
·         An average of five (5) hours of work per student per week.
Grades 4 – 6:  Language/Literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes, with opportunity to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning.
·         An average of five (5) hours of work per student per week.
Kindergarten to Grade 5:  Online Platform
-          The school has decided to utilize the Google Suite of Apps, which also includes Google Meet and Google Classroom.   Information regarding these platforms will be coming out early next week so that you as a parent can be ready for it. 
Grade 6: Online Platform
-          Teachers will be using course shells located within Brightspace by D2L, but will be presenting that information through the Google Suite of Apps, and Google Meet and Google Classroom.  Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests for this school year have been canceled by Alberta Education.
Here is what can be expected in the coming days:
Monday, April 6:  Teachers will be extremely busy, learning about the online platform and collaborating with colleagues.  We want to make sure we have uniformity and consistency among teachers when it comes to delivering content the way that Alberta Education has outlined.  Teachers will also begin to contact families, by email and by phone to clarify your situation in terms of technology, checking on your child’s well being and learning of any other concerns you may have, that we may be able to assist with.
Tuesday, April 7:  Teachers will continue to contact families, plan within their grade teams, and put forward plans to ensure a continuity of learning based on the requirements of Alberta Education.   On this day, teachers will also be reaching out as to what their online environments look like, providing you the parent, along with your child, the needed information to log onto the platforms, along with a schedule for learning.
Wednesday, April 8th and Thursday, April 9th:  You can expect that teachers will begin to engage your child in online learning opportunities through Google Classroom and Google Meet.  
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teachers.  The majority of them will be working from home, but will be accessible to communicate with you through email.
Myself, and sometimes Mrs. Chastko, along with a small office staff will be here at the school.  Feel free to call the school office, and leave a message.  If we are unable to answer, we will get back to you as soon as we can. 
As is our motto:  Be Brave. Be Kind. Be Strong.  We will continue working within the spirit of this motto to provide ongoing learning to our community.
Colin McCracken – Principal, Michelle Chastko – Assistant Principal, and all the Staff of Catherine Nichols Gunn School.
Dec 03
December 2019

Winter Concert - December 12th​

December is a very busy month at Catherine Nichols Gunn School.   Our annual Winter Concert featuring Grades 4 - 6 students, as well as the K-3 Choirwill be held on Thursday, December 12th with two performances.  The first performance will be held at 1:30pm and the second will be held at 6:30pm.  It's our expectation that students perform at both concerts.  A notice was sent home today asking families to clarify if their children will attend the evening performance. For those parents who have Kindergarten to Grade 3 students at the school, they will be the centre of attention at our Annual Spring Concert.  Sadly occupancy restrictions do not allow us to have a full school concert.  On the evening of December 12th doors tot he school will open at 6pm.  Our Parent Council will be preparing hot beverages and some snacks for our families.

Report Cards Go Home December 16th

The first report card will go home with students at the end of the day on Monday, December 16th.  If you have questions regarding your child's learning, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher.

Winter Break

December 19th is a half day with dismissal at 11:56am.  This begins the school winter break.  December 20th is a non-instructional day, and therefore no school for students.  School resumes on January 9, 2020.

We would like to wish all of our families Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.


Warm Regards,


Colin McCracken, Principal

Oct 06
Conferences and Fall Break

Fall Break begins for Students on Saturday, October 12th, and continues through to Monday, October 21st.  The first day back for studetns from Fall Break is Tuesday, October 22

Before Fall Break begins the school is holding Student Learning Conferences at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 10th from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday, October 11th from 8:30am - 12:30pm. 

We ask that you book your 15 minute time slot through powerschool.  Of course if you have difficulty booking online, please call the office for assistance.   

It has been a wonderful time leading up to Fall Break.  It has been filled with exciting learning opportunities for students.  The grade 5 students just returned from 4 days at Camp Chief Hector's Eco school in Kananaskis Country.   They had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Ms. Robb, Mr. Trechka, Ms. Gloge, and Mr. Huppie for arranging the activity and for supervising students.  Also thanks to the staff of Camp Chief Hector for providing such an amazing opportunity for students. 

This week, we would also like to welcome Ms. Dvorkin and Ms. Lewis into grade 2.  

Winter-Like Weather

We would like to thank our families for being such amazing supporters of Catherine Nichols Gunn School.  We appreciate your support, and everything you do for kids in our community.  In the last couple of weeks we've had a return to winter like weather.  The forecast also suggests we could return to cooler weather the week of October 7th.  As weathr in Calgary can be unpredictable we thank families for taking the time to ensure that students arrive at school prepared for any weather outcome.  

Breakfast Program

Every School day, Mrs. MacDonald ensures that if students should need it, there is a breakfast for them.   The Breakfast Program begins every school day at 8am.  If your child is attending the breakfast program we ask that they arrive at school no earlier than 8am, as there may not be supervision for them.   


Morning supervision outside begins at 8:15am on school days.  Unless your child is attending the breakfast program at 8am, we ask that you not send your child to school until there is supervision outside at 8:15am.

If your child goes home for lunch, teacher supervison resumes at 12:35pm with an afternoon start for classes at 12:50pm.  Please plan for your child to be at school for 12:35pm so that we know supervision is in place.  

Warm Regards,

Colin McCracken

Jun 28
Thank You and Farewell

As we end the school year and I leave C N Gunn as principal, I want to say thank you to the many people including student, staff, parents/guardians and community members that I have had the honour of serving for the past five years. I feel very blessed and privileged to have worked with you all. I want to wish you all a happy and safe summer and all the best next year.

 Kind Regards,

Steve Wigglesworth


Jun 05
June 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Wow, it has been a fantastic year at C N Gunn and it is hard to believe June is upon us and our school year will be coming to an end before we know it. We want to thank everyone that is connected in one way or another to supporting the work and learning that happens here at Catherine Nichols Gunn. A special thank you to our parents who day in and day out help their children to be successful at school. The many things like getting to school on time, packing a healthy lunch to reading together all make a difference in your child’s life. The little things do matter and make a difference. Thank you!
Our Grade six students will be saying farewell to Catherine Nichols Gunn very soon as they move on to Junior High. Most of our students will attend Sir John A. Macdonald which students have had the opportunity to visit this spring. We will have a farewell celebration on Wednesday, June 26th at 10:30am. Afterwards families are invited to join the grade six class for cake and juice. The last day of school is June 27th and there is an early dismissal that day at 12:06pm. We will be having a yearend assembly at 9:00am on the 27th and all families are welcome. 
Staffing is an ongoing process and we will provide a more detailed update of our staff for next year at the end of June.

I want wish you all a successful end to the school year and a fun and safe summer. If there are any questions for teachers/staff please connect with them as needed during June. We welcome any new families that have join use this spring and wish all the best to everyone else as they plan for the new school year in August.
Steve Wigglesworth
May 06
May 2019 Principal Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Spring is in the air and Catherine Nichols Gunn School continues to be an exciting place to work and learn. May promises to be a month full of many great learning opportunities and experiences. Please see our More News and Dates to Remember on our school website for things that are happening. Please let the office know if there is a change in your email address as we also email weekly reminders. Please note the Spring Concert for Gr. K-2 students on May 9th.

Thank you to School Council for their ongoing support. School Council directly supports most field trips at our school which is why no fees are asked for to pay for these trips. There are many trips this month and School Council has made most of them possible. Parent’s time to support School Council and their fundraising efforts impacts all students and our ability as a school to provide these learning opportunities. Please know you are all welcome and invited to attend and support all our students. The next school council meeting is May 30th at 7pm and nominations for the executive for next year will take place.

We look forward to our last formal face to face student-led conferences in May where you can learn about your child’s experiences at school. This is an excellent way to show your child how important their learning is. Please plan to attend on May 16th or 17th. You may also contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have other questions. Our last report card will come home on June 27th which is the last day of school and an 12:06pm dismissal.


Steve Wigglesworth,


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