Jan 21
Weekly Message

Welcome back families! We hope that you had a warm and restful break and we are so excited to see everyone's smiling faces again.  

Morning Safety Reminder 

School starts at 8:48 am. Doors open at 8:38 am for Open Entry which gives students a chance to visit with friends and staff, and get organized for the day.  All staff are supervising inside from 8:38 – 8:48 am. For safety reasons, it is important that students do not arrive early unless they are with a care giver.   

No students before 8:38 am. 

Bus Zone Reminder 

The road directly in front of the school is zoned for busses. It is unsafe to park or drop students in the Bus Zone. When a vehicle is stopped or parked there, the busses are unable to safely park. 

No stopping or parking in the Bus Zone.  

Free Effective Parenting Course Hosted by Hull Services 

Ever wonder:

  • How to help your kids improve their behaviour? 
  • To get your kids to listen when you ask them to do something?
  • What consequences are appropriate and how to use them effectively?  
  • How to avoid melt-downs? 

You are not alone.  Parenting is hardwork and complex but there are tools and strategies that can help you and your child have a more positive relationship and greater success.  

Hull Services continues to partner with CBE to provide FREE, parenting courses through the Community Parent Education Program (CPEP). Valley View School will be hosting an in person course starting at 6:00 pm on the evening of January 26th. The course runs once a week for the duration of 8 evenings.  The benefit of in-person classes is that parents with children aged 5 - 12 can attend together.  The kids get to learn important skills in a fun and active manner in the children's group portion of the program. 

Spaces are limited so register Now!  Parenting Program and Registration.pdf 

Alien In-Line Skating 

Permission forms went home this week for our Alien In-Line skating program. Please remember to send your signed forms back as soon as possible to ensure your child can participate!  

There is a known issue with information appearing in your MyCBE account related to In-line Skating. We are working hard to have this sorted out and we will send out a message once it is resolved.  Thank you for your patience.  

Bob Edwards School – Open House  

French Programming welcomes you! You are invited to attend their Open House on Thursday, February 2, 2023, starting at 6 p.m. They will be welcoming families to view and explore their amazing French Immersion & Intensive French programs. There will be school tours, open classrooms, student work on display, with French teachers, administration, students, and staff to help guide you through the school. You will be able to see and understand more about the French programs and feel confident in your child’s future success in French programming at Bob Edwards Junior High School. They look forward to meeting you. Merci beaucoup! Questions? Contact BobEdwards@cbe.ab.ca 


  • January 27- February 2nd – Alien In-line Skating Program during PE class 

  • February 2nd – Family Skate Night 5-7pm – G.W Skene Gym 

  • February 2nd – Bob Edwards Open House 6-8 pm – Bob Edwards Junior High Gym 

Christina Tuttle
GW Skene Prinicpal

Dec 10
December Message

Dear Families, 

This week has been busy at G.W. Skene! 

Our grade three students have been working hard in writing and are learning to use writing rubrics to help them edit their work.  The grade four classes have been learning about similarities and differences in National Parks across Alberta.  Students in grade five have been preparing for their Sharing Assembly which will highlight some of the great work they have been doing in math.  The assembly will take place on Friday at 11:00 AM (families welcome). This past week, the grade fives also had the opportunity to learn about the Bob Edwards French Immersion program through a special presentation put on by a French Learning Leader/grade seven teacher from the school. 

During this month in music, students in grades three and four have been developing their musical talents as they learn to play the recorder and the grade five students have been learning how to play the ukulele.  A special thank you to Mr. Row for offering this fantastic experience to our students. 

Our Learning Commons was bustling with activity as students perused and purchased books, posters and other items at the Scholastic Book Fair.  We want to say a special thank you to Mrs. Hunt, our Library Assistant, for the extra work she did to offer this special opportunity to the students. 

Spirit Week December 19 – 22 

During the last week of school, students will be invited to dress up each day based on different themes. The staff and students have really enjoyed Spirit Activities during the past few years, and we are looking forward to this community building opportunity taking place again this year! More information will be shared in next week’s message and through Google Classroom Streams. 

Winter – Spring Performances 

At the December School Council meeting we discussed school performances.  For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, we thought we would share the information in this week’s message.  Historically, James Short Memorial (JSM) has put on a winter performance and G.W. Skene (GWS) has put on a spring performance.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, we were unable to offer these special experiences and celebrations over the past few years.  This year, we are very excited to bring back these traditions.  Last week, JSM had their winter performance and, this spring, GWS will put on a spring performance.  

New Staff 

At the start of December, Kate Singer joined our team in the role of Behaviour Support Worker.  The school community has enjoyed getting to know Ms. Singer these past few weeks and we look forward to working with her to implement new strategies that will further support our learners with regulation and problem-solving skill development. 


  • December 13 – It’s A Crime Not to Read School Visit (Grade 3) 
  • December 16 – Learning Celebration Assembly at 11:00 AM (Grade 5 hosting) 
  • December 19 – 22  - Spirit Week  
  • December 21 – Cross School Winter Activities in PM 
  • December 23 – January 15 Winter Break 
  • January 16 – Classes resume 


Have a great week, 

Christina and Leah 


Principal: Christina Tuttle 
Assistant Principal: Leah MacMillan 

Jun 30
Year End Celebrations

Hello Wonderful Families, 

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."  Robert Collier  

We want to thank you for all you have done to support the students and G.W. Skene team here at the school.  We have had a great year filled with lots of fun activities and events, and students have demonstrated great improvement! 

It is that time of year when we say good-bye for now to some, and welcome to others. 

We wish all the students and staff moving to new schools all the best on their new adventures. 
We are excited to see the students back on August 10, 2022 for the first day of classes. 

Have a wonderful summer break! 

Kind regards, 

Christina Tuttle 
Principal ​

Jan 09
Happy New Year!

​​Happy New Year and Welcome Back! 

We are very excited to see the students in person for learning! We hope everyone enjoyed some great family time and that you stayed healthy during the break. 

We want to remind families to go through the recently updated AHS Daily Checklist every morning before your child leaves for school. Please carefully follow the AHS protocols and guidelines outlined. If you have questions, you can call the AHS Health Link by dialling 811.

Our school community thanks you for all you are doing to keep one another healthy and safe. 

Looking forward to another great month of learning, 

Christina Tuttle, 

Aug 19
Welcome Back!

​​The first week of school has gone very well thanks to our amazing students and staff!  A positive energy could be felt in the building along with a strong sense of optimism and excitement.  Students demonstrated both generosity and mastery as they followed the protocols and routines in place to help keep one another healthy and safe. Some of these protocols include wearing masks, following the hallway signagephysical distancing and staying with class cohorts. 

At G.W. Skene we are committed to fostering a safe, caring and welcoming school that supports all learners.  This year we will continue to have a strong focus on building foundational skills in well-being, literacy and mathematics. 

Our staff value our partnership with families.   As the year progresses we will continue connecting with you to celebrate your child’s successes, and we will work together to address any areas where they are experiencing challenges.   

Thank you again for all you do to support our learning community. 

This is going to be a fantastic school year! 

Christina Tuttle, 
Proud Principal 

Jun 25
Year End Celebrations

Hello Fabulous Families,

This is a bittersweet message.  While we are very excited to head off into summer break, it is always hard to say “good-bye for now” to our friends. 

Today, we enjoyed a very special year-end celebration assembly hosted by Mr. Trinh’s Grade 5 Hub students.  

During the assembly, one of the students talked about her legacy this year.  She shared, “I felt proud of helping everyone feel that there is a place for them here”.   

Her comment really spoke to my heart.   

This year the staff and students have really focused on making G.W. Skene school a safe, caring place where students have a strong sense of belonging.  Many staff and students talked about the kindness and generosity displayed by our students this year.  I can truly say that our school community has done a great job with this throughout the year, and I am so proud of everyone.   

This is a special school, filled with special people! 

Have a wonderful and fun summer.  See you on August 17!

Christina Tuttle​

Feb 12
Kindness Week February 2021

Happy Kindness Week! 

It was truly a gift to see our students perform random acts of generosity and kindness across our school this week!

The week kicked off with a video of staff reading Carol McCloud’s book: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? After watching the video, the students brainstormed simple, small acts that they could do to make a positive difference and fill someone’s bucket. 

Throughout the week, I saw students doing many generous things such as: holding open a door for a Lunch Supervisor, carrying books for a classmate, saying kind words to cheer up a sad friend and, inviting someone new to play at recess. One group of students wrote poems and made cards for Mr. Dang, our Facility Operator.  They wanted to let him know how much they appreciate all he does each day to not only take care of our school, but to keep us healthy! They even made a crown for him to wear while they shared their gifts with him. 

Today, each student wrote a special note “to a secret friend”.  In the note they explained what kindness means to them, what it looks like, feels like and sounds like.  They also described steps for making a new friend. At the end of the day each student gave their note to the “secret friend”.  What the students’ did not know until the friend arrived, was that the “secret friend” was actually a special teddy bear donated to our school from the Calgary Hitman Teddy Bear Toss. The students were so excited to receive this gift and they were very appreciative of others’ acts of kindness and generosity. What an incredibly special week this has been. I am so proud to be the principal of such a caring and kind group of learners.  

I was reminded again that our children often teach us how to love purely, how to give truly and how to forgive generously. May we all follow their wonderful example. 


Christina Tuttle
Proud Principal

Jun 29
2019-2020 Wrap Up

Dear G.W. Skene Families:  

 We enjoyed seeing the students in their year-end class meetings this week and it was especially fun to reflect on some of the great learning that happened over the year during the Grade 5 Farewell.  We wish our Grade 5 students all the best in their new adventures in Middle School!

 Below are a few important reminders to wrap up the school year. 

 Report Cards 

Families can access report cards online.  Please see our school website for more information: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/GWSkene/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=652e5a28-7842-4b51-a775-258d7a3c8ce7&oact=20001  

 iPad Returns 

All loaned devices should now be returned.  Families will be asked to pay for any lost or damaged items, including missing charging cords or power blocks.  Please take an extra look around to ensure all of these items have been returned. 

 Last Chance to Pickup Student Items

Monday is the last chance for students to pick up learning supplies and personal items including clothing and foot ware.  All remaining items, including those in our Lost and Found will be thrown away, recycled, shredded or donated on June 30. 


Staffing Update
We are excited that Terra Xavier will be joining our teaching staff this fall.  In her current role as an Area Literacy Strategist, Ms. Xavier has lead numerous professional development sessions for our staff and she has worked with teachers and students in classrooms to further develop reading and writing skills.  We are very excited that she will be teaching with us next year.  

 September School Start-up

To stay updated on information and plans regarding school start-up, families are encouraged to check their email regularly during August.  Information will also be posted on our school website. School starts September 1, 2020.

 The staff at G.W. Skene hope each of you has a healthy, restful and fun summer break!  

 Best wishes, 

 Christina Tuttle, 

Proud Principal ​

Jun 23
June 22-25

Dear G.W. Skene Families:  

It is hard to believe we are down to our last week of learning this school year.  There have been many wonderful moments and many unprecedented situations that we have pulled together to get through.  I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone – families, students, and staff for your willingness to support one another, and for all of your hard work.  It has not been easy to learn how to move learning from the classroom to our homes but you all should feel very proud of your efforts and what was accomplished during this Global Pandemic.  The kindness and empathy we have shown one another, and our collective willingness to work as a team  has been so heart- warming and has taught us many important lessons that we can carry forward into the future.  Thank you G.W. Skene Community! ​

May 22
May/June 2020

Hello Families,

We know you have many demands as parents and we to thank you for taking time to help your children attend their class meetings and engage in their learning activities.  You are amazing for making this happen!

Important Dates 

Monday, May 25 – School Council Meeting 

Modified Calendar Change to Traditional Calendar for 2020-2021 

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, Sept. 1, 2020. 

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 re-entry plans for the next school year will be provided later this summer. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the details. Please see our school website for more information, including some frequently asked questions. 

School Council Meeting  

We received feedback from some families letting us know that a daytime meeting was tricky to attend.  We decided to move the School Council meeting to Monday, May 25.    Every parent and guardian is welcome to attend this important School Council meeting to hear about our plans for the 2020-2021 school year and to provide their input and ideas. 

Virtual Council Meeting:  Monday, May 25 at 5:30 pm  

Click this link to  Join online meeting 

On-going Learning 

On Monday mornings, staff will post the Weekly Plan and assignments in Google Classroom, on the Classwork page. 

We continue to offer a paper package for students who cannot participate in online learning.  Students can come to the school on Mondays to drop off their assignments from the previous week, and to pick up their new package. 

We Miss You!  

Here is a link to a special video prepared by the G.W. Skene staff for students and their families to enjoy: https://youtu.be/k9Ul0Cltufc 

Christina Tuttle 

"If you are trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." 

Maya Angelou 

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