Oct 22
​Principal's Message

​​We have welcomed many new staff and families at Haysboro School! Our diverse school community is working together to strengthen a sense of belonging for everyone. We discuss the similarities and differences between 'fitting in' and 'belonging'. 

This aligns with the words from our Governor General, Her Excellency Mary Simon, “What will you do today, tomorrow, and every day, to be part of a better Canada, one that reflects us all?" We are starting with a 'better' Haysboro School.

​Sandra Traquair
​​​​Principal, Haysboro School​

Jan 11
Principal's Message

​Hello 2022!

We are striving to keep everyone safe at Haysboro School. Thanks to everyone for ensuring they come to school feeling well and staying home when feeling unwell. We want our learning to thrive!

Learning is our main purpose. We will continue to hold virtual assemblies and will notify the families of students who are performing in the learning assemblies. At this time we will continue to hold parent/teacher meetings and conferences virtually. You will be receiving your child's first report card of 2021-22 the end of January. If you require any clarification about the report card, feel free to contact your child's teacher and book a virtual meeting.

The end of January marks the half-way point of the school year and we will be making scheduling changes to our lunch shifts during our lunch period. We will be switching our lunch shifts. For example, the classes who played during the first shift (12:00 – 12:20 pm) and ate during the second shift (12:23 -12:43 pm) will – starting Tuesday February 1st – eat first shift and play second shift. We will support all students who stay for lunch with daily reminders of the changes in routine.

Thank you for staying connected to the school by visiting our school website, accessing your child's google classroom, connecting through emails or phone calls or attending school council meetings!​ 

Sandra Traquair

Principal, Haysboro School

Jun 25
September Principal's Message

Welcome back to school! 

September entry at Haysboro School was very smooth. Our teachers communicated to families where to meet on the first day and students arrived with masks on and ready to learn. Many of the safety measures will look the same this year. There are a few changes to routines. We need to use the gym as the location for students to eat their lunch this year. Students were supported with the new routine and were quick learners. Tables are arranged so students sit with their classmates. We are also able to send home library books with students this year. Remind your children to sanitize their hands before and after enjoying their books from the school library. We hope every student will visit the library in the first two weeks of September.

The administrative school team is only me. As much as I would love to get out and meet people, I have specific duties to support students and teachers. I hope to find opportunities to meet families as the weeks unfold. Please feel free to email me with any question you have.

This is such a welcoming learning community! I look forward to a successful year of learning, growing and sharing!

​Sandra Traquair

Principal, Haysboro School

Apr 18
Haysboro School Development Plan Progress

​Teachers and students have been busy engaging in the work of our School Development Plan.  Based on an analysis of various data sets, including last year's report card marks, the following learning goals were created for the 2020-2021 school year.

Literacy:  We are learning to organize our ideas and information to write text (letters and words, sentences, paragraphs, stories, reflections, news articles, research projects etc.) that makes sense.

Well-Being for Learning: We are learning to understand our emotions and use different strategies to manage them. 

A strategy we are focusing on is Mindfulness. 

Please find below videos created by teachers which celebrate the work happening in their classrooms towards our School Development Plan learning goals. 

Grade 1 Presentation

Grade 2 Presentation

Grade 6 Presentation

Kindergarten Presentation

Music and Social Emotional Learning Presentation

We hope the videos provide a glimpse into the amazing work being done by Haysboro students and teachers.


Angela McPhee


Aug 30
Welcome Back

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a restful summer spending time with those you love.

We are so very excited to welcome our students back into the halls of Haysboro School; their smiles, laughter, curiosity, and wonder were dearly missed during the latter part of the school year.

Going back to school in September often brings about excitement, happiness, and possibly, nerves, and anxiety. This September adds in layers of uncertainty as we begin a new school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  While this school year will be unlike any before, we remain unwavering in our focus on high-quality teaching and learning in environments that keep our students, staff and families as safe as possible.  If your child(ren) are feeling a little anxious about their first day I invite you to share the story below with them.  It is natural to feel a little nervous about the first day – even the Principal does!

​ Mae's First Day of School by Kate Berube​​


As we adjust to school “in a new way" our emphasis will be on kindness; empathy; connection with one-another; having fun together; developing resilience in the face of uncertainty, academic learning and social-emotional wellness. Our strong partnership, with you our families, will guide us through this year together in grace, empathy and patience.  

We look forward to connecting with students to welcome them back and help them adjust to the new changes.

​Angela McPhee​​​

Aug 27
First Day Jitters

Reflecting back on my childhood I vividly remember the excitement​ that came with the first day of school - a new teacher, seeing friends after the summer, a new outfit etc.  I also remember the butterflies (nerves)  that I would get in anticipation of the first day.  Even now as an adult, a Principal, I get those nerves!

I love picture books and stumbled on "First Day Jitters" by Julie Danneberg a couple of years ago.  I love picture books and I love reading to students.  I thought I would share this book with students in advance of the first day in hopes that it may make them feel a little less nervous and a little more excited about the first day of school.  Forgive the amateur camera work!

First Day Jitters

I can't wait to reconnect with all the Haysboro students and their families on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Until then,

Angela McPhee


Feb 10
Life-Long Learners

I was in a classroom this past week and the teacher was using the “I Do, We Do, You Do” instructional approach.  The teacher began by introducing the new material (I Do) and gradually shifted responsibility to the students while modelling, prompting, questioning and cueing them (We Do) until they were independently completing a task (You Do). It reminded me of a course I took several years ago based on Jim Knight’s “I-We-You” model of instructional coaching.

As the Calgary City Teacher’s Convention approaches another of Jim Knight’s quotes resonated with me.  

“When teachers stop learning, so do students.”

Haysboro School is blessed with dedicated professionals who take their own learning as seriously as the learning of their students.  During our Friday Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and on our Professional Learning days teachers are analyzing student work samples,  noticing trends in their students’ progress and achievement, reflecting on their instructional practices and planning forward to best meet the needs of their students. The time we spend together as a staff on our professional learning days is invaluable in terms us being able to come together around current research and best practices.  Our professional learning days often start with us reflecting on the impact of our evolving teaching practices on student learning.  The conversation that ensues as teachers share some of the highlights from their classrooms is a powerful reminder of the importance of being a “student of our own teaching practice” and a life-long learner.

I am excited to hear about the various sessions that teachers are attending this Thursday and Friday – what they have learned, what they are excited to try in their classrooms, any “A-Ha” moments that they had etc. as we collectively strive to  create the best possible learning environment for your children.


Angela McPhee

Oct 21
New First Blog Post

So…. I had what I thought was a great first blog post ready to go at the beginning of the school year and decided to ask my little brother, David,  who works in social media for some feedback.  Feedback to students is a critical piece of the learning process and has a research-base that speaks to its impact in supporting student learning.

Here is some of the feedback I got back from him:

Hey, some comments in the document. Overall, it's well written, if a little verbose. You're trying to communicate too much in a single sentence. Remember, this is a blog post. People have short attention spans and your writing style is more 'thesis' oriented and not really very consumable by the masses. I wouldn't stop you from publishing this as is, but you're trying to communicate something to a very specific audience: parents. And your audience is receiving this communication through an online medium: a blog. Blogs are conducive to shorter, single purpose/concept communiques. Short, to-the-point sentences, bullet lists, visual content (pictures) etc. help with making sure the message gets across. The point of this blog is to say "I care about education and your kids" and it reads like a PHD thesis. It's okay as is, but for future blogs you need to think about what you're trying to communicate and who you're communicating it to.

Hope that helps more than it confuses. 


I know it brought him great pleasure to be able to give his older sister feedback! 

Feedback from Dave.PNG

In order for feedback to be useful it need to be:

  • timely – given in a timeframe where the individual can act on it to improve their learning, 
  • specific  - “great work” doesn’t cut it; the feedback needs to highlight specific areas that can be improved or that are good so that the individual can learn from it, and 
  • actionable – the feedback needs to be something the individual can use to improve their work in the future.

In any case the year started and while the feedback from my brother was timely, specific and actionable other priorities for my time emerged and my first blog post fell to the back-burner.  Moving forward I hope to share my values and beliefs with you throughout the year, rather than in a "thesis-like" first blog post as was the feedback I received from my brother. 

Looking forward to an exciting year ahead!


Angela McPhee

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