Aug 27
Welcome Back

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone had a great summer and we look forward to seeing our students on September 1.  Our staff is eager to get the year started, we are excited to have our new and returning students join us this year!

Teachers will be sending out welcome emails on August 27, if you have not received an email prior to August 30 please contact the office. This email will contain important details regarding the entry and dismissal on the first day of school.  Details such as which door your child is expected to enter and exit from the school each day and where to meet your child's teacher will be included in the email.   

This year, we still have a number of health measures in place due to Covid-19.  The measures are very similar to the measures that we had last year.  Students will be in cohorts and classes will have a designated door in which to enter and exit the school.  We ask that parents complete the daily check list for symptoms each day, if your child has any symptoms we ask you to keep them home.  Students are expected to wear a mask when entering the building, in hallways and in class.  Teachers will provide mask breaks during the day, lunch times will be staggered to reduce contact between cohorts of students.  For more general information, please go to  Many of these measures will be re-evaluated at the end of September and may change. We will also be sending out more information specific to our school entry plan early next week.   If you have any questions after reading the general information from the CBE, please contact the office. 

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with Covid-19 and how it may impact our school year, please be assured the staff at Kenneth D. Taylor will work hard to make it a successful year for students!


Todd Faunt

Principal      ​

Jun 28
Summer has Arrived!

​This school year has been like no other; wearing masks, staying in cohorts, constant hand hygiene, learning from home and other measures that we undertook as we opened in September provided challenges that were very new to us.  Our students, parents and staff have been outstanding in meeting these challenges! 

I am grateful to our students for how they have risen to the occasion of learning during a pandemic.  Either learning from home or in person, students have shown great resiliency.  Their positive attitude and attention to following Covid-19 protocols helped make this year a success!  The student’s energy and excitement in the classroom and outside definitely helped everyone throughout the year.  Our students deserve a big thank you! 

I am grateful to our parents.  This year required flexibility and patience as we transitioned at different times from in person learning to at home learning.  Parents have always been an important partner in their child’s education, but this year, you were asked to go above and beyond! We thank you for your efforts! 

I am grateful to our staff.  Their professionalism and can do attitude greatly contributed to our success this year.  It has been inspiring to be part of the Kenneth D Taylor team as we navigated​ the challenges of teaching children during a global pandemic.  Our staff’s commitment to providing the best education possible, regardless of the learning conditions deserves a big thank you as well.   

We do not know what restrictions will be in place next year, but hopefully we will return in September with eased restrictions.  Regardless, we will be ready and look forward to seeing our students next year.  For students leaving Kenneth D Taylor, we wish you all the best in your new school.  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer! 

Take care, 

Todd Faunt 


Aug 30
Welcome to 2020-2021

Dear Kenneth D Taylor Families

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

Please visit our website for our school re-entry plan for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.



Todd Faunt​

Jun 29
June 29th Update

We have come to the end of an incredibly unique school year.  We want to extend a sincere thank you to parents/guardians for your continued support, patience, and compassionate understanding through this unprecedented school year. 

Alberta Education has been providing guidance for school re-entry in the fall.  We are currently working on a detailed plans based on recommendations from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer.  Alberta Education has given school boards three possible scenarios to prepare for.  These three scenarios are:

  • Scenario 1: In-school classes resume (near normal with enhanced health measures)
  • Scenario 2: In-school classes partially resume (with enhanced health measures and online supported learning)
  • Scenario 3: At-home learning continues (in-school classes continue to be cancelled and online learning continues)

A final decision about how re-entry will look will be announced by Alberta Education on Aug 1, 2020.  Currently we are creating plans for all three scenarios and will be ready to implement our plans on any of these scenarios after the announcement on Aug 1.

Google Classrooms

Please note that as of the end of the day on June 29, 2020 teachers will be archiving their Google Classrooms.  Students will no longer be able to access or submit assignments, use Meet, or communicate with classmates and teachers on the stream. 

Appeals Day

Appeals day is June 29 from 8am-12noon. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report card, teachers will be available via email during these hours.

Digital Report Cards

Report cards are now available digitally on your My CBE/PowerSchool account for viewing/printing. Please feel free to call the school or the MyCBE/PowerSchool helpline (403-817-6373) if you require assistance with accessing your child’s report card.

From everyone at Ken Taylor School, we wish you a safe and happy summer and look forward to seeing our students in the fall. To our students that are leaving us, all the best in your future educational endeavors. 

Take care everyone!

Todd Faunt.

Apr 24
April 24th Update

Hello Parents,

We hope you are doing as well as can be expected in these challenging times.  Teachers continue to plan and deliver on-going learning for our students at home, but are missing the personal interactions that only can happen in a classroom.  If you are looking for additional tasks to do with your students, the following link: may have some ideas for parents.  This link was shared with all parents before spring break, but we included it here just in case you missed it. 

We are currently making plans for the 2020 -2021 school year.  It is important for us to know if your child will NOT be returning to Kenneth D. Taylor School in September.  Also, If your child is in grade 4, please let us know if they are NOT going on to Simon Fraser School next year. 

Please reply to this email and let us know where you will be transferring to for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you and stay healthy,​

Todd Faunt

Apr 06
April 6th Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week your child’s classroom teacher should have contacted you to check in and gather information to plan next steps in the delivery of learning activities at home.  This coming week you should be receiving some learning tasks that your child can complete at home.  Teachers will be providing your child with tasks that will focus on what is most essential in numeracy and literacy.  Assigned work will be limited to 5 hours of learning time per week. Google Classroom and Google Meet will be used to facilitate the delivery, communication and support with these assigned tasks.  A paper and pencil option is available for families that do not have access to on-line learning.  Teachers will be in contact with you regarding how your child can access these tools.   If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher by email.  Teachers will be on-line at home, checking emails during the scheduled hours that they have communicated to you.  They will endeavour to answer your questions, as soon they are able.  It is also important to continue to check your teacher’s classroom blogs on the school website.  Teachers will continue to use these blogs as a communication tool.  As you can imagine, this is a new way for our teachers to deliver instruction. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate this new way of teaching.  

Please know that we continue to miss seeing our students in person. We look forward to providing essential learning to our students at Kenneth D. Taylor. 

Take care and stay safe,

Todd Faunt

Sep 12
Principal's Update

Welcome to Kenneth D. Taylor School!  

We had a wonderful start to the year.  It was great to see many new families arrive at our school and returning families as well.  The first few days are always busy, but the students have settled into their classrooms very quickly and appear to be enjoying the first few days. 

Every year, schools in the Calgary Board of Education create school development plans.  The creation of the SDP will involve a systematic analysis of data and targeted actions to meet the needs of every student, with a particular focus on increasing achievement and reducing gaps for students who have been identified as not progressing as expected.  School development plans must include a literacy goal plus another Program of Study goal as well as a well-being for learning goal.     

This year, teachers will continue to focus on literacy and numeracy building on the professional development that was a part of last year’s school development plan.  Staff have already started to look at achievement data from last year to inform their practice in these areas.  A new focus for this year’s school development plan will be creating a well-being for learning goal.  This year, every school in the CBE will be creating a goal that could focus on areas such as resilience, student connection or mental health to enhance the well-being of students in the classroom.  The staff at Ken Taylor have already begun this work in their professional learning committees and look forward to continuing this work with our students.              ​

Jun 04
Principal Update

​Dear Parents/Guardians:

“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

“Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed.” James E. Faust

With these quotes as a context, I want to let you know that I will be transitioning to the role of Education Director in Area 7 for the Fall.

Working with you to establish a growing and thriving learning community at Ken Taylor has been, without question, an amazing and positive journey. I often refer to our school community as ‘the jewel of the North’ because of the wonderful, collaborative, and positive parents, students, and staff that make this work so rewarding. I have so enjoyed working alongside you, getting to know you, and seeing the growth in the learning and character of our students.

I look forward to continuing our work together until the end of the school year.

In order to inform the selection of a new principal at Kenneth D. Taylor School, Area 2 Director, Darlene Unruh, would be pleased to receive input from staff, students and parents of Kenneth D. Taylor School regarding the programming and leadership attributes you value. Please provide your input using the following link:

The survey will be open from June 3rd to June 14th, 2019.

Director Unruh will be interviewing candidates along with another Director and will make a recommendation to the Chief Superintendent regarding a candidate. Your input is taken into consideration as part of the hiring process. Your input is also shared directly with the successful candidate.

With heartfelt gratitude,

David Dyck


Nov 29
Sharing Initiatives

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to our School Council/Fundraising Association for organizing another very successful Christmas Market this past weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the music, food, shopping and positive energy of a market.

In the coming weeks, we have two opportunities to support other people, which come around in December:  our Christmas Hampers and, this year, a Christmas Store.

The Christmas Hamper Project:

This is a collection of gift cards or monetary donation, which is divided equally and shared with some of our Ken Taylor families who would benefit from this initiative at this time of year.  If you would like to participate in this project, please drop off your donations/gift cards at the office between now and Friday, December 14th.

The Christmas Store:

          This is an initiative to support the students and families at another CBE school, Catherine Nichols Gunn.  We are asking interested families to donate new or gently used items, which are then used to create a ‘Store’ where the students at C.N. Gunn can then bring some small change (loonies and toonies) and purchase gifts for their parents.  These children do not have the opportunity to buy a gift at Christmas for their parents.  The ‘Store’ is run by the grade 5-6 leaders who also giftwrap the items for the students.  Any money ‘raised’ by students purchasing the gifts is then used to help off-set the cost of these students’ Outdoor School learning experiences.  Please see a letter from Principal, Steve Wigglesworth which has more information:  Christmas Store info 2018.pdf 

On another note:  We also raised $1760 through the Indigo Adopt A School book campaign!  We will be able to use these funds to purchase books for our Learning Commons at an additional 30% discount J  Thank you to everyone who supported us through this campaign.

Warm Regards,

Sep 28
October 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our third year has had a very smooth start this first month!  I want to express my sincere thanks to all of our staff for their hard work prior to the first day of school which made a significant contribution to such a successful start.  I see students who have settled into their classes and feeling comfortable with the organization of the classrooms as there have been some changes from last year.  A key factor to student success is parental support, I would also like to express my gratitude for your involvement and support of your child(ren). 

We were very pleased to see you at the conferences/parent information sessions last week!  Thank you for taking this time to connect with your child’s teacher around their learning thus far and for your commitment to partnering with us for your child’s continued progress.  We are also grateful for your support with our first book fair.  Our total sales were $4923.60!  This means we will have $2594.69 to invest in our book collection in the Learning Commons.  Thank you to Mrs. Brock and our parent volunteer Kathryn Toupin who worked to make this a great experience for our students.

Last Friday we had our first PD day of the year, and we continued our learning in the area of Literacy.  Our School Development Plan will continue our focus on literacy from the past two years and this year we will also be adding a math goal.  We will be sharing more with you about our School Development Plan throughout the year.

Please continue to be vigilant about driving safely around the school at drop-off and pick-up times.  We appreciate those students who can walk/bike to school which helps to alleviate our traffic concerns.  Thank you for adjusting to our newly signed Hug & Go and No Stopping signs (although the times are wrong – they will soon read ‘Hug & Go – 7:30 – 8:00 J).    If you need to park (i.e. get out of your car – this is the City’s definition of a park vs. remaining in your car), please consider taking a few extra minutes to park a bit further away which would make a difference. 

The City of Calgary Parking Authority and the Calgary Police Service continue to support everyone’s safety be re-enforcing the rules of the road.  Please be mindful of our neighbours across the street and near to the school – do not block their driveways for any length of time.  We all need to practice empathy (how would we feel if that was our house) and patience (if the Hug & Go is full, slowly drive another lap; even if your child is late, safety still comes first, before convenience). 

***Please pull all the way up into the empty spaces in the Hug & Go instead of stopping right across from the door – which then causes traffic congestion behind you.  When the bell goes at 8:00, the teacher at the door will let the door close as they must attend to their class.  If you are late dropping your child off, please bring them into the office (remember you can park in the Hug & Go from 8:00 onwards) and sign them in. 

Our first School Council/Fundraising Association meeting in September was well attended and many great ideas were shared and talked about which will benefit our students (keep reading for the Council updates J).

Thank you for being on the Ken Taylor Team!


1 - 10Next

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Blog Tools

 ‭(Hidden)‬ About this blog

About this blog
Welcome to SharePoint Blogs. Use this space to provide a brief message about this blog or blog authors. To edit this content, select "Edit Page" from the "Site Actions" menu.

Alberta Health Services is looking for input to name their new centre for child and adolescent mental health. CBE students, staff and the public are invited to provide their input. #WeAreCBE

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year begins on Monday Jan. 17. Visit our website for more information about programs options and details on how to register. #WeAreCBE #yycbe #yyc

A COVID-19 update has been emailed to all CBE families with information on updated guidance and measures the CBE is taking, as well as reminders of health measures in place in schools and workplaces #yycbe #WeAreCBE

RT @gale_school: Grade 9 blackout poetry is up in the hallway, inspiring those passing by. #WeAreCBE @Area4CBE

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting will be held virtually starting at noon. We invite you to stream the meeting online #yycbe