Sep 12
What a Wonderful Start to the School Year

What a wonderful start to the school year.  The school is bursting with positive energy, enthusiasm and excitement to be together once again.  As a school community, we look forward to returning to many typical activities. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our staff for the 2022 – 2023 school year:


Shelly Gelfand

Assistant Principal

Poppy Johnson




Mrs. Bridle

Grade 1

Miss Bronn


Ms. England


Mrs. Smyth

Grade 2

Ms. Lauf


Miss Sturgeon

Grade 3 /4

Mr. Depew


Ms. Gilbank


Ms. Gray (Learning Leader)


Miss Shevchuk

Grade 5

Ms. Konno

Grade 6

Mrs. Goldie / Mrs. Warrener


Mrs. Anderson


Mrs. Purkiss (Learning Leader)




Mrs. Collins / Mrs. Romeril



Ed. Assistant

Mrs. Black

Bridges Support Worker

Mrs. Wiens

Library Assistant

Mrs. Fitzowich




Mrs. Birdi


Mrs. Dabbs


Mrs. Etherington


Mrs. Gareau


Mrs. Kunjur


Mrs. Kim



Facility Operator

Mr. Tiria

Night Cleaner

Mr. Tiangco

Our school hours remain 8:00 – 2:45 Monday to Thursday and Friday 8:00 – 11:45.
We have early entry every morning from 7:50 to 8:00.
Our lunch hour is from 11:30 – 12:20.

We look forward to working alongside our wonderful families this year to provide the best school year for your children.

On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2022 – 2023 school year!


Shelly Gelfand, Principal

Aug 28
August 28, 2020

Dear Prince of Wales 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. ​


Shelly Gelfand Principal 

To access the re-entry plan, click on "Registration" then "Back to School Information" and you will see it on the right hand side under "Resources".

Mar 30
March 30th Information

Good Morning Students, Parents and Guardians of Prince of Wales,

I hope you are well and have had a restful and joyful spring break.  We are indeed living in unprecedented times, and filled with wonder in terms of what the future will bring us with ongoing learning.  For the foreseeable future, together we will delve into the world of online learning.  The CBE has spent the past two weeks creating programming opportunities that will be distributed online for our students.  Our teachers are taking up this work on a very steep learning curve to provide learning opportunities & activities that will begin in the next shortly.

Before you read the rest of this message, please know that we understand that all families are in different circumstances right now.  We hope that you are in a position to support ongoing learning, but recognize that you may not be. Regardless of your family circumstances, we respect your position and are ready to assist you in whatever ways we can.

The morning of Monday, March 30, teachers will be involved in virtual meetings planning together in grade and subject teams. More detailed information about on-line learning will be sent to you later this week, with assignments starting next week.

Starting today your child’s homeroom teacher will connect with you to discuss your child’s access to technology at home, including access to a computer and the internet. Teachers will be emailing parents and requesting a response. Teachers will also ask you how you and your family are doing and encourage you to connect with wellness supports and resources available within and beyond the CBE.

Teachers will update their blogs with a “Welcome back” message to their students.  Please be sure to check blogs on a regular basis as this will be where teachers will communicate learning to students and parents. As well we will continue to share a weekly update on the school website.

Parents may want to supplement student learning by providing their children with additional resources. The following provincial resources are available to parents:

We are very excited with the prospect of providing these ongoing learning opportunities for our students.  Missing our students in the building has been very difficult, but we look forward to reconnecting with each student.  Please look forward to receiving ongoing messages from teachers and administration in the days to come.  Stay well and stay active.


Shelly Gelfand

Principal, Prince of Wales


Mar 20
March 20, 2020 Update

Dear Prince of Wales Families,


Thank you to all members of our school community for your cooperation and adherence to the guidelines outlined by AHS during the retrieval of personal items.  For those members who still have personal belongings within the school, rest assured that they will be safe and available upon our eventual return to school.  For those families with medical supplies stored at the office, please contact the main office to make an arrangement for pick up on Friday.  


March break is to continue as planned for the week of March 23-27, 2020.  I ask all Prince of Wales School community members, including our staff, to recognize this is a “break” and is meant to be a time to enjoy family and to stay safe.  During March Break, I anticipate communication will be less frequent, I still encourage you to check your email for system messages, and I will re-connect with our community after the March break.  


We continue to better understand the unusual and challenging events of classroom cancellation.  We do not want to overwhelm students and families with programming expectations or offerings while we settle into day 5 of this new reality.  In addition, it is important that consistent messaging and resources are offered to students across the CBE and Alberta. The resources found on the CBE “Learning At Home” webpage  have been reviewed by CBE staff; they offer wonderful learning opportunities for students to engage in.  Again, I encourage everyone to become involved in things that interest them and provide some physical and mental rigor.  Maintaining a balanced and consistent routine for children; including regular sleeping and eating times, breaks for activity and outdoor time, and healthy boundaries on screen time are very important to bringing normalcy to our days.    


This week has been filled with many mixed emotions.  Hallways and classrooms are quiet and simply make up the structure of a building.  Children’s laughter and energy is greatly missed and is clearly what make Prince of Wales a strong and vibrant school.  As we learn new words and protocols such as social distancing and self-isolation, we also contemplate things that matter most as we face uncertainty.  Uncertainty is heavy!  However, this notion of a “new normal” offers up the opportunity to re-align and take note of what is most important, what is truly valued and connect with loved ones. 


I would never have thought that I would be quoting the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta, Dr. Hinshaw, but her advice is now more important than ever.  Dr. Hinshaw tweeted, “The days and months ahead will be difficult for all of us.  We need to face this pandemic together and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness. I want to remind Albertans: it is together that we will overcome.”


Take a deep breath, be kind to one another and take care of yourself, family and friends. 




Shelly Gelfand

Principal, Prince of Wales​

Nov 08
Nov. 8 Update

Remembrance Day 

Thank you to Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Hillje, and Mrs. Anderson for their work in supporting our grade 2 students to prepare a thoughtful and respectful Remembrance Day assembly. We gathered together as a learning community to honour, pay our respects and to remember. 

Sleeping Beauty – Alberta Opera 

Thank you Friends of Parkland Way for supporting our upcoming presentation of Sleeping Beauty. Tuesday, November 12 students will enjoy this presentation. Some of our division II students will even have a chance to be stage hands and actors within this show! 

Report Cards 

Below is a link to a document that highlights changes that have occurred to the Math report card stems. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the administration or your child’s teacher. 


Conference booking will open on November 13th @ 8:00am.  Please book a 15 minute block to meet with your child’s teacher.  You will need to have a ‘My CBE Account’ in order to access this booking system.  If you need support with this, please contact Kim at the school office. 

Book Fair 

Scholastic book fair will be held the week of November 19 – 22.  Students will have the opportunity to preview during the week and purchases can be made during conferences.  Please stop by the Learning Commons to visit the book fair. 

Winter Celebration Evening 

All families are invited to our Winter Celebration Evening on Thursday, December 12th Centers will be set up around the school for families to participate in and enjoy the spirit of the season. More information to follow soon. 

Food Bank 

Prince of Wales will once again be participating in the Mayor’s Food Drive.  Food bank boxes will be available in the hallways for two weeks in December.  Thank you for making a difference! 

School Council

Our next school council meeting is on Wednesday, November 13th in the Idea Lab.  The grade 1 team will be sharing the learning that has been occuring in the grade 1 classroom.  Babysitting will be provided.

Nov 03
Nov. 1 Update

How Is My Child Doing In School? 

We know it is important for parents/guardians to understand how their children are doing in school. The report card is one component in communicating student learning.  Another component of communication comes at conferences.  The CBE has produced some new resources related to the report card for parents to help them learn more about their child’s learning. The link below will take you to the page on our website where these resources live.  

Of particular interest will be the document titled “How Is My Child Doing in School?” 

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. 

Upcoming Conferences 

Our next round of conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 21 & Friday, November 22.  Please watch for a message inviting you to book your conferences online. 

Photo Retakes 

Photo retake day is Tuesday. If you would like your child to have a retake, please return the original  photo day proof or a handwritten note to allow your child to return to the camera.  

Power Hour Begins 

Our first rotation of Power Hour begins on Thursday, November 7th We are very excited to see all of this learning in action.

Remembrance Day 

Our grade 2 team has been preparing for our Remembrance Day assembly. The assembly will be held Friday, November 8 at 10:30. All families are welcome to attend this assembly. 

Calgary Opera 

We are excited to host Calgary Opera performance of Sleeping Beauty on November 12 @ 9:30 am. A special thank you to Friends of Parkland Way for supporting this performance for our students. 

Upcoming Dates: 

  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – No School 

  • November 13 – School Council @ 6:30  ​

Oct 25
Friday, October 25, 2019 Update

Field Trip Notices 

Please know that all field trip notices will be posted to the classroom blogs and messaged out.  No paper copies will go home. We are asking parents to print off the forms, fill them out and return to school. Our preferred method of payment is through our ‘MY CBE’ account online. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the office. 

Spare Clothing 

We are looking to replenish our supply of extra clothing. If you have any boys and girls pants to donate we would love to have them. 


Hallowe’en Dance 

Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy the fun last night at the dance.  The event was well attended and many cool dance moves were observed on the dance floor.  Thank you to the grade 6’s who ran the concession stand, together with the parents. And a big thank you to parent council and the numerous volunteers who planned, organized, counted tickets & money and put up decorations.   

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Friday, November 1 – Non – Instructional Day – No School 

  • Tuesday, November 5 – Picture Retakes 

Volunteer Clearance 

All volunteers within a CBE school are required to have a police clearance to work in the school and go on field trips. These clearances are valid for 5 years in any CBE school. If you need to complete a clearance, please bring 1 piece of government ID to the school to start the process. ​

Oct 18
Friday, October 18th Update


Kindergarten Non-Instructional Day - Monday, October 21st


The painting of the school has been completed.  All of the common areas have received a fresh coat of paint.  The school is looking clean and refreshed. Many thanks to the team of painters who worked after school hours.  We appreciate all of your work. 

Hallowe’en Celebrations 

Halloween celebrations will only take place in the afternoon. Students are invited to wear their costumes all day.  Please NO masks, gory costumes or weapons.  Please see class blogs regarding the classroom specifics. 

Terry Fox Fundraising 

The final total is in @ $6788.00.  Although this is not the goal of $9000.00, it is to be commended and acknowledged.  It is because of this, that Mrs. Gelfand will still take a pie in the face.  This will occur at an assembly on Friday, October 25th  @ 10:30. 

PoWer Hour  

Our first round of PoWer hour will start in November. Forms for choices will be coming home on Tuesday, October 15th and are due Friday, October 18. Check out the school website to see the choices. You can find this under Extracurricular then Clubs. 

Lunchroom Fees 

Lunchroom fees have been added to CBE Accounts. For some, there was a duplication of the April fee; this has been corrected. Thanks for your patience. 

Healthy Hunger 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who work to set up, coordinate for our school and help to pass out lunches. Healthy Hunger has corrected the main page for school selection so there should be no further difficulties with setting up your account and ordering lunches.  For assistance with your healthy hunger account you can contact them directly for support at 1-800-818-6260. 


Council Updates 

Hallowe’en Dance 

The annual Hallowe’en dance is on Thursday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  All families are invited to join in the fun.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Come dance up a storm dressed in your Hallowe’en costumes. 

Next Council meeting is on Wednesday, November 13th @ 6:30pm. ​

Oct 11
Happy Thanksgiving

​Wishing all our families at Prince of Wales a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with happiness, laughter, friends, and family.

A reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 14th.

Have a lovely, long weekend.

Oct 04
Weekly Update - October 4, 2019

Orange Shirt Day 

This past Monday, our grade 5/6 students lead our Orange Shirt Day assembly. Students and staff wore orange to show our support for promoting reconciliation through welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and inclusive school communities.  

Lost & Found 

Our lost and found is overflowing.  Please remind your children to look though the items to claim any of their lost items.  The lost & found is located at the back side of the gym in the hallway. 

Volunteer Clearance 

We love volunteers!  Teachers have begun planning for in-school and out-school field trips. If you have not yet completed your police clearance with a CBE school, please stop by the office to begin the process.  All adults are required to have a completed police clearance before volunteering in the school. 


As the weather is beginning to change, please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to go outside everyday.  Students are outside twice a day getting fresh air for recess breaks.  

School Council 

Our next school council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17th.  This meeting will be broken up into two sections: 

  1. 6:30 – 7:30 – Parent Workshop – Online Safety 

  1. 7:30 – 8:30 – Council Meeting – Gr. 2 teachers will be sharing 

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Power Hour is beginning on November 7 – more information will follow shortly 

  • Non-Instructional Day – Friday, October 11 – No school for all students 

Please check out our school website for events, blog updates and calendar information. 

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