Aug 26
Back to School| Information

Welcome back, and I hope you have had a great summer.   I am  excited to meet you and our students on Thursday September 1, 2022!  I always love the way the start of a new school year feels as classrooms are prepared with care within the building.  The beginning of each school is always fun with,  positive energy, excited connections and reconnections, optimism and hope for the great things to come and opportunities to be experienced this year. Staff at QES are all excited to see many familiar faces as well as some new ones as we greet students next week. ​

It has been communicated to me by Ms. Marr, Mr. Tinaburri, and many other staff members that the QES school community has spent the last few years working together to maintain a learning community of which you can all be proud and of which I am, now, very excited to be a part.  All students and staff are invited to wear their spirit wear or school colours on T-shirts on Friday Sept. 2nd to celebrate being back in school.  Stay tuned for information from our parent society about spirit wear in the coming weeks.

Thank you and we look forward to a successful 2022-23 school opening and another exciting year of learning.


Lisa McConnell

Jun 27
Goodbyes and Best Wishes

I would like to take one final opportunity to say thank you to the students, families and staff at Queen Elizabeth School.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to learn and lead alongside of you.  I will take many lessons and magical memories with me on my journey and I hope that each of you will do the same.  The QES wolf pack is a very special group and I am very proud of the learning we have accomplished in the midst of such challenging times.  

For the outstanding team members who are also leaving this year, THANK YOU!  Your efforts as educators and support staff are deeply appreciated and we wish you all the best in your next adventures. 

For the team members continuing on, KUDOS!  I know you will continue to foster resilience, growth and success for each of our learners.  

For our students and community, my deepest GRATITUDE!  I know that you will welcome Principal McConnell with enthusiasm and kindness into the wolf pack. 

Wishing you all a summer of rest, relaxation and FUN! 

All the best,

Cristin Marr

May 25
Principal Transition & Parent Survey

Dear QES Families,

I am writing today to share the news that I will be transitioning into a new role in the CBE at the end of this school year.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead in this amazing learning community of students, staff, and families of West Hillhurst.  

Through the many unforeseen circumstances of the past three years, I have appreciated the wonderful support of this close-knit and caring community.  I want to deeply thank all of the parent volunteers and our marvellous School Council and QEEPES teams for all of their tremendous efforts to support student learning at QES. These amazing volunteers are truly the strength of our wolf pack.

I would also like to greatly thank our entire staff team for their care, expertise and commitment to student learning and well-being – they bring the heart to our wolf pack each and every day. 

The Calgary Board of Education welcomes input from parents, students and staff regarding the programming and leadership attributes valued in a school principal. You can provide input at this survey link.

Information collected will be used in the Principal selection process. The survey data will also be shared with the new Principal to inform their entry plan into the school. The survey will be available until 4:00 PM, Monday, June 1, 2022.

I look forward to working closely with the new principal to ensure a smooth transition and a continued focus on success for each and every student into the next school year.

We have some fun events planned for the remainder of the school year and I look forward to these opportunities to say goodbye in person. 

With gratitude,


Apr 25
Volunteers - We NEED you!

Thank you to the volunteers who are supporting our SOGO Orienteering residency and in-class learning experiences this week! 
Due to Covid restrictions relaxing we have many more opportunities to volunteer in classrooms, on field trips, and at School Council events than there has been over the last couple of years. Just a reminder that in order to volunteer in the school and/or with students, you need to have a Police Information Check that has been completed for the CBE in the last five years. 

If you have not had a police check done for the CBE, now is a great time to do one! You need to come into the school office in person, with picture ID, and we use that to give you a letter with a unique code that you use to apply with the Calgary Police Service.  

For information on what you need to volunteer, please check out this link.  If you are not sure if your clearance with CBE is valid, or if you have any questions, please call Michele at 403-777-6789.​

These fun and valuable on-site and off-site learning experiences cannot happen without the incredible support of the volunteers from our learning community.  Please consider getting your clearance today!   

Apr 08
Spring has sprung!

Dressing for Field Conditions

It's that time of year – spring thaw means our school field is often in very boggy conditions.  We want to remind students and families to come prepared with outdoor spring boots and a change of indoor shoes.  It is also a great idea to pack extra socks and for our most rambunctious athletic crew – a pair of rain pants or back up pair of track pants.   ​

Feb 25
18 Days of Kindness Challenge!

​On February 23rd, we will be holding our annual Pink Shirt Day! Queen Elizabeth School is a proud supporter of Pink Shirt Day and the message of kindness, respect and gratitude that it brings.

On this day, we will be starting a school-wide initiative that asks students, staff and families to engage in acts of kindness together both at school and at home.

At school, we will be participating in an “18 Days of Kindness" Challenge where there will be a new act of kindness (to self and others) each day from February 23rd to the beginning of Spring Break. Each day there will be a kindness challenge displayed at every entrance of the school and an announcement will be made each morning so that we start our day in a good way - together! From there, each student will be challenged with completing the task and teachers will use these moments in the classroom to promote a positive mindset and healthy friendships.

At home, each family will receive the “18 Days of Kindness - Home Edition" where there is a new challenge for each day that focuses on bringing organization, laughter, and conversations about wellness into our homes. Students can bring their stories from home into the classroom to share each day or keep it private if they prefer.

Please click on the links below so that you can engage in conversation with your child about the daily activities.

18 Days of Kindness – School Edition

18 Days of Kindness – Home Edition

This is just one way that we hope to continue to inspire and build a culture of belonging and gratitude between students, staff and families at QES.

We are so excited to see what each member of the wolf pack does to honour each day and how it will shape our mindsets moving forward.  A huge shout-out to Mrs. Gould's class for their Pink Shirt Day advertising campaign and for Mrs. Wentzell, Mr. Cuculea and Ms. Hall for their work in organizing the Kindness Challenge. 

Good luck and have fun with each new daily challenge!​

Nov 14
Planning for Winter Break Travel

​We are starting to be informed of student absences scheduled for the upcoming Winter Break.  Families considering international travel must follow direction from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada upon returning. Their guidance is subject to change.

At this time, students under 12 years of age MUST stay away from school for 14 calendar days from the return date of entry into Canada.  

Government of Alberta COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel

Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

A reminder to families that if you are planning an extended vacation, to please call the school to discuss with Mrs. Marr or Mr. Tinaburri and complete an Extended Absence form​

We thank all of our families in advance for following appropriate travel guidelines to keep our learning community healthy and safe.  

Sep 24
National Truth & Reconciliation Week | Sept. 27th - Oct. 1st

In June 2021, the Federal Government declared that September 30 will now be recognized as the National Day for Truth & ReconciliationThe intention of the day is to recognize and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities. It will also ensure that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.  All CBE schools will recognize this day and there will be no classes on Sept 30. 

This year, September 27-October 1 will be known as Truth & Reconciliation Week. During this time, QES students and staff will be making space each day to honour Every Child Matters and Orange Shirt Day while learning about the history and legacy of residential schools. Throughout the week and in particular on Wednesday, students are invited to wear an orange shirt.

Teachers have been working to develop age-appropriate entry points for all learners and intentional land-based learning activities that help us all grow our understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing.  These are ongoing conversations in our school as we work towards meeting our QES Call to Action. Students will engage in a variety of activities to build intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. I would like to again share Spirit Bear's Guide as a family-friendly resource to learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. 

As an added piece towards our ongoing commitment to reconciliation, QES has organized a school-wide donation drive with 100% of donations going to the Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth (USAY). This is a local not-for-profit organization that relies heavily on donations from the community to provide support and programming for Indigenous youth in our area. ​

To take part in our donation drive, please do one of the following:

  1. Send a cash donation in a labelled envelope inside your child's agenda to give to their classroom teacher.
  2. Go to and click on “Donate" for E-transfer and Credit Card options.  Online donations over $25 can receive a receipt.  Please be sure to state that this is part of our QES donation drive. 

    Online donations will be accepted at any time, however, our final day for cash collections will be Friday, October 1st. 

    We look forward to this important kick-off week of learning that we can continue to build upon as we move forward through 2021-22 and beyond.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or myself.  

Aug 28
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year

​Teachers will be reaching out with class placement information on Monday, August 30.  

Tours are being arranged for students new to QES in Grades 1-6 on Tuesday, August 31.  Kinders will have their tour as part of their staggered entry day.  

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Jun 28
Year-End Message for Families

Dear QES Families,

We did it!  This week we celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.  A year of many changes, resilience, challenges, growth and learning!  We are sincerely grateful for the efforts of all students, families and staff in making this year one to remember!  When faced with many restrictions, our community went above and beyond to support each other and our students to have a safe and productive school year. 

A special thanks to our HUB parents for your support and commitment in helping your child continue their learning online.  I have appreciated all the stories, pictures, and videos that have been shared with me.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to in-person learning next year and for continued success for those who are not returning to QES.  

I want to extend a huge thank you to Ms. Pfob, Mrs. Ernst, Mr. Tinaburri and Ms. Sousa for supporting our Virtual Grade 6 Farewell Assembly. We applaud the achievements of our amazing group of Grade 6 students and wish them all the best as they embark on their new adventures in junior high school. 

To our School Council and Parent Society team, you are truly a remarkable group of people.  We could not provide the rich opportunities we do without the wonderful support of our parent community and we missed our parent volunteers greatly this year!  We cannot wait to have you back in-person again once restrictions lift. A special thanks to Laura and Marcy, our co-chairs, for leading this amazing crew and always checking in for ways to support our students.  Jenn, thank you for organizing our Grade 6 celebration treat!  I also want to thank our outgoing QES Council and QEEPES members Carla, Kristina, Hamish, Janyce, and Gillian for their service.  We look forward to having more parents and guardians join us in the fall! 

As the year closes, I want to express my deep appreciation for our staff and the outstanding work they have put into making this year a success for our students.  Thank you all for demonstrating tenacity, flexibility and empathy through a very challenging year.  Unfortunately, we must also say goodbye to some of our valued staff members.  Ms. Engbers and Ms. McConnell will be leaving for new school support roles in other CBE schools – thank you for your support this year and we wish you all the best!  We also say goodbye and good luck to the fabulous crew of contract teachers that joined us this year including Mrs. Davey, Mrs. Webb, Ms. Sousa and Ms. Lawless.  We are incredibly lucky to have had these talented educators join our QES team and we wish them all the best for next year. We are so grateful that we had the chance to get to work and learn with you! 

As we look ahead to 2021-22, families will be kept informed from CBE Communications over the summer should any public health information impact our plans for school re-entry.  Communications directly related to QES will resume when our office opens on August 27th.  Information regarding first-day entry points and classroom assignments will be communicated by email at the very end of August.

Thank you for another memorable year! Have a safe, healthy and awesome summer. 

All the best,
Cristin Marr

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