The CBE's App​​roach to Community Engagement

Dialogue is the Calgary Board of Education’s approach to community engagement. It is a mutually respectful exchange of ideas that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity within the CBE community. It represents our ongoing commitment to involve people in decisions that affect them.

We know we make better decisions when we listen and work together to solve problems and find solutions. When we do, our students are better equipped to become successful citizens who contribute their ideas, passion and energy to society.

There can be no dialogue without you. Find out more about Dialogue as well as current and past system engagement initiatives on the CBE’s website​.​​​​​​

Community Engagement

Uniforms at Riverside School

In the spring 2022, Riverside School shared a school planning survey with parents, which included a question about school uniforms. After reviewing the survey results, a decision was communicated in April 2022 to no longer have student uniforms at the school. Feedback from parents on that decision and how it was made caused CBE and Riverside School leaders to re-evaluate. It was determined that more time was needed to share information about all of the factors that need to be considered in decision-making so that stakeholders could provide informed input and feedback.

A letter was sent out September 13, 2022 inviting families to engage in two opportunities to share their perspectives on student uniforms, and a decision will be made by November 2022 for implementation in the 2023-24 school year.

Update on our Visual Identity


All references to the old school name on the website and inside the building have been removed. The school name was installed above the steps at the front door in early September 2022.

Guidance from Elders

We continue to be grateful to the Elder who joined our community to provide support, guidance, and teachings to staff and students. Every student has met with the Elder at least once to learn about the land on which our building resides. In June, the school administration met with Elder Leonard Bastien. When asked about his thoughts on visual identity, he shared that all colors of the rainbow after a thunderstorm were equally beautiful, and each sacred. He also suggested considering natural elements such as sun, moon, stars, thunder, lightning, and water in design elements.

Logo and Next Steps

  • From April to June 2022, students worked through a design process to gather ideas about what Riverside means to them.  
  • An Indigenous student from Central Memorial High School artist designed a logo and the student population chose their favorite by vote.
  • The next steps are to seek input from the students on a 4 color design.  
  • School spirit wear with the new logo will be available for purchase once the design is finalized.
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