Oct 05
Message October

I cannot believe that we are already well into the beginning of October.  We are so glad that the weather is cooperating, as we are outside as much as possible. I would like to say thank you to all students and families for working so hard to follow our expectations with our Re-entry Plan and, being diligent with managing our health.  I would also would like to acknowledge World Teacher Day on October 5th.  This is when all teachers are celebrated world wide for their work, compassion and desire to educate our youth.  This tribute has even greater meaning this year with the current learning environment that our students and teachers are working in.  I hope that we all can take some time to say thank you to our champions who are working with our students each and everyday.​​

Aug 31
Welcome Back

I would like to welcome all to the 2020-21 school year at Samuel W. Shaw.  This year is going to be one year that we will remember for a long time. We are currently working together getting the school ready for arrival of staff and students.  Things are going to look different and there will be many changes to our school day and the protocols.  What we have been used to in the past is going to look really different. This year is all about trying something different, learning new things, and being mindful of our health and safety. There will be a large amount of information coming your way through email and posted on the website.  Please take the time to read through and if you have any question please to do not hesitate to call the school.

​Darrin Fisher
Principal SWS

Apr 02
We are getting Ready

Hey everyone, I hope all of you are well and safe.  The staff and I sure miss our students.  I understand that most of us are feeling anxious in the current situation; but we are doing everything to keep you safe and well. As we work through this “new normal”, we are going to continue the work in supporting your learning.

I know that over the past few days, teachers have been reaching out to see how you and your family are doing.  They are also checking to see what you have at home to support your learning from home. Teachers are very excited to reach out to you and hear all about what you have been doing over the past few weeks. I know the teachers are also looking forward to seeing all of you through Google Meet.  Maybe you will also have an opportunity to meet your classmates.  Starting next week, teachers will be sending a weekly schedule of activities, assignments, office hours and times when students can meet as a class to continue the learning.

I do have to say that I am impressed by how the staff has responded to this crisis by collaborating and working together to get ourselves organized.  There has been a lot of new learning for everyone.

This situation is new for everyone and just like you, we are all trying to figure out how to support learning but in a different way. Be kind to everyone around you – you family, your teachers and yourself.  Working together, we will all come out on the other side better and stronger as a learning community.​

Darrin Fisher

Mar 18
March 2020

Dear SWS Families,

Now that the news is out there and the classes are cancelled, we wanted to send a short note to all of you to reassure you that we are still here and still thinking of you. While our current times may seem overwhelming, please know that what remains consistent is our dedication to you all. 

Our advice to you is to take these next two weeks to reconnect with your favourite things and your family. Enjoy some good books, play with your pets, and have a family game night. Every resource on D2L and online, is still available, so challenge yourself to keep your skills sharp. As this is a new situation, please be patient with us as we work to try and navigate what learning is going to look like with the school’s doors closed. This is going to be a long process and we are at the very beginning of our work. Expect more information from the school, but until that arrives your teachers are still here for you and are reachable.

Darrin Fisher, Principal

Dec 18
Season Greetings



December is here and brings with it all the excitement of the coming festive season. It is important that you check the calendar for the upcoming events in December and January.  It is a wonderful time of learning and giving. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to our School Council for supporting the teaching and learning at our school by organizing the Friday Fun Lunches, supporting our teachers in the classroom and on fieldtrips and providing the many wish-list items that make our educational experience so rich and meaningful. We appreciate all you do for us!


With the advent of this very chilly winter, we are working hard to remind our students to dress properly for the weather.  We are encouraging them to wear their coats, hats, mitts and boots.  As always in winter, the CBE reminds parents and students of the following:

·         Children should be well prepared for the weather and not left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances.

·         Parents/guardians should provide alternate arrangements for their child(ren) that provide timely shelter, if required (i.e.: a neighbour who will be at home during the day).

·         Roads may be congested and slippery resulting in possible traffic and bus delays.

​We do need to say goodbye to Mr. Dean Cutts as his time with us has come to an end.  He is returning to his home country of Australia. Mr. Cutts spent the year with us at SWS sharing his traditions with our students and staff.  This included Anzac Cookie Making, Vegemite Tasting, Aboriginal Art and learning the game of Australian Rules Football. We hope that Mr. Cutts will be able to take back and share with his students in Australia some of our Canadian traditions.

As always, I welcome your phone calls, emails and visits. On behalf of the staff of Samuel W. Shaw, I’d like to wish your family a restful holiday break and a healthy, prosperous New Year….Cheers!


Darrin Fisher 


Aug 30
First Days of School 2019-2020

Dear Students & Parents,

We are excited to welcome students to Samuel W. Shaw School for the 2019-2020 school year!


A reminder we will be doing a staggered entry as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – Grade 5, 7 & PLP only
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – ALL students

On Tuesday, September 3, Grade 5 will meet outside near the Aux Gym and Grade 7 will meet outside near the Main Gym.  PLP students will meet their teachers outside the school as they arrive. Please note, staff will be outside the school to help students find their way.


On Wednesday, September 4, Grade 6 students will meet their teachers outside the Aux Gym, Grade 8 will meet outside, near the Main Gym and grade 9 will meet at the east entrance of the school (by the portables).  Please note, staff will be outside to help students find their way. Grade 5, 7 and PLP students will head directly to their classroom.


The Snack Shack will be open, starting, September 3 for students to purchase food at lunch.  


Students will be given their classroom timetable and work with their core teachers their first few days of school.  PE classes will begin on Thursday, September 5 and Complementary classes will begin on Monday, September 9. Forms and any additional paperwork will be sent home on Monday, September 9 with the expectations they are returned by Friday, September 13.


Meet the Teacher will be Thursday, September 12 from 5:30-7:30pm.  During this evening, there will be an introduction of teachers in the gym at 5:30pm, a meeting at 6pm for grade 9 parents who have students attending the SEAS field trip and the Parent Council AGM at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons.  The remainder of the evening will be an informal opportunity for students to show their parents around the school and introduce them to their teachers.


The school office will be open from 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am-2pm on Friday.

Aug 23
Welcome Back - August 2019

Welcome Back!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

Our staff is busy preparing for September and we are looking forward to working with our students.  We have lots of exciting opportunities planned for the year, stay tuned for more info! 

At this time, some students have noted their homeroom placement on PowerSchool.  Please note, there was much planning and consultation, amongst our staff, that went into building class list.  Parents were offered an opportunity last spring to make requests for class placements and we honoured these to the best of our abilities.  At this time, there will be no homeroom changes.  It is our belief that your child has been placed in a class that best suits them and we believe they will be successful in that setting.

A reminder that we will be doing a staggered entry, as follows:

Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019 - Grade 5, Grade 7 and PLP only

Wednesday, Sept 4 2019 - All students

Our warning bell in the morning is at 9:05am, period 1 beginning at 9:10am.  Afternoon dismissal is at 3:40pm.  If your child is bussed, please check the CBE website for transportation information, including bus times and stops.  The link is: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/bus-maps-and-schedules.aspx

Stay tuned for further information which will be sent out the last few days of August.

Jan 08
Happy New Year and Welcome Back

Welcome to 2019.  I hope that you had an opportunity to visit with family and friends during the holiday season.  January is going to be a very busy month.  Students are well into the year and the work often becomes more challenging.  Maintaining an effective study time, completing homework on time and utilizing D2L will enable your child to be successful. 

Basketball season has just started with the next 2 weeks of tryouts and practises.  Please check the school website for updates on practises and games. I would like to extend a special thank you to our coaches, Mr. Sheldon, Ms. Temple, Ms. Jorgensen, and Ms. Berry. Your time commitment and dedication to our school is greatly appreciated. Go Storm!!

As a reminder, beginning on January 7th, CBE Alternative Programs will start to accept applications.  This includes Willow Park (Fine Arts), Fairview (TLC), Louis Riel (Science) and Woodman (Late French Immersion). Please check the school website and the CBE website for open house and application information (http://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/events-sessions-open-houses/Pages/default.aspx)

Also, we are in the process of starting High School Registration.  Grade 9 teachers are currently having discussions regarding high school registration with their students.  Since 90% of the students from SWS attend Centennial High School, all of the grade 9 students will be attending an open house on Feb. 12/19 Staff from Centennial will be visiting our students on January 16th.   Near the end of February, students in grade 9 will be registering with Centennial staff at SWS (date to be announced). High school designation is based on residency.  If your child wishes to attend a different high school parents need to approach the designated high school and the requested high school to assist in the transfer.

Over the past month there has been a number of staff changes at SWS.  I would like to say thank you to Kevin Godfrey for his time at SWS and good luck on his next adventure as the new principal of Ernest Morrow.  I know that staff and students wish him good luck in his new position.  Let’s welcome back Danielle Zurowski as she returns from an exchange to Australia.  She will take over Emma Allen’s position as she is returning to the land down under. We also welcome Dean Cutts from Australia as he has taken over Meredith Ramsay’s position as she ventures south to Australia for the year. Finally, welcome to Tracy Roseworn as she has joined our Lunchroom Team.   If you have a chance, please welcome them to our SWS community.

Please continue to regularly check our website.  There are many activities that we will be participating in throughout the year.  We will continue to send important information through to the email that you have provided to our office.  It is important that you inform the office of any changes when there is any change to your contact information (email, cell number).

With the New Year, many people commit to resolutions, or as I prefer to call them, “Intentions”. To me, the idea of intentions seems more flexible and attainable than resolutions. Whether these personal intentions are to eat healthier, exercise more regularly or be more organized, it is important to also help our children set realistic intentions for their personal development and success. On January 31st, students will have access to their Term 1 Report Card. As you review these formal assessments with your child, remember to celebrate the successes, but also to use these reports as a foundation for setting intentions and goals for the second term.

We sincerely wish you and your family all the best in 2019.


Darrin Fisher, Principal​

May 15
Welcome to our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website!!

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Samuel W. Shaw School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.


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