Jan 21
Time to Play

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

Common words to crop up in the ‘Principal Update’ include community and together. This week is no exception. Our playground is officially open and I wanted to take this time to acknowledge the community of organizations and individuals who came together for over a year to make this playground a possibility.

I want to start by acknowledging all of those who financially contributed to the playground including Alberta Education and the Parks Foundation. I also recognize that many of our parents made financial contributions through Education Matters, of which we are extremely grateful.

Countless volunteer hours were also contributed to this project. A very dedicated team of parents formed the Playground Committee to consider process, funding sources and designs. A huge shout-out to one of our parents, Jenn W., for chairing the committee and seeing to the business end of this project right through to the end. Her behind the scenes efforts have been outstanding and so appreciated.

We also want to thank various businesses that have been a part of the process including Jennifer C. at NAK Designs for donating time and services, acting as a consultant to guide us through the process. Thank you to Ken S. at Canadian Recreation Solutions for designing the playground and being our lead building company on the project. Our playground will certainly be a jewel in their portfolio. GPI Outdoor Designs was responsible for the actual construction of the playground and we cannot speak highly enough of their team of workers who put it all together.

I also want to acknowledge a broad team within the CBE who supported us including members from Playground Services, Grounds and Finance. Part of this team has been the incredible efforts from our very own Melanie Young who has taken on the full leadership of the playground, from a school prospective. She has spent hours attending meetings, reviewing paperwork and communicating with various organizations to make this playground a reality.

Finally, I want to acknowledge our students. It was their direct input, votes and feedback on the design process that lead to the playground we have today. This playground is the embodiment of their vision and we hope it will in turn bring them much joy. It truly takes a community.

The fence has come down around the playground on Friday afternoon. The timing of this was intentionally planned in order to allow for a soft-launch community opening, on a beautiful weekend. Next week, at school, students will be given daily cohorted times to explore their new playground. As the weeks progress on, multiple opportunities for safe and cohorted play will be given throughout the week for students to play. Please note, in accordance with current CBE guidelines, there will not be direct playground supervision, by staff, either before or after school.

Brad Emery


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