Jun 19
End of Year Message

Dear Students and Families:


Welcome to our amazing school!  I'm thrilled to have each and every one of you join our community.  As the principal, I want to extend a warm welcome and wish you a fantastic summer.


I hope you take this time to relax, recharge, and make beautiful memories with your family and friends.  Summer is a special season filled with sunshine, adventures and endless possibilities.  Enjoy each and every moment, explore new hobbies, discover new interests, and embrace the joy of being a student.


While you're enjoying your summer break, remember to take a moment to reflect on the exciting journey that awaits you at our school.  We have an incredible team of teachers, staff and administrators ready to support you in reaching your full potential.  We've also created an engaging and inclusive learning environment where you can thrive, learn and grow.


When the time comes, I can't wait to see your smiling faces, hear your stories, and witness your enthusiasm as we start this new chapter together.  Our school is a place where dreams are nurtured, friendships are formed, and lifelong memories are made.


I wish each of you a wonderful summer filled with joy, relaxation, and endless possibilities.

​Ms. Petroni

Feb 22
Happy Trails Ms. Jernigan - Welcome Ms. Love

Assistant Principal Announcement


Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier Staff, Parents, and Students,

It is with mixed emotion that I announce my last day at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School as March 3.  SWL has provided me an incredible opportunity to serve as your school assistant principal.  I will be moving to McKenzie Highlands School commencing March 6.

I have truly enjoyed my time at Laurier working with such a remarkable group of staff, students, and parents.  It has been a joy to watch the students grow into such wonderful young people over the years.  I have loved supporting them on their learning journey and celebrating their many successes.  SWL teachers and Principal Ms. Petroni, thank you for your tireless dedication to students and for your care and continuous pursuit of teaching excellence.  Working alongside of you has been deeply rewarding. 

I wish all of you a wonderful rest of the school year.  All the best in your future endeavors!

Tiffany Jernigan
Assistant Principal
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School


Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to announce that Rae Love will be in the role of Acting Assistant Principal until June 2023.  Ms. Love is currently a Learning Leader at SWL, has a strong understanding and passion for the learning goals of SWL and has established positive relationships with the staff, students and families of SWL. Ms. Love is skilled at creating inclusive learning environments in which diversity is embraced, a sense of belonging is emphasized and all students and staff are welcomed, cared for, respected and safe.  Greetings from Ms. Love are included below.  Please join me in welcoming Ms. Love to this new role!

I would like to thank Tiffany Jernigan for her leadership over the past four years and for her incredible and invaluable support in my first year here as principal.  She will be greatly missed by the community.

Take Care,
Andrea Petroni


​Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Parents/Guardians,

It is with excitement that I take on the role of assistant principal for the remainder of the school year!  I joined the CBE in September 2013.  Since then, I have taught grades 5-9 at Glendale Elementary and Sir Wilfrid Laurier School.  Though I am partial to humanities, my experience includes teaching math, science, French, outdoor education, art, physical education, and health.  Over the past several years, I have worked as a learning leader at SWL while completing my Master of Education.  I look forward to this new opportunity.

Sincerely Yours,
Rae Love

Dec 22
December 22, 2022

Hello SWL Families, 

I would like to begin this week's message by acknowledging that yesterday was Winter Solstice! The solstice is a time of significance, celebration, ceremony and song for some Indigenous cultures. Winter solstice is a celebration of light returning to Turtle Island. It is the shortest day of the year. Grandfather Sun begins to shine longer each day, bringing a promise of warmer weather, growth, and new life. Darkness can represent struggle, and light brings hope of easier times. Elder Randy Bottle (Saa'kokoto) teaches us that the Solstice begins a new year. It is a time for reflection, to look back at moons past and look forward to the “new sun" of the future; a time to appreciate what transpired over the past year, lessons that have been learned, and to set new intentions.  

Today is an exciting day as we have made it through quite the cold snap, are hosting our first wrestling match this year, have our second whole school pep rally and will be beginning our winter break today! There is definitely a buzz of excited energy in the building from both staff and students that is contagious! 

I wish all of you a wonderful, safe and restful winter holiday and look forward to welcoming students back in January.

Take care

Ms. Petroni
e | ampetroni@cbe.ab.ca

Nov 09
November 9, 2022

Hello SWL Students and Families, 

It is hard to believe that we are already experiencing the deep freeze of winter after having such beautiful weather for fall! This week we do have a few messages that I will outline below. As always, please reach out should you need further clarification on any of the items below. 

Inclement Weather Days 

When the weather dips below -20 C (including wind chill), students are asked to remain indoors for lunch as the risk of frostbite increases and can occur on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. We are asking on these days that you send students with a lunch as our cafeteria can only accommodate a limited amount of students before hot items run out.  Should you choose to send money with your child, all prices are included below so that you know how much money you need to provide your child with. We ask that students do not come to school with more money than they need to purchase their own lunch. 

Parent Council 

This Monday we had our second School Council meeting of the year.  School councils perform an important advisory role at schools. They help ensure the parent and community perspective is represented in school decision-making. In addition, school councils share information about the school with the community. At this month's school council meeting, there was a focus on how to use casino funds to support the whole school community.  In the past, school council has paid all busing costs to lessen the cost that families need to pay for field trips.  School council has asked for greater clarity around how much this would be for the year to see if it is still a good use of school council funds.  On January 16, school council will vote on whether or not they will continue to pay for busing costs. All parents are encouraged to attend that evening to have a voice in a decision that will impact them. 

Parent Teacher Interviews 

Parent teacher interviews will occur on November 24th and 25th. On November 24th, they will be from 4:30 – 8:00pm and will be in person. On November 25th, they will be from 8:30 to 2:00pm and will be online via TEAMS.  Bookings will open on Monday, November 21st.  ​

Oct 21
October 21, 2022

Hello SWL Families, 

As Monday, October 24 is Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, we will be having a casual day so that students can dress in their cultural attire. Diwali is the biggest and most important holiday in India and is celebrated by more than 1 billion Hindus around the world. The interpretation of the holiday varies across religions and countries, as other sects, such as Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, have adopted their own versions of the holiday. But there's one common theme no matter where people celebrate: the victory of good over evil. 

As we move into some cooler temperatures, I would like to remind students and parents that students will still be expected to go outside for the second half of lunch.  It is important that students come to school dressed for the weather. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful week-end.

Take Care, 

Ms Petroni 
Principal, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School

Oct 12
October 12, 2022

Hello SWL Students and Families, 

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through October, especially with all the glorious weather we have been having! It is so nice to see students out and about at lunch, enjoying time together outside. 

We have had some changes to teacher staffing this month that impact students in grades 7, 8, & 9.  I would like to congratulate Ms. Araki on her new position within the board supporting English Language Learners and to thank her for her tremendous contributions to improving student learning while at SWL. I know that she will be missed by both staff and students. In her place, I would like to welcome Ms. Smith who will be teaching Gr. 8&9 ELA and Gr. 6&8 PE. 

Ms. Renner will be on a temporary leave as she awaits the arrival of her baby. I would like to welcome Ms. Randhawa who will be teaching Gr. 7 Humanities and Gr. 7 & 8 Art. I know in the coming weeks you will have opportunities to connect with both of these teachers and encourage you to reach out should you have any questions. 

As a staff we are continuing to gather together to create and finalize our School Development Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.  We look forward to sharing this with you when it is finalized. 

Lastly, I would like to thank all of our coaches for their tireless commitment to provide rich extracurricular opportunities for our students. Thank you, Mr., Couper & Ms. Foster (cross-country), Ms. Love, Mr. Taylor, Ms. Hemsing, & Ms. Sharma (volleyball) and Mr. Sultan, Mr. Tackney, Ms. Wattamaniuk & Ms. Chan (soccer).  A special thank you to Mr. Smith, our in-house photographer. 

Take Care, 

Ms Petroni 
Principal, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School

Sep 23
September 23, 2022

Below you will see some important things to note:

September 26 – School Photos – Formal Uniform Required
September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 5 – Grade 6 Immunizations
October 7 – Non-Instructional Day – No School for Students
October 10 – Thanksgiving Day – No School
October 17 – 21 – Secret Path Week – Further Information to Follow
October 26 – Grade 6 Storybook Theatre
October 28 – Non-Instructional Day – No School for Students

Principal's Message

This week, SWL held their first pep rally and it was a smashing success! This was an opportunity for students to come together as a whole school community to continue the work of strengthening relationships with one another and fostering a sense of belonging.  After the pep rally, students completed the Terry Fox run.  Together students were able to raise $1094 to go towards cancer research. 

There are a couple of important messages for next week.  The first is around expectations of students during lunchtime. Understanding the benefits of being outdoors, beginning Monday, September 26, all students will be required to spend the second half of lunch, 12:29 – 12:54, outdoors.  The only exceptions will be for those students who are attending a club, intramurals or are working with a teacher.  Please ensure that students are dressed and prepared for the weather.  We will plan according for inclement weather such as rain or temperatures below -20. On those days, students will be able to remain indoors. 

Next week, as a whole school community, we will be honouring National Truth and Reconciliation Week.  Students will be learning about the history and legacy of residential schools. On September 29th, we encourage all students to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors. To support you with continuing these conversations at home and to help with your own learning, we have created an information sheet for you that includes events that you can attend with your family on September 30th. 

Parent-Family Resource for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 

Take Care, 

Ms Petroni 
Principal, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School

Sep 16
September 16, 2022

Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Families, 

We have had another exciting week of learning here at SWL! It was so great to be able to meet all the families, in person, who were able to make it to our Meet the Teacher night. Please remember to check teacher Blog's to continue to stay up to date with the happenings in your child's classroom. Blogs are located on our school website under Classes and DepartmentsTeacher Blogs

In the upcoming days please look out for an important message detailing the first School Council meeting we will be having for the 2022-23 school year. School councils perform a very important role in ensuring that the parent and community perspective is represented in school decision-making.  Should you be interested in volunteering or would like additional information please email me directly at ampetroni@cbe.ab.ca. 

I hope each of you have a wonderful weekend. 

Take Care, 

Ms Petroni 
Principal, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School

Jun 29

Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier Staff, Parents and Students,

It is with mixed emotion that I announce I will be leaving Sir Wilfrid Laurier School at the end of this school year.  I can hardly believe that five years have passed since I was afforded the opportunity and honor to serve as your school principal.  I will be moving to McKenzie Highlands School commencing August 26.

I wish to thank SWL parents for the support, care and love you give to your children, always instilling the importance of education and encouraging them to do their best work each and every day.  This is nothing short of remarkable and your children are in very capable hands as SWL teachers and staff continue to build and strengthen the goals we have established at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.  SWL teachers and Assistant Principal Ms. Jernigan, thank you for your tireless dedication to students and for your care and continuous pursuit of mastery teaching.  Working alongside of you has been transformative and deeply rewarding.

I have been able to watch SWL students grow into remarkable young adults, starting as grade six students who are yearning to grow, and by grade nine, they are poised and ready to take on new challenges with heart, soul, determination, knowledge and skill.  The students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier have been so kind and fun loving. These are some of the best qualities in a student a principal could ever ask for. 

You are  a truly a wonderful school community!  Thank you School Council Members and parent volunteers.  You have supported SWL through some difficult years, meeting virtually and demonstrating flexibility, giving much of your time, energy and skill to enrich our programs.   Thank you for listening to me talk so much and  for being so patient!  Students, thank you for tolerating my cheesy humor and efforts to make you laugh and smile.  Go after your dreams, chase them and catch them and make them real!

I wish all of you a wonderful, fun-filled summer holiday.  It has been an absolute pleasure!

Mr. Martin
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School
Calgary Board of Education

Jun 28
June 28, 2022

Good morning Sir Wilfrid Laurier parents/guardians:

​Below you will see some important things to note:

June 29 – Appeals Day – No School
June 30 – Non-Instructional Day – No School
September 1 – Return to School – First Day of Classes

Principal's Message

Hello SWL Families,

What a year it has been!  We say goodbye to some fantastic grade nine students as they celebrate friendship and share memories and fun at Calaway Park today.  As with every school year, we also are excited to welcome some charming and very cute grade six students to SWL in the fall. 

Your children have been strong and brought joy and smiles to this school, and as parents, you continue to support teachers and place a high value on education.  What an honour to serve this TLC community.

Report cards went online today so please take a look and share the successes and next steps in learning with your child.  If you wish to appeal a grade, tomorrow, June 29 is Appeals Day.  Teachers will be available from 9am-12 pm and can be reached by contacting their CBE e-mail address or by calling the school office.

Have a wonderful summer with your amazing kids.  See you in the fall.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Martin

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