Dear TB Riley Students and Families,
We have come to the end of another school year and on behalf of all staff, I want to extend a sincere thank you to our parents/guardians for your continued support, patience, and understanding while students navigated these difficult times and back to in-person learning without restrictions. We look forward to next year where we will be back to school and back to all in-person activities including field-trips, athletics, guest speakers and assemblies in the gym.
Congratulations to the grade 9 students at TB Riley who will be moving on to high school next year. I know this amazing group of students will be successful in high school and in every endeavor they choose to pursue into the future. Thank you, Thomas B. Riley grade 9 students.
This year we will also be saying goodbye to a few staff members. TB Riley would like to say goodbye to Mr. Parker, Ms. Malenfant, Ms. Wilson-Brown, Ms. Fink, Ms. Douville, Mr. Gallant, Mr. Sogge, Mr. Chin, Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Greenwood and Ms. Gonzalez. Also as you all know our Grade six team is moving to Brentwood School farewell to Mr. Christie, Ms. Hammer, Ms. Riel and Ms. Quinlan. To all of our staff leaving Thomas B. Riley, we wish you all the best as you head off to your new schools and new adventures in your life. I know you will impact your new communities in a positive way.
While we have to say goodbye to some teachers, we also have the opportunity to say WELCOME to others. We are so lucky enough to be welcoming our new Math/Science Teacher, Ms. Bosselle; our new Band Director, Mr. Irwin; CTF Specialist Ms. Roefs, and our new Foods Teacher, Ms. Reinson-Adam. We forward to working with you and we know you will be able to build many strong relationships with our students. We are also very lucky to be welcoming back Ms. Ladd and Ms. Trafford.
On behalf of all staff at TB Riley, I wish you and your family a wonderful, fun-filled summer vacation. We look forward with great anticipation to welcoming all of our students to a brand new school year starting September 1, 2022.
As always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, or myself and we will do our best to provide you with an answer to your question.
Take good care, stay healthy and be safe,
What an amazing fall we have been experiencing so far. We have been lucky and it is only a matter of time before the weather begins to turn and we all have to start dressing in our winter gear. This month, the students of Thomas B. Riley and their teachers respectfully paid tribute to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today by creating and designing a virtual Remembrance Day celebration. Thank you to Ms. Beer’s and Ms. Trafford’s ALP and PLP classes for singing and signing O ’Canada for everyone. I would also like to thank Ms. Bazel for organizing the celebration and all the other staff and students who participated in the colour guard, laying of the wreaths and the poems and recognitions that were shared. I would also like to thank all T.B. Riley students that participated in the Loonie for Lunches fundraiser, where students who participated in wearing casual cloths or wearing a hat for the day contributed to raising funds for the Calgary Food Bank’s Loonie for Lunches program. This is another excellent example of the caring and respect our students demonstrate for their community. We look forward to more opportunities for our students to continue to show how they support our school and greater community in the weeks to come.
Our recent Parent-Teacher Conferences were held virtually again this year, and we are pleased to say they were very well attended by parents and students. If you did not get the opportunity to meet with your child’s teaching team or option teacher, you can email the teacher directly to arrange for a time that works.
Ongoing communication between the home and school is important for student success. Teachers are using PowerSchool to support real time communication of student progress, and continue to update their Brightspace D2L shells with updated assignments and assessments. If you have not yet created your MyCBE/PowerSchool account please access the CBE website (cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/MyCBE-PowerSchool-Creating-Account.aspx) to find information and tutorials on creating your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. This is also an excellent time to remind everyone that all report cards will be available digitally this year and you will need to access your account to view your child’s report card. Report Cards will be available to view starting on Monday January 31, 2022.
Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Soccer teams, Senior Girls Volleyball team, and Cross Country team for representing T.B. Riley. Thanks to the dedication of players and volunteer time by teachers, all teams had successful seasons and we can’t wait to see you continue to improve on your athletic endeavors this school year. Our Basketball season will be starting very soon after winter break so stay tuned for tryout dates.
We ask for parents’ and guardians’ support as we enforce our no cell phone policy in the school. Our policy states that students are not to have cell phones or related devices on them during the school day unless given direct permission from a teacher. Students are allowed to use devices once outside for lunch and afterschool. We would also like to take this time to remind everyone of our CBE Results.
The CBE’s Board of Trustees has established Results Policies that are the anticipated outcomes for CBE students. While these Results include academic success, they extend to Citizenship (R-3), Personal Development (R-4) and Character (R-5).
At Thomas B. Riley School, we continue to work with students to provide experiences for them to grow:
- as citizens by respecting and embracing diversity. For example, our PRIDE club meets on a regular basis.
- by being responsible stewards of our environment, such as by cleaning up our community.
- by developing resilience, which is a component for our Wellbeing for Learning goal in our School Development Plan
- by considering the needs of others. Students have been engaged in acts of kindness in our school and the larger community. Additionally, homeroom classes are contributing to Holiday Hampers to support families in need.
This is ongoing work as together we support T. B. Riley students in reaching the CBE’s mission.
My hope is that everyone continues to stay healthy, happy and safe and has a wonderful fall/winter. I know all the staff at TB Riley can’t wait to see all our students’ strengths emerge as we are heading into the second half of the school year. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school and speak to either Ms. Sarpal or myself.
Take Good Care,
Principal, T.B. Riley
September is both an exciting and busy time at Thomas B. Riley School as we focus on the start of the new school year. I just wanted to take a moment to touch base and let you know that we are looking forward to a great year of learning with our students. We are excited to welcome our new Grade 6 and community 7 students and those returning students joining us in Grades 7-9. This year, teachers will be offering a modified version of our co-curricular and extra-curricular based activities and clubs, from athletics to a variety of other clubs. These activities will happen but may be modified slightly due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whether students are new to T.B. Riley or are returning from last year, I encourage all students to get involved in their school community and become involved in as many activities as possible. Students, I challenge you this year to make new friends, help others whenever possible and enjoy learning with your fellow students in as many ways as you can.
If you have not had an opportunity to purchase uniforms, please do so at your earliest opportunity to avoid delays and ensure students have the required attire for TLC. For our TLC students we will begin enforcing their dress code on September 13, 2021. We hope by then students will have the required attire for TLC which includes an all black pair of runners or dress shoes. This year our TLC students may also wear a TB Riley Hoodie over top their uniform on Tues – Friday if they wish to wear a hoodie during the colder months of the school year.
It is also important to note that we have had a number of parents dropping their children off in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day. We certainly do not mind if you do this but we need to keep in mind several things. First we need to be considerate of our yellow buses. Our yellow buses drop students off at the front of the school every morning, if you are dropping your child off please do not block or park in front of the school as that interferes with our yellow bus drop off. In front of the school between the no parking signs is designated parking for school buses and emergency vehicles only. If you choose to drop your child off, please do so outside the designated yellow school but drop zone. It has become very dangerous at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day as we have had parents pulling into the school’s parking lot and dropping students off or picking them up in the parking lot. This has caused a lot of congestion and is unsafe for our students and staff who are walking through the parking lot. Please refrain from dropping or picking up your child in the schools parking lot. Lastly, we have had several parents who are choosing convenience over safety and continue to do U-turns in front of the school after dropping their child off or at the end of the day when picking their child up. Please do not do this as it has caused a few dangerous situations and near misses.
Ms. Sarpal and I are looking forward to an amazing school year watching your children grow academically. As always if you have any question please feel free to contact the main office and one of us will be happy to get back to you as soon as we are available.
It is going to be a great year!
Take Good Care,
Principal Thomas B. Riley
Dear TBR Families,
We have come to the end of a school year that has been incredibly unique and challenging. On behalf of all staff, I want to extend a sincere thank you to our parents/guardians for your continued support, patience, and understanding while students moved from in-person to online learning several times throughout the year.
We are incredibly proud of how our students accepted the things they could not change and embraced living and learning while wearing a mask, sitting in a classroom cohort and following strict COVID safety restrictions. They have all sacrificed their athletic programs, team sports, dances, field trips and special events, and yet they are leaving us with gratitude and a smile. I am sure September will bring some of these activities back to our students.
Congratulations to the grade 9 students at TB Riley who will be moving on to High School next year. This amazing group of students showed me why TB Riley is such an amazing school where students can truly be who they want to be, where students have a primary focus on learning and everyone strives to treat each other with kindness and respect. I know these students will be successful in High School and in every endeavor they choose to pursue into the future. Thank you Thomas B Riley grade 9 students.
This year we do need say good bye to a few of our teachers. TB Riley would like to say goodbye to our Assistant Principal Mr. Mattersdorfer, long time Raider Mr. Shellenberg, Ms. Robinson, Ms. Douville, and Ms. Weiss. We also want to thank our TB Riley HUB teachers and wish them a farewell too, so long to Ms. Marshall, Mr. McLean, Mr. Fougere and Ms. Mageau. To all of our teacher leaving Thomas B Riley, we wish you all the best as you head off to your new schools and new adventures in your life. I know you will impact your new communities in a positive way.
While we have to say good bye to some teachers we also have the opportunity to say WELCOME to others. We are so lucky enough to be welcoming our new Assistant Principal Ms. Sarpal, in PE/Health/CTF Mr. Stanley and Ms. Holt, Ms. Eagleson in Grade 8 Humanities and in PLP Ms. Trafford. We forward to working with you and we know you will be able to build many strong relationships with our students. We are also very lucky to be welcoming back Ms. Ladd as she will take on a new role in the school as FSL and CTF teacher.
On behalf of all staff at TB Riley, I wish you and your family a wonderful, fun-filled summer vacation however that may look this year. We look forward with great anticipation to welcoming all of our students and returning HUB students to a brand new school year starting September 1, 2021.
As always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, or myself and we will do our best to provide you with an answer to your question.
Take Good Care, Stay Healthy and Be Safe,
A year ago we were heading into a time with so many unknowns. It is amazing to see how much things have changed and how the students at Thomas B Riley are doing their best to continue to keep their studies at the front of their minds. Over the last year, we have learned a lot about ourselves, our community, and our world. At TB Riley, the students continue to amaze and inspire us every day. Their commitment to keep one another healthy, their maturity to follow the increased expectations of COVID 19, and the support they provide to each other is beyond compare. I am consistently inspired by the students at TB Riley. As parents and guardians, please know how much the staff at TB Riley appreciates all the work you do to support your children, our students. We have an amazing group of students here at TB Riley.
As Spring Break is upon us, remember to take the time you need for yourselves and for your family. As of right now, this Spring break, we will still be following the restrictions set out and we encourage all families to follow these, as there is now an end in sight with more vaccinations happening everyday. I also want to encourage you to find alternate ways to engage with your family outdoors and enjoy the time together. Our hope is that you enjoy the next week as we begin to transition into the last 3 months of the school year.
At this time, I would like to recognize our Parent Council for all the wonderful things they do for TB Riley and for sponsoring our new sensory room as well as helping us purchase additional SMART Boards for a few of our classrooms. Your support is appreciated and thank you for all you have done to make TB Riley a better place to learn. I would also like to make one more thank you to all our Teachers, Support Staff, Custodial Staff and our Assistant Principal for the tireless amount of work you have all done. Thank You.
Enjoy the break everyone, you deserve it.
Mr. D. Moody
Principal, Thomas B Riley
The students and staff have been so excited the last couple of weeks as they reunite with friends and teachers returning from at-home learning. We are hopeful that the number of confirmed COVID cases in Calgary will steadily decline so that continuity of learning is not impacted as we head into semester 2.
Teachers have finalized report cards and are busy preparing for semester 2, which starts on February 1. Report Cards can be accessed online using MYCBE/Powerschool starting Monday.
Grade 9 parents and students have been asking about high school registration and transfer requests. There are some new processes which we will be communicating to families later in February when we know which high schools have open or limited spaces available. The deadline for any high school transfer requests and for expressing an interest in Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) is March 15, so there is no need to worry right now. Parents and students can look at high school websites for information on virtual open houses/tours. They are encouraged to attend these events to gain a better understanding of what their designated high school and other CBE high schools can offer them.
At this time, I would like to welcome three new teachers to TB Riley. We have Ms. Kehler who will be taking over for Ms. Robinson on the HUB for a couple of months. Ms. Kehler comes to us from the CBE sub roster after several successful temporary contracts. Joining us this semester until the end of June, we have Ms. Douville and Ms. Graham. Ms. Douville joins us after teaching the first semester on the HUB. Due to the number of Grade 6 students returning to in-person learning, Ms. Douville was able to join us in-person and will be teaching Grade 7 Humanities, Math and Science. Ms. Graham who joins us after a semester at Mountain Park School will also be teaching in Grade 7 ELA, Science and Grade 9 Math. Welcome to TB Riley, we all look forward to the amazing opportunities you will be providing our students.
Sadly we are also saying good bye to one of our long time grade 6 teachers, Ms. Merry. Ms. Merry has decided to retire from teaching and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life. No more getting up early and coming into work. Thank you Ms. Merry for all that you have done for TB Riley and for our students, you will be missed by everyone.
Take Care, Stay Healthy and Stay Safe,
Mr. D. Moody
Winter Break is upon us as we are getting ready for a well deserved and restful break before we all start up again in 2021. 2020 has been quite the year and with all the challenges we have faced I am always amazed at the generosity of our TB Riley school community. The last days before we all went back to online learning, we asked students and families to donate to our annual Christmas Hamper Drive. We have gathered enough food donations for 24 families along with over $4000 in donations for gift cards and presents. Ms. Fink and her team of Elves have been busy putting all the hampers together and getting them ready to deliver this week. Thank you to everyone for supporting TB Riley!!!
The diversity and uniqueness of TB Riley has created a culture not seen in other schools within the CBE. This allows for great opportunities but also significant challenges at times. When Alberta Education mandated a transition to online learning following school bell schedule and timetable, we at TB Riley started to develop a plan that would meet students' needs. As such, all students are receiving their option/CTF courses in an online format. For now, we will continue to learn this way until Jan 11, 2021, which will be the first day back to in-person learning for our school community and for all students in the province. We will be anxiously waiting and listening for government announcements confirming this over our winter break.
As we get closer to winter break, I want to thank all our students, families and staff for their diligence with our COVID protocols. We have had minor impacts to teaching and learning, but nothing we could not handle. That is something we should be proud of. Please continue diligence while learning at home and over the break so we can continue to maintain our health in school in the New Year.
At this time I would also like to acknowledge our parent council for all the support they have given us this last year. We have been able to increase our technology at TB Riley by purchasing Chromebooks and a couple SMART Boards. It was also very nice of them on Dec 11, to show their appreciation to our teachers by bringing in lunch for everyone. Thank you!!! It was enjoyed by all.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & I hope you have a joyful winter break.
The beautiful days of fall seem to have shifted to the long upcoming days of winter! We continue to wish wellness and good wishes to our school community. It has been such a nice autumn in Calgary, watching the leaves change colour and fall has been a welcome distraction from the challenges of school start up. The start of the school year is always full of activity and this year, while different from other years, has been quite busy.
We have been fortunate to experience warm days and this has allowed for more outside activity in PE and during lunch breaks. We know things can change quickly and dramatically in Calgary, so we are preparing to implement our previously arranged lunch time structures for our students who remain at school, so that we can offer activities that allow for physical distancing. Grade 6's and 7's will continue to eat in their classrooms during the first half of lunch, and Grade 8's and 9's will re-enter the school at 11:43, for the second half of lunch if they are wanting to eat inside.
HUB organization has been complete for a few weeks, and teachers are making the final adjustments to routines and protocols. Thank you for your patience and understanding to all the changes both in the HUB online and face-to-face instructions.
Within our building, students are doing a great job at following mask protocols, we do have the odd student who needs a reminder and we thank all students who continue to wear their mask and follow CBE and AHS mask protocols. Hand sanitizing and frequent hand washing are helping to reduce the opportunity for community spread, especially as cases rise in our province. One particular place we are struggling with is having students follow Covid protocols outside, before, at lunch and after school; please remind your child that if they are within 2m of any of their peers, they should be wearing their mask and practice social distancing as much as possible.
TLC Dress and Appropriate Dress for the Weather
Please ensure your child dresses appropriately for both TLC and weather conditions. A few things to know:
- LUNCH TIME: Students will continue to go out for 20 minutes at lunch for a mask break and to refresh the air inside the building. Students will be outside every day unless we reach a wind chill temperature of approximately -20 degrees.
- PE will continue to take place outdoors as much as possible and students are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for inclement weather.
- SCHOOL UNIFORM and STAYING WARM: we ask that our TLC students wear a crested TLC shirt and navy/black pants while in the school and classrooms. Students are also welcome to wear TB Riley hoodies in their classes, or a navy/dark cardigan or dress sweater (preferably TLC crested). Other types of hoodies may be brought to school but ONLY worn outside and during PE.
- Please watch the video link if you want to learn more about layering for warmth as we need to start to dress for the weather : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXr2iPeMLfs&feature=youtu.be
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Mattersdorfer or Mr. Moody.
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Darrin Moody MEd
Principal, Thomas B. Riley School
Welcome back to another school year, one that presents us with many challenges and many opportunities. Many CBE staff have been working tirelessly over the summer preparing for the return of staff and students into our schools. Safety protocols have been developed to keep all individuals as safe as possible given the context of our re-entry return to school. Mask protocols, hand washing/sanitizing and frequent cleaning are our main processes to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. We will be enacting social distancing wherever possible within school; but unfortunately, this will not be possible in most situations.
Registration in the HUB will have a potential impact on both staff and students at TB Riley. Once HUB decisions are made by CBE, we may be required to make changes to both student and staff timetables and their teaching assignments. These changes may occur at anytime.
Despite the restrictions and limitations that Covid-19 has placed on schools, we will continue to maintain our focus on learning. We know students will be coming to us with a wide range of learning experiences from the spring. Teachers are working on ways of meeting students where they are at and moving them forward in their understanding and demonstration of learning. We will be intentional and focused in our teaching and instilling the value of hard work with our students. We acknowledge that students have all been impacted differently by Covid-19 and students may need different supports to engage in the work.
With the implications of Covid-19, our focus on student safety and learning, all extra-curricular activities (including sports teams and clubs) have been postponed at this time.
I am looking forward to having students back in our building and the adventure ahead of us for the 2020-21 school year.
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Principal, Thomas B Riley
is here and I am sure many of you are taking advantage of it by going for walks
and bike rides with your family and I know you can hardly wait for the last
snow fall of the year.
Here at TB Riley, Mr. Mattersdorfer and I are already well on our
way to planning for next year. Our
current population is at 592 students and next year we are projected to be
around 620 students. Although it is
great news that we are growing and continue to grow, it always brings about
some challenges. Mr. Mattersdorfer and I
will continue to make sure we are making decisions that have our students’ best
interests in mind as we go forward. To help us in the planning process we
are asking that if there are any families that know their child will not be
returning to TB Riley next school year, please let us know as soon as you can. Getting an accurate account of our student
population for next year it will help us plan accordingly, and negate any
sudden changes having to be made in the fall.
I would like to remind all our families to make sure that you have
come by the school to pick up your child's school supplies that were left in
their locker. If you have not done so please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15th to arrange a time to come by and pick up.
Also a reminder about our yearbook. Although it will look a little different
this year we are still accepting orders for our yearbook until June 19 with a
delivery date near the end of August.
My hope is that everyone continues to stay healthy, happy and safe
and has a wonderful spring. I know all the staff at TB Riley can’t wait to see all
our students again and are eagerly listening to what the government has planned
for schools in the coming months.
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