Oct 20
Dressing for the Weather

“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Is a relevant quote from Alfred Wainwright. We want to remind families that students in Grades 1-6 and their teachers are going outside each day at least 3 times. We go outside for recess, PE and at least one lesson outside. Our Kindergarten students go outdoors for learning at least once every day. When the temperature (including the wind chill) is -20 degrees or colder we do NOT go outdoors. We also consider staying indoors in heavy rain and of course lightening will bring us inside. Otherwise, please dress for the weather and together we will stay safe and join the ranks of hearty Canadians who don’t let cold temperatures stop us from enjoying our pursuit of a healthy life style!

Thank you all for remembering everyday to complete the self-assessment checklist with your children before sending them to school. Also, thank you for remembering to send a mask for your child to wear at school.

Sep 22
Successful Start to the School Year

Thank you again for your support and encouragement as we had a successful start to our 2020-21 school year.  With all the uncertainty we have faced, we feel good about our first steps and are very happy to have a building that is busy with learning. We have 263 students currently enrolled at Thorncliffe School this year:  21 students are in Hub and 241 are learning in-school.  All are valued members of our school community! 

September is a time to establish routines to address our new safety measures. Even though our school may not look and sound exactly like it did in the past years, our focus remains on success for every student each day. We are also striving to develop a sense of community. We will continue to engage students in Student Voice and choose a spirit day and a virtue for each month. We will also acknowledge Orange Shirt Day and participate in a Terry Fox run this month. The Terry Fox run will take place for each class of students during a regularly scheduled PE time during the week of September 28, 2020.

Teachers are eager to connect with each family through a telephone conference during the week of September 21, 2020. Please find each teacher’s email address on the website to connect with them throughout the year. 

Staying safe requires a concentrated effort from all parties. If we all do our part, we will be able to continue excellence in teaching and learning at Thorncliffe School. Thank you to our staff, parents and students for your efforts, and welcome back to school!

Jun 29
Have a Wonderful, Safe Summer!

As the 2019-20 school year ends, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank each of you for your support this school year that provided us with unique challenges and conditions.   I want to thank you all again for your ability to adapt to change and stay connected as much as possible. 

I want to assure you that our staff does recognize that this pandemic has created many challenges and concerns regarding your child’s education & well-being. At this time, we are waiting for more information in August after the Minister announces the re-entry scenario schools will follow for September.

Regardless of the re-entry decision, we know that things will look a bit different in our school in September. While we cannot eliminate all COVID-19 risk, we will implement measures to minimize risk.

We will provide you with more details about how school opening will look later in August. Keep reading our website for updates.


We can’t thank you enough for your support and positive messages. We hope you have a wonderful safe-cation this summer and we look forward to connecting soon.


Sandra Traquair
Principal, Thorncliffe School

Mar 18
Community Social Worker

Hope everyone is doing as well as possible during these challenging times. Please stay informed. The following is a message from our community social worker:

Hi families of Thorncliffe School

I am a Community Social Worker in Thorncliffe Greenview with Calgary Neighbourboods.  I know this is a very challenging time.  If you are in need of support at this time, or are organizing any creative community support, please contact me at 403-828-8394 or Tannis.eapen@calgary.ca

Take care,

Jan 31
Halfway Through the School Year

February marks half-way in the school year. Starting Mon, Feb 3 – we are switching lunch shifts during the lunch period. Those students who were eating during the first shift will now eat during the second shift, and play during the first shift. Those students who were playing during the first shift will eat during the first shift and play during the second shift. Our staff will support all students with the shift switch, until it becomes part of their routine.

Please remember to save the date – Thursday, March 5, 2020. You will be invited to view the learning your children experienced while working with the Trickster Theatre artists and their teachers. This will be an evening performance. You will be receiving information about seating and the program closer to the performance date.

Pink Shirt Day is now a national day and this will be the Spirit Day for February. Student voice representatives from the Grade 1-6 classes chose CARING as the virtue for February. Student Voice reps will be engaged in suggesting ways we can link caring to our Spirit Day and include all students.​

Jan 06

​Happy New Year and a New Decade!  

We continue our work to address the goals on our School Development Plan. To read the School Development Plan, visit the Our School page.

We will be sending our first report card home with students this month. Teachers shared with you during the September and December conferences the changes you will see on the report cards this year. We had 88% of our families attend the Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences in December. 

Teachers shared student work samples that highlighted areas of strength and areas for growth. We hope the conversations during the December conferences and the student work with assessments teachers are sending home regularly keep you well informed of your child’s progress and the next steps in their learning.

We said farewell to Mr. Giffen, as he is starting as principal of his own school this month. We welcome Liberty Baguio as our new Facility Operator. She begins at our school on Monday, January 20.

Student Voice met late in December and chose Empathy as this month’s virtue and Fancy Day as the Spirit Day. Fancy day is a day to wear some fancy clothes and/or accessories and practice your fanciest manners.  

We remind students, not to ask their family to buy new clothes; instead be creative and find something in your house to wear on Fancy Day.

Please check our school calendar​ to see the dates for spirit days, and fun lunch or other school events.

Dec 02

Welcome December! Our Student Voice representatives met and chose Kindness as our virtue for the month of December. Many students have already demonstrated a significant act of kindness by sending a kind message to soldiers who are overseas. The messages will be received by the Canadian soldiers during the holiday season. We are also collecting food items for the Veteran’s Food Bank during the first few weeks of December. Families are welcome to bring non-perishable items when they come to the Family Dance.

We hope families will enjoy learning new and old favorite dances during the Family Dance and perhaps visit the bake sale taking place in the Learning Commons.  Ask your child about the spirit day this month! We also thank School Council for their kindness and generosity to provide students in Grades 1-6 with a free pizza lunch this month.​

Nov 13

It is already November. We held our Remembrance Day ceremony this month and our student choir, student speakers, audience members and a special Grade 11 guest from John G. Diefenbaker High School shared a respectful tribute to the fallen soldiers.  Learning in the classrooms took place leading up to the ceremony.


Student voice met and chose the virtue for the month. This month’s virtue is Persistence. Persistence is also part of our school logo. Persistence is being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear to stop you. When we are persistent, we stay friends even when the friendship is tested. We do not give up until a solution to the problem is found.  When you commit yourself to a task, pace yourself, and be persistent. Do the task step-by-step. “Success comes in cans. Failure comes in can’ts”  Fred Seely

Please use the search bar to view the School Development Plan for this year, the spirit day for this month and the fun lunch.

Aug 30
Welcome back to school!

We are so looking forward to another school year filled with wonder, learning, friendships and growth!  Families would have received a telephone call from their classroom teacher introducing themselves and providing information about the classroom number and entry doors.

We have had to say good-bye to some of our students who have moved away over the summer.

We are currently welcoming several new families to our learning community.

Please find bell times for Mon – Thurs and Fridays on the website.  Please look carefully at the calendar.

Teachers have their blogs ready for the first day of school.  See everyone on the compound – the area behind the school- at 9:00 am on Tues, September 3, 2019!

Jun 06
It's June Already!

Many staff and students have expressed their disbelief that it is June already!  With the warm weather we are noticing that many students are wearing sandals and flip flops for outdoor shoes. If students wish to participate in soccer games during recesses they need to be wearing closed toes shoes; this is an important safety expectation.  It is important to keep runners as indoor shoes as well. Students cannot wear sandals or flip flops when participating in gym class.  This is also a great time to practice eye and skin care by wearing sun glasses or a hat outdoors and sunscreen.  Please check the school calendar for upcoming school events. 

Looking ahead…

September start: First day of school is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Bell times are the same:
Grades 1 – 6 Mon - Thurs:  9:15 AM - 3:53 PM
Lunch: 12:15-12:59 PM
Grades 1-6 Fridays:  9:15-1:25 PM
Kindergarten am:     9:15 – 12:03 PM
                     pm:     1:05 – 3:53 PM
Kindergarten alternate attending on Fridays: 9:15-1:25 PM (see calendar for am/pm color coding)

When students arrive on Tues, Sept 3 between 9:00-9:15 AM, move to the back of the school and families will find class lists posted outside. The class lists will provide the names of the students and the teacher and the room number.

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To kick off family literacy day, s and t are dropping everything and reading this morning. We are excited to see other activities planned for the day. #CBEliteracy https://t.co/JUlPiRX9sE

Welcome back Thorncliffe Students! We hope you enjoyed winter break and your first day of online learning. January 8, is a PD day, so there will be no classes. We are excited to see students in person on January 11.

Students in the Grade 5 and 6 class are analyzing and finding patterns to start off their Patterns and Relations topic! https://t.co/ZkHhm2G1XZ

Our Grade 5 and 6 students created an encouragement and affirmation bulletin board for the students and staff. https://t.co/rvDg7keais

Our grade 1 & 2 Ss took on a leadership role and decorated the school tree. Was I ever surprised by their creativity! Who doesn’t love a giant peach as a tree topper? https://t.co/VcmGM1m22q