Hello Thorncliffe School students and parents/guardians.
I am excited and honored to be the new principal of Thorncliffe School. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the community, learning more about the rich history of the school, and collaborating with stakeholders.
My educational background includes B.A. (Psychology with a minor in Sociology), B. Ed. (Generalist), and a M.Ed. (Educational Leadership). I have been an educator with the Calgary Board of Education for 18 years. I started my career at H.D. Cartwright as a Bridges teacher and then transitioned to T.B. Riley School to be a physical education teacher. Next, I became an AISI (Alberta Initiative for School Improvement) Learning Leader, which charged me with mentoring teachers on 21st Century Learning and establishing professional learning communities within schools. I then returned to teaching students at Ernest Morrow School where I was a physical education, grade 8, and a Risk and Resiliency learning leader. After several years at Ernest Morrow I secured an assistant principal position at Colonel Macleod School and remained there for fours years before joining Thorncliffe School.
My mantra is all students can achieve their optimal learning potential by supporting/strengthening students well-being for learning, implementing strong evidence-based pedagogy, personalizing student learning, and creating a welcoming, safe, and respectful learning environment for all.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
Principal Thorncliffe School
It has been my honor to work with you and your children for the past, almost five years. I will treasure getting to know and learning with you and your children. I will especially miss the joyful laughter, the learning breakthroughs, the entertaining assemblies and the kind and genuine hearts I connected with daily.
I have tremendous respect and admiration for the ways students, parents and staff have consistently worked together to make Thorncliffe School a great place to learn. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be the principal at Thorncliffe School!
It is with great gratitude that I bid you farewell and hope our paths cross again! Wishing you a safe and wonderful summer break.
“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.
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!
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.
Principal, Thorncliffe School
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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