Oct 18
Great Start to the 2023-24 School Year!

Hello Thorncliffe learning community,

I would like to take this time to welcome back our returning families and extend a warm welcome to new families who are joining us for the first time. We have had a fantastic start to the 2023-24 school year. Our welcome back pancake breakfast on September 1st 2023, funded by school council, and put on by the Batter Boys Pancake Breakfast was a great way to start the year. Plans are already in motion to have them back to commence the 2024-25 school year.

I would like to congratulate everyone at Thorncliffe for accomplishing the Terry Fox 2023-24 goal of running the same amount of kilometers as Terry did back in 1980 (5 000 Km). Students and staff were committed and motivated to make sure we had a successful day. In addition, the turnout for Meet the Teacher was great and the book fair fundraiser was a huge success! We look forward to seeing you back at the school for Parent Teacher Conferences in November 23rd-24th.

We are diverse learning community united in building a school culture that is welcoming, caring, and respectful to foster a sense of belonging for everyone. Our student population, as of Oct. 1st is 278 students. Our staff consists of 13 teachers, 3 educational assistants, a library assistant, 3 lunch supervisors, secretary, and a facility operator.

Thorncliffe will continue to focus on student achieving in the literacy, numeracy, and well-being. Teachers will be engaged in professional development to improve their pedagogy and be active participant in Professional learning Communities and Collaborative Response Meetings throughout the year to meet the needs of all our learners.


I look forward to another exceptional school year,


Glen Steed


Thorncliffe School​

Jun 09
2023-24 School Year coming to a close

June is here and as the school year concludes, it is time to reflect on the fantastic year we had as a learning community. The 2022-23 school year was significant one to remember for many of our students and staff. For this was the first year they had experienced school without masks, staying six feet apart and other mandatory pandemic measures. Post pandemic staff believed it was essential to solidify a strong sense of belonging and community for our students. As a result, we intentionally scheduled whole school lunch and recess at the same time, held school assemblies and pep rallies, implemented buddy classes, celebration of learning days, clubs, and held a school wide fine arts performance night etc.

Our School Development Plan was in year three and students and staff focused on the following domains:

  1. Literacy-  comprehension skills specifically fluency
  2. Numeracy- number sense focusing on computational procedures
  3. Well-Being- sense of belonging concentrating on building staff capacity and providing students a variety of exciting opportunities during class time and extracurricular clubs activities to engage in school

Early qualitative and quantitative data suggests our efforts in a variety of these areas are making a positive impact on our students and staff. The 2023-24 school year will be year one of the next 3 year cycle for the School Development Plan but will continue to build on, or an extension of, existing targets.

I hope the summer provides many opportunities for students to venture outside to play, explore, have fun adventures, and spend quality time with family and friends. I look forward to seeing familiar and new students on August 31st 2023 (first day of school for students) and the opportunities and challenges a new school year brings.




Glen Steed


Thorncliffe School ​

Aug 26
Welcome Back

As another school year commences I would like to welcome back our families who are returning, and those who will be new to our Thorncliffe Learning community. I am excited to start a new school year, especially with the removal of restrictions brought on by the pandemic. I believe our learning community will thrive this year as we continue to emphasize literacy, numeracy, and well-being.


Our dedicated teachers have been busy organizing, planning, and collaborating over the summer months to ensure the delivery of high-quality education to students. Teachers will officially be in the building starting August 29th. Please monitor your email early next week for a welcome letter from your child's teacher.


In previous years Thorncliffe has offered multi-graded classrooms; however, this year we are attempting to configure classes into straight grades. If successful Thorncliffe will consist of four TLC kindergarten, one community kindergarten, one grade 1, one grade 2, two grade 3, one grade 4, one grade 5, and one grade 6. Thorncliffe School will also continue operate one system class that consists of students in grades 4-6.


New Attendance Code Communication:


As part of CBE's commitment to “acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action" (CBE Education Plan, 2021-24), a new attendance code has been introduced for the 2022/2023 school year. The new Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial (CSC) attendance code offers an excused absence from school to recognize and support Indigenous cultural revitalization for CBE students who self-identify as Indigenous, and their families.


I hope you and your family had a restful and revitalizing summer, and the staff at Thorncliffe School are excited to work with your family this school year.


Please contact me if you have questions or concerns




Glen Steed





Jun 22
Summer is Almost Here

Summer Time is Here!


Another school year has come and gone and I would like to thank the Thorncliffe learning community for a fantastic year. Reflecting on the year we had many learning successes while still being challenged with the pandemic. Once again, students and staff at Thorncliffe School rose to the occasion and demonstrated resiliency and determination as they continued to learn regardless of the circumstances.

Over the summer please encourage your son/daughter to read and be engaged in some mindfulness activities. Encourage them to disengage with electronic devices and enjoy the outdoors, interact with family and friends, and stay connected to the land.

The office at Thorncliffe will re- open to the public on August 25th 2022 between 9:30am – 1:30pm. Teachers will be present in the school starting on August 29th 2022 at 9:00am.

Have a great summer and see you in September!


Glen Steed


Thorncliffe School​

Aug 26

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.


Thank you.


Glen Steed

Principal Thorncliffe School



Jun 08
Fond Farewell

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.


Sandra Traquair​

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,

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