Important Reminder Regarding Attendance
If your student is going to be absent at the beginning of the new school year, kindly advise our office by leaving a telephone voice message on our attendance line (open 24 hours/7) at 403-777-7190, dial 1; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the start date of your child. This will alleviate unnecessary phone calls home, as well as secure your child’s registration at Tom Baines School. Please also inform us if you are moving and your child will not be attending Tom Baines School.
through June our school office is open Monday - Thursday 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
and Fridays 8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2022-23 School Start and End Times
The School opens for students at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with classes beginning at 8:45 a.m. Dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 1:10 p.m. on Fridays.
A detailed bell schedule is available on the right hand side of this page.
First Day of Classes
Our first day of classes is Thursday, September 1, 2022. On this day we will have a staggered entry as follows:
All grades in the morning until 11:47 AM. Classes will start at 8:45 AM., but we would suggest you arrive at 8:30 AM to give you time to find your homeroom. Grade 8 & 9 students that are returning to Tom Baines will be dismissed at 11:47 AM. All Grade 6 & 7 students and any Grade 8 & 9 students that are new to Tom Baines will stay for the whole day until 3:30 dismissal. A free “Walking Taco” will be provided for lunch to these students staying all day.
We are a school that follows the traditional calendar. To view our school’s calendar with dates specific to Tom Baines School please see the Calendar page on this website. Dates for 2022-23 will not be available until late August.
These lists will be posted on the first day of school. The Grade 6 & 7 students will report to the main gym and find their names on the lists. Teachers will be stationed at the lists and will take students to their classrooms from the gym. The grade 8 & 9 lists will be posted in Centre Court and in the Auxiliary gym. New grade 8 & 9 students to Tom Baines can report to the office upon arrival for assistance.
Please note * As late changes to homeroom classes often occur before the first day of school, we do not give out class information before then. We thank you for your understanding. Tom Baines School is at maximum capacity so homeroom or class changes are not possible.
Suggested School Supply List
Our teachers have put together a suggested list of supplies that students will need this school year. The list is located on this page to the right in red. We would suggest students only bring a backpack, notepad and something to write with on the first day of school, as well as any special locker items they may want to organize on the first day. The teachers will guide them on what things they will need going forward. Students do NOT need a lock. The school provides all students with locks.
Grade 6 Lunch Supervision
Grade 6 students who do not come home for lunch must participate in the lunchroom program. Grade 6 students have designated seating with the direct supervision of Lunchroom Supervisors who will be there to assist them during lunchtime and cleanup, as well as outside supervision. Grade 6 students staying for lunch can bring their lunch from home or will also have access to our Cafeteria services. Grade 6 students who go home for lunch must provide a note to the school office stating this. Please check the CBE Noon Supervision web page for updates.
Cafeteria Information (Grades 6-9)
The cafeteria provides and optional opportunity for reasonably priced, homemade, nutritious lunches and morning snacks for students, as well as a vending machine stocked with healthy snacks. This is an optional service, students are always more than welcome to bring their own lunch, and most do.
Students attending Tom Baines School have access to Calgary Transit busing. There are regular neighborhood routes as well as designated school routes that are dedicated to Tom Baines School. Pick up and drop off times can be extremely busy at the school and we do encourage parking on the street if your child is unable to walk/ride a bike to school or take the bus. You may receive an email or see a news item on the CBE website encouraging you to register for bussing for next year. This only applies to Charter school busses, and not to Calgary Transit. You do not need to register for transportation. We do highly recommend that you have a look at the transportation information on the Tom Baines Website under “Getting to School” for links to Transit Express Routes, Calgary Transit Rider’s Guides, Routes and Schedules, and more to help prepare your student for taking a City bus. Please note that bus passes can be purchased at most grocery and convenience stores. We do not sell bus passes at Tom Baines School. Information regarding routes and schedules is available on the Calgary Transit website or by calling 403-262-1000.