​​​Important Dates

We follow the CBE instructional ​calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.​

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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 tombaines@cbe.ab.ca 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. 

Office Hours

September 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. 

School Calendar

View our School Calendar for upcoming events and dates. Dates for 2022-23 will not be available until late August.  See the CBE website for system calendars.

Assigned Teachers/Homerooms

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.  

School Supplies

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.  

Registration Information

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details. Please note that the registration process is completed online, but schools can assist with any questions.

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​​​​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?

Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who have not already done so, must create a MyCBE account and add their child(ren) to the account to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch ​supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2023-24 school year)

You will need your email address on file at the school as well as your child’s CBE ID, which can be found on the:

  • SchoolEngage student profile, for families that registered their child using SchoolEngage. 
    Note | For a visual guide on how to find the CBE ID within SchoolEngage, refer to SchoolEngage CBE Student ID
  • CBE Report Card, beside the child's name
  • CBE ID card

MyCBE Account

For parents / legal guardians / independent students without a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Create the account; refer to MyCBE - Creating an Account
  3. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

For parents / legal guardians / independent students with a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

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​​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

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