Nov 10

Events & Information for the Week of November 13-17, 2017

 Monday November 13th – Start of second Grade 6 Comp Wheel. Day 3

Wednesday November 15th – Regular Wednesday Schedule with a 1:50 dismissal for Students..

  • Student Learning Conferences 5:00- 8:00 PM

Thursday November 16th – Student Learning Conferences 9:00 AM – 12:00, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

    •                           – Student Learning Conferences 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM


Friday November 17th – Professional Development Day – No School for Students

Special Notes:


  • Note sent to students. Please read and reinforce: We ARE Canadian.  Being cold is a part of our identity.  We have four seasons:  Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.  Embrace the cold!  Crunchy hair?  Snotsicles? Frozen tears? Bring it on!  You MUST go outside after lunch.  No procrastinating, hiding in the  washroom, taking your time at your locker…we are on to you.  Be prepared by bringing a coat, mitts, a scarf, and the almighty Canadian toque!  Consequences for hiding indoors will involve outdoor work like shovelling snow and picking up garbage. Never fear…If it’s toooo cold to go outside, we will let you know.  Even Canadians have their limits. – Mrs. Bartlett
  •  Booking for Student Learning Conferences are well underway. If you haven’t already done so, please look at the email sent home on Thursday for the steps to book your time. The Student Learning Conferences are a blend between Student- Led Conferences and old traditional  Parent Teacher Interviews. There will be 3-4 families in the classroom with the same booked time. There will be stations in the classroom where you child can demonstrate their learning with you. You will get dedicated time with the teacher within the 20 minute time frame. Please take the time to drop-in and meet the Complimentary teachers in their teaching spaces and Phys. Ed teachers located at Centre Court.
  • Monday is our last day for collecting old cell phones. Please donate them on Monday to the Calgary Zoo to help save the Gorilla Habitat in Africa where they mine Colton a mineral used in cell phones.
  • Thank you for all the food and money donations for the Veterans Food Bank and poppy fund. We had two excellent Remembrance Day Assemblies on Friday.
  • Thanks to those parents that braved the weather on Thursday to attend the Dare to Care Parent workshop. There was great information given out by the presenter. Thanks to School Council for their Sponsorship of this great evening.
  • We would ask that parents make arrangements with their child before the end of the school day. Often we have long line ups to use the students phone. Also, recently we have had parents come to the school looking for their child. We have so much going on in then school after school and we can’t always look around for students. Please make plans ahead of time.

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Nov 01

Events for the week of Nov. 6-10 2017

Here is your weekly update for the week of November 6th – 10th, 2017.

Tuesday November 7th  6-01 field trip to YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Wednesday November 8th   6-04 & 6-06 field trip to YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Thursday November 9th 6-03 & 6-07 field trip to YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

7:00 PM  Dare to Care Parent Evening 7:00- 9:30 (see below for more information)

Friday November 10th Remembrance Day Services in AM Life Skills Morning

Afternoon Schedule – Day Three Schedule. Blocks 3 & 4

Special notes:

  • The office tries to be as accommodating as possible to parents, however with the demands in the busy office we are finding ourselves spending most of our time searching for students to pass on messages and arrange pick up.  If you have to sign out your child during school hours, please either come into the office and sign out your child or send a note with them so they can sign out themselves.  Office staff will no longer call students down and send them outside to meet parents picking them up. If you have a message for your child, office staff will take the message and put the students name on the message board outside of the office.  They will be called during break and lunch, office staff will not be interrupting class time for messages. Please remind your child to always check the message board. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
  • Dare to Care Parent Session – Thursday November 9th 7:00 – 9:30 pm. This is a bully proofing sessions for parents. Please call to register (403) 777-7190 to register. There is free babysitting if required. Please indicate if babysitting is needed when registering. There are limit seats so please call early.
  •  If your child is sick or not feeling well, please keep them at home until they are feeling better. Sending your child to school when they have a fever, coughing or throwing up is not a good plan. In fact they make the other children sick as well as the teachers. Last Wednesday we had 65 students at home sick and 9 teachers away. Also a good precaution is to send non-alcohol hand sanitizers with your child to school. There are hand sanitizers throughout the school as well. Please remind your child about proper coughing into the elbow technique to prevent the spread of germs.
  •  If your child rides the Calgary Transit Bus please be aware that we have no control or information regarding  their lateness in bad weather conditions. Please make sure that you have a backup plan if the busses arrive late. There are very rare occasions when a bus doesn’t show up. It will come, but late given poor road conditions. Calling the school will not be helpful. You could check the Calgary Transit website: or call  403-262-1000.
  •  With this cold weather please make sure your child has the proper clothing which includes items to cover their ears and hands along with a warm coat. Student go outside at lunch for 10-15 minutes unless it is colder than -20 degrees or it is snowing or raining heavily.
  • When picking up your child after school please do not park in the Bus Zone north of the school. If you park there you can receive a fine from the City Police or Calgary Transit.
  • Again, another reminder NOT to drop off your child or enter the school parking lot unless during school hours after 9:00 AM  or before 3:00 PM. This morning we had numerous parents dropping off their children in the school parking lot. Safety over Convenience Please!


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Oct 27

Events for the week of Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

Monday October 30th – Picture Retake Day .

Tuesday October 31st – Halloween Dress up Day

Wednesday November 1st – Grade 9 Take Your Kid to Work Day –Parent MUST call in students absence ASAP.

  • WE Day – Preselected Group of student going to the Saddledome.

Special Notes:

  • If your child was absent for their school photos they will get their picture today. If a student wants a retake they are to bring their proof package (envelope, proof sheet & order form) with them to the photographer.
  • Halloween Dress up day is a lot of fun but not required however; if your child is wearing a costume they Cannot wear a mask that covers their face or be a violent costume that may be offensive to others.
  • We are still collecting old cell phones to be recycled . There is a collection box at centre court. Please help save the Gorilla habitat and donate you old cell phones.
  • We are collecting gently used winter outdoor wear for Jacket Racket. To date we have had very few donations so please send in  with your child or drop off at the school office.

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Oct 20

Events for the week of October 23-27th, 2017

Monday October 23rd – School Council 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons

Wednesday October 25th – Grade 8 River Watch Trip Homerooms – 8-23, 8-33, 8-34 & 8-36

-Grade 9 Trip Parent Meeting #1 – 7:00 PM

Thursday October 26th – Grade 8 River Watch Trip – 8-29, 8-31, & 8-Chalet

Friday October 27th – Grade Assemblies – Grade 7, 8  & 9 During PE and BOA Time


Special Notes:

  • There is an error on our October calendar that is on the website. There are NO Grade 9 vaccinations on October 24, 2017 as stated. These vaccinations are scheduled for November 24, 2017.
  • We would like to encourage parents and guardians to come out to our school council meeting Monday October 23rd  at 7:00 PM . This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your child’s school.
  • Traditionally Tom Baines School has offered a variety of educational trips for our Grade 9 Students. These trips are offered between April 21st – April 29th, 2018. Come out on Wednesday October 25th at 7:00 PM to hear about the amazing opportunities that are available for  your children such as: French trip to Quebec, Canadian History trip to Ontario, Camping and Outdoor Week in Alberta, Science trip to Marine Biology Research Centre in BC, Space Camp in Montreal and Day trips in Calgary. This will be the only information meeting available.
  • Tom Baines School is once again collecting gently used winter clothing such as Jackets, snow pants, hats, mitts for “Jacket Racket” from October 23rd – November 4th. Please send in or drop off these items for families in need.
  • If your child is riding a bike, skateboard or scooter to school, please remind that that they MUST wear a Helmet at all times. Thank you.


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Oct 13

Events for the week of Oct 16-20 2017

Monday October 16th–           Professional Development Day for staff – No School for Students

Election Day – Tom Baines is being used as  a polling station – Please get out and Vote.

Grade 9 Band Camp heads out 9:00 AM


Tuesday October 17th

  • Grade 6 Students head out to Outdoor School.8:30 AM –  Homerooms ;  6-1, 6-3 and 6-7
  • Grade  9 Drama & Exploration in Film – Military Museum Field Trip

Wednesday October 18th – Grade 8 Outdoor Ed Hike – this was rescheduled from last week.

  • Grade 9 Band Camp returns 2:30 PM

Friday October 20th – Grade 6 Outdoor School Campers return 2:30 PM


Special Notes:

  •  Just a reminder that your child should have brought home a notice yesterday from the school Council. It is on bright orange paper so you can find it in your child’s backpack.
  • Our School Council is meeting on Monday October 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.
  • If you haven’t paid your lunchtime fees please go online and pay them today. We are only at about 50% of this fee being paid.  Reminder that you must register for the Grade 6 noon hour supervision program online using your MYCBE account. Once you register you will be prompted to the fee payment page.  Grade 7-9 students do not register for the supervision program but if they access the cafeteria, vending machines and/or participate in lunchtime clubs and intramurals there is an lunchtime activity fee that is necessary to provide these services. Also a reminder to all students that if you wish to order a yearbook it must be done by October 31, 2017.
  • Recently we have been having issues with the garbage and recycling bins located outside at  the front of the school. On the weekends, in particular, people from the community have been using our bins to dispose of garbage and their larger recycling items. We get items such as mattresses, tires, appliances, couches thrown in our bins. It costs the school hundreds of dollar each month to empty the bins because of this misuse. We are asking you for your help and if you see anyone on the weekends using our garbage bins, please ask then to stop and possibly get a photo of their license plate and forward this to Mr. Petrowitsch at the school. Thank You.



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Oct 06

Events for the Week of October 9-13, 2017


Monday October 9th – No School – Thanksgiving – Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Tom Baines Families.

Wednesday October 11th – Grade 8 Outdoor Ed Hike/ Gr 8 Film/Drama Military Museum Field Trip

Parent Technology Information Night 7:00 p.m.- Please RSVP to the office at 403-777-7190.

**Monday October 16th – System Non- Student Day – No school for students – Staff PD Day


Special Notes:

  • We are hosting a Technology Night at Tom Baines on Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 PM. This is for parents to learn more about your CBE account, D2L, Home Logic, IRIS and how to access resource and information at our school. Please RSVP to the school by Tuesday October 10th at 4:30 PM  as we have limited space available only for those that RSVP. Please call the school at 403-777-7190 to register.
  • F E Osborne Junior High is hosting a Social Media presentation for Parents on Thursday October 19th at 7:00 PM. This will be a presentation from the Calgary Police on topics such as: Internet safety, Digital Citizenship, Social Media and Gaming. You are welcome to attend. NO RSVP necessary.
  • Please remember even when we have bad weather to drop your child off at the curb NOT in the parking lot. It is much safer if you drop them off at the street and they can walk that short distance to the front door.
  • Reminder to grade 6 parents to talk to your child about staying on the school property at ALL times. This includes mornings, at lunch and after school. Thank you for your support.
  • The two Grade 8 River Watch trips cancelled earlier this week have been rescheduled. A notice will come home with your child with the new dates.



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Oct 02

Events for the week of October 2-6th, 2017

Monday October 2nd – Grade 8 River Watch  – 8-23, 8-33, 8-34, 8-36 (You MUST dress properly for the weather)

Tuesday October 3rd – Grade 8 River Watch – 8-29, 8-31, 8-Chalet (You MUST dress properly for the weather)

Wednesday October 4th – Grade 9 Vaccination in A.M.

Grade 6 Mandatory Parent Meeting for Outdoor School 7:00 PM – Main Gym

Thursday October 5th – Grade 6 Dare to Care Program (order of classes change: Block 4A  4B 1A 1B 2A  2B 3A  3B)

Friday October 6th – Early Dismissal – students dismissed at 11:50 (bussing is available)

**Monday October 9th – No School – Thanksgiving

Special Notes:

  • We would like to thank families for their support of the ADmazing Coupon Book sales. This money is used to help support our offsite field trips for all grades. We still have books available in the office if you would like to purchase one. $20.00 and $10.00 goes to the school.
  • Reminder to Grade 6 parents that one parent MUST attend the Mandatory Parent meeting regarding Outdoor school on Wednesday October 4th at 7:00 PM in the gym.

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Sep 22

Events for the week of September 25-29th, 2017

Tuesday September 26th – Grade 9 Vaccinations talk during BOA time.

Wednesday September 27th – Pep Rally in the PM

Thursday September 28th – Lock Down Practice in PM

** Grade 6 Outdoor School  Mandatory Parent Meeting – Wednesday October 4th, – 7:00 PM (see below)

Special notes:

  • We have just received approval regarding fees for this year. We are putting together a special email to be sent home on Monday September 25th. Your child will receive a sheet to bring home regarding fees. We would like to encourage parents to pay their fees online after you receive  our email. Please look for that email Monday afternoon. Thank you for your patience.
  • A reminder that students need to dress for the weather. Students will be permitted into the school at 8:00 AM however they will need to wait outside until that time unless they are in a supervised activity. Students will also be required to go outside at lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They are outside for about 10- 15 minutes unless it is below -20 or it is raining or snowing very hard.
  • Thank you to all our staff and students that participated in the Terry Fox run on Thursday. The conditions were not great but the staff and students did an excellent job. We raised $770.00 for cancer research.
  • Grade 6 Parents – in order for your child to participate in the Outdoor School Camp, the Calgary Board of Education requires that at least one parent/guardian attend the meeting on Wednesday October 4th at 7:00PM. This involves an overnight camp and therefore you must attend this mandatory meeting. There will be a letter coming home with your child on Monday with more details.

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