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Principal Message | December

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration took place on November 29th and we would like to thank those staff and students who made this evening happen, as well as all of you who attended. This event is a milestone occasion for us, and we are proud of the excellent legacy of the past 50 years of service to our students here at Thomas B Riley School. We are grateful to our school board chair, Trina Hurdman, CBE area director, Brant Parker, and guest speaker, Howard Langdon, for being a part of this event. MLA Deborah Drever sent her regrets, as she was unable to attend due to the current sitting of the legislature in Edmonton. Finally, thanks to Tim Horton’s in Bowness, who provided us with the coffee for the evening.

On another very positive note, we are pleased to let parents know that our school has been selected by Lowe’s to receive a donation during the Grand Opening of their store in Crowfoot on December 7th. This donation will be used to make upgrades to the gymnasium. This, together with previous donations made by the School Council PAC, have/will allow us to make significant upgrades and to renew aging lights and sound system equipment for the gym and stage. The remainder will help us purchase new volleyball standards.

As always, there has been a great deal of other activity in the school in recent weeks, including parent-teacher conferences in November. We were pleased to host you for over 300 booked conferences as well as a number of drop-in conversations with some of the other teachers. Our next round of conferences will be on the evening of Feb. 1st and the morning of Feb 2nd, following the first report card being issued at the end of January. We will be holding our annual Open House on the evening of January 11th, and this will be an opportunity for incoming and prospective students and parents to learn more about our school and the programs we offer, as well as to take a tour our facility.

We know that, particularly with non-instructional days on Dec. 8th and 22nd, this month will go by very quickly. We are excited about the upcoming Winter Concert (Dec 14th) and hope that you will be able to join us for that event and stay for the entire performance. The students’ last day of school prior to winter break will be Dec. 21st and this will be a regular 8:00-2:30 school day. We wish all of our families a safe and happy Winter Break with many opportunities to celebrate the holidays and spend time with the people who we love and care about the most. Happy Holidays to all, and to those who celebrate it, a very Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,
Steven Klukas, Principal