Traffic Safety around Hillhurst School

At January’s council meeting, Hillhurst School Council discussion traffic safety around Hillhurst School with Constable Steve Ross with The Calgary Police Service. Cst. Steve Ross is part of S4 (Stay Smart Stay Safe), a strength-based approach to education that Hillhurst School is participating in this year.

Although he is not the person in charge of traffic, he has observed traffic safety issues at the school, such as people double parking and kids crossing in the middle of the busy street to get to the school. He usually tries to suggest parking alternatives to parents, but there aren’t a lot of parking alternatives at Hillhurst.

In Cst. Ross’s opinion, The City needs to change the residential permit parking in front of the school to make more room for parents to park. He says it doesn’t take much for a tragedy to take place and the goal is to get people to think about safety before convenience.

It will take effort on the part of the school to get this resolved. One option is to get signatures from the community’s city councillor, the community association, etc. to have the parking signage changed and/or establish a drop-off and pick-up zone in front of the school. Principal Prem Randhawa suggested a parent could work with administration to look into this issue and explore the options. If you are interested in helping out with this issue, please contact

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Casino volunteers needed

Next casino: Saturday and Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2018

LOCATION:  Elbow River Casino is centrally located in downtown Calgary (218 18 Ave. S.E.), just one block away from the Stampede Grounds and Victoria Park LRT train station.

Parents we are still in need of VOLUNTEERS (which can be a you as a parent, or a friend or relative) to assist with our upcoming Casino fundraising effort. No experience is needed and all training will be done during your working shift.

If you would you like to see your child benefit now from proceeds in the amount of $60,000-$70,000 for their educational enrichment at Hillhurst Elementary School, then please sign up now to assist us with our important upcoming Casino fundraising effort!  Please note, if we do not get all of the volunteers needed then we will not be granted this opportunity.

Volunteer online through SignUp Genius NOWVolunteers will be provided a complimentary meal and snacks during their shift.

This fundraising money will be invested directly into Hillhurst Elementary for student enrichment, such as:  classroom materials, Mathematic Residency and related curriculum resources, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Maker Space, Passion Projects (ie:  chess, robotics, art, 3D printing, photography, scratch coding clubs) and so much more.

Please do not hesitate to contact Barb O. if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and commitment to this very important event, it is a GREAT CAUSE having the opportunity to enrich our children’s educational experience.   I look forward to working together with all of you !

Thank you very much to all of the parent volunteers who have already signed up to assist with this effort!

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Just Let Them Play

Here is some information about a community event that may be of interest:

Just Let Them Play is an educational event for parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers – on November 16 at Bowness High School.

Former NBA player Bob Bigelow will be speaking about many issues in youth sport, including creating safe league structures, letting kids play with creativity, the impact of community sports on school sports, and more.

After his presentation, there will be a panel discussion on those topics with Olympic gold-medalists Catriona Le May DoanDuff Gibson, and Cassie Campbell-Pascall.

All teachers, coaches, parents and any other groups who are interested in amateur sport are invited to this community event.

Tickets are available at

(Note: Hillhurst School Council has no affiliation with this event; we are just sharing info)

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Help with Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheons

On Thursday, November 2, 2017  Hillhurst Parent Council will be hosting the first of two Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheons of the year.  These special events allow parents the opportunity to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Hillhurst School.  Your assistance with preparing homemade food dishes for this luncheon is greatly appreciated.

We are serving a total of 30 staff members so portion sizes are outlined below.  Please drop your contribution to the “Community Room” between 8:45am and 11:00am on Thursday, November 2nd.  Please label your dishes and they will be clean for pick up on the table outside of the office by 3:20 pm.  To sign up to assist, please click on the link below:

To sign up please click on

If you have any questions please contact Barb at  Thank you in advance for your contribution and support, which will ensure the success of this important event!


Barb O’Connor & Roisin McCormick

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Event Coordinators

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