May Newsletter

Thickwood Heights School

96 Silin Forest Road, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 3A1

Telephone: 780-743-8417 Fax: 780-791-6811


We are a Safe and Caring School


Welcome to a new month at Thickwood, an “Arts-focused” school! For students and families new to our school community, we are glad you chose to join us, and believe your experiences with us will be filled with high-quality learning, excitement and passion for the arts.


Principal’s Message


Spring is FINALLY here! May 3rd was a quiet regular school day and was business as usual! This month is super busy with grade 4, 5 and 6 floor hockey, after School Yoga Club, Robotics Club, Badminton, Mega Boys, Girl Power, Spotlight On Education, and Aboriginal Awareness Week.  This month our grade 6 students will begin writing their PAT exams and the grade 3, 4 and 5 students will write the CAT 4 exams (numeracy and literacy assessment tool to support instructional planning). Our grade 4, 5 and 6 floor hockey team is competing in the tournament at Dr. Clark on May 26th and our Robotics team is competing at Walter and Gladys Hill School on May 27th. We are also excited about starting up our community garden planters in the front of the school. Lots of excitement at Thickwood! The PAC and Council AGM and Elections are on Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm.


Calendar of Events


Thursday, May 4th: Family Fun Night “ May the 4th Be With You”
Monday, May 8th: Westwood and MacTavish choir and band performances
Tuesday, May 10th: Monthly Assembly 10:00am
Tuesday, May 9th: ECDP trip to Mac Island Art In Studio
Wednesday, May 10th: Girl Power
Thursday, May 11th: After School Yoga K Grades 1, 2 and 3
Thursday, May 11th: Grade 6 PAT
Wednesday, May 17th: Spotlight On Education
Tuesday, May 23rd: Aboriginal Awareness Week
Wednesday, May 24th: Mega Boys
Wednesday, May 24th: PAC  & Council meeting and AGM 6:00pm
Thursday, May 25th: Grade 6 to McTavish for Aladdin
Thursday, May 25th: Afterschool Yoga Grade 4 to 6
May 23rd to May 31st: CAT 4 testing
Friday, May 26th: Floor Hockey Tournament at Dr. Clark 4 to 8:30pm
Saturday, May 27th:Robotics tournament at Walter and Gladys Hill 9 to 4:00pm
School fees and food forms are due!

You can follow us on twitter, Facebook and our school web page (@thickwoodArts;

Our next School Council and PAC meeting is May 24th: 6:00 to 8:00pm. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Graham Abbott



Helpful Hints for Parents


Encourage your child to develop a positive outlook toward school.
Stay in contact with your child’s teachers.
Attend parent-teacher meetings, school plays, monthly assemblies, and concerts, social and sport events.
Avoid if possible taking holidays during school time.
Inform the school in advance of your child’s absence from school.
Meet or contact school staff when an incident arises in school involving your child.
Cooperate with the school when solving problems or issues involving your child.
Watch for changes in your child’s mood or behavior that might suggest problems at school.
Inform teachers of issues that might affect your child’s progress or behavior.
Review on a regular basis your child’s homework and assignments, and sign agendas.
Provide access to reading resources at home.
Read all communications from the school (includes social media sites).
Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities (inside and outside school). It builds good character.
Spend time with your child when they come home and ask how they day at school went. Help out with school work if possible.



Please Remember:


We welcome parents to be in the school and encourage you to participate in and attend school functions and events.
Polite cooperation with all school personnel is essential. 
All visitors must sign in and out at the main office.
All students have the right to attend school without being afraid or intimidated. 
Harassment of any type (sexual, verbal or physical) and bullying (physical, verbal or via social media) will not be tolerated and dealt with accordingly.
Clothing, book bags, etc. that display inappropriate language, slogans, pictures or symbols, or anything that might be considered offensive will not be permitted.
Cell Phones are not to be used in the school and must be kept in backpacks.
Hats must be removed when you enter the school. 
Bikes and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds.  Bikes and scooters must be locked in the bike racks.
Please remember to drive slowly in the school zone.
Please remember to not drop off students in staff parking or the school bus zone!
Staff supervision of students at school starts at 8:40am and ends at 3:45pm.








School Schedule



8:50: First Bell

8:55: Attendance

9:00: Announcements and First Class begins

12:00—12:20:    Lunch

12:20—12:40:    Lunch Recess

2:15-2:30: Recess

3:30: Dismissal




Please consult your child’s teacher for Kindergarten schedule.



Monday—Friday a.m.    8:50—11:50

Monday—Friday p.m.    12:30—3:30



Council & PAC Dates (6:00 to 8:00)

May 24th


Monthly Assemblies & Events

June 9th Fine Arts Day

June 13th Monthly Assembly PM

June 15th Grade 6 Farewell

June 22nd ECDP Farewell

June 26th Year End BBQ & Sports Day

June 28th Kindergarten Farewell

June 29th Year End Awards Assembly


Family Fun Nights 6:00-7:00

May 4th FFN (May the 4th be with you!)

June 9th Fine Arts Extravaganza Day


Reports and PTIs

May 11th & 12th PATs

June 19th to 23rd PATs


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