October Community Newsletter!
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Thankful for Springbank!

It feels like we blinked and it’s now October. What a wonderful fall we’ve had with great weather for our harvest – however fleeting that is in Springbank now. The advent of some pretty impressive farm machinery makes short work of the fields in and around the different neighborhoods that make up Springbank. In Chaps and Chinooks, we look back to the “threshing” of yesteryear.

We have a lot of community group and school updates to share with you, including our Youth Board Member Jordan’s report on the high school parking lot. As well, the Springbank Curling Club continues to bring people of the community together, whatever skill level, and they have drop in times to try it out. 4-H is also registering new members that have an interest in a variety of projects as they are a multi-club. And, read the trustee report on our schools and the Duke of Ed program – the youth are active in our community!

This month also brings us another opportunity to exercise our civic duty to vote. Our newly drawn electoral divisions have decreased the number of councillors that represent the west side of Rocky View so be sure to check out if your area has changed. This election has brought out some strong feelings in our local paper about candidates throughout Rocky View. We respect anyone who has the fortitude to stand for election for the betterment of our community and we are happy to work with anyone who loves Springbank. The Springbank Community Association is a politically-neutral group and does not have any affiliations with the organizations that are putting the ads in the Rocky View Weekly.

In the spirit of education and communication, we provided the candidates in Division 1 and 2, a set of questions that address a range of Springbank residential concerns.  We are conducting zoom interviews with Division 1 and 2 candidates and will post interviews on our youtube channel and social media this week! We hope that you watch the videos to get a sense of each candidate, where they stand on issues and how they approach the complex challenges facing the area. All Division 1 and 2 Candidates have also completed a written survey for the Community Association.  We hope this information helps you with your decision on October 18. Thank you to the candidates for their time. 

We hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday, and let’s be thankful for Springbank. Let’s not forget that people live in Springbank for different reasons and be respectful of everyone’s perspective because what one person sees as a detriment to our community may make other residents’ lives better. Let’s continue to be good neighbours and be kind to each other, remembering how fortunate we are to live in such a diverse and wonderful community.




We sent in a letter regarding SR1's Water Act review. 
We are still waiting on the Dam Safety Office review of SR1, for which our independent consultant raised various design issues. 



Visit our Planning & Development page for the current and draft planning documents that apply to Springbank. 
Cell Tower Proposal
There has been a Rogers cell tower proposed for the SW corner of RR32 and Springbank Road.   The tower will be close to the High School, SPFAS, the Webber site and many houses in the surrounding area. It will occupy a ground area of 18.5 metres (60 ft.) x 22 metres (72 ft.) with a 1.8 metre (6 ft.) chain link fence around it. The finished height will be +/- 47 metres (apx. 154 ft.)  
Read the package
The comment period has closed, but many area residents and the Community Association sent in letters with concerns about notification and location. 
From Councillor McKylor:
"These do come to RVC for approval/denial like any other application. And that any decision by RVC can follow our appeal process. However, even if RVC doesn’t approve, a provider can go to CRTC (as telecommunications is federally regulated) to seek approval for a specific location. The CRTC can override the local municipality. I am not aware of that happening in the last 4 years and we have both approved and denied towers but it is a possibility."
River Access
The results of our river survey are available here. We plan to meet with RVC and Springbank Trails and Pathways Association soon to discuss river access in the Springbank area. 




Discovery Corner Preschool

Discovery Corner Preschool had a wonderful first month of school. Constable Nathan, from the RCMP came to talk to their school during community helper week.  They made thank you cards to thank our health care workers, and sent them to the hospital.   
They learned about the National day of Truth and Reconciliation and made some beautiful crafts.  Their  kindergarten class has been growing and learning about parts of a plant.  If you'd like to learn more about their program, please call 403-472-1477 or email.


Springbank Playschool

Springbank Playschool has had an excellent start to the 2021/2022 school year.  The students have been getting used to new friends, new teachers, new schedules and new things to learn!  They have been hard at work learning about things about fall, and making turkeys from pinecones! They are excited for a field trip to Butterfield Acres this month where the students will be able to see a lot of different animals, participate in the Harvest Pumpkin Hunt and do some fall crafting with the pumpkins they find to bring them home!

They will be holding their annual AGM meeting on October 19 at 7:00 pm.  All parents of the playschool are welcome to attend and details will follow for the location. 

Registration for the 2022/2023 school year will begin in January 2022.  Please visit their website for additional information about the registration!  If you have any questions, or for information on availability for late registration for the 2021/2022 school year, please email!

Thank you to all of the continued support of families and volunteers!



Springbank High School : Parking Lot

At the start of this school year Springbank Community High students were informed of new changes to the rules and regulations of the parking lot. This came as relief to many students and parents that had challenged the chaos that is normally in the parking lot. For those who are unaware of these new changes, the instructions stated that students could apply and pay for a parking spot for the year. All those that do not receive a parking pass will park at the Springbank Soccer fields across from the school. After reading the guidelines for these new changes I had a few questions. After discussing with the student population I found that they did as well. 

I set up an interview with the principle of Springbank Community High, Mr. Darrell Lonsberry, to help clarify some of these questions. My first question was the reason for the changes?  To this, Mr. Lonsberry responded that students had been continuing to park in the Springbank Park for all Seasons parking, not in the school’s designated spots. The solution was to create assigned parking. If a student is not parked in their assigned spot, they will have their car towed.

The second reason for the change was that the parking lot was expensive to maintain.  The school would rather spend the money it currently spends on the parking lot on the school. Mr. Lonsberry confirmed that the assigned spots were not an attempt to limit student parking. He understands we all attend a rural school and we need to park somewhere. The new fee that is attached to the parking spaces will go directly back into the parking lot, lowering the school funds previously required. Mr. Lonsberry stated that each spot will cost $10 per year and that all revenue will go back into maintaining the lot.

Students will not be allowed to request a spot and selection will be random. If the student has extenuating circumstances they can discuss their situation with administration for further consideration.

Lastly, students were wondering if there was to be any change to the traffic flow of the parking while school begins and ends. The answer to this was no. Mr. Lonsberry and the school administrators will continue to encourage parents pick up their children 15 minutes after the bell. This will allow students who have driven to school to leave the parking lot easily. They will also discourage all left turns at the stop signs as they create a backlog in the traffic. These new rules are to be implemented around mid-October. Hopefully this will bring some calm to the previous calamity within the Springbank Community High School parking lot.

Submitted by: Jordan, High School Student





Sarah Thomson School in Langdon presented to the Board about the game they had created to cover the Social Studies curriculum.  It involved a combined Grades 2 and 3 class.  The game included a regular board game component and an on-line game component.  See YouTube video they created

The game is called Survive and Thrive.  The students were very excited by this learning project.  It was interesting to listen to the kids, as they were really excited about their work and what they learned.

CMR update

The Capital Maintenance Renewal dollars update.  This is a new funding block from the government; however it is not new money.  It is just reallocation of money for capital projects.  There is a funding formula for this and an associated process for approval.


Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) dollars are also given to school boards.  These dollars are not meant for capital projects but rather on-going maintenance projects.

In Ward 5 the following projects were approved:

Springbank Community High School

  •             Foods room modernization
  •             Sewer lift station upgrade

Springbank Middle School

  •             Foods room modernization
  •             Cafeteria modernization
  •             Site drainage

Elbow Valley School

  •             Site drainage

Just a note to inform the public that the Boards meetings are being held via zoom as the renovations to the Education Centre are not complete.  The next Board will decide if in-person meetings will be held at an alternative site.

The Board of Trustees has written a letter to the Minister of Education asking for the student to decide whether to write the Provincial Diploma Exams.

There will be a presentation by the Board of Trustees to assist school councils in rewriting their by-laws on October 6, 6:30 pm.  You must register in advance.

There continues to be updated COVID protocols.  Statistics are showing an increase in the numbers of children reporting COVID. Rocky View School Division is watching this closely and continues to follow all CMOH guidelines.

Upcoming Election

The election is in high gear and this election has brought the much attention to the role of trustee.  Remember the election is October 18.  In addition to voting for trustee, you will be voting for councilor and making your decision with regards to daylight savings and equalization payments.  Please check Rocky View County’s website for voting locations.  You may have to ask for a trustee ballot.  Last election they were not routinely handed out.


The Springbank Middle School is holding its casino October 10 and 11.  Many thanks to all volunteers. Springbank Middle School and Elbow Valley school had a successful Terry Fox Run.

Westbrook School staff, students and parents had an excellent day for their annual Walkathon.

All our schools spent time learning about and understanding the history of Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Day.



The Duke of Edinburgh Program

Four of our Bronze level participants completed their overnight adventurous journey hiking to Alymer Pass in the Lake Minnewanka area.  The weather was fantastic and the scenery magnificent.

We are pleased to announce four of the Duke of Edinburgh participants have complete their silver level.  Once the recipients have received official notice, a celebration will be held.

The Springbank Chapter now has two gold level participants.  This level requires significant effort and time to complete.  The final project for this level is a five-day community service project usually in another country.

The Duke of Edinburgh Is a internationally recognized non-formal educational program offered to young people aged 14 to 24. Participants set and monitor achievement of goals they set for themselves. Youth can pursue their interests, passions and contribute to their communities. Contact Judi Hunter for more information.






Crafts, Chat & Coffee Group

Calling all community residents 55 years and older -- join this new group every second Wednesday of each month at the Springbank Heritage Club (244168 Range Road 33)!  You are welcome to come, bring your project in hand, participate in the project offered or sit and chat (coffee available)! Past projects included: sewn microwave bowl cozies. Sewn hot pads, acrylic abstract art instruction, making Halloween decorations.  Snack are always welcome.  All AHS protocols are observed.

Email Janice for more information and to be added to reminder and announcement list.

Membership at the Heritage Club is encouraged - only $35.00 for the year.

We look forward to seeing you!




Springbank Rawhides

Fall is here and the Springbank Rawhides are starting their new 4-H year.  

They are still accepting additional members and potential leaders for both their equine and canine projects.  If families are interested in other projects, you can refer to options at the Alberta 4-H web site. 

For any alternative projects they would require a minimum of 3-4 participants plus a project leader to head up the project.  They are a multi-project club.   

Final deadline for new members to be added to the club is December 1.

4-H is open to ages 9 to 21 years of age as of January 1st of the club year.

Their equine and canine groups will be co-ordinating  project clinics in the near future.  Their next general meeting will be combined with a Halloween party on October 29 at the Springbank Equestrian Park club house subject to updated Covid updates/restrictions.

For more information, please contact Norma Ansloos or 403-850-3953.




Curling Clinics

Two upcoming curling clinics on the weekend of Oct 23 & 24, 2021.  The clinics include on-ice and off-ice sessions focusing on delivery, sweeping and strategy, and these camps are for all levels of experience, whether brushing up on your technique or learning something new.  The curling clinics are led by Level 3 Curling Coach Andy Jones and his team from 9:00am - 4:00pm both days.

October 23 is open to junior players (ages 8-18) for $50 per person.  Participants will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening test and to wear masks throughout the activities.  Register Now!

October 24 is open to adults for $70 per person for SCC Members and $100 per person for Non-members.  All participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination.  Register Now! 

Lunch is included, and curling equipment - grippers, sliders and brooms are available for use, free of charge.

Attendance at each event is capped and these clinics have filled up in the past, so don’t wait to register!  Any questions - email!

Drop-In Curling

Drop-in Curling is available six (6) Saturday nights this season, with the first on October 30. This an opportunity to try out the sport, play a regular game or try Mixed Pairs curling and you don’t have to be a member of the curling club to participate!  All participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination.

Registration is from 6:30-6:55pm, and curling ice times will be 7:00-9:00 pm.  Curling equipment - grippers, sliders and brooms are available for use, free of charge.  Drop-in at $20/person (cash only)!

Sign-Up required to reserve your spot. Email us for information.


Field Law’s Community Fund Program Competition

Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre has entered Field Law’s Community Fund Program competition.  They are hoping their project, the purchase of sound and light equipment for their new theatre, will be selected and awarded funding.  They need your help!  Finalists are selected, in part, by public voting. 

Please vote for Swamp Donkey’s project here.  Simply enter “Swamp Donkey” in the search bar at the top right corner of the website then place your vote for Swamp Donkey!

Tickets for Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society’s production of Nunsense are on sale now!  They are incredibly excited to be performing on stage for a live audience once again!  Performances take place November 5 to 7, 2021

Purchase your tickets now!





Memories of threshing in Springbank by Robert Lougheed

            In Springbank, Dad put a threshing outfit together and every fall his season started by threshing the early grain from the fields and finally ending by threshing from the stack. Usually he made it home by Christmas. In those days work started before daylight and never finished until well after dark and a man and his team made $7.00 a day.

            I remember as a little boy the excitement that went with the arrival of the threshing machine. I also remember the big delicious meals and all the hearty appetites. I’m sure each housewife was trying to outdo the others by the fantastic meals served for the crew.


Chaps and Chinooks, Vol II, p. 571.




Bragg Creek Christmas Market
The Bragg Creek Centre is looking for vendors to participate!
Are you an artisan, a maker or Christmas treat baker? They are looking for you!
Sale runs - November 19 - 21, 2021
Adult Pickleball 

NEW – Afternoons 12:00 – 2:00 PM 

For the uninitiated, pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn. Looking for a new indoor sport? Try Pickleball! 

Tuesdays (Drop-in) 

12:00 – 2:00 pm 

7:30 – 9:30 pm 

Cost: Members $5 | Non-Members $8 

*Racquets are limited – Please bring your own. 








Fall Crime Prevention

As you are cleaning up the yard, both at home and seasonal properties, take a look around to identify potential “hiding” areas for would be thieves, to conceal their presence on your property.  Things like leaves in hedges, overgrowth under trees, and shrubs that have grown so as to obscure your ability to see your yard clearly.  As you prepare your property, give consideration to implementing CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles which include the “lived in and cared for” look, visual barriers such as hedges, fences, gates on driveways, lighting at night, including motion sensed lighting, and creating good sight lines by trimming trees to minimize undergrowth.   

The RCMP report that October has been one of the top Break and Enter months for Seasonal Properties. It is highly suggested that Seasonal Properties are checked on occasionally and that valuables and recreational vehicles (boats, quads, etc.) are removed or well secured and well identified.  Alarm systems and cameras are deterrents, and, when situations occur the cameras aid Law Enforcement with identification. 

Crime Prevention is not only for Personal Property, it is also for Businesses as well.  CTPED Principals can be applied to Commercial yards and Establishments.  Simple things like having a lockup checklist for things like ensuring doors and gates are locked after hours, alarms are set can help deter would be thieves.  Business Owners, walk around your properties/ Businesses and look through the lenses of a bad guy wanting to gain access or take something off the premises.  Look for weak areas and consider ways to beef these up. 

Fall Crime Prevention tips taking some time to inventory equipment as you are preparing to store for the winter.  CFPA suggests taking pictures and ensuring serial numbers are recorded and available if needed.  Disable motorized equipment that is not being used for the winter: take batteries out and store securely, put hitch locks on all trailers, including 5th Wheel RVs, etc.  A little bit of time invested can help you deter a would be thief; the more barriers that can be put up the better chance of deterring theft and other crimes. 

The RCMP and CFPA strongly encourage everyone to report suspicious activity in your area and anytime you are out and about.  Law Enforcement personnel (RCMP, Rocky View Enforcement Services, Fish and Wildlife, etc) need this valuable information to help make decisions on patrol areas and to find out what is trending (and the information you provide may be a crucial puzzle piece).  When we come together as a Community, and be aware of and report unusual activity, we can make our Communities safer. 

To learn more about Rural Crime Watch and CFPA, or to become a member, visit them online.






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