Civic: 234 Spinnaker Drive
Cornwallis  NS B0S 1H0
Mailing: P.O. Box 70
Clementsport NS B0S 1E0
  Phone: (902) 638-4800
Fax:     (902) 638-4804

Welcome to CRMS

About Our School

We are one of 41 schools with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board offering a high quality public education program.

Clark Rutherford Memorial School began as a military base school. It opened in 1957. At that time, there was a primary school and a grades 4-9 school. In the early 1990's, word of CFB Cornwallis closing began to be heard. As a result, in 1993 three neighborhood schools closed and the children came to Clark Rutherford Memorial School. The enrollment at that time was 325 students.

When it was built, Clark Rutherford Memorial School was named for and dedicated to Lieutenant-Commander Clark Rutherford of HMCS OTTAWA who gave his life for his country. LCDR C.A. Rutherford RCN Captain lost his life when his ship was sunk by enemy action during the Battle of the Atlantic on September 14, 1942.

To ensure the safety of everyone in our building, we ask that all parents and other visitors to our school check in at the office.

Please remember that all of our teachers teach reading and writing for the first 2 hours of every day.
It is important that all students are at school before 8:05am every day so that they do not miss any of this valuable teaching and learning time.

Upcoming Events

December 12th- Trailblazers for grade 3 to 5

December 13th- Trailblazers for grade P to 2

December 19th- Trailblazers for grade 3 to 5

December 20th- Trailblazers for grade P to 2

December 21st- Last day of school before the Holidays.  This will be a full day of school for students.

December 22nd to January 02nd 2017- Holiday Break

January 3rd- First day back for students and staff in 2017.  Happy New Year!

Current News and Announcements
  • FREE Workshop for Caregivers and Progessionals

    Understanding Trauma, De-mystifying Emotions, and Strategies to Support Healing


    On Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    From 10 – 3 at the Berwick Fire Hall, Berwick NS


    Presented by: Kathy Bourgeois, Child and Youth Advocate at SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) at the IWK

    This workshop focuses on understanding trauma, and practical strategies to help your child heal. We discuss what trauma is, provide caregivers with an overview of brain development and how trauma  affects this development. We also discuss emotions, provide an overview of ‘Emotion Coaching’, and review other tools and strategies to help you help your child to identify, respond to and express their emotions in healthy ways. Ideas and strategies for fostering safety in the home will also be presented.

    Workshop Details

    · Registration is required at least one week in advance. Space is limited.

    · You are not required to share your story at this workshop. It is mostly lecture format, with some opportunity for questions and answers if this is something you choose to do.

    · This is not a therapy group. This is an opportunity to listen, and learn skills to help your family’s healing.

    · Register by contacting Patty Cornwall or Leah Marshall at SchoolsPlus with your name, phone number & email address at 902-532-3299 or

  • Notification of School Closures

    School closure or early dismissal announcements are always posted to   You can also sign up to receive text message or email notification of school closures due to weather, and other important announcements from AVRSB.  To subscribe, visit:

    You can also find details regarding the AVRSB storm day closure process  Closures are also announced on local radio stations.

  • Decisions on school based activities for December

    December 2, 2016


    Dear Families;


     I would like to communicate some specific school based decisions about the effects of the labour dispute between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DoEECD), and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU).


    I have been gathering information throughout the week, as this situation continues to change.  As of today; here is how I believe the job action will impact school life at Clark Rutherford.


    1. There will be no changes to the dedication that staff have toward the safety and security of students and their wellbeing. This remains our top priority.
    2. Our Concert scheduled for December 15th will be postponed to a later date.
    3. The Turkey Dinner provided by the Home and School will also be postponed to the same later date.
    4. The Gift Room scheduled for December 16th has been cancelled.
    5. Running club will not be running until further notice.
    6. Robotics club will not meet until further notice.
    7. Math club will not meet until further notice.
    8. Lunch time soccer will not be available until further notice.
    9. Morning supervisions begin in the office at 7:50.  Student’s arriving before the first bus should enter through the office.
    10. The lunch time routine will now occur in shifts. Half of the school will eat from 11:55 - 12:10, while the other half plays outside.  At 12:15 this will change, and the second group will eat in the gym or play outside.
    11. The December 21st early dismissal is now a full day of school.
    12. Students will continue to be supervised at ratios that will ensure student safety and wellbeing, both in the gym while eating and outdoors while playing.
    13. Teachers will continue to deliver thoughtful lessons appropriate to students learning needs and the Public School Program.
    14. Breakfast will continue to be available to student in the morning.
    15. The lunch program will continue to be offered.
    16. Early Years Centre, Native Student Advisor, Student Support Worker and Schools Plus programing will continue to operate as normal.
    17. Trailblazers, the YMCA after school program and family matters groups will continue.
    18. We will continue to communicate as best as we can about this situation as it evolves as we are best able.  You may receive a school text, encouraging you to check the websites for new information.


    I realise these are uncertain and challenging times.  We appreciate that you may have concerns and questions.  As always, I encourage you to bring these to my attention.  

    I also want to thank school community members for their understanding and support.  We all look forward to the resolution of the dispute between the above mentioned parties.


    Nora Vance Gray

  • NSTU Strike Action: Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions

    On November 28, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) announced they are planning strike action beginning Monday, December 5. A "Frequently Asked Questions" information sheet for parents/guardians has been developed to address some of the questions you may have about the impacts of this strike action on activities at your child's school. This information sheet is available as a pdf for download, or click to read more.


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