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Oki/Tansi welcome to a new school year at Piitoayis Family School.

I am very excited to begin a new school year. My entire educational career has lead me here, where I feel I can best support Indigenous children achieve a strong educational foundation. My educational philosophy focuses on creating a safe learning space where our children can establish a love of learning, while incorporating our cultural practices and maintaining our traditional values and belief systems. 
I am excited to introduce to our Leadership Team: 
Acting Assistant Principal, Margaret Webber. Margaret is a retired Assistant Principal with the Calgary Board of Education and she is eager to learn about our Indigenous ways and support our school.
Ms. Dancia Burrows, former grade 1/2 teacher, will support and lead  curriculum and assessment, as well as teaching through an Indigenous lens.
Ms. Sara Reinikka-Scoot joins our PFS family team as our Literacy Learning Leader and Grade 1/2 teacher. Ms. Sara will share her expertise and knowledge in literacy and will lead our professional learning community in guided reading and assessment.
Ms. Emily Mask also joins our PFS family as our Math Learning Leader and grade five teacher. She too will share her extensive knowledge in math and will lead our professional learning community in math and assessment.
Ms. Tracy Evans, Indigenous Educational Learning Leader, will provide support with literacy and math groups, as well as, reading intervention. We are excited to also have Ms. Tracy support teaching through an Indigenous lens.
We also have wonderful additions and movement to our teaching staff. Ms. Pam Grapetin  will join the Grade 1/2 team, Ms. Kelsey Fraser will move from kindergarten to the grade 3 team, Mr. Devin Green will teach gym and health,  Ms. Andrea Taylor-Schryvers will teach grade 3, Melanie Long will join the grade 4 team with Ms. Heather Craig, and  finally, Ms. Leanna Huszar is covering Mr. James Robertshaw, who is on leave until November, and Ms. Georgia Paschalis will teach grade 6.  All are expert teachers who are excited and passionate about teaching, learning, and our PFS students. 
Piitoayis Family School is very grateful for the many donors which provide our breakfast, lunch, and snack program. Hope Mission, Alex House, and Meals on Wheels will continue to provide the delicious hot lunch, soup and sandwiches. We also have the Weekends and More program continuing this year. If you and your family are interested in receiving a nutritious snack bag each week, please call Ms. Denise Nowell, School Assistant.  
We are excited to announce partnership with Dr. Lana Potts, GP, and Ronald MacDonald Care Mobile. Once a month students and staff can book medical appointment with Dr. Potts in the Care Mobile, which will be parked in the parking lot of Piitoayis Family School. We are also grateful to partner with Nation Vision for free on-site eye testing for PFS families. Please watch for posters, school messengers, and consent forms for both programs.
I am so excited to meet students and staff at Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 – 6:00. Please RSVP by calling the school.
Kind regards, 
Iikiinayookaa M. Yellow Horn Principal, Piitoayis Family School 

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Piitoayis Family School

1921 9 Ave SE Calgary, AB, T2G 0V3
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Mrs Marlene Yellow Horn
Assistant Principal
Mr Benjamin Williams
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Dr Dianne Roulson
Mr Richard Hehr

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Morning Start
8:40 AM
3:05 PM
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