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June 17
June 17 - 21

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Week!

Parents are welcome to join us to raise our NLC tipi Tuesday June 18th at 9am. Saa' kokoto (Elder Randy) needs some heavy lifters please call the office if you can lend a hand. Weather permitting, if chance of rain we will offer tipi teachings indoors.

Dr. Potts is in from 9am-3pm Tuesday for appointments too. Call Elbow River Healing Lodge to book an appointment (403) 955-6600

USAY Medicine Wheel Warrior Gala for invited students and parents/guardians is Wednesday June 19th, please go to Eau Claire Market near the food court by 5:00PM!

Parents/guardians are welcome to watch our Sound Kreations student hip hop performance Thursday June 20th at 2:20 PM!

Have a wonderful week.


Ms. Michelle
June 05
June at NLC

June is a month close to my heart, not only is there many birthdays in my family this month, but it is a month of celebrations at Niitsitapi!

I want to thank Ms. Vanessa, Ms. Mandy, Ms. Jocelyn, Ms. Brandy and Ms. Wendy for taking personal time to participate in the 10km Scotiabank run with me on May 26, 2019. Together we raised over $2000 for our year end ceremonies and celebrations. Your efforts and dedication are inspiring!

I also wanted to thank President’s Choice Children’s Charity for a beautiful breakfast and lunch through their #EatTogether movement. It was an amazing opportunity to cook with chef Tom alongside students and parents and participate in a large sit down meal together. We were also featured on City Breakfast TV! We are reminded the importance of connecting with others while eating together, thank you PCCC!

New students and families, please join us for our Open House Friday June 7th from 1:00-2:30pm. Come and tour our beautiful centre, meet the welcoming staff and learn about our unique program.

Please see the calendar for all exciting celebratory June events! Be sure to take a look at your child’s classroom blogs too.


Ms. Michelle


May 23
Last week of MAY!

​Cheer on Team NIITSITAPI Sunday as staff will be running the 10KM Scotiabank Marathon race with Sa'kokoto to raise funds for our year end celebration.

Swimming week (Monday to Thursday) for kindergarten to grade 3! Thank you Education Matters for sponsoring this amazing opportunity for our students! Please remember to bring:

-swim suit
-extra snacks

Students without their signed consent form and swimming ability form WILL NOT be able to attend.

Dr. Potts will be in Tuesday May 28th 9am-3pm, please call the school office or Elbow River Healing Lodge office to book an appointment.

Calvary FC professional soccer players and author Lisa Bowes will be in Wednesday May 29th for a special book presentation.

Elder Kerrie is in for Open Elder time Thursday May 30th in the afternoon, please call the school office to book a time for support, conversation or ceremony.

On Friday May 31, President's Choice Charity #EatTogether will be on site with Breakfast Television and other media to prepare breakfast and lunch. If parents/guardians would like to join the chef lunch, you must RSVP to the office by Monday May 27th.

Ms. Michelle
May 06
May 6-10

Transportation forms are ready for 2019-2020!

ALL students must complete the process/form if they need transportation (Southland School Bus) for the 2019/2020 school year. If you do not register now, you will not have a stop for school start up at Niitsitapi on August 15th. Please call the office for information or apply online through this link. A letter with your child’s CBE ID and instructions was sent home this week. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/default.aspx

NLC Breakfast & Regulation Model Parent Session

Thursday May 9 – 8:45am-10am

Join NLC staff and professionals to learn about our regulation model for students. It is important to teach students skills to regulate their emotions and make safe choices for moments of distress. In this session, you will gain valuable insight into the strategies we use at school that may find beneficial in your home settings. Elder Kerrie and Dr. Potts will be here to support. Breakfast & a Regulation Model to take home J

Friday May 10 – Bear Witness Day

Students are asked to bring in one teddy bear Friday May 10th as we honour #BearWitnessDay and Jordan’s Principle. EDC/Preschool can bring their teddy bears on Thursday. If your family requires medical support for your child, please call the office and we can support you with a referral to Jordan’s Principle. Please explore the following links for more information. https://fncaringsociety.com/BearWitness https://fncaringsociety.com/jordans-principle

Telus Spark Family Night

May 23 – 5-9pm

Thanks to Spark Learning Connections, our school is offered 100 free tickets to Telus Spark. Please contact the office to reserve your tickets by May 9th! Transportation is NOT available.

CBE Pow Wow Thursday May 16, 2019 at Genesis Centre in Saddleridge

May 16 – Grand Entry is at 6pm

Every year the Calgary Board of Education Hosts their own Powwow. This year there is a new location at the Genesis Centre in the Northeast. Transportation is NOT available.

Love, Ms. Michelle

NLC Professional Development out on the land with Miskanawah & Elder Patrick April 22


May 01
May News

Oki, Tansi, Hello,

Our school wide focus for May is holistic wellbeing and our school regulation model. We will be working through the following inquiry questions:

How can you support your health and wellness, mind, heart, spirit and body?

How do we balance our health and wellness? What do we do when we wake up, what do we do to relax? What do we do before we go to bed?

How do you help you feel “just right” at school?

What does that look like? How does that feel? What is your body doing?

What are the tools to help us regulate our mind, heart, spirit and body?

Who can we go to when we need help to regulate?

Parents/Guardians please join us for a family breakfast session to share our Regulation Model with Elder Kerrie and Dr. Potts Thursday May 9, from 8:45am-9:45am. Please RSVP at the office (403) 817-3404. It will be an hour of supportive family conversation and each family will receive a copy of the Regulation Model!

Niitsitapi has partnered with USAY again this year for the Medicine Wheel Warrior project. All grade 1 students, and those who missed the program in grade 2 & 3 last year, will be provided the following opportunities:

-learned from Elder Randy what it means to be a ‘warrior’ in a traditional sense and today on April 16th

-enjoyed Comicon as a family April 26th

-will create action figure heroes in class with a 3D printer May 6, 9 & 14th

-mark your calendars June 19 will be the Medicine Wheel Warriors Gala Family Event at Eau Claire Market!

Please review the information packages sent home from USAY and call the office if you have any questions.

Lucy Loves Soccer author Lisa Bowes and Calgary professional soccer club Calvary visit has been postponed to later time in May, we will inform you of the date when confirmed.

Wednesday May 1 is the first day ALL CURRENT and NEW students must register for transportation if they are taking our Southland School bus. Information on how will be shared and sent home May 1.

There are many exciting off-site field trips provided, thanks to Education Matters for their support. Please note, all students MUST have a signed acknowledgement of risk (consent form) completed to attend a field trip.

Our final school advisory is May 30th, please join us for lunch and conversation, all are welcome.

We had a lovely visit from Elders from Saskatchewan who support schools, along with Waterhen First Nation. Thank you for coming to visit us at Niitaitapi.

With gratitude,

Ms. Michelle



April 09
April News

Welcome back.

Learning is in full bloom at the NLC. Our school wide learning focus is on taking care of Na’a, Mother Earth through planting and gardening. Out outdoor amphitheater is under construction, we will soon be able to take our learning outside to the Medicine Wheel gardens. Much care has been in selecting Indigenous plants in the most extensive gardens in a CBE school. Our students will be learning more about traditional uses of plants and medicines. If you would like to extend your gardening or land based knowledge with us, please give me a call.

USAY returns Wednesday April 10th for grades 1-3 to receive Medicine Wheel Teachings from Elder Randy.  At the end of April USAY will be hosting Comicon event for students in grades 2 and 3 who did not participate in the Medicine Wheel Warrior action figure events last school year. We will send home a letter informing of how to participate later this month.

Dr. Potts is in Tuesday April 16th 8:30am - 12:30pm, please call the office to book an appointment. Elder Randy is in the same day and has Open Elder time available in the afternoon.

Ms. Kaitlyn and Ms. Ruby’s class is heading to Telus Spark Wednesday April 17, please return your child’s off-site form.

Reminder that there is no school Friday April 19 and Monday April 22nd for Easter.

Many blessings to you,

Ms. Michelle



March 10
March 11-15

Oki, Tansi, Hello, 

We have an exciting week ahead!

Monday March 11 from 5-7 PM will be our first transition gathering, "Expanding the Circle", we have called all families, if you have a child in grade 2 or 3 moving on in 2019/20 school year, it is not too late to RSVP, please call the office. Elder Kerrie will be sharing Tobacco Teachings, student's new schools are invited and dinner will be served.

Mr. Andrew will be in all PE classes for our first soccer residency through Boost Athletics! Perhaps your child will want to play outdoor soccer after this exciting week, Ms. Anna, our School Family Liaison can help you get connected to your community organization, possibly equipment and fees. Email Ms. Anna for more information: anmullback@cbe.ab.ca or call (403) 869-2794.

Tuesday students in kindergarten to grade 3 will have a short presentation on CN Rail safety, since our location is so close to the railway line.

This week we are setting up for our first ever Scholastic Book Fair, which starts Monday March 18-21! Students will get viewing times Monday the 18th through Wednesday, you can come in to view and purchase at pick up and drop off times and during student - parent - teacher conferences Thursday March 21st, from 4:30-7PM.

Student - Parent - Teacher Conferences

Thursday March 21, 4:30 -7:00PM, Pathways dance night, resource fair and book fair too!

Friday March 22, 9:00AM - 12:00PM - NO SCHOOL

Have a great week!
February 28
March has arrived!

Oki, Tansi, Hello NLC families, 

Reminder, NO SCHOOL FRIDAY MARCH 1, Non-instructional (PD) day.

Elder Kerrie is in Tuesday and is available to meet with you and your child for a conversation or ceremony Tuesday February 5, in the afternoon. Please call the office to book an appointment.

Reminder that we will be hosting a gathering "Expanding the Lodge" Monday March 11 from 5-7 PM for all our families in Gr. 2 and 3 who are transitioning to new schools in the 2019/2020 school year. Join us for Tobacco Teachings, a Blessing from Elder Kerrie and meet a new key contact at your child's new school! Dinner will be provided, please reply to the office if you can attend and how many for food purposes.

This month our school wide focus is on Tobacco Teachings. Our students and staff will learn about meaning in offerings and ceremony and the life cycle of tobacco. Did you see the tobacco we are growing with the support of our volunteer Mr. Justin in the indoor garden?

Please review our March month at a glance, a hard copy was sent home with your child. Reminder to take time to look at class blogs on our website to see the beautiful learning occurring in all classrooms.


February 21
NLC Happenings!

Next week NLC will be focusing on Jump Rope for Heart, skipping activities in Physical Education. Embedded in the activities are discussions on how we can keep our hearts healthy, functions of our heart and the importance of daily exercise. We will have a special visitor, skipping champion Rowan come and share a demonstration with all classes Monday.

Please call the office to book an appointment with Dr. Potts on the medical mobile clinic Tuesday February 26th, from 9am - 3 pm.

Elder Randy is available for Open Elder

Time the afternoon of February 26th, please call the school office if you would like to sit with Elder Randy for a conversation, guidance, ceremony etc... all you need to bring is yourself 🙂

Please join us for our school advisory lunch Thursday February 28th from 12:00-1:15 PM. Come and learn more about NLC happenings, we need your input, your voice is important. Here is a quick look at the agenda, many exciting developments at NLC, please RSVP to the school office:

-transition plans, "Expanding the Circle" evening Monday March 11th for all students and families transitioning out of NLC
-NLC mathematics planning 
-NLC garden plans, indoor and outdoor we are growing our own tobacco
-NLC self regulation model sharing
-Our new Wellness Clinic plans
-Drumming week
And more!

Reminder, Friday March 1 is a non-instructional day, no school.

Be sure to check out the awesome class blogs!

Love, Ms. Michelle

February 11

Elder Kerrie sharing with students the Teaching of Love. She reminded students how to help someone who is not feeling loved, and what Love looks like and sounds like. Hiy, hiy Elder Kerrie, we are Loved!


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