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June 30
Ayy, Hiy Hiy,

Oki, Hello Families,

Well, that was definitely a rollercoaster of a ride! This year was like none other that I have ever experienced and would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their flexibility and understanding as we navigated the new normal in ongoing learning. 

On August 1, 2020 the Alberta Government will let us know which scenario we will be ​implementing and I will communicate this as soon as I can with the most current up to date information about the 2020-21 school year.

However, for now, let's just enjoy our summer playing outside, visiting with our friends and families and enjoying the moment.

If you require assistance, I will be checking email at least three times/week. 

See you (in-person or online) on September 1, 2020!

Stay safe and healthy,

Ms. Allison 

December 16
Elf on the Shelf

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and were able to enjoy the sun! It’s the last week before the Winter break and there are so many things to look forward to this week at school. Everyday this month we have had a little visitor that hides in a new place every night for the kids to come and find. Our own Elf on the Shelf is definitely a hit! I still haven’t found out what its name is, however some of the options the kids have told me are:

🎄Willow (I like this one!)

As students arrive to class, they take off their winter gear and eagerly with their teachers, go searching for our elf - they have so much fun! I was able to take a snap shot of the fun place it set up shop. The most important thing to know is that we cannot touch the Elf because if we do, it looses its powers! However, my own daughters told me over the weekend that if someone does touch the elf, it’s okay because all you have to do is sprinkle cinnamon on it and the magical powers are restored! Phew! 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, December 19 at 12:30 pm for our Winter Celebration! It's going to be a lot of fun listening to the Christmas songs performed by our students and we appreciate all of the hard work they have put in preparing for their performances!

See you soon.

Ms. Allison​

December 06
Reader's Theatre

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families!

This week, I was so excited to attend a grade 2 class, where groups of students put on different Reader's Theatre plays! The kids were having a great time showing their learning through presenting and participating as audience members. I saw great evidence of reading, writing, speaking and listening through ​story telling. There were a lot of giggles, gasps, applause and a great time was had by all!​ 

Key learning intentions for this task were as follows:

  • ​integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
  • increase comprehension

  • Students were engaged and motivated to read the stories as they knew the work they were doing would be applied to an authentic context! When we create the conditions for students to be successful by providing connections to real world experiences, we help create confidence in our kids. This also leads to a positive self-image of themselves and what they are able to accomplish!​ Confidence is key.


    Ms. Allison


    November 25
    Professional Learning Day

    ​Oki! Tansi! Hello Families!

    We hope everyone had a great weekend and were able to get outside and hopefully enjoy the fresh air! Last Friday, we had our school's Professional Learning Day. These days are sometimes called PD days where the students stay home, and the teachers spend the day learning. We wanted to share some of the teaching and learning that happens on these days with our families! 

    This year, we are focusing on reading, comprehension and number sense. Our School Development Plan will be shared on our website very soon. Last Friday, teachers were building their capacity around strategies they can utilize to help our children show what they know! We talked about students being able to take the time they need to show their learning and how we can adjust our tasks to enable their success. We also talked about how we show students what a 1, 2, 3 and 4 look like for certain activities that we work on together, and how it is important students see an example of each indicator for certain tasks. 

    It was a great day of learning and reflecting on our practice. We hope everyone has a great week!

    Thanks for reading.

    Ms. Allison


    November 14
    November 14, 2019

    Oki! Tansi! Hello families! 


    It’s been just over three weeks since my arrival and Niitsitapi Learning Centre and I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome! 


    I have been making my way into classes everyday and visiting our students and teachers. As I enter each classroom, I see our children engaged in many different learning activities! They have been eagerly telling me what they are learning about when I sit beside them and ask questions. I was even beat in a fierce game of word tic-tax-toe!


    I already see learning progressions happening and love seeing our students happy and so excited to show me what they are doing! I had the chance to smudge in an EDC class and Kindergarten class. I was able to hear about how much the children love their families when going around the circle and was able to share about the people in my life who I love too. 


    I also had the opportunity to participate in the Fall Blessing Ceremony with Elder, Leonard Bastien. We are so thankful to have had Elder, Leonard Bastien come to our school. At our blessing ceremony, we prayed for Na’a (Mother Earth), Mohkínstsis (Elbow=Calgary), Niisitapi Learning Centre, Kokoo’siks (children), and our staff.  We were also able to reflect on how we ensure our students feel safe, cared for and loved at our school.


    I look forward to meeting as many families as I can and continuing to learn how I can best serve everyone at Niitsitapi Learning Centre together. 


    Thank you.


    Ms. Allison ​

    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



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