Na’a This Song’s For You

Oki!  Tansi!  Danit’ada!  Bonjour!  Hello and Happy Spring!

During the past month, we have been honouring the gifts that Na’a (Mother Earth) gives us.  We must also look after her so that she can continue to provide us with these gifts.  We performed a song at both the Celebration of Learning and for some visiting guests, that helped guide us on this journey.

Na’a, this song’s for you,

Na’a and all her children.

We take away,

Just want to give to you.


The students looked for signs of Spring both at the school and at home. They noticed melting snow, the grass turning from brown to green, ladybugs, spiders and even a dandelion.  Outside the small window in our classroom, we noticed that the grass was much greener than on the playground.  Why we thought?  Maybe because there was too much garbage on the playground.  To help Mother Earth, our class went outside twice to collect garbage.  The students collected two full bags of garbage and were shocked as some of things they found: a diaper, 5 empty oil cans, and a lot of coffee cups!  They wanted to find out other ways they could help Na'a and discovered that everyone should recycle paper and plastic, donate old toys and clothes, turn off the lights when leaving a room, and compost as much food as possible.  The less we put in the garbage dump the better. The students created pieces of artwork that celebrate the beauty of Na’a, the gifts from Na’a, and showed how much they love Na’a.



We are trying to grow some vegetables in our class.  The students voted and we planted carrot and green onion seeds.   For the first week or do, nothing happened.  But then Na’a performed her magic and sprouts began to appear.  Hopefully, in a few weeks we will something to munch on!

Students have been comparing objects when measuring length, weight and capacity.  They used a scale to determine who was the lightest student in the class and who was the heaviest. They played with graduated cylinders in the water tub to figure out which cylinder held the most, the least, and the same. The students decomposed numbers using manipulatives, and compared which coloured manipulative pile had more, which has less, and how many they had altogether.


The students continue to build their knowledge of letters, letter sounds, and initial sounds in words. They are learning early coding and computational skills. They accessed two educational websites on our new Chromebook and are now learning how to login into a website called “Teach your monster how to read”. 


There are many important dates in May for Kindergarten, but most exciting for students are the field trips to Telus Spark on May 22 and swimming lessons from May 27-31. Information for both of these events will be coming home soon. Forms must be signed and returned to the school in order for your child to participate.

Upcoming Events:

May 7 – Lockdown Drill #2

May 9 – NLC Regulation Model Breakfast Sharing 8:45-9:45 AM

May 10 – Bear Witness Day (Bring a teddy bear to school)

May 16 – CBE Powwow at the Genesis Centre 6:00 PM

May 17 – No School

May 20 – No School

May 22 – Field Trip to Telus Spark

May 23 – Telus Spark Family Night

May 24 – Decidedly Jazz Dance Residency

May 27-31 – Swimming Lessons at Inglewood Pool

May 31 – DJD Dance Residency

Happy Spring!

Ms. Katie

Oki!  Tansi!  Danit’ada! Bonjour!  Hello!

The cold has been challenging on all of us, and especially the children because they can’t go outside.  However, this is what Na’a has provided us, so we are trying to see the beauty in what we have today and not think about what we want for tomorrow. 

The students used their handmade binoculars to discover what is happening right outside our window. So many great discoveries were made.  “I see footprints.  I see deep snow.  I see steam. I see the mountains far away.  “I wonder where the footprints came from?  How far are the mountains? Where did the icicle come from?”  “The icicle is there because it is really cold.  Because it is almost Easter.  Because the water coming out of the pipe is freezing.  The footprint came from a person.  It came from a bear.”


February was healthy heart month. The students learned about the five food groups from the Canada Food Guide and about what foods belonged in each group.  Many activities centered around the food groups. The students used their new-found knowledge to choose a snack to make that included at least 4 food groups. Most students truly enjoyed our Apple Boats!

Elder Florence is encouraging us to learn how to count in Cree, and we are pretty good up to 5!  Elder Randy taught us about the sacred Tobacco plant and also helped us changed one of our songs to using some Blackfoot words.  The students love when Ms. Shirley comes to dance, and our routine gets better each time we practice.

Students have been using yoga and breathing techniques to help regulate their bodies, especially after lunch when their hearts and minds are racing, and when they are upset or frustrated. 

In Literacy, we continue to build our knowledge of letters and letter sounds, in particular those letters which have two sounds.  Students are also learning how to write in journals using “kid writing” or sounding out words to make a group of words or a sentence. 

Our study of patterns officially came to a close, although we will continue to find and see patterns everywhere.


I look forward to seeing families at the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.

With love,

Ms. Katie

Upcoming events:

March

  • -Tobacco teachings month
  • -March 4-8: Drumming residency
  • -March 12: Ms. Shirley dancing
  • -March 15-21: Book fair
  • -March 21: Spring Equinox ceremony
  • -March 21: Parent/Teacher conferences 4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • -March 21: Last day of school
  • -March 22: Parent/Teacher conferences 9:00-12:00 PM
  • -March 22-April 8: SPRING BREAK


Oki! Tansi!  Danit’ada! 

January sure felt like a long month…however it gave us time to dive into some great learning.  Spring seems so far away, but Na’a does provide us with many gifts during the Winter to be thankful for.  The snow is important as it provide moisture to our land and rivers. We were inspired by a book called “Snowflake Bentley” about the man who discovered how to photograph snowflakes.  Based on his ideas we went outside to catch and observe snowflakes and to test the theory that no 2 snowflakes are alike.  The non-fiction book “The Snowflake” taught us that although most snowflakes are not alike, snowflakes can be twins. 

Snowflakes helped jumpstart a study into patterns.  Snowflake crystals line up in patterns to form the arms of the snowflake.  Snowflakes are also symmetrical.  Students learned the attributes of different types of patterns and how to label them.  They learned how to recognize and create a pattern and discovered that patterns are everywhere. 

 

Mat Man was introduced to the students as a way to improve how they draw people.    The students created a mat man version of themselves and used 2 new tools, watercolour pencils and a sharpie, to turn their pictures into art.  



A very important concept was introduced to the students about letters: letters have a name AND a sound.  For example, the name of letter B is “b” and its sound is “buh”.  The name and the sound of a consonant is different.  This is an important step/concept that many students need to understand before they start building words.

Important upcoming dates:

February 7 – Elder Florence visits with classes
February 8 – Group sing for students
February 9 – Elder Kerrie open time and class visits
February 10 – Students dancing with Ms. Shirley
February 14 – Valentine “love” fun
February 14/15 – Teachers Convention – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Family Day – NO SCHOOL
February 21 – Elder Florence visits with classes
February 22 – Grandmother Tea Ceremony
February 26 – Elder Randy Open Elder Time AM; Ronald McDonald Bus
February 28 - School Advisory

PLEASE DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR THE WEATHER.  TEMPERATURE PERMITTING, we do go outside at least once a day.  During the winter, students need boots, gloves and hats. If you need help obtaining any winter clothing, please let the school know. 

Children ages 4 to 6 need between 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night.  Please help your child get the rest they need to help be at their best to learn!

With love,

Ms. Katie


December News

Oki!  Bonjour!  Hello!

In December we focused on learning about the Winter Solstice.  Students learned about the night sky and what constellations we could see at the Solstice.  They listened to many legends and stories about the constellations, and especially enjoyed the story of how coyote placed the stars.  Students created a night sky using watercolour paints, a white wash and salt to add a sparkly effect.  They placed constellations on the night sky, and made a sun by spreading yellow, red and orange paint under plastic wrap onto paper, and a moon putting glue on paper that dried into shapes of craters, and grey paint.

Elder Kerrie spoke to us about how people in the past prepared for Christmas and how they shared gifts of love and kindness. To honour the past and in the spirit of the Solstice, students made ice decorations with cranberries, cedar branches, dried oranges and pine cones inside.  Students hung the decorations on the fir trees outside our window, for the animals who remained for the winter to enjoy.

Many other exciting events happened in December, including a field trip to Indigo, and the Winter Celebration.  So many people were impressed not only with how the students sang, but also with how well they played their instruments. Ms. Katie was very proud.

In January, we will continue to study winter, in particular, we will look at snowflakes and the unique patterns that are found in each one.  Students will build their knowledge of letter and letter sounds, and will learn how to blend sounds to make words.

Please remember to help your child dress for the weather, and to read to them every night.

With love,

Ms. Katie

Upcoming Events:

January 31 – Celebration of Learning

February 1 – NO SCHOOL

February 14/15 – NO SCHOOL

February 18 – NO SCHOOL


November News

The students engaged in many different types of activities for National Métis Week.  They learned about traditions that come from the past, such as Métis dancing and games.  They studied the Métis sash and tried to weave one of their own.  They also learned about the significance of the Métis flag, and went on a treasure hunt to find Métis artifacts.

Our focus in math this month was on numbers and numerals. Students practiced matching numerals to the same number of objects, and worked on recognizing numbers, for some, up to 15. 

Letter sounds were the focus of literacy this month. Students participated in a variety of activities, songs and games that focused on a, c, d, h and m letter sounds.

Mother Earth (Na’a) sent many messages to tell us winter is coming.  We observed birds practicing their formation for flying south and trees and insects going to sleep for the winter.  We felt a colder wind and watched the sun start to go down even as school was ending. The students learned about how strong Grandfather Moon (Kokomi kisomm) is, but soon, how the Sun (Natoosi) will become strong again.  

Report cards went home on November 29.  I look forward to meeting with all parents and caregivers so we can chat about how your child is doing.

Ms. Katie



October News

During the month of October we learned about our friend Iinii and his amazing transformation from Grandfather Rock to buffalo.  The students examined rocks by comparing size, shape, color and texture.  They ralearned that rocks have been on Mother Earth longer than any other human or animal and have amazing stories to tell.  Students also discovered that not one rock is the same.  Each rock is unique and has a story to tell.  The students are unique and have a story to tell!  

 The students to work on identifying and naming letters, especially in their names. They are also practicing how to count and identify numbers. Both of these skills can be practiced at home. Please let me know if you need ideas!

Everyday we work on understanding how if feels when are bodies are moving too slowly, too fast, and what a just right body for learning feels like.  This is an important step to students being able to self regulate their bodies to be ready to learn.

Important Dates:

Tuesday November 13: 

  • Fall Blessing Ceremony with Elder Leonard

Thursday November 15

  • Rock your Mocs day

  • Picture retake day

Friday November 16

Grandmothers Tea 12:30-2:30 call to RSVP 





September News

This month, the Kindergarten students discovered many treasures that Mother Earth created.  4 phrases were used to guide their ‘outdoor learning: ‘What will I discover’, ‘I notice,’ I wonder’ and ‘this reminds me of’.  On the first day, a dead squirrel, gopher holes, a spider web on a tree trunk, and bird feathers were found.  On subsequent days, the guiding phrases helped formulate many theories about how the squirrel died, why the spider made a web on the tree, and how and why the gopher holes are connected.   Land-based learning helped the students start to understand why we must maintain a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth.  She has so much to teach us.

The students are experiencing the power of their own names. It is unique to them, it is their first reading material and their first source of letter-sound knowledge.   Encourage your child to practice writing and saying the letters of their name at home. Need some ideas?   Try shaving cream name writing on aluminum foil.  Use sidewalk chalk.   Make a name sign for their bedroom door.  Use cotton swabs and paint for letter tracing.

Counting is essential building block of mathematics. We have been incorporating counting questions into our day, such as: “How many?” “Who has more?” and “Do we have enough?”  There are many things to count at home – fingers, toes, people, snacks, stuffies…

The Kindergarten students love Iinii, our stone Buffalo friend who greets us at the beginning and the end of our day. We have been learning where Iiini came from, and how rocks are ancient beings that have stories to tell.

 

 

 

Oki, Tansi, Hello,

My name is Katie and I am a first generation Canadian, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.  I have been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 10 years, and have taught either Kindergarten or grade 1 and 2 for my entire career.  I have wanted to work in a school such as this one for a long time so I am thrilled to be teaching at Niitsitapi Learning Centre.  Joining me in the classroom is the amazing Ms. Marj who supports the students throughout their day.  Our Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Kindergarten Strategist also regularly visit our classroom.

During the first few weeks of school we focused on rules and routines, including walking in the hallway, gym class, lunch time, and how to care for our classroom.  Each morning after breakfast the students practice fine motor skills and then we start our more focused learning.  We practice mindfulness after lunch, then the students have time to play.  Ms. Michelle has been guiding us through the steps of how to Smudge and the students have been learning how to communicate in a talking circle.  In September, we will continue our study of first names, connecting the first letter of each student’s name to the alphabet.  The students will work on the sorting and classifying items and making patterns.  Hopefully the smoke will clear soon so that we can head outside to learn about the gifts Father Sun gave us during the summer, and before fall starts to appear.

Thank you to those families who have sent indoor and outdoor shoes.  We hope to go outside as much as possible, so weather appropriate clothes are helpful too.   It has been a great start to the year.  Please know that my door is always open, and I look forward to meeting those of you that I have not yet had the chance to meet.

With love,

Ms. Katie

Ms. Katie

Na’a This Song’s For You

Oki!  Tansi!  Danit’ada!  Bonjour!  Hello and Happy Spring!

During the past month, we have been honouring the gifts that Na’a (Mother Earth) gives us.  We must also look after her so that she can continue to provide us with these gifts.  We performed a song at both the Celebration of Learning and for some visiting guests, that helped guide us on this journey.

Na’a, this song’s for you,

Na’a and all her children.

We take away,

Just want to give to you.


The students looked for signs of Spring both at the school and at home. They noticed melting snow, the grass turning from brown to green, ladybugs, spiders and even a dandelion.  Outside the small window in our classroom, we noticed that the grass was much greener than on the playground.  Why we thought?  Maybe because there was too much garbage on the playground.  To help Mother Earth, our class went outside twice to collect garbage.  The students collected two full bags of garbage and were shocked as some of things they found: a diaper, 5 empty oil cans, and a lot of coffee cups!  They wanted to find out other ways they could help Na'a and discovered that everyone should recycle paper and plastic, donate old toys and clothes, turn off the lights when leaving a room, and compost as much food as possible.  The less we put in the garbage dump the better. The students created pieces of artwork that celebrate the beauty of Na’a, the gifts from Na’a, and showed how much they love Na’a.



We are trying to grow some vegetables in our class.  The students voted and we planted carrot and green onion seeds.   For the first week or do, nothing happened.  But then Na’a performed her magic and sprouts began to appear.  Hopefully, in a few weeks we will something to munch on!

Students have been comparing objects when measuring length, weight and capacity.  They used a scale to determine who was the lightest student in the class and who was the heaviest. They played with graduated cylinders in the water tub to figure out which cylinder held the most, the least, and the same. The students decomposed numbers using manipulatives, and compared which coloured manipulative pile had more, which has less, and how many they had altogether.


The students continue to build their knowledge of letters, letter sounds, and initial sounds in words. They are learning early coding and computational skills. They accessed two educational websites on our new Chromebook and are now learning how to login into a website called “Teach your monster how to read”. 


There are many important dates in May for Kindergarten, but most exciting for students are the field trips to Telus Spark on May 22 and swimming lessons from May 27-31. Information for both of these events will be coming home soon. Forms must be signed and returned to the school in order for your child to participate.

Upcoming Events:

May 7 – Lockdown Drill #2

May 9 – NLC Regulation Model Breakfast Sharing 8:45-9:45 AM

May 10 – Bear Witness Day (Bring a teddy bear to school)

May 16 – CBE Powwow at the Genesis Centre 6:00 PM

May 17 – No School

May 20 – No School

May 22 – Field Trip to Telus Spark

May 23 – Telus Spark Family Night

May 24 – Decidedly Jazz Dance Residency

May 27-31 – Swimming Lessons at Inglewood Pool

May 31 – DJD Dance Residency

Happy Spring!

Ms. Katie

Oki!  Tansi!  Danit’ada! Bonjour!  Hello!

The cold has been challenging on all of us, and especially the children because they can’t go outside.  However, this is what Na’a has provided us, so we are trying to see the beauty in what we have today and not think about what we want for tomorrow. 

The students used their handmade binoculars to discover what is happening right outside our window. So many great discoveries were made.  “I see footprints.  I see deep snow.  I see steam. I see the mountains far away.  “I wonder where the footprints came from?  How far are the mountains? Where did the icicle come from?”  “The icicle is there because it is really cold.  Because it is almost Easter.  Because the water coming out of the pipe is freezing.  The footprint came from a person.  It came from a bear.”


February was healthy heart month. The students learned about the five food groups from the Canada Food Guide and about what foods belonged in each group.  Many activities centered around the food groups. The students used their new-found knowledge to choose a snack to make that included at least 4 food groups. Most students truly enjoyed our Apple Boats!

Elder Florence is encouraging us to learn how to count in Cree, and we are pretty good up to 5!  Elder Randy taught us about the sacred Tobacco plant and also helped us changed one of our songs to using some Blackfoot words.  The students love when Ms. Shirley comes to dance, and our routine gets better each time we practice.

Students have been using yoga and breathing techniques to help regulate their bodies, especially after lunch when their hearts and minds are racing, and when they are upset or frustrated. 

In Literacy, we continue to build our knowledge of letters and letter sounds, in particular those letters which have two sounds.  Students are also learning how to write in journals using “kid writing” or sounding out words to make a group of words or a sentence. 

Our study of patterns officially came to a close, although we will continue to find and see patterns everywhere.


I look forward to seeing families at the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.

With love,

Ms. Katie

Upcoming events:

March

  • -Tobacco teachings month
  • -March 4-8: Drumming residency
  • -March 12: Ms. Shirley dancing
  • -March 15-21: Book fair
  • -March 21: Spring Equinox ceremony
  • -March 21: Parent/Teacher conferences 4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • -March 21: Last day of school
  • -March 22: Parent/Teacher conferences 9:00-12:00 PM
  • -March 22-April 8: SPRING BREAK


Oki! Tansi!  Danit’ada! 

January sure felt like a long month…however it gave us time to dive into some great learning.  Spring seems so far away, but Na’a does provide us with many gifts during the Winter to be thankful for.  The snow is important as it provide moisture to our land and rivers. We were inspired by a book called “Snowflake Bentley” about the man who discovered how to photograph snowflakes.  Based on his ideas we went outside to catch and observe snowflakes and to test the theory that no 2 snowflakes are alike.  The non-fiction book “The Snowflake” taught us that although most snowflakes are not alike, snowflakes can be twins. 

Snowflakes helped jumpstart a study into patterns.  Snowflake crystals line up in patterns to form the arms of the snowflake.  Snowflakes are also symmetrical.  Students learned the attributes of different types of patterns and how to label them.  They learned how to recognize and create a pattern and discovered that patterns are everywhere. 

 

Mat Man was introduced to the students as a way to improve how they draw people.    The students created a mat man version of themselves and used 2 new tools, watercolour pencils and a sharpie, to turn their pictures into art.  



A very important concept was introduced to the students about letters: letters have a name AND a sound.  For example, the name of letter B is “b” and its sound is “buh”.  The name and the sound of a consonant is different.  This is an important step/concept that many students need to understand before they start building words.

Important upcoming dates:

February 7 – Elder Florence visits with classes
February 8 – Group sing for students
February 9 – Elder Kerrie open time and class visits
February 10 – Students dancing with Ms. Shirley
February 14 – Valentine “love” fun
February 14/15 – Teachers Convention – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Family Day – NO SCHOOL
February 21 – Elder Florence visits with classes
February 22 – Grandmother Tea Ceremony
February 26 – Elder Randy Open Elder Time AM; Ronald McDonald Bus
February 28 - School Advisory

PLEASE DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR THE WEATHER.  TEMPERATURE PERMITTING, we do go outside at least once a day.  During the winter, students need boots, gloves and hats. If you need help obtaining any winter clothing, please let the school know. 

Children ages 4 to 6 need between 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night.  Please help your child get the rest they need to help be at their best to learn!

With love,

Ms. Katie


December News

Oki!  Bonjour!  Hello!

In December we focused on learning about the Winter Solstice.  Students learned about the night sky and what constellations we could see at the Solstice.  They listened to many legends and stories about the constellations, and especially enjoyed the story of how coyote placed the stars.  Students created a night sky using watercolour paints, a white wash and salt to add a sparkly effect.  They placed constellations on the night sky, and made a sun by spreading yellow, red and orange paint under plastic wrap onto paper, and a moon putting glue on paper that dried into shapes of craters, and grey paint.

Elder Kerrie spoke to us about how people in the past prepared for Christmas and how they shared gifts of love and kindness. To honour the past and in the spirit of the Solstice, students made ice decorations with cranberries, cedar branches, dried oranges and pine cones inside.  Students hung the decorations on the fir trees outside our window, for the animals who remained for the winter to enjoy.

Many other exciting events happened in December, including a field trip to Indigo, and the Winter Celebration.  So many people were impressed not only with how the students sang, but also with how well they played their instruments. Ms. Katie was very proud.

In January, we will continue to study winter, in particular, we will look at snowflakes and the unique patterns that are found in each one.  Students will build their knowledge of letter and letter sounds, and will learn how to blend sounds to make words.

Please remember to help your child dress for the weather, and to read to them every night.

With love,

Ms. Katie

Upcoming Events:

January 31 – Celebration of Learning

February 1 – NO SCHOOL

February 14/15 – NO SCHOOL

February 18 – NO SCHOOL


November News

The students engaged in many different types of activities for National Métis Week.  They learned about traditions that come from the past, such as Métis dancing and games.  They studied the Métis sash and tried to weave one of their own.  They also learned about the significance of the Métis flag, and went on a treasure hunt to find Métis artifacts.

Our focus in math this month was on numbers and numerals. Students practiced matching numerals to the same number of objects, and worked on recognizing numbers, for some, up to 15. 

Letter sounds were the focus of literacy this month. Students participated in a variety of activities, songs and games that focused on a, c, d, h and m letter sounds.

Mother Earth (Na’a) sent many messages to tell us winter is coming.  We observed birds practicing their formation for flying south and trees and insects going to sleep for the winter.  We felt a colder wind and watched the sun start to go down even as school was ending. The students learned about how strong Grandfather Moon (Kokomi kisomm) is, but soon, how the Sun (Natoosi) will become strong again.  

Report cards went home on November 29.  I look forward to meeting with all parents and caregivers so we can chat about how your child is doing.

Ms. Katie



October News

During the month of October we learned about our friend Iinii and his amazing transformation from Grandfather Rock to buffalo.  The students examined rocks by comparing size, shape, color and texture.  They ralearned that rocks have been on Mother Earth longer than any other human or animal and have amazing stories to tell.  Students also discovered that not one rock is the same.  Each rock is unique and has a story to tell.  The students are unique and have a story to tell!  

 The students to work on identifying and naming letters, especially in their names. They are also practicing how to count and identify numbers. Both of these skills can be practiced at home. Please let me know if you need ideas!

Everyday we work on understanding how if feels when are bodies are moving too slowly, too fast, and what a just right body for learning feels like.  This is an important step to students being able to self regulate their bodies to be ready to learn.

Important Dates:

Tuesday November 13: 

  • Fall Blessing Ceremony with Elder Leonard

Thursday November 15

  • Rock your Mocs day

  • Picture retake day

Friday November 16

Grandmothers Tea 12:30-2:30 call to RSVP 





September News

This month, the Kindergarten students discovered many treasures that Mother Earth created.  4 phrases were used to guide their ‘outdoor learning: ‘What will I discover’, ‘I notice,’ I wonder’ and ‘this reminds me of’.  On the first day, a dead squirrel, gopher holes, a spider web on a tree trunk, and bird feathers were found.  On subsequent days, the guiding phrases helped formulate many theories about how the squirrel died, why the spider made a web on the tree, and how and why the gopher holes are connected.   Land-based learning helped the students start to understand why we must maintain a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth.  She has so much to teach us.

The students are experiencing the power of their own names. It is unique to them, it is their first reading material and their first source of letter-sound knowledge.   Encourage your child to practice writing and saying the letters of their name at home. Need some ideas?   Try shaving cream name writing on aluminum foil.  Use sidewalk chalk.   Make a name sign for their bedroom door.  Use cotton swabs and paint for letter tracing.

Counting is essential building block of mathematics. We have been incorporating counting questions into our day, such as: “How many?” “Who has more?” and “Do we have enough?”  There are many things to count at home – fingers, toes, people, snacks, stuffies…

The Kindergarten students love Iinii, our stone Buffalo friend who greets us at the beginning and the end of our day. We have been learning where Iiini came from, and how rocks are ancient beings that have stories to tell.

 

 

 

Oki, Tansi, Hello,

My name is Katie and I am a first generation Canadian, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.  I have been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 10 years, and have taught either Kindergarten or grade 1 and 2 for my entire career.  I have wanted to work in a school such as this one for a long time so I am thrilled to be teaching at Niitsitapi Learning Centre.  Joining me in the classroom is the amazing Ms. Marj who supports the students throughout their day.  Our Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Kindergarten Strategist also regularly visit our classroom.

During the first few weeks of school we focused on rules and routines, including walking in the hallway, gym class, lunch time, and how to care for our classroom.  Each morning after breakfast the students practice fine motor skills and then we start our more focused learning.  We practice mindfulness after lunch, then the students have time to play.  Ms. Michelle has been guiding us through the steps of how to Smudge and the students have been learning how to communicate in a talking circle.  In September, we will continue our study of first names, connecting the first letter of each student’s name to the alphabet.  The students will work on the sorting and classifying items and making patterns.  Hopefully the smoke will clear soon so that we can head outside to learn about the gifts Father Sun gave us during the summer, and before fall starts to appear.

Thank you to those families who have sent indoor and outdoor shoes.  We hope to go outside as much as possible, so weather appropriate clothes are helpful too.   It has been a great start to the year.  Please know that my door is always open, and I look forward to meeting those of you that I have not yet had the chance to meet.

With love,

Ms. Katie

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Today was the last day of classes at many CBE schools but we aren’t done yet! There are still Physics and Science 30 diploma exams tomorrow and some schools have one more day of classes #WeAreCBE #onemoreday https://t.co/oyEQl3tHae

RT @UsihChristopher: So proud of #WeAreCBE Grade 8 student Nora Keegan who has just been published In Canada’s premier peer-reviewed pediatric journal! Impressive young lady! https://t.co/Ze8m9LfcJl

Join us for the Board of Trustees public meeting today at noon at the Ed Centre or stream the meeting online. The Students Come First: Budget Report for 2019-22 will be debated and voted on by the Board https://t.co/ISGJKlRlO8 #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/N9b8SPhSzC

Good Luck Habiba! We wish you all the best at the North American Braille Challenge this weekend #WeAreCBE https://t.co/gFWXWEck4N

We are proud to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day by sharing the stories of some of our major events, celebrations and learning opportunities that brought Indigenous culture, traditions and ways of knowing and being into our schools. https://t.co/LqNnrxrQPa #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IqeprfcHAB