Assistant Principal

May & June 2019 | Happy Healthy Hearts   

Oki, Tansi, Umba-wathtich, Danita ada, Aanii, and Hello,

May was a beautiful month celebrating mental health, our regulation model, Bear Witness Day with Jordan's Principle, and the progress in our Wellness Clinic. Thank you for all of our partners for their endless support this year, and the opportunities you provided for our students. 

June has arrived with excitement for summer holidays and also bitter sweet feelings for our first group of students moving to new schools. We love all of the students at Niitsitapi Learning Centre so dearly, and only wish them happiness and well wishes as they continue their educational journeys.  We are so proud of you all! As you leave for the summer or until the next time you visit, remember who you are; and your strong loving spirits.

Our last few weeks are filled with exciting events including:

June 4 – last dancing class with Ms. Shirley

June 7 – Open House for NEW families

June 11 – Sports Day & Special Lunch

June 11 & 12 – EDC/Preschool field trips to Telus Spark

June 14 – Elder Pete Standing Alone Dedication

June 14 – Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Residency

June 17 – 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Week

June 18 – Tipi Raising

June 17-21 – Hip Hop Dance Residency

June 20 – Hip Hop Presentation for Parents

June 25 – Report Cards go Home

June 27 – Transition Celebration & Ceremony

April 2019 | Honouring Mother Earth   

March 2019 | Tobacco Teachings  

February 2019 | Healthy Body & Healthy Mind

January 2019 | Happy New Year 

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a restful winter break and are feeling rejuvenated and healthy.  

Wellbeing

January is often a time to reflect on personal goals, and promoting mental health. Here is a list of a few of my personal goals to promote a balanced wellbeing:

  1. Get outside and connect with nature. We have been spoiled with the warmer weather so I plan to take full advantage of the brisk air and sunshine.  Engaging with nature lowers stress and elevates mood, stimulates creativity and improves working memory. The best part of nature is that you can visit alone or with friends and family.
  2. Get enough sleep. Everyone is more productive and happy in general when they get enough sleep, and I hope to keep my immune system strong and cut out some the unnecessary snacking by improving my sleep routine.  Kids especially need a lot of sleep, I personally hope to limit the use of technology at night and choose reading or stretching as activities to help wind down before bed.
  3. Get active. I want to create movement and exercise as a regular habit in my life. I’m hoping to find little ways to sit less. Did you know that this month we are starting a strength challenge at school? The office staff will be competing with the classes on body break activities to work on our core strength, check out the bulletin board in the family room to cheer us on.  Physical health is closely linked to mental health, it also improves sleep, and mood … funny how things are so interconnected. 

Raven's Quest TVOKIDS TV Series

Early in February, a film crew will visit Niitsitapi Learning Centre to highlight one of our grade three students, Alexciia. They hope to capture some of the special things about Alexciia, including her love of dancing, bannock making and school. She is one of the youngest kids to be selected, so we are sending her good luck and well wishes. 

Check out Raven's Quest to see some of the episodes highlighting other Indigenous students from across Canada. 


December 2018 | Winter Wonderland 

Did you know that our school was designed to face east to represent a Blackfoot tipi entrance to greet and thank the rising sun, Natoosi, for another day on Mother Earth?  The morning of the full moon in November the sky was filled with beautiful hues of pink, demonstrating the powerful spirit of the sun. Winter solstice is close upon us, a day to celebrate the blessings of a new year, renewal, and reflections of all the wonderful things to be grateful for.   


Transportation

The winter weather is here, and with it comes traffic. Reminder it is important to be at your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up.  Delays due to weather or traffic are possible, please call Southland in the morning if you have questions about your route or download the Southland My BusApp to see realtime data on your child's bus route. 

December Events

December is a busy and festive time of year, please note some of the upcoming activities occurring at the school.
  • Tuesday December 11th - Elder Randy in with Students and Open Elder Time
  • Wednesday December 12th - Kindergarten Field Trip to Chapters Crowfoot
  • Wednesday December 12th - Grade 1-3 Reading Rally
  • Thursday December 13th - Evening Conferences
  • Friday December 14th - Afternoon Conferences
  • Tuesday December 18th - Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
  • Wednesday December 19th - Pajama Day 
  • Thursday December 20th - Winter Celebration


November 2018 | National Métis Week 

Part of the program of studies for all students in Alberta is around appreciating and honouring different beliefs and cultures. November 12-17th, 2018 we will be honouring National Métis Week. We will be participating in learning a jigging reel with Knowledge Keeper Shalome Hope, learning some basic Mitchif language from Elder Edmee Comstock, and we will be lighting our fireplace to learn how to make bannock over an open fire. 


October 2018 | Gratitude

Thank you families for the participation, patience, and partnership as we support students moving into new classes or grades, with new expectations and routines.  Change will take time and we greatly appreciate your continued support. 

Thank you to the students who have offered to support our school by preparing the Sage we have harvested for our Smudge. After the Sage had been blessed, students have learned to have positive thoughts before touching the medicine. Fall is often the time for our harvest, and we feel so blessed that our outdoor and indoor gardens have supplied a great deal of medicine for us. Mother Earth supports us in so many ways!

Transportation 

Transportation updates will continue to take place, and Southland has asked us to kindly remind families to ensure that they are at their designated pick up spot 5 minutes before their scheduled pick up.  If you have any transportation questions, please call Southland at 403-726-5963

Orange Shirt Day

On Monday October 1, 2018 the Calgary Board of Education will be honouring Orange Shirt Day.  Students are welcome to participate by wearing an orange shirt. Our school focus will be around "Every Child Matters", and students will be exploring their own personal stories and collectively how "We Are Niitsitapi!".  A snapshot of our day is displayed on our digital screen in the front lobby. 

Future Events

Please join us for parent conferences October 4 & 5th, 2018, please call the school to book an appointment.  After the fall break, we hope to see you all again for our first celebration of learning on Thursday October 25th, 2018 at 2:30pm. There are many opportunities throughout the year to visit and participate in school events. Please see the monthly calendar sent home, our digital display screen in the main lobby, student agendas, email communication and of course our website. 

In the spirit of education, 

Jessica

September 2018 | Welcome

Welcome back students and families! We are excited to begin another school year with so many new and returning faces, staff and students alike. This is my third year with the Niitsitapi Learning Centre and I feel very privileged to come to work everyday to such a beautiful place of learning.  As we continue to grow, I am excited to meet new students and their families and continue to develop existing relationships.

I am originally from Ontario, Ojibway territory. All of my family still lives back east and we visit often, however my husband and I have lived in Calgary for over ten years now and comfortably call it home. We both miss the water, escarpment and trees of that part of the country but enjoy the trade of sunny days and beautiful skies. 

Bus App

CBE Transportation is pleased to announce a new bus route monitoring app called MyBusStop. You can use the new mobile and web application GPS tracking service to see real-time information such as the route stops, route schedule, route progress and possible route delays for your child’s yellow school bus. The app was created and will be maintained by Southland Transportation.  The school code is CBE 43J34XH for accessing Niitsitapi’s Learning Centre’s bus routes. 

If you have any transportation concerns please call Southland at 403-727-5963. To support schedules, please arrive 5 minutes prior to your expected stop time. 

Family Room

Our supervision begins at 8:25 AM, so if you arrive earlier than this, please wait with your child in the lobby or family room until you hear the bell. The routine in the morning for students is to remove their shoes to keep our school clean, and carry them to class, where they would put on indoor shoes. If your child does not have indoor shoes, please try and arrange a second pair of shoes to keep at school. We want our students to have clean, warm, dry, and safe shoes for running and walking.

Food

We are pleased to have numerous sponsors to support a food program at school including Brown Bagging for Kids, Meals on Wheels, President Choice, Calgary Police Services, Hope Mission, and Government Funded School Nutrition Program. Their generous donations allow students to receive breakfast, snacks and lunch daily that follow Canada's Food Guide with healthy options.  We encourage families to only pack low-sugar healthy options if students need additional snacks/lunch etc. 

Upcoming Events

We often have many events, ceremonies or gatherings throughout the year.  Please check the school calendar, your email for notifications, our Facebook page, school website and student agendas, as well as posters in the family room for updates.

Some activities include:

  • September 5: Field Trip for K-3 students to Valley View Park (acknowledgment of risk form sent home)
  • September 6: Family Event – meet the staff and community partners 
  • September 13: Terry Fox Run
  • September 15: Indigo Love of Reading Foundation - fundraising begins at Chapters Crowfoot
  • September 17: Field Trip for Grade 3 students to Nose Hill Park to harvest Sage
  • October 1: Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters!

Building relationships with both the students and families is very important to us, so feel free to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

Love, Ms. Jessica

Ms. Jessica

Assistant Principal

May & June 2019 | Happy Healthy Hearts   

Oki, Tansi, Umba-wathtich, Danita ada, Aanii, and Hello,

May was a beautiful month celebrating mental health, our regulation model, Bear Witness Day with Jordan's Principle, and the progress in our Wellness Clinic. Thank you for all of our partners for their endless support this year, and the opportunities you provided for our students. 

June has arrived with excitement for summer holidays and also bitter sweet feelings for our first group of students moving to new schools. We love all of the students at Niitsitapi Learning Centre so dearly, and only wish them happiness and well wishes as they continue their educational journeys.  We are so proud of you all! As you leave for the summer or until the next time you visit, remember who you are; and your strong loving spirits.

Our last few weeks are filled with exciting events including:

June 4 – last dancing class with Ms. Shirley

June 7 – Open House for NEW families

June 11 – Sports Day & Special Lunch

June 11 & 12 – EDC/Preschool field trips to Telus Spark

June 14 – Elder Pete Standing Alone Dedication

June 14 – Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Residency

June 17 – 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Week

June 18 – Tipi Raising

June 17-21 – Hip Hop Dance Residency

June 20 – Hip Hop Presentation for Parents

June 25 – Report Cards go Home

June 27 – Transition Celebration & Ceremony

April 2019 | Honouring Mother Earth   

March 2019 | Tobacco Teachings  

February 2019 | Healthy Body & Healthy Mind

January 2019 | Happy New Year 

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a restful winter break and are feeling rejuvenated and healthy.  

Wellbeing

January is often a time to reflect on personal goals, and promoting mental health. Here is a list of a few of my personal goals to promote a balanced wellbeing:

  1. Get outside and connect with nature. We have been spoiled with the warmer weather so I plan to take full advantage of the brisk air and sunshine.  Engaging with nature lowers stress and elevates mood, stimulates creativity and improves working memory. The best part of nature is that you can visit alone or with friends and family.
  2. Get enough sleep. Everyone is more productive and happy in general when they get enough sleep, and I hope to keep my immune system strong and cut out some the unnecessary snacking by improving my sleep routine.  Kids especially need a lot of sleep, I personally hope to limit the use of technology at night and choose reading or stretching as activities to help wind down before bed.
  3. Get active. I want to create movement and exercise as a regular habit in my life. I’m hoping to find little ways to sit less. Did you know that this month we are starting a strength challenge at school? The office staff will be competing with the classes on body break activities to work on our core strength, check out the bulletin board in the family room to cheer us on.  Physical health is closely linked to mental health, it also improves sleep, and mood … funny how things are so interconnected. 

Raven's Quest TVOKIDS TV Series

Early in February, a film crew will visit Niitsitapi Learning Centre to highlight one of our grade three students, Alexciia. They hope to capture some of the special things about Alexciia, including her love of dancing, bannock making and school. She is one of the youngest kids to be selected, so we are sending her good luck and well wishes. 

Check out Raven's Quest to see some of the episodes highlighting other Indigenous students from across Canada. 


December 2018 | Winter Wonderland 

Did you know that our school was designed to face east to represent a Blackfoot tipi entrance to greet and thank the rising sun, Natoosi, for another day on Mother Earth?  The morning of the full moon in November the sky was filled with beautiful hues of pink, demonstrating the powerful spirit of the sun. Winter solstice is close upon us, a day to celebrate the blessings of a new year, renewal, and reflections of all the wonderful things to be grateful for.   


Transportation

The winter weather is here, and with it comes traffic. Reminder it is important to be at your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up.  Delays due to weather or traffic are possible, please call Southland in the morning if you have questions about your route or download the Southland My BusApp to see realtime data on your child's bus route. 

December Events

December is a busy and festive time of year, please note some of the upcoming activities occurring at the school.
  • Tuesday December 11th - Elder Randy in with Students and Open Elder Time
  • Wednesday December 12th - Kindergarten Field Trip to Chapters Crowfoot
  • Wednesday December 12th - Grade 1-3 Reading Rally
  • Thursday December 13th - Evening Conferences
  • Friday December 14th - Afternoon Conferences
  • Tuesday December 18th - Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
  • Wednesday December 19th - Pajama Day 
  • Thursday December 20th - Winter Celebration


November 2018 | National Métis Week 

Part of the program of studies for all students in Alberta is around appreciating and honouring different beliefs and cultures. November 12-17th, 2018 we will be honouring National Métis Week. We will be participating in learning a jigging reel with Knowledge Keeper Shalome Hope, learning some basic Mitchif language from Elder Edmee Comstock, and we will be lighting our fireplace to learn how to make bannock over an open fire. 


October 2018 | Gratitude

Thank you families for the participation, patience, and partnership as we support students moving into new classes or grades, with new expectations and routines.  Change will take time and we greatly appreciate your continued support. 

Thank you to the students who have offered to support our school by preparing the Sage we have harvested for our Smudge. After the Sage had been blessed, students have learned to have positive thoughts before touching the medicine. Fall is often the time for our harvest, and we feel so blessed that our outdoor and indoor gardens have supplied a great deal of medicine for us. Mother Earth supports us in so many ways!

Transportation 

Transportation updates will continue to take place, and Southland has asked us to kindly remind families to ensure that they are at their designated pick up spot 5 minutes before their scheduled pick up.  If you have any transportation questions, please call Southland at 403-726-5963

Orange Shirt Day

On Monday October 1, 2018 the Calgary Board of Education will be honouring Orange Shirt Day.  Students are welcome to participate by wearing an orange shirt. Our school focus will be around "Every Child Matters", and students will be exploring their own personal stories and collectively how "We Are Niitsitapi!".  A snapshot of our day is displayed on our digital screen in the front lobby. 

Future Events

Please join us for parent conferences October 4 & 5th, 2018, please call the school to book an appointment.  After the fall break, we hope to see you all again for our first celebration of learning on Thursday October 25th, 2018 at 2:30pm. There are many opportunities throughout the year to visit and participate in school events. Please see the monthly calendar sent home, our digital display screen in the main lobby, student agendas, email communication and of course our website. 

In the spirit of education, 

Jessica

September 2018 | Welcome

Welcome back students and families! We are excited to begin another school year with so many new and returning faces, staff and students alike. This is my third year with the Niitsitapi Learning Centre and I feel very privileged to come to work everyday to such a beautiful place of learning.  As we continue to grow, I am excited to meet new students and their families and continue to develop existing relationships.

I am originally from Ontario, Ojibway territory. All of my family still lives back east and we visit often, however my husband and I have lived in Calgary for over ten years now and comfortably call it home. We both miss the water, escarpment and trees of that part of the country but enjoy the trade of sunny days and beautiful skies. 

Bus App

CBE Transportation is pleased to announce a new bus route monitoring app called MyBusStop. You can use the new mobile and web application GPS tracking service to see real-time information such as the route stops, route schedule, route progress and possible route delays for your child’s yellow school bus. The app was created and will be maintained by Southland Transportation.  The school code is CBE 43J34XH for accessing Niitsitapi’s Learning Centre’s bus routes. 

If you have any transportation concerns please call Southland at 403-727-5963. To support schedules, please arrive 5 minutes prior to your expected stop time. 

Family Room

Our supervision begins at 8:25 AM, so if you arrive earlier than this, please wait with your child in the lobby or family room until you hear the bell. The routine in the morning for students is to remove their shoes to keep our school clean, and carry them to class, where they would put on indoor shoes. If your child does not have indoor shoes, please try and arrange a second pair of shoes to keep at school. We want our students to have clean, warm, dry, and safe shoes for running and walking.

Food

We are pleased to have numerous sponsors to support a food program at school including Brown Bagging for Kids, Meals on Wheels, President Choice, Calgary Police Services, Hope Mission, and Government Funded School Nutrition Program. Their generous donations allow students to receive breakfast, snacks and lunch daily that follow Canada's Food Guide with healthy options.  We encourage families to only pack low-sugar healthy options if students need additional snacks/lunch etc. 

Upcoming Events

We often have many events, ceremonies or gatherings throughout the year.  Please check the school calendar, your email for notifications, our Facebook page, school website and student agendas, as well as posters in the family room for updates.

Some activities include:

  • September 5: Field Trip for K-3 students to Valley View Park (acknowledgment of risk form sent home)
  • September 6: Family Event – meet the staff and community partners 
  • September 13: Terry Fox Run
  • September 15: Indigo Love of Reading Foundation - fundraising begins at Chapters Crowfoot
  • September 17: Field Trip for Grade 3 students to Nose Hill Park to harvest Sage
  • October 1: Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters!

Building relationships with both the students and families is very important to us, so feel free to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

Love, Ms. Jessica

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