Apr 29
May 2022 Update

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

Hard to believe we are headed into May. We have many exciting things happening this month. Please refer to the calendar sent home this week that outlines all important events.

We are continuing to focus on our SDP goals around guided reading, numeracy and building connections. Teachers are continung to work hard each day to focus on the essential skills to improve reading, writing and math. 

School Council - our last meeting of the year will be on May 30 @ 6:30 pm on Teams. Please join this meeting for conversations around the successes of the school year. A link will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Fundraising - families can continue to drop off their bottles and cans to the office at the Monterey Park bottle depot.

Casino - our next school casino is July 20 - 21. This is an excellent fundraising opportunity and we will require many volunteers to help with this. More information and details will be coming from our school council. 

Thank you for all of your continued support. 

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Mar 31
April 2022 Update

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

March was a busy month, and April promises to be the same. Please read the information below for an update.

Evergreen Residency - we have an exciting opportunity to work with the Evergreen Residency Project from April 11-22. A form went home with all of the details and a request for an online payment. This residency is required for all students and will be a great experience for our kids. Thank you for your participation with this.

School Council - thank you to everyone who attended our last school council meeting. We truly appreciate your support. The conversation around fees and learning experiences for students will be summarized and posted on our website soon. Our next meeting will be on April 25 @ 6:30 pm.

Fundraising - our bottle drive fundraising is continuing. Please take your empty cans and bottles to the offife at the Monterey Park bottle depot and let them know the recycling is for Chris Akkerman School.

Casino - We have a casino fundraiser on July 20 and 21. Please contact our school council chair at chrisakkermanschoolcouncil@gmail.com to volunteer. More information will be provided to families as the date comes closer.

Class Photos - we will have class photos on April 21. We haven't been able to do these for the past two years because of the pandemic so we are excited for this. We'd ask that all students wear their formal uniforms on April 21. 

Virtue of the month - the virtue for April is Hard Work. Lots of learning will take place around this virtue and we are excited to see the hard work done by our staff and students this month.

Mission Impossible - Please ask your children about the mission impossible activities taking place in PE. They are having great fun while learning about movement and gymnastics.  

Professional Learning - there will be no school on April 18 for as teachers will be participating in System Professional Learning. Our teachers continue to focus their learning around literacy, numeracy and well-being. 

We truly appreciate all you do for our school and community.

Mar 01
March 2022 Update

Hello Chris Akkerman Families - please see below for important information.

Conferences - will be online and held on March 10 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and March 11 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Please register for conferences using your Power School account.

​Lifting of Public Health Measures

Due to the government's announcement around the move to Step 2 of the government's three-step approach to lifting additional public health measures, the CBE is working to understand these impacts and adjustments for schools.

Masks are no longer required by students, staff or visitors.

School Council - thank you to the parents who joined our last council meeting. We reviewed our School Development Plan and school fees.  Please Click here to complete a parent survey. Our next meeting is on March 28 @ 6:30 pm.

Fundraising - our school council is extending our bottle drive fundraiser for the month of March. During this month, please take your cans and bottles to the Monterey Park bottle depot. Drop them off at the office and let them know it is for Chris Akkerman School.

Fun Lunch - our next fun lunch is on March 14 and the deadline to order is March 7. We do our best to ensure orders are correct, but there are times where orders do not go through properly. After you've ordered, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions or concerns with fun lunch we ask you to contact Healthy Hunger directly.

Spirit Days - there will be two spirit days in March. March 17 will be Green Day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and March 18 will be Akkerman t-shirt day. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please have your child come to the office for a form.

Thank you so much for all of your support. We couldn't do this amazing work without you!

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Feb 09
February 2022 Update

​Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

It continues to be a busy time here at Akkerman with amazing learning opportunities.

Monday, February 14 - this is a day where we can focus on the virtue of this month (integrity) and our school theme of Say Something. Students are welcome to bring cards to school to share with other students. Please do not send any food on this day. Also a reminder that students do not need to wear their uniform on Monday and can wear red and white. It is also Fun Lunch (order deadline is February 8).

Wednesday, February 16 - French Carnavale. We are so excited for this day and to celebrate all of the amazing learning in FSL. Students will have the opportunity to participate in extra French learning, outdoor games and a special maple treat. Teachers have sent home information about this day.

February 17-18 and 21 - No school for students. Teachers will be participating in virtual learning development during Teachers Convention. We are excited to learn new things to implement in our classrooms. February 21 is Family Day.

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day. Students are encouraged to wear pink this day to celebrate belonging! It is a great day to stand united against bullying and ensure everyone feels welcome at school.​

School Council Fundraising - thank you to our school council who continues to help us raise money for amazing learning opportunities. For the month of February, families are asked to take their bottles and cans to the Monterey Park bottle depot. Once there, please let them know it is for Chris Akkerman School and they will assist you. Our next meeting is on February 28 @ 6:30 pm. Please plan to attend as we review our School Development Plan and will be asking for parent input.​

TLC Registration - Just a reminder that registration for our TLC program ends on February 15 at noon. Applications are sent in through email. Please visit our news story on our website for more information.

Health and Safety Update - all students should have received their rapid test kits and masks. Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.  

Thank you!

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Nov 30
December 2021 Message

Hello Chris Akkerman Families!​

Here we are in the last month of 2021! Hard to believe how fast the year has gone and to reflect on all of the wonderful things that have happened here at Akkerman. We continue to appreciate and value the support of our families and community. We couldn't do it without you.

Our School Development Plan and our School Improvement Results Report are now available on our website. Please take a few moments to review these documents to gain a better understanding of the goals and focus for this school year.

Fundraising - Thank you to everyone who participated in our t-shirt sale. We raised over $3,000 for our artist in residency program in April 2022. We ask that all students wear their Akkerman t-shirts on December 10.

We are looking forward to more fundraising opportunities in 2022. 

Fun Lunch - We had our first fun lunch last month and will have our next one on December 13. The deadline to order fun lunch is always 5 days before the actual lunch. The deadline to order for this month is December 8. Please go ahead and order for the remainder of the year if you would like.

School Council - Thank you to everyone who came to our November meeting. We had over 25 parents! This is amazing and shows us that we are supported. We appreciate your contributions to our school community and the emphasis you put on your child's learning. Our next meeting is on Monday, January 24 @ 6:30 pm on Teams. A link will be sent out the day of the meeting.

Open House - We are busy planning the details of our Open House for January 13. More of that information will come prior to the break. Please pass this information onto your friends and neighbours when you receive it. 

Garden - As winter approaches, we will take a small break from our outside garden, but will focus on the learning opportunities we have to continue to beautify our garden in the Spring. Each grade will be taking on a project, from making bird houses to creating art work to display in the Spring. Thank you to our gardening committee for their hard work and to our school council for funding this project.

Vaccination Requirement for Employees, Partners, Volunteers

With support from the Board of Trustees, the CBE will require that all employees, volunteers and CBE partners be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 17, 2021. The CBE's vaccination requirement applies to all contracted service providers, tenants in CBE buildings and all volunteers.

Important December Dates:

December 8 - Fun Lunch Order Deadline

December 10 - t-shirt day (wear Akkerman t-shirt)

December 13 - Fun Lunch

December 16 - Red and Green Day

December 17 - Ugly sweater day and last day of classes

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable winter break!

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Nov 01
November 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

For those who celebrated Halloween this past weekend, we hope you had a fun time. We had a great day on Friday and the costumes were amazing. Please continue to check your child's google classroom regularly for updated information.

November promises to be another busy month. An additional reminder to please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.


The students look so good in their uniforms daily. Just a reminder that students should be in their formal uniforms every Monday and special celebrations, such as Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day

We will celebrate and honor Remembrance Day on November 10 @ 10:45 am through an online assembly. Thank you to Mrs. Fensom's Grade 5 class for puting this on. Poppies will be provided to each student.


We will be holding learning conferences again on November 25 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and 26 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. They will be online and more information will be sent out closer to the date. 

School Council 

Thank you so much for the great turnout and participation at our last meeting. Our next meeting is Monday, November 29 @ 6:30 pm on Microsoft Teams. 


We have the opportunity to participate in an Evergreen Theater Residency in April 2022. For this to happen, we will do some fundraising. 

School T-Shirts - we have many Chris Akkerman t-shirts we are going to sell for $15.00 each. We will wear these on Spirit Days and to strengthen our sense of community. More information will be sent out to families regarding this.

Fun Lunch - our next Fun Lunch will be on Monday, November 22. To order, please go to www.healthyhunger.ca and make your order. 

Our teachers are busy ensuring wonderful learning opportunities are happening in the classroom. We continue to focus on 'Say Something' and allowing students to find and use their voice. We appreciate all of the support you provide to us on a regular basis. 

Have a great month.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman,  Assistant Principal

Oct 04
October 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

We had a wonderful, busy and exciting September and are excited to see what October will bring us. So far, the weather has been gorgeous and we are all enjoying the Fall colours. Things will definitely cool off so please remember to have your children dress appropriately for the weather. Time to start digging out those winter coats, gloves and hats!

Student Safety - We had our first fire drill in September and this month we will have a lockdown practice. Teachers will review the protocols with the students so they know what to expect. These drills are critical to ensure the safety of all students in any situation. We are also concerned with safety before and after school. Please remember to follow the laws and rules. No parking in the alley and please use the crosswalk. Jay walking is extremely dangerous and we want to make sure everyone gets home safely. 

School Council - Thank you to everyone who came to our online Council meeting last week. We have filled all positions and continue to encourage all parents to attend when they can. Our next meeting is on Monday, October 25 @ 6:30 pm on Teams. A link will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Professional Learning - We have two professional learning days for staff this month. The first is on October 8 where teachers will be working on our goals towards our School Development Plan. We will spend the day focused on our guided reading practice and learning about specific strategies to use with all students to improve literacy skills. The other day is on October 18 and we will focus on better understanding the Teacher Quality Standards around Indigenous learning to ensure we, as educators, are meeting these standards. There is no school for students on these days.

Virtue Assembly - Each month we study and focus on a virtue that improves our character. This month we are looking at Justice and how we can be just individuals. The Grade 1 classes will present a virtual assembly on October 29. We will also recognize students of the month during this time as well. Looking forward to it!

Thank you to everyone for your support, cooperation and kindness. We continue to meet health measures and follow covid protocols and we know many people are tiring of this. Our main goal is to ensure all students are safe, so thank you for continuing to send masks with your children each day and emphasizing the importance of distancing and hand sanitizing. 

Have a great month and a great holiday weekend next week.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Sep 08
September 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families!

We are one week in and it's been a very busy, yet exciting week. Our classes are full and we have 640 learners with us this year. All of our staff has been working hard to ensure all students feel welcome and are excited about their learning. Amazing things will happen this year! Our school theme is 'Say Something' and we are using this text by Peter Reynolds to inspire and motivate all students so they can change the world for the better. Please ask your children about this story as it is a large focus for us throughout the year. 

Because we have so many students, one of our main concerns continues to be with safety in drop off and pick up. After school is a very busy time and we need to make sure we are following all traffic rules, using the crosswalk and not walking in front of the yellow school buses. Also, a reminder that there is no parking in our school parking lot, or the alley by the parking lot and playground. The alley is reserved for school buses only. 

We are excited for our learning commons to open up for book exchange. That should start this week so your children will have great books to bring home and read with you.

There will be many forms coming home over the next few days. These forms are very important for us at the office to ensure up to date contact information. Please complete the forms and return them with your child.

Some important information and dates are below:

September 17 - Terry Fox Run - students can wear casual, sporty clothing to participate in the run. We will be doing the run outside on our field and students will stay in their cohorts.

September 23/24 - Conferences - these will once again be online and booking begins September 20 @ 7:00 am. ​The purpose of these conferences is for you to meet the teacher and share any important information with them. You play a critical role in your child's education and we truly appreciate the support. Kindergarten conferences are September 23 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm and September 24 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Grades 1-5 conferences are September 23 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and September 24 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - This will be our first School Council meeting and they will continue to be virtual. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Please stay tuned for more information.

September 30 - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - there is no school this day to allow families to honour this important day. At Akkerman, we are finding more opportunities to learn on the land and to enhance our understanding of the Acknowledgement of the Land. Students will have an opportunity to create their own acknowledgements during their virtue assemblies.

October 1 - First Virtual Virtue Assembly​

We want to truly thank you all for your support and kindness at Akkerman. We are a wonderful learning community and are exited for what the year has to bring. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at the main office.

Thank you,

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Aug 30
Welcome Back!

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

Welcome to another exciting year of learning at Chris Akkerman School. We are so excited to welcome our new and returning students. We are busy planning for the school year and finalizing class lists and teacher assignments. Students will find out who their homeroom teacher is on the first day of school. Please remember that these assignments are subject to change as we need to balance classes and welcome new students from our waiting list during the first week of school.

School hours remain the same:

Monday - Thursday: 7:50 am - 2:35 pm

Friday: 7:50 am - 11:35 am

First Day - Wednesday, September 1

  • Buses will be running but you must be registered. If you have not yet registered, please do so on your MyCBEAccount
  • Students arrive between 7:35-7:50
  • Doors will have Grade signs on them
  • Teaching staff will be outside to direct you to the correct doors
  • At 7:50, students will be brought inside and separated into classes
  • Dismissal at 2:35 at the same doors
Kindergarten is on a staggered entry from September 1-3 and have a different schedule.

We also commit to keeping your children safe at school as the pandemic continues and will continue to meet all covid protocols as last year. Masking is mandatory for all students and staff. 

See you all on Wednesday!
Derek Siakaluk, Principal
Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Jun 24
Year End Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

As this school year comes to a close, we just want to take a moment and thank you for a fantastic year. While we definitely faced challenges, it was an amazing year of learning, making connections and being part of a community. Your support for us and for your children means the world to us.

If you've been to the school in the past week, you've likely seen our amazing new garden by our main doors. Thank you so much to Ms. Hoechstetter, Ms. Swann and Ms. McEachern for their hard work to make our school even more amazing. And thank you to our school council for their support as well. Please click the following link to see more. 


As we think about next year, there are still many questions. We are planning on going into the school year with the same protocols and practices as this year and will wait to learn more about the return to school in August. We will definitely communicate via email any important information you need.

For next year our school hours remain the same:

Monday - Thursday: 7:50 am - 2:35 pm

Friday: 7:50 am - 11:35 am

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 1. There will be a staggered entry for Kindergarten and those families will receive more information regarding that schedule.

On the first day, students and families will be greeted by Chris Akkerman staff when they arrive and directed to the appropriate grade door. Classroom teachers will be at the doors to meet the families and invite the students inside.

We wish all of you a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer. To our Grade 5 students, good luck in middle school! You will be missed. We are excited to welcome everyone else back in September.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

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Thank you volunteers for all your help in the 2019-2020 school year. The year would not have been the same without you. https://t.co/Pe1TYAYUV5

Hello families! Please stop by the front office and place a marker on the world map to indicate where your family originates from. We'd love to see you during Parent Conferences on Thursday night and Friday morning!

Thanks to all families and staff for a great first week of School! Please mark your calendar for our first parent council meeting on September 23rd at 6:30 pm. All parents are 😃welcome!

Kindergarten Orientation is tonight (June 13th) at 6:30pm. If your child has been accepted into Kindergarten at Chris Akkerman School for the 2019-20 school year, then you should attend this meeting. https://t.co/kFbpRuYxCs