Jun 01
June Newsletter

Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

Hard to believe we are in the last month of the 2019 – 2020 school year and we are in the third month of continuous online learning. We are busy planning for next school and anticipating that school will begin on September 1 for all students. If we are asked to make alternate arrangements, this will be communicated by CBE.


Thank you so much for your support with your children and their teachers during this difficult time. This message contains essential information for you so please spend the time reviewing each section.


Report Cards – for the last reporting period of the year, CBE has directed all schools to use the online version of the report card for parents/legal guardians.  The report card will be available to view/print through MyCBE/PowerSchool account.  Once logged in, you will see an additional tab titled ‘Report Card’ – select this tab to view the report card. We will notify families when the report card is available for viewing on June 26.

If you have not already set up a MyCBE/PowerSchool account you will need to do this.  Instructions can be found here :  MyCBE/PowerSchool

June 26 – Last day of ongoing online learning classes. 

Appeals Day – June 29 – should you have questions of concerns about your child’s report card – parents are invited to contact their child’s teacher by e-mail.  All teachers will also be available from 8:00-noon (by e-mail) on Appeals Day.

IPPs – the process for this will be different this year due to our current situation. Teachers will be in contact with parents regarding their child’s IPP and hard copies of the IPP will be mailed home during the month of June.

Transportation - Families can register their child for yellow school bus transportation online.  Registration opened on May 19.  Please register using your MyCBE / PowerSchool account. Pre-registration closes June 14, 2020.

As you know, there have been significant fee increases for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Information was sent out about this. Fees for alternative program transportation have increased to $800/year for Grades 1-5 and $400/year for Kindergarten.


2020 – 2021 School Budget – there is information on our main page about our next budget next year. Please take the time to review this information and to complete the survey. More information will be shared at our last school council meeting on June 8.


Kindergarten – Beginning in the 2020 – 2021 school year, Kindergarten will move to an alternating full-day schedule. This is due to the CBE cancelling mid-day busing due to a decreased budget.  This information has been passed on to our new Chris Akkerman families starting Kindergarten next year. More information can be found on our main page.


Grade 5 Farewell – normally we would be holding a large-scale celebration at the school to recognize and honor our Grade 5 students who are moving onto Middle School. Our Grade 5 team has been working hard on ways to recognize and celebrate our students in an online fashion. They will be providing information and details around this farewell to Grade 5 parents this month.


Volunteers – We were so sad to not be able to hold a volunteer appreciation celebration at the school in May. We want to thank everyone who volunteered this school year before classes were cancelled. We couldn’t do this amazing work without your support.

Apr 30
May Newsletter

May 2020 Update


Hello Chris Akkerman Families!


We hope that you are all continuing to be safe and healthy during these difficult times. Even in these trying times, it is great to see teachers and students coming together to further their learning. The weekly tasks offered by teachers are rich and engaging and are focused on the essential learning outcomes needed to prepare the students for next year. We know that online learning at home is not ideal and we want to thank you for all of your patience and support. Many families are facing challenges like unemployment, working from home and isolation. We understand that, regardless of your situation, supporting student learning is not always the easiest task, but it is important. If you have any questions or require support in any way please reach out to the classroom teacher or to the main office.


The 2020-2021 CBE School Calendar is now available at: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/calendars/Pages/default.aspx


Please get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, while staying safe and practicing social distancing. Spring is now upon us and playing outside is another great way for students to explore, learn and grow.


Thank you for being such a great learning community. We miss seeing our students in the school so much but know they are in good hands at home.


Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Apr 03
April 2020 Newsletter and Update

Dear Chris Akkerman Families,


As we enter this new phase of learning at home, we just want to let you know how much we miss being with your children every day. Teaching and learning is just not the same without us being present with our students. With that said, teachers have worked tirelessly at home this past week to ensure that students will be presented with meaningful tasks and that their learning will continue to the best of our ability.


Please remember the importance of maintaining structure and routine for your children at home. Ongoing learning plans will be posted on d2l each Monday at 9:00 am. These learning plans will outline five hours worth of numeracy and literacy tasks for your child to complete each week. Details around assessment and how teachers will collect student work will be outlined in the learning plans, and communicated with you by the teacher. Your child’s teacher will be your main contact so please email them if you have any inquiries.


Thank you for providing us all the information about your access to technology and how you and your child is doing. If at any point, the availability of technology becomes a concern, please let your teacher know. We acknowledge that during this unprecedented time comes a lot of anxiety and worry. We want to ensure the positive well-being of your child and family. Please reach out to your teacher or administration if you have any concerns about your child’s well-being and we will work together to ensure success over the next few months.


Remember that we are all in this together and this is new learning for everyone. We appreciate your patience with our teachers as we roll out ongoing learning plans and make adjustments as necessary. Teachers will also be providing information around opportunities to meet online as a class. I know they can’t wait to see your children!


Please stay safe and healthy during this time. Updates will be provided via email and posted on the website so please check it regularly.


Thank you,

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Feb 27
March/April Newsletter

We are approaching the last days of winter (hopefully!) and soon it should be time to put away our winter gear. Until then, please remember to dress your students appropriately for the weather as the weather can change day to day. Also, a reminder to please come and check out our lost and found! It is getting full and all items will be cleared out before spring break.


We wrapped up February with our pink shirt day on February 28. This is a time to focus on acceptance, kindness and belonging. On February 27, our CAVA leadership group was able to attend the Hitmen game to celebrate the ‘Be Brave’ campaign. They had a great time and thank you to Ms. Scanlan and Mrs. Fontanne for making this trip happen. Two of our Grade 1 classes emphasized the importance of this with our virtue assembly around compassion. Thank you to all the teachers and students who put so much work into teaching us about the importance of compassion. It was great to see Chris the Cub too! Our virtues for March and April are enthusiasm and determination. These are two essential virtues for students to be successful in their learning. We will focus on these virtues through our Character Education and celebrations. Thank you for supporting this by having conversations about what they are learning in school with your children.


In February, we wrapped up registrations and held our lottery draw. We had almost 600 applications for only 100 spots. All emails will be sent out by March 3 indicating whether families have been accepted or have been put on the waitlist. There is no need to contact the school, all notifications will be sent out to families. If spots open up throughout the year, we will contact families on the waitlist, so emails may be sent out any time between now and September. It is amazing to see the interest in the TLC program.


As with every month, we are busy, busy, busy at Chris Akkerman School. This is the point when we, as teachers, do a mid-year check in to see how we are doing with our School Development Plan goals. We are busy analyzing January report card data to identify strengths and areas of growth. We continue to focus on reading comprehension, problem-solving and building connections. Our professional development and professional learning communities continue to revolve around these goals and allow teachers to improve their practice to enhance student learning. We perform very well at Chris Akkerman and will continue to do so as we focus on great teaching.


Conferences will be held on March 19 and 20. Information will be sent out via email about how and when to book. Please make it a priority to attend as this is a wonderful opportunity to sit down with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning, progress and areas of growth. Working collaboratively between school and home is essential for teaching and learning. Please ensure that your child continues to wear their uniform properly and complete their homework on a daily basis and support them with meeting the TLC uniform and homework expectations.


Our School Council continues to run well and we truly appreciate the efforts each member puts in. Our casino in December was successful and we are excited to look at how we can use this money to support the learning in our building. As we make decisions about purchases, we will keep our parent community in the loop. If you would like a say in some of the decisions we make on the council, you are encouraged to attend our monthly school council meetings. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The next two meetings are on March 30 and April 27 at 6:30 pm in our Learning Commons.


Wonderful learning opportunities continue to occur here at Akkerman. In the next few weeks our Grade 2 and 3 students will be going on field trips to supplement their curriculum. The jazz band from Sir Wilfred Laurier School is coming to present to us on April 1. Our literacy committee has been implementing regular literacy activities throughout the months to allow different classes and grades to work with each other. We are also always excited to see the parents come in to read with students during our multi-language reading days. We have so many different cultures and languages at Chris Akkerman and we are always excited to share these with each other.


A master calendar was sent home at the end of February. Please put these on your fridge at home to remind yourself of the important dates for the next two months. A reminder that spring break is the week of March 23 and there is a long weekend for Easter on April 10. We hope you enjoy the time at home with your families.


Thank you for your continued support. Please contact the main office with any questions you may have.


Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Jan 06
January/February 2020 Newsletter

Hello Chris Akkerman Families!

Hard to believe that it is the year 2020! The time never stops flying by and we are excited about the great opportunities that await us over the next six months. We hope that everyone had a safe and memorable holiday spent with friends and family and that our students were able to get some rest. It is great to see their faces back at school!


January and February are going to be very busy months for us. Our Open House is on January 9 at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for families interested in TLC to come and get some information to see if their child would be successful in this program. If your child is currently attending Chris Akkerman, you do not need to attend the Open House. It is for new, interested families only. Registration begins on January 20 and ends on February 11 at noon. We are following the lottery process and all families will be informed regarding acceptance by March 3, 2020. Those families that are not accepted will be placed on the waitlist and may be contacted throughout the year.

Report cards are being sent home on January 30. Teachers are spending countless hours on these important documents to provide you with a clear picture of where your child is as a learner. Please send the envelopes back to the school with your child on February 3. If you have any questions about the report card after it is received, please contact the teacher.


We have some great field trips and other activities coming up within the next two months. Please refer to your master calendar with important dates. We will be completing our gymnastics unit and will continue to have virtue assemblies on the last Friday of each month. The virtue for January is commitment and for February it is compassion. We are also continuing with fun lunch on the 2nd Thursday of each lunch. Please remember that the purpose of these fun lunches is to raise money in order to provide deeper and richer learning experiences for our students. If you or your child chooses to not participate in the fun lunch, please just send them with a regular lunch and we’d ask you to not bring in fast food.


Parents often ask how they can support their child with learning and the best response is to always find time to read with them. Exposing them to many different types of literature and having conversations about what they read will always be beneficial for all students. Thank you for your support with this and with your child’s nightly homework. One of the best ways to help support the school is to attend and participate in our School Council Meetings. These fall on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in our Learning Commons. Please come and join us.


Thank you again for all of your support and we look forward to a great 2020 together.


Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Oct 28

Learning is in full swing here at Chris Akkerman! The past two months have been busy and we are excited to continue this business for the next two months. The focus is always on teaching and learning and we have established our goals for our School Development Plan for the 2019 – 2020 school year. We will be focusing on improving reading comprehension skills in ELA, problem-solving skills in Mathematics and building connections to improve student well-being. These goals will be the focus of our professional learning and the work done during our professional learning communities on Friday afternoons. As a staff, we will regularly reflect on our goals and student evidence of learning to track and monitor our progress.

Many important events are coming up prior to our winter break. Please refer to the school calendar to ensure you are aware of all these events. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up on November 7 and 8. These are an excellent opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning. Teachers will be prepared with evidence of learning to discuss and review with you. As in the past, appointments are booked using your MyCBEAccount. Please contact the office if you need support with this. Bookings begin on November 4.

We had our first school council meeting in September and were amazed by the turn out and success. We established a new council and are excited to work together this year. All meetings are on the last Monday of the month @ 6:30 pm. We meet in the Learning Commons and encourage all families to attend. The meeting will be on November 25 and there will not be a meeting in December.

Mrs. Costinak is busy preparing for our Grade 3 – 5 winter musical. The dates for these are December 4 and 5 and more information will continue to be shared throughout November. For your information, the following classes will perform on the following evenings: 

- Wednesday, December 4 – Mastin, Betcher, Depew, Cochlin, Bates, Vonka

- Thursday, December 5 – Szczepanski, Hockin, Korolis, Fensom, Peniuk, Fontanne

The last day of classes for students will be on December 19 and they return to school on January 6, 2020. While that seems far away, it’ll be here before we know it. We appreciate all of your support for our wonderful school community. It is our pleasure to work with your students each and every day.

Derek Siakaluk


Sep 04
September/October 2019
Welcome back to another great year at Chris Akkerman. I am excited to be the proud new Principal at this great school. I had the opportunity to work at Akkerman as Assistant Principal back in 2015 and I am very excited to return. We also have a new Assistant Principal, Debbie Bauman, and together with all of the staff we will work to ensure each child receives the best education they can each and every day.

For all information regarding Chris Akkerman and the TLC program, we’d ask you to read through your child’s agenda with them. The agenda outlines the expectations and requirements of the TLC program and can usually answer any questions you have. It’s also the best way to communicate with your child’s teacher. If there is any information you need to pass onto the teacher, please write it in the agenda. You can also email the teacher with any questions or concerns you may have.

We have an exciting two months coming up. The virtues for September and October are respect and thankfulness. We strive to ensure that we are helping shape individuals who not only learn the curriculum and important life skills, but who will be kind, conscientious and strong individuals. We celebrate each virtue at the end of the month through a learning assembly to recognize the importance of our learning.

UniformsPlease ensure that your child has the appropriate pieces to our school uniform. All expectations are outlined in the agenda and will be reinforced through the teacher. Mondays and assembly days are always formal days. If your child is not wearing the proper formal uniform on these days, the school will phone the parents who will be expected to bring the appropriate pieces.

Parking: As you know, the majority of students are bused each day to and from school. We require the use of the street in front of the school and the alley for these buses to park. Please do not park in these areas when you drop off and/or pick up your child. Also, please ensure you use the crosswalk when crossing the street to ensure the safety of everyone.

Thank you all for your support. We couldn’t have such a great learning community without the support of our Akkerman families.

Derek Siakaluk                                                                   Debbie Bauman

Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal

Jun 24
Grateful and Honoured to have been Part of this School Community

Once again this school year, I am so proud of our staff’s commitment and dedication which has resulted in student success. I am grateful and honoured to have been part of this school community for the past thirteen years knowing that our students succeed as a result of the partnership between our staff and our families. Special thanks to our parents who have contributed in ways small, large, and unimaginable! Thanks for getting your kids to school on time each day and helping your children in the learning process; the partnership between home and school is important.

This year we hosted approximately 80 parents at our Volunteer Tea. Our students and staff shared their appreciation and gratitude for the gift of time and talent that every volunteer brings to our school. I would like to thank every volunteer once again.

In September, we are expecting 625 students K-5 placed in 26 homeroom classes. We are committed to providing excellent teaching and learning in a positive character-focused environment for every child. Classes were configured by the students’ current teachers. Classroom teachers have the most valid and current knowledge about their students as learners and they work with the School Administration and Resource Team to ensure the most optimum learning environments are created. Every attempt is made to balance a wide variety of factors: matching student learning style with teacher’s style, group dynamics, gender balance and class size to create a strong learning environment in every classroom. It is very difficult to support requests to change classes. Any such requests must be given in writing to the principal, and changes will not occur until the end of the first week and only if there are truly exceptional circumstances related to academic success. Schools must always remember that our central purpose is student learning. We are charged with creating the conditions and culture which demonstrate that we value student learning and achievement. Education is critical to our children’s future success.

At the end of this school year, we are saying a fond farewell to many students. Most of our Grade 5 students will be attending Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Many of these students have been with us since Kindergarten or Grade 1 and we will miss them. We also have students who are leaving us due to family moves – we will miss them as well. We wish all the students leaving us the brightest of futures. You have enriched our lives!

I have enjoyed many happy years at our school. I believe that we have the best students and teachers and the most supportive families. As I leave Chris Akkerman School, thank you all for the wonderful memories. I am leaving a piece of my heart with you.

Deb Warmintgon, Principal

May 27
Grateful to our Volunteers

May was a busy month with our Spring Musicals, Field Trips and Kidney March. On Thursday May 3, we held a very successful Welcome to Kindergarten with 83 out of 104 Kindergarten students attending with their parents. Every student who attended received a bag of books and activities to assist with their preparation for Kindergarten. Our teachers shared ideas and suggestions for parents to prepare their child for the upcoming Kindergarten year. I would like to thank our School Council for providing the funds to cover the costs of the Welcome to Kindergarten activity bags.

As the end of the school year approaches, our staff and students are grateful for the support of the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to our school. Parents take lead roles on our School Council and attend meetings throughout the school year to advise and provide feedback to our school administration. Our reading volunteers support individual students in developing their reading skills visiting the students weekly. Parents volunteer on class field trips, and come into the school to assist in classrooms. Your generosity enhances our school. All volunteers will receive an invitation to our Volunteer Tea and Assembly (Friday June 7th at 9:30 AM). I look forward to seeing all volunteers there.

At this time, I would like to thank and acknowledge our hardworking School Council. This year they have provided counsel and advice to our school staff and administration on school operations, organized fundraising activities, provided funds for buses for field trips and other activities, planned the fun lunches every month and in general made our school a better place for students and their families. Our staff appreciates their support. Members of this year’s Council and Society Executive were:

Vice Chair Mrs. Amanpreet Jatana
Treasurer Mrs. Marcy Ryan
Secretary Mrs. Primo
Fundraising Committee Marcy Ryan
Amanapreet Jatana
Kim Ridley

In addition, this year we were fortunate to have some new parents who are not on the Executive attend many of our School Council Meetings. Parents who attended 60% of our meetings were given reserved seating at our Winter and Spring Concerts. If you would like to guarantee a great seat at future concerts, consider attending School Council Meetings and volunteering at our next Casino.

The School Council advises the Principal and school staff on the organization and activities of the school as a whole. The Parent Society fund raises to provide enhancements to school programs. Elections for next year’s executive for both the Council and Society are scheduled for Monday September 23rd 2019 at 6:30 PM. All parents with children attending Chris Akkerman are members of the School Council and are eligible to hold a position on the executive. Please consider volunteering your time and expertise to support our school.

Deb Warmington

Jan 30
January 2019

As this is our first newsletter since the Winter Break, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Kindergarten through Grade 2 students and their teachers, especially Mrs. Costinak, on two wonderful Winter Concerts.  Concerts on both evenings were very well attended.

I would also like to thank the CAVA students and their leaders for yet another extremely successful Food Drive. Our students and their families always amaze me with their generosity and caring for others less fortunate. This year we collected 15 boxes of food! As a result of meeting our goal, our CAVA leadership students, have planned a special day to be held on Friday February 8. Students are invited to come to school on that day dressed as their favourite animal or their favourite superhero. It should be fun!

On January 14 we began accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. The timeline for the first round is January 14 through to February 12 (12:00 PM) 2019. On January 10, we held our Parent Information Evening for families considering TLC as an option for their children. It was very well attended and the parents asked many questions about the program, transportation and the registration and lottery processes. Thank you to our administrative team and our teaching staff who attended and provided advice and assistance.  The PowerPoint presentation from this meeting is posted on our school website.

An important way of supporting your child’s education and school is by attending School Council. School Council supports the creation of a sense of community and spirit of cooperation among teachers, students, parents and the community at large in addition to acting as an advisory group to the school administration. Our next meeting is Monday, February 25 at 6:30 PM. All parents of members of our School Council and are encouraged to attend the meetings.

Deb Warmington

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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