Sep 26
September Message

Dear CAS Families, 

Thank you for participating in our Fall Welcome Back Picnic. It was a perfect evening, the food trucks filled our bellies, the weather cooperated, we re-connected with friends from years past and everyone had a chance to come back into the building and see where the children spend their time. It was amazing to have our courtyard filled with so many families. I have never seen so many kids with huge Loli-Pops, the Candy Truck was a huge hit!  

There was an energy and enthusiasm in the hallways that has been missing for almost two years. The photo booth in the Learning Commons was a huge hit. I especially liked the photos of two families together. Stay tuned, the photos will be on display in the learning commons for our first school wide performance. We will have a Celebration of our Learning in late October. Make sure you have a peak at the photos then. On a personal note, thank you for your kind welcome. It was my greatest pleasure to say hello to so many families. It is lovely to see the parents and siblings of students I have gotten to know in the last few weeks. Your children are beautiful humans, with parents who are kind, thoughtful and so very gracious. Thank you for your warm welcome. I consider myself very lucky to be part of this amazing learning community. Thank you for making me feel so very welcome. 

We heard from many families that they valued the opportunity to come into the school and see where their children learn. Teachers are already busy planning the Celebration of Learning for October. During this celebration you will be welcomed into the classrooms to see the learning that is happening on a daily basis.  

We are ever hopeful we will be able to welcome our families into our school through the year to see all of the amazing things that are happening through the year. 

Dr. Bettesworth 


School Council – all parents are welcome! Thursday September 29 at 6PM. 

Please join myself, Ms. Bauman, and our dedicated School Council Executive this Thursday evening at 6PM here in the learning commons at CAS. The School Council Executive is looking for interested families to join them in filling some specific roles and duties. There is also a need for parents to attend the monthly meetings, share their ideas, and participate in the discussion of the evening. Every school council meeting beginning in October, teachers will present on a specific curricular area; literacy, math, well being, Indigenous Education and assessment.  Every meeting I will report out on our work in the School Development Plan. You do not need police clearance to be part of school council. 

School Council is able to affect change in the school, lead social events for families, provide funding to the school for residencies, equipment, and learning opportunities for our children. If you want to make things happen at CAS, or you want to be a decision maker on what exciting things we do at CAS, please come to our meeting on Thursday evening. We look forward to seeing you!  


Staffing Update at CAS 

We would like to wish Mrs. Patel, our Admin E Secretary, the very best. Her last day was Thursday of this past week. Mrs. Patel has accepted an E secretary position at a Middle School much closer to home.  

Mrs. Carah Scherwitz will be our new Admin E Secretary. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Scherwitz to Chris Akkerman School. Mrs. Scherwitz comes to CAS from LeRoi Daniels school, the TLC school in the South of Calgary. She is very familiar with TLC having both worked in a TLC school and been a parent to two children who are now in a TLC Middle School. Welcome Mrs. Scherwitz.  


Transportation Update 

Please Note – at the time of writing this message and sending it off, there was no confirmed bus driver for “A” bus. Please check your MySchoolBus app to determine if there are any updates to A bus this morning. Please do NOT call the school as we do not receive bus updates, parents do receive updates through the MySchoolbus App. It “A” bus appears late it is strongly advised that parents drive their children to school. 

CAS families, we need your help with significant changes to the CAS services for transportation. All transportation inquiries must go to either Southland or the Transportation department in the CBE. Unfortunately, the office staff at CAS is unable to assist with bus stops, bus fees, bus stop changes, or registering for the bus. Families will need to use the information on their MyCBE account or connect directly with Southland. Sadly we are unable to provide any service related to bus stops and bus changes. Thank you for your understanding and for respecting this change. 

Service changes in the office: 

Please continue to leave attendance messages when calling the school. Messages will continue to be retrieved. We will not be answering the telephone in the morning as we do not have staff to answer the phone. All bussing inquiries must be made to Southland, not the school. The Southland phone number can be found in your MyCBE account 

In the afternoon, Chris Akkerman School Staff will stop taking calls for any changes to bussing at 1:30PM. We need to take this hour to make updates to our bus lits. 

In order to minimize numerous interruptions to your child’s classroom, we would appreciate some planning ahead between the parent and the student.  Please write your child a note so that they can show their teacher, bring it to the office, sign out and depart.  This also eliminates the need for a phone call to the attendance line for you. 

We understand that there are occasions where appointments come up last minute and, in this case, we are happy to help before 1:30 when you call the office. If you are unable to call the school before 1:30 please come and pick up your child at their bus, inform the bus driver of their plans and then leave the school. Letting your bus driver know of your change of plans ensures the school will not spend valuable time looking from your child. 

The school takes attendance for all students riding the bus. We expect all bus riding students to go directly to the bus upon dismissal at the end of the school day. Daily there are between 12 – 20 students in grades 2-5 who never make it to the bus. Most have a last-minute change at the end of the day and their parent comes to get them. CAS will no longer be calling Gr 2-5 families if their child isn’t on the bus. This delays the bus departure. If a child misses the bus, we will be calling parents to come and pick the child up. Thank you for your understanding and support. We greatly appreciate it when parents write a note at the beginning of the day for their child to share with their teacher – this is the best plan!  

Orange Shirt Day 

Friday, September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a holiday recognizing the victims and survivors of the residential school system. On September 29, we will be honouring the experiences of Indigenous Peoples by wearing the colour orange. We will be making a commitment to recognize that every child matters.  All classes at Chris Akkerman will also be participating in an outdoor reading event intended to encourage and inform them of their connections to the land around them. 

Terry Fox Run 

September 28 all students will be participating in the Terry Fox run. Students can wear your Canada colours and their athletic wear on September 28, of course school uniforms are also a great choice. Students and staff will be participating in learning opportunities about Terry Fox in their classes. They will also all participate in our school Terry Fox Run. In your child’s Google Classroom there will be more information about this event and how to donate to a great charitable organization. 

Jun 27
Final Message for 2021 - 2022

​Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

We made it! Summer is here and we are so happy with this past school year. Collaboration, team-work and dedication all led to amazing learning opportunities for students. We are excited for the break ahead and the anticipation of next school year.

I want to personally thank everyone, from students to staff to parents, for the wonderful support and kindness that has been shown over the past three years. I have absolutely loved being the Principal of Chris Akkerman School and I will take so many amazing memories with me when I leave. I will miss you all.

Our new Principal, Dr. Leanne Bettesworth, visited the school this morning. We are excited to welcome her and she will be a great addition to our staff. You are in good hands.

We would like to say thank you to the following staff who are all moving on to new schools: Teachers - Ms. Hu, Mrs. Barley, Mrs. Bower and Ms. Bates. Support Staff - Mrs. Khalil and Ms. Rajasansi. Good luck next year! We welcome Ms. Dvorkin, Ms. Thraya and Mrs. Grant to our staff for September.

Thank you for all of your Loonies for Literacy donations this year. Please see the thank you video below:

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable summer. Students return to school on September 1, 2022. More information will come in August about the first day.

Derek Siakaluk


Jun 06
June Message

Dear Chris Akkerman Families,  

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I am leaving Chris Akkerman School as I have accepted a position as the Principal of Tom Baines School beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. It has been a fantastic three years serving the students, families, and staff at Chris Akkerman. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to develop strong working relationships with all of you. I am so proud of how resilient we have been these past few years.

Families, thank you for your support and collaboration. It has been so great to see many of you back in the school to volunteer and be part of our community. Your support for us and your children is so appreciated. I will miss this learning community.

I am very appreciative of all of our Chris Akkerman students that I have gotten to know, teach and lead. I am excited to see them every day as well as their enthusiasm for learning. They will be missed.

A new Principal will be appointed to the school, hopefully by the end of the month.

Thank you again for everything. I wish each of you a restful and enjoyable summer.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal​

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 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 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

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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.

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.