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. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fpJ9kcbRD0u6fT9q_jwcW-9wyfnZJcsP/view​

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



Jun 01
June 2021 Message

​Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

It is hard to believe we made it to June! There is still a lot of work to do and a lot of learning to happen. Please ensure your child is ready for learning each day, whether online or in-person. It's going to be a busy and fun month!

Every Child Matters - We are all troubled and saddened with the news of the remains of 215 children being found at a Residential School in BC. This is a time for us to reflect, and join Canadians across the country in honouring the lives lost and their families. As a school community, we will all wear orange on June 2, will pause for two minutes and 15 seconds in the morning and participate in discussions and work focused around this critical topic. Thank you for your support.

School Council - our last meeting was on May 31 and we discussed our school development plan. We want to thank all of the parents who participated in our school council this year. We can't wait until we can meet in person and hope to do that in the new year. Our first council meeting of the new school year will be on Monday, September 27. 

Weather - just a reminder that students go outside for recess in all different types of weather. We will have extreme heat and cold, rainy days thoughout this month. Please have them dress accordingly.

Important Dates:

Friday, June 11 - Sports Day 

Friday, June 18 - PJ Day

June 24 and 25 - Last day for Kindergarten

June 25 - Grade 5 Farewell @ 8:45 am (online)

June 28 - Last day for Grades 1-5 and Report Cards available online

September 1 - Students return to school

Key Message from Superintendents: High School Proposed Plan

On June 1st, the CBE will share the proposed plan, informed by feedback gathered over the last two years along with CBE planning principles, available space and resources and financial sustainability. The plan balances enrolment in a way that provides the most positive impact for students overall, and reflects stakeholder feedback where possible in blending Scenarios A and B. When multiple schools are involved, all seven principles cannot be met for every school and each student. Parent and stakeholder feedback helped determine which principles should take priority. The final decision will be communicated by June 30th, 2021, for implementation in​ September 2022. People can share their feedback on the proposed plan through online surveys and idea boards June 1-13, 2021 at www.cbe.ab.ca/highschoolengagement .​

Thank you to everyone again for a wonderful year during these difficult times. We are so grateful to be part of such an amazing learning community who always comes together to put student learning first.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal



May 06
May 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

​Once again we are shifting to online learning beginning tomorrow until May 25th. While this is very disruptive for students, staff and families, it is a move that will allow the current situation to improve so that we can all return to inschool learning safely and effectively. Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and dedication during this time. Our students are so resilient and upbeat and can handle any challenges thrown their way. At this point, all students have experience and knowledge of online learning so we expect the next few weeks to run smoothly. Teachers will be contacting families on Friday to provide details around schedules and expectations. Online learning will begin after that. If you have any questions, please email the classroom teacher.

Please enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and make sure to get outside for some sun and exercise. Too much screen time can be detrimental to children and screen time will increase with online learning. Please be active!

Thank you to everyone who supported Hats on for Mental Health Day yesterday. It was great to see the kids in their casual clothes and sporting their favourite hats. Our next Spirit Day will be Twin Day on May 28. Students can dress up like twins with their friends.

Our last school council meeting of the year will be on Monday, May 31 @ 6:00 pm on Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent out prior to the meeting, but please contact Debbie Bauman at djbauman@cbe.ab.ca if you would like more information.

We will be in regular communication via email with any updates and information regarding the return to in person learning. We look forward to seeing all of the students again at the end of the month.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Apr 06
April 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

​Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your break. Spring is finally here and we are all enjoying being outside in the nicer weather with no snow or ice on the ground. Remember that with our ealry start time of 7:50 am, it is still cold in the morning so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately

As we know, Covid-19 continues to spread and we all need to do our part to slow the spread down. One positive case in the school causes upwards of 30 other people needing to quarantine. This can be worrisome and is quite disruptive for student learning. Please make sure you are following all provincial guidelines around Alberta Restrictions​ and not sending your child to school if they show any covid symptoms or may have been exposed to a positive case. Please complete the daily Checklist before coming to school each day.

Kindergarten parents may have noticed that the Monday/Wednesday class goes to school more Fridays than the Tuesday/Thursday class. This is correct and intentional as we have to balance out instructional minutes. The M/W class misses more instruction due to holiday Mondays throughout the year. Please follow the schedule to know which Fridays to send your child.

Important Dates:

April 19 - School Council @ 6 pm. There will be an opportunity for engagement around school budget and fees. The Teams link will be sent out

April 23 - Literacy Day - Dress like your Favourite Character

April 26 - Non-instructional Day

Learn and Share | School Budget and Fees Survey

We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That's why we'll be sharing budget and fees information with you and asking for you to share your perspectives with us. 

 During this online engagement, you will have the opportunity to:

 1. Learn

* Where funding for the CBE comes from and how it is spent

* About the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) used to fund schools

* How we estimate, then finalize, RAM for our school

* How we establish school fees for some activities and services

 2. Participate

Share your perspectives on budget and school fees through an online survey open from April 16th to April 30th.

 We'll send you a link to the budget and fees information and survey when it's available. We will also post it on our school website.

 We will also post these survey results on the School Budget and Fees Engagement page on our school website by May 30th, 2021. 

Thank you for all of your continued support. We are lucky to be part of such a great community.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​


Mar 02
March 2021 Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families!

Welcome to March and hopefully warmer weather. It will be another month filled with amazing learning activities for your children. Please read the information below to stay current with the events happening in March.

Conferences - we have moved our conferences to March 11 and 12 to align with our HUB online conferences. If your child is in HUB, you will receive information from the system about booking conferences. For our in-class students, registration begins on March 8 at 7:00 am and closes on March 11 at 3:00 pm. All conferences will be online using Microsoft Teams. We are excited for the opportunity to meet to discuss the progress and growth your children have made. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Virtue of the Month - the virtue for March is sportsmanship. Teachers will use this virtue to guide their teaching and engage in discussions with students about what this means and looks like. Please continue to ask your children what they are learning and discussing during Character Circle about this virtue.

School Council - thank you to our school council for their support in providing amazing opportunities and resources to support student learning. A reminder that all parents and guardians are invited to attend our online council meetings. Our next meeting is on Monday, March 22 @ 6 pm. 

Important Dates - March 17 is St. Patrick's day and we will celebrate by wearing our best green clothing. The last day for students is March 25 as Friday, March 26 is a professional learning day. Spring break follows and students return to school on Tuesday, April 6. 

Next Year - with the completion of our lottery process, we are looking at registrations and staffing for next year. If you are planning on not sending your child back to Chris Akkerman next year, please phone the office at 403-777-8120 to let us know. A reminder that all Grade 5 students automatically transfer to Sir Wilfred Laurier School for Grade 6. 

Share Your Feedback on High School Scenarios

Parents, please know that your voice matters and I encourage you to become familiar with the two scenarios CBE has developed to balance enrolment at CBE high schools.  The scenarios are intended to provide quality learning opportunities that allow students to meet the requirements to complete high school. They do this in three key ways.

  1. Provide a more equitable learning experience for all high school students.
  2. Maintain a regular program at every high school.
  3. Allow for alternative programs and academic enrichment when possible.

You can share your feedback on the scenarios in these ways:

  • Idea Boards: March 1-17
  • Virtual Sessions: March 2, 4, 8 and 10
  • Online Surveys: March 2-17

We wish everyone a great month and a great Spring Break!
Derek Siakaluk, Principal
Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal


Jan 28
February 2021 Message

We have had a great first month of 2021! We were spoiled with great weather for most of January, but the last week really changed. Please remember to have your children dress appropriately for the weather. ​

February will be a busy month. The virtue for the month is Trustworthiness and we will be celebrating this virtue at our monthly online assembly on February 26. 

Please read below to know of all events and information.

HUB - HUB online learning has been very successful in Term 1. As you know, families participating in online learning were given a choice on whether to stay in HUB or change to in-class learning. At Chris Akkerman, 52 students will be returning to in-class learning beginning February 1. These students will be transitioned into our existing classes and will be contacted by the homeroom teacher this week. We look forward to seeing them when they arrive!

Report Cards - Teachers have been working hard and have completed report cards. As previously mentioned, report cards are only available online through PowerSchool and are being released in phases. Chris Akkerman report cards will be available on February 5. Please print off a copy if you would like a paper copy. No paper copies available at the school.

Registration - Registration for new students ends on February 9 and our lottery will be held on February 10. New families will be contacted at the beginning of March to say whether they have been accepted or placed on the waitlist. All information on how to register is on our main page on the website. 

School Council - We had a successful meeting on January 25. Our next meeting is on February 22 @ 6:00 pm on Microsoft Teams and we encourage all parents to participate.

Valentines Day - With the current situation, Valentine's Day will be celebrated differently this year. We will not be handing out paper valentines, instead teachers will be celebrating it digitally and will provide information to parents about how this will work in the classroom. Teachers will hold small celebrations in their classrooms on February 10. We ask that no food be brought in. February 10 is also crazy hair/red and white day. Students can wear casual red and white clothing and have fun with their hairstyles.

Parking - A specific email and letter was sent out to parents regarding parking after school. While it is convenient, it is unsafe to park in the alley by the parking lot and playground to pick up your child. Please respect the no parking/stopping signs posted in the alley by the playground. No parents should be parking along the wooden fence in the alley, or near the garages or homes on the other side. We need those areas clear for our buses and for residents. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you so much for everything you do to support our school and students. Chris Akkerman truly is an amazing place to work and learn.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal


Jan 12
January 2021 Message

​We would like to welcome everyone back from winter break and our in-class learners from their week of online learning! It is great to see the amazing HUB classes continue and have our hallways full of students again!​

We remind everyone entering a CBE school must monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

We had a great open house on January 7. All details from the presentation and how to register information is found on our main page. Current students at Chris Akkerman will automatically transition to the next grade. Grade 5 students are automatically enrolled into Grade 6 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

School Council​: Our next school council meeting is Monday, January 25 @ 6 pm via Microsoft Teams. Please email Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal, at djbauman@cbe.ab.ca if you would like to attend.

Professional Learning: January 29 is a professional learning day for staff and no school for students. We continue to focus on our School Development Plan goals around improving reading comprehension and increasing connections.

Students returning to in-class learning: We are excited to welcome many students back to in-class learning starting on February 1. Families returning to in-class will receive information from the school and the new teacher by the end of the month.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy month.

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal


Nov 06
November/December Principal Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

We are into ​our third month of the school year and we are so proud of our staff and students for their resiliency, hard-work and dedication to learning. Our in-class learners continue to come to school each day engaged in their work. Our HUB classes are running smoothly and it is amazing to see the learning happening online. We have such a wonderful community here at Chris Akkerman. Please read the important information below and review it with your children. We are excited for the next two months.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is on Wednesday, November 11. There is no school for students this day. Our Grade 5 students and their teachers are busy preparing a wonderful Remembrance Day Ceremony for us to watch online. We will be participating in this ceremony on Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:45 am. If possible, please have students dress in their formal uniform on Tuesday. They can wear their regular uniform on Monday.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

As mentioned in a previous email, conferences have been moved to December 3 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and December 4 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. There will be no school for Kindergarten students on December 3 as the K teachers will be having interviews that day as well. More information will come from the school regarding registration. Meetings will be online using Microsoft Teams. 

Virtues and Character Education

Character Education continues to be a vital part of TLC. In-class learners receive a minimum of 15 minutes of Character Education per day. During this time, we focus on learning about the virtue of the month (outlined in the agenda) and making connections. We celebrate the great learning each month in a Virtue Assembly put on by a specific grade. Due to the current circumstances, these assemblies are all done online on the last Friday of the month. Please ask your child to tell you about their learning during Character Education. 

School Council

Our next school council meeting will take place on Monday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm on Microsoft Teams. Thank you to all of the amazing parents who attended in October and who took on a leadership role in the council. We couldn't do it without our parents! If you have any questions about council, please contact admin at the school office or email chrisakkermanschoolcouncil@gmail.com. Further information will be sent out prior to our next meeting.

Winter Break

Our first break of the year is still a few weeks away but is from December 21 - January 3. The last day of classes for students before break is Thursday, December 17. December 18 is an organizational day for staff. Classes resume on Monday, January 4.

Safety in the school

We continue to follow all protocols from AHS regarding COVID-19. We emphasize distancing, hand-washing and masks. Please ensure you are completing the daily checklist for symptoms and keeping your children at home if they have any symptoms. Much more information can be found about this on the main page of our school website. 

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