Dec 09
December 2022 Information

Dear Dr. Oakley Families,

It's hard to believe we are full swing into December!  It is a busy month, so we wanted to share a few dates for you to mark in your calendars. 

Wednesday December 21 - 1:30 pm - Winter Celebration Assembly (in the gym)
Monday December 12 - Last Day to send in Food Bank Items (Thank you for your amazing support!)

Festive Pet Photos:
Students can bring in photos of their festive pets starting December 1.
o   Photos will be posted outside the gym.

Spirit Week:
December 19: Christmas Crazy
o   i.e. hats, socks, lights, anything goes!
December 20: Santa's Helpers
o   i.e. elves, reindeer
December 21: Christmas Movie Characters
o   i.e. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Cindy Lou-Who, Grinch, etc.
December 22: Christmas Cozy
o   i.e. comfy clothes – sweats, PJs, onesies

Thank you! Keep warm!

In the Spirit of Belonging and Generosity 

Denise Nimmo 
Principal, Dr. Oakley​

Oct 06
Thanksgiving Weekend and Fall Break

As we move into Thanksgiving weekend and our fall break, I am reflecting on how thankful I am to be the principal at Dr. Oakley. We‘ve had a wonderful first few months as a school community.  Work has been very intentional to develop a safe, respectful, welcoming school community. This is so important as we welcome new students who contribute to one half of our school population each year. Our students, who are in their second school year, have supported our new students and are demonstrating wonderful leadership skills. We are so proud of all the students!  

I am also so thankful we have been able to return to many of our regular practices which we missed over the past two and a half years.  It is lovely to see our students ‘faces and their wonderful smiles! Students again have an opportunity to connect with their peers from different teams. We welcomed many of you in person to Dr. Oakley for the first-time during parent-teacher conferences. We also welcomed many parents and guardians to our home reading evening. Students have enjoyed the experience of attending off-site trips! I am thankful for the return of some of the energy and a new level of joy. I am so very thankful for all these pieces and more.  

I am thankful for the incredible fall weather we have enjoyed. Classes have been able to take part in many outdoor activities. Dr. Oakley’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation this year is, “Develop and use International spaces on our land to facilitate connection and gathering using Indigenous Ways of Knowing.”  Teachers have planned many opportunities for their learning communities to achieve our commitment and participate in land-based learning and connection time. Students begin their day with a soft entry and an intentional planned connection time to support well-being and readiness for learning.  

I am thankful to work alongside such a dedicated team of teachers and staff. As I read I.P.P.s it was evident how well teachers know their students and how carefully they assess and plan for all of them. I am thankful when I visit classrooms and see the energy and passion of teachers as they explore and facilitate learning.  

I am thankful for our wonderful parent community and our Parent Pinnacle Association who support our work and provide so many wonderful opportunities and additional enhancements to our learning community. Thank you!! 

I wish all your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and fall break and look forward to our next months of learning and growing together! 

With deepest thank you and gratitude! 

Denise Nimmo 

Aug 16
Welcome to Dr. Oakley!

Welcome to the new school year and those families that are new to our school, we welcome you to Dr. Oakley! We will continue to follow the same health protocols that we left off with in June. All CBE schools will be continuing to have students and staff wear masks, physically distance, follow respiratory etiquette and hand washing/sanitizing routines. We will also maintain cohorting.  Please continue to use the daily checklist (a copy is included in this package) to determine if your child is ill and should stay home. At this time volunteers, parents and outside resource personnel are not permitted in schools. One change is our students will have the opportunity to use lockers. Our students did an amazing job with all of these pieces during the last school year while maintaining sound growth in their learning.  

Every school year is new and exciting and as we establish new teams we work very thoughtfully to create warm, welcoming, inspiring learning communities with the new configuration of students. Many of the activities and tasks are directed towards this goal to support students' level of positive well-being and to inspire them to be greater risk takers in their learning.  This year it is even more paramount that we establish a safe learning community given the challenges of the last school year and the continuation of these issues.  

As students arrive tomorrow all staff we be outside in front of the school to greet them.  All classes are identified by color and we have 7 color teams.  Teachers will hold a piece of colored paper which identifies the color team and staff who are not attached to classrooms will greet students and support them to find their teachers.  

If you are driving, please park on 38th Ave.  Please see other information in terms of Attendance and Bussing Protocols. 

​Denise Nimmo

Jun 30
Thank you and Happy Summer!

I want to begin with a heartfelt thank you to all our families, students, teachers and staff.  Through this unprecedented year, your support and student commitment to protocols and their cohorts have helped us at Dr. Oakley continue to provide a wonderful year of strong learning.  Our literacy team has been reviewing all of the data regarding student growth.  Students continued to show exemplary growth this year! Teachers were heavily involved in professional learning aligned with the science of reading. This evidenced based instruction supported students making amazing progress. We also worked hard to maintain a strong sense of community, belonging, and well-being for all members in Dr. Oakley. This was more important than ever this year as we faced challenges not faced before.  We are extremely proud of the caring community and one reflection of this is the heart display on the fence by the playground. Students and staff created a beautiful display to honour the Indigenous children found.  The empathy shown by our students during conversations about this tragedy is powerful in building acknowledgment and reconciliation.

We often refer to Dr. Oakley as a magical place and we watch students become not only readers and writers, but sometimes even more importantly is the transformation of children who are confident in who they are as learners, human beings and as self-advocates for what they need to be successful. Many of our students have been sharing some of their thoughts on their journey and here are a few of their testaments.   

“Dr. Oakley has helped me so much and made me better and I can go on my own."

“I think I am ready to leave this school and go into the world. It will be hard but I can get through it."

“Dr. Oakley is a magical place, You can learn how to accomplish your goals."

We are excited about welcoming the 2021-22 school year!  A few days before school begins please look on your “Mypowerschool" account for your child's bus route information.  On the first day of school, all staff will greet the buses and welcome students.  We know this can be a time of both excitement and trepidation and are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, connected community for all!

One of our students wrote in a poem, “Welcome to Dr. Oakley School. You will achieve unbelievable things. You need to work as hard as you can but in the end, you will be amazed. Teachers are always ready to help. You will read until your eyes feel like the sun. You will learn to read as fast as the speed of light. Reading and succeeding are just two things that are guaranteed to happen at this school. All your reading problems will disappear. Prepare to be amazed. In the end, it will seem like you never even had troubles with reading.

As we look forward to summer and hopefully some sense of normalcy, we wish you health, safe travels and time to rest and heal from the challenges of this year. 

In the spirit of generosity and belonging, 

Denise Nimmo

Proud Principal of Dr. Oakley School​

Aug 31
Dr Oakley Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021

Dear Dr. Oakley families:

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in- school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education’s K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re- entry Scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

Please visit our school website at for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.


Denise Nimmo Dr. Oakley School Principal 

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