Our School

Welcome and Bienvenue to another fulfilling year of learning and working together. We offer a Kindergarten to Grade 4 program in English and French Immersion. With input from parents and students, we have been able to establish foundational statements to carry our work forward. They have guided the decision-making aspects of the school.

Our school community strives for excellence in learning within an inclusive environment.

Our Motto

Better Together

Together, we are creating a collaborative school culture in which:

  • The pursuit of excellence encourages all to be leaders, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners.
  • The voices of all stakeholders are heard and valued as we work toward our common purpose. 
  • The school is a fertile environment for mind, body and senses. We plan for meaningful learning experiences and connections that deepen the learner’s understanding. School-wide teaming, valued support of specialists, and active parent involvement enhance our ability to use flexible groups, provide enrichment, and effectively use staff and parent expertise to meet all of our children’s learning needs. 
  • Staff members learn together through reflective practice. 
  • Children and adults are nurtured and stimulated in a culture of positive energy, respect for each other and joy. Everyone can take risks in their learning because they feel cared for and safe.

Who Was Janet Johnstone?

The school was named after Janet C. Johnstone. Janet was born in Ferintosh, Alberta, attended the Camrose Normal School, and taught in rural Alberta before settling in Calgary in 1942. She taught in several Calgary schools: James Short, Haultain, Elbow Park, Glengarry, and the University Demonstration School.

Janet Johnstone was appointed Primary Supervisor in 1952 and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools in 1964. She was the first woman in this senior administrative capacity. During a career that spanned 43 years, Janet Johnstone served on the Elementary School Program Commission and committees of the Department of Education and the University. She promoted the establishment of the first kindergarten programs in Calgary and was a dynamic part of every major development in the organization and curriculum in Calgary during her period in office. Janet Johnstone retired in 1973 and passed away shortly after the school opening. 

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Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. In 2021, our school, along with all CBE schools made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, 2022, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

​​School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

​​​School Improvement Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.
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RT @Indigenous_cbe: Please join @yyCBEdu @cityofcalgary @CCSD_edu on September 30 from 10am-12:30pm @fortcalgary (750 9th Ave SE) to commemorate the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation🧡Listen to Elders, Survivors, a student performance, free lunch & more #WeAreCBE https://t.co/CJg9cJY4uE

RT @KeelerSchool: Grade 2 classes took advantage of the beautiful fall day sharing stories under the trees. #KeelerCougars #WeAreCBE #fall #together #storytelling https://t.co/ogenE1WBtA

Today is the first public meeting of the Board of Trustees for the 2022-23 school year. Join in-person or stream the meeting online. Please note the new meeting start time of 11 a.m. https://t.co/nvCl1fNOeh #yycbe https://t.co/HVrHuKa0P3

We were pleased to host Ministers Nicolaides and LaGrange at @BownessHighCBE today for the announcement of Apprenticeship Day in Alberta. Culinary student Evan provided a tour of the industrial kitchen at the school. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/8mNsyla2oV