Jul 10
The 2022-23 School Year is Over and We're Out for Summer!

Hello Louis Riel Families, ​​​

It is with a combination of excitement and perhaps even a small amount of shared relief that I write this final message for the 2022-2023 school year. Although it may be an obvious statement, this school year was defined by continuous learning shared among and across our entire community of learners. Often, we default to only considering how our student(s) experienced any given school year. I've had the privilege to meet so many valued members of our community of learners and stakeholders that my frame of reference for student learning has been broadened even more than I had imagined possible. As a new principal, I've met students, staff, parents, visitors, guests, colleagues, neighbors, tradespeople, and community members who have been in/around the school, and they all played a role in the learning that took place at Louis Riel School this year. Although there was more learning than I could possibly account for, our teaching staff learned from each other, from our students, from our families, from the CBE, from the community, from colleagues in other buildings, from visitors to the school, from field studies, and from nature, Our students also learned from each other, our teaching staff, our office team, visitors, all of their field studies, athletic competitions, math competitions, science fairs, our parents, and nature too. I would think it is safe to assume that when our students returned home each evening, they were able to share their learning or even teach members of their family about something new they had learned during their day.  

I want to thank every member of our community for their continued support as we all learn how to learn and grow together at Louis Riel School. This year included many learning opportunities, lessons, and growth, and we hope to continue to find new ways to strengthen and improve the business (and fun) of learning at Louis Riel School next year. 

For those families returning to our learning community for the 2023-24 school year, you can expect to see school start up information delivered via email and on our website in mid-August. School supply lists will be shared via email with all families in August and again at the beginning of September. If you have registered for yellow school bus transportation, the routes will be made available in late August. 

The school will be closed at 1:00 PM on June 30, reopening at 1:00 PM on August 28. Please note that all school staff will be on holiday from July 1 to August 28.   

In the meantime, have a safe and restful summer, and we will see you on the first student day, August 31 at 8 AM.   

Thank you for an ​exceptional year of learning and we look forward to many more, 

Mat Powter

Principal | Louis Riel School ​

Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca

Feb 06
Mid-Way Through the Year and Science Open House

The first semester is behind us and report cards for the first half of the year have been published. This week included two major events that allowed us to showcase the amazing science fair projects that our young scientists created, and we also invited families to our annual Science Program open house for prospective students. The turnout at the open house exceeded our expectations and we found ourselves rushing to set up enough chairs in our South gym to accommodate the demand. Families and students took in a presentation about our Science program and were then invited to explore our instructional spaces. Families examined the many samples of student work on display in the hallways and science fair projects in the north gym; stopped by the art room and foods lab for examples and samples of more student work; and met our staff and students who were eager to talk about our community of learners at Louis Riel School. Feedback from the attendees and the staff was that Louis Riel looks and feels like a school where students are challenged and encouraged to do their best by teachers who care deeply about their work (and still know how to make learning fun).  

The annual Science Fair and the projects on display were shining examples of what our young scientists are capable of doing. The variety of projects and the depth and breadth of scientific inquiry and discovery was truly impressive. As a new member of the teaching team and a first time science fair attendee and judge I can honestly say that I was not only awestruck, but I learned a lot as well. Thank you to all of the participants and their supportive families who helped make these projects a reality! 

We hope our students enjoyed their first half of the 2022-23 school year and are looking forward to semester two as much as we are. Thank you for being part of the community of learners here at Louis Riel School. 

Sep 28
Welcome to our school: Meet the Teacher night at Louis Riel

Hello Louis Riel Families,

I want to thank all the students and families who came to the school and helped make our Meet the teacher night on Thursday such a success. It was fantastic to see how well attended the event was and to finally be able to put faces to names! Our families started the evening by gathering outside to socialize and enjoy the food trucks organized by our council.  Families then came inside the school for a welcome message and to learn how and where they could meet our teaching staff. Elementary students went to see their classrooms and gym and our junior high students took their families through a mini timetable to meet all their teachers and see their instructional spaces. Student work, hallway art, department bulletin boards, team and individual athletics notices, and library items were all showcased throughout the school. Our leadership and Phys Ed departments set up a Bison wear store for students and their families to pick up shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts. I know I may be biased but it felt, sounded, and looked like a huge success to the staff here. We hope you enjoyed visiting our school with your students as much as we enjoyed hosting you.

Following our Meet the Teacher night, staff gathered on Friday to learn together about how to support literacy development and to identify goals and strategies for our School Development Plan. Every opportunity for Ms. Echo and I to work alongside our teachers to support student success confirms our belief that Louis Riel School is an exceptional place to teach and learn. 

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