Oct 12
Happy Thanksgiving

The students and staff are so grateful for the many blessings in our lives. This week we spent a great deal of time thinking and working outdoors and connecting to the earth.  We are thankful for living in such a great country.  We are thankful for our parents, families, friends and elders who help support us each day. We are grateful for the exceptional weather we have enjoyed in September and October.  We are thankful that we are connected to this exceptional learning community at Nellie.  Happy Thanksgiving Friends and Family of Nellie.​

Sep 07
September 2021 - Welcome Back To Nellie

​I would like this opportunity to welcome you or welcome you back to your amazing school.  As "Citizens of Nellie" our students, parents and staff work hard each day to ensure that great learning is happening in a safe and caring environment.  Everyone at Nellie deserves to reach their full potential, be honoured and celebrated, develop strength and character and be able to thrive in our learning community.  Our community will do amazing things this year despite the pandemic.  We will focus on student well-being, math, writing and Indigenous learning.  We will be engaged, proud, supportive and insightful.  We will work together and we will be successful.  Thank you all for making Nellie such a wonderful place to learn!!!​

Jun 28
Principal's Message June 2021

Hello Friends and Family of Nellie,


I want to thank all of you for working so hard during this very challenging year to ensure that our students came first and support and connection was the foundation of all that we do.  This year has challenged us in so many ways.  From on-line learning to in-person learning, from quarantining to cohorting, and through it all the Citizens of Nellie have held strong and stayed united.  Nellie is a great school because of the connectedness of our students, families and staff.  All year you have worked together, overcoming the challenges and ensuring that excellent learning opportunities were available for all Nellie students.  Thank you for your strength and compassion during this trying school year.  I want to wish you all a wonderful summer and I look forward to starting the new school year with a renewed sense of optimism and a renewed sense of opportunity.


See you all in September.


Mar 25
Happy Spring Break citizens of Nellie

Happy Spring Break citizens of Nellie.  It is hard to believe that it has been a full year since our world changed and the way we organize, structure and work in our school has shifted so dramatically.  I feel so blessed to have walked this journey with the incredible learning community that we call the Nellie Family. Through this past year you have come together over and over again to support each other and provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students.  Through your love, care, sharing and giving you have consistently put student learning and family support first.  You have shared your time, talents and resources to ensure that your children/students have had the best opportunities despite all of the challenges and road blocks they have faced.  Over the spring break please find times and spaces to celebrate with your families and take joy and comfort in the knowledge that you have not only survived this past year but you have been able to thrive as a community.  Over this next week play with your children, walk your dogs, go outside on adventures and look for the many things we can be grateful for.  I am grateful for a learning community who cares so much, who works so hard and who knows how very precious and important our young people are.  I am grateful for all of you, for who you are and for what you have brought to improve the lives of our students at Nellie.  Thank you all so much.


Please take some time to review the many exciting news stories and the grade team pages on this site.  You will be amazed at all of the incredible work happening at your great school.​

Feb 12
Nellie McClung School is truly a remarkable learning community.

Nellie McClung School is truly a remarkable learning community.  We have students, parents/guardians and staff who work together to ensure individual growth and achievement for each student.  “Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is our school motto.  At Nellie we strive each day to grow and develop by working closely with each other.  We focus on learning opportunities that stem from and grow creative understanding.  Fine arts, problem solving, academic rigor, writing and resiliency are pillars for the way we deliver programing and engage in the learning.

This year we have two School Development Plan Goals that we are focussing on.  We are building strategies and opportunities to help students improve their writing and their ability to be resilient. Ask your children what they are doing in their classrooms to address these goals.

During this pandemic, we are noticing that many of us and our students/children are struggling with resiliency.  A top Canadian researcher, Dr. Michael Ungar lays out a number of strategies that should be in place to help improve resiliency:

  1. Structure – Children and adults need defined structure and routines in our lives.
  2. Accountability – Goals must be set and we must hold ourselves and our children accountable to meeting the goals.
  3. Needed – Everyone needs to be needed.  Children need to hear and know that they are needed at school and at home.
  4. Love From Others – We all need loving relationships.
  5. Supportive Relationships – In addition to close intimate relationships, we need relationships with others who support positive growth in our lives.
  6. Powerful Identity – We need to know what we stand for, what we believe and why.
  7. Sense of Control – Children are just like adults in their need to have a voice and a say over certain aspects in their lives.
  8. Rights and Responsibilities – We need to know our rights and our responsibilities in our relationships, our work and school places and society. 
  9. Basic Needs – We need our basic needs met…food/clothing etc.
  10. Physical Well-being – We need to be healthy and know how to take care of our physical health
  11. Financial Security – We need a consistent income or understanding that financially we are going to be OK.
  12. Positive Thinking – The use of positive self-talk is very important.

This year Nellie is working with your children to improve their ability to be resilient.  By ensuring that the 12 needs above are met at school and at home we will continue to be partners as we work to improve our students ability to manage this ever changing world.  The past year has been challenging for everyone, but we know that our children/students don’t have the same life experiences to draw from to help them situate and understand all the changes.  By regularly addressing these needs we will continue to help our students build their resiliency.

Thank you for walking this journey with us.  We know that students are grieving the loss of field trips, performances, social events, parties, learning celebrations and the like.  Together we will continue to make learning engaging, we will model for our students how to be resilient and we will look forward to days when we can play and learn in less restrictive ways.

Thank you for always supporting this great school.


Darren Dyck

Nov 16
Principals Message - November 2020

Principal's Message


Hello Friends and Family of Nellie,


Where did October go?  This has been a very different year at the school but we all still hold up our vision for our school daily.  Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is the motto we created two years ago and it is as relevant now as it has always been.  We know that we have students in the Hub, students behind their masks and families feeling separated from the daily interactions at the school.  We have a School Council wanting to be more involved.  We have parents and communities missing their volunteer opportunities to read in classes, help students with math or go on our amazing field trips.  Yes things have changed significantly, however, the meaning and the vision that we hold true continues to guide what we do and how we do it at Nellie.  Today a parent who has a student working in the Hub emailed me and thanked me for connecting our Hub students to our Halloween Story Day and virtual parade of costumes.  Two days ago a student who has never written or read before read me two complete sentences that he had just written in his writing journal.  Last week our School Council started a clothing drive to help support those in our community who need some extra winter clothes.  Our staff, students and parents are sparking creativity and we are seeing it in the excellent school work each day.  Growing Together also looks different these days.  Our spirits, wisdom, dreams and ambitions are still collaboratively working to support every student at Nellie.  We now do it in virtual meetings, or wearing masks or staying 2 metres a part.  The strength of this great school is our wonderful people.  Our students, parents and staff consistently find new and better ways to support learning at Nellie.  This year our School Development Plan is going to continue to focus on improving student writing and resiliency.  We will be assessing student work and achievement through a number of different data collection tools and sharing the results with you.  I would like to thank our new School Council who worked through our initial thinking about our SDP and I look forward to sharing last year's results report with them at the next meeting.  Please remember that all parents and staff are welcome to attend our PAC meetings.


Have a great day, enjoy the math and writing challenges, have a safe and fun Halloween and thank you for making our school so special.





Sep 24
Principals Message - September 2020

Hello Friends and Family of Nellie McClung School,


Thank you all for your kind and gentle support as we work together to come back to school.  It has been a very different but a very exciting September at Nellie.  We are learning new things in new ways and as always coming together as a Learning Community to support and care for our children and students.  At Nellie we are so blessed to have so many talented staff, creative students and dedicated parents who are resilient and willing to work together to find new ways of reaching our goals.


Some of you have children learning in the Hub.  You are still apart of the Nellie family.  You are trying to balance the work, home, school life in a way where your child works primarily in the virtual world to complete their school work.  Although technology is fantastic and has opened up so many opportunities for us, it also poses some significant challenges that you and your family are working through.  Thank you Hub parents for your patience, persistence and your positivity as you try to navigate a landscape and a learning methodology that is so very new to all of us.


Many of you have chosen to bring your children to school.  With the uncertainty of Covid, the restrictions and protocols in place and the possibility of having to keep your children at home for extended periods of time, you have found yourselves in a situation you have never had to live through.  I know that you are feeling the pressures of school, family and work and trying to figure out how to juggle all of the pieces and keep your families safe.  Thank you for being so diligent and following all of the safety measures in place while at the same time being exceptional parents, helping with homework and providing the needed support to your children.


School looks different this year but together we are finding ways to support our students and this great school.  Our School Council is meeting, organizing and planning for our students’ future.  On Oct. 6th at 5:30 you are all welcome to our on-line AGM.  Whether you are interested in holding a position on council or wanting your voice to be heard, we need you to be a part of PAC.  Please try to make some time on the 6th to join us. 


As I talk to parents, students and staff the same theme returns over and over again.  Our wonderful school is still filled with hope, love and care.  We continue to reach for new opportunities and strive to ensure that each of our students are successful at school.  Thank you for being a part of this community.  Thank you for your positive contributions to our school.  Thank you for believing that together we will work through the challenges as we provide an exceptional learning environment for our students.





Jun 30
End of Year Message

Thank you for all that you do to create such a wonderful learning community for our students and families.  This has been a very different year and I know that it will probably be a very different summer for you and your family.  My hope is that you hold those around you close, find places and spaces to enjoy the great people around you, find ways to celebrate, relax and recharge and time to build and create.  As a school community we are not certain of what our plans will look like moving forward.  We will need to be wise and thoughtful as we imagine a different way to educate students, build community and celebrate learning.  I know that together we will do what is needed to ensure that not only are our students and families safe but that they are thriving in our community.

The staff at Nellie McClung want to wish you a happy, healthy and joy-filled summer.  We look forward to September and all of the possibilities that will exist for our wonderful learning community.

Take Care,

Darren Dyck​

Apr 30
April 2020 Message From Darren & Kelly

Hello Friends and Family of Nellie McClung School,

Thank you for your hope, your support, your laughter and your sharing.   This has been a very challenging time for everyone and yet through it all you have managed to be great caregivers, home schoolers, partners, parents and neighbors.  When we had families in need at the school, you stepped up and provided the gift of food and money to help them out.  This extra support has had a tremendously positive impact on 4 families in our community.  Thank you so much.

As people are settling in to new realities, we have been receiving more and more correspondence around schoolwork and access to schoolwork.  Please remember to give yourselves the permission to do what works best for you and your family.  The Alberta Government has mandated that 5 hours of schoolwork, on average, be provided to each elementary student each week.  This guideline helps set a standard but we all know that each of our children are different and each of our family situations are different.  Some parents are working from home and some are going to work.  Some families have had to deal with layoffs while other families are dealing with cramp quarters.  Some families feel like they have excessive time on their hands and others feel like there are not enough hours in the day. Please do not feel guilty about how much or how little work your student is doing in this current crisis.  You are doing the best that you can in the time that you have to support your family and those around you.  The school has created learning opportunities and experiences to support learning in your home.  You can pick and choose from the offerings or do all of the work provided.  If you need more work, you can check out the extra resources provided and/or join the admin. classroom at egdcfao.


As we live in this uncertainty, we are also starting to make decisions for the next school year.  What structures should we put into place to make our school the best that it can be?  How many staff are we able to hire and how should they best be deployed? What should our class configurations look like? How can we best utilize the resources that are available to us?  Staff and parents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions as we have “Fireside Chats”, “Fierce Conversations” and open dialogue so we make good decisions together.

As always, I welcome any feedback that you may have. If you have any questions, concerns or comments please call me on my cell at 587-777-6331 or e-mail me at dkdyck@cbe.ab.ca .  We wish you all happiness and good health and can’t wait to see you all again soon.  




Darren Dyck, Principal 



Message from Kelly


Hello Nellie Families. We are SO grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your lives during these times of social distancing. One question that we hear often from our families is how to manage screen use through plans, rules, and limits. There are signs that screen use is becoming a problem including; screen use is interfering with sleep, on-line school or family interactions; Your child complains about being bored or unhappy without access to technology; oppositional behaviour when you set limits on screen time; Screen time is interfering with offline play, physical activities or socializing with friends and family; and negative emotions after interacting online, playing video games or while texting. It's Important To Set healthy boundaries with your child. 

Creating structures for our children ensures predictability and security. Our children will have more maturity, resilience, adaptability, feelings of safety and connectionHere are some tips:

 Create a family Schedule -- The link below is one example of creating schedules with a variety of templateshttps://www.cdc.gov/parents/essentials/activities/activities-structure.html

Tips from  MediaSmarts  -- (a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy.) https://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/tip-sheet/tipsheet_parental_controls_0.pdf

Talk to Your Kids and Set Boundaries and Expectations


Explain that internet access is a privilege that should not be abused and that it can and will be taken away if they do not meet your expectations.

Physically Lock up Your Router: Set Router-Enforced Time Limits for Internet Access

Most routers have a setting which gives you the ability to cut off access to the internet at a certain time of day. You lock your doors at night, right? Do the same for your internet connection.

 Enable the Parental Control Features on Your Child's Game Systems and Mobile Devices

Parents, we overlook the fact that kids can get to the internet via game consoles, iPods, and cell phones. It's important to set internet parental controls on all personal devices. These gadgets have web browsers just like your home PC does. 

Use Downtime Schedules to Pause Devices with Ignite WiFi Hub.
With Ignite WiFiTM Hub, you can use Downtime Schedules to bring designated devices offline to make sure the whole household gets a good night’s rest, focused study time and more. While paused, these devices will not be able to access the internet via your Ignite WiFi network.

Are you familiar with the common saying, "moderation in all things"? Kids certainly don't, especially when it comes to Internet access. With TELUS, you have full control over your WiFi, there are two ways, here is how:

Kelly Knight
Assistant Principal, Nellie McClung School
Mar 03
March Already? How is that possible?

I would like to thank the students, staff and parents for all of their hard work and commitment to their school.  We are blessed to have so many people come together to improve the learning opportunities for our students.


Nellie McClung School is so fortunate to have such supportive and committed parent volunteer groups.  It is wonderful to see all of the parents who come out to the different events at the school or who give of their time to go on field trips.  Without your gift of time, many of our extra-curricular or co-curricular events would not be able to happen. I would also like to thank all of the parents who come out to the School Council meetings and offer their voice into the decision making process.  Nellie McClung School is grounded in democratic principles and we value the different voices within our community.  The next School Council meeting is April 16th at 6:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  


Our parents raise money for the school and they spend money on excellent items for the school.  Our “Fill Our Buckets” campaign was a great success.  Look at some of the wonderful items our Parent Fundraising Society just purchased for the school.


Our School Council needs your help.  Our biggest fundraiser every 18 months is our casino.  Currently our Volunteer Coordinator is looking for volunteers to sign up.  All positions must be filled in the next month.  The casino is held at Cash Casino; 4040 Blackfoot Trail S.E..  Newbies are welcome as no experience is required.  Please go to our sign-up genius and sign-up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4FACAC29A7F94-casino


Like all of the school months, March promises to be an exciting and learning filled month.  From trips to Open Minds, to floor hockey tournaments, to Bridge Club Tournament, to Movie Night, to the production of the Wicked Witch of the Wetlands, to Student-Led Conferences to Spring Break our kids, teachers and parents are going to be busy exploring and learning.  Please have a good look at the calendar as it is packed full this month.

As always, I welcome any feedback that you may have.  If you have any questions, concerns or comments please call me on my cell at 587-777-6331, e-mail me at dkdyck@cbe.ab.ca or just stop in for a visit. 



Darren Dyck


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