Aug 17
Welcome Back! 2021/22 School Year


Oki, Tansi Hello Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are excited to begin another year of learning at Niitsitapi Learning Centre.

At this time, mandatory masking will remain in place for all staff and students. Students riding yellow buses will also need to wear masks.

In addition, students, staff and families can expect the following health measures to be in place when classes begin in modified calendar schools on Aug. 17:

  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home
  • Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms are strongly recommended to stay at home until symptoms resolve
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • Enhanced ventilation in schools
  • Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6
  • No visitors, volunteers or external partners in schools at the start of the school year

Some health restrictions will be lifted, including:

  • At the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, schools will no longer inform close contacts of positive cases, but additional health measures may be implemented as the COVID-19 situation evolves, or if outbreaks occur
  • Limited off-site activities will be allowed

We all play a role in ensuring that our return to school is as safe as possible. As the school year begins, the CBE will be monitoring the situation closely and following the direction of health authorities to ensure that we are doing everything possible to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces.

​So far so good! The kids are having a great day back.

Ayyyy, hand to heart,

Ms. Allison 





Jun 24
Hounouring the Lives Lost |Tragedy at Marieval Residential School

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families, 

Niitsitapi Learning Centre joins Canadians across the country in honouring the lives lost as the Saskatchewan Cowessess First Nation announced a preliminary finding Thursday, June 24 2021 of 751 unmarked graves at a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School.

We continue to support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action as part of the CBE's system Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework.

The CBE acknowledges the words of Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: “Education is how we will heal, teaching our children that we are all equal is how we will stop racism and bring about reconciliation."

Survivors of the Indian Residential School system can get support through the 24/7 crisis line (1-866-925-4419), and additional support is available through the Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868). Support is available to CBE employees through Homewood Health (1-800-663-1142).

​Please reach out if you need support or just would like to talk.​

Ms. Allison 


Jun 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2021

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We are so excited for today! A huge thank you to Knowledge Keeper, Shane Cunning​ham and Constable Don from the Calgary Police along with our incredible staff, who helped us raise our Tipi early this morning. The children are going to have an amazing day drumming, singing, telling and hearing stories all in our incredible Niitsitapi Tipi.

To acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, we have listened to our school community and would like to share an action that the we will continue take on to advance Truth and Reconciliation.​​​​NLC School Community TRC Comittment (Fillable)[2][1].pdf


In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day,

and in alignment with the CBE Education Plan,

Niitsitapi Learning Centre

acknowledges and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and makes the following commitment to action for the 2021-2022 school year:

Strengthen our knowledge of Indigenous languages and support opportunities for regular practice with students that respects the traditional territory we are on, and the diverse Indigenous population that attends Niitsitapi Learning Centre.

In making our commitment, Call to Action #14 offered inspiration. 

Date: June 21, 2021​

Hand to heart, Ayyy,

Ms. Allison 

May 31
Honouring the Lives Lost | Tragedy at former Kamploops Residential School

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families, 

The Calgary Board of Education and Niitsitapi Learning Centre joins Canadians across the country in honouring the lives lost at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

In response to the tragedy, flags at Calgary Board of Education schools and buildings will be lowered to half-mast starting Monday, May 31.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt next week to show solidarity with residential school survivors and help send the message that every child matters. More information about the history of Orange Shirt Day and the significance of the orange shirt can found on the official website.

We continue to support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action as part of the CBE's system Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework.

The CBE acknowledges the words of Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: “Education is how we will heal, teaching our children that we are all equal is how we will stop racism and bring about reconciliation."

Survivors of the Indian Residential School system can get support through the 24/7 crisis line (1-866-925-4419), and additional support is available through the Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868). Support is available to CBE employees through Homewood Health (1-800-663-1142).

​Please reach out if you need support or just would like to talk.

Ms. Allison 

 


Feb 24
Pink Shirt Day, February 24, 2021

​Oki, Tansi, Hello Families, 

We loved seeing the ocean of pink today! As well, as Ms. Jess shared on the morning announcement, even if we did not have a pink shirt, that is okay! What matters is we show love and kindness towards all of our friends today and everyday. 

Here is a little history behind Pink Shirt Day.

Two Nova Scotia high school students inspired Pink Shirt Day by organizing their fellow students to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere. On Feb. 24, Pink Shirt Day is a time to encourage Albertans to stand up to bullying when they see it in schools, communities, workplaces, at home and online.

Show you care by checking in with one another. Learn #WhereToTurn if you or someone you know is experiencing bullying:

Let’s take care of one another and promote healthy relationships. 

More Information

Bullying Helpline
Call 1-888-456-2323 toll-free. Available 24/7 | 170+ languages

Bullying Helpline Chat
alberta.ca/BullyingChat
8 am – 8 pm daily | English

Resources
Download and share resources to help prevent bullying.

Hand to heart,

Ms. Allison, Principal.




Dec 14
Niitsitapi is OPEN January, 5-8. 2021 for in-person learning

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families, 

 

Today we received very clear direction from the CBE that as a unique setting we will stay open for in-person learning starting on Tuesday, January 5-8, 2021 and busses and food services will be running

 

Monday, January 4, 2021 is a PD day, so there is no school. 

 

If you feel safer keeping your children home on January 5-8, 2021, students may work at home on the paper packages as we originally planned - the only difference will be that the online google meets will be canceled as teachers will be teaching in their classrooms as usual. 

 

Teachers will be in touch with you this week to help answer any questions you may have.

 

We hope the message that Niitsitapi Learning Centre will remain January 5-8, 2021 gives families some positive news. 

 

Thank you.​


Ms. Allison


Nov 25
New Measures from the Alberta Government

Important Changes Announced by Alberta Government
 

This afternoon Premier Jason Kenney announced important new health measures for all K-12 students in the province, including students in the Calgary Board of Education. 

Changes for Grade 7-12 students

  • Move to at-home learning starting Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Jan. 8 (except during winter break)
  • In-person classes will resume starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 
  • Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school year
  • There are no changes for students in CBE’s Hub online learning or CBe-learn

Changes for Grade K-6 students (including Early Childhood Services)

  • Continue in-person learning until winter break starting Friday, Dec. 18 
  • Move to at-home learning during the week of Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2021
  • In-person classes will resume starting Monday, Jan. 11
  • There are no changes for Grade 1-6 students in CBE’s Hub online learning or CBe-learn

More information on this announcement is available on the government’s website.

We know families have many questions about this announcement and what it means for their child’s learning. More information will be shared as it becomes available from the CBE.​



Oct 26
In full swing!

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families,

Thank you to everyone for making the first two months of the year a success! I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone. With our new normal and all of the changes that have come our way, students, staff and parents have come together to keep our strong, caring spirit alive and well.  

Our teachers have reimagined the physical teaching spaces and given students even more opportunites for land based learning. We are missing being able to bring the school together for assemblies and gatherings as safety is our main concern. However, we are still having cooperative learning experiences held virtually, and including Elders, to support our students as they engage in their work, community and even across different schools! 

We started Secret Path W​eek with a Blessing from Elder Saa'kokoto, and last Thursday, teachers took students on a very snowy walk to honour Chanie Wenjack, a young Indigenous boy who died on October 22, 1966. We walked around the school yard contributing kilometers to represent the long journey Chanie made trying to make it home. 

Students were also able to participate in experiential learning through exploring story and our sunflower harvest before the snow came. We were greateful for the stretch of warm days back in mid-October.

Thank you to students, teachers and families for being flexible, supportive and creative in finding solutions that make Niitsitapi the most wonderful place to learn.​


Ayyy, Hand to Heart,

Ms. Allison

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Jun 30
Ayy, Hiy Hiy,

Oki, Hello Families,

Well, that was definitely a rollercoaster of a ride! This year was like none other that I have ever experienced and would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their flexibility and understanding as we navigated the new normal in ongoing learning. 

On August 1, 2020 the Alberta Government will let us know which scenario we will be ​implementing and I will communicate this as soon as I can with the most current up to date information about the 2020-21 school year.

However, for now, let's just enjoy our summer playing outside, visiting with our friends and families and enjoying the moment.

If you require assistance, I will be checking email at least three times/week. 

See you (in-person or online) on September 1, 2020!

Stay safe and healthy,

Ms. Allison 

Dec 16
Elf on the Shelf

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families,


I hope everyone had a nice weekend and were able to enjoy the sun! It’s the last week before the Winter break and there are so many things to look forward to this week at school. Everyday this month we have had a little visitor that hides in a new place every night for the kids to come and find. Our own Elf on the Shelf is definitely a hit! I still haven’t found out what its name is, however some of the options the kids have told me are:

🎄Sprinkles
✨Marbles
🎄Stinky
✨Elfie
🎄Willow (I like this one!)
✨Frank

As students arrive to class, they take off their winter gear and eagerly with their teachers, go searching for our elf - they have so much fun! I was able to take a snap shot of the fun place it set up shop. The most important thing to know is that we cannot touch the Elf because if we do, it looses its powers! However, my own daughters told me over the weekend that if someone does touch the elf, it’s okay because all you have to do is sprinkle cinnamon on it and the magical powers are restored! Phew! 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, December 19 at 12:30 pm for our Winter Celebration! It's going to be a lot of fun listening to the Christmas songs performed by our students and we appreciate all of the hard work they have put in preparing for their performances!

See you soon.

Ms. Allison​

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Monday, Oct. 18 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for students. It is also municipal election day – don’t forget to vote! Have a safe long weekend and please continue to follow all public health measures #WeAreCBE https://t.co/isScnELKOp

RT @UsihChristopher: Looking forward to our system-wide PL Day on Indigenous Ed (Oct 18). #WeAreCBE staff will engage in learning to build our knowledge &understanding. Thank-you to Elders and Knowledge Keepers for their wisdom &guidance as we work together to improve outcomes for Indigenous students

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting will be held virtually starting at noon. We invite you to stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fNgoJ #yycbe https://t.co/UjXxYBwr2K

Over the next couple of months CBE students from kindergarten to Grade 12 will be reimaging spaces in #yyc. Schools will submit their designs and the City of Calgary is going to build the winning design IRL! Check it out! https://t.co/OXt9ZU1rAN #WeAreCBE #CBEMinecraft

There are no classes for students on Friday, Oct 8 because it is a system-wide non-instructional day. All of our schools and offices are closed on Monday, Oct 11 for Thanksgiving. Have a safe long weekend and please continue to follow all public health measures #WeAreCBE https://t.co/rE7EjNNx4S