​Please visit our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information. Our plan is subject to change throughout the school year as more information becomes available.​

School Culture & Environment at the CBE

Our students, staff and school community share the responsibility of building a safe, positive, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning environment. Along with their own school culture, each school reflects a unified CBE culture of inclusion. This includes our CBE-wide approach to preventing bullying and to protecting our LGBTQ students. Learn more about our system-wide commitment to having an inclusive environment on the CBE website. If you have any questions about how we work together within our school to build positive learning environments for student success, please contact us directly.​

Culture & Environment

Smudge

Smudging is an important and meaningful practice in our culture that promotes calm, positive energy; clear, thoughtful learning; and the development of caring relationships. As an honoured tradition amongst many Indigenous peoples, we Smudge at the beginning and end of the week, along with other various times, by burning a small piece of Sage that our students gather in the fall season. Members of each classroom sit in a circle on the floor and pass the Sage around to each individual and time to pray and reflect is offered.  The Smudge is followed by a talking circle. Classroom teachers, guided by Elder Teachings are expected to offer Smudge Teachings in their classrooms throughout the school year and when new students/staff arrive.

Celebrations of Learning

Three times during the school year, the Niitsitapi Learning Centre hosts assemblies that parents are invited to attend. Please check our school calendar for the assembly date and ensure to check in at the office if you are able to join us. 

In addition to our celebrations, we will also host a Meet the Staff event in September, a Winter Solstice/Christmas Celebration in December, an Honour Tea in May, a year-end Sports Day and a Year End Transition Celebration in June.

Open Elder Time

We offer our students and parents/caregivers the opportunity to meet with our Elders.  Our Elders can provide ceremony, guidance, Indigenous protocols and cultural knowledge sharing to our students and parents/caregivers.  Each Elder will come to the Niitsitapi Learning Centre once per month for three hours for this purpose.  Their schedule will be listed in our Week at a Glance.  Contact our office if you would like to make an appointment.  If you would like your child to meet with one of our Elders, authorization forms will need to be completed in advance of your child’s first Elder visit.  No forms are required for parent/Elder visits.

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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