Oki, Tansi, Umba-wathtich, Danita ada, Aanii, and Hello,
Welcome New Families
Watch our welcome video to learn about Niitsitapi Learning Centre.
June | National Indigenous Month & Year End Celebrations
All year long, Niitsitapi Learning Centre honours and values the perspectives, histories and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. This June, we will be highlighting community voice and teachings as the focus in our google classrooms. Each week, our local Elders and Knowledge Keepers will contribute to our classrooms and teachers will support the learning with extension activities.
- June 1 – National Indigenous History Month Begins
- June 3 – Clear Air Day
- June 4 – World Environment Day
- June 7 – Iinii’s Birthday
- June 8 – Teachings from Blackfoot Elder Randy Bottle & Indigenous Educator Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty
- June 15 – Teachings from Blackfoot Knowledge Keepers Shirley Hill & Darcy Turning Robe
- June 15 – Honouring Mother Earth Committee Video Release
- June 19 - Open House welcome video for new families joining Niitsitapi Learning Centre
- June 20 – Summer Solstice, enjoy the longest day of the year!
- June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day!
- June 22 – Teachings from Cree/Métis Elder Kerrie Moore & Tsuu T’ina Knowledge Keeper Hal Eagle Tail
- June 23 - Report cards available online
- June 25 – Virtual Transition Ceremony Honouring Students in each Grade
- June 29 – Closing messages from Teachers, last day of school
- September 1 – First day of School for the 2020-2021 school year
School will return using a traditional calendar for 2020-2021, then return to modify calendar 2021-2022.
We understand that the last couple months have been difficult for a variety of reasons. This is not the way we wanted the year to end for our staff or students. Relationships and connections are incredibly important to us and although the year is coming to a close we still want to honour the students the best way we know how.
Typically, at the end of June a transition ceremony is held that showcases the students in each grade followed by an honour song. Our little ones in preschool who have grown so much and will prepare for one more year in the program, or those who are the age to move into kindergarten will have their pictures shown and stand as we sing a song for them. The same continues around our circle, kindergarten students moving into grade one, grade one students moving into grade two, and the grade two students who will moving on to other schools in their communities to continue their educational journeys. Elder Kerrie Moore and Elder Frank Turning Robe and his son Darcy Turning Robe support this ceremony with their teachings and gifts of songs.
To honour this Transition Ceremony tradition held at Niitsitapi Learning Centre, we will be sharing a virtual showcase in google classrooms for each of the students, we hope to send the link out via School Messenger as well, so please prepare to log in Thursday June 25th to help us celebrate and honour the accomplishments and achievements demonstrated by ALL of our students.
May | Registration is Open
Please call the office for information on our waitlist for preschool. Kindergarten, grade one and grade two registration is available. Please download registration forms on our website, or stop by the school to pick up a package.
Due to Covid-19 and the safety of staff and students, Niitsitapi Learning Centre will be operating on a traditional calendar starting September 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year, and then plan to return to the modified calendar with August start date for the following 2021-2022 school year.
Please help us plan yellow school bus routes for next year by pre-registering before June 14, 2020. We know that there are many unknowns and we do not yet know what September will look like for return to school. We understand that you may not have finalized your decisions for September. However, if you do not pre-register by June 14, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. It may take up to 4 weeks to add a bus stop for you, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not included in the route planning. There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline.
April Covid-19 | Ongoing Learning
As we all adjust to these new times, we need to consider self-care. Hang in there everyone, you are doing amazing! Don't worry about the ongoing learning, take it slow and only do what you can manage.
Uncertainty is a reality that we are challenged to work through, and with uncertainty comes a great deal of stress. To help ease some of the anxious feelings consider all parts of self; our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual components and our connection to Mother Earth and the natural elements. There are many ways we can maintain personal balance and harmony.
Education is our Buffalo. Aside from walking head first into a storm, Bison have been known to engage in protective circles during times of need. In this protective circle, the young, weak or old would be placed in the center and the stronger members of the herd would form a protective circle around them. During this time of need, we need to reach out to our circle, touch base to remember we are not alone, we are all interconnected and experiencing mixed and similar emotions, yet some are more privileged than others as we practice social distancing. Regardless where you place yourself in the protective circle, in the center or forming the ring, we are all connected.
We want to send everyone a virtual care package to help manage these times.
- Staff from Niitsitapi Learning Centre is sending you love - check out our video below
- Colouring page by Christie Belcourt called Joy! Colour and post in your windows to spread a little joy to the world - send us a picture back if you want it posted out to our PUBLIC school community
- Optional Birthday Parade for students with Niitsitapi Staff driving by honking and sending love from a distance
- Connecting to Spirit Regulation Model to help identify feelings, body state and strategies for at home
- List of community resources for food gift cards, hampers, etc. See PDF's documents on the side.
Parent Pick Up: Monday April 27 - Wednesday April 29
We are welcoming parents to come to Niitsitapi Learning Centre to pick up the following items:
- Student personal belongings (i.e shoes)
- Literacy and math paper learning packages for ongoing learning
- School supplies (i.e. crayons, pencils, erasers, scissors)
- Pre made craft
- Connecting to Spirit Regulation Model
- Medicine (Sage)
We will be using the system we use to book Parent - Teacher Conferences to make an appointment as we will limit the number of people in the building for safety. Parents can make their own appointment below, or connect with a teacher to book a time to come in.
Parents login: MyCBE | PowerSchool > myCBE Apps > my School Conferences
Spring Equinox| Balance
March 2020| Longer days bring us closer to Spring
With spring approaching we are seeing a great deal of learning and growth in our students as they are building their independence in all areas. This is the favourite time of year for teachers, as concepts start to 'click'. An opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with teachers is approaching, please call the office or go onto your CBE account to book parent-teacher appointment.
- March 3: Dancing with Shirley
- March 3 & 4: Drumming with Mr. Darcy
- March 11: Lockdown practice
- March 16-19: Swimming Lessons for K-2 Students
- March 19: Spring Equinox Ceremony
- March 18-20: Scholastic Book Fair (Open During Conferences)
- March 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-7 PM
- March 20: No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences 9-Noon
- March 23-April 3: Spring Break
- April 6: School Resumes
February 2020| Kitsikakomimm
A month to celebrate and encourage kindness towards others and positive talk towards ourselves.
Our latest version of our "Connecting to Spirit" a regulation model is complete. This is a holistic model to help students identify their physical state and feelings, and adults support the use of strategies available to ground students in preparation for learning.
- February 7: 100th Day of School
- February 12: Valentine's Day Celebrations
- February 13 & 14: No School Teacher's Convention
- February 18: Dancing with Ms. Shirley
- February 26: Pink Shirt Day - Anti bullying
- February 27: Celebration of Learning Assembly
January 2020 | New Intentions
We are happy to be back to school, and hope that everyone had a safe and restful break. The cold week helped to cleanse the earth, and now we are grateful for the warmer chinook weather. Above zero temperatures invites us to take the learning outside. Willie Ervine encourages us to develop our inner capacity to connect with Mother Earth on a relational level. Becoming aware of our environment, kakyosin, requires us to go outside and be.
Students explored the various trees on the school grounds, and participated in bark rubbings, and learned about respect through the Napi story of the A’kíítoyi – Populus tremuloides (Trembling Aspen).
- January 9: First day of Classes
- January 20-22: Drumming with Mr. Darcy
- January 28: Dancing with Ms. Shirley
- January 30: Author Reading with Latasha Calf Robe
- January 31: Non-Instructional Day - No School
December 2019 | Winter Solstice
December is known as Cold Month (Isstaato’s). As we approach the Winter Solstice there are many intentional teachings that support this transition, including reflection, regeneration and renewal. It is a time for quiet energy, where you get the opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need, and what you can let go of.
Teachers are working hard to plan teaching and learning around Winter Solstice. 2 tickets per child were sent home to attend our event on Thursday December 19th. Please bring your tickets that day, and return any unneeded tickets so that other families can benefit.
We want to thank the many community members who are making this day possible!
- Calgary Police Services
- Calgary Fire Department
- Conoco Phillips
- Leap Energy
- CFAR Society
- City of Calgary
- Windspeaker Radio
- Hope Mission
- Grey Eagle Casino
- Staples Family
- Private Donors
- December 9: Report Cards go home
- December 11: Pajama Day & Stuffies gifted out to students from Calgary Hitman Game
- December 12: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-7pm
- December 13: Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30-2:30pm
- December 19: Winter Solstice Celebration
- Lunch for Families 12:30-1pm
- Student lunch normal 12-12:45pm
- Concert 1:15-2:30pm
- December 20: NO SCHOOL
- THURSDAY Jan 9: School Resumes
November 2019 | Métis Celebrations
We strive to honour the diverse group of Indigenous families that attend Niitsitapi Learning Centre. National Métis Week is November 10-16th, and therefore we will celebrate Métis histories, cultures and stories all month long.
One of our favourite books to help connect Métis values is The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story by Leah Dorian. Throughout the school as well, you may see Métis symbols and artifacts to help students construct understanding. We are even lucky to have Mr. Johnny come into the school to teach students The Red River Jig & The Broom Dance.
- November 7: Remembrance Day
- November 8: Indigenous Veteran's Day
- November 10-16: National Métis Week
- November 14: Photo Retake Day
- November 14: Rock Your Moc's Day!
- November 18: Mr. Johnny - Dancing
- November 19: Elder Shirley - Dancing & Story
- November 22: No School - Non-instructional Day
- November 26: Elder Shirley - Dancing & Story
- November 28: Elder Kerrie
October 2019 | Gratitude
We are so lucky to have the privilege of knowing so many special Elders and Knowledge Keepers to help guide our practice. Below is prayer created for our school from the late Elder Sharron Proulx.
"At this time of Thanksgiving, we want to thank Creator, Mother Earth, all the plants and animals, the winged ones, and all those who guide us and protect us in our lives especially our babies and our little ones, for they are our future. They hold the knowledge of love, joy and the power that our Creator wants us to feel every day. Our little ones are our teachers, thank you little ones." Hiy Hiy ~ Love Elder Sharron Proulx
- October 10 & 11: Parent -Teacher Conferences
- October 14-18: Fall Break, no school
- October 22: Walk for Wenjack
- October 22: Elder Randy in with Students
- October 22: Wellness Clinic
- October 24: Parent Session with Elder Kerrie Moore "Wholistic Approach to Intergenerational Trauma"
- October 25: Fall Blessing Ceremony with Leonard Bastien
- October 29: Lockdown Practice
- October 29: Dancing with Ms. Shirley
- October 31: Halloween fun - costumes allowed
- October 31: Parent - Community Advisory 12-1PM
- November 1: No school, non-instructional day
Walk for Wenjack
On Tuesday October 22, it is the final day of the Chanie Wenjack Secret Path Week, the day that Chanie Wenjack passed away trying to walk home from residential school. Students in grades 1 & 2 will be participating in a ‘Walk for Wenjack’ in the afternoon to Valley View School’s Rock Garden together. This 1.4km walk does not require an acknowledgement of risk form to be signed. Information on the purpose of this walk, will be shared with students with an Elder present in a delicate way prior to the walk.
As with any field trip, we want to inform you about some common hazards involved with walking trips to the above location. Please note this list may not include all of the hazards for a given trip:
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Getting separated from the group;
- Street crossings;
- Pre-existing medical conditions and/or allergies
Please dress appropriately for the weather this day, including warm clothing and appropriate walking shoes. Students are welcome to bring a water bottle. We anticipate our walk will be appropriately 1 hour.
The purpose of our walk is to walk in memory of Chanie Wenjack, but also for all the Indigenous children in the past, those today, and for future generations who will continue to walk in both worlds. In our efforts of truth telling we attempt to bring forward awareness, connection back to land, spirit and community.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns.
August/September 2019 | Welcome
Welcome back students and families! We are excited to begin another school year with so many new and returning faces, staff and students alike. This is my fourth year atNiitsitapi Learning Centre and I feel very privileged to come to work everyday to such a beautiful place of learning. As we continue to grow, I am excited to meet new students and their families and continue to develop existing relationships.
I am originally from Ontario, Ojibway territory. All of my family still lives back east and we visit often, however my husband and I have lived in Calgary for over ten years now and comfortably call it home. We both miss the water, escarpment and trees of that part of the country but enjoy the trade of sunny days and beautiful skies.
CBE Transportation is pleased to announce a new bus route monitoring app called MyBusStop. You can use the new mobile and web application GPS tracking service to see real-time information such as the route stops, route schedule, route progress and possible route delays for your child’s yellow school bus. The app was created and will be maintained by Southland Transportation. The school code is CBEKF1YJFG for accessing Niitsitapi’s Learning Centre’s bus routes.
Transportation updates will continue to take place, and Southland has asked us to kindly remind families to ensure that they are at their designated pick up spot 5 minutes before their scheduled pick up. If you have any transportation questions, please call Southland at 403-726-5963.
Our supervision begins at 8:25 AM, so if you arrive earlier than this, please wait with your child in the lobby or family room until you hear the bell. The routine in the morning for students is to remove their shoes to keep our school clean, and carry them to class, where they would put on indoor shoes. If your child does not have indoor shoes, please try and arrange a second pair of shoes to keep at school. We want our students to have clean, warm, dry, and safe shoes for running and walking.
We are pleased to have numerous sponsors to support a food program at school including Brown Bagging for Kids, Meals on Wheels, President Choice, and Hope Mission. Their generous donations allow students to receive breakfast and lunch daily that follow Canada's Food Guide with healthy options. We encourage families to only pack low-sugar healthy snacks option to supplement our food program.
We often have many events, ceremonies or gatherings throughout the year. Please check the school calendar, your email for notifications, our Facebook page, school website and student agendas, as well as posters in the family room for updates.
Some activities include:
- August 28th: Field Trip for K-2 students to Valley View Park (acknowledgment of risk form sent home)
- September 5: Family Event – meet the staff and community partners
- September 5: Field Trip for Grade 2 students to Nose Hill Park to harvest Sage
- September 30th: Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters!
Building relationships with both the students and families is very important to us, so feel free to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.
Love, Ms. Jessica