April 14th, 2020
Oki, Tansi families,
I have posted the plan for learning with Google Classroom that is being sent out for all learners moving forward. Please check your email for a message from your classroom teacher with your child’s login information. If your child is in my reading or math group they will have been invited to join my Google Classroom, and I will be posting weekly learning opportunities.
Please know that these are suggestions only, and my intention is that most are activities that can easily be fit into your daily routines. If you have any questions about the learning being posted please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be available Monday-Fridays, 8:30AM-4:00PM.
Students will access Google Classroom and Google Meet using their CBE G Suite ID (email@example.com) and password provided by your teacher. As we begin to use these new teaching and learning tools, we will work together to ensure both you and your child feel comfortable and safe using these tools.
To access Google Classroom, go to www.classroom.google.com
To access Google Meet, go to www.meet.google.com
The first time your child signs in, they may be prompted to change their password. If you choose to do this please ensure it is 8 characters. Please record the username and password in a location that your child can easily access.
Please try signing in to Google Classroom today and you will find a welcome video from me! Teachers add if learning content is ready to go as well.
Our first Google Meet as a class will be on ______________________. If this time works for you family, please log into Google Meet then. If not, send me an email and we can set up another time to meet!
Google Classroom is an online platform that enables us to communicate with our students as well as assign and distribute tasks. Google Classroom gives us the ability to work with our students in safe, manageable and appropriate ways. It will also help students manage their work while learning from home.
Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables us to host and our students to join organized 'meetings' in real-time. We can also record meetings and make the recording available to students to view at later time. We are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share.
Accessing Google Meet or Classroom for the First Time
Google provides excellent resources to help with signing into Google Classroom and joining a class, along with other supports.
Google Meet Help
Google Meet Cheat Sheet [PDF]
Learn How to use Google Meet [video]
How do I sign in to Classroom?
Join a class as a student
Troubleshooting for students
Ongoing G Suite Support
Students and Families can find more information and support on the CBE website
If you need support in getting onto Google Classroom or Google Meet, please let me know!
Thank you for your support and patience as we all adjust to learning at a distance. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
Oki, Tansi families,
All of us at Niitsitapi already miss our students so much, and hope that they and their families are healthy and safe. All staff will be updating their blog posts weekly to continue checking in with families, and provide opportunities for learning activities that can be fit into your daily routine while classes are closed.
Lots of educators around Canada are posting helpful schedules to support in maintaining structure in your child’s day. Please see below for just one suggestion on what a day can look like.
Book: The Snail and the Whale, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hheolVGZVvs
Summary: This is a story that explores the physical beauty of the world and the beauty found in helping others. It is about a snail who longs to see the world and hitches a ride on a whale's tail. Together they go on a journey and see icebergs, volcanoes, penguins and sharks. The snail gets to see how big and beautiful the word really is. The whale becomes beached in a bay and it is the snail who brings everyone together to save the whale.
Big words from the story to explore with your child as you listen to the story and after reading:
Here is a link to a 3 part math activity that you can do with your child.
-Watch the first video, and ask your child what they notice and what they wonder.
-Look at the second link, and use some objects from around the house to help visualize what is in the problem.
-Watch the third video for the reveal of the answer!
Oki, tansi, da ni t'a da!
Thank you to families for supporting us to recognize Orange Shirt Day.
If you have been in the family room you will have seen our Orange Shirt Day ribbon shirt. Families are invited to write on the ribbons to share Why Their Child Matters. If you would like your voice to be heard but don’t make it to the family room often, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)and I will add your message to a ribbon.
October 10th, 11th– Parent/Teacher Conferences (call the office or book online)
October 12th-20th– Fall Break (No school!)
October 22nd– Walk for Wenjack
October 24th– Elder Kerrie Parent Session (8AM-10AM – Open for all!)
October 31st– Halloween! Niitsitapi loves Halloween! Looking forward to seeing the creative costumes kids have!
Walk for Chanie Wenjack
On Tuesday October 22nd, 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.
Once at the Rock Garden, we will provide students with tobacco to provide their own offering and prayer to Mother Earth, and then return to school.
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.
My sincere gratitude to all the students, families and staff who made our sage picking field trip such a meaningful, and fun
opportunity. "Hai hai" to Grade 2 students showed up with ribbon skirts, ribbon shirts, learning of protocols from their elders and classroom teachers. "Ehhh" to our community members who were able to join and share the teachings of their family and elders! Students showed their leadership in our school by picking sage for all grades to share
through the year, and were able to share how the land connects them to the stories of who they are.
"I been here before! Mom told me.
She told me I said my first words, here.
We were walking, and I was with her,
and I said "Mommy" and she was so proud of me!"
-Grade 2 Student
Oki, tansi, da ni t'a da!
My name is Ruby Kane, and I am looking forward to my role as Indigenous Education Learning Leader this year at Niitsitapi Learning Centre.
I am originally from Salmon Arm, BC. My father’s family is Shuswap and Salish First Nation from the Pavillion Indian Band in Lillooet, and my mother’s family is English and Irish from Vancouver Island.
I have been teaching in Calgary for 5 years, first at Piitoayis Family School, then Valley View School in the Medicine Wheel Kindergarten program. I am humbled for the opportunity to continue building relationships with the families and elders in Niitsitapi Learning Centre community, and greatly look forward meeting the new families and students joining us!
My role this year will allow me to support student-learning in small groups, collaborate with teachers to continue creating culturally responsive learning, and work with our administration and leadership team to continue weaving Indigenous perspectives into the board.
Feel free to contact me via phone or email if you have any questions! [ (403) 817-3404 ; email@example.com ]
-Field Trip! The school will make a trip to Valleyview Park on August 28th, to celebrate the start of school with the splash park, a picnic, and the great jungle gym there! Please check backpacks for field trip forms!
- Ms. Ruby