Ms. Jessica

Assistant Principal

Oki, Tansi, Tawnshi, Umba-wathtich, Danita ada, Aanii, and Hello,

January 2022 | Causes Cold Weather, Aisstoyiimsstaa

Happy New Year! We hope everyone is staying warm and safe as we begin a new calendar year. 

We continue to work hard to keep our school safe for staff and students. Please remember to call into the school with any absences and keep us updated with any concerns you may have that may impact getting to school. 

Report Cards & IPPs

Teachers are working hard on writing report cards, they will be available online January 27, and hard copies are also available upon request. Conference appointments will be scheduled for children with Individual Program Plans (IPPs), and guardians are encouraged to sign and return these documents. 

Upcoming Events

Some activities include:

  • January 10: In person classes resume
  • January 11: Mount Royal University Nursing students begin
  • January 18: Cultural Teachings from Elder Shirley
  • January 19: Cultural Teachings from Elder Randy
  • January 25 - 26: Medicine Wheel Warriors for Grade 2 Students
  • January 27: Report Cards available online
  • January 31: Non-Instructional Day - No School 

December 2021 | Cold Month, Isstaato's

We are approaching the Winter Solstice, and staff are busy planning for our traditional celebration that takes place on Thursday December 16, 2021 before Winter Break. 

Upcoming Events

Some activities include:

  • November 29: Additional 1 FTE teacher joins our staff from Provinicial funding
  • December 7: Cultural Teachings from Elder Shirley
  • December 7 & 8: Filming for our online Winter Solstice video
  • December 10: Classes (in lieu of September 30)
  • December 13-17: Careboxes available for pick up
  • December 16: Winter Celebration
  • December 17: Last day of classes 
  • December 21 - Winter Solstice
  • January 6: Classes resume


November 2021 | When the Cold Weather Arrives

How blessed are we to have such a warm O'ko (autumn), that encouraged us to spend more time outdoors without having to bundle up yet. November's moon marks the change in weather, Iitaoi'tsstoyi, when the cold weather arrives, and we encourage students to dress accordingly at school. We have a few organizations that support us in finding winter coats and boots for children, so please reach out if you are requiring supports. 

Teachers have been busy gathering diagnostic assesments to meet students where they are in their learning, and now are prepared to target specific goals to ensure they are challenged in their academic learning.  As a school, we have been analyzing achievement, perception and attendance data to help us understand what the collective needs are in our school. We are continuing to notice that language and literacy skills are an area of improvement. Our school development plan will outline goals for both students and teachers in literacy, math and wellbeing. 

Upcoming Events

Some activities include:

  • November 1: Proclamation Day for Métis Settlements
  • November 2: Fire Drill 
  • November 1-5: Sound Kreations Hip Hop Dance Residency - Kaiti Perras’ Love of Dance Grant
  • November 4: Cultural Teachings from Chantal Chagnon
  • November 7: International Inuit Day
  • November 8: National Indigenous Veteran's Day
  • November 10: Remembrance Day Assembly
  • November 11: Remembrance Day - No School
  • November 15-21: National Métis Week
  • November 15: Cultural Teachings from Elder Kerrie
  • November 16: Louis Riel Day
  • November 17: Rock Your Mocs Day & Special Métis Lunch
  • November 18: Cultural Teachings from Ms. Chantal
  • November 24: Cultural Teachings from Elder Saa'kokoto
  • November 24: Grade 1 Field Trip to Fish Creek 

Honourable Mention

We are pleased to annouce that a student at Niitsitapi Learning Centre was nominated for the 2021 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Students Award, and received an honourable mention certificate. Aiden Hicks is Métis, his family is related to the Fontaine's, Ritchots and Pellands from Manitoba. The selection committmee wrote that they were honoured to have read about his examples in leadership, honour, courage and committment. The past year has been challenging, and Aiden's consistent dedication to his values and culture presents as a role model at a young age for others.  We are so proud of this bright future leader, of course he dressed up as a community helper for Halloween.




October 2021 | When the Ducks/Geese Leave

The skys are full of changes with the Saa'aiksi itaomatooyi Moon, When the Ducks Leave.  Migrating birds are seen in the sky, telling hunters the hunting season has begun. The air has become crisp and cool and the falling leaves dispense a comforting aroma throughout the air. 

Upcoming Events

Some activities include:

  • October 4: Sisters in Spirit - Red Dress Project 
  • October 7: Special Thanksgiving Lunch
  • October 8: Mindcraft Launch with Saa'kokoto
  • October 11-15: Fall Break - No school 
  • October 18: No School - First System Wide Indigenous Education Focused Professional Learning for CBE
  • October 19: Classes Resume
  • October 20: Full Moon & Take Me Outside Day
  • October 17-22: Secret Path Week - Chanie Wenjack 
  • October 21: Lock Down Practice
  • October 26: Cultural Teachings by Elder Shirley
  • October 28: Halloween Celebration Day to include Preschool Students
  • October 28: Celebration of Learning & Parent Advisory
  • October 29: Fall Blessing Ceremony

Niitsitapi Represented at the City's Truth & Reconciliation Event 

We are so honoured to share that one of our grade one students, Phoenix performed at the Truth & Reconciliation Event that was put on by the City of Calgary, Calgary Board of Education and Catholic School Board. Occurring by the confluence in Calgary, Mohkinstsis. Speakers included Elder Clarence Wolfleg, Elder Kerrie Moore and Phil Fontaine, and performances by Women of Songs and students within CBE. It was a powerful and historic day for the City of Calgary with an orange banner waving containing the incomplete list of Indigenous children who never made it home from residential schools. 


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September 2021 | Deer Moon

Our lessons from Kainai call September’s full moon the Deer Moon, awakaasiiki’somm, when the deer begin transitioning for autumn’s changes.  Hardening their antlers and shedding the soft velvet layer that protects the growing bone and cartilage.  They are sleeping in the warm days, and are most active at dusk and dawn, protecting themselves from predators by finding food in the cold evenings. The Northern Saskatchewan Cree/Métis, Sakitawak know this moon, as the Rutting Moon, nōcihitowipīsim, when the bull moose’s call echoes across the lake. The cervidae family movement patterns, change as the seasons do.  The connection between land, water and sky for our hooved relatives, as o’ko (fall) approaches is that the change in day length, rainfall and temperature cause a chemical release of hormones sparking the beginning of their cyclical breeding activity.

Upcoming Events

Some activities include:

  • September 14: Cultural teachings from Ms. Shirley
  • September 22: Fall Equinox & Treaty 7 Day
  • September 23: Tentative date for Pohkaisksinimaatstsoh’taksist Backpack Campaign
  • September 29: Fire Drill 
  • September 29: Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters!
  • September 30: *NEW! No School - Truth & Reconciliation Day - Opportunity to engage with the community, family and acts of truth telling and reconciliation. 

Truth & Reconciliation Day:

This is a powerful month as more Canadians become knowledgeable in the importance of wearing orange on September 30th, and the days and weeks leading up to it. A symbol of awareness to recognize and reflect on the legacy of residential schools in Canada.  One that continues to impact our families and students today.  As individuals and communities engage in acts of healing, we hope to make positive change for future generations.  

This is big work that requires individual reflection and action for change. This extends beyond our walls, beyond our ‘jobs’ and into our roles as members of society and residents of Treaty 7. We have a duty to help educate our friends and families, and create equitable difference for future generations of Indigenous pokaiks, children.


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation recently released the Survivor’s Flag. The flag is an expression of remembrance, meant to honour residential school Survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. Click on the blue link above to learn about the design that highlights the carefully constructed elements of the flag, carrying deep meaning.

With the importance of this week building up towards Truth & Reconciliation Day, we hope you take some time personally to understand what we need to unlearn, learn, and provide space for Indigenous voice in your educational journeys. We cannot hear it enough; engaging in this type of learning involves compassion and understanding, it is heart growing work.


CBE/CCBE/City of Calgary event on Thursday September 30, at Fort Calgary. One of our students will be performing at this event, I believe this is the live stream link for this event at NOON.   

As we engage in truth telling with our age group and vulnerable population, we often reflect on language and concepts that can be triggering to our young children.  As we hold space to make connections to survivors, students are encouraged to design their shirt around being special “I am special when I….”  “I am special because…”.  

 


 

 

August 2021 | When Choke Cherries Ripen Pakkii'pistsi otsitai'tssp

Welcome back students and families! We are excited to begin another school year with so many new and returning faces, staff and students alike. Reflecting on this past year, I am proud to say that we have the most incredible staff at Niitsitapi! We were able to accomplish so much throughout the year, including virtual field trips and art residencies, learning about medicine pouches, bee hives, boats and buoyancy, clay and fused glass. We participated in ceremony and safe gatherings in our cohorts. We continued to have celebrations of learning, fun in the sun and various Elders and Knowledge Keepers joining us from afar. We feel incredibly blessed and grateful on what we have been able to achieve, and know that the students transitioning onto a new school year with us this year will have an incredible experience. 

This is my sixth year at Niitsitapi 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 twelve years now and have loved learning about the Blackfoot territory we are visiting.  We both miss the water, escarpment and trees of that part of the country but enjoy the trade of sunny days, beautiful skies and proximity to the mountains.


Commitment of Action| 2021-2022 School Year

All CBE schools have been given the challenge to commit to a call to action. We do so much already, and know that every year we continuously strive to improve. Cheers, to another year of improvement, action and commitment to our deserving students. We love you all so much!



Bus App

CBE Transportation is pleased to announce a 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 CBE54IAQJY for accessing Niitsitapi Learning Centre’s bus routes. 

Transportation 

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

Pick Up/Drop Off

Our supervision begins at 8:25 AM, so if you arrive earlier than this, please wait with your child outside. We normally have parents wait in the lobby or family room until the bell, however due to Covid-19 re-entry plans we are limiting the number of visitors and guests into the school, and kindly ask parents and visitors to wait outdoors. 

Food

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. 

Upcoming Events

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 for updates.

Some activities include:

  • August 17: First day of school for Kindergarten, Grade 1 & Grade 2 students
  • August 30: First day of school for Preschool children
  • August 31: Fire drill 
  • September 14: Cultural teachings from Ms. Shirley
  • September 22: Fall Equinox & Treaty 7 Day
  • September 23: Tentative date for Pohkaisksinimaatstsoh’taksist Backpack Campaign
  • September 29: Fire Drill 
  • 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

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