​Important Dates

We follow the CBE Traditional Calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.


The Alberta Government announced on July 21 that schools will be in Scenario 1 as of Sept. 1, 2020.  

The CBE's 2020-21 re-entry plan is subject to change as more information becomes available from the province. We will continue to update schools with more details during the next school year.​​

You can find the COVID Self-Assessment Tool​ (daily checklist) in the Government Resources section on the CBE website. 

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First Day of Classes for Kindergarten for the 2020-21 School Year

For our Northern Lights students, Kindergarten classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8.   

First Day of Classes for Grades 1 - 4 for the 2020-21 School Year

For our Northern Lights students, the first day of classes is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 and the school office is open to parents on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. 

School Start & End Times

Our bell times for Kindergarten are:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  AM Kindergarten:  9:05 - 11:55 AM
  • Mondays to Thursdays:  PM Kindergarten: 12:55 - 3:45 PM
  • Fridays:  AM and PM Kindergarten only attend on select dates from 9:05 AM - 1:05 PM (See our Kindergarten Calendar for the specific dates AM and PM classes attend.)

Our bell times for Grades 1 to 4 are:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  Grades 1 to 4:  9:05 AM - 3:45 PM
  • Mondays to Fridays Recess: 
    • Grades 2 and 4: 10:30 - 10:45 AM
    • Grades 1 and 3: 10:50 - 11:05 AM
  • Mondays to Thursdays Lunch:  
    • Grades 2 and 4:  11:55 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Grades 1 and 3: 12:50 - 1:35 PM
  • Fridays:  Grades 1 to 4:  9:05 AM - 1:05 PM (There is no lunch break on Fridays.)

School Supply Lists

All school supplies for students will be purchased through the school.  A fee for School Supplies will be charged to parents in the fall. Families need to purchase a reasonably sized back pack that has room for their labelled lunch and snack, as well as library books and mittens, toques, etc. depending on the weather. FOR SAFETY, PLEASE LABEL THE BACKPACK EITHER INSIDE THE ZIPPERED AREA OR WHERE IT SITS AGAINST THE BACK (NOT WHERE VISIBLE TO OTHERS WHEN WORN.)  All students MUST also bring labelled indoor shoes from the very first day – preferably comfortable running shoes that are slip on, have springy laces, or have Velcro fasteners.

School Calendar

We are a school that follows the traditional calendar. View our Calendar page for events and dates. 

Noon Supervision 

Northern Lights School has a fully supervised lunchroom program for students in Grades 1 to 4. Families must register online through their My CBE Account. Registered students need to bring a reasonably sized nutritious lunch that they can eat in about 20 minutes or so. Although students are allotted 20 minutes to eat in their classrooms and then have a 25-minute whole school outside recess together, they may take additional time (up to the full 45-minutes if necessary) to eat. We have a fully staffed Lunchroom Program that establishes expectations and supervise students for the lunch block.

Assigned Teachers

Welcome emails from classroom teachers will be sent to each family prior to the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. For Grades 1 to 4, this is when students and families will know who their assigned classroom teacher will be. This email will also indicate the dedicated entry door for each child and where students in each grade will be asked to gather for first day entry. For students in Kindergarten, a message will be sent out informing families of where to meet the Kindergarten teacher(s) on the first day.

Registration Information 

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details and forms. Our office at Northern Lights School opens on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 for registrations, but you may email pre-filled registrations forms or transfer request forms signed by the current principal to northernlights@cbe.ab.ca prior to that date and we will contact you to confirm once we are in.

We look forward to a great year ahead! If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact Shawna Mason in the school office at 403-817-3444 or email northernlights@cbe.ab.ca.

  • The office will be open as of Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 – 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
  • Visit the Calgary Board of Education back to school page for more information. 

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​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

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