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 Calgary Board of Education continues to plan for the health measures that may be in place for the next school year. More details will be shared with families before the first day of classes.

Find the latest information on the CBE website and the Alberta Government website.​

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First Day of Classes for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 School Year

For our Northern Lights students, Kindergarten staggered entry begins on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, with regular classes starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

First Day of Classes for Grades 1 - 5 for the 2020-21 School Year

For our Northern Lights students, the first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2020 and the school office is open to parents on Friday, August 27, 2021. 

School Start & End Times

Our bell times for Kindergarten are:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  AM Kindergarten:  9:05 - 11:54 AM
  • Mondays to Thursdays:  PM Kindergarten: 12:46 - 3:35 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 5 are:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  Grades 1 to 5:  9:05 AM - 3:35 PM (please note the new end time)
  • Mondays to Fridays Recess: 
  • Grades 4 and 5: 10:30 - 10:45 AM
  • Grades 1, 2 and 3: 10:50 - 11:05 AM
  • Mondays to Thursdays Lunch:  
    • Grades 4 and 5:  11:55 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Grades 1, 2 and 3: 12:50 - 1:35 PM
  • Fridays:  Grades 1 to 5:  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 5. 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 Monday, August 30, 2021. For Grades 1 to 5, 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 both Kindergarten teachers on the first day.  (Kindergarten class lists will not be finalized until after our staggered entry days.)

Registration Information 

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details and forms. Our office staff at Northern Lights School will be available to answer phone calls beginning on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.  If you are registering your child, please email pre-filled registrations forms or transfer request forms signed by the current principal to 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

  • The office will be open as of Friday, August 27, 2020 – 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. ***IMPORTANT:  DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, FAMILIES NEEDING TO SEE SOMEONE IN THE OFFICE IN PERSON MUST BOOK AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING 403-817-3444.***
  • 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:

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

Northern Lights staff had the opportunity to play on the NEW playground on Friday! We can't wait for kids to explore all the different elements!

Today NLS students participated in a virtual smudge with Mr. Scout before engaging in land-based learning that we call Field Study Fridays. Ask your child about the offering their class presented to the land today.

Did you come and participate in the Knowledge Walk with Mr. Scout?

Orange Shirt Day at Northern Lights School. Thank you to our community for learning about Indigenous people, Treaties, residential schools and relationship with the land through culture and language.

SKIP THE DEPOT ONGOING FUNDRAISER Our Northern Lights School Parent Fundraising Society has teamed up with ‘Skip the Depot’ ( to help raise money for our upcoming playground installation. See details on how to help out in the attached picture! Thanks!!!