​​​​​Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year

Important Dates

We follow the CBE instructional ​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.​​

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First Day of Classes for Kindergarten - Grade 5 for the 2023-24 School Year

 The first day of classes is Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 and the school office is open to parents on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023

School Start & End Times

Our bell times for Kindergarten are:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  AM Kindergarten:  9:05 - 12:00 PM
  • Mondays to Thursdays:  PM Kindergarten: 12:40 - 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
  • Monday to Thursday - Lunch:  
    • Grades 1 and 2:  11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
    • Grades 3, 4 and 5: 12:15 - 12:55 PM
  • Fridays: Grades 1 to 5:  9:05 AM - 1:05 PM (There is no lunch break on Fridays.)

School Supplies

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

View our School Calendar for upcoming events and dates. See the CBE website for system calendars.

Lunch Supervision 

Northern Lights School has a fully supervised lunchroom program for students in Grades 1 to 5. Families must register online through their MyCBE 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 and 20-minutes to play, they may take additional time to eat if necessary. We have a paid lunchroom program that is fully staffed by Lunch Supervisors. Within this program, the Lunch Supervisors establish expectations and supervise students for the 40-minute lunch blocks.

Assigned Teachers

Welcome emails from classroom teachers will be sent to each family prior to the end of the day on Wednesday, August 30, 2023. 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 homeroom lists will not be finalized until September 8.)

Registration Information 

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details. Please note that the registration process is completed online, but schools can assist with any questions.  Our office staff at Northern Lights School will be available to answer phone calls beginning on Monday, August 28, 2023.  

If you are coming to Northern Lights from another CBE school, please fill in a transfer request form along with proof of address to northernlights@cbe.ab.ca as soon as possible and we will contact you to confirm once we have processed the form.

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow school and classroom accounts for highlights of students learning and school news and announcements:

We look forward to a great year ahead! 

If you have any questions that we have not addressed on our website, please contact Shawna Mason in the school office at 403-817-3444 or email northernlights@cbe.ab.ca.

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​​​​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?

Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who have not already done so, must create a MyCBE account and add their child(ren) to the account to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch ​supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2023-24 school year)

You will need your email address on file at the school as well as your child’s CBE ID, which can be found on the:

  • SchoolEngage student profile, for families that registered their child using SchoolEngage. 
    Note | For a visual guide on how to find the CBE ID within SchoolEngage, refer to SchoolEngage CBE Student ID
  • CBE Report Card, beside the child's name
  • CBE ID card

MyCBE Account

For parents / legal guardians / independent students without a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Create the account; refer to MyCBE - Creating an Account
  3. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

For parents / legal guardians / independent students with a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

Subscribe to School Messages

Most school messages are sent to parents through SchoolMessenger. It’s a mass communication tool that allows schools to easily and securely send email, phone and text messages to parents / guardians, independent students in a particular grade, class, school or area. Messages are sent to the parent contacts on file at your school.​​

To ensure you receive important information from your child’s school and the Calgary Board of Education, subscribe to school messages.​

​​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.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Yellow School Bus Tra​nsportation

Yellow school bus routes for the 2023-24 school year are created o​ver the summer and based on the addresses submitted before the pre-registration deadline in June. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline; however, students are added to the closest existing stop with available space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.

More information about 2023-24 transportation service levels and proposed fees are posted on the CBE website.

Your bus stop location and time will be available in your MyCBE account by mid-August.

Conditional riders can also register using MyCBE. Applications will be considered after eligible riders registrations have been processed. Should routes change or if qualified students are added to a route and the bus becomes overcrowded, conditional riders may be removed to accommodate these changes.​

Learn more about transportation on the CBE website.

​Follow CBE on Social Media

Follow the CBE social media platforms to stay up-to-date on system news and announcements.

​Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​