Homework & Reading
Students are not assigned regular, daily homework except for asking families to read together at home. As we start up, home reading books may not be available, so the home reading programs will be introduced at each teacher’s discretion, reflecting the learning needs of each student. Assignments that are incomplete may be sent home for further work and/or completion, also at the teacher’s discretion. Kindergarten home reading does not usually begin until late winter/early spring.
The Calgary Public Library Book Truck will visit Northern Lights School on a weekly basis. Students with active library cards (all students are given free library cards at the beginning of the school year – it is up to parents to activate these cards) are able to borrow books for up to 3 weeks. Books can be returned to the Book Truck or to any branch of the Calgary Public Library.
Our primary work in a K-4 school is to foster joyfulness in reading, writing and numeracy through celebrations with excellent literature, sharing our work, exploration and hands-on investigations. Our Learning Commons will have an excellent collection of rich literature students will be welcome to borrow and read as well.
Consistent interactions with inviting stories through these avenues will foster the development of avid, engaged and thoughtful readers.
Non-Instructional Days and Early Dismissals
Our Northern Lights School annual calendars encompass the Alberta Education mandate of 180 teaching (instructional) days, with a minimum of 950 instructional hours/year for students in Grades 1 – 4, and 475 instructional hours for students in Kindergarten. Our annual calendar is published on the website – the Non-Instructional Days are primarily set by the system and are common across the schools but three days are selected by the school to meet our particular needs. Although the calendar is subject to change in terms of dates set for school events, there will be no changes in a school year to Non-Instructional Days.
Our Northern Lights School timetable is structured to meet these parameters over a Day 1 through 5 rotating schedule with Fridays being Day 0s to accommodate time for classes to consistently have access to Phys. Ed. and Music, and to allow consistent time for grade gatherings, learning shares, assemblies, etc. Friday afternoons are used for teacher and staff professional development, organization and program improvements.
Please review our website's 'Dates to Remember' and calendar for details on our non-instructional days, off-site activities, and other school events.