​Regular Program at the CBE

Even though most of our schools offer a regular program, no two are quite the same. All schools teach according to Alberta Education’s mandated curriculum, however a school’s focus, optional courses and school activities are as unique as every school.​​​

Program, Focus & Approach

Homework & Reading

Students are not assigned regular, daily homework with the exception of families reading together at home.  Home reading books are not 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. 

If Covid restrictions are lifted and the program becomes available, The Calgary Public Library Book Truck will visit Northern Lights School on a weekly basis. Students with active library 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-5 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 has a small collection of rich literature that 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 – 5, and 475 instructional hours for students in Kindergarten. Our annual calendar is published on the website – the Non-Instructional Days are set by the system and are common across the schools.  

Our Northern Lights School timetable is structured using a rotating Day 1 through 5 schedule with Fridays being Day 0s. This schedule allows for classes to consistently have access to Phys. Ed. and Music, and to allow consistent time for grade gatherings, learning shares, assemblies, etc. 

On Fridays, we dismiss at 1:05 pm. Friday afternoons are used for teacher and staff professional development, organization and program improvements.

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​Exploring Career Choices

For Grades 5 to 9 at the CBE, we offer Career & Technology Foundations (CTF). This is an inquiry-based, hands-on program that focuses on essential skills common to occupational areas, and our students personalize their learning based on their interests and passions.​​​

SKIP THE DEPOT ONGOING FUNDRAISER Our Northern Lights School Parent Fundraising Society has teamed up with ‘Skip the Depot’ (https://t.co/kwoUAbH0o0) to help raise money for our upcoming playground installation. See details on how to help out in the attached picture! Thanks!!! https://t.co/qEy2JYV0QJ

Thank you to our School Council and parents for the beautiful whipped cream cake from @OrchidPastry! Our staff are certainly feeling loved today! https://t.co/djXh0Gnh9a

What a nice treat from a family to say thank you! #feelingappreciated https://t.co/imLvK0Y6w3

Loving learning about what types of trees are around the school, the cost of each type and what we need to do to care for them! https://t.co/HzKXGfHe00

NLS students and staff making a difference for our amazing planet by pledging a personal change! https://t.co/JKvSQSic8a