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.