Aug 26
Staggered Start to the 2020-21 School Year

​Dear NCS Families,

We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first two days. The purpose of the plan is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.

Because of bussing, staggered entry days are full day.

The students have been divided into 2 groups according to their last names for the staggered entry:

  • A – K come Tuesday, September 1
  • L – Z come Wednesday, September 2
  • All students come Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4


Each grade will have a designated entrance and exit.  On the first 2 staggered days, there will be designated spots for students to line up (maintaining a 6ft distance between students) near their designated door.  The following doors have been designated:

  • Grade 5 – East side door
  • Grade 6 – West side door
  • Grade 7 – West back door
  • Grade 8 – Front Door
  • Grade 9 – East back door
  • PLP – Front door


More details regarding the school's re-entry plan will be provided on Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31.  

Jun 15
June Update

Wow, it seems like just yesterday, the pandemic was declared and we were heading into Spring Break.  It is hard to believe that summer holidays are around the corner.  To that end, there are a few things that I would like to mention.

June 26th will be the last day of ongoing learning.  Report cards will be available at noon on the 26th through PowerSchool.  The morning of June 29th is for appeals.
It has been an interesting blend of busyness and calm with ongoing learning and preparing for next year.  I have been so impressed with the positive way staff, students and parents adapted to the change and continued on.  Reflecting on the year and the adaptations that have been made due to COVID, I appreciate:
-         Staff for pivoting with only a moments notice to continue to connect with students and their families and find a whole new way to provide ongoing learning 
-         Students who continued to be engaged in the learning and online school activities
-         Parents and guardians who supported both their student(s) and the staff so that we could have ongoing learning and enrichment activities
Looking towards next year, I would like to send my best wishes to the grade 9s as they prepare to go to high school and any students who will be leaving Nose Creek School. 
I would also like to welcome new students joining the Kodiak family next year including new grade 5-9 students from Harvest Hills. 
If I do not have the opportunity to connect with you before the summer holidays, have an excellent summer!
Be safe,
Mrs. Shellenberg, Principal
Mar 20
Thinking About You

During these unprecedented times, I wanted to reach out to our Kodiak family and let you know that we are thinking about you.  I know this level of uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to figure out what this new normal for student education will be.  Although we may be separated physically, it doesn’t mean that we are not here for you.  I encourage you to reach out to us with questions and concerns.  That being said, I want you to realize that during Spring Break I have encouraged NCS staff to take a break, recharge and focus on their families.  These are very challenging times for them as well.  After the break we will be in touch with updates.  


Until then, be safe and look after yourself and your family.


Kind regards,

Cathy Shellenberg


Jan 07
Principal Message - Changes to RTI

​Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! NCS staff hopes everyone had a wonderful break and was able to enjoy time with family and friends. If you have been following the news reports prior to the holiday break, there was much information regarding the Education budget.  

his has resulted in some required modifications at the school level to meet those budget requirements.  Luckily, with some flexibility we have been able to maintain our homeroom and class schedule.  To accomplish this, however, we have had to make ​some modifications to our RTI (Response to Intervention) program.  

We are currently assessing our RTI needs and will be creating a new structure to meet those needs without a designated RTI teacher.  Ms. Johnson, who had been designated as the RTI teacher, will be filling in for Ms. Rudolph, a grade 7 teacher, who is on a general leave for the second half of this year.    

Cathy​ Shellenberg
Principal, Nose Creek School

Nov 05

Over the past six years, the community of Nose Creek School has raised $65490 for CIBC Run for the Cure.  I would like to congratulate Donna Logan for her tireless work getting us all organized and being Captain of the Nose Creek Kodiaks team.   Due to her leadership and the incredible participation and support of our students, families, staff and greater community, our school was the recipient of the 2019 Prairies Impact Award for Community Team Spirit! This award is a true reflection of the Kodiak SPIRIT in our school.


Sep 10
Welcome Back

It is hard to believe that it is the start of a new year already.   This community continues to be filled with enthusiastic students, supportive parents and a dedicated professional staff.   It is as a school community that we strive to improve and achieve success.

Nose Creek School is an exciting place of learning, engagement and activity.  The staff at Nose Creek is committed to continuing the excellent work they do every day with our students.  We encourage students to get involved in the many opportunities that exist in the classroom, on teams, with clubs, and extra-curricular events.  Parents and guardians are also encouraged to get involved.  Two ways to get involved are by volunteering and/or attending School Council meetings.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated and are needed in many different areas of the school. If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the office.  School Council meetings are an excellent way to have input and learn what is happening at the school.  They are held at the school the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  Our first one is on September 17.  All parents and guardians are welcome. 
Oct 25
Three-Year System Student Accommodation Plan (SSAP)

Parents and Guardians,

Every year at the end of June, the Calgary Board of Education prepares a report called the Three-Year System Student Accommodation Plan (SSAP). It identifies schools with student accommodation challenges over a three-year timeframe.

Accommodation challenges vary but some common issues include schools being too full, schools with declining enrolment or a shift in student demographics. Sometimes the issue affects only one or two schools, and other times a group of schools need to be considered together.

In developing the SSAP each year, CBE Property, Planning and Transportation employs several sources of information, including annual census data.

Nose Creek School has been identified in the CBE’s 2018-2021 SSAP.

Why is our school part of the 2018-2021 SSAP?
Your school’s student enrolment will be affected by the opening of a new school nearby. Opening new schools means some students are able to attend classes closer to home, but it also creates excess space in the schools they previously attended. Accommodation planning is a collaborative process that allows us to carefully manage scenarios like this and consider all practical options.

What are some of the possible changes we could see?
If the new school is in the same community as your school, it may require a change to one or more of the school’s attendance areas or grade configuration changes between existing schools in the community.

If the new school is in a new and developing community which currently attends your school, one of the following changes may be required:

§  Students from the community where the school is being built will be designated to the school when it opens.

§  An alternate use for the excess space could be identified for your school (e.g. accommodate students from a different new and developing community, lease of space, other CBE programming or CBE administrative use).

§  Grade configuration changes between existing schools in the community.

When will we know more?

Some accommodation challenges identified on the 2018-2021 SSAP will require attention this fall. Some will be monitored and may not require action for a year or two or even longer. If a change is required at your school, you will be notified well in advance.


How will students, parents and staff be involved?
Sometimes there are options to be explored with school communities before a decision is made. Other times there is really only one possible solution, which means school communities will not have opportunity for input on the decision. The appropriate level of involvement is determined by guidelines in the CBE’s community engagement framework, called Dialogue.

How will you communicate with us when you know more?

School principals will take the lead in circulating information to their school communities, using methods familiar to them. When more information is available, your principal will communicate directly with you via email or a printed letter. The school will also post updated information to the school website, share information at school council meetings and communicate through other methods as needed.


How will you communicate with families new to our school?

Information will be provided at the time of registration to help families understand that the school has been identified on the SSAP and there could be changes affecting the school in the future.


How can I learn more about the SSAP and how the CBE manages space for students?

Visit our Managing Space for Students page on the CBE website. If that information doesn’t answer your questions, please email


What if I have other questions specific to my school?

Please contact your school principal. They will also be sharing information about this at their November school council meetings.

Principals may not be able to answer all the questions you have but will work with others at the CBE to provide school communities with the information that is important and relevant to them. ​

Oct 01
Principal's Message

​October 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

We would like to start by introducing ourselves.  I am Cheryl Whittaker and am assuming the position of Acting Principal at Nose Creek School while Mrs. Shellenberg is on leave.  I had an opportunity to get to know the students, staff and community last year while assuming the acting principal position when Mrs. Shellenberg was away on the Japan school trip. It is a privilege to be back at Nose Creek School to work with such incredible students, wonderful dedicated staff, and supportive families that are part of the school’s learning community.


I am Rod Bauer, the new Assistant Principal at Nose Creek School. As September has come and gone I have been able to meet and talk to numerous student and parents alike. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last month and look forward to working with everyone as the year processes.


Our school year commenced September 4, when we welcomed our returning students and our incoming grade four students. During welcome week all students participated in the daily theme activities. There are currently approximately 930 students grades 4-9 at Nose Creek School.


September also held a number of events including our Welcome Back Breakfast, Meet the Teacher, Monster Truck, senior volleyball tournament, Escape Room, band clinic, Healthy Hunger Lunch, sponsored by school council FANS, and Run for the Cure.  Run for the Cure offered a weeklong list of activities and the school raised over $14,000 for breast cancer research. This year Nose Creek School was recognized for raising the most money by a school in Calgary. Soccer, cross-country and volleyball have also been occurring this month.


During the year we will be holding fire drills and practice lock downs.  When we conduct these drills we reinforce behaviours that will assist us should we need to use them in a real emergency.  Our staff members are well trained and will respond appropriately to situations that may arise.  During September we held our first fire drill.


Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 8:00 to 3:30 and Fridays 8:00 to 1:00.  If you need to contact a staff member outside of these hours please leave a message on the main office line or on the staff member’s direct line. If your child needs to be contacted during instructional times please call the main office and a message will be relayed to your child.  Please refrain from calling or texting your child directly during instructional hours.


Should you have questions about the educational program for your child please talk with your child’s homeroom teacher, grade level learning leader, Ms. Tudin (Resource Teacher), Mr. Rod Bauer (Assistant Principal), or Cheryl Whittaker (Acting Principal).  We will be pleased to answer your questions.  All grade level teachers and learning leaders’ names are located on the Nose Creek School website. Each teacher also has their own blog to provide information of current program of studies and upcoming events.


We have had the great pleasure of meeting with school council.  If any parents or guardians would like to be part of Nose Creek’s School Council we meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the school’s learning commons.  Nose Creek

has a dynamic group of people that work together to promote excellence in education at our school.  We discuss the “happenings” at the school, review goals and directions established in the School Renewal and Development Plan, and participate in conversation about programs and activities for our students.  This group is vital to the school community.  Their hard work and efforts allow for many of the events and programs at the school to take place. When our parents (and other interested folks) volunteer, funds are raised to enhance the educational program at the school.  Nose Creek staff very much appreciates the efforts of volunteers to assist in the education of our students. 


Volunteers are vital to our school and the school is always looking for more.  There are a variety of capacities where volunteers are required: fieldtrips, projects/special assignments in classrooms, assisting in classrooms with miscellaneous needs, reshelving books in our library, creating displays, to name a few. In order to volunteer at Nose Creek School you need to have a current police clearance with the Calgary Board of Education and have filled out a Volunteer Registration form.  If you have already had a police check done, they are good for 5 years. Please check with the main office to ensure this paperwork is current. We welcome volunteers and appreciate their hard work.


A few reminders for upcoming events. 

  • Picture day is tomorrow Tuesday, October 2nd. 
  • Escape Room Showcase is October 4th.
  • There will also be no school Monday, October 8th for Thanksgiving.
  • Riverwatch field study for grade 8 students is on Thursday, October 11th.
  • School council meets on October 16, at 6:30.
  • Our first round of vaccinations is Wednesday, October 17th.
  • Junior volleyball tournament will be October 18th - 20th.
  • Camp Horizon grade nine trip will be on Thursday, October 25th.
  • Our second system non-instructional day will occur on Friday, October 26th.

There will be no school for students on non-instructional days.  

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and honour in being able to work with your student and yourselves as Assistant Principal and Acting Principal at Nose Creek School. 



C. Whittaker                                                                    Rod Bauer

Acting Principal                                                               Assistant Principal

Nose Creek School                                                         Nose Creek School

Sep 21
Changes and Updates to the School Immunization Program

Friday, September 21, 2018

Dear Parents:​

Please see the below updates and changes to the School Immunization Program from Alberta Health Services. With your consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school.

On October 17, students in grades 4-8 that require vaccines will be called down as well as any grade 9 student starting a series of vaccinations (students new to country or behind on the routine vaccine schedule).)

On January 23, all grade 9 students will be called down for those needing their dTap, Meningococcal vaccine as well as students in other grades requiring further vaccines or that were away during the first round.

There will be a third round of vaccines in the spring-date to be determined, and this will include any students in all grades requiring second or third doses of vaccinations or needing catching up due to absences during  the previous rounds.


Changes and Updates to the School Immunization Program

Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.

What is changing?

HBV and HPV vaccines

Currently in Alberta, Grade 5 students are offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines.  Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases.

The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered.

The HBV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15 years of age.  In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.

The HPV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years of age who have a well-functioning immune system.  HPV immunizations will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.  A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students with compromised immune systems.

Catch-up immunization program

In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status.  You will be contacted if your child is missing immunization information.  

With your consent, your child can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school.  You will continue to have the final decision on immunizing your child.

As per current practice, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at school, children with missing immunization information or declined immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.

Below is an outline of the changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years.

2018/2019 School Year

Students in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6.

With your consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school.

2019/2020 School Year

Students in Grade 6 will be offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series.

With your consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school.

Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with the schools and school authorities to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests.

More information on immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the school immunization program is available at

If you have any questions about immunizing your child, please contact your school’s public health nurse, call 811 or visit


Alberta Health Services

Cheryl Whittaker, Acting Principal

Rod Bauer, Assistant Principal

May 15
Welcome to our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website!!

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Nose Creek School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.​

Mrs. Shellenberg

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