Calgary Board of Education Piitoayis Family School
1921 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G 0V3 | Grades K-6
t | 403-777-7860  e | Piitoayis@cbe.ab.ca

 
 

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Upcoming Events
Aug. 31 School Office opens
Sept. 5 Labour Day - schools closed
Sept. 6 Back to School
Sept. 22 Terry Fox Run
Meet the Teacher 5 - 6:30 pm
Sept. 23 CBE non-instruction day - schools closed

 

 

Oki, Tansi, Hello

Piitoayis Family School (Est. 2002) is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 Alternative Program that teaches the Alberta Education Programs of Study through a diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences. Our name, Piitoayis (pronounced bee-doe-yeez) translates into “Eagle Lodge” in the Blackfoot language and was named by five Elders (Mark Wolfleg (Siksika), Russel Big Crow (Tsuu T’ina), Freddy Eagletail (Tsuu T’ina), Olive Manitopyes (Cree Nation), and John Snow (Morley)). Historically and traditionally, we are situated in Blackfoot territory; therefore, we recognize and respect this by having a Blackfoot name. Our name, Piitoayis (Eagle Lodge) recognizes the spiritual significance of the “eagle” to most Aboriginal people as a symbol of love, and “lodge” recognizes the school as a gathering place for families and cultural ceremonies. Our Eagle Lodge Family School is open to all learners (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) in grades K-6 who want to learn about writing, math, science etc. through an Aboriginal lens.

At Piitoayis Family School, we welcome each day by honouring our people and land by standing proudly during Ka Kanada (Oh Canada in Cree) and a Blackfoot Flag Song. A traditional smudge with sage and a classroom talking circle also takes place each day. Throughout each school year, we offer a diversity of language learning experiences (e.g. Blackfoot, Cree, Coast Salish, Saulteaux), dancing (e.g. pow wow, jigging), drumming, singing and cultural arts. We have Elders in our school on a regular basis to lead ceremonies and provide our students, staff and families with opportunities to learn through their traditional wisdom and stories.

 

More about our programs

  • Full-day Kindergarten Program
  • Southland bus transportation in all quadrants of the city
  • Daily Smudge and Talking Circles
  • Literacy rich environment
  • Inclusion of Aboriginal cultures, languages and Ceremonies
  • Daily breakfast, snack and lunch provided
  • Access to external agency supports (Awo Taan, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Support Services Inclusive Learning)
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities (off campus field trips)

 

What's New

 

Piitoayis Family School

 

Is an Aboriginal Focus the Right Choice for My Child? (pdf)

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017

 

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school  year is ongoing. Children must turn five years of age by March 1 during their kindergarten school year. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit our Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need. More information is available on our Kindergarten page.

 

Kindergarten | great learning starts here (pdf)

 

 

 

School Planning Engagements

 

 

Dec. 17, 2015 | Update | Piitoayis Family School (pdf)

 

Piitoayis Family School Project Page

 

Aboriginal Learning Centre Project Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

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