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



Upcoming Events
May 2 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
May 5 Grade 6 golfing
Parent Meeting for Gr. 5-6 camp
May 9-13 Swimming - all grades
May 12 Grade 6 PAT ELA Part A
May 13 Kindergarten Open House 1:30 - 2:30 pm
May 18 Grade 6 golfing
May 19 Gr. 1/2 Fish Creek
School Council Meeting 1:30 - 2:45 pm
CBE Pow-wow Crescent Heights 6 pm
May 20 CBE non-instruction day - no school
May 23 Victoria Day - no school
May 26 Assembly 2;15 - 2:45 pm
May 27 Honour Tea
May 30 Grade K-3 fluroide
May 31 Gr. 5/6 Energy Workshop
June 1 Gr. K-2 Glenbow Museum
Gr. 5/6 Energy Camp
June 7-9 Gr. 5/6 Camp
June 9 K Butterfield Acres
June 14 Gr. 3/4 It's A Crime Not to Read
June 15 Gr. 6 PAT ELA Part B
June 16 Gr. 6 PAT Math
School Council Meeting 1:30 - 2:45 pm
June 17 Gr. 6 PAT Science
June 20 Gr. 6 PAT Social Studies
June 21 National Aboriginal Day
June 22 Gr. 6 Farewell
June 23 Gr. 6 Calaway Park
June 24 Report Cards go home
June 27 Whole school Zoo field trip
June 28 Last day of school for students
June 29 Non-instruction day



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)


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