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

 
 

Upcoming Events
Jan. 3 Classes Resume
Jan. 5 Ghost River
Jan. 9 Kindergarten Registration begins
Jan. 10 Drumming Club
Jan. 11 Hoop Dance Club
Jan. 12 Vaccinations
Michael Ferland & Brigette Lacquette Visit 1:30 - 2:30
Jan. 17 It's a Crime Not to Read 3/4
Jan. 18 Hoop Dance Club
Ghost River 1-2 Room 32 and 2-3 Room 35
Jan. 19 Rock your Mocs School Wide Celebration
Family & School Council with Refreshments 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Jan. 20 Non-instructional Day - no school
Jan. 24 Ghost River 1-2 Room 30 & 2-3 Room 33
Jan. 25 Hoop Dance Club
Jan 26 Assembly 2-2:30
Feb. 3 CBE non-instruction day - no school

 

 

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)

 

Awakening of the Drum Ceremony

 

Grade 3/4 students at Piitoayis Family School took part in an Awakening of the Drum Ceremony when Anishinaabe Elder Doreen Roy came to visit Friday, November 4th.
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News Centre
Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018

 

Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Children must be at least four years old on or before March 1 to start kindergarten in September of the same calendar year. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit the CBE Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need. More information is available on the CBE Kindergarten page.

 

Kindergarten | great learning starts here (pdf)

 

 

 

Don't Miss Out on School Messages

 

Parents/guardians: Due to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), if you want to keep receiving electronic messages from our school on commercial topics such as student fees and field trip costs, you need to subscribe online.

In addition, if you want to receive any text messages from our school, you need to opt-in by texting the word YES to the six-digit number 724665.

 

Piitoayis Family School

 

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

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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