Calgary Board of Education Piitoayis Family School
1921 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G 0V3 | Grades K-6
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Upcoming Events
May 4-8 Swimming
May 4 It's a Crime Not to Read author visit Dave Whammond
May 6 Hat Day
Mental Health
May 7 Gr. 6 visit to Ernest Morrow
May 11 Ghost River K & 1/2
May 12 Ghost River 1/2
May 13 PAT Gr. 6 ELA Part A
May 14 Jump Rope for Health
CBE Traditional Pow Wow Crescent Heights High School 5:30 pm
May 15 CBE non-instructional day - no school
May 18 Victoria Day - no school
May 21 School Council Meeting CANCELLED
Honour Tea 1:30 - 2:30 pm
May 22 Drum making AM
May 28 Assembly 2:15
May 29 Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation PM
June 3 Gr. 5/6 Golf PM
It's a Crime not to Read PM
June 5 No school - non-instructional day
June 15 It's a Crime Not to REad
June 17 PAT Gr. 6 ELA Part B
Gr. 3/4 Fish Creek
June 18 PAT Gr. 6 Math
School Council Meeting
June 19 PAT Gr. 6 Science
June 22 PAT Gr. 6 Social
Aboriginal Day
June 23 Gr. 6 Farewell
June 24 Heritage Park Whole School
Report Cards go home
June 25 Gr. 6 Calaway Park
June 26 Last day of school
June 29 Non-instruction day - no school
June 30 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)


Piitoayis students perform at national conference with Chris Hadfield


The Piitoayis Family School Drumming Group was asked to close the Community Foundations of Canada's (CFC) National Conference Saturday, May 9 with retired astronaut Chris Hadfield. Read more


Aboriginal Learning Centre Open House


We hope you can join us to learn more about the ALC, its program, and to see what the building will look like when the renovations are complete.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm


View invitation for complete details.


New School and Modular Classroom Open Houses


The Calgary Board of Education will be holding three Open Houses in June 2015 to give stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the new schools opening in their communities. 


Please drop-in to learn more about enrolment, grade configurations and designations/walk zones for the schools, as well as to view site designs.


There will be no formal presentation at these events, so please feel free to drop-in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.


CBE Area Directors, and staff from the planning & transportation and communications departments will be available to answer your questions.


Calgary South Calgary North & West Calgary Northeast
​June 2, 2015
6-8 p.m.
​June 3, 2015
6-8 p.m.
​June 9, 2015
6-8 p.m.
​Centennial High School
55 Sun Valley Blvd SE
​Robert Thirsk High School
8777 Nose Hill Drive NW
​Ted Harrison School
215 Taravista Way NE

View invitation for complete details.

School Planning Engagements


Parent Meeting | Apr. 29
Feedback Survey


Piitoayis Family School Project Page


Aboriginal Learning Centre Project Page


2015-16 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 12, 2015


Please visit the CBE website for more information

Piitoayis Family School 2015-2016 Kindergarten Application (pdf)







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