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 1-5 Ms. Mackenzie's Class at Zoo School
May 2 Glitz Grades 3-6 PM
May 3 Elder Kerrie Visit AM
Glitz Grades 3-6 PM
May 4 Beach Day
May 5 CBE Traditional Pow Wow
May 8-12 Swimming Grade K-6
May 11 Grade 6 PAT English Language Arts Part A 9:00 AM
May 12 Kindergarten Open House 1-2:30 PM
May 15-18 Human Sexuality Grade 4-6
May 15 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) Visit – PM
May 16 Kindergarten Field Trip to Buttervield Acres
May 18 School Council Meeting
May 19 CBE Non-Instruction Day - No School
May 22 Victoria Day - No School
May 23 Gr. 5 Vaccinations
Glitz Gr. 3-6 PM
Saakokoto Elder Randy Visit PM
May 24 Gr. 1/2 Children’s Festival: Mexico
Glitz Gr. 3-6 PM
May 25 Assembly 2 PM
May 29-June 2 Ms. Renee & Ms. Courrney's Grade 6's at Police School
May 29 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) Visit – PM
May 31 Elder Kerrie Visit AM
June 7 Honour Tea
June 8 Last Day of Groups
Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
June 9 Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
June 13 Crime Not to Read Grade 3/4
June 16 Crime Not to Read Grade 3/4
June 19 Provincial Achievement Test Grade 6 English Language Arts Part B 9 AM
June 20 Provincial Achievement Test Grade 6 Math 9 AM
ELEV8 Lacrosse
June 21 Elder Randy Saakokoto
Aboriginal Day
June 22 Provincial Achievement Test Grade 6 Social Studies 9 AM
ELEV8 Lacrosse
June 23 Provincial Achievement Test Grade 6 Science 9 AM
June 26 School-Wide Field Trip to Heritage Park
June 27 Grade 6 Farewell
Elder Kerrie and Saakokoto
June 28 Grade 5/6 Field Trip to Calaway Park
Grade Kg—4 Pizza Lunch
Report Cards go Home
June 29 Last Day for Students
June 30 Organizational 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)


CBE Traditional Pow Wow


Friday, May 5, 2017

6 p.m. Grand Entry
Crescent Heights High School, 1019 -1 St. N.W.


Community Celebration – everyone is welcome!


More information



Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation

Come learn how to help your child prepare for school


May 12, 2017

1:00 - 2:00 PM

News Centre
Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018


Registration for the 2017-18 school year is ongoing. 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)




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

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)







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