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
Nov. 26 Rm 30 Ghost River Rediscovery
Nov. 28 School ends 12:00 pm
Dec. 3 Rm 33 Ghost River Rediscovery
Dec. 5 Non-instruction day - no school
Dec. 8 Report cards go home
Dec. 11 Rm 35 Ghost River Rediscovery
Student-Parent-Teacher conferences 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Dec. 12 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30 - 2:30
School ends 12:00 pm
Dec. 15 Rm 32 Ghost River Rediscivery
Dec. 16 Winter Celebration 12:45 - 3:00
Dec. 17

Rm 30 Ghost River Rediscovery
It's a Crime Not to Read

Dec. 18 School Council
Meeting1:30-2:45 PM
RBC/Special Visit PM
Dec. 19 Last Day of Classes
until January 5, 2015
School Ends 12:00 PM
Dec. 22-31 Winter Break
Jan. 5 School resumes
Jan. 9 School ends 12:00 pm
Jan. 15 School Council Meetin 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Jan. 16

Gr. 5 ATCO Kitchen
School ends 12:00 pm

Jan. 23 School ends 12:00 pm
Jan. 27 It's a Crime Not to Read
Jan. 29 Vaccinations
Assembly 2-2:45
Jan. 30 No school/non-instructional 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.


2014-15 Registration


Piitoayis Family School celebrates First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities


2014-15 Registration


Kindergarten application (pdf)

Grade 1-6 application (pdf)

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Kindergarten at CBE

Registration for Kindergarten starts January 13, 2014.

Enhanced Services to the CBE Education Kindergarten Program (PDF)
Kindergarten Brochure (PDF)
Kindergarten at the CBE - Building our Future (PDF)
CBE Kindergarten web page

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