Calgary Board of Education Piitoayis Family School
1921 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G 0V3 | Grades K-6
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Nov. 1 & 2 Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
Nov. 6-9 Police School Grade 6
Nov. 9 Rocks & Rings School Wide Curling
Nov. 10 Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov. 13-30 Gymnastics
Nov. 14 Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
Nov. 15 National Rock Your Moccs
Nov. 16 Louis Riel Day
Parent Advisory Night 5:30-7 PM
Nov. 17 Non-Instructional Day No School
Nov. 21 Crime Not to Read
Nov. 23 Photo Re-takes
Nov. 30 Assembly 1:30 - 2 pm
Dec. 4 Report Cards go home
Dec. 5 & 6 Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
Dec. 7 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7 pm
Dec. 8 Non-Instruction Day - No School
Parent-Teacher Conferences 9-12
Dec. 14 Winter Celebration
Saakokoto (Elder Randy)
Dec. 19 Crime Not to Read
Dec. 21 Santa comes to PFS
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Last day of Classes
Dec. 22 Non-Instruction Day
Dec. 25 - Jan. 6 Winter Break
Jan. 7 Classes Resume




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)


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Some of our teachers and administration are writing blogs! All you need is an Internet connection and you are in the loop. Check out the blogs and let us know what you think:

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

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)


Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019


Registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on January 22, 2018. 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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