August 27, 2021

August 27, 2021

WELCOME BACK

We have been planning and preparing for the 2021-22 school year and we are so excited! We know this will a stellar year filled with many exciting adventures, new friendship and incredible growth. Our teachers can hardly wait to meet their new students and re-connect with returning students.



WEEK AT A GLANCE

TUES. Aug. 31 @ 11am – 12pm – Kindergarten & Gr. 1 Orientation with Miss. Jenn

WED. Sept. 1 – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

As our first day of school falls on a Wednesday, it will be a formal dress day (North Point polo shirts and khakis). Let’s start off the year looking our best!

There will be a Welcome coffee and snack for parents outside at both campuses (see below).

THURS. Sept. 2 – Navigator Challenge Day

Please wear your Navigator Squad Shirt or a shirt of the same colour as your squad if you don’t have one yet.

FRI. Sept 3 – HIKE @ Dale Hodges Park and Tour of High School Campus by Elementary/Middle School students

Frozen treats will be distributed at the end of the day. Pick-up and bussing at will remain at your son’s home campus.

MON. Sept 2 – LABOUR DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

WED. Sept. 8 @ 7pm – High School Parent Orientation & Meet the Teacher at the High School Campus

THURS. Sept. 9 @ 7pm – K-8 Parent Orientation & Meet the Teacher at the Main Campus

FRI. Sept. 10 – Options start



First Day of School

Students in all grades attend this first full day of school. Regular hours apply (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). We will have a modified timetable within the day to allow for a welcome assembly and other key first-day activities. Please ensure students have a backpack, lunch, indoor shoes and are wearing North Point formal dress code for the first day. Students have access to a fridge to store their lunches.

Students can arrive any time after 8:10 a.m. and should head to the playground at the rear of the school. Staff will be on hand to greet students.

At the end of the school day (3:30 p.m.), parents are welcome to wait outside the school for student pick up.

Parent Coffee – 8:30am

It’s a sweet start to the school year at North Point!  We are excited to welcome you to a ‘breakfast of kings’ with coffee, croissants and pain au chocolate at both campuses. Master Chocolat’s founder – Bernard Callebaut will make a guest appearance at the High School Campus where he will be serving up his handmade chocolates and organic hot chocolate for you to start the day and the school year with the opportunity to meet some new and plenty of familiar faces .  We will set up tables outside the school and if the weather is uncooperative we will host in the staff rooms at both campuses.

Parent Orientation / Meet the Teacher

We invite all parents/guardians to join us for an Orientation/Meet The Teacher Evening. We encourage at least one member of each family to attend. Students are not required to attend. You will have a chance to meet the teachers and staff and we can answer your questions about the upcoming school year.

High school parents – Wednesday, September 8th (7:00 pm) at our new High School campus.

K-8 parents – Thursday, September 9th (7:00 pm) at the Main campus.



Enrolment

Currently we are sitting at 131 students heading into the 2021-22 school year!  This is tremendous growth and we are excited to welcome almost 50 new faces into North Point this year.

Friendly Reminders:

School Start and End Time

School will start promptly at 8:30 am. Please have your students at school no later than 8:25 so they can be on time for class.  Dismissal time will be at 3:30 with buses departing at 3:35.  Boys needing to shuttle from the high school to the main campus at the end of the day will be dismissed a bit earlier.

Entry Doors

Students in grades K-5 (Elementary) will enter through the playground doors on the east side of the school. Grade 6-8 students (middle school) will enter through the south doors with ramp.

High School students will enter school through the North Doors main entrance.

Dress code

Boys should be dressed in formal attire (North Point polo shirt and khakis) for day 1, since it falls on a Wednesday.  Grade 6-12 boys should make sure they always have a grey gym shirt to change into for PE which will start after Labour Day.

Parents in School

Please refrain from entering the school when you drop off and pick up your son(s). Feel free to call the office at (403) 744-5214 and we will send your son out to you if you need to pick them up early for an appointment. This is considered “signing” them out as long as the office knows when they are leaving. You can also make arrangements earlier in the day by email or phone message and the office staff or teacher will send your son out at the appropriate time.

Covid Reminder

North Point continues to rely on the direction and guidance of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) to make decisions about health-related practices in schools. At a glance, here is what to expect when students are back in class:

Continued protocols to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Students, staff and visitors must use the daily health checklist before coming to school and stay home when sick
  • Students and staff who become ill at school are required to go home
  • Promote and facilitate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced ventilation measures
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic/touch areas

Health restrictions lifted:  

  • Masks will not be required in schools. North Point will support students and staff in their choice to wear/not wear a mask in schools and offices. (Masks will be required on school buses)    
  • Cohorting and physical distancing will not be required in schools however we have small class sizes with teachers moving between classes where students have more than one core teacher.
  • School events such as assemblies, graduations and team sports may resume and we will determine other schools that are willing to participate in safely planned athletic events.
  • Student use of lockers is permitted
  • As per government requirements, close contacts are no longer required to isolate and may come to school unless they are symptomatic or told by AHS they must quarantine

Last year, in addition to some of our safety measures, our parent and staff commitment to using the daily health checklist was a critical piece of why we had zero cases.  North Point will continue to monitor the evolving situation and seek advice and direction from the CMOH, AHS and Alberta Education.  

Introducing New Teachers

Angela McPeake

In a short amount of time, Miss. McPeake has gained a wealth of teaching knowledge. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge in 2016, she has taught preschool through grade 12 students throughout Southern Alberta and in London, England. Angela loves travelling to experience the history and culture of different places around the world. This is one of the sparks in her aspiration to teach Social Studies and English Language Arts. While Angela loves to explore outside of the city, she will always call Calgary her home. It’s here that she lives with her partner Matt and her dog Earl. 

Angela has also specialized in studio arts while completing her Bachelor of Arts. In her spare time, she loves to create anything from sculpture to drawing, painting and photography. This creative strength plays into her diverse, hands-on, teaching methods in the classroom, which will surely be advantageous for the students at North Point. Angela has experienced and learned about the benefits that creativity and experimentation can bring to a classroom. After three years of teaching students with a combination of learning and attention difficulties, Angela has seen the positive effect and growth in students when given  a creative outlet to express their knowledge and ideas.

When Angela is not teaching or creating art, it is guaranteed that she is outside on an adventure somewhere. Some of her favourite activities include: kayaking, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, dirt biking, and backcountry camping. Angela believes that one of the most important things in her life, and to foster in her students, is the ability to stand up to any challenge. Whether the outcome is success or failure, it ultimately leads to personal growth and a greater strength. In her classroom, she strives to create an environment for her students to build confidence and approach any challenge with an open mind.

Jessica Zhang

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Zhang to our High School campus. Mrs. Zhang has dreamed of being a teacher since she was in kindergarten and has worked with youth in both recreational and tutoring settings along her path of achieving her Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and Bachelor of Education with focus on secondary math. Upon graduating in 2017, she has taught students a variety of students ranging from gifted to those needing remedial math support and has three years experience working with students with learning disabilities including those with math LD, ADHD, math anxiety, test anxiety and general anxiety. Mrs. Zhang has also taught Speech, Leadership and Tourism.

A major part of Jessica’s passion as an educator is to facilitate the development of character in her students, as well as to build their self-confidence personally and academically. She believes relationships are crucial in teaching and learning. Her priority is to build strong, trusting relationships with her students.

In her personal life, Mrs. Zhang loves spending time with her husband Charles, her son CJ, and dog-daughter Nala. She loves to travel, explore new cultures and spend time in nature. Annual camping trips are a must. She also enjoys cooking, baking and trying out new recipes. Mrs. Zhang and her husband also facilitate a youth group for boys grades 7-12 at her church.

Stacey Bjornson

With a decade of work experience in the hospitality industry and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree under her belt, Stacey decided to pursue another of her passions—educating. 

After completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Calgary in 2018, Stacey hit the ground running, teaching grades one and four in a Calgary Board of Education Science Program. Here, she revelled in the facilitation of exploration and learning in the natural world. As an Educator, Stacey believes strongly in a hands-on, land-based and experiential learning approach and follows a relationship first philosophy.

Stacey partially credits her childhood experience of growing up in rural Alberta for her curiosity and love of nature, as well as summers in the Kootenays camping and adventuring with her family. A proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, she loves learning about the vibrant culture of her ancestors. From a young age she was also influenced by her parents, who both have social work backgrounds.

Stacey is passionate about exploration in her down-time, too. When she isn’t working, she is camping, fishing, walking her boisterous dogs Obie and Russ, snowboarding, hiking, snowmobiling, or partaking in any number of other outdoor activities. Her husband, Jay, is a trained geologist and rock enthusiast—and her many adventures with him teach her more about the way boys learn every day.

Stacey is excited to start her career at North Point School for Boys and can’t wait to be part of the adventures that ensue!

Parent Directory

We would like to publish a parent directory for each classroom so that parents can contact one another to arrange play dates or fun activities. This is completely optional. We will be sending a form home in the near future.

PEP Hockey Registration

The PEP Hockey Registration form will be coming out shortly. Please stay tuned. The first ice-time will coenside with our options on Sept. 10.

Donation of Supplies

If any parents have old binders in good shape, art supplies, musical instruments, digital cameras or anything else you think might be helpful to the school and that you are no longer using, please call the main office or drop us a line at info@northpoint.school

Navigator Squad Shirts

Some of our navigators have grown significantly since receiving their first Navigator Squad shirt. For those boys who have outgrown their Navigator Squad Shirts, please have them bring their clean shirt (if still in good condition) in and we will exchange it for another size. For those that do not have a Squad Shirt by Thursday, just wear the same colour.

Terry Fox Run

Friday, September 17

“I wanted to set an example that would never be forgotten.”

Terry Fox

Terry Fox represented the best that Canadians have to offer. He was an example of courage, humility, determination, and perseverance. From a young age he exemplified these attributes that made him an inspiration for not only Canada, but the entire world.

On Friday, September 17, North Point will join the movement and our students will be the ones to continue Terry’s fight and lead this worthy cause towards Terry’s dream of a world without cancer.

In past years, our school has done an exceptional job of raising funds for the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. To donate on our school’s fundraising page please visit: https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=946722. You can also set up your son’s own fundraising page from that same link.

Audition Opportunity

Youth Theatre Canada – Calgary will be touring auditions to schools in the area, looking for talented and aspiring students to get involved in the community.  This coming Fall 2021 season, as Covid restrictions are eased, they are excited to be presenting Matilda, and would like to add North Point to the audition tour!  

Please download and sign the permission forms for your son to participate.  Auditions for students (Grades 5-8) will be during lunch on Wednesday, September 8th.