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Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village Second Elementary School (Northern Lights School)

711 Coventry Drive NE

Anticipated Opening Date: September 2020
Grades | K-4

Registrations for kindergarten at Northern Lights School will be collected at Coventry Hills School. Kindergarten registration begins on Jan. 20, 2020.

Nose Creek School Decision Letter

December 3, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians

The Calgary Board of Education is scheduled to open a second elementary school for the communities of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village during the 2020-21 school year. The opening of this school will have an impact on grade configurations and attendance areas of the existing schools in the communities.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is scheduled to open a second elementary school for the communities of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village during the 2020-21 school year. The opening of Northern Lights School will have an impact on grade configurations and attendance areas of the existing schools in the communities.

After careful review and consideration of the feedback collected at the open house in September and the online survey opportunity in October (click here to read the survey report), a decision has been made to move forward with “Option A:”

  • New school attendance area for Nose Creek School (see map)
  • Grades 5-9 regular program grade configuration at Nose Creek School for 2020-21 school year
  • Grades 6-9 regular program grade configuration at Nose Creek School for 2021-22 school year

This decision considers the feedback we heard:

  • keep students attending school as close to home as possible
  • balance enrolment between the three schools
  • provide students with access to quality learning environments.

We believe this is a sustainable plan that provides strong learning opportunities for students while balancing enrolment across schools within the Coventry Hills/Country Hills communities for K-9.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the in-person session and online survey. Your thoughtful contributions have made a meaningful difference in our decision-making. The report from the survey and open house can be found on our website.

Who will be impacted by these changes?

Grades 4-9 students living in Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village and Harvest Hills communities.

Students attending North Haven School:

  • Grades 4-6 students residing in Harvest Hills attending North Haven School will transition to Nose Creek School for the 2020-21 school year. Harvest Hills students who choose not to move to Nose Creek School can remain at the school as out of attendance area students. Transportation service will not be provided starting in September 2020. If you chose to remain at North Haven School, please contact the principal, otherwise your student will be transferred to Nose Creek School through this process.

Students attending Colonel Irvine School:

  • Current Grades 7 and 8 students from Harvest Hills community are eligible to remain at Colonel Irvine School to complete Grade 9. Transportation service will be provided for one school year until June 2021.
  • Yellow school bus service from Harvest Hills for the regular program will end in June 2021. After that date, students can apply as conditional riders for buses serving the Mandarin Bilingual program at Colonel Irvine School.

Will students need to register at the new school location?

There is no need to register. Students who are re-designated will automatically be designated to their school, with the following exception:

  • Current Grade 7 and 8 students from Harvest Hills community who choose to remain at Colonel Irvine School to complete Grade 9 will need to inform the principal of their decision by Feb. 12, 2020.

How will students get to school?

Yellow school bus service is available to students who live outside the walk zone. Information about registration for transportation services can be found on our website.

What support will families and students receive during the transition?

Each school may provide support in different ways, such as hosting an information session, offering a school tour or other means of communication. Your school will provide information regarding these opportunities once they are determined.

When a student with complex learning needs moves from one school to another, the supports required to fulfil the IPP requirements move with them. Teachers and staff at the former and news school will collaborate to ensure the student’s needs are met.

We do anticipate that all newly designated students will move, however, we do recognize that there can be unique learning circumstances that require a conversation between the families, principal and Education Director for the school.

What about bell times, school calendars, transfer of resources and fundraising dollars, and other decisions?

School administration will communicate any potential changes with parents, students and staff throughout the implementation process. Any changes will balance the best interest for the school community and CBE. The CBE Administrative Regulations and other requirements and efficiencies will also be considered in these decisions. Check your school website and newsletter regularly for updates.

What if I have more questions?

If you have a question that is not answered here or on our website, contact the school’s principal. If you still have questions, please contact the Area 3 office at Area3@cbe.ab.ca or 403-777-6820.

Sincerely,

Dianne Roulson, Director, Area 3
Carrie Edwards, Director, Property, Planning & Transportation


 

Coventry Hills / Northern Lights School Decision Letter

 

November 28, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is scheduled to open a second elementary school for the communities of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village during the 2020-21 school year. The opening of Northern Lights School will have an impact on grade configurations and attendance areas of the existing schools in the communities.

After careful review and consideration of the feedback collected at the open house  in September and the online survey opportunity in October (click here to read the survey report), a decision has been made to move forward with “Option A:”

  • new school attendance area for Northern Lights and Coventry Hills schools (see map)
  • K-4 regular program grade configuration at both elementary schools for 2020-21 school year
  • K-5 grade re-configuration at both elementary schools for 2021-22 school year and beyond

This decision considers the feedback we heard:

  • keep students attending school as close to home as possible
  • balance enrolment between the three schools
  • provide students with access to quality learning environments.

We believe this is a sustainable plan that provides strong learning opportunities for students while balancing enrolment across schools within the Coventry Hills/Country Hills communities for K-9.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the in-person session and online survey. Your thoughtful contributions have made a meaningful difference in our decision-making.

Who will be impacted by these changes?

K-3 students living in the new boundary for Northern Lights School (see map):

The following exceptions apply:

  • Students living in Covehaven section of Coventry Hills AND who are in the current walk zone for Coventry Hills School are able to remain at Coventry Hills School (can walk currently to school but would be bused with new boundary). This is in response to the feedback we received.
  • Students living in Covehaven section of Coventry Hills AND who are outside the current walk zone for Coventry Hills School are expected to move to Northern Lights School (bused already, now busing to new school)

Students attending North Haven School:

  • K-3 students living in Harvest Hills attending North Haven School who choose not to move to Northern Lights School can remain at the school as out of attendance area students. Transportation service will not be provided starting in September 2020. If you chose to remain at North Haven School, please contact the principal, otherwise your student will be transferred to Northern Lights School through this process.

Will students need to register at the new school location?

There is no need to register. Students who are re-designated will automatically be designated to their new school.

New kindergarten students will need to register for their new school. Registrations for kindergarten at Northern Lights School will be collected at Coventry Hills School. Kindergarten registration begins on Jan. 20, 2020.

How will students get to school?

Yellow school bus service is available to students who live outside the walk zone. Information about registration for transportation services can be found on our website.

What support will families and students receive during the transition?

Each school may provide support in different ways, such as hosting an information session, offering a school tour or other means of communication. Your school will provide information regarding these opportunities once they are determined.

When a student with complex learning needs moves from one school to another, the supports required to fulfil the IPP requirements move with them. Teachers and staff at the former and news school will collaborate to ensure the student’s needs are met.

We do anticipate that all newly designated students will move, however, we do recognize that there can be unique learning circumstances that require a conversation between the families, principal and Education Director for the school.

What about bell times, school calendars, transfer of resources and fundraising dollars, and other decisions?

School administration will communicate any potential changes with parents, students and staff throughout the implementation process. Any changes will balance the best interest for the school community and CBE. The CBE Administrative Regulations and other requirements and efficiencies will also be considered in these decisions. Check your school website and newsletter regularly for updates.

What if I have more questions?

If you have a question that is not answered here or on our website, contact the school’s principal. If you still have questions, please contact the Area 3 office at Area3@cbe.ab.ca or 403-777-6820.

  
Sincerely,

Dianne Roulson , Director, Area 3

Carrie Edwards, Director, Property, Planning & Transportation  


Open House

An open house was held Sept. 16, 2019 for the community to learn about the changes and provide feedback on options prior to finalizing the attendance area for the new school. The information presented at the open house can be found in Supporting Documents.

New School Named Northern Lights School

Northern Lights School is the name of the second elementary school being built for the communities of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village. The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education approved the name for this school, expected to open in September 2020. Read More

Construction Status

 The construction status is updated using the Construction Projects Status Report.

Sept. 2019

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress 18%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Structural steel installation complete; masonry; paving and site development underway. Additional parking lot approved. Construction to begin Fall 2019.


May 2019

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress ​1%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Contractor mobilized to site Mar. 2019. Erosion and sedimentation control and site preparation underway.

 

FAQ

How was information shared with the community?

An open house was held on Feb. 1, 2018 at Nose Creek School to share the proposed design of this school with the community.

Why was this site chosen for the new school?

The Municipal Government Act requires 10% of new development area to be designated for amenities: parks; public space; community association sites; and school sites. The CBE works with The City, the Calgary Catholic School District and community developers to select school sites based on catchment areas within new developments. There is a balance between population, number and type of residential units, location and land dedication.

Why is the CBE building this new school?

Based on the size of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village, CBE has two elementary and one middle school sites. There is also one high school site located within the community of Coventry Hills.

The 2nd elementary school in Coventry was ranked as CBE’s 2nd priority for new school construction in the Three Year School Capital Plan 2018-2021. The project was approved in March 2017 by Alberta Education. At that time there were 1,696 pre-school aged children and 996 Kindergarten to Grade 4 students residing in Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village. The existing middle school (Nose Creek) and elementary school (Coventry Hills) have a combined capacity of 1,535 student spaces. The September 2018 utilization rate at Coventry Hills school was 96% and it was 114% at Nose Creek School. Construction of the second elementary school will allow CBE to accommodate students within the community by balancing enrolment between the three schools in the future.

Mar. 19, 2019

Bird Construction has mobilized to site and construction will be getting underway. The Site Plan that is linked on the right-hand side of this page shows the footprint of the school on the site. Please note that changes to the parking lot as indicated on this site plan are currently under consideration and conversations with impacted stakeholders in the community will be taking place soon. ​

 
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