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UPDATE MARCH 29, 2020 - 9:28 a.m. Funding to School Divisions Temporarily Adjusted

On March 28, 2020, the Education Minister announced that resources to school divisions will be adjusted to match an at-home learning environment. At this time, Alberta school divisions are expected to continue at-home learning for our students. …


No, really. How are YOU doing? Take a pause... and think …. how are you doing? Let’s take a moment to do a self- assessment: How is your heart rate? How quick are your breaths? Your shoulders: how tense are they? Your face: are you frowning? Do your…

Continuing Student Learning

As shared by the Minister of Education last week, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will continue to receive learning opportunities at home, either through online means or through other accommodations, such as course packages and telephone check-ins. …

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020 - 10:32 a.m. - Important Information from Alberta Education

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to us all. It has also brought us together. Our entire NGPS staff family has been working hard to develop instructional alternatives for students. We know families have a lot of questions. At this…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. - Information for Families

The school division appreciates your patience and resilience in the face of this unprecedented interruption in the normal operations of public education in the province. We realize that the school closure decision came abruptly forcing significant adjustments…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 Information for Families and Staff

While many parents have questions regarding yesterday’s update and the closure of schools in the province of Alberta, there are still many uncertainties for all of us as learning communities and Alberta school divisions.  We want to reassure families…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020 All K-12 Classes Canceled

As of March 15, 2020, the Government of Alberta has announced a province-wide school closure. All classes are canceled indefinitely. Children are expected to stay home. The safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. We continue to…

Pink Shirt Day is Feb 26

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying movement that is celebrated around the world, every year, on the last Wednesday in February. As schools, we teach, model and practice kindness, empathy and inclusion year-round. On February 26, we will be wearing our…

Empathy in Global Uncertainty

A wonderful read entitled, "Empathy in Global Uncertainty" from our NGPS Student Support Facilitator


Impact of the Provincial Budget

Northern Gateway Public Schools is facing a budget shortfall this school year. While Maintenance and Transportation Funding will receive modest increases, the loss of Class Size, School Fee and Classroom Improvement funding, and decrease to High School…

Bad days during the holidays

Please take some time to read the November article from Tammy Charko, the Northen Gateway Public School’s Student Support Facilitator entitled, Bad days during the "Happiest Time of Year".

QLE: The Heart of Teaching and Learning is Quality Pedagogy

There are many supports in place to enhance the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) for NGPS students. Quality Pedagogy, or the practice of teaching, is a main focus, as it is the heart of teaching and learning. There are five domains of Quality Pedagogy…

School Bus Transportation and Inclement Weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Darwell when…

QLE: How a Culture of Wellness supports student learning at NGPS

Mental, Social and Physical well-being impact learning. A Culture of Wellness, with a focus on these three domains, is foundational to developing a Quality Learning Environment (QLE) within Northern Gateway schools. Wellness Champions, School and Division…

Emergency Response Planning in NGPS Schools

Schools are considered to be one of the safest places in our communities. However, an emergency can occur anywhere at any time. During an emergency, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. Last year, NGPS began working with Hour-Zero,…

The Focus of the Quality Learning Environment is Learner Centered

The focus of the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) is student or learner centered. Everything we do as Educators, from how we teach and what resources we use, to how we assess learning and plan for instruction, revolves around our students - their needs,…

How is your child supported in a Quality Learning Environment in NGPS?

NGPS students supported in Quality Learning Environments

The Quality Learning Environment (QLE) in NGPS is our commitment to assure learners are successful and learners are supported.  The core elements of the QLE are made up of quality pedagogy (the practice of teaching) with a foundation of wellness. Ensuring…

Every Child Matters

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Words of Inspiration

Please take some time to read the October article from Tammy Charko, the Northen Gateway Public School’s Student Support Facilitator entitled, Words of Inspiration

Safe at School: HOLD AND SECURE

Being safe at school means working together with our community partners, parents and first responders. Understanding the terminology that schools and responders use can help. Hold and Secure means classes and activities inside the school continue to…

Grasmere School receives $3,000 from community association!

Alberta Beach softball association donates $3,000 to Grasmere School! The funds will go towards food and vet bills for Grasmere School's Facility Dog, Hero! "We are very grateful to the Alberta Beach and District Amateur Softball Association (ABADASA)…

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are excited for a new school year. The beginning of each school year is a special time for us all – students, staff and families – as we anticipate the year ahead. What…

Back to School Survival for Parents!

Please take a moment to read this informative article by Tammy Charko, or NGPS Student Support Facilitator: Back to School Survival for Parents!

I matter, I've got this, I'm just getting started!

OUR STORY NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE YOU CAN LEARN HERE From the students, to the teachers, to the principals and staff. Because here, education happens every minute, in every corner, of every school. Here, it isn't a between-the-bells thing it's a lifelong…

First Day Back is Sept 3!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 is the first day back to school for nearly 5,000 Northern Gateway students! Preview important dates with the 2019-20 School Year Calendar. Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) fosters program-rich learning environments where…

Happy Summer!

TO OUR STUDENTS We hope each and every one of you has had an amazing year of learning and growth! Each day you inspire us with your individuality, achievement and potential. Your journey as a student – from your first moments in Kindergarten to your…

Volunteers needed!

The Grasmere Grizzlies Enhancement Society is looking for volunteers to help with a casino on November 17 & 18th to support our new playground! No experience necessary! To sign up go

Survey: Alternate Seat Fee for school bus transportation

Please share your thoughts with us in this short 3-question survey! Click here to take the three minute survey! Northern Gateway Public Schools is looking to find out how many parents/guardians are interested in paying for alternate school bus transportation…

Ten new teachers inducted to the profession!

Ten NGPS teachers were officially welcomed into the profession last night following the near completion of their first year of teaching. Each year in NGPS, first year teachers, and teachers who are new to the province, are officially and jointly inducted…

It's Education Week!

Alberta celebrates Education Week! The first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held December 2–8, 1928. Its purpose then, as it is now, is to call attention to the importance of education and to share the many good things happening in Alberta…

I Smell Spring

Please take a moment to read the latest article from Tammy Charko, our NGPS Student Support Facilitator; I Smell Spring.

Education Planning 2019-22

NGPS held its annual 3 Year Education Planning session with division leadership, trustees and school principals on March 18. Superintendent Kevin Andrea says it was an opportunity to reflect on the past three years and define the priorities and strategic…

February Article

Please take some time to read the latest article from NGPS Student Support Facilitator, Tammy Charko. Screen Time and Moods

Responsive Instruction in Quality Learning Environments

Building a culture of excellence through Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Key Domain: Responsive Instruction Responsive Instruction considers the needs of all learners so they can achieve success, and is one of five domains under Quality Pedagogy…

Promoting Kindness!

The latest article from Tammy Charko, NGPS Student Support Facilitator. January 2019 article


Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season! May this season bring you the joy of sharing, the warmth of community and the love of family and friends. From our family to yours, warm wishes for a bright and merry Christmas! Christmas Break for NGPS…

Christmas When Times are Tough Article

Please take some time to read the latest article from Tammy Charko, our NGPS Student Support Facilitator.Christmas When Times are Tough

School bus transportation and inclement weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Onoway when…

Fortnite Battles

Please take a moment to read the latest article from Tammy Charko, NGPS Student Support Facilitator called, "Fortnite Battles"

Designed for Addiction

Please take a moment to read the latest article from our Northern Gateway Public School Student Support Facilititor, Tammy Charko.  Designed for Addiction

Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Hour-Zero: Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Building a culture of preparedness - NGPS joins forces with Hour-Zero Student and staff safety is an extremely important part of what we do at Northern Gateway Public Schools, from playground equipment and fire drills all the way through to the most…

The Power of a Fresh Start

Here is a great back to school article from our NGPS Student Support Facilitator The Power of a Fresh Start

Welcome Back!

We hope summer has treated you well and that you have had opportunity to relax and recharge with family and friends. The beginning of a new school year is always a special time for staff, students and families as we anticipate the year ahead. What does…

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

WELCOME BACK! Okay, we're not quite there yet, but with only three weeks left of summer vacation, we can bet the impending new school year is on your mind! Find answers to your start up questions, contact information and important dates here! Enjoy the…

Back to the Basics in Parenting

Please follow this link to the latest article from our NGPS Social Worker, Tammy Charko. Back To The Basics In Parenting

5 Habits of Resilient Kids

Please follow the link to read the latest article from our Northern Gateway Public Schools Social Worker, Tammy Charko. This month's article speaks about how to support our kids to become more resilient, please have a read:   5 Habits of Resilient…

Grasmere Reads!

Our grade 7 students will be sharing some of their favourite picture books on our website throughout the year. Here is Lana, with our first book, "Out" by: Angela May George.

Bridge Construction

One of our students proudly demonstrating their learning of structures and design. 


Genius Hour project

Kierra had a vision to help dogs at the local shelter for her Genius Hour project. She spent time researching and developing her plan, then distributed a healthy dog snack recipe to students and staff so they could bake some yummy treats for shelter…

Congratulations to Payton!

Payton entered the Lions Club Peace poster contest and she was selected as the winner! Congratulations to her!

Kids News Dec. 13 Edition

Kids News Dec. 13 Edition

Canada 150 videos

Click here to check out our Canada 150 videos created during our week long residency with Trickster Theatre! Gramere School's Canada 150 Essays    

Kids News Dec. 5 Edition

Please have a look at out latest Kids News 

Talking to Children about Tragedy

Please follow the link to read the latest article from our NGPS Division Social Worker on Talking to Children about Tragedy

Kids News Nov. 30 Edition

Trickster Theatre !

Trickster Theatre was here from Nov. 20-24! Click here to watch a video of how our week!

Kids News Nov. 15

Kids News Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Tech Tip

Here is a very handy tech tip that might be useful for parents. If you are allowing your child to use an ipad, iphone, etc. and you want to restrict their access to only one app, here is how you can set that up. Go into Settings - General - Accessibility-Guided…


If you follow this web link, there is an excellent user guide to help you learn more about PowerSchool and how to access your child's assignments.

School Wide Options Selection

Students, please click on the link to select the course you would like to join for school wide options

Student Leaders for September

Our September Leadership recipients!

Orange Shirt Day Sept. 29

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Friday, September 29th we are encouraging students to take part in Orange Shirt Day to bring awareness about residential schools and spread awareness that Every Child Matters. Why Orange Shirts? Watch the video…


Our grade 7 students demonstrate the importance of reading to their Kindergarten buddies! 

Video Game Addiction Article

6 Symptoms of Video Game Addictionby SOS Safety Magazine published March 30, 2017 Parents today are faced with a dilemma that their parents never had to deal with. Video games. Today, when their child gets home from school they will most likely immediately…

Grade 3/4 Book Tasting Day!

Students from Rich Valley, Darwell and Grasmere got together today for a book tasting! Stations were set up around our gym with different literature genres and students interacted with a variety of books, doing different activities to explore the genres.…

Parent Teacher Interviews March 29&30

Don't forget to go online to book an appointment for Parent Teacher Interviews, March 29&30 from 4:30-7:30pm.  Go to and enter the code:  5dmnf

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration Meeting

We will be having our 2017-18 Kindergarten registration meeting on April 25 at 12:30pm in our school library. If you are planning on registering your child for Kindergarten next year, please plan to attend! If you are unable to attend, please contact…

Please notify the school for lates/absences

This is a reminder to please call the school PRIOR to 9am if your child will be late or absent that day. We need to ensure the safety of all our students and when students are absent without a notification from a parent, we spend considerable time trying…


Accountability Pillar Surveys

Just a reminder to parents that in the new year you will be receiving a letter from Alberta Education. Inside is the Accountability Pillar survey. As part of the Accountability Pillar, Alberta Education surveys teachers, students and their parents.…

Spirit Wear Order in January

Coming Soon! In January we will be sending home a spirit wear order form. There will sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and hoodies available. We have sent an email to parents that includes item pictures and prices. Items range in price from $10 to $65.…

Gr. 7 CTF Week has begun!

What a wonderful day of learning at Grasmere School between the students and teachers from Darwell, Rich Valley, Onoway and Grasmere. All of our grade seven students started their Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) courses this week. Students have…

What is the Number?

We have a new game at our school- Guess the Number! Each week numeracy clues will be displayed on our bulletin board and  students can then make a guess about the Mystery Number. A draw will be made on Fridays from the correct answers. Week #2  

New Staff

We are excited to welcome Miss Secord back to our school this year as our grade 5 teacher! I know she is looking forward to meeting all of her students, getting to know them throughout the year and helping them to be successful! As well, Mrs. Saunders…

School Cash Online

Grasmere School is pleased to announce the launch of School Cash Online, a convenient and secure online payment system that offers a way for parents to pay for school activities, field trips, hot lunches and other fees. To access online payments, please…


Healthy Food Option!

There were some fantastic smells floating through the halls this afternoon as some of our grade 6,7,8 students were busy cooking today during their healthy food option class. They made hot apple cider drink spiced with cinnamon and a creamy macaroni…

School Council Elections

Elections for the School Council Executive positions will take place on Monday, October 5 at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Grade Three SLA

Grade Three students at Grasmere School and across Alberta will be writing Student Learner Assessments this fall. Please see the attached letter for more information. Grade Three SLA

A Day of Review

     On June 4th, 2015 the Grade ⅚ class went to Darwell for a day of science review.Some people from the Bennet Science Center were there to help everyone review for the grade 6 P.A.T tests.The Grasmere class took a 15 minute bus ride to Darwell…

Bug Hunt!

Our grade two students were outside enjoying the nice weather and searching for bugs for their science activity! They discovered spiders, ladybugs and LOTS of ants!

Gr. 2 Authors!

We have some budding authors in grade two! During their library class, students are creating their very own book. They will write and illustrate their creation. Students will then take the books home to share with their families, or some may choose to…

Alberta Opera performs "Rumpelstiltskin"!

Students were treated to a wonderful performance of "Rumpelstiltskin", by Alberta Opera. This adapted version of the classic fairy tale was a hit with students. 16 of our own Grasmere students assisted in the production, as either back stage crew, or…

Easter Egg Hunt!

Just prior to spring break, students participated in an Easter egg hunt! This event was created by our school spirit leadership group and was a huge success! Within each classroom, our leaders hid hundreds of chocolate eggs for students to find. It was…

Check out this special shopping event, March 27!

Click here to find out more about the Grasmere School Shopping Event March 27, 2015

National Pink T-Shirt Day

February 25th was Pink T-Shirt day across Canada in support of Anti-Bullying. Many of our students wore pink to show their support! At our celebration assembly today, three junior high students read an important poem in support of standing up to bullying.…

Entreprenurial Spirit

We have some very creative students at Grasmere School! Two of our students have decided to put their talents to work to benefit others! The girls are selling loom bracelets, with proceeds from the sales going towards the Children's Stollery Hospital…

Tape a Staff Member to the Wall!

There was lots of excitement at noon today as students were able to buy lengths of tape, then tape a staff member to the wall! Proceeds from the event go towards purchasing equipment for student use, such as gym equipment, technology, etc.

Our Learning Commons

Our school library is being featured this month on the Northern Gateway Public Schools website. Please click on the following link!

Survey Time!

There are two very important surveys being conducted by the Alberta Government in January and February. For parents of students in grades 4-8, you will receive a paper survey, mailed to your home, called the Accountability Pillar Survey. Information…

Upcoming Events

Our School Spirit Committee has planned several events for the upcoming weeks. January 20th is a colour house colour dress-up day. Jan. 28th- purchase a length of tape, for our Tape a Staff Member to the Wall activityFebruary 10-Red, White and Pink…


Door Decorating Contest

Check out our videos section to see who the winner was from our Christmas door decorating contest!

Leadership Winners

Have a look under the Parents & Students tab, then navigate to the Student Leadership page. There you will find pics of our monthly leadership winners. Each month, teachers select students who have exhibited one or several of our 7 Habits of Highly Effective…

December Events

We have several events happening in December at our school! December 1- door decorating contest! Classes will design and decorate their classroom door. A winner will be selected and that class will win a popcorn and movie afternoon. December 1-our food…

TELUS Donation

On October 31st Ryan Kessler from TELUS was at our school to present a cheque for $5000.00. We are very pleased to accept this generous donation from the TELUS Payday Lottery Committee to fund our technology enhancement project. The funds will be used…

Tile Mural

Our mural is complete! Debra Bryan, from our Artist in Residence program, spent the day putting together tiles that students created several weeks ago. Students painted tiles that represented them in some way and the results were amazing! We are so grateful…

Pink T-Shirt Day

Today we celebrated "Pink T-Shirt Day" in support of anti-bullying. Please check our calendar for our next pink t-shirt day! The pink t-shirt campaign was started by two high school students in Nova Scotia, who saw a younger student being bullied for…

Tuck shop is now open!

Our tuck shop is now open from 12:00-12:15 every day, except Wednesdays. A thank you to our wonderful student leaders, Hailey and Alisha, who are running the shop during noon hour. There are several items available for purchase. Please send exact change,…

The Leader in Me

For the past several years we have been focusing on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”- developed by Stephen Covey. The reason for teaching these habits is to help our students make good choices, manage their time wisely and get along well…

September Events

A busy and exciting month lies ahead! Here are some of the events that are planned. On September 17th we have our Grasmere School Meet and Greet BBQ. This is an open invitation for our school community to join us for a BBQ and classroom visits. The BBQ…

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Grasmere School! School starts on September 2, 2014. We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing together!