Class Lists for 2020-21


We are continuing to plan for the next school year; unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure of a lot of things.  We are planning for a typical start to the year, although there will be some changes in our new normal to address potential social and physical distancing requirements.

We hope to have our staffing and class structure finalized soon.  Therefore, the staff at Father Leonard Van Tighem will be working hard to develop class lists for next year to create rich educational environments for all the students.  A lot of thought goes into the making of homeroom classes to ensure a balanced classroom.  As a team, we will discuss:

  • Student needs
  • Educational Assistant supports
  • The male/female ratio
  • Academic balance
  • Behaviour needs
  • Number of students in classes
  • Student relationships with other students
  • New students joining FLVT

Parent requests make it difficult to keep classes balanced, therefore we are not accepting parent requests.   Please do not contact your current child’s teacher with a request to be in a particular classroom or with certain other students.  Parents are welcome to contact me if they want to share any information that will help staff make better decisions.

To help for a smooth transition to the new school year, class lists will be posted in either the gathering space or outside our front doors at Father Leonard Van Tighem School on Friday, August 28 by 10:00 am. (please note this may change due to potential COVID-19 restrictions).  We hope this helps with any student anxiety about the first day.

Once class lists are posted, I ask parents to be patient with any classroom change requests.  As mentioned earlier, parent requests make it difficult to keep the classes balanced.  Please contact me in mid-September if you find there is still a need to request a change.

Thank you for having your children at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  We are looking forward to the 2020-21 school year.

Greg Kostiuk

Catholic Education Week: May 18 – 22

Catholic Ed Week

Good afternoon everyone,

Next week is Catholic Education Week in Alberta.  We are very proud and thankful for the gift of Catholic Education.  We want to provide you with a summary of the various events we are doing for Catholic Education Week here at FLVT and in our Holy Spirit community.  Throughout the week we are trying to follow the ‘marks’ of a Catholic School.

Monday: Mark 1 – Created in the Image of God

Bishop McGrattan has provided us a videotaped message to all schools in the Calgary Diocese to kick off Catholic Education Week:

Tuesday: Mark 2 – Catholic Worldview

Our staff that is working at school will be starting our day praying the Holy Rosary out by the pond. For those staff that are working from home and any of our FLVT families are encouraged to pray the Holy Rosary with our Calgary Diocese Bishop McGrattan at the following link:

Also, our staff will be visiting the students in our neighbourhood to connect with our families between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.  The purpose of this connection is simply to say hi, we will be adhering to social distancing protocols.

Wednesday: Mark 3 – Faith Permeation

Livestream Mass with Bishop McGrattan for all schools in Calgary Diocese – “Closing Mass” and Celebration of Catholic Education at 10:00 am. The Livestream feed can be accessed at

Catholic Education Mass

Thursday: Mark 4 – Gospel Witnesses

Please wear blue in support of publicly funded Catholic Education.  Post pics using #IBelieveinCatholicEd and #BlueforCatholicEd

Friday: Mark 5 – Spirituality of Communion

Please note due to the rain the parade has been switched to Monday from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Please join us Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for our 2nd Drive-by, Walk-by, Bike-by parade.  Our school staff are coming together for our 2nd Parade to wave and say hello to you!  We would LOVE to see you!

HandStaff members will be behind the fence line on Stoney Crescent West Friday, May 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am. We are asking families to drive-by, walk-by, bike-by by turning onto Stoney Cres off Red Crow Blvd. For those of you walking and biking please ensure you follow the distancing guidelines and please be sure to travel in only one direction on the sidewalk. We encourage you to make several loops by either using the sidewalk across the street or the pathways on the school grounds (more ideal if biking).

We hope to see you Friday!

Thank you for supporting Catholic Education and entrusting us with the care of your children.

FLVT School Council – June 17, 2020


Please join us for our next School Council meeting on June 17, 2020, at 7 pm.  The meeting will be a virtual meeting using Google Meet.  Here is the link to the Meet:

When entering the Meet, please turn off your mic as there may be a lot of feedback.  Please turn on your mic when you want to speak.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you and we hope to see you on Wednesday.

FLVT Staffing for the 2020-21 School Year

school front

We are continuing to plan for the 2020-21 school year and we want to share information about the staffing of our school.  Please know though, this plan is continually evolving as we try to best meet the needs of our students.  As we know more, we will update this page.  Thank you for trusting us with the care and educational needs of your children.

School pond

March 19, 2021 update

Ms. Lawrence will be returning to work on April 12, 2021.  We want to thank Mrs. Pelletier for the great job she did with our Grade 6 students and we want to welcome Ms. Lawrence back.

Also, we are excited to announce starting April 12, 2021 we will be having an additional teacher join us.  Using the federal Covid-19 funding, we are able to hire an additional 0.5 FTE teacher to help support numeracy.  Our new numeracy teacher will primarily be supporting students in Grade 6 and Grade 1.  We are happy to announce our new numeracy support teacher is none other than Mrs. Pelletier!

March 8, 2021 update

We have a variety of student teacher practicum students that have either recently joined us, started today, or are starting next week:

  • Layne Lenhart – being mentored by Mr. Pollio
  • Annie Leray – being mentored by Mrs. Kasprick
  • Loreen Neufeld – being mentored by Mrs. Martin-Wersink and Mrs. Rogers
  • Robyn Snelgrove – being mentored by Ms. Loman
  • Mary Murtagh – being mentored by Mrs. Roth

All our practicum students, including Ms. Torres (4LC) and Ms. Schafer (4CC) will be with our school until either April 22 or April 23.

Also, Mrs. Alvarez will be returning to school on March 15.  We want to thank Mrs. Baczuk for filling in for her in our 3A class.

February 4, 2021 update

One of our caretakers, Mrs. Manicdao, has been transferred to St. Teresa of Calcutta School starting Monday, February 8.  We want to thank Mrs. Manicdao for her time here at FLVT.  Mr. Fernandez, our part-time caretaker, will be replacing Mrs. Manicdao and we all want to congratulate Mr. Fernandez on his new appointment.  Starting next week, until the part-time position is hired, we will have a casual caretaker.

February 1, 2021 update

With mixed feeling, we are announcing the retirement of Mrs. Braun.  We are very excited for her, but we are sad to see her leave our school.  Mrs. Braun is one of the original teachers when FLVT opened in 1992.  Mrs. Braun will stay teaching her 1B class for the rest of the school year.  Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Braun for an excellent teaching career and thanking her for all she has done to build our school community.  She is truly a master teacher and she will be missed.

January 14, 2021 update

  • Jr. High – Mrs. Johnson will be away from work until February 22, 2021.  We are pleased that Mrs. Kambeitz will be filling in for her.
  • 3A – Mrs. Alvarez will be away from work until March 1, 2021.  We are pleased that Mrs. Baczuk will be filling in for her.

January 4, 2021 update

Also, we want to share the following spring University of Lethbridge PSIII Interns that will be joining us:

  • Amalia Torres – mentor teacher is Mrs. Campmans – 4LC
  • Amanda Schafer – mentor teacher is Mrs. Clewes – 4CC

December 3, 2020 update

We are pleased to announce we have a new Jr. High teacher starting on January 4, 2021.  Please join me in welcoming Miss Shelby Johnson to our staff.  Miss Johnson will be teaching a variety of Jr. High Health and Wellness, FLVT, Complementary Courses, and Phys. Ed. classes.  In addition to her on-site classes, Miss Johnson will be teaching some of our Grade 8 Math  At-Home Learning class.  Welcome Miss Johnson.

November 18, 2020 update

We want to welcome Mr. Lawrence Fernandez as our new part-time caretaker for the remainder of this school year.  Our caretaking staff has been working hard during the pandemic and we appreciate all that they do.  This position is possible due to the federal pandemic funding provided.

October 28, 2020 update

Early Learning Program – Mrs. Kroetsch will be away for a short period of time.  While she is away, Mrs. Clarke will be our temporary Program Leader.  We will be having two new staff members, Mrs. Williams in the AM and Mrs. Bran in the PM, to help support students.  We welcome Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Bran and we look forward to Mrs. Kroetch’s return.

October 19, 2020 update

We are pleased to make two staffing announcements:

  • We have hired a new Educational Assistant for the remainder of the year.  Mrs. Paniagua was a temporary EA last year and we are very pleased to welcome her back to FLVT.  Mrs. Paniagua will be working in a variety of classrooms to support students.
  • FLVT has been assigned an additional part-time caretaker to assist with the added cleaning during the pandemic.  This position is currently being filled by relief caretakers until the hiring process is completed.

These two positions are being funded using the federal pandemic funding provided.

September 24, 2020 update

We are pleased to announce that effective Monday, September Mr. Bryce Shakotko will be our new head caretaker.  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Shakotko.

September 1, 2020 update

We have finalized our student supports for the school year.  This year we will have eight educational assistants in our Grade 1 to 9 program.  They are:

  • Mrs. Kundrik
  • Mrs. Sawchuk
  • Mr. Overes
  • Mrs. Henderson
  • Mrs. Zrim
  • Mrs. Demers
  • Mrs. Loose
  • Mrs. Ehlert

Joining Mrs. Chambers in our Kindergarten program will be Mrs. Roccatti.  Also, Mrs. Kroetsch in our Early Learning Program will be Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Walcheske.

Together we are here to support and help all our students learn.

August 4, 2020 update

We are sad to announce, but also happy to announce, that Mr. Wensveen, our Head Caretaker, has retired effective the end of August.  The sadness is we will miss Mr. Wensveen, but the happiness is to thank and congratulate him on his career at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  On behalf of our whole community we wish Mr. Wensveen all the best in his retirement.  We will miss you!

July 15, 2020 update

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Overes has transferred from St. Francis Jr. High School to Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  Mr. Overes will be joining our talented team of Educational Assistants in the fall.  Please join us in welcoming Mr. Overes.

July 2, 2020 update

Although there is still a possibility of some changes over the summertime, here is a listing of our Jr. High teachers and Jr. High homerooms:

Jr High teachers

June 17, 2020 update

Elementary Teachers

June 10, 2020 update

Good morning again everyone.  We have another staffing announcement.  Please join me in welcoming Miss Emily Boutland to staff.  Miss Boutland is our new 0.5 FTE teacher.  Her main duties are elementary Language Arts support, Health, and Art.  Welcome Miss Boutland!

Also, we want to share the following fall University of Lethbridge PSIII Internships that will be joining us:

  • Michael McCallum – mentor teacher is Mrs. Hay
  • Gabija Brazinskaite – mentor teacher is Mr. Templin
  • Diego Menjivar – mentor teacher is Mrs. Johnson
  • Evelyn Verhoef – mentor teacher is Mrs. Alvarez

Welcome to Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

June 9, 2020 update

Good morning everyone.  We are pleased to announce the Ms. Pelletier will be continuing her Grade 6 position at FLVT while Mrs. Lawrence is away.  Please join me in congratulating Ms. Pelletier.

May 25, 2020 update

Good afternoon everyone.  We are excited to make an announcement regarding our elementary classes at Father Leonard Van Tighem School:

  • Mrs. Cindy Clewes will be joining us and teaching Grade 4 next year
  • Mrs. Kelly Roth will be joining us and teaching Grade 5 next year

Both Mrs. Clewes and Mrs. Roth are talented teachers that have transferred from Our Lady of the Assumption School.  We are truly blessed and lucky to have them join our learning community.  Welcome Mrs. Clewes and Mrs. Roth.

May 22, 2020 update

Although specific assignments have yet to be determined, we are pleased to make the following Jr. High staff announcements:

  • This year’s new teachers in Jr. High will continue to be teaching at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  Please join us in congratulating Ms. Giannetti, Ms. Tkach, Ms. Loman, and Ms. Gabruck.  We are excited to have all of you back.
  • Mr. Leger will be moving from Grade 4 to a Jr. High assignment.  Mr. Leger is a talented teacher and has many Jr. High experiences.  We look forward to having him teach our Jr. High students.

We hope to make some elementary staff announcements soon.

May 5, 2020

Our full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions at FLVT is 27.5 for the 2019-20 school year.  Due to growth in our community, we are pleased to announce that for the 2020-21 school year it has been increased to 29.0 FTE.  Big cheer!  We were just notified of this and we will be looking at a variety of ideas on how to place our additional teachers.  Also, at this point, we do not have any names to share.  Once we have more information we will inform everyone.