About Greg Kostiuk

Principal Father Leonard Van Tighem School Lethbridge, AB "Try to feel, at your heart's core, the reality of others."

Class Lists 2023-24

We are continuing to plan for the next school year. 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 making homeroom classes to ensure a balanced classroom.  As a team, we will discuss the following:

  • 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 Thursday, August 31, 2023 at noon. We hope this helps with any student anxiety about the first day.

Once class lists are posted, we 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 next year’s principal, Mrs. Collier, in mid-September if you still need to request a change. The first day of school for our Grades 1 to 9 students is Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

Thank you for having your children at Father Leonard Van Tighem School. The 2023-24 school year promises to be another terrific year.

Greg Kostiuk

2023 Grade 9 Farewell

May 16, 2023 Update

Please download the below letter for some important information, including:

  • more details
  • Google Form
  • Request for pictures

May 4, 2023

Our 2023 Grade 9 Farewell will be in our school gym on Thursday, June 15, at 7 pm. We initially hoped to have it on June 8 (the date in our May newsletter), but we had to change it due to some unforeseen circumstances. We wanted to inform our families of the change as soon as possible.

Soon, we will be sending out some more information.

Thank you,

FLVT School

SPACES: A New Assessment Tool

SPACES is a digital portfolio assessment tool that will be used in the elementary grades next year at Father Leonard Van Tighem School. It will be replacing the eLuminate Report Cards. Many of our Holy Spirit Catholic Schools began using it this year.

Here is some information regarding SPACES:

We will share some more information with our parents, and we plan for a parent information night at the beginning of the next school year.

FLVT 2023-24 Bell Times

Our 2023-24 Bell Times have been confirmed with our school division and Southland Transportation. Here they are:

Why the change?

  • Our current bell times were reviewed due to an inequality in the amount of time students were at school compared to other schools.
  • There was no plan to redo all the bell times at all the various schools.
  • The options for our school were to either maintain the inequality of time or move to an earlier Friday dismissal.
  • We had to extend our Monday to Thursday times to accommodate the earlier Friday dismissal.

Here is a pdf version:

If there are any changes, we will contact our parents.

FLVT School

FLVT: 2023-24 Staffing

We continue to plan for the 2023-24 school year and want to share information about our school’s staffing. Please know, though, that this plan is continually evolving as we try to best meet our students’ needs. As we learn more, we will update this page. Thank you for trusting us with your children’s care and educational needs.

June 1, 2023 Update

Recently, we advertised for a 0.5 FTE teacher. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Boutland’s position has been increased from her current 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE. Ms. Boutland will be teaching a variety of Jr. High and elementary classes. We are excited to have Ms. Boutland full-time at FLVT!

May 25, 2023 Update

We welcome a new teacher to our staff next year. Hannah Evans has transferred from St. Michael’s School, Pincher Creek, to fill our Grade 1 position. Currently, Miss Evans is teaching Kindergarten at St. Michael’s. On behalf of everyone, welcome Miss Evans!

May 18, 2023 Update

Next year, there will be some changes in our library. Ms. Pierson will be the librarian at St. Catherine’s School. We want to thank Ms. Pierson for all she does here at FLVT and wish her all the best at her new school. Ms. Pierson will be missed. Next year, we will share a librarian with St. Patrick Fine Arts School. Our new librarian is Ms. Krista Hedivan. Ms. Hedivan is currently the librarian at St. Francis Jr. High School. On behalf of everyone at FLVT, we welcome Ms. Hedivan to our school community.

May 16, 2023 Update:

Mrs. Mabin (1M) will transfer to St. Teresa of Calcutta School next year. We want to thank Mr. Mabin for sharing her skills, knowledge, and positive attitude with our school community. We wish her all the best! Once we know of her replacement, we will notify our community.

April 19, 2023 Update:

We have a new Associate Principal for next year. FLVT welcomes Mr. Justin Molas to our staff. Mr. Molas is currently a teacher at Senator Joyce Fairbairns Middle School. We hope to share some more information in an upcoming newsletter. Welcome, Mr. Molas!


March 20, 2023 Update

In mid-May, Mrs. Van Vaerenbergh will be starting her maternity leave and it will extend into the 2023-24 school year. We are excited for Mrs. Van Vaerenergh and her husband as they start their family, and we wish them all the best. The process of finding a new temporary Grade 5 teacher has begun.

March 16, 2023 Update

Mrs. Pilsner will be the new principal of St. Teresa of Calcutta School next school year. We want to thank Mrs. Pilsner for sharing her many gifts with our school community. The process to replace Mrs. Pilsner and find a new Associate Principal has already begun. Best wishes to Mrs. Pilsner.

February 1, 2023

Mrs. Shannon Collier has been appointed to be the principal of Father Leonard Van Tighem School, effective August 1, 2023. Mrs. Collier is currently the principal of Children of St. Martha School. Welcome, Mrs. Collier.

Volunteers Needed

Father Leonard Van Tighem School could use some volunteers for some events at school this week.

Firstly, it would be appreciated if any Jr. High Parents could volunteer for the Jr. High Dance this week. Here is some information:

Secondly, our School Council is sponsoring a couple of events this week. Here is some information, including a Google Doc sign-up sheet:

School Council is looking for volunteers for the following events. Thanks in advance for your support!

Valentine’s Day

We will be handing out cookies to the students at our school on February 14th. 

Please meet in the gathering space by 9:15. Maximum time commitment is about 2 hours, depending on the number of volunteers.  

Shrove Tuesday
We are looking for volunteers for our Shrove Tuesday celebration. Because Shrove Tuesday is while kids are out of school for Reading Week this year, we will celebrate Thursday, February 16. Please sign up below if you can help distribute pancakes to our school community that day. Volunteers are asked to meet at the canteen; there will be one shift, 8:50-11:00. Please indicate which shift you would like or if you can stay the entire time.

*We will contact you if the time changes depending on the volunteers’ number. Please click on the link below for more information, or email School Council at flvtschoolcouncil@gmail.com


Thank you for supporting these events.