Last night my son told me to get some sleep and then laughed.  He reminded me that I never sleep before the first day of school.  My sleeplessness to not due to anxiety about the start of the school year, but a feeling of excitement, joy, and passion for beginning another year; my 50th first day of school either as a student or educator.  I welcome all the members of our learning community to the 2019-20 school year at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.

Thank you to Mr. Wensveen, Mrs. Danylchuk, and Mrs. Maniedao for their hard work in making the school ready for us.  All the shiny floors look great.  We are excited to welcome new students, families, and staff to our school this year.  New or returning teaching staff include Mrs. Lawrence (Gr. 6), Miss Gabruck (Gr. 8), Miss Loman (Gr. 8), and Miss Tkach (Gr. 7).  Also, we welcome back Mrs. Ehlert (Educational Assistant), and we have Mrs. Walcheske joining us in our Early Learning Program.  Finally, we have two University of Lethbridge PSIII students, Miss Matthews (mentored by Mrs. Alvarez) and Miss Hemstreet (mentored by Mr. Templin).

The first School Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 10th.  I encourage all parents to attend.  School Council plays a vital role in our school community.  Our Welcome Back BBQ and Family Blessing are on September 19th.  Father William will start the evening with a family blessing at 5:30 pm, BBQ hamburgers will be served after the blessing, and families will be able to ‘meet the teacher’ in their classrooms or the gym starting at approximately 6:30 pm.  Also, Jennifer from St. Martha’s Parish will be there to provide information on Sacramental Preparation.  We look forward to seeing everyone to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

The focus of this school year will continue to be on growing in our faith and experiencing the richness of Catholic Education, developing literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare students for a changing future, and helping First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students achieve equitable educational outcomes.  Also, we are excited about the first year of our new Faith Plan called Making Our Mark: Journey of an Intentional Discipline.  This year’s faith theme is Beginning the Journey.  The primary focus of Beginning the Journey is a focus on being mindful and being prayerful.  I am looking forward to us integrating our new faith plan with the Van Tighem Virtues of Honest, Accepting, Wise, Kind, Spiritual.

We are getting bigger, both physically and in numbers.  Our new portables are not quite ready; we hope to be in them before the end of September.  Some of our class sizes are getting large, and we are hopeful that once the provincial budget is brought forward in October, we will be able to address this issue.

Like last year, you can pay your school fees and other fees online.  Please click on this logo for more information:

kev   Online Payments

To help with communication, here are some social media links (please click on the logo):

facebook   FLVT Facebook

hawks-logoandwordmark_teal_eye[1]  FLVT Website

Twitter-Download-PNG   @GregKostiuk

remind   Remind enter 587-600-0226 and text @flvtscnews or email  We may be using Remind less this year as there has been a change to the Remind program.  We are looking at other texting options.

Twitter-Download-PNG   @flvthawks

We look forward to working with you to continue to make Father Leonard Van Tighem School a special place.  On behalf of our staff, I wish everyone a successful school year.

Greg Kostiuk


One to One Initiative

Last June we piloted a new project for our Grade 8 and 9 students called ‘One to One Initiative.’  We are happy to announce we are doing it again this September for our Grade 8 and 9 students.  Please see details below:

Sept 11 pg 1Sept 11 pg 2

Please click on this link if you want to submit a request form to purchase a Chromebook:

Just a reminder that this does not include the case and the Chromebooks are different than the Edwin Pilot Chromebooks our Grade 7 students used last year.

Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding this exciting project.

Greg Kostiuk

Where Did the Year Go?


Tomorrow we celebrate our Grade 9 students during Farewell exercises on June 6.  This year our Faith Plan was Sharing Our Bounty of Time, Treasure, and Talents.  Our Grade 9 Farewell is a celebration of our Grade 9s sharing their bounty with all of us.  As we celebrate our Grade 9s we must continue to find different ways that we can challenge our students; ways to let their creativity shine; ways to allow them to safely fail and learn from their experiences.  We have a lot of good ideas for next year and we are excited about the 2019-20 school year

Can you believe this school year is almost done?  We are having a terrific year because of all the support all the members of our learning community have shown the school.  I want to say thank you.

Firstly, I want to thank the parents for your support.  I would especially like to thank all the members of the School Council.  Without all their hard work our school would not be the great place it is.

Secondly, thank you to the staff for the countless hours here at the school planning lessons or the many events.  Thank you to the staff for everything, whether it is the many events they organize, the excellent work in creating positive learning environments, or the simple ways they care for all the students here at FLVT.

Last, but not least, thank you to the students.  You are indeed a great, confident group of young people.  Our future is bright in your hands.  Every day you are accomplishing our school motto, “Many hands building a better world.”

June traditionally brings some goodbyes to some staff and welcomes to new staff.  First the goodbyes, on behalf of the learning community of Father Lenard Van Tighem School we say goodbye to Mr. Van Uden, Miss Barr, Miss Gabruck, Mrs. Kambeitz, Miss Besplug and Mrs. Bellcourt.  The dedication from all our departing teachers and educational assistant to Catholic Education is an inspiration to all of us.  You will be missed.  Please do not become strangers to FLVT, the doors of our school are always open to you, and we hope you will visit us.

I am pleased to welcome the following teachers will be joining us next year: Miss Giannetti, Miss Loman, and Miss Tkach.  You will love it here.

We are in the last month of school with year-end field trips, Sports Day, final Mass, Grade 9 Farewell, year-end exams, and report cards.  June is an exciting time for staff and students.  On behalf of the staff, we wish you a healthy and happy sun-filled June.

Best wishes.

Greg Kostiuk

Thank You for Trusting Us


The staff at Father Leonard Van Tighem will be developing class lists 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 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 create balanced classes.  Therefore, in order to create balanced, positive learning environments, parent requests for specific teachers, classes, or students will not be considered.  We do realize parents have a wealth of knowledge about their child and parents may want to share some pertinent information about their child.  Please contact me if there is any information that you would like to share about your child that will help the staff place your child in the best educational environment possible.  Please do not indicate any preference to be with any specific teacher, specific homeroom, or a specific student. We attempt to create balanced classes that are as similar as possible to each other.

To help for a smooth transition to the new school year, class lists will be posted in the gathering space at Father Leonard Van Tighem School on Thursday, August 29 by 10:00 am.  We hope this helps with any student anxiety about the first day.

Thank you for trusting us to make balanced class lists and thank you for having your children at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  We are looking forward to a terrific end of the 2018-19 school year and we anticipate a wonderful 2019-20 school year.

Greg Kostiuk

Public Education – The Catholic Way

Public Education - The Catholic Way

This week is Catholic Education Week.  We are very blessed to have Catholic Education in our province.  To help celebrate this week, our school division and local ATA has created a video entitled Public Education – The Catholic Way.  Thank you to everyone who created it and to all the FLVT staff and students that were a part of it.  Please take some time and view it:

Thank you for having your families being part of Father Leonard Van Tighem School, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, and Catholic Education.

Greg Kostiuk

FLVT Staffing 2019-20

2019-20 Staffing

We are continuing to plan for the 2019-20 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

September 5, 2019 Update:

  • We have recently added two more support staff to our school.  We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Walcheske to our Early Learning Program and Mr. Maychak to our talented group of Educational Assistants.

August 22, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Ehlert will be returning to FLVT as an Educational Assistant.  Welcome Back Mrs. Ehlert.

August 19, 2019 Update:

  • We have found an excellent replacement for Mrs. Hoveling.  Miss Gabruck will be returning to FLVT for the 2019-20 school year.  Welcome back Miss Gabruck.

August 8, 2019 Update:

  • Mrs. Hoveling has accepted a position at CCH for the 2019-20 school year.  We wish her all the best and thank her for all she has done at FLVT.  We hope to advertise her position (Grade 8 homeroom, Social 8, Jr. High Foods, Health and Wellness, and Religion) right away and fill it as soon as possible.

July 24, 2019 Update: 

  • Although most of our staffing is complete for the 2019-20 school year, we still have a few Educational Assistant positions to finalize.  We are happy to announce that Mrs. Catherine Roccatti will be returning to her role as an EA in our Kindergarten class.  Also, Mrs. Carmen Clarke will be returning as an EA in our Early Learning Program.  We expect all of our Grade 1 to Grade 9 EAs to return next year.  We hope to announce Mrs. Zgurski’s replacement soon.
  • To begin this school year we will be having two University of Lethbridge PSIII student teachers.  Mr. Templin (1T) will be mentoring Jessica Hemstreet and Mrs. Alvarez (3A) will be mentoring Kyla Matthews.  We welcome both to our school.

June 17, 2019 Update:

  • We are sad to announce that Pauline Zgurski will not be returning to FLVT as an educational assistant next year.  We wish Mrs. Zgurski all the best as she pursues post-secondary studies.  We hope to name her replacement asap.

June 15, 2019 Update:

  • Here is our listing of teachers for next year and homerooms.  Also, included is a map of the school.  This map includes our new portables.  We will need to make some slight changes if the portables are not ready for the first day of school.

FLVT teachers 2019-20

Mrs. Hoveling will not be returning,  Miss Gabruck will be a Gr. 8 homeroom teacher (8G).

school map 2019-20 version June 15

June 4, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce the hiring of Michele Loman starting next year.  Miss Loman is currently teaching at G.S. Lakie Middle School.  Miss Loman’s primary teaching duties will be Jr. High Language Arts, Religion, Health and Wellness, and Options including Drama.  Welcome, Miss Loman.
  • Also, recently it was announced that Mr. Ken Sampson will be our new Superintendent beginning in January 2020.  Mr. Sampson will be our Deputy Superintendent from August to December 2019.  Here is a press release regarding Mr. Sampson:,_2019_-_New_Superintendent_for_HSCSD_Appointed.pdf

May 25, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce the hiring of Andrea Tkach starting next year.  Miss Tkach is a recent graduate of the University of Lethbridge, she completed her PSIII at St. Joseph School and is a former FLVT student.  Miss Tkach’s primary responsibility will be Jr. High Religion, Science, Options, and some Language Arts.  Welcome, Miss Tkach.

May 23, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce that Ann Marie Giannetti will be joining our teaching staff next year.  Miss Giannetti’s primary responsibility will be Jr. High Religion, Math, and some other ‘stuff.’  Miss Giannetti is currently filling in for Miss Gabruck’s leave.  We are excited to have her stay at FLVT.

May 16, 2019 Update:

  • Miss Barr announced to staff today that she has resigned her teaching position at FLVT effective at the end of this school year.  Miss Barr has some exciting Fine Arts opportunities she is pursuing.   We want to thank Miss Barr for everything she has done here at FLVT, not only as a wonderful Jr. High teacher, but also for sharing her many talents in our Fine Arts productions.  We wish Miss Barr all the best.
  • We hope to start the process to replace both Mr. Van Uden and Miss Barr as soon as possible.

May 15, 2019 Update:

  • Mr. Van Uden has accepted a transfer to St. Francis Jr. High School for next year.  We want to thank Mr. Van Uden for all he has done for FLVT and for the many leadership roles he has assumed in the classroom, in our co-curricular programs, and in our Religious Education programs.  We wish Mr. Van Uden all the best at SFJH.  It will be different seeing him in a Wildcats shirt.

May 3, 2019 Update:

  • Welcome back!  Mrs. Hoveling and Mrs. Lawrence will be returning to FLVT next year.
  • Ms. Gabruck will not be returning to FLVT.  We would like to thank Ms. Gabruck for everything she did to help make FLVT a great place to learn and we wish her all the best in her future.
  •  The above three teachers were being temporarily replaced by Mrs. Kambeitz, Ms. Besplug, and Ms. Giannetti.  Since all of these positions were temporary, these positions will not be continued into the next school year.  We would like to thank all three of these great teachers for sharing their many gifts with us and we wish them all the best.
  • Now that the provincial election is over, our central office is in the process of deciding staffing needs for all our schools.  Given we continue to grow and we will be receiving two modular classes this summer, we are very hopeful that we will be increasing staff for next year.