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 kostiukg@holyspirit.ab.ca 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

November 16, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce that starting on November 19 Mrs. Patty Paniagua will joining our staff as an Educational Assistant.  Mrs. Paniagua is filling in for another EA that is on leave.  Welcome to our staff, Mrs. Paniagua.

October 1, 2019 Update:

  • We are happy to announce we have hired Ms. Jen Pelletier to replace Mrs. Lawrence (6L) while she is on her maternity leave.  Welcome, Ms. Pelletier.

September 25, 2019 Update:

  • We are pleased to announce that Mr. Maychak has joined our staff today.  Mr. Maychak is an Educational Assistant and his primary duties are with our Jr. High students.  Welcome, Mr. Maychak.
  • Also, yesterday it was announced Mr. Paul Dunphy will be our new Deputy Superintendent in Holy Spirit Catholic Schools starting January 6, 2020.  Please see the press release by clicking on this link: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/whatsNew.cfm?whatID=242    Welcome, Mr. Dunphy.

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).

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:  https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/_cabinet/2/18/May_29,_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.

FLVT Announcement


May 23, 2019 Update:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been three weeks since our May 2 Announcement regarding a concerning message left in one of our bathrooms.  At this point, we wanted to provide you with an update.

Lethbridge Police Services have thoroughly investigated this incident and the matter is now concluded.  At the conclusion of the investigation, we can confirm that there are no immediate or long term threats to the school community.

Recognizing that many of you may still have questions, I am pleased to inform you that our School Resource Officer, Constable Veale, has made himself available to speak at our upcoming School Council Meeting on June 11, 2019, at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

We want to thank all the students, parents, and staff that were involved in assisting the investigation.  Please contact Father Leonard Van Tighem school office directly if you have any questions or concerns, or if your child requires any additional supports.

Respectfully yours,

Greg Kostiuk

May 2, 2019 - Letter from C. Smeaton to FLVT_Page_1

Building Community

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Earlier this month, our Jr. High students, with the support of many of our school staff, performed a very successful fine arts production called Cursed Through Time.  I have always enjoyed being part of a production, and I was excited to be the production manager, even though I didn’t know what a production manager did.  The experience did not disappoint.  Seeing the many talents of our student was amazing, and I often had to remind myself that Cursed Through Time was a Jr. High production.  Also, I witnessed how our staff shared their time and talents with the students.  I need to thank all the staff involved, but especially Miss Barr for sharing her many gifts as Director, and many other roles, of our play.  Thank you, everyone, for all you did.

CTT bowThe spring production is a terrific fine arts experience for our students, but I also see it as a tremendous community builder.  The spring production is for our Junior High students, and our whole community comes together to support this event.  Staff from division one, two, and three all get involved.  Our division two and three students were able to view the matinees.  Doing a variety of fine arts activities together, teambuilding tasks, and merely spending countless hours together builds a strong sense community among all the participants.  As we look to the future, we are already starting to plan for next year.

Building community in our educational system is essential.  Without community, we can’t build the system our students deserve and need.  Without community, we become individuals on a mission of self-learning.  As a community, we become a team dedicated to helping everyone learn.  Although the spring production had a curricular base, the students did not learn a lot of curricular objectives.  Instead, they learned and practiced a lot of skills that they need as successful learners in a community.  Some of these were:

  • Sharing Our Bounty: students were able to share their 3Ts of time, treasure, and talents;
  • Enjoy life: whether it was time on-stage or work off-stage, or just spending some time with a friend.  Enjoy life!
  • Be confident: some people love a stage to perform, others prefer to assist backstage.  No matter which role, seize the moment.  We all have gifts.  Find them and use them;
  • Be adaptive: you can try new things, like writing a play, singing a song, or managing a stage;
  • Take a risk: be a risk taker.  You may try new things.  You may fail, but if you have the proper supports, you will learn from your mistakes.  Fail forward;
  • Value diversity: we are all unique; we are all special.  We value the many gifts and perspectives of the people around us;
  • Lend a helping hand: help your friend, your neighbour, or even an enemy.  Be helpful and kind;
  • Collaborate: work together to solve a problem.  Collaboration can be a lot of work, but the reward is immense. Students are aware we are on our life journey together.  Life is not a solo mission;
  • Be creative: sometimes it is a good idea to put a lampshade on your head;
  • Time management: sometimes we can go at our own pace, but the show must go on, and it needs to go off on time. Following a tight schedule can sometimes be helpful;
  • Enjoy the moments: enjoy life.  The anticipation before the play, the quiet moments during the performance, the loud moments afterwards, and the sense of accomplishment during the bow;

This short, incomplete, list illustrates that community building projects, like our spring production, serve an educational purpose.  More importantly, they build the foundation of a community from where learning will grow.  The better the community, the better the foundation, the better the learning environment.

Respectfully yours,

Greg Kostiuk