The main curriculum that guides our educational activities is the Dene Kede Curriculum because of its unique focus on the Dene perspective of teaching and learning. As well, we follow the other standard academic curricula mandated by the Northwest Territories Department of Education.
The student population is made up of Aboriginal children from Ndilo and Yellowknife. Our process of selection for registering children is that preference is given to the children who are band members of Ndilo Yellowknives Dene First Nation. As well, KDS teachers’ children are considered a priority in KDS’s enrolment.
One of the main teachings that we follow from the Dene Kede Curriculum is the four Relationships of Respect that teach the children to respect:
The Land, and
The Spiritual World
These Relationships of Respect are taught in conjunction with the key cultural experiences in which they participate throughout the school year. For example, cultural camps, making bannock and drymeat, drumming lessons, Dene arts and crafts, dog sledding etc.
Our School Rules are very straightforward and easy to follow. There are four rules, like the four directions of the Land:
Get to school on time everyday.
Listen to your teacher.
Do your school work.
As well, the school hosts several cultural camps throughout the school year as follows:
September 10, 2010: Fall culture camp - berry picking
February & March 2011: Winter culture camps – trapping & snaring
April 4 to 8, 2011: Winter culture camps – dog mushing
May 27, 2011: Spring culture camp - duck plucking
As well, we participate in Dene Laws &Virtues Education at our school: it is an integral part of our Discipline Policy. That is, we handle the discipline of our school children by reminding and encouraging them to choose virtues to guide their behaviour. We prefer not to punish our children with detentions, school suspensions or expulsions; instead we try to work in a very positive manner by supporting, persuading, talking about good choice making that calls upon virtues, such as: cooperation, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, patience, & trust. J
For this school year, we will once again have Mr. Kevin Laframboise as our Computer Instructor and Technician. Kevin’s school nickname is very appropriate as he is an expert in the field of computer technology. We call him our “Computer Wizard!” Kevin will be working with all the students on computer lessons in the areas of keyboarding, e-mailing, internet, multi-media presentations, photo-shop, etc.
The School Day:
K’àlemì Dene School operates on a day schedule of activities: Day 1 through to Day 6
School starts at 8:45 a.m. - as soon as the school bus brings the uptown children to the community of Ndilo. Our day of learning ends at 3:20 p.m.
Kindergarten – Grade 12:
Morning Classes: 8:45 am to 12:15 p.m.
Afternoon Classes: 12:50 to 3:20 p.m.
Morning Recess: 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Morning Snack: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Outdoor Lunch Recess: 12:15 to 12:35 p.m.
Lunch Eating Time: 12:35 to 12:50 p.m.
Afternoon Recess: Dependent on the teacher
KDS Food Program:
KDS offers a full meal program for our students. As we now have a big, beautiful, fully stocked kitchen, we will have the following schedule of food available:
8:15 a.m. Breakfast Program: cereal, yogurt, milk, toast
10:30 a.m. Snack Program: fruit
12:35 to 12:50 p.m. Lunch Program as follows:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be hot lunches – menu will change according to the school “chef.” J (That means Mrs. Erasmus, Bobbie-Jo & high school students.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays will be sandwiches: Two selections – peanut butter & jam or ham and cheese
If children choose to bring their own snack / lunch to school, please remember to pack nutritious items – NO POP and NO JUNK FOOD!!!!!