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School Uniform FAQs

What are the different uniform types?

Formal uniform is a combination of uniform pieces worn during special events such as assemblies, the first day back to school after the summer, winter and spring breaks, most field trips, classroom guests and key days throughout the year. 
Regular uniform is worn on most non-formal days. Summer uniform pieces are optional and may be worn in lieu of the regular uniform during certain times of the year. 

Vesti-choix is French for choice of clothes. On vesti-choix days students wear their own clothing. These days include pizza days (the last Friday of each month). Students can wear their own school-appropriate clothing that represents a high level of self-respect and respect for others. 

To view photographs and written descriptions of the formal uniform, regular uniform and optional summer uniform go to:

https://cfis.com/support/school-uniforms

How do I know what uniform is required on a particular day?

The parent online school calendar will specify what type of uniform your child needs to wear on a particular day unless only regular uniform is required. All other days, unless noted as vesti-choix (see above), are regular uniform.

What are the regular uniform requirements for Secondary Division students?

Regular uniform in the Secondary Division consists of the uniform shirt and uniform pants, skirt or kilt plus either the tie, vest or cardigan. A shirt plus one other piece is to be worn above the waist as a guideline for daily regular uniform wear. The exception is when the summer uniform is allowed and the polo shirt can be worn without a second piece above the waist. 

What if we forget formal uniform day?

Forgetting formal uniform or any required items (e.g. items for field trips) can happen to everyone. Depending on the circumstance, parents may be asked to return home to bring required uniform pieces or pay a cleaning fee to use a uniform that is borrowed from the school. Please read your divisional handbook for more about the importance of wearing the correct formal uniform. 

Can I keep a formal uniform back-up at the school?

For students in preschool through Grade 6, many parents find keeping a back-up of the formal pieces (i.e. a dress shirt, tie and vest/cardigan), in your child’s backpack or locker helpful. For students in grades 7 and higher, storing your child’s blazer and a tie in their locker helps them stay prepared for formal days.

What does my child wear for physical education?

From preschool to Grade 3, students participate in physical education wearing their uniform and changing into running shoes. From Grade 4, students change into the CFIS gym strip pieces. Starting in Grade 7, gym strip is organized by house colour. For the detailed requirements for gym strip at CFIS go to: 

https://cfis.com/support/school-uniforms

Where does my child store his/her Gym Strip?

Gym strip is stored in the student’s locker or in a labelled drawstring bag on hooks in the child’s classroom. Students in preschool through to Grade 3 store their gym shoes either in the classroom or their locker. We ask that Grade 4 to 12 students have a cloth drawstring bag (any colour) large enough to hold their gym strip. 

Does my child need a lock for his/her locker?

Children are assigned a cubby in the lower grades and a lock and a locker in the higher grades to keep their belongings. Should a student lose their carabineer or lock (Grade 5 and up), parents will be asked to replace them. 

What type of shoes does my child need?

A pair of clean indoor running shoes is required and kept in the classroom for preschool to Grade 3 students and in gym bags or lockers for students in Grade 4 and higher. 

Black, polishable uniform shoes (required): Worn indoors, uniform shoes are usually kept at school and taken home occasionally for polishing. Students change into their uniform shoes in the morning and change out of them for recess and at the end of the day.
Outdoor running shoes (seasonal): Students will need one pair of outdoor shoes suitable for physical activity. These are typically worn to school and used at recess and outdoor physical education classes. Please ensure your child is able to tie their shoelaces before sending shoes with laces. 
Winter boots (seasonal): Worn to and from school and during recess when it is cold outside. These may be required as early as September to ensure children are comfortable playing outside for extended periods. 

What kind of outerwear does my child need?

Calgary is prone to changes in weather; therefore, we recommend children wear a coat or jacket to school. When the weather gets colder, a pair of snow pants, two pairs of waterproof gloves/mittens, a neck warmer and hat are required for preschool to Grade 6 students. Scarves pose a risk of death or serious injury when worn on playgrounds and are not permitted to be worn at school. 

What kind of backpack does my child need?

Your child will need a regular-sized, durable backpack large enough to hold a water bottle, agenda, winter outerwear and lunch, if they are not eating at the cafeteria. Smaller, child sized backpacks typically marketed for children in the early grades are not adequate.  

Do my child’s outerwear, outdoor shoes and backpack have to be in uniform colours?

No. Only the uniform items like socks, hair accessories and black, polishable uniform dress shoes must adhere to the uniform dress code. 

Should we label our belongings?

Absolutely. With thousands of uniform pieces entering the school each day, it is vital that you label all your belongings. This includes your child’s uniform, shoes, outerwear, school supplies and water bottles.

We have found two effective methods for labeling:

Labels: Mabel’s Labels are durable and stick to items through washes and multiple wears. They can be ordered online and a portion of the proceeds go to the school. 
Sharpies: A Sharpie pen can be used to label your items. Write your child’s last name directly on the article of clothing (e.g. label). Periodically, you may want to check for fading and rewrite as needed.

Where is the lost and found?

The ECE and Elementary lost and found is located under the main staircase in the foyer. The Secondary Division lost and found is near the stairs at the northwest end of the school. All articles should be handed in to the relevant receptionist. Lost and found items that are not claimed are donated to charity.