Calgary Board of Education Willow Park School
343 Willow Park Drive S.E., Calgary AB T2J 0K7 | Grades 5-9 Arts-Centred Learning
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Welcome to Willow Park School

Teaching and learning using the arts as a means of understanding the world...accessing and expressing knowledge and experiences in multiple ways...through the disciplines of fine and performing arts.

Recently updated on October 28th- Please scroll down for new newsletter items.

Principal's Blog updated October 3rd. Important information about staff changes in Dr. Robertson's blog. Click: ABOUT WP - PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - WELCOME BACK!


Congratulations to our Sr. Boys Volleyball Team!
Sr. Boys competed in the Beaverbrook Invitational Feeder Tournament and won FIRST PLACE!!! Well Done, Boys!
Our Sr. Girls team placed third in the Tournament!

Oct 28th 2014

Have you heard of ACE time? Art Centered Experience time happens each Friday for 2 full hours. We hope your students have been talking about the creative work with students. CLICK HERE to visit our website,
Learning Through The Arts!
Site updated Oct 28th 2014

Report Card Changes

As you may know all grades K – 9 in the Calgary Board of Education have implemented a 4-point grading indicator scale and no longer assigning letter grades or percentages on report cards. Ongoing communication between teachers, students and parents will be paramount. We feel as a community it is important to have opportunity to come together and share this exciting change, which puts student learning at the center of all we do. CLICK HERE for the Calgary Board of Education Parent’s Guide on Assessment and Reporting for you to read. High Schools are onboard with this new change and we will continue to register students in the courses that are best for their learning.
Parent Evening was Oct 21st 2014

Information and Workshops for Parents and Teens
Willow Park Parent and Student Resources
Recently updated Oct 28th 2014

Information and workshops offered on some important topics:
- Teen Anxiety
- Teen Depression
-Drugs and Alcohol
-Overcoming Perfectionism
- Self Harm
- Dealing with stress
For more information click here for our Willow Park Parent Resource Page:

Parents can also access information from the Alberta Health Services Newsletter Click on Kids Health Link: Kids' Health Link!

IMMUNIZATION and INFLUENZA information from Alberta Health
or visit
Information posted on Oct 28th 2014

STAY INFORMED all year long!

Printable 2014 - 2015 Calendar CLICK HERE
Note one change -
Conferences on April 6 and 7th not 16th 17th (correction made on Sept 19th)

For information about Willow Park School Council


Stay in touch and be informed when we change our Website or share important information! For up-to-date alerts regarding important Willow Park Information, sign up for Willow Park Remind 101 for the latest updates as we receive them. Remind 101 will allow you to receive text messages from Willow Park School. To sign up to receive text messages to your cell phone regarding important information.

Text the message: @willowpark

to the phone number 587 409 1803

Remind 101 General Information

Remind 101 BUS Registration Information

Communications from the Chief Superintendent and Board of Trustees

Updated Oct 24th, 2014

SpookTacular Event!

Thank you Me to We students and Band students for a truly Spooktacular Event
on October 30th! Go WILD Go!


Western Canada Tours and Parent Orientation
November 19th Student School Tour 12:15 - 2:00 pm
November 19th Parent Orientation at Western - Self Directed Tours at 5:45
7:00 pm in main gym for General Information / Presentation
Please email Mrs. Cann to confirm if you are attending at

Centennial High School Open House
November 20th 7-9pm

For more information on the open house at Centennial CLICK HERE

Microsoft Opportunity

The Calgary Board of Education is pleased to be able to offer the new Microsoft Student Advantage Program. This program provides free access to Office 365 for CBE students. Office 365 is available for download on up to 5 devices (Windows, Mac, and/or mobile devices). This suite includes Word, Excel, One Note and Powerpoint. CLICK HERE for more information.

Willow Park School Sports and Club information under
Students - 'Extracurricular'


and log on to Willow Park's NEW "OverDrive" where students can read books online for free. The Calgary Public Library also has EBooks for your family to access CLICK HERE for more information.
For more information about the Calgary Public Library, CLICK HERE

BUS Stops

To find your child's bus route: Click Here (Scroll down to find your bus).

Sign up to receive BUS information text messages (late busses, delays etc.).
Click Here

Due to daily road conditions and traffic, plese be prepared for delays. Ensure children are dressed appropriately. In response to the need for more communication between Southland, Willow Park School, parents and students, please sign up for for 'Remind' (a texting system which the school will share immediate and important information about busses) so you and your child can receive texts from the school when busses are running late etc. Please click the link below:



For bus information directly from Southland, you can monitor the status of your child’s bus on

Enter “Willow Park Elementary” as the school (our title is not correct but this is where they are posting our information.  You should see any updates there.

School Council / Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out a Parent Volunteer form found on our School Council site.


To contact a member of our School Council email:



Photos have arrived today, October 28th and should be sent home with your student this week. Retakes are on November 5th.


Lifetouch Canada has extended fall portrait availability online - you can still place your order through for your school portraits.

What's New at Starbucks | October


Grade7 (Wesley/Quinn Hall)
(Exploring Poetry)
- Samantha B.
- Morgan F.
- Juliette
- Olivia W.
- Morgan K.

- Kierra S

Grade 7 (Wesley/Quinn-Hall)
( Residential Schools)
- Jocelyn
- Zoe
- Curra
- Essien
- Danielle A.
- Katie
- Freya

Grade 8 (Schurig)

- TJ S.

Grade 9 (Brown)
- Eve H.
- Kendra W.



Willow Park Stories!

Terry Fox and Willow Park School!

Thank you Willow Park School for your contribution to the Terry Fox ‘Toonie for Terry’ Run. Together we pushed ourselves to run and walk and helped to raise money for cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation. We raised over $315.00 this year. Way to go Wild!

2014 Willow Park at Beakerhead - amazing work!

Some of our talented students were chosen to attend 'Beakerhead' this September. Beakerhead is an annual, citywide, interactive movement that explodes with creativity. It brings together the arts and engineering sectors from across the city, province, country and world to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art, spectacle and entertainment during an annual week-long international happening each fall. From outdoor artworks and late-night laboratories, to community contests and celebrations, interactive digital events to event premieres, Beakerhead creates a crucible of human ingenuity, mixing energetic community involvement with international talent.


We wanted to share with you the "lab report" our students created to house the "realtime" documents created by the Willow Park School for Arts-Centred Learning students who visited Beakerhead. You can view our lab report and find the various student presentations linked in the observation section.


Click on this link and be prepared to be AMAZED! Beakerhead2014

Thank you to our talented teachers Mr. David, Mrs Chin and Mrs Green who helped prepare, guide and lead our students on that day!


Student Animations from "Village of Idiots"

These animations were created by Ms. Shield's animation club and projected as the backdrop for our student production of, Canadian playwright, John Lazarus's "Village of Idiots".

The scrip called for a tree which would change seasons. Instead of using a physical tree, students created an animation of the tree in the clip below which was paused inbetween seasons. Actors would sit below the projection and smell the blossoms, shiver in the cold and watch the buds burst into bloom.

"We Can Change The World"
Grade 8 BP & A Energy Project

Students in grade 8 investigated the question “ How can the arts influence our decisions to meet the needs for a sustainable environment and respond to social and cultural change? “.  This video is a brief montage of our process. 

Our approach was to begin with the arts in mind, sharing and discussing images to provoke discussion around the role of the arts within society.  We used works by artists such as Edward Burtynsky, Yinka Shonibare, and Neil Young.  We also held a forum of both local artists (Morgan Free and Lane Shoredee) and professionals in the oil and gas field (British Petroleum and Marquis Alliance).  We also had Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope take part in the panel.  Students developed their own questions for the panel and then took time afterward to reflect on their understanding and pose more questions to clarify their understanding.   Throughout this project, we were fortunate to have the support and assistance of our studio artist, Morgan Free.  She challenged our students to think more conceptually while focusing on the process rather than the product.

 A key element of this project was the collaboration and cross-curricular approach that was taken.  Humanities focused on communication, looking at different perspectives, worldview, stereotypes, bias and point of view.  Science classes involved studying and reviewing the different types of energy as well as fresh and salt water systems.

One aspect that made this project successful was that students were offered opportunities to direct the direction of the project as indicated through their reflections as well as the choice of representation they were given.

We were very fortunate to have Fish Creek Public Library offer their space for us to hold our exhibition.  It was a wonderful space to showcase the students‘ work!








PTS Music Program Ongoing Fundraiser - we have teamed up with the Willow Park and Deer Valley locations of M&M Meat Shops for an ongoing fundraising event supporting the music program. M&M Meats has now been taken over by a new owner and we will post our new partnership discount shortly.



Ms. Faulkner's Student Survey