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 September 19th- Please scroll down for new newsletter items.
Principal's Blog updated September 19th. Important information about staff changes in Dr. Robertson's blog. Click: ABOUT WP - PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - WELCOME BACK!
STAY INFORMED all year long!
For information about Willow Park School Council
Printable 2014 - 2015 Calendar
Note one change -
Conferences on April 6 and 7th not 16th 17th (correction made on Sept 19th)
STAY IN TOUCH AND BE INFORMED AT WILLOW PARK
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.
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to the phone number 587 409 1803
You will recieve text messages from Willow Park School with important information about our move, when to check the latest Principal's Blog, when we have published new Newsletter items and any other website or important school changes. We also have Remind 101 alerts for each of our bus routes. Find out when busses are delayed as soon as we do with a simple text to your phone.
Your phone number is not shared nor is it distributed. This is a one-way texting system with 100% privacy. For more information about Remind 101 click below.
Remind 101 General Information
Remind 101 BUS Registration Information
Chief Superintendend of the Calgary Board of Education
Superintendent's OCTOBER MESSAGE CLICK HERE
Communication on D2L
We are excited to start our 2014/2015 school year at Willow Park School and we know you are as well! As a commitment to the work our school and community provides our students and parents, we ask you to regularly view your child’s D2L shells together. D2L is an online environment which you and your child can use to stay connected to classrooms. Our teachers will be updating D2L weekly with information about their course or your child’s progress. Students may have the opportunity to self-reflect or share their work with digital photos, videos, sound bites or other media forms and our school D2L shells is the place to see their progress. We believe that your child’s learning is a partnership between school, home and community. Therefore, we invite you to view your child’s D2L shells to help inform you about your child’s ongoing progress throughout the year. Teachers, Students and Parents can log on to D2L. Parents will have a limited view when they log on. It is recommended you log on together with your child.
For more information and instructions on how to create a parent account to log on please CLICK HERE.
For additional information and a short video to help understand D2L CLICK HERE.
Please review the Honourable Use of Technology Agreement and Declaration form signed by students when they registered. CLICK HERE
Willow Park School Sports
Girls Soccer Schedule CLICK HERE
Boys Soccer Schedule CLICK HERE
Volleyball Practice Times (Boys and Girls) CLICK HERE
Jr. Girls Volleyball Schedule CLICK HERE
Jr. Boys Volleyball Schedule CLICK HERE
Sr. Girls Volleyball Schedule CLICK HERE (may change)
Sr. Boys Volleyball Schedule CLICK HERE
Grades 6 - 9 All Welcome
Cross Country starts right away! Click Here for schedule and more information!
Do you play (or want to try) violin, viola, cello or string bass?
Then come to the new Willow Park
THURSDAYS at 12:10 in room 113
Bring your lunch
(Equipment can be provided)
More club information to come...
Traffic Safety Poster Contest!
Five students who win will be honoured for helping to improve traffic safety in Calgary! Research, Create and Submit! Help our community stay SAFE!
for more information CLICK HERE
NEW ONLINE LIBRARY BOOKS!
CLICK HERE 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
Information and Workshops for Parents and Teens
Information and workshops offered by Alberta Health Services on some important topics:
- Teen Anxiety
- Teen Depression
-Drugs and Alcohol
For more information click here for our Willow Park Parent Resource Page:
Assessment / Curriculum Information
for Parents and Students
Parent information night October 21st at 6pm. Parent Council meeting at 7pm to follow.
For information on current CBE assessment including Outcome Based follow this LINK
Click 'Trustee Message' above for the latest message from the Calgary Board of Education Trustees
BUS Stops and some of the times have CHANGED. Please see the new bus schedules. Click Here (Scroll down to find your bus).
Sign up to receive BUS information text messages (late busses, delays etc.).
Please sign up for your "Remind 101" text messages regarding the daily status of your bus.
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 101' (a daily 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.
Volunteers and Help
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: email@example.com
Photos: Lifetouch Canada has extended fall portrait availability online - you can still place your order through mylifetouch.ca for your school portraits.
Kids' Health Link!
Alberta Health Services Newsletter
What's New at Starbucks | June
Grade 5 “Atlantic Canada” watercolours
Grade 6 “Batik” The art of decorating cloth using wax and dye.
Grade 6 “Flight” pastels
Grade 8 “Aztecs”
Grade 8 “Tattoo”
Willow Park Stories!
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. The first Beakerhead will took place in Calgary, Alberta on September 11-15, 2013.
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 Mr. James Davidge for making this trip possible and thank you to both Mr. James Davidge and Mrs. Lorenda Chin for preparing students for the experience,
taking students to the event and creating an online showcase with our students!
Willow Park students hold public art showcase: We Can Change the World
Click image to read story
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".
Students explored concepts around how to create backdrops using animation that would highlight student process and share this process with the intended audience.
Images would not be static but would change aesthetic and type as the play moved along.
Studens chose a scene to animate the backdrop for and worked together creating different strategies and processes for animation. The first clip (back ground for the village) icorporated students filming themselves drawing using a piece of glass between their drawing and the camera (that's why you can see the shadow of the hand creating the art). Many of the scenes incorporated stop animation as well.
Students in the animation club had to problem solve together to create images that would work well with live actors on the stage while incorporating the mood, style and specific details from the script.
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!
||Mayor Nenshi visits Willow Park School
Students Fundraise to Help Willow Park School
Thank you to Jadelyn Brault and Ophelie Couture two special Grade 7 students at Willow Park for selling their crafts and getting their story on the CBC! Jedelyn and Ophelie have been making beaded bracelets and selling these at school to students at Willow Park and also students at Chinook Learning Services (Viscount Bennett). They have made over 500 bracelets and you can purchase yours at Willow Park School! Follow this link to learn more about their incredible idea and see how it has grown! Staff and students are very proud of the girls success! Way to Rise Up!
||Willow Park School enjoys visit from Maasai Warriors
Read more on the CBE website
||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.
MAGAIZINE FUNDRAISER CHANGES!!
AS OF JANUARY, 2014 OUR MAGAZINE
FUNDRAISER PROVIDER HAS CHANGED!
WE ARE NOW WORKING WITH A COMPANY CALLED QSP
QSP will take over any former or current customer service needs
All questions can be answered by calling 1-800-667-2536
You can see additional information on QSP at www.qsp.ca
THIS WILL BE A REFRESHING CHANGE TO OUR
MAGAZINE FUNDRAISER MOVING FORWARD!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING WILLOW PARK SCHOOL
Lifetouch extends portrait availability online
Lifetouch Canada has extended fall portrait availability online - you can still place your order through mylifetouch.ca for your school portraits.
Delivery right to your door! All Fall 2013 school portrait orders placed online at the link above will now be shipped to your home. (Additional shipping and handling fees apply).Your portrait ID and Access Code can be found on your 8x10 portrait proof sheet. If you no longer have your proof sheet, contact Lifetouch Canada at 1-866-457-8212 for order information.