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.
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Principal's Blog updated June 28th.
Willow Park School for 2014 / 2015
for the Willow Park School
Arts-Centred Learning program for the 2014-2015 school year were accepted from January 6th - March 4th 2014. We have filled our classrooms for Grades 5 - 9. If you would like to inquire about the waiting list, please contact the school to fill out our school registration request.
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August 25th, 2014
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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.
For more information and instructions on how to log on please CLICK HERE.
For additional information and a short video to help understand D2L CLICK HERE.
2014-2015 Student Supply lists are up!
BUS stops and some of the times have CHANGED. Please see the new bus schedules. Click Here (Scroll down to find your bus).
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Important School Dates
The School Office will be open as of August 27th at 10:30am
First day for new students (only) is September 2nd (start 9:12 - 3:53)
First day for all returning students is September 3rd
(start 9:12 - 3:53)
September 5th whole school BBQ - regular Friday dismissal at 1:24pm
Grade 5 Waterton National Park September 22 - 24th
Mr. Hennigan and Mrs. Presley's Classes go Camp in Waterton National Park!
These two Grade 5 classes will be going to Waterton September 22 - 24th!
Information night September 10th at 7pm
for Grade 5 Parents in Hennigan and Preley's Class
Willow Park School Sports
SOCCER - Girls and Boys Grade 7, 8 and 9
Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Green
Thurs Sept. 4th 12:10pm - 12:50pm West Field
Friday September 5th 1:45 - 2:30pm West Field
- Jr and Sr. Boys
Coaches to be announced later. (See Ms. Owen for help).
Jr. Girls Volleyball Tryouts
Wed. Sept 10th 8am - 9am
Thurs. Sept 11th 4pm - 5pm
Jr. Boys Volleyball Tryouts
Tues, Sept 9th 4pm - 5pm
Thurs, Sept 11th 8am - 9am
Sr. Girls Volleyball Tryouts
Mon, Sept. 8th 4pm - 5:30pm
Tues, Sept 9th 7:45am - 9:00am
Sr. Boys Volleyball Tryouts
Tues Sept 9th 4pm - 5pm
Wed, Sept 10th 4pm - 5pm
PARENT SURVEY - Student Stress
We are asking for parent voice and input on a 5 minute Google Doc Survey to help guide our student and parent information around student anxiety and stress.
CLICK HERE to complete the survey. Thank you.
NEW ONLINE LIBRARY BOOKS!
CLICK HERE and log on to Willow Park's NEW "OverDrive" where students can read books online for free!
Information and Workshops for Parents and Teens
Drugs/Alcohol and the Teen: Parent Presentation (90 minutes) Henry Wise Wood High School Library
Wednesday, May 21 7:00-8:30 pm for more infomation see the Willow Park Parent Resource Page below.
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
We will continue to add more information on assessment to this section.
For information on current CBE assessment follow this LINK
Click 'Trustee Message' above for the latest message from the Calgary Board of Education Trustees
Please note that some bus times and pick up zones may have changed. Click Here for an updated 2014 / 2015 list.
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
We are looking for volunteers for our Casino on March 18th and 19th. Scroll up to "14 volunteers needed" above. On behalf of the staff and students at Willow Park School we would like to thank parents who have offered their help and assistance through donations of time, food, love and support. We now have coordinators for volunteer efforts, Mrs. Danielle Kaszas and Mrs Tracy Danberger. Please email our volunteer coordinators at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have time to volunteer or any donation ideas. Onwards!
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.
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Alberta Health Services Newsletter
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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!
Grade 9 Student Work on CBE 182!
Congratulations to Grade 9 student Sara H who has had her work on the "Wild Festival of Speculative Art" displayed on the CBE 182 page!
Clich HERE to see Sarah's work!
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
Willow Park at Beakerhead - amazing work!
Some of our talented students were chosen to attend 'Beakerhead' on Thursday, September 12th. 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! Beakerhead2013
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!
||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.