Calgary Board of Education Willow Park School
343 Willow Park Drive S.E., Calgary AB T2J 0K7 | Grades 5-9 Arts-Centred Learning
t | 403-777-6900  e |


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 April 22nd - Please scroll down for newsletter items.


A FINAL MESSAGE FROM Naomi Johnson, CBE Superintendent

Click above to see Naomi Johnson's message to staff, parents and students.


It is extremely important that you view the video of the meeting and promptly have a conversation with your child’s teacher, confirming that you have viewed and understand the information presented. This will serve as your acknowledgement of the program your child will be participating in and the rules and expectations of the YMCA - Camp Chief Hector.

* Watch the video
*Call your class teacher after watching the video (between 8:30am and 4:30pm) at 403 777 6900.



Lost Items from the Fire

Parents of Students with Missing Items from the Fire,

We have opened all of our boxes of fire items including all identified student boxes. If your child is missing items such as gym strip, shoes or any other items, insurance will refund you once these items are purchased. This letter and form is available at our Student Led, on our website and will be available on D2L.

Please print and fill out the PARENT CLAIM FORM once you have re-purchased missing items. The original receipt will need to be attached and returned to the school. A check will be issued to you for the total amount. Please ensure that all items on the bill are only the ones you are replacing (ask for a separate bill for the replaced school items when purchasing).

Willow Park Gym strip will be re-issued as soon as our order comes in. Please fill out the form below (parents will not be asked to pay and wait for a check when replacing Willow Park Gym Strip).

All forms must be returned by Wednesday, April 30th.


Please click here for the printable PARENT CLAIM FORM.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact an administer.


Dr. Leslie Robertson                                                             Susan Faulkner
Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal
Willow Park School                                                               Willow Park School

Receive Text Message Updates from Willow Park School

March 3rd, 2014


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:



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. For more information about Remind 101 click below.


Remind 101 (pdf)

We Are SILENT Fundraiser

Willow Park is gearing up for our We Are Silent fundraiser! Many students will be taking a vow of silence on April 23rd, to stand with children around the world who do not have a voice due to lack of education. We hope you’ll join us! All money raised will support Free the Children’s efforts to build schools around the world.

* There are two ways for students to get involved:

- Click this link - and sign up! This year, we have registered to take donations online. You can use our school code (AA1 46E) to join the Willow Park team.

- See Mrs. Wesley for a pledge form. There will be a short meeting on Thursday April 10 at the beginning of lunch, in room 103-105, to get forms and information. Additional forms will be at the office or at THIS LINK

Please wait to bring cash or cheque donations to school until after April 23rd.
Please see or email Mrs. Wesley or Mrs. Ursenbach if you have any questions!

Mrs. Wesley and Mrs. Ursenbach

What's New at Starbucks | April


Grade 5 | Syrina G. – Mrs. Cranstone

Grade 6 | Anna, Jaidyn – Mrs. Ursenbach
- Issabelle, Kelsey, Danielle, Ray – Ms. Anderson
- Emma V, Kierra S, Sequoia W – Mrs. Egan

Grade 7 | Hannah, Melanie, Ksenia, Megan – Mrs. Wesley

Grade 9 | Rowan, Zehava, Maya – Ms. Shields


Applications to Willow Park School for 2014 / 2015

Applications for the Willow Park School Arts-Centred Learning program for the 2014-2015 school year were accepted from January 6th - March 4th 2014.

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

We will continue to add more information on assessment to this section.

For information on current CBE assessment follow this LINK

Parent Information Night about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education

Monday, April 28th!


Trustee Message

Click 'Trustee Message' above for the latest message from the Calgary Board of Education Trustees



Bus times and routes have changed. CLICK HERE for changes.


Please sign up for your "Remind 101" text messages regarding the daily status of your bus.

Due to 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:

Remind 101.


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.

My 1st ride program
My 1st Ride is a school bus orientation program for first time riders. This program is offered free of charge to Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School Division students.

The dates for My 1st Ride are:

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. Cecilia School
610 Agate Crescent SE
Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Colonel Sanders School
226 Northmount Drive NW

Online registration begins Monday, April 21st, 2014 at the following link: Event Attendee Management System CLICK HERE

There will be an animated video, a slide show and a short ride on a school bus. After the bus ride, everyone is invited back into the school to pick up a certificate for the new riders. Staff from both of the school boards and bus companies will be available for questions and information.
The program will take approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours. We look forward to seeing you 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: if you have time to volunteer or any donation ideas. Onwards!

To contact a member of our School Council email:

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

Kids' Health Link!

Alberta Health Services Newsletter


Willow Park Stories

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
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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!





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.


Lifetouch extends portrait availability online


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