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 10th- 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!

Parent Information Night on Outcomes Based
Assessment, Reporting and Evaluation

Tuesday, October 21st from 6pm – 7pm

Auxiliary Gym at Willow Park School

Register: CLICK HERE to register

More Information:
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 assign 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.

Information and Workshops for Parents and Teens
Willow Park Parent Resources

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


STAY INFORMED all year long!

For information about Willow Park School Council

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


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. 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

Communications from the Chief Superintendent and Board of Trustees


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

SpookTacular Event!

You're invited! The 'Me to We Club' and Willow Park Band are hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Event on Thursday Oct 30th. Please join us for carnival games, a haunted house, and more! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Doors open from 5:30 - 9:00pm. Proceeds will support 'Free the Children' and our Willow Park Band.

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

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

WPS Wrestling:

WHOLE TEAM PRACTICES (fitness & technique)
Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 (ish) in the main gym/aux gym combo
SENIORS (8s & 9s) – Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 in the aux gym
JUNIORS (6s & 7s) – Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 in the aux gym

Thurs, Oct 30th (4-7pm) @ Samuel W Shaw School
Wed, Nov 5th (4-7pm) @ Willow Park School
Thurs, Nov 27 (4-7pm) @ Mountain Park School
Tues, Dec 2nd (8:30am-12:30pm) @ Southland Leisure Centre -

CLICK HERE for calendar.

Grades 6 - 9 All Welcome
Cross Country starts right away! Click Here for schedule and more information!


For a List of All Clubs at WPS CLICK HERE

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


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




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.).
Click Here

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:

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.

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:

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


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".

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!








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