West Dover Back 2 School Information, June 29
Wondering what the schedule is for August when the kids start back to school. Click the following link for details on Kindergarten staggered entry and other items.
Summer Break begins, June 29
Thank you students, staff and parents for a wonderful 2015-2016 school year. We wish everyone a wonderful summer holiday. Students will begin school on August 16.
Reminder: Grade k-3 Musical is Thursday June 9
The students are working extremely hard in preparation for the Thursday Musical "Welcome to the Jungle". There will be two performances, 1pm and 6:00pm. Please look for the ticket request form to come home Monday. Please fill this out and return as soon as possible to ensure you get your seat.
Coco Brooks Fundraising: Pick Up of orders will be June 13 between 2:30-3:30pm
All Coco Brooks fundraising orders will be available for pick on Monday June 13, 2016 between 2:30 and 3:30pm. Please make sure you come down on that day as all orders are frozen and we at the school do not have the capacity to hold frozen orders.
Reminder: WD Patrol Picnic Thursday June 9
The annual AMA Patrol Picnic will be held this Thursday at Heritage Park. Almost 40 patrollers from grades 4 & 5 will be heading down to represent West Dover School. If you are a parent of a patroler going to the picnic, please pack a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. If you are a parent who is interested in volunteering on the trip please contact Mr. Lailey.
Pancake Breakfast, Friday June 3
A big thank you goes out to all the students, parents, teachers and community members for making the breakfast a huge success. Over three hundred people came and enjoyed the morning sunshine while eating some fresh pancakes and fruit. Special thanks to the West Dover Parent Council for paying for the event and the West Dover Community Association for providing the tables, chairs and grills.
One World Drumming, Tuesday May 10
Today the grade 1 students headed over to the community garden to hang their art work on the fance. The Our work with Mr. Dave from One World Drumming continues on for the second week. The students are now building upon their basic skills and knowledge of beat and techniques to incorporate more complex rhythms and patterns. Everyone is looking forward to the family drumming evening next Thursday evening. Please make sure you check with your son/duaghter what time their session is and attend with them and play a few beats.
Grade 4/5 classes at Telus Spark, Monday May 9
Mr. Link and Mr. Sawatzky's classes are off to Telus Spark this week for science school. Last week Ms. Wheatley's class went. The students last week furthered their understanding of the scientific method and what it truely means to see the world through the lens of a scientist. Among the highlights were a special Dome showing and a cool reveal of the inner workings of the planetarium style theatre. On tap for the students this week is a lunch and learn with the business people of the Science Center and a behind the scenes look at the marketing department. Keep an eye on the classroom blogs for all the cool learning students will be sharing during the week.
Welcome to Kindergarten, Friday May 6
Today was the welcome to kindergarten afternoon for all those prospective kindies who are beginning their school journey next year. The event was well attended and provided a window for parents and students alike what the learning program will be about next year. Stations on physical education, artwork, literacy and numeracy were among the centers students toured. A big thank you to the learning partnership who provided parents with back packs full of resources students could use to help them prepare for a successful start in kindergarten. As well a thank you to the public library who came and showed all the resources available at the library to support the development and growth of their students.
Community Garden Grade 1, Monday April 18
Today the grade 1 students headed over to the community garden to hang their art work on the fance. The students created paintings of the local west dover landmarks as well as the greater city of calgary landmarks. They hung them in an arrangement that linked the two communities. Don Emerson, a community gardener said it was delightful and incredible to watch the students explore and sketch the garden then create these beautiful paintings for all to enjoy. A big thank you to Ms. Given and Mr. Knuttila for taking our students learning out into the community.
Field Trip to Humane Society 4 & 5, Monday & Tuesday April 18 & 19
The grade 4 and 5 students had an opportunity to head out to the Calgary Humane Society and learn about all the different roles that they play in the community. One of the students said upon returning from the Monday trip, "today I learned that the Humane Society helps people adopt animals and teaches everyone how to demonstrate respect and compassion towards animals?". Thank you to the grade 4/5 teaching team for organizing this wonderful learning opportunity for our students.
Making Dream Catchers Grd 4 & 5, Friday April 8
The grade 4 and 5 students will be performing the musical Dreamcatcher later this year. As part of the process of learning more about the origins and meaning of dreamcatchers the students were making their very own. The students were engaged all morning carefully crafting their webs and placing the beads and feathers on the catcher.
Aggie Days Field Trip Grds 2 & 3, Thursday April 7
Today our grade 2 and 3 classes went down to the Agricultural Center to take in Aggie Days. The students spent time learning about all the different aspects of the aggie industry. One student commented after the day, "I learned where the food we buy in the grocery store actually comes from". The calgary stampede put on a mini rodeo for the students to take in. The bucking horses and ring clown were big hits. A special thank you to all the teachers for organizing the trip, the parent volunteers for supervising and the Aggie Foundation for covering the cost of busing for our students.
Grade 1's and Skill Dover Community Garden Visit, Wednesday April 6
The grade 1's and Skill students from West Dover headed over to the community garden today. This visit was a continuation of the work they began in the fall with looking at how we grow different vegatables and fruits in Calgary and what type of work is needed to make this happen. The grade 1's will be building a mural over at the garden in the coming month. The Skill students and Grade 1's will also be preparing the garden beds and planting different seeds.
Welcome New Principal Mr. Craig, Friday March 18
Today our new principal was announced. Mr. Craig will be joining us starting on April 4. He most recently was the assistant principal at Evergreen School. The west dover community looks forward to meeting and working with you this spring.
Farewell Ms. Turner, Thursday March 17
Today we celebrated the contributions Ms. Turner has made to our school and community during the past four years. Thank you for all your efforts. You have helped West Dover re-establish its focus that learning is our work and that every student succeeds, no exceptions. You have touched us all in different ways and we are better people for it. All the best as you go forward and open the new school Buffalo Rubbing Stone.
Parent Teacher Interviews & Spring Break, Thursday March 17
A big thank you to all the parents who made time during their day to come by the school and meet with their children's teachers. Lots to good conversations were had. We strive to always have clear communication between the school and parents. If you were not able to come by and would still like to meet the teacher please phone the school and arrange at time that works for both you and the teacher.
Spring break begins Friday March 18 and runs through to Sunday April 3. School is back in on Monday April 4. Please have a safe and relaxing spring break we look forward to seeing everyone back in April.
Grade 4 & 5 Sharing Night, Wednesday March 16
The students in grades 4 & 5 showcased their work on famous canadians. The students definition of famous focused on people who had made a difference in their communities during the time period in which they lived. The personas that the students took on ranged from Chief Crowfoot to Nelly McClung. During the gala in the learning commons the students were dressed up as their famous canadian and sharing/acting on the information they had researched. West Dover looks forward to the continuation of this work and where the paths will lead to next.
Mrs. Sherren's 2/3's to Museum School, Friday March 4
The students in Mrs. Sherren's 2/3 class wrapped up their week today down at the Glenbow Museum. Students expanded their knowledge of story through the investigation of all the different artifacts in the museum. Special attention was paid to the rocks and minerals area of the museum. In the coming days the students will be applying their knowledge of the currator techniques in improving their own in house museum. A big thank you goes out to all the parent and student teacher volunteers who helped make this learning experience happen.
School yard clean up, Friday March 4
West Dover School students hit the playground today at 10 am not just to get some exercise but to clean up all the debries that had landed on the grounds over the winter season. As one student put it, having a clean school yard is important. It lets the community know we care about where we learn". Thank you to the program voluteers who helped out as well as to Mr. Williams who provided us with all the garbage bags and rubber gloves.
Grade 4 & 5 Reel Fun Film Festival , Monday Feb. 22
Today the students in grades 4 and 5 went to the theatre to take in the movie Oddball.This movie articulated the true story of Allan 'Swampy' Marsh and his Maremma dog Oddball. Swampy convinced local authorities to allow Oddball to protect a colony of Penguins on Middle Island from wild cats and dogs after a series of attacks threatened the penguins existance. In the coming days, students will reflect upon the unique experiences of the characters in the movie and relate the themes of taking action and solving complex problems in your community to their work in our own Dover community.
To read more on the movie check out the link below.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/the-story-behind-oddball-how-a-sheepdog-became-a-penguins-best-friend-20150914-gjf1d0.html#ixzz410LrpJQQ
Sharing Night grade 1 and kindergarten, Thursday Feb. 18
West Dover School would like thank all the parents and guardians who came out and took in the Kindergarten and Grade 1 sharing night. A big thanks to all the teachers who set up the many stations for parents and students to engage in the work. The mathematical skill building games in the learning commons were a popular spot for parents to spend time testing their own skills and seeing how this instructional tools are important parts of our work at West Dover. Many parents in grade 1 were very impressed with the authentic tasks the grade 1's were undertaking with the work of deepening their understanding of their own communty and what it means to have place in society and how it forms the basis of the strong relationships people build with each other and allow them to live a meaningful life.
Sharing Night Grades 2 and 3 , Wednesday Feb. 10
West Dover School would like to thank all of the parents and students who came out to the grade 2 and three spring sharing night. Students from each of the classes enjoyed sharing their journeys in learning with their parents. The Sherren Peterson students were mid stream in their work and enjoyed sharing their visual journal entries, water color paintings and many other pieces. Students in Ms. Franklin's and Garcia's class spoke to the many different solutions science experienments they had undertaken as part of their work. A big favourite with the parents was the valentine heart crystallizations. Not only were these beautiful decorations but the students did a wonderful job speaking to the process of creating those, writing a problem statement, thinking about a hypothesis, conducting the experiment and writing observations and a conclusion. As always thanks to the teachers for all their efforts.
Report Cards coming home Friday , Tuesday Jan. 20
West Dover School would like to remind all parents and guardians that report cards will be coming home on Friday Juanuary 22.
Kindergarten Registration Opens, Monday Jan. 11
West Dover School kindergarten registration is now open. Please feel free to come by the school and begin the process or get more information. Lots of helpful details can be found on the cbe website at the following link click here.
Accountability Survey Mailed to Parents , Monday Jan.11
This month parents of grade 4 students at West Dover School will be receiving surveys from Alberta Learning. This is your opportunity to provide your feedback about your son or daughters education experience. Click here to learn more.
Happy Holidays , Friday Dec. 18
West Dover School wishes everyone a wonderful holidays. We have worked hard, learned lots and need to rest up and recharge. Enjoy time with family, take time for yourself and we will see you back on Thursday, January 7, 2016.
Inline Family Skate Night, Tuesday Dec. 15
A fun night was had by all who attended the family inline skating night. Over 60 people attended each of the early and late skates. Mr. Dan and Sean from inline helped set everyone up with skates and helmets. The students took time to demonstrate the skills they had learned during the two week skating period. Highlights of the night include a number of kindergarten students teaching their parents how to skate, get up, take the first few steps and use their emergency brake (drop stop) before they crashed into the walls.
Winter Celebration, Thursday Dec. 3
West Dover School's Winter Celebration will be on Thursday Dec. 3.
5:00pm-6:00pm Crafts in the classrooms, a bake sale, x-mas tattoos, and pictures with Santa.
6:00pm-6:30pm Students go to their classrooms, parents get seated in the gym
6:30pm-7:30pm Concert in the Gym
If you are donating items to the bake sale please drop them off at the school today or tomorrow morning. Contact t West Dover's Parent Council President, Mrs. Cook if you want to volunteer or help out with the events.
Chapters Book Night, Nov.30
Parents, tonight is our Chapters Book Night If you show up to Chapters in Chinook Mall between 6pm and 8:30pm the school will buy your child a new book (no more than $20.00 in value). Our school believes that all it takes is one book to spark an interest in reading. We are hoping for a big turn out to check out the new childrens section in Chapters and take home a wonderful book.
Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame, Nov. 20
The grade 2 and 3 classes of Franklin and Garcia are looking forward to attending Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame Museum this thursday. The students will be discovering the great stories of sporting artifacts as well as learning about the journey's of a multitude of athletes from Canada.
Farm to School Fundraiser, Nov.20
Monday Nov. 23 will mark the end of the Farm to School Fundraiser. Please have students bring in all order forms and money to the school so that we can place the veggie orders. The pick up date for the orders will be Dec. 9 & 10.