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Author David Bouchard Visit to WD Learning Commons, Oct. 8

Students, staff and parents from West Dover enjoyed a visit from the Order of Canadal Award winning Metis author David Bouchard. David worked with two groups of students, the grade 1 and 2 team as well as the grade 3 and 4's. In the session with the grade 1 and 2 students David read a few pages from his book Rainbow Raven and then provided students with ideas they could use in crafting their own stories of life on the Prairies. With the grade 3 and 4 students David played his different flutes and shared poems from his books. This helped the students make connections with their own life stories and making their own poems as part of their Madela Projects. David's strong message of start reading and becoming a reader was well recieved by all. Special thanks goes out to the WD School Association who provided the funding to bring David in, the parents who helped set up and take down the furniture in the learning commons, our awesome Library Assistant Mrs. K and all the grade 1,23 and 4 teachers.

Grade 1 and 2 Field Trip to Fort Calgary, Oct. 6 & 7

The two groupings of grade 1 and 2 classes visited Fort Calgary this week. The students enjoyed handling the real life artifacts at the Fort and diving deeper into the roots of our great city. This complements their work on learning about the stories of life on the prairies and how the actions of the past shape the present and influence the steps into the future.

WD Clubs are up and running, Oct. 6

Things are hitting full swing at the school these days. The extended programs of Drama, Music, Eco, Health and Technology clubs are up and running. Students are encouraged to participate in any areas they are interested in. The various clubs have opportunities for every grade level student to join and explore learning in different areas. For further information on schedules contact the school.

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, June 16

All of the grade 1 and 2 students had the opportunity to go to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump on Monday. The kids furthered their knowledge and study of aboriginal culture through visiting the traditional Blackfoot jump and world UNESCO Heritage site. The groups of students spent time with Blackfoot guides investingating traditional hunting and tool kits, watching a movie of a re-inactment of the buffalo hunt and touring outside on the actual jump. Moona remarked to one of the teachers while on the trip that this was the "highlight of her school year. Visiting a place where Blackfoot people had been hunting for the past 6000 years". The lessons learned from this event will last a lifetime. Thank you to Mr. K and Mrs. Gelfand for organizing the trip and to Ms. Turner and WD Parent Council for funding the busing and admission costs.

Sports Day, June 13

The weather held off for just enough time this morning to conduct the WD sports day. The "aboriginal games" theme was a hit with students and staff. The classes toured around 14 different stations which included two snack stations. A big thanks to the Olympic Athletes, Aboriginal guest speaker and parent volunteers for making our day a successful one.

Sharing Assembly Grade 3 & 4 's, June 5

The students in grades 3 & 4 had an opportunity to share the work they had been undertaking. Students shared their stop motion animation videos and reflections on their growth and learning.

Patrol Picnic, June 5

The students who had been a part of the patrol program at West Dover spent a wonderful day at Heritage Park with 7,000 other Calgary City and Area Patrolers. The students had ample opportunities to connect with fellow collegues and take in some of the historic attractions at the park. Special thanks to the grade 5 & 6 teachers for helping support our patrol program throughout the year.

Music Clubs Concert, June 4

The students who partipated in music clubs this past year held their culminating performance for the year. Superb performances were put on by the handbell, drum circle, choir and wind ansembles. The evening ended with a unique and intriguing performance by the choir and cup jive group. Thank you Mrs. Jackson for all your hard work with the students!

 

Grade 1 & 2 Sharing Night, May 28

It was a packed house at West Dover for the grade 1 & 2 spring sharing night. Students from each of the classes showcased their work to their parents. Students could be seen taking their parents through the journals explaining why they sketched the tipis and what were the next steps. Half way through the evening the parents were treated to a drumming circle where all of the students took part in drumming a nursary rhyme. Thank you to all parents for attending and demonstrating a real interest in your childs learning. It is evident you are developing an ability to ask great questions of your sons/daughters for them to demonstrate their growth.

 

Online Booking for Parent Teacher Conferences, March 12-19

This semester we are experimenting with having parents book parent teacher conferences using an online scheduling website. The booking system is now open and can be accessed at https://westdover.schoolsoft.ca If you are unable to access the online booking system you can phone the school and Ms. Nichols will book on your behalf.

Knuttilla & Akabuogu 1/2 @ Active Living School, March 3

This week the students in Mrs. A's and Mr. K's class are attending healthy living school. Based out of Cardel Place the students will have an opportunity to experience a variety of life long activities such as yoga and zumba. As well as do things such as heading over to superstore and learning how to shop and cook a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. We wish the class all the best and look forward to tapping into their knowledge upon the weeks end.

Hansel and Grettel Opera, Feb. 28

The students of West Dover School enjoyed a wonderful performance of the fairy tale Hansel and Grettel this morning. Most students had never attended an opera before and found the singing of the tale very engaging. All classes had taken up the fairy tale during the week either reading it within class or taking it further and investigating the style of story telling fables like Hansel and Grettel use. The grade 5/6 classes students connected the opera performance to their studies of the planets. Investigating the greeek roots of opera and the mythological figures that appear in the constellations.

5/6 Field trip to Fish Creeek, Feb. 27

The grade 5 and 6 classes had the good fortune of spending the day at Fish Creek Park. During the morning activities they split into two groups and were looking for evidences of human and animal tracks in the park. Students sketched what they found and made inferences as to what types of animals the tracks were formed by. Further discussion was held in the afternoon that focused on how we as humans can minimize our ecological footprint in ecosystems and what actions we can take as students and teachers to make a difference in the world.

Astrodome, Feb. 24 & 25

All West Dover Students had an opportunity to work with Mr. James and take in a variety of astronomy shows in the dome. The interactive presentations explored the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the sky tonight. The daily motion of the stars and planets was demonstrated and a few constellation stories were told. Strong connections were made to the grade 5 and 6 work on the solar system and constellations they are recording in their sky journals.

Jump Rope 4 Heart, Feb. 21

The students and staff kicked off Jump Rope for Heart at West Dover School with an energized assembly. Keep an eye for fundraising forms that your son/daughter will be bringing home. Our school goal this year is to raise $1000.00.

Inline Skating, Feb. 12

West Dover School held its second annual Family Inline Skating evening. Two sessions were available for families to come and either learn or practice their inline skating skills. Over 170 people attended the two sessions. Parents and children alike took to the gym floor. Lots of smiles and laughs were had as some adults dusted off the rust on those skating legs. A big thank you goes out to the West Dover School Council who paid for Alien In line Skating to teach the students for the past two and half weeks.

Olympic Opening Ceremonies , Feb. 7

The work students undertook all week with Trickster culminated with two wonderful performances. Over 300 parents packed the gym for the evening performance on Thursday night and just under 150 parents attended with all the students the Friday morning performance. Each of the two minute skits that the kids created connected to their whole year inquiry questions and campus calgary work. Imagine the difference we can make in our world was the specific Trickster week theme. Lots of thanks goes out to our School Association who provided key funding to pay for the Trickster week, the Mount Royal Nurses and all the Parents who came in and helped make props for the different class performances. We look forward to how the classes use the weeks work as a stepping stone to other areas of study and focus.

100 th day Celebrations, Jan. 20-24

The Students of West Dover are busy working with their Tricksters and Teachers creating a 3 minute play for the Thursday night and Friday morning productions. Each class has a big question that they are exploring through dance, drama and theatre. When asked what his class' big question was Morbub stated "that their big question is exploring how our actions impact the world around us. And we are going to be using black light to make our play". With all the action and excitement the week promises to be one that the kids will find helped them connect their learning with the greater local and global communities.

Grade 3 Ice Skating, Jan. 22

The students in grade 3 are in the midst of learning/perfecting their ice skating abilities. Thanks in large part to a grant from RBC West Dover School grade 3 students have had the opportunity to learn how to skate on our community outdoor rink. The first session was held Jan. 18 and despite the spring like warm temperatures the kids and instructors had a great session. Kaleb, one of the students learning how to skate said that "this was the first time I had ever put on skates and gone ice skating". Partek another student said "I am so happy to have the chance to learn how to skate". Ms. Turner applied for a grant and was successful from RBC getting 43 helmets, skates and bags that the kids are using to skate. This resource will be available to all school students to borrow during the year.

Inline Skating on for next week, Jan. 22

The Students and staff are looking forward to welcoming Alien Inline Skating. All students at school will have an opportunity to learn how to inline skate at least 5 times during Jan. 28-Feb.12. A family night will be held on Feb. 12 to provide parents an opportunity to skate with their kids.

Grade 4/5 Jump Start Day, Jan. 29

On Wednesday January 29 grade 4 and 5 students will have an opportunity to cooperatively learn some new phys. ed skills at the Subway Socer Center. The Canadian Tire group of companies is graciously hosting, feeding and providing transportation for four schools to come to the Subway Soccer Center and spend the day exploring new sports skills.

 

Trickster Performances, Jan. 23-24

The work students undertook all week with Trickster culminated with two wonderful performances. Over 300 parents packed the gym for the evening performance on Thursday night and just under 150 parents attended with all the students the Friday morning performance. Each of the two minute skits that the kids created connected to their whole year inquiry questions and campus calgary work. Imagine the difference we can make in our world was the specific Trickster week theme. Lots of thanks goes out to our School Association who provided key funding to pay for the Trickster week, the Mount Royal Nurses and all the Parents who came in and helped make props for the different class performances. We look forward to how the classes use the weeks work as a stepping stone to other areas of study and focus.

Trickster Week, Jan. 20-24

The Students of West Dover are busy working with their Tricksters and Teachers creating a 3 minute play for the Thursday night and Friday morning productions. Each class has a big question that they are exploring through dance, drama and theatre. When asked what his class' big question was Morbub stated "that their big question is exploring how our actions impact the world around us. And we are going to be using black light to make our play". With all the action and excitement the week promises to be one that the kids will find helped them connect their learning with the greater local and global communities.

Grade 3 Ice Skating, Jan. 22

The students in grade 3 are in the midst of learning/perfecting their ice skating abilities. Thanks in large part to a grant from RBC West Dover School grade 3 students have had the opportunity to learn how to skate on our community outdoor rink. The first session was held Jan. 18 and despite the spring like warm temperatures the kids and instructors had a great session. Kaleb, one of the students learning how to skate said that "this was the first time I had ever put on skates and gone ice skating". Partek another student said "I am so happy to have the chance to learn how to skate". Ms. Turner applied for a grant and was successful from RBC getting 43 helmets, skates and bags that the kids are using to skate. This resource will be available to all school students to borrow during the year.

Inline Skating on for next week, Jan. 22

The Students and staff are looking forward to welcoming Alien Inline Skating. All students at school will have an opportunity to learn how to inline skate at least 5 times during Jan. 28-Feb.12. A family night will be held on Feb. 12 to provide parents an opportunity to skate with their kids.

Grade 4/5 Jump Start Day, Jan. 29

On Wednesday January 29 grade 4 and 5 students will have an opportunity to cooperatively learn some new phys. ed skills at the Subway Socer Center. The Canadian Tire group of companies is graciously hosting, feeding and providing transportation for four schools to come to the Subway Soccer Center and spend the day exploring new sports skills.

Grade 1/2 Student Assembly, Nov. 29

The Students of Mrs. Akabuogu, Ms. Dalberg's, Ms. Given's, Mr. Knuttila, and Mrs. Marianicz were front and center today sharing their learning experience in an assembly. Danica and Dayton did a wonderful job as the MC's of the event. Three movies that the students created were shared. Mrs. Dalberg's class video evidenced their learning from their emersion week at Eco-Action School. Ms. Given's class video articulated their work on building community and healthy relationship. This work is in preparation for their emersion week to Active Living School. Mrs. Akabuguo, Mr. Knuttlia and Mrs. Marianicz's class video articulated their work on healthy ways to express emotions and feelings. The whole 1/2 group performed two musical numbers, both focused on the health of people and the environment. A big thank you goes out to all the students and teachers the parents and grand parents who found time in their day to attend the assembly.

Student Sharing Night Grade 3/4 Team, Nov. 28

The students and parents from grade 3 and 4 enjoyed a full evening to bring their parents to their classrooms and demonstrate their learning. All of those who attended found it an extremely valuable experience to learn about all the real life connections the students are making in their journies this year. One parent was amazed that his son had such a keen interest in drafting and architechtual design as evidenced in work on planning the stampede grounds. Another parent commented that this was the first time she had been invited into her child's classroom in the five years she has been attending school. A big thank you goes out to the grade 3/4 team and all those students and parents who attended.

Student Sharing Night Franklin/Wheatley/Jackson, Nov. 26

The Students and parents of Mrs. Wheatley's, Franklin's and Jackson's grade 5/6 classes evidenced their learning last night in a very intimate setting. Within each classroom there were a series of stations that students enagaged with their parents in discussing their learning. Within Mrs. Wheatley's class students shared and discussed their citizenship videos with their parents. In Ms. Franklin's class students shared the different literature they have been studying and how it has impacted them as a learner. In Mrs. Jackson's class many students were either playing the handbells or showing their parents how to play the recorder and what forms of assessment they use to inform their work. We thank all those who attended and commend the students and staff on their worthwhile work.

Lego Club off and Building, Nov. 26

Students got the blocks out and started building as the West Dover Lego Club had their first session. This year the students in grade 5/6 have taken the leadership role and are running the club for the grade 1/2 and 3/4 students. The initial session was very much a get to know you casual building time. Subsequent sessions will have students completing challenges such as building the best possible flying machine using only 20 blocks, or using 50 blocks building the strongest possible bridge structure. A challenge group will also be working with the 10 lego robotics kits available to students until winter break.

Mount Royal Nurses helping with S4 and Circle of Courage, Nov. 26

West Dover School uses the circle of courage to help build the skills within each student to be an ethical, entreprenurial, engaged citizen. This year we are complementing that work the Start Smart Stay Safe program offered in partnership with the Calgary Police Service. The student nurses have from Mount Royal have been hard at work building our feature bulletin board on the West Entrance of the school. Next time you are in please take some time to check it.

Parent Teacher Interviews, Nov. 21

Students, Staff and Parents of West Dover School had the opportunity to sit down and discuss with each other how the year is progressing. The two sessions, one during the day and the other during the evening were both very busy. We thank everyone who took the time out of their busy days to come to the school and chat. If anyone was unable to attend and still would like an opportunity to meet with the teacher please phone the office and Lisa will help set up a time.

Earth Rangers, Nov. 18

The students and staff of West Dover had a wonderful opportunity today to learn about a few of the many endangered animals. The earth rangers team brought an owl, falcon and lizard for the students to look and learn about. The team shared the specifics of each animals habbitat and the many factors that are contributing to its loss. The earth rangers ended their session with some suggestions on how we could all be helping the plight of the many endangered animals in the world.

Basketball Club off and Running, Nov. 18

The students in grades 3-6 were out on the court and hooping it up at lunch time today. The grade 5/6 leadership students set up the league, and got all the kids registered and playing. Each team has an even distribution of studetns from grades 3-6, males and femaies. One student who played commented that it was lots of fun to play basketball in a non-competitive fun envrionment with kids that are both older and younger. Special thanks goes out to Mrs. Wheatley's student teacher, Mr. Chrisitan and the three grade 6 students Omar, Tim, and Shwaib for all their hard work.

Sawatzky 5/6 Sharing Evening, Nov. 14

Students and Parents of Mr. Sawatzky's grad e5/6 class held their sharing evening tonight. The students were front and center evidencing their learning with their parents within 5 different centers both within the classroom and in the learning commons. Parents learned how to make their own learning space and green screen video. Students also demonstrated the real world connections to the architectual plans they had created as part of designing their own learning space. Lots of thanks goes out to Mr. Sawatzky and all the parents that attended.

 

Rememberance Day Assembly, Nov. 8

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Students, Staff and Parents of West Dover School took part in a wonderful rememberance day assembly. Each class in the school created an artifact that represented their inquiry work into peace. What is it? Why is it important and how do we continually work towards maintaining it within our current world and into the future. The WD Handbells and Choir sang In Flanders Field and played the processional as students presented their peace artifacts to the peace tree. We thank everyone in attandence and wish everyone a safe long weekend and Rememberance Day.

Rememberance Day Assembly, Nov. 8

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Students, Staff and Parents of West Dover School took part in a wonderful rememberance day assembly. Each class in the school created an artifact that represented their inquiry work into peace. What is it? Why is it important and how do we continually work towards maintaining it within our current world and into the future. The WD Handbells and Choir sang In Flanders Field and played the processional as students presented their peace artifacts to the peace tree. We thank everyone in attandence and wish everyone a safe long weekend and Rememberance Day.

October 2013 News Posts

Celebrating a Safe Halloween, Oct. 31

Students, Staff and Parents enjoyed a wonderful assembly this afternoon. Students from Mrs. Jackson's choir and instrumental groups demonstrated their superlative music skills with two pieces they performed for everyone. The students' growth as musicians was clearly evident as they performed with harmony and tone. Mr. Link's class performed a very ghoolish dance to the music of Micheal Jackson's thriller. Then surprised everyone with a number from the popular "what the fox said". All in attendance enjoyed the choreography and dancing skills of the students. Thank you to all for their hard work and dedication to share with everyone the evidences of student learning. All the staff wish everyone a safe and happy halloween.

Grade 3 & 4 Classes Sharing work, Oct. 25

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Students from Ms. Denby's and Mr. Link's classes took time with the whole school Friday to provide them with evidence of the work they are undertaking this year. Both classes are off to Zoo school and are using the experience to help guide their work for the year. Ms. Denby's class is currently inquiring into how the flood affected the zoo animals. Students shared journal entries that they had written taking on the persona of the hippo and giraffe. Both animals were left at the zoo and in the cold flood waters. Other students shared questions the whole class hopes to write to the zoo keepers in a formal letter looking to deepen their own understandings of the impact the flood had on the zoo. Mr. Link's students shared the variety of animals they are studying. Students displayed colorful posters that contained information the students had researched on the local habitat and diets of many different animals.

Welcome to Kindergarten Sharing, Oct. 24

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The parents and children of Kindergarten had a chance to come to the school and get up close and personal with the work the Kindergarten class is undertaking this year. Parents toured around 6 stations spread throughout the Kindie classroom and the adjacent learning commons. Teachers, Administrators and Area Learning Team members worked with students and parents in a casual safe setting at each station. Parents and their children took part in digging for dinosaur bones, singing a class song and creating a segment of a newscast using a green screen and imovie computer software.

Back from Fall Break, Oct. 21

Welcome back students and staff from the fall break. We hope everyone had an enjoyable week off. We look forward to a fantastic stretch unitl the winter break.

Youth Education through Sport, Oct. 11

West Dover School hosted Olympic wrestler Christine Nordhagen friday before the fall break. Christine came and spoke with the students about making positive choices in life and that the road to a successful and forfilling life begins with the choices they make each and every day. Surrounding yourself with positive influences and people then working hard to achieve your goals permeated Christiine's each and every word. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

 

 

Book Fair, May 27-30

The West Dover Book Fair is currently on right now. Mrs. Graham has the library full of exciting and interesting titles for all ages. Feel free to drop in and take a look at all the selections. Every dollar spent during the fair helps bring good things to the school and the future transformation of the library into a learning commons.

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May Days, May 22-24

The third week in May marked the beginning of what we hope is a new tradition of May Days at West Dover School. The week long event consists of a variety of opportunities to come together and celebrate the healthy and caring community of West Dover. The pancake breakfast was held on Wednesday morning along with a bike into work. Also on Wednesday the grade 3/4 class had an opportunity to learn Lacross from the captian of the Calgary Roughnecks. On Thursday Mrs. Jackson held the spring music club concert. On Friday the grade 5/6's played two games Laser Quest and the grade K,1 & 2's had a chance to listen to a professional story teller. The initial feedback from people has been very positive. Over 400 people attended the pancake breakfast and there was a full gym for the music club concert. Special thanks goes to the West Dover School Council, West Dover Community Association and all the volunteers, teachers and students who helped in one way or another to make the week a fun and successful one.

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Family Yoga Night, May 16

Ms. Natasha lead a full gym of parents and children through a variety of individual and partner yoga moves.Lots of smiles and laughter could be heard echoing from the gym in the two sessions. One mother expressed that she had not felt her body like that in years, and vowed to start doing some form of stretching or yoga with her kids before bed each night. One Father who participated really appreciated the self discipline and calming techniques taught to his son during the past two weeks of yoga. As per usual all participants appreciated the last 10 minutes with Ms. Natasha were everyone paid a soothing visit to their wisdom tree. We thank the West Dover School Association for funding this opportunity and The Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio.

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March Posts

St. Patrick's Day at West Dover, March 12

The Kindergarten class has been busy all week searching for Larry the lucky leprechaun that seems to be visiting their classroom nightly. Apparently Larry has been causing quite a caffuffle in the class. The students have worked with their older buddies to construct their own leprechaun traps in hopes that they can catch the ellusive Larry the leprochon.

The breakfast program also jumped on board the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. The special breakfast this week was green eggs and ham.

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Jump Rope for Heart, March 12

The students at West Dover are busy raising awareness and funds for charity as part of Jump Rope for Heart. You might have seen the fundraising forms come home last week. The kids are also doing a penny drive to help reach their goal of raising $1500.00. Jump Rope for Heart runs until the start of Spring Break.

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Technology Club Div 1, March 11

The West Dover Div 1 Technology Club was busy creating their own sock puppet movies this past week. The kids had a task to write a quick skit that had a positive message about being environmentally friendly and make a sock puppet movie using an application on the ipads. Day one of this activity saw the kids engaged in learning the application and then crafting their play. Next week we will share the sock puppet plays with each other.

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Eco Team & Destination Conservation, March 6

The West Dover Eco team hosted the spring Destination Conservation meeting. Keeler and Grant MacEwen schools brought their Eco Teams to the meeting. The three teams had time to reflect upon their own journies thus far and then articulate the successes as well as the areas of growth for next year. All the students appreciated the time to work with others from different schools and learn from each other. Concrete strategies were provided to each team to help them accomplish their goals. Each team looks forward to the year end celebration at Mount Royal University.

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WD Grade 1 & 2 Classes Visit the Zoo, March 3

Mr. Knuttila & Mrs. M's Grade 1 & 2 classes headed over to the zoo to learn more about the animals of the north. The classes had an opportunity to tour the Canadian Wilds exhibit and observe all of the animals they have been researching in their studies. The kids really found it funny to watch the otter and owls at the zoo. Thank you to all the parents who came along for the journey and helped make the day a safe and enjoyable one.

WD Teachers learning about First Nation, Metis & Inuit Culture (FNMI), March 1

Teaching staff from West Dover school began their work with the CBE Aboriginal team in learning more about the FNMI culture so that they can design instructional events within their classes to position FNMI and all students for success. Claudette & Gloria from the aboriginal team highlighted the impact of the Indian Act and Residential Schools upon FNMI culture and how a restoritive justice approach within the classroom positions all learners for success. The staff at West Dover looks forward to the next system professional learning day at the end of the month to learn more from the aboriginal team.

 

 

 

February Posts

Eco Team & Energy Challenge, Feb.22

Students from the West Dover Eco team helped kicked off the upcoming work on conserving energy with a fantastic assembly. The Eco team shared a wonderful video outlining some of the areas of growth within the school and what each and every student and teacher could be doing to help conserve energy. The team will be conducting lunchtime energy assessments throughout the months of March and April. Classrooms which are making the most amount of difference will be rewarded.

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Stand Up 2 Bullying, Feb.22

Students from the West Dover Health team helped kick off the upcoming stand up to bullying day. The team consisting of parents, students, teachers, the health nurse and school administrators shared the data they had collected from the school health survey and how stand up to bullying day was connected to the survey results and specifically improving relationships within the school. The team shared the story of one with the whole school. Everyone looks forward to participating in stand up to bullying day on Wednesday February 27.

 

Celebrating Kindergarten, Feb.21

This year West Dove school had the pleasure of hosting the Celebrating Kindergarten evening. The gym was set up with many tables and booths for teachers, administrators and partners from both Calgary Public and Calgary Catholic Schools. The Learning Partnership helped host the eventing which really functions as a get together and celebration of the good work everyone does in kindergarten. The special performance of the night was put on by the West Dover Kindergarten students who sang the welcome to kindergarten song. The kindergarten students also escorted each visitor who came into the school.

 

Sharing the love of Valentines Day, Feb.13

The staff and students of West Dover were busy creating and handing out valentines wishes to each other today. Thank you to all the parents who brought in materials and packages that students and teachers used in crafting their valentines. Many of the classes were building upon the weeks messages of valuing others and placing positive comments within each others buckets. Even the breakfast club was making heart shaped pieces of toast with red raspberry jam!

Rythm Sharing Circle, Feb.8

The staff and students of West Dover held a rythm sharing assembly in the gymnasium. All grades demonstrated their learning culminating two weeks of work with Mr. K from One World Drumming. Many connections were made to the african culture and the many drum rythms that were used in communicating within tribes. For all those that attened it was a very moving experience!

Winter Walk Day, Feb.6

The staff and students of West Dover hit the outdoor field throughout the day for Winter Walk Day. The warm temperatures and ample sunshine made were enjoyed by all. If you have a chance make some time tonight to go outside for a walk together.

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Inuit & the North, Art Collection Arrives, Feb.5-March 5, 2013

Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Gelfand our school is hosting the Inuit of the North Art Collection from the city of calgary's civic collection. West Dover students will be interpeting the artwork and creating their own reactions and pieces to be displayed along side the exhibit. If you have some free time please come in and enjoy this wonderful collection.

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One World Drumming, Feb.5, 2013

The sounds of the drums have begun to echo throughout the halls of the school. One World Drumming experts will be working with our students helping them develop a deeper appreciation of drumming music in the different cultures of the world. This wonderful learning opportunity is made possible with funds from the West Dover School Council. An informal celebration of the students work will be held on Friday February 8 at 10:00am in the gym.

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January Posts

Hip Hop Performance, Jan.24, 2013

The students of West Dover will be putting on a hip hop dance performance tonight from 6:30-7:30pm. Doors will open at 6:15pm. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase with all funds raised going to the 5/6 year end event.

Hip Hop Begins, Jan.10, 2012

The students and staff have started their journey of learning and developing their hip hop dance skills. For the next couple of weeks the experts from sound creations will be working with the classes during their phys ed time. On Jan. 24 at 6:30pm the kids will showcase their skills for all to see.

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December Posts

Merry X-Mas and Happy New Year, Dec.20, 2012

The students and staff sang carols and participated in the 12 days of Christmas in the gymnasium on the last day of school before break. From all the staff and students at West Dover we wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! School returns on Tuesday January 8, 2013.

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WD Winter Festival Dec.18, 2012

The west dover parent council hosted the community members at the school from 5:30-8:30 at night. Participants took part in face painting, pictures with Santa, food, and a cake walk. From 6:30-7:30 Mrs. Jackson lead the the musical club students in a wonderful concert. A fund time was had by all as evidenced in the pictures below.

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WD Breakfast Program Recognized, Dec.17, 2012

The west dover breakfast program meets the nutritional needs of many students. On a daily basis Mrs. Shirley prepares breakfasts, snacks and lunches for students to eat. Recently the West Dover breakfast program was recognized as one of the best in the city. Click on the picture to read more..

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Trickster Tonight, Dec.13, 2012

Tonight at 6:30pm the students hit the stage to perform. The sold out show will feature all 13 classes of students performing a skit they have worked upon all week. If you did not receive tickets to the performance tonight please phone the office Friday morning and see if you can attend the Friday morning performance.

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Student Lead Conferences, Dec. 6, 2012

Students took the raines at the student lead conferences Thursday afternoon and evening. Classrooms were packed with parents learning right along side of their sons and daughters. Each classroom had a series of either centers or activities where students demonstrated their learning by explaining or teaching parents various concepts. Many families spent hours in the school. If you didn't have a chance to attend this event please make sure you place the next student lead conference on the calendar in the springtime.

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November Posts

Pioneer Days, Nov. 29, 2012

Well, gee willikers, the Grade 1/2 classess had a bushel full of fun "time travelling" back to ye olde Pioneer Days as part of a celebration ending their studey of Alberta's Past. The students put on their finest duds, headed on down to the cockhouse to bake old fashioned biscuits and make butter from milk. THe students were plum tuckered out after playing "kick the can" out in the pasture, and in two shakes of a lambs tail tad created a burlap wall hanging. There was even time for som booklearnin down at the "one room schoolhouse". Special thanks to the parents who assisted in the fun; Lara Gurnsey, Lea Craft, Sarah Hein, Sue Carter, and Joanne Madetsky (Mrs. Marianicz's mom). You made it all worth while.

 

Exercising the mind "chess club", Nov.27, 2012

This week marked the beginning of chess club which runs every Wednesday at lunch time 11:45-12:10pm in Mr. Sawatzky and Mr. Link's rooms. The chess club is a fun, safe environment where students ranging from beginner to expert have the opportunity to engage in a friendly game of chess. Through playing chess with each other, students develop: logical thinking skills, creative thought and solution development, as well as respect for ones self and others.

Musical Notes, Nov.27, 2012

All students involved in lunchtime and after school music clubs will be performing at their special concert on Tuesday, December 18th from 6:30-7:30pm. This concert will mark the end of these particular clubs and celebrate the students' achievements and committment to their clubs. The following groups will perform: Grd. 3/4 Djembe Drum Group, Grd 3/4 Choir, Grd. 6 Handbell Choir, Grd 5/6 Instrumental Ensemble, Grd. 5/6 Stomping Sticks Dance Troupe

Student Intramurals , Nov. 27, 2012

Grade 5/6 students have now begun intramurals during lunchtime, 11:35-12:10 every Tuesday. The first sport that has been selected is basketball. For morning information on participating please contact school administration.