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I trust that everyone had a restful Spring break and are committed to having a strong finish to the school year. Thanks to students and their parents for attending the conferences on April 11th and 12th. On the Thursday night of the conferences our grade 5 and 6 students had the opportunity to show their parents all the outstanding work they have been engaged in over the last number of months.
 
The Second Annual Empathy Data Day was held on April 9th. It was an inspirational day with grade 9 students having the opportunity to interview experts and/or people with Lived Experiences regarding Calgary’s social and economic inequality. This was an integrated math and humanities project. Following this insightful day, the students in humanities developed fictional stories and wrote letters to political leaders inspired by the conversations they had with our guests and in math they analyzed the quantitative and qualitative data they collected and also created social infographics. It was a day that definitely increased our students’ understanding of the social and economic inequalities that exist within their own city! All were inspired to take personal action in addressing these inequalities.
 
What a great honor it was to have some of our students perform at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions at the BMO Centre on March 13th. The Grade 8 students did a brilliant job performing an integrated dance, music and art piece developed in collaboration with Ms. Schurig, Ms. Quinn-Hall, Mark Vazquez Mackay (our studio artist) and the students. We also had our Senior band under the direction of Ms. Williams greet guests with some of our Mayor’s favorite music. During the luncheon, The Honourable Lois Mitchell who is the 18thLieutenant Governor of Alberta personally acknowledged and thanked Willow Park School for their outstanding presentations. 
 
Our Willow Park School 2ndAnnual Games Night hosted by Imaginary Wars was a success. Our students and their parents commented on the importance of spending time together engaged in playing games that promoted connection, strategy and fun. Students were also able to speak to the connection of mathematics to the games they were playing. Thanks again to Mr. Davidge and Ms. Shields our two Grade 9 teachers for making this evening a reality.
 
Our basketball season has wrapped up for the year. Congratulations to all teams for their improvement over the season. It was encouraging to see that 3 out of the 4 teams made it to the playoffs and our Senior Girls’ came in second place! Thanks to our coaches, Ms. Coles, Ms. Owen, Mr. Khubyar and Ms. Wolff. I would also like to extend a special thank you to our volunteer coaches Bob Baker, Bill Robertson, Dylan Strickland, Cody Marshall and Will Shepherd who willingly volunteered countless hours to support our athletes. It is now time for our badminton season to begin. 
 
 
We were delighted to host 10 education students from Hokkaido University of Education and 11 education students from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China visit our school in February and March. They were extremely impressed with our energy, creativity and commitment to the arts. Thanks to Umit Boz, Acting Director of Teaching Across Borders at the University of Calgary Werklund School of Education, for organizing this wonderful learning opportunity for all.
 
Congratulations to our grade 9 full year drama students on their performance of “The Village of Idiots”. It was an outstanding show!! A special thanks to Mr. Shank, teacher candidates, parent volunteers, office staff (Mrs. Zimmermann for producing the program) and Lord Beaverbrook High School for making this such an exceptional production!! The junior and senior bands had a fabulous time at camp and a special thanks goes out to Ms. Williams and Mr. Davidge and Mrs. Green and of course our parent volunteers. The students had a fabulous time learning more about playing music and the importance of being a team.
 
We would like to wish our teacher candidates Jasmine Piedad, Kyla Sendecki, Alandra Stefanato and Negaar Tebyanian from Mount Royal University all the best as they will soon embark on their teaching careers. Their practicums at Willow Park will end April 12th. They have been a wonderful addition to our school over these past few months. Thanks to Mrs. Presley, Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Hennigan and Ms. Schurig for their guidance and support to these teacher candidates. We would also like to thank teacher candidate Celia Niksic from the University of Lethbridge for all her efforts and great work. A thank you goes out to Mr. Shank for his encouragement and support for Celia.
 
Thanks goes out to our School Council Fundraising Coordinator Carolyn Campbell for organizing our Cookie Dough Fundraiser. We raised just over $8,000 dollars! Well done Willow!! All monies raised will go towards student field trips. 
 
Organizing for next year is underway and we are excited about the many innovative and engaging learning opportunities that we are planning for our students. Our guiding framework for any decision we make will always be about how we can continue to meet the learning needs of our students. An integral part of this planning for next year is creating our class lists. Next month staff will be engaged in this important work. This process involves our understanding of student needs in creating diverse and effective learning groups. For the majority of students this has been a very effective way of addressing their learning. On occasion parents have contributed insights into their child’s learning that can assist in this process. If you feel that this is significant for your child, we ask that you email
willowpark@cbe.ab.cano later than Wednesday, April 30th, 2019 to share this information with us. As well, a reminder that it is important to let the office know if your child will not be returning to Willow Park next year.​

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Willow Park School

343 Willow Park Dr SE Calgary, AB, T2J 0K7
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Principal
Dr Leslie Robertson
Assistant Principal
Miss Tiffany Coles
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
05-09
Enrolment
640
Programs
Arts-Centred
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Morning Start
9:12 AM
Dismissal
3:53 PM
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