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In Loco Parentis

​This week has been a difficult week for WDS teachers with the news of the historical injustices of aboriginal children at the Kamloops Residential school.  To us, 'school' means 'one's safe place of being where we gather to engage in meaningful learning experiences.'  We believe that children are most precious and our hope for a better future.
The term in loco parentis, is a Latin phrase which means “in the place of a parent" and is often used in schools to refer to the legal responsibility that educators have towards students.  When in school, teachers take on the role of the parent, acting in the child's best interest, all the while, respecting and protecting the child's civil rights and welfare.  Beyond academic activities in the school, all other roles for the teacher are geared toward ensuring the personal welfare and development of the whole child. 
At WDS, teachers care deeply about their students and provide personalized learning experiences in a safe and caring school environment.  We follow the prescribed Alberta Programs of Study and work to develop the CBE's Results mission for students which includes Academic Success; Character, Citizenship and Personal Development.
In partnership with parents we can share ideas, build respectful relationships, and work together to establish a firm educational foundation for children.  We provide rich learning opportunities where students take ownership by discovering and developing their potential, passions and gifts. As life-long learners and deep, critical thinkers, they are able to make significant contributions within a complex and changing world. 
We believe that:
Children are capable of deep intellectual thought.
Learning requires engagement within significant contexts.
Strong positive relationships are critical to the learning process.
Knowledge is socially constructed within a climate of inquiry, dialogue and exploration.
Clear expectations and high standards are important to achieving our potential as learners.
Diversity is not only welcomed, but also sought, within a responsive environment.
We much respect the needs of the individual while at the same time supporting the needs and values of the community as a whole.
We must provide teachers and students with opportunities to expand and demonstrate their understanding of multiple literacies and multiple forms of representation.At WDS we know that 'Together We Make a Difference' by following the Three Pillars of Care (Care for Others; Care for Yourself and Care for This Place) in everything we teach and engage in daily.  I challenge you today to think of these Pillars of Care before interacting or having a conversation with someone.Wishing you a wonderful month of Care!Maria Spagnolo ​ 

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West Dalhousie School

6502 58 St NW Calgary, AB, T3A 2C8
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Maria Spagnolo
Assistant Principal
Divya Devender - Kraft
Education Director
Prem Randhawa
Althea Adams

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