Welcome to the Newest Members of “The WolfPack”

On behalf of the staff of Woodhaven Middle School, I would like to welcome all of our incoming grade 5 students and their parents to Woodhaven, Home of “The Wolfpack”.

Over the next few months I will share some information with our new families through this blog, and encourage any of our new parents to contact me at the school with any questions you may have. It is our goal to ensure a smooth transition to middle school for every student!

We know that the transition to middle school raises many questions for our incoming students and parents so today’s message focuses on the many events and opportunities that we provide to our incoming grade 5 students so please read on!

Spring League 2018 – April-May

Spring League is almost here:) Spring League is a great opportunity for students currently in grades 4-6 to come to Woodhaven Middle School to meet teachers, fellow students, and learn the game of basketball. Our fantastic PE team and some of our awesome grade 8&9 players help develop skills and a joy for the game of basketball, all the while helping our incoming grade 5 students to become more comfortable within our school.

We are very proud of our grade 8&9 students who take on a leadership role during these sessions and help run the drills and games for our participants. It’s a great way for the younger students to connect with our older kids!

Information on Spring League was delivered to your child’s school earlier in April. If you did not receive this information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school for another copy.

May 4th ~ Visits to Early Years Schools

I will be joining Mrs. Darla Villeneuve (Principal of Greystone Centennial Middle School) and Mrs. Karen Stride Goudie (Principal of Prescott Learning Centre)  to visit Grade 4 classes at Brookwood & Millgrove Schools. During our visit, we bring several current grade 5 students to provide a their perspective on life at Woodhaven Middle School.  Students will receive some paperwork during this visit which we would ask parents to look for and review. 

May 10th ~ Wolf Pack Night

Your child’s future grade five teachers and our Senior Choir students will be hosting an Open House for our incoming students and families.  Join us at Woodhaven Middle School starting at 5:30 p.m. to meet your teachers and take a look around the school!  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to learn more about our school, to meet their child’s teachers and other Woodhaven Staff, and to ask questions that you may have.

May 14th ~ WolfPack Morning

Grade 4 students will come to Woodhaven Middle School for the morning from approximately 9-11 a.m.  Our grade 5 students will host a morning of activities and our “future grade wolfpack members” will see what it is like to be in Middle School.  Students will be provided with a light snack during this morning.

Should you have any questions regarding these transition events, please do not hesitate to call. We are looking forward to welcoming our new grade five students and parents to our community!

I would also encourage you to get to know our school a bit by checking out our website . Also, you can receive ongoing updates about what’s happening within our learning community by subscribing to the Principal’s Blog.   You can learn about what happens in our school on a daily basis through our daily announcements. I also encourage you to join us for a School Council meeting to meet other parents and learn more about our school.

Yours truly,

Mr. Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Spring Updates at Woodhaven Middle School

It appears that Spring has finally arrived, just as many of our students are taking off on some fantastic learning adventures! We have students traveling everywhere from Anaheim, California to Vancouver, British Columbia and Edson, Alberta. Read on to find out why 🙂

Further down in this post is information on our Jr. Badminton Tournament, Marketplace, Registration for 2018-19 and the “No Child Without” program.

Canadian Music Festival -Anaheim, California

We are really proud of our Senior Choir, under the direction of Ms. Young and Ms. Weimer, who are returning from Anaheim, California performing in Disneyland! Not only do these students get to share their talents, they receive instruction from industry experts and of course have a bit of fun shopping and enjoying the rides!

Take a moment to check out the awesome pictures and video Ms. Young has posted to Instagram by clicking on the links within her tweets below.

You can access more awesome pictures and videos of our students’ experiences on the Woodhaven Fine Arts Instagram Account.

Vancouver Sun Run 2018

Not to be outdone, we have a fantastic group of students at the Vancouver Sun Run with Mrs. Bradshaw and Mr. Rink. This group of dedicated kids trained throughout the Winter at home and in the early spring at school to prepare for this adventure. In addition to participating in the run on Sunday, April 22nd, the kids had the opportunity to bike through Stanley Park, check out the Aquarium and much more! They had a blast and represented the Wolfpack well.

One Acts Festival – Edson, Alberta

Later this week we will be wishing our One Acts performers, under the leadership of Ms. Butler and Mrs. Jacobs good luck as they compete in the One Act Festival in Edson! This group has been rehearsing for weeks now and will be performing for Woodhaven students this week.

Opportunities a Little closer to home…

Marketplace

Just last week, our grade 9 Maranatha Christian Program students extended their learning beyond the classroom, for the benefit of all Woodhaven students through their annual Marketplace program.

The Marketplace project allowed our gr 9 MCP students an opportunity to develop their skills as entrepreneurs, by creating a business and running it within our school. Students created several food services businesses and sold their products to all students at Woodhaven during the lunch break last week.

Not only was this a great opportunity for our students to learn the skills of entrepreneurship in a real life context, with connections to their math program of studies as well as Social Studies, they provided a much appreciated service to their peers. check it out below!

Jr. Badminton Tournament

This past weekend our Junior Badminton teams represent the Wolfpack with great sportsmanship and skill! Thanks to all of our students, parents and coaches Mr. McLachlan and Mrs. Imeson for making time for our kids!

Online Registration/Data Verification

New this year in Parkland School Division is the Online Registration/Data Verification for new and returning students. It is imperative that parents take a moment to complete this process for their child as soon as possible. You can learn more about this quick and easy task on our website. Thank you for taking the time to help us prepare for the upcoming school year and to ensure your child is registered for 2018-19. We look forward to another great year next year!

No Child Without

Parkland School Division is proud to be able to support the No Child Without program through MedicAlert Canada.  This program provides students with a free medicalert ID and service plan. Brochures for this program can be found in our school office.

Well that was a long post, Congratulations if you made it through! As you can see there’s lots happening for Wolfpack students.

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Spring has Sprung for the Wolfpack!

Returning from Spring Break I hope that all of our parents and students had an opportunity to spend time together and to relax, as we prepare for the final few months of the school year. Thank you for taking the time to read about some of the recent events  at Woodhaven Middle School (like our awesome Talent Show and Slam Dunk Contest) and for learning what’s coming soon in our school community.

Report Cards and Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

As you are aware, term 2 report cards were made available on Friday, March 16th on your child’s Powerschool Account. If you have had any difficulties accessing the report card, please do not hesitate to contact one of our secretaries.

We were very pleased with the turnout at our recent Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences in March. These conferences provide a great opportunity to check in on student progress, discuss learning and answer any questions students and parents may have. We truly appreciate the commitment of our parents in working with us to support our students.

*A special thank you goes out to so many of our MCP families who graciously offered to provide a potluck supper for our teachers during these evenings! Your generosity was truly appreciated!

If you were unable to attend these conferences, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher(s) directly to make alternate arrangements for a conference. You can access your child’s teacher(s) contact info on our school website.

2018-19 Student Registration

Parkland School Division is implementing changes to the registration process for the upcoming school year. It is imperative that ALL parents have completed the registration/verification process as soon as possible.

All information necessary to complete the registration/verification process can be found on the Parkland School Division website. Should you have any questions, or require any support through this process, please do not hesitate to contact our secretaries at the school office at 780-962-2626.

Talent Show & Slam Dunk Competition

 

While those are just a few of the events that have happened recently at Woodhaven, read on to learn about some more learning and fun coming soon.

Joint Chapel

I would like to close by thanking Brookwood School for hosting our Maranatha Christian Program students, staff and our myself and Mrs. Kronewitt for our recent Easter Joint Chapel on Wednesday, March 21st.

This gathering provided an opportunity for our program to share time together and celebrate Easter together.

Staff/Student Hockey Game

Our Annual Staff/Student Hockey game will be taking place on Friday, April 13th at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Stu Barnes arena. We are looking forward to another fun-filled school event for our students.

Human Sexuality Health Day

The second Human Sexuality Health Day will be held on Friday, April 13th during our morning classes. Information on this day, as well as the previous Health Day on the Human Sexuality was sent home earlier this year.

Teachers will again be sending a reminder to all parents on the specific topics being explored on this Health Day for their students. You can learn more about the Human Sexuality portion of the Health Curriculum on the Alberta Education Website. In addition, the Teaching Sexual Health website offers additional information and resources.

Should you have questions about our upcoming Health Day, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Should you choose to exempt your child from this portion of the curriculum, we just ask that you inform your child’s homeroom teacher so that alternate learning opportunities can be made available for your child.

Grade 9 Farewell

During our recent Woodhaven Middle School Council Meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss our fast approaching Grade 9 Farewell. Please take a moment to view the informative… and humorous video below to learn all that you need to know.

If you’ve made it this far in the post… THANK YOU! I look forward to seeing many of you around the school in the weeks to come.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

 

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Mid March Updates From WHMS!

Despite March being a shorter month with Spring Break, there’s lots happening for the Wolfpack! Please take a few minutes to read about the upcoming events for our students and parents.

High School Transition… an Update

In a previous post about the High School transition I mentioned that the High School grade level coordinators would be coming to Woodhaven to help our kids complete their online registration for high school classes. This will be happening on April 10th in our school library. Course recommendations will be sent home with your child on this upcoming Friday, March 16th.

Report Cards 

As term 2 comes to a close, Report Cards will be available on your child’s Powerschool account this Friday, March 16th at 3 p.m. If you are unsure how to access your child’s powerschool account, please call one of our secretaries at the school anytime this week, they will be happy to help you.

Powerschool Verification

You should have received an email from our office encouraging you to either sign up for a Powerschool account on the bottom right corner of our school website or to verify your current account.

It is imperative that we have all parents signed up for our website for several reasons. This subscription allows us to email you with important information such as Hot Lunch, Yearbook, School pictures and various other school related events. In addition, this list will be used for the School Registration & Data Verification process within PSD in the upcoming school year.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Our second round of Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are being held on Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st from 4-7 p.m. Registration for these conferences is already open. You can learn more on our website.

If you are unable to attend on these dates, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to make alternate arrangements. We truly appreciate the opportunity to work together with our parents to support our kids!

School Council

Don’t forget that our School Council will be meeting this Thursday, March 15th from 6 – 7 p.m. in our School Library Commons. School Council provides an excellent opportunity to learn about what’s happening at our school and to provide your thoughts. You are able to connect with the PSD Trustees, Administration, Teachers and other parents. Keep an eye on your inbox this week for our agenda.

Woodhaven Middle School Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association would like to thank all of our parents for your support of our various initiatives throughout the school year. Our most recent fundraising effort was our technology recycling. Not only were we able to help our environment but we raised funds for our school at the same time!

You will soon see our next initiative arriving in your home. We are excited to be offering Little Caesars pizza kits this year! Students will be coming home with order forms in the next few days. You will also have the opportunity to order during our upcoming Parent/Teacher/Student conferences. There will be prizes for the top-selling students and classes as well! All proceeds from our fundraising efforts this year will be going towards our music and fine arts programming!

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

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Busy times in MCP!

While there always seems to be so much happening at Woodhaven Middle School, things seem particularly busy for students, teachers and parents within our Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) recently.

I would like to start by giving a huge shout out to all of the staff and students within our MCP program who exposed our entire school to their “Breaking Bread” tradition last week. Under the leadership of Mrs. Cresswell, several students and 16 very dedicated parents gave their time to serve a pancake breakfast to all 630 students at Woodhaven! I can’t begin to tell you the level of organization, preparation and effort that this would have taken! We are truly thankful that they were willing to take the time to share with all of us.

1 Corinthians 12:14
“For the body is not one member, but many.”

 

As if serving breakfast to over 600 people wasn’t enough action for one week, our MCP teachers also took our entire Maranatha Christian Program to “Missions Fest” to finish the week. I had the opportunity to speak to a few of the students who attended and to ask what they learned and what they thought of their day. I was really excited by what I heard  from them, and am so grateful that our teachers gave this opportunity to our kids!

I learned that our students truly appreciated hearing about the International Missions that the speakers had participated in. I can only imagine what sort of thinking this would have inspired for our middle school students! I also heard from our kids that they would have like even more time at this event as they felt that they couldn’t see all of the booths. When I prompted a bit more about why this was so important, one student told me that while the speakers were great, the booths provided an equally engaging way to know Jesus. I am so impressed by what I’ve learned from our kids and the impact that this opportunity had on them.

MATTHEW 28
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s about 4000 words!

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I look forward to sharing more from our Maranatha Christian Program in the months to come!

Until next time,

Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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High School Approaches!

It’s only February and we know that our grade 9 students are already thinking about their upcoming High School Adventures. For those parents who are new to this transition into Spruce Grove Composite High School (and as a reminder to those who’ve been through it before) we wanted to take a moment to let you know of the process in place.

If your child is transitioning to a high school other than SGCHS, please do not hesitate to contact our administration to discuss this process and the supports in place for those transitions.

A visit from Admin

The first step in this transition to Spruce Grove Composite High School is a visit from the administrators and grade level coordinators to meet with our students and discuss what high school looks like, expectations, and to answer questions for our students. While this meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st it unfortunately had to be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 27th in the morning. Students will be provided with Course Selection forms at that time.

Spruce Grove Composite High School Open House – March 1st, 2018 

Students and parents are encouraged to attend the High School Open House on March 1st from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This provides a great opportunity to learn about the CTF Courses, meet teachers and administrators and to see the school.

Course Recommendations from Woodhaven Teachers

Your child’s core subject area teachers (Math, Science, Social and Language Arts) will provide a recommendation for course placement for your child for grade 10. This recommendation will be provided with your child’s term 2 report card, which will be available on your child’s Powerschool account on Friday, March 16th. These recommendations will also be indicated on your child’s course placement form.

If you have questions about your child’s recommended placement, you are encouraged to come with your child to attend our upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews on Tuesday, March 20th or Wednesday March 21st from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Information and bookings for these evenings will be provided in the weeks to come. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher at any time to arrange a meeting to discuss the teacher’s recommendations for your child. We truly want to work with students and families to set up our students for success in their grade 10 year.

Online Course Registration 

In early to mid April high school staff will return to Woodhaven to support our students to complete their online registration for the 2018-19 school year. As this date is confirmed we will provide it to our parents.

One More Chance

While we strongly encourage all parents and students to attend the Open House on March 1st, for those  who are unable to attend the Open House  there will be an additional evening scheduled which will provide an opportunity to meet some high school staff in late April. As the details of this evening come available we will communicate them to our parents.

A Final Thought

The goal of Woodhaven and SGCHS staff is to provide a smooth and comfortable transition for all of our students. If there is anything else you or your child require to ensure this transition, please do not hesitate to contact the administration at either school.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras & the Gr 9 Teaching Team

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Busy Times for the Wolfpack

It’s been a very busy time in the Woodhaven Learning Community over the past few weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few of the exciting events that have happened recently, as well as to touch on what’s approaching our kids and families in the weeks to come so please read on.

Extracurricular Opportunities

We are extremely proud of our students for their recent success with “Beauty and the Beast”. Under the direction of Ms. Young and Ms. Weimer, over 50 students came together to produce a fantastic show which just wrapped up at Horizon Stage last week.

Not only have our kids been engaged with our Drama production, but our six basketball teams have been representing Woodhaven with pride and skill. Most recently Mr. Dhaliwal and I had the privilege of coaching our Jr. B boys in the season ending “Young Guns” tournament where the boys finished in 3rd place! We couldn’t have been more proud of their effort and development this season. The Jr. B Girls team, coached by Mrs. Traxel and Mrs. Murphy had a great season as well, placing 2nd in the St. Thomas Aquainas tournament earlier this year. We are looking forward to seeing how our Jr. A and Senior teams do in their upcoming tournaments as well.

For those students whose passion doesn’t lie with Fine Arts or Sports, we have lots of other opportunities as well. Our Wrestling Club continues to run on Tuesdays after school for any interested students. There is no cost and students are still welcome to join, they simply need to get a registration form from the office. Also on Tuesdays is our Art Club, run by Mrs. Smith. New students are always welcomed. Wednesdays after school Mrs. Wolfert offers an after school homework help club for any interested students.

Upcoming Events

As you may be aware, our next Health day is happening this Wednesday, February 21st. This is the first of two Health Days where our students will be exploring the Human Sexuality portion of the curriculum. Your child’s teacher will be providing you with information on the specific outcomes that will be addressed; however, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher with any questions you may have. Should you choose to exempt your child from this portion of the curriculum you simply need to inform the school and alternate learning activities will be provided for your child.

Important Upcoming Dates

Just a quick reminder of the following important dates that are fast approaching:

Friday, March 16th – Report Cards are available on Powerschool – feel free to contact the office for any assistance you may require

Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday March 21st – Parent/Student Teacher Interviews – online registration information coming soon

Thursday, February 29th – Term 3 option selections will be available online for students in grades 7-9

Opportunities for Input

At Woodhaven Middle School we truly appreciate the feedback we receive from our parents and students. Ongoing phone calls, emails and conversations help inform our work.

Accountability Pillar Survey – Parents of grade 7 students should have recently received the Accountability Pillar Survey from Alberta Education. Historically we have had low return rates on this survey, so I would really encourage our gr 7 parents to please provide your thoughts through this tool.

Tell PSD What You Think – You are invited to contribute your thoughts to a conversation about what we are doing well and where we can improve at Parkland School Division. Your voice is important as our school division and all our schools lay the foundation for a new multi-year Education Plan that will shape education delivery in all our schools.  In this new version of Thoughtexchange, you will be asked to share your thoughts then immediately review and rate the thoughts of others. You will also have a chance to review the top thoughts prioritized by the community.  This process is used for education planning as well as to determine directions for the division and the school as well.  Please take a few moments to provide some feedback and ideas. To access Thought Exchange please use this link. The survey will be open until Feb 26th.

A Few Additional Important Updates

Copperhaven Transition

As you may be aware, PSD is preparing for the opening of Copperhaven School in September of 2018. Transition plans are in the works for those students currently attending Woodhaven, who are designated to Copperhaven. There will be more information coming soon. At this time, we have confirmed that those students currently attending grade 8 at Woodhaven, who are designated for Copperhaven will be remaining at Woodhaven to complete their grade 9 school year. All other students designated to Copperhaven will be supported throughout their transition.

Modernization Updates

We are excited that the plans for the Woodhaven Middle School modernization continue to progress. You will be able to see updates as they become available on our school website.

 

A message from the Woodhaven Middle School Parents’ Association

The Woodhaven Parents’ Association would really like to thank all of our parents for their support of our fundraising initiatives so far this year. Our recent recycling project and Wilhauk meat fundraiser were very well received. You may have noticed on our website and sign board that we are currently accepting receipts from area McDonald’s and the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Boston Pizza Restaurants as they will return a portion of sales to our school as well!

Thank you for your ongoing support of our fundraising initiatives.

That’s it for now! Please continue to stop by the school to chat or call or email with any questions that may arise.

Sincerely,

Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Wolfpack Wellness!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, “Lot’s of Action for the Wolfpack in 2018” where I outlined many of the opportunities available to Woodhaven Middle School Students as we started the new year.

It seems timely, with the Bell Let’s Talk Day fast approaching, that I share some of the work that happens within our school to support the Health and Wellness of our students throughout the year.

Previous posts have outlined many of  the opportunities for our students with respect to physical health and wellness. Everything from our Daily Physical Education, to Intramurals, Ski Club, our newly formed Wrestling Club and our six Basketball teams for  provide a variety of opportunities for students at varying skill levels and with diverse interests!

At Woodhaven Middle School we recognize that there is more to supporting wellness for our students. We are extremely fortunate to have an involved Parent’s Association who support our Grab and Go Breakfast program. This program is run through parent volunteers (we are always seeking more help for this worthwhile initiative). If you are interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lei Grys at leigrys@gmail.com.

Supporting Mental and Emotional Wellness at Woodhaven takes many forms. We are really proud of our Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) who work with Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Fiala to bring small wellness initiatives alive in our school. Our students take the lead on efforts such as their “Post it” project in which they wrote positive messages on post it notes and placed them on lockers. They then encouraged other students to do the same and created some great, positive energy within our school!

Perhaps the most significant work going on within our school to support health and wellness comes from Mrs. Scheidl (our School Counselor) and Mrs. Fiala (our Community Support Worker). These ladies work tirelessly to support both our students and their families in so many ways.

This year, these ladies have supported programs such as:

  • Rainbows & Spectrum supporting students dealing with grief and loss
  • Our Girls Group, which works in conjunction with Family Community Support Services (FCSS) Spruce Grove
  • Social Skills Resilience Group
  • Blanket Exercise which is a “teaching tool to help share the historic and contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada” (facilitated by Mrs. Scheidl, Mrs. Traxel and a team of student leaders)
  • Recess Club, which provides a supervised, structured alternative for students to interact together and build their conflict resolution skills in a supported and positive environment
  • Social Skills/Friendship Group which provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other and our facilitators and to apply social skills lessons and programming in an authentic setting with adult support.

While this is a pretty long list, it is truly only a sampling of the ways in which our staff are supporting the wellness of all of our kids. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to watch all of our staff interacting and supporting our kids on a daily basis within our school!

Keep an eye out for my next post, which will share a few of the really engaging learning opportunities that have been happening for our students!

Until then…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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