- Supportive school council and many volunteers. - Enthusiastic staff who believe in team planning and teaching to provide the best learning for students. - An extensive extra-curricular program involving staff and parents - Parents and staff work together to enhance our technology program. - A supportive, caring learning environment with students at the center.
Between Generations and In-School Mentors Program Woodlands School is proud to offer students the Between Generations Program sponsored by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization. Adult volunteers who are age 50 and above meet each Tuesday at the school with individual students for one hour. These students are matched through the Coordinator. A timeless connection is built through activities that help develop a child’s social skills and relationships with others. Presently, Woodlands School has 17 mentors and 23 mentees benefiting from this program.
Artist in Residence Programs Woodlands School is proud to host two Artist in Residencies per school year for students. Artists work alongside the staff members to offer specific programming to bring the arts alive to the students. Recent residencies have included: dance, visual arts, computer programming, theatre, and clay work. Typically students work with a resident artist for a month during part of their instructional time in a day. These programs are supported and partially funded by the Woodlands School Council.
Calgary Reads At Woodlands School, we offer the Calgary Reads Program. This endeavor is designed as an early reading initiative that matches struggling readers with trained volunteer tutors, targeting students in grade two starting in September and for students in Grade 1 later in the year. If you are interested in reading more about volunteering for this program, visit www.calgaryreads.com.
Circle of Courage
The staff and students at Woodlands School use the Circle of Courage to help make sense of our world. The teachings of this philosophy assist us to clearly help students understand how their actions and reactions affect themselves and others. We highlight the four pillars during our daily school life: Belonging, Mastery, Generosity, and Independence.
Students receive Circle of Courage Awards from staff members for random positive behavior within the four pillars. The students are then able to take the slip of paper home to celebrate with their families and put a slip of paper with their name on it in a container in the office. Weekly a draw is made and four students receive a small incentive prize. Congratulations to the many students who have been showing the cornerstones of the Circle of Courage Program. To date, 1008 Circle of Courage Awards have been awarded to students this school year. Congratulations to students for demonstrating attributes from the Circle of Courage philosophy in their everyday school day.
In addition, we often talk about the difference between telling and tattling and the importance of telling. These are listed as:
Unimportant Harmless Can handle by self Mimicking someone else’s business Accidental Telling
Important Harmful or dangerous physically or psychologically Need help from an adult to solve Taking care of self Getting help By providing tools students may require, we encourage them to make decisions to help foster the strong characteristics of the Circle of Courage.
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Listing information last updated on July 7th, 2020 at 12:00pm CDT.