Opportunities Galore!

While it’s hard to believe that we are already in December, it seems like an appropriate time to share some of the fantastic opportunities that have been offered to our kids so far and a few more that are coming soon!

Art Club

Art Club is open to ANY students in grades 5-9 who attend Woodhaven. Mrs. Schaber opens her room to this group every Thursday from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Students are able to create paintings, drawings or whatever their minds can dream up with the supplies available. There is no sign up or registration necessary and students are not required to attend every Thursday as it is a drop in style program. Please encourage your child to give it a try!


Our Senior Choir, consisting of students in grades 7-9, has been practicing for several weeks now and performed at the Festival of Trees this past weekend. They did an amazing job representing our school once again! Thank you to Ms. Weimer for her dedication to this awesome group of kids!

Junior Choir, for students in grades 5&6, will be starting in the new year. Please watch our daily announcements after Christmas for details.

Triple Threat Theatre

Under the leadership of Ms. Young, our Drama students have been rehearsing almost daily for the past several weeks. We are eagerly anticipating their performances of “High School Musical” in February at Horizon Stage. Details will be coming in the new year.

Basketball Season

We are excited to follow-up the success of our recent Volleyball season with our 6 Basketball Teams! We anticipate having over 70 students in grades 6-9 playing on our various teams, not to mention Spring League that will be available for our gr 5’s & 6’s a little later in the new year.

Tryouts for our Senior teams and Junior A teams have wrapped up, with our Jr. B boys and girls team tryouts happening this week! Check our daily announcements on our website or ask your child to find the posters throughout the school.

Ski Club

Mrs. Schaber has been actively recruiting kids to join the Woodhaven Ski Club for the 2018-19 season! The initial meeting has taken place and students have forms. Any students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join this club and have some fun on the slopes! If your child requires a form please ask him/her to come to the office to get one or to check with Mrs. Schaber.

Due to high demand, this club is open to the first 50 students who bring their forms back with full payment (cheque made payable to Parkland School Division is preferred).

Vancouver Sun Run

Woodhaven is once again excited to be offering our students the chance to participate in the Vancouver Sun Run as part of the Parkland School Division team. Each year PSD sends over 200 kids to enjoy this amazing experience.

This opportunity is open to any students in grades 7-9 who are committed to 2 training sessions per week (usually held during the lunch hour) and who return their forms and deposit by December 11th! It could be a great Christmas gift for your child 🙂 Students can see Mr. Peet or Mr. Patras for forms if they did not attend the information meeting.

Kinnette Hampers

Woodhaven is once again proud to be partnering with the Spruce Grove Kinnettes to provide food and gifts to their organization for families in need over the holiday season. Students have been asked to bring their donations to their Wolfpack Den classroom. Signs are posted throughout the school for students to know where to bring their donations. The Den team with the most students contributing will win valuable points for their team as we wrap up our first Den season this December! Donations are being accepted until December 10th. Thank you so much for your support of this worthwhile cause!


Woodhaven Connects

Woodhaven Connects is a fantastic tradition within our school community. Each grade level identifies a service learning project that they can complete to make our community a better place.

In previous years students have shoveled driveways of community members, delivered homemade Christmas cards to Spruce Grove community members, worked at Inner City Shelters in Edmonton and so much more! Stay tuned for this years projects!

Keep an eye out in the new year when I update you on some of the activities above, and share with you what some of our kids have been learning in our partnership with Spruce Grove Composite High School! We are excited for their participation in the “Beyond the Hurt” program and to see what they learn in the “Indigenous Ways of Knowing” sessions.

Until next time,




About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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