Spring Is Upon Us – Two Quick Reminders

I hope that everyone had an opportunity to spend a little bit of time with family and friends over our recent Spring Break. It looks like the weather is going to continue to improve in the upcoming weeks. I would like to touch on on two timely topics… Dress Code and Off Campus Privileges.

Dress Code

While the specifics of any dress code tend to be somewhat of a moving target with changes in fashion from year to year, we know that working together with our parents and students we will be able to figure this out together.

You may recall that last year we reviewed our dress code with a thorough process that involved a student advisory group, staff conversation, and feedback from our School Council.

As you review our Dress Code on our school website (scroll down just a bit) you may notice that some of the language is a bit “informal”. This is because it is the language that our students provided to us as we worked with on our school dress code.

If you, or your child have any questions about our dress code, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or our school administration.

Off Campus Privileges (gr 7-9 only)

We strongly encourage students to remain on campus throughout the day as we cannot provide supervision for students who are off campus. With that said, we know that with the weather warming up some kids who have parental permission to leave campus during our lunch recess will begin to do so. With that in mind, we wanted to ask you to remind your child of the following expectations.

  • Woodhaven students who leave campus are members of the larger community of Spruce Grove. As such, we ask that they be respectful of our community with their language and behavior while off campus. The behavior expectations that are in place while students are at school remain as the expectations that we would hold students to while off campus.
  • Students who wish to leave campus must have a signed, dated note from a parent providing them permission to do so. This note must be given to office staff prior to any student leaving campus. Texts from parents to students are not sufficient for our staff.
  • Students are NOT permitted to leave campus during the morning recess.
  • When students who do have signed parental permission return to campus at the end of the lunch recess, they are not permitted to return with energy drinks, pop or slushes. If they return with these drinks, they will be stored for the student by school staff until the end of the day and returned at that time.

We appreciate your support in assisting our students to understand the Dress Code and the expectations if they are off campus during the lunch recess. We know that working together, our kids will continue to demonstrate their great citizenship both within our school and our community.

If you have any questions at all about our Dress Code or Off Campus Privileges, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration.

Thank you for your support.


Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School


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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