The Holidays Are Here… Almost!

While our kids students and staff are ready for a well deserved break, there’s been a lot of action at Woodhaven Middle School lately that we want to share with our community.

If you’ve been following my twitter feed  you have probably seen some of the pictures below. We are proud of the efforts of our staff and students who are participating on one of our 6 Volleyball teams and in our Drama production “High School Musical”. With just these two activities we have over 100 kids engaged in extracurricular opportunities in our school! We couldn’t be more proud of them all!

We are also very proud of the citizenship shown by so many of our students who have been going throughout our community as part of their Woodhaven Connects projects to give back.  Below you see a group of students singing Christmas Carols to families in our area.


You can see more pictures and a video of the Christmas Caroling on Ms. Butler’s twitter feed.

Not to be overlooked, our students and families supported the Spruce Grove Kinnette’s Hamper drive, filling a truck two times with all of the food and gifts they brought in!

There’s lots more happening, like our grade 9 students volunteering in Inner City Shelters in Edmonton last week and our grade 5 students delivering Christmas cards to residents in our area. I am also looking forward to seeing the reaction of some of our little friends at Brookwood School as our grade 8 students have a Christmas surprise in the works for them too!

In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the staff of Woodhaven Middle School, to wish our families a safe and relaxing holiday season spent with family and friends.


Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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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,




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November Updates

It’s been a while since my last check in so I thought I would share a bit about what’s been happening at Woodhaven Middle School . 

Remembrance Day 2018

The staff at Woodhaven was extremely proud of our students as we held our annual Remembrance Day Ceremony in our school gym. We are truly appreciative of the parents and Trustee Darlene Clarke who were able to join us for this important event. Check out some of the event in the pictures and video below.

Den Days Rolls On!

Over the past few weeks we’ve had some great Den Days activity and fun. Our Citizenship Ticket initiative led to all of our staff handing out tickets to students who were demonstrating good citizenship within our school throughout the week. We had everything from kids holding doors to cleaning hallways and supporting peers! It was great to see our kids being celebrated for simply being awesome!

There was also a bit of fun mixed in for Den Days as our PE team hosted some Den Days intramurals. Check out the video below.

Volleyball is winding down but fear not, Basketball is coming soon!

Students in grades 5&6 are having a great time as Fall Ball is officially underway. Our awesome PE team, along with some fantastic gr 8&9 volleyball players are teaching the game to our younger students. Not only is this a great opportunity for our younger kids, it’s also an opportunity for our bigger kids to serve as mentors and develop some leadership skills.


As has been our tradition, you can’t finish up a volleyball season without a staff vs student game. Lots of fun for everyone… and man those kids are good!


Art Club, Sr. Choir & Drama

We can’t forget about our awesome fine arts program under the leadership of Ms. Young, Ms. Weimer… and Mrs. Schaber who is running art club this year. Keep an eye out for my next blog post which will highlight our awesome kids in these groups.

Until next time…



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Den Days – The Latest and Greatest At Woodhaven!

We are excited to tell you about another great program we are creating for our students and staff here at Woodhaven Middle School.

The staff at Woodhaven have been working extremely hard to create our new “Den Days” project. This initiative is one more way in which we are working together with our students to build our positive school culture and a strong community.

While there’s much to explain for Den Days here’s a bit of info to start you off!

Every student in Woodhaven Middle School has been assigned to one of 6 dens, as have all staff members. Each Den consists of students from grades 5-9, who will be working together as a team on various activities throughout the school year. We have already seen some great relationships starting to form between our younger and older students Each Den has been assigned a colour to represent their team. Today students were receiving tickets for their Den team for wearing their den colours!

Already this month we have had some staff competitions where teachers were trying to win points for their Den teams. Check out the video below.

Other events have included our Citizenship focus this week (Oct 28th – Nov 2nd) where students have been awarded tickets throughout the week for demonstrating great citizenship characteristics. The Den with the most tickets at the end of the week will win points for their team!

Our PE team hosted Den Intramurals today (Friday, Nov 2nd) where Dens will competed against each other in a game of Muriel’s slide! There are many more plans in the works for the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, please ask your child about Den Days. What’s happening with them? What colour Den are they on? Who are their staff members?

Students are encouraged to welcome to order their own Den colours on our Den days. For those students who would like, they are welcome to order our School Den T-shirts  with their Den Colours and the message “The strength of the Wolf is the Pack” (ordering information is available on our website).

We are excited about the many opportunities our Den Days will provide to our students and school community.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Woodhaven Middle School Principal

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Looking Back

While it’s hard to believe we have already celebrated Thanksgiving within our communities, here we are in mid October finally enjoying some great weather! I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the fantastic opportunities that have been provided to our kids in the Woodhaven learning community. Not only has there  been tons of fun in our extracurricular sports, but also within our fine arts programming as well as through our Library and School Council!

Extracurricular Sports

Woodhaven Middle School is known for the athletic opportunities that we provide to our students, and this year is no exception. The year started out with students joining our X-Country team. What I love about this opportunity is that every student who wants to participate is welcomed! No tryout and a super low-cost (usually $2/race!). Under the coaching of Mr. Rink and Mr. Bock, students run Monday and Wednesday before school starts and compete in races once/week. We even recently hosted our race at Brookwood School, (due to the construction on our site) where almost 500 kids from throughout Parkland School Division competed!



We are proud, once again, to be offering 6 different Volleyball teams for students ranging from grades 6-9. I can’t go forward without giving a shout out to our Jr. B Boys and Girls teams which Mrs. Woitas and I are proud to co-coach. We have 17 girls and 9 boys learning the game and having fun doing it!

Not only do our teams provide an opportunity for over 80 kids to play Volleyball, Fall Ball will be coming soon. This will provide an opportunity for some of our awesome Sr. Players and PE team to provide a development league for students in grades 5&6 to learn the game as well!

Fine Arts

Although I don’t have a lot of pictures yet, rest assured that not only is our Sr. Choir already underway under the direction of the talented Ms. Weimer, casting has just been completed for this year’s production of High School Musical with Ms. Young leading the way once again!

Author Judith Graves Visits Woodhaven

We were extremely fortunate that our awesomely talented Mrs. Traxel (our School Librarian) was able to arrange to have Judith Graves visit our school this year and work with our gr 7-9 students on Fan Fiction!

Check out this video to learn with our kids!


Maranatha Christian Program Updates

Other events that we can’t forget about include our MCP students participating in See You at the Pole, as well as our gr 7-9 students bonding and learning at their Spiritual Retreat at Ross Haven Bible Camp.

While this is only a snapshot of some of the action at Woodhaven Middle School last month, we are excited for what the upcoming weeks have in store for us!

Until next time,

Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School


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Off and Running!!!

With the return of over 450 excited kids on Tuesday at Woodhaven Middle School was a busy place! It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces. Kids were showing off their first day outfits, telling stories of their summer adventures and getting to know their new teachers and classmates. I had the good fortune of stopping into each class with our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Enders and welcoming back all of our kids!

Please take a moment to check out this welcome back video


A quick note about an important change at our school this year:

  • The timing of our lunch break has changed this year to accommodate our new 7 block schedule. Lunch is now from 11:57 – 12:45 and is structured as follows:
    • 11:57 – 12:21 – Gr 5&6 students on recess at the park and back field
    • 11:57 – 12:21 – Gr 7-9 students are eating lunch in classrooms
    • 12:21 – 12:45 – Gr 5&6 students are eating lunch in classrooms
    • 12:21 – 12:45 – Gr 7-9 students are on recess in the gym, library or front park
  • You can find our complete bell schedule on our website.

Other important information:

  • Our staff list can be found here on our website
  • Students in grades 7-9 have begun choosing their options. You can learn more about our options on our website.
  • Meet the Staff barbeque – on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30 – 7 p.m. we will once again be hosting our Meet the Staff barbeque at Woodhaven. This is a great opportunity to come in to see you child’s teachers and say hello. Cost for the barbecue is by donation. The suggested donation for your hot dog, chips and juice/water is $2 with all proceeds going to our Fine Arts program. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • School Council Meeting and Elections – Our first School Council meeting of the year will also serve as our elections. Please consider coming out to join this dedicated group of parents. School Council provides a great opportunity to learn about what’s happening within our school and to provide input. We hope to see some new faces again this year.

I would like to wrap things up… for now… with a few pictures from our First Day “Omniken and Tug Of War Challenge”.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Staffing Updates for 2018-19

With school year coming to an end in just a few days, I wanted to take a moment to share with our parents some of the changes that will be happening within the Wolfpack Staff for the 2018-19 school year.

As you are aware, with the opening of Copperhaven School for the 2018-19 school year, many students who currently attend Woodhaven Middle School will be transitioning to Copperhaven. While we are sad to see so many awesome Wolfpack members leaving our school, we are excited for the new opportunities that will be provided for them at Copperhaven, and are thankful for the breathing room some decreased enrolment will provide within our school.

With all of these changes, there will be changes to our staff for the upcoming year as well. We would like to wish the following staff members the best in their professional journey.

Mrs. Lovsund – Assistant Principal – Mrs. Lovsund was a welcome addition to our team this year. We were really fortunate to have had her supporting our students and families. Mrs. Lovsund will continue to support some of our families as she, and they, are transitioning together to Copperhaven School where Mrs. Lovsund will serve as the Assistant Principal.

Mrs. Kronewitt – Assistant Principal – Over the past 4 years, Mrs. Kronewitt has served our students and families extraordinarily well. She has helped forge strong community based connections for students with Family and Children’s Support Services (FCSS) and Children’s Mental Health (CMH) to name just a few of the significant contributions she has made to our community. Mrs. Kronewitt will be truly missed by staff, students and our community as a whole. We wish her all the best as she returns to her passion of teaching early years students at Copperhaven School.

Mrs. Anderson – Secretary – Mrs. Anderson is one of those cheerful voices you hear on the phone when you call to remind us your child is sick, or if you need help with powerschool or are wanting to figure out if Spring League is happening after school! Mrs. Anderson will be missed by all in our school community. We wish her well in her role as Secretary at Greystone Centennial Middle School.

Mr. Grier – Grade 5 Teacher – Mr. Grier was a welcome addition to our team this year. He has done an amazing job supporting our students in grade 5 as well as coaching badminton and serving our community behind the scenes in so many ways this year! We wish Mr. Grier all the best as he continues his journey at Prescott Learning Centre.

Mrs. Jacobs – Grade 5 Teacher – Mrs. Jacobs will truly be missed. Her work behind the scenes on Health Days, her willingness to step in and help any staff member, and her caring and compassionate relationships with kids is truly appreciated. We wish Mrs. Jacobs the best in her position at Graminia School next year.

Mrs. J. Smith – Grade 6 Teacher – Mrs. Smith has made an amazing impact on our school in just a short time with us. Through her daily work with students in grades 6&7 and her amazing Art Club, as well as serving as our coordinator for the Visual Arts Celebration Mrs. Smith has had a busy year! We wish Mrs. Smith all the best as she continues her journey at Prescott Learning Centre in 2018-19.

Mr. Dhaliwal – Grade 7 Teacher – Mr. Dhaliwal has been with us for the last few years and has built his relationships with kids not only in the classroom but through his coaching of various sports teams over the past few years, with his true passion coming through in Basketball! Thank you Mr. Dhaliwal for all that you’ve done for our kids!

Mrs. K. Bradshaw – Gr 7&9 Teacher – Mrs. Bradshaw has been a member of the Wolfpack for around a decade! During her time she has coached everything from Volleyball to Soccer and has helped develop the culinary talents of hundreds of students as one of our awesome Foods Teachers! Mrs. Bradshaw will be truly missed in our community, but we wish her the best in her teaching assignment at Copperhaven next year.

Mrs. Mcclean – Gr 9 Teacher – While Mrs. Mcclean has just recently joined us this year, she has been a welcome addition to our grade 9 team. Her contributions to our Farewell and work behind the scenes with staff on several initiatives was truly appreciated. We wish Mrs. Mcclean all the best in her work at Greystone Centennial Middle School next year.

Mrs. Fijala – Community Support Worker – Despite having been with our team for only a short time, Mrs. Fijala has proven to be an amazing support to our students and families. We truly appreciate her work in supporting our kids at school through programming such as Rainbows and Recess Club, and her work connecting families to community based resources.

Mrs. Lyster – Inclusive Education Lead Teacher – Mrs. Lyster re-joined our team this year after a few years away and was immediately welcomed back by our students, parents and staff. Her availability to support of students and families in her kind and caring way was truly a blessing to have within our community. We wish Mrs. Lyster the best next year as her career continues as a teacher at Greystone Centennial Middle School.

Mrs. C. Pitchford – Educational Assistant – Mrs. Pitchford’s willingness to help out in any way possible with our students was greatly appreciated during her work this year with our students. We wish her the best next year.

We are excited to welcome Ms. Marcie Enders to our team as the Assistant Principal and Inclusive Education Lead. Marcie joins us having previously served as the Assistant Principal at Forest Green School. Please feel free to learn more about Marcie on our website.

As you can see there are many changes on the horizon for the Wolfpack. Some future additions to our team will be a Grade 5 MCP teacher and Mrs. Murphy as a member of our grade 6 teaching team.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate and acknowledge those staff members moving onto new opportunities, and for welcoming Ms. Marcie Enders to our team.

Until next time,

Mr. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School


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