Reaching Into a New School Year

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Every year at Willowstone Academy, we choose a theme that unites our community with a common focus and aligns with our Learn Forward philosophy. Our theme for the 2019-20 school year is “Reaching!”.

We are reaching into this new school year with lots of excitement as we celebrate major growth and development in our thriving learning community!

Middle Years Lane

Middle Years Lane is an extension of our school’s learning space where Grade 6 to 9 students are personally invested in to ensure that they know that they are seen, valued, and nurtured as they grow into adulthood. We are grateful for the support from our parent community, our church and school boards, and the City of Kelowna

On Friday, September 6th, we officially opened Middle Years Lane with a ribbon cutting ceremony. We are grateful to the parents families that celebrated with us; including Corwest Builders, Troika Management Corp. and the City Councillor Maxine DeHart!

Learning Garden

Our brand new Learning Garden, located on the northwest section of our school field, is the result of a student inquiry in the 2017-18 school year. We are especially grateful to our Parent Teacher League for funding the first phase of the garden!

This summer, Madeleine Dupuis and her amazing crew from RBC spent a morning helping us assemble and fill the six raised beds for our garden.

That evening, we invited school families to bring plants and seeds from their own gardens. Our families and students had the opportunity to dig, explore, and plant together in this brand new play space!

The benefits of this new play space are already evident! Students are delighting in the freedom to see, touch, and experience their garden. Tasting edible flowers, green beans, basil, tomatoes, and carrots has become a regular morning ritual!

ECE Expansion

Our all-new preschool with care spaces are nearing capacity as we filled rapidly over the summer months. We are watching our Pre-K students integrate into the school wing upstairs with a sense confidence and belonging in their learning community.

We look forward to releasing further details for our upcoming launch of 12 new infant/toddler spaces for fall, 2020.

Celebrating 25 Years!

Our growth is marked also by the celebration of our 25th Anniversary as a school. We are reaching into a bright future together!

Please save the date to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in community on Sunday, November 17th. More details will be shared soon!

Together we are reaching new heights as we “Design a Thriving Community” together. We are intentionally designing an authentic community for the sake of every child in order to ignite a lifelong passion for life and learning.

Thank you for reaching into 2019-20 with us! We couldn’t do it without you!

Making Learning Visible,

Heather Sandager, Community Developer