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  • Arts Core Program

    Arts Core Program

    Arts Core programming incorporates the visual and performing arts into everyday learning across all curricular areas.  Students explore their creativity and self-expression through art, music, dance and drama.

    The Arts embody and record human imagination, culture and history. The Arts allow individuals to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a variety of modes, giving them a more powerful repertoire for self-expression.

    An education in the Arts contributes to both society and the lives of individuals.  It open avenues for innovation and invention, as well as fostering respect for individual, cultural and aesthetic diversity.

    Education in the Arts:

    • Encourages an understanding of human experience, both past and present
    • Provides opportunities to respond to, create and present works of art
    • Fosters an appreciation of multiple perspectives and solutions
    • Builds intuition, problem solving and higher level thinking
    • Allows individuals to make informed aesthetic judgments
    • Provides opportunities for decision making where there are no standard answers
    • Develops attributes of self-discipline, the collaborative spirit and perseverance

    The Arts are essential to the core of a rich and meaningful education. They lead to interdisciplinary studies involving authentic connections across the disciplines

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  • Registration

    Registration

    NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION 

    Because schools remain closed to students and visitors due to COVID-19, new student registrations will now be submitted online. If your child is new to the Division, you must complete Virginia Park's Online Registration Form, fill out and upload the Student Registration form and submit supporting documents before your child(ren) can be registered for the upcoming school year. 

    Our school will no longer accept printed registrations. Do not drop off student registration forms at the school. 

    Submitting a registration package after the deadline of April 15, 2020, may limit your options to schools with available spaceLearn more about registration dates and deadlines

    HOW TO REGISTER

    STEP 1: FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM

    You will need to use an existing Gmail account or set up a free Gmail account to fill out the online formThis helps us protect the privacy of your personal information.

    STEP 2: UPLOAD A COMPLETED STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

    UPLOAD COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

    • a completed, signed Student Registration form (fill out the form electronically, print a copy and scan the completed copy, or print and take clear photos of each completed page.)

    • confirmation of address for the student's parent/guardian (see below)

      **Please note that we are currently only accepting Kindergarten registrations from families living within our boundaries. Please check your address online at https://epsb.ca/findaschool/fast to determine if we are your community school. Please contact the school to find out about other grades.

    • legal proof of the student’s name, citizenship and birthdate (see below)

    All documents must be uploaded in order to submit the form. Please ensure that you are providing clear photos and the entire page is visible for each document submitted. 

    EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTED DOCUMENTATION:

    Legal proof of student’s name

    Confirmation of address

    • Canadian provincial birth certificate

    • Canadian citizenship document

    • passport

    • student visa

    • driver's license

    • utility bill

    • home insurance

    • property tax bill

    • In some cases, immigration documents (e.g. landed immigrant documentation or a Permanent Residence Card) may also be required. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information.

    • In some cases, you may be asked to provide more than one of the above. 

     

    OTHER WAYS TO REGISTER

    Families who are unable to register online can mail their completed Student Registration form and copies of their supporting documents to the following address:

    Central Records
    18004-116 Avenue NW

    Edmonton  AB T5S 1L5

    To be part of Edmonton Public Schools pre-enrolment process, we strongly suggest families register online to ensure their documents are received before 4 p.m. on April 15, 2020, in case postal service is interrupted.

    CONFIRMING REGISTRATION SUBMISSION

    Once you have submitted your completed student registration form and supporting documents, we will review all of the documents. This does not mean your child has been enrolled at the school—we will contact you to let you know once your child is enrolled.

    We will contact you if we need clarification about any of the documents you submit.

     

    Thank you for considering Virginia Park Elementary School!

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  • Drama

    Drama

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    Here at Virginia Park School we firmly believe that drama inspires creativity through dramatic play. All students have the good fortune of exploring the drama curriculum in a designated drama space, as well as classrooms and on our professionally lit stage. Drama is taught weekly and is also integrated throughout all curricular areas on a regular basis. Our program includes a variety of puppets, props and costumes that students use to express characters, ideas, moods and stories. Students have the opportunity to perform in class, at assemblies and during concerts. Staff work cooperatively to write unique scripts based on the current school year theme for the winter production. All four art disciplines are showcased in this performance which is collaboration between students, parents and staff. You will find drama everywhere here at Virginia Park. That’s a wrap!

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  • Dance

    Dance

    Movement is one of the most fundamental forms of expression and we love to grow creatively and share together in our dance classes at Virginia Park!

    The Dance Program at Virginia Park allows students to explore movement through practical, visual and written experiences. The foundation of our program is Creative Dance which provides a common platform and allows students to further explore movement through other styles including: Musical Theatre, Folk Dance, Jazz Dance, Ball Dance and Hip Hop. Integration of classroom themes and units as well as our School Wide Theme brings meaning to the children's learning and adds to the overall dance experience!

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  • Music

    Music

    We learn a lot of things about Music at Virginia Park...

    We sing - in tune, melodies and harmonies, traditional music, world music, new music!

    We play instruments - Ukulele! Recorder! Rhythm and Orff!

    We listen to music - old and new, and learn about the composers, history and origins.

    We become musicians - by understanding the components of music and their functions.

    We experience - through games, technology, in class, on field trips, in rehearsal and performance.

    Come and join us...you just might discover your inner musician!

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  • Art

    Art

    It’s a Picasso!

    No, it’s a Monet!

    No, it’s a Virginia Park original!  And it’s not the only one!

    Our school is filled wall to wall with beautiful pieces of art that our children have created over the years. We value children’s imagination and they are encouraged to express their creativity through visual arts. In an arts core school students learn art history, study famous artists and their techniques, and are taught observation and design skills. Students have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic and tempera paints, charcoal, ink, textiles, clay, oil and chalk pastels, and found materials. Visual art is taught weekly by specialists and is naturally integrated into other curricular areas. Our student’s works of art are showcased in a variety of public venues. We live, breathe and appreciate art!

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Welcome

Virginia Park is a K-6 school offering Arts Core programming in an inclusive, community-orientated environment. We offer drama, music, dance and visual arts instruction to all our students as well as integrated arts instruction as part of the programming for all our subject areas. We believe experiences in the arts provide opportunities for students to develop their competencies, explore who they are and deepen their understanding of the world they live in.

This school year our theme is “Our Fantastic World”. We want all our students to develop a sense of wonder about our world and have the skills, attitudes and knowledge to go out and change it for the better. An Arts Core education encourages students to develop a respect for cultural, individual and aesthetic diversity and gives them the problem-solving and critical thinking skills to be successful in their futures.

We are excited to work alongside your children helping them grow through their challenges and develop positive and meaningful relationships. 

We always welcome feedback and any questions you may have. 

 

Ben Petruk

Principal