DATES AND ACTIONS
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Ferris Wheel STEAM Challenge
Using the book, Mr. Ferris and his Wonderful Wheel by Kathryn Davis as inspiration, students designed and created their own Ferris Wheels in the Innovation Station. Check it out!
Valentine Meals for Veterans
Beginning this month, we offer a service opportunity to all District 35 families to donate non-perishable food items to make Valentine Meal Kits for Veterans at the Midwest Veterans Closet. This food drive is hosted in partnership with Gratitude Generation, who will be adding sweet treats to each kit. Bins will be available at all three school buildings. Help us reach our goal of 100 meal kits. Click here to sign up for a non-perishable item.
Social Emotional Learning at West
Check out the SEL learning focus of our Third and Fourth Grade Westies during the month of January. Click here to read more.
Math Problem Solving in Action
We challenge our students to think critically and problem solve when confronted with complex mathematical tasks. During Three Act Task activities, students are shown a picture and asked, “What do you notice? What do you wonder?” They then are given some additional information about the picture and asked to solve the problem.
On Friday, Mr. Johnson’s 3rd grade class persevered for over 30 minutes as they collaborated with classmates to figure out how many square tiles would cover a large table shaped like an “x.” At the end of the work time, students presented their thinking to each other and used drawings, equations, and explanations of their work in order to defend their answers. Students exemplified a growth mindset by continuing to attack the problem after multiple failed attempts.
What’s Up Westies Newspaper
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Exciting “news” at West School by our very own student newspaper club led by Mrs. Kelly Baskin.
Check out the new December Edition of the What’s Up Westies? Newspaper!
Colder Weather Reminders
Colder weather is officially upon us! Please be mindful of the weather when sending your child to school in the morning. We ask that you send your child dressed for cold weather and time outdoors each day. If there’s snow in the forecast, students should be dressed properly to play outside in the snow during lunchtime recess, including snow pants, boots, coat, hat/hood, and gloves. It is a good idea to send an extra pair of socks for them to change into after being outside.
Please note the following updated procedures in place at West:
1. enter via the main entrance, buzz at the door, wait to be greeted by a staff member over the intercom, confirm your appointment/meeting
2. if you have a confirmed appointment, please be ready with your license so we may screen with our visitor system
3. please wear your visitor lanyard at all times while in the school for a pre-scheduled appointment
4. return to the main office, return your lanyard, collect your license, and exit via the main entrance
If you are simply dropping a lunch or item for your child, please do so in the vestibule. School staff will be monitoring for items throughout the day and ensure items are brought in for your child.
Our commitment to student safety is unwavering as we embark upon the 2022-23 school year. Thank you for working with our school teams as we implement these new procedures.
West School Carline
Please review the carline procedures for student pick-up and drop-off at West School.
West Absence Reporting
If your child will be absent from school, please report the absence with this FORM before 9:15 AM. You will be asked to share the date and reason for the absence. This information will be shared directly with Nurse Balling for attendance and follow-up purposes. In addition to this email, the online form can be found on the front of our West School website and under the Parent Resources tab.