DATES and ACTIONS
• December 5 - 14: Bring in personal care products to support The Night Ministry. Specific items are listed on this flyer.
• December 8: Wear PINK to Say No to Bullying
• Week of December 12: Music Week at West. Click here for schedule.
• December 23: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break Begins
Hour of Code Week Begins at West
Hour of Code started for our Westies this week! Check it out!
The Night Ministry
Our West Student Council is collecting hygiene and personal care products to support The Night Ministry. The Night Ministry operates a health outreach bus that features a fully equipped nurse’s office. The bus brings basic medical care and hygiene kits to underserved areas of Chicago. West will be collecting donations through December 14th to help those in need. Thank you for your care and support!
Playful Figure Paintings
Check out these amazing and fun playful figure paintings by our West Third Graders! These artwork are inspired by the work of the artist Keith Haring.
What’s Up Westies Newspaper
Extra Extra! Read all about it!
Exciting “news” at West School by our very own student newspaper club led by Mrs. Kelly Baskin.
Check out the new November Edition of the What’s Up Westies? Newspaper!
Music Week at West
The week of December 12th is Music Week at West School! Parents are invited to come to their child’s music class to see and hear all the things we do in music. This is not a formal performance, but more like a review of all the musical concepts we’ve been learning since the beginning of the year. If you are unable to attend Music Week, don’t worry! We still have our big end-of-the year programs in May! You can mark your calendars now. The 4th grade program will be Friday, May 5th at 2:15 p.m. and the 3rd grade program will be Friday, May 19th at 2:15 p.m. Click here for the class schedule for your child’s music class.
Thanksgiving Day Parade Float Designs - Balloons Over Broadway
Time to stretch and embrace our growth mindset! Our Westies used their imagination to design and create their very own Thanksgiving Day parade balloon floats! Check out their work in action!
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.
West Grade Four Scientists in Action!
Our fourth graders are dissecting owl pellets in science, where they get to practice skills to analyze and learn more about the ecosystems in which owls live. West Scientists in Action! Check it out!
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.