Happy Spring Break Westies!
We wish all our Westies a very happy spring break. Have a safe break and we will see you back on Monday, April 3rd!
Project Lead the Way at West
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a STEAM curriculum with a focus on hands-on creation and problem solving. Our Westies are collaborating in small groups and solving building-based challenges. Students have been working in teams to build examples of simple machines using VEX build kits that are a simplified version of the kits they will use at Central school to construct and program robots. Check out their work here!
DATES AND ACTIONS
• Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31: Spring Break. No School.
• Tuesday, April 4: Central School musicians will be demonstrating their instruments for the 4th graders during the day at West School. Read more here.
• Thursday, April 6: Half-Day for Students. School Improvement Day.
• Friday, April 7: Good Friday. No School for Students.
• Summer Explorations Registration LIVE NOW.
• Does your child require MEDICATION at school? Complete this form.
NEED TO REPORT an ABSENCE? Click here to see the school forms.
1st Annual Glencoe Kids Carnival
Save the date! The PTO is excited to announce a new event for the kids of Glencoe - 1st Annual Glencoe Kids Carnival! On May 19, at 5:30PM, students and families from South and West schools are invited to Central School to enjoy an evening of games and activities, music, and food. Tickets will be on sale through the PTO website soon!
Clay Art at West
Our Westies are working with clay to promote creativity and self-expression in art! Every design is personalized and unique, and comes in variety of shapes and figures! Check it out here!
Water Filtration Engineers
Our Westies experimented in STEAM class how water filtration works and designed their own versions to test their models. Check it out here!
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 March Edition of the What’s Up Westies? Newspaper!
December Edition Here
November Edition Here
October Edition Here
Author Visit at West
After three long years, author visits our back at West! Bluestem nominated author Laura Martin visited with West school students and shared her amazing journey as an author. Her historical fiction/scifi book, Glitch, has been a huge hit with our students and our Westies were able to learn how she was inspired to write all of her stories. Great big thanks to our PTO and Mrs. Kelly for this wonderful opportunity. Click here to see some pictures from the visit!
Cold and Wet Weather Reminders
With constant shift in our wintery and wet weather, please be mindful of the weather conditions 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. It is also a good idea to send an extra set of clothes and pair of socks for them to change into after being outside especially when parts of our field may be wet and muddy.
Light the Bulb Circuit Challenge
Our fourth graders had a fun time figuring out how to create a circuit in order to turn on a lightbulb! They had to use their growth-mindset to try different strategies to make their bulbs light up and record their experiment and learnings! Check it out here!
Social Emotional Learning at West
Check out the SEL learning focus of our Third and Fourth Grade Westies during the month of March. Click here to read more.
Little Free Library coming to West!
Little Free Library is coming to West soon thanks to our Student Council student leaders! They are busy planning, designing and soon will be creating a library to share and promote the love of reading in our West School community. Stay tuned and check out their planning work here!
Westies Self Portraits
Our third grade Westies created some amazing self portraits! Check them out here!
Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory
Our Westies had a wonderful opportunity to participate in an act of civic engagement during a day of service at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Chicago. Check it out here!
Snowy Day Fun at West!
Our Westies had some amazing fun in the snow! Work hard, play harder! Check it out here!
National Lego Day
Our Westies celebrated National Lego Day by creating and having fun during our STEAM challenge time in the innovation station. 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.