Westies at Work in Tech & Innovation
Full STEAM ahead! Westies have been hard at work creating Paper Classrooms in this month’s STEAM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Art - Math) challenge! STEAM empowers students to be curious learners by creating solutions to various problems while working with their peers.
Our third grade students have been exploring the features of Keynote. We are learning how to create new presentations, exploring fonts, styles, and making animations in the application. Our fourth grade students have been cinematographers with Stop Motion! We created cardboard robots, making them move, and then app smashing with iMovie. We are using the green screen feature in iMovie to have our robots move in space, the forest, or wherever our students want to take them!
Check out our Westies in action (click here for the video)!
Halloween is just around the corner and the Westies are buzzing with excitement. Friday, October 29th will be our celebration at West School. There will not be a Halloween parade at West this year, but classes will have parties. Room parents will help plan and assist. To adhere to District 35’s policy, no food or candy will be served. Students will be permitted to wear their Halloween costumes to school. They should come to school dressed up. Costumes should not include blood, gore, weapons, or violence. Face masks must be worn with costumes.
A gentle reminder, Halloween can also be a time that heightens feelings of exclusion for children. Please help us reinforce the message of inclusivity and encourage your child to include all classmates in themed costumes and/or trick-or-treating plans. Students or staff who do not choose to participate in wearing a costume are invited to wear PINK to support our stand-up to bullying initiatives.
Our morning supervision officially begins at 8:30 AM. Please do not arrive before 8:30. If you are in the carline, we kindly ask you to wait until 8:30 to let students out of the car.
Please refrain from walking dogs on school property during school hours. Please be mindful that we have students who suffer from allergies and students who are scared of dogs.
Please label the front of lunch bags with your child’s name and their teacher’s name.
Bike & Car Safety
We are so excited to see all the bike riders. Please note, we have ordered another set of bike racks for the front of the building – coming soon! Thank you for reminding bike riders to wear properly fitted helmets, obey traffic laws, and stay alert/yield to traffic. Children under 12 are expected to ride on the sidewalk. Click here to see the Safe Routes to School Information. Be extra slow and cautious during drop-off and pick-up.
Got LEGOs? West School is looking for LEGO bricks. If you have LEGOs you are ready to donate, please drop them at the front office. We will also take Magna-Tiles, complete puzzles, and wooden blocks. Thank you for your support.
Instruction During COVID-19 Quarantine
We want to ensure continuous learning opportunities for our students if they are in COVID-19 quarantine. When students are placed in quarantine due to COVID-19, West school teachers will provide access to instruction using multiple learning opportunities. Students will have access to their school-issued iPad and use Schoology as the platform for engaging in instruction. Teachers will provide a quick daily zoom check-in to keep students on track. Math, literacy, and other daily work can be picked up in the front office. Additional work may include pre-recorded videos and lessons, choice boards, or novel studies.
Welcome to West
It is my pleasure to officially welcome you and your family to West School! I am honored to work with our staff, students, and families to support our growing learners. I look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child.
Mrs. Erica Zuhr