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Welcome to the Westwood PTO website!  

We encourage you to learn how to volunteer at WES, stay up-to-date with the Westwood PTO Event page, check out fundraising opportunities that benefit the students at WES such as the Invest In Your Child fundraising campaign, and join us in supporting  the students and staff at Westwood Elementary School.

Go Tigers!

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United Way Gives to Westwood

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Westwood teachers have been busy raising funds to give back to United Way this week. They were challenged to raise $3,000 with 100% participation.

The United Way donations go a long way to help our families at Westwood. The United Way supplies the fuel packs partnering locally with GraceWorks, as well as supporting the FLIPS reading program at Westwood.

Thank you to our teachers for their hard work and dedication to help give back. To celebrate their hard work, if they meet their financial goal and participation goal, they will have a cookout on October 10th from 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

The PTO would like to help supply volunteers to help grill! Check out the sign up link HERE!

Notes From Mrs. Hunt

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Dear Westwood Familes,

September is ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH!  Next week will be                ATTENDANCE WEEK at Westwood Elementary School !   I’m so excited to reward our students every day they are present at school next week.  It will be a fun way to reinforce the importance of having good school attendance. Attendance has new mandates from the state this year for expectations for attendance. We want our students to be excited to come to school and learn each day as long as they feel well and can!  It is our hope by encouraging and rewarding students for good attendance we can help support meeting the state mandates for attendance.  I have attached below how we will reward students each day for coming to school.   I have also attached research behind elementary school attendance.  Keep in mind the state considers a child who misses 18 or more days (excused or unexcused) chronically absent.  Our goal is to prevent students from being chronically absent. Since August our students have been in school a little over 98% of the time!  That is great!  Thank you to the families of Westwood for valuing every instructional minute!  You all are amazing!

Butterfly The 2nd grade butterfly release is scheduled for September 28th! Family members of 2nd grade students are invited to attend!  More information will be coming from your child’s teacher!  Be on the lookout!  I have heard great things about this event!  I look forward to it!

READ, READ, READ!!!!  Westwood is focusing on students reading with a new initutive called Westwood Reads!  Suzanne King our literacy coach is heading this up.  She and I are very passionate about reading!  Westwood families are very supportive and are always asking how to best support their child’s academic progress.   I ask that you read with or to them!  Reading is a powerful gift! You’ll notice in our school lobby we have books on book shelves.  Students are welcome to take any book they like and keep it to read!  Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year. Students who scored at fifty percentile, read on average only 4.6 minutes a day – exposing them to 282,000 words per year.  Reading for 20 minutes each day is a very powerful way to support your child’s academic growth… not to mention it’s fun!  Happy reading!

books

 

Don’t forget to check out our school website and PTO website!  Lots of great information on both!

https://www.wcs.edu/wes/

http://westwoodpto.com/

 

When in doubt ask!  If you have any questions please reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Julie Lankford or myself!  We are here to support you and your child in their educational journey!

Respectfully,

Jill Hunt
Westwood Elementary School, Principal

Attendance Week events: paper copy available in office

Attendance brochure paper copy available in office

Attendance brochure paper copy available in office

 

Featured Westwood Classroom Canvas of the Week September 17 & WES PTO Happenings–Where is Westwood PTO money going?

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Featured Westwood Classroom Canvas of the Week September 17

WES PTO Happenings–Where is Westwood PTO money going?

Thank you WESTWOOD FAMILIES and community! The PTO has been busy already this year. Due to your generosity and support the PTO has been able to give back to Westwood students and teachers in a variety of ways. Since the start of the school year we have supported the following:

  • PBIS reward/rally day
  • Staff appreciation
  • Bikes for attendance awards
  • 10 new coolers for field trips
  • Blinds for the cafeteria
  • Most recently, $2000 has been awarded in classroom grants. These grants provide students with enhanced opportunities for learning and growth and teachers additional resources to provide these opportunities. Snap Circuits to enhance the construction of the STEM lab, rewards for AR parade, flexible seating for classroom, school wide membership to Starfall, and STEM resources for classroom such as K’Nex, Lego’s, construction sets, etc. have been awarded. The PTO plans to distribute more grants in the spring as well. Thank you for your continued support.

Last Chance! Spirit Store Closes at 8 pm on September 17!

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The Westwood Spirit Store is open until September 17!

Purchase 2018 Westwood Short Sleeve T-shirts, Car Magnets, Lanyards & Bumper Stickers to show your Westwood Pride!

Orders must be placed by September 17, 2018.  Orders will be delivered to your oldest child’s (at WES) classroom on September 19, 2018.  Please note that orders for the 2018 Spirit Wear will be fulfilled until supply runs out.  Supplies are limited!  All purchases are final.

WES PTO Happenings–Where is Westwood PTO money going?

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Thank you WESTWOOD FAMILIES and community! The PTO has been busy already this year. Due to your generosity and support the PTO has been able to give back to Westwood students and teachers in a variety of ways. Since the start of the school year we have supported the following:

  • PBIS reward/rally day
  • Staff appreciation
  • Bikes for attendance awards
  • 10 new coolers for field trips
  • Blinds for the cafeteria
  • Most recently, $2000 has been awarded in classroom grants. These grants provide students with enhanced opportunities for learning and growth and teachers additional resources to provide these opportunities. Snap Circuits to enhance the construction of the STEM lab, rewards for AR parade, flexible seating for classroom, school wide membership to Starfall, and STEM resources for classroom such as K’Nex, Lego’s, construction sets, etc. have been awarded. The PTO plans to distribute more grants in the spring as well.

    Thank you for your continued support.