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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Happy Spring Break!

I hope you are all enjoying some additional time with your families and maybe some sunshine!  Classes will resume on Monday, April 20th.

Our hiring committee has chosen the new principal.  Farah Thaxton comes to us from Emerson Elementary School and I have heard wonderful things about her.  We will be able to meet her soon and I will let you know if she can come to any community events.

Testing Schedule Update:
Grade 4 and 5 - April 20th - May 8
Grades K, 1 and 2 - May 18 - June 12th  (Specific times and days for each class will be available as we get closer to these dates.)

Please see your teacher for your individual class schedule and make sure your student has no outside appointments during this time.  Make-ups are difficult to schedule.

If you haven't read the letter from the Superindentent, I have pasted it below.  


Tami Beach
Co-Principal/Assistant Principal

Dear West Woodland Community,
Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Farah Thaxton as the new principal of West Woodland Elementary, starting on July 1, 2015.  Ms. Thaxton replaces Marilyn Loveness, who is retiring after a decade of valuable leadership.

Ms. Thaxton is currently the principal at Emerson Elementary.  Prior to Emerson, Ms. Thaxton served as principal at Madrona Elementary for three years.  She has also served as teacher at Whittier and Leshi elementary schools. Additionally, Ms. Thaxton has worked as an administrator/Title 1 coordinator and curriculum specialist in the Philadelphia School District.

Ms. Thaxton was chosen for this position through an extensive process in the West Woodland community that included the input and participation of staff, building leadership and West Woodland families.  The group recommended Ms. Thaxton for the position because of her understanding of how to connect with students and families who may not always connect with schools, her strong commitment to the inclusive Special Eduation model built by the West Woodland community, and her extensive experience as an elementary principal and classroom leader in two large urban communities.  Ms. Thaxton was then interviewed by West Woodland's executive director of schools, the executive director of talent management in Human Resources, the assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning and myself.  We all agree that Ms. Thaxton has demonstrated a solid commitment to the West Woodland community and is ideally positioned to continue the great work at this school.

Ms. Thaxton holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and elementary education from Seattle Pacific University and a master's in education leadership from the University of Delaware.  She plans to spend her first few months as principal becoming acquainted with West Woodland students, staff and parents while building on the school's solid foundation, strengthening parent partnerships and expanding integrated arts.

I know you join me in expressing gratitute to Ms. Loveness for her tremendous leadership.  We wish her well on the next chapter of her life.

Thank you for the high expectations that you set for every student and for all that you do.


Larry Nyland
Seattle Public Schools

Be Wonderful! Volunteer at the Gala

   As you know, our Woodland Wonderland Gala is coming up just around the corner. We need several volunteers to help with:
  • set up
  • greeting
  • bartending
  • donation collecting
  • clean up
Please consider joining our fantastic team of people who have been working so hard to plan a fun party that brings our community together to celebrate and help raise money for our terrific school!   We need you to help us make sure the party runs smoothly and our gala is a success!

Check out a more complete list of our volunteer needs (including a brief description of the needs and time commitments. 

We would also like to let you all know that we will be raffling off some 2015-2016 Seahawks at the gala!  Raffle tickets will be sold at check-in and throughout the evening for $20 for 1 ticket or 6 tickets for $100.   More information on the date  of the game, the location of the seats and the team the Seahawks will be playing is to come!
If you have any questions about the gala, our volunteer needs or our raffle, please feel free to contact Carrie Schneider (cfuller_schneider@hotmail.com) or Laura Scoccolo (kitchel.laura@gmail.com).
Finally - don't forget to Buy Your Gala Ticketd, Donate towards our fundraising goal of $25,000 and Learn All About the Gala.
We look forward to seeing you on April 25th! 

PTA Annual Budget Meetings
The West Woodland PTA is in the midst of its annual budgeting process for the 2015-2016 school year. 
  • We held the first budget meeting to review all the requests on Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 pm at Ha!
  • Our second meeting will be on Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Freemont. 
  • Final PTA budget presentation and voting by the General PTA Membership: Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the West Woodland Library.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact your co-treasurers, Dara Foti and Julie Gregg at westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com.

From the District : N2N School Bell Times
School Family Partnerships recently launched its new Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) program to gather valuable community, family and staff input on school bell times (helping the district determine if it should change school start times for secondary schools).

\N2N group facilitators and individuals have requested the convenience of turning in their surveys on bell times to school offices. To assist families and the community in sharing their feedback, School Family Partnerships will be sending each school two self-addressed interoffice mail envelopes you can use to collect the surveys when people bring them to your front office. Thank you in advance for helping collect these surveys. The envelopes can be mailed back on May 1. A friendly reminder to send in the envelope will be sent to school secretaries on May 1.

Should families ask, our videos and surveys on school bell times are located on our N2N website at http://neighbortoneighbor.www.seattleschools.org

Thank you in advance for your valuable assistance in helping the district gather community input on this important topic. 

Jesse Johnson
School Family Partnerships and N2N Coordinator 

West Woodland Pre-Robotics Classes
NXT-G Programming
Starting April 28th

We are accepting applications for the Spring Pre-Robotics Programming Course starting on April 28th. Applications can be submitted online through the Robotics page of the Computer Lab Website. They are also available in the computer lab or from the main office. All third and fourth grade students are eligible for the program. The Class will be limited to 16 students. Get your application in as soon as possible.
More information is available online: Computer Lab Website

Steve Sorensen
Computer Lab Manager

Please join us for West Woodland's Family Mariner's Game Day!
Sunday, April 26 at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins

Tickets are $12 each. 
To purchase tickets please complete the form attached to the West Woodland Mariner's Day Flyer and return to the school office with you check made payable to 'West Woodland PTA'.

There are also flyers available in the office or contact Jim Gannon at jimandkristen383@comcast.net for more information. 

School Garden Information
West Woodland Elementary's school gardens are looking for leaders who are passionate about growing food, sustainability, and neighborhood connections. If you want to boost your garden knowledge and help make the school gardens and even more valuable community resource, here's your opportunity.

West Woodland has funding to subsidize TWO people attending a garden workshop this spring. (See the Seattle Tilth links for terrific classes on gardening, permaculture, foraging, and eating urban weeds. In return, you give 10 hours of your time in 2015 to help out in the gardens - planning, input into garden design, building beds, planting, harvesting or making foods in the garden.

If you're interested, check out the links below and email Pipo Bui, pipobui2@yahoo.com

Upcoming workshops and classes:

Woodland Wonderland Gala - This weekend!
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, April 25th!  
There's still time to Buy Your Tickets
Information on Where to Park
American West Bank - located next door to the Leif Erikson Lodge - has offered to let us use their parking lot the night of the Gala.  Spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis.  
In addition, there is plenty of street parking around the Leif Erikson Lodge, but we would also encourage you to consider taking a cab, using Uber or carpooling with a designated driver.  There will be plenty of fun to be had at the Gala and we want to make sure everyone stays safe!

Learn more about the Raffle - Seahawks Sounders Tickets
We will be raffling off Seahawks and Sounders tickets at the Gala. Two lucky winners will get the tickets. 
The Seahawks tickets are for the Rams vs. Seahawks game on Sunday, December 27th. Seats are located on the 40 yard line, section 308, Row N, Seats 9 and 10.  

The Sounders tickets are for the June 20th match against San Jose.  Game time is 1:00 pm and the seats are located on the Club Level.

Raffle tickets cost $20 a piece or 6 tickets for $100.  
The first raffle winner announced will get to chose either the Seahawks or Sounders tickets and the second raffle winner will get the other pair of tickets.

Art Show at Li'l Woody's - Submit by April 30th
Calling all artists! Li’l Woody’s restaurant has invited West Woodland to participate in a student art show in May. Restaurant patrons will be asked to vote on their favorite art pieces, and the school with the most votes will have their own custom hamburger added to the menu. Li’l Woody’s will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the winning school’s art program, so this is an exciting opportunity for our school! Please email Becky Ducsik at beckyducsik@icloud.com if your child would like to submit artwork for the show. The pieces should be 8x11 and need to be submitted to Becky by April 30th.

Need more info? Contact Becky Ducsik | beckyducsik@icloud.com

Shop For West Woodland
A Special offer for West Woodland Families
Earn $20 for West Woodland PTA by signing up for Smith Brothers Farms milk delivery service and get $10 off when you sign up.  Smith Brothers Farms is a local family-owned farm that offers free weekly home delivery services with no contracts or fees and they deliver more than just milk!  

Go to www.smithbrothersfarms.com to learn more and to sign up.
  • Simply click on "Sign up for Service"
  • Enter the promo code 510040
  • Enter "West Woodland" in the "How did you hear about us?" field.  
For more info email getmilk@smithbrothersfarms.com or call 1-877-MILKMAN and ask for Amanda Krafcik. 

Want to learn about other ways to raise money for our PTA
 programs, just by shopping? 
Check out our
Shop for West Woodland page.

Woodland Park Zoo Education Programs
Woodland Park Zoo partners with West Woodland by providing a variety of programs to support student education. The programs are always changing, and often available during holiday breaks and early release days. 

Programs include Parents Night out, Scout Classes, Bug Club, and more!

Read more about each program, timing, availability and pricing

How to get SNEAKS
Are you receiving Sneaks, the emailed weekly Newsletter from West Woodland?  Can you log into the school web site:  www.westwoodlandes.seasttleschools.org?  Does your password not work?  

If you are having trouble with any of these things, the How to Get SNEAKS page will help you. It includes details instructions on how to get registered with The Source AND the West Woodland Web site (school fusion), so you can stay up to date!

I Care Stories
The first ICARE story comes from Ms. Walters in First Grade. We have an aquarium of cloud fish in our classroom. It is difficult for us to remember when to feed them.  Ren has fish at home so he offered to be the person who would make sure they got fed regularly.  This shows how he is willing to be accountable for this very important job of taking care of our class organisms.  Thank you, Ren.

Our next story comes from Mrs. Beach. Science Night was a great success and one of the highlights was the amazing clean-up crew!  Cassia and Daphne Tackett from rooms 204 and 211 stayed until the very end and helped put things away, throw away trash and get the school cleaned up and beautiful for school the next day. Thank you Cassia and Daphne! 

These are the "stories" that are read by 4th/5th grade students over the intercom on Wednesday mornings.  This is one of the many ways we work to reinforce our I CARE Values at West Woodland.

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