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Welcome to West Woodland

 

News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

Teacher Appreciation
First, I would like to sincerely thank all the warm notes and thoughtful acts of kindness presented to the teachers last week! Thank you for recognizing “Staff Appreciation” week and showering all of us with your thoughtfulness!  There were flowers and cupcakes and cards and homemade boxes filled with chocolates and a yummy lunch, and donuts, and coffees, and cookies and beautiful smiles! WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!   It once again reaffirms that we are ALL so lucky to be part of this community!  Celebrating appreciation is a beautiful thing and we were the fortunate recipients of all your thoughtfulness!  

Flowers in the Teacher Parking Lot  
 
Thank you to the Girl Scout troop, their leaders,  and Pipo Bui for planting beautiful flowers in the parking lot on the west side of the building.  It definitely brought a smile to my face as I walked past them this week!

CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grants 
Five teachers in the Seattle Schools received a technology grant of over $4,000. Kate Wise won one of these awards for our school! A big thank you to Sarah Scoltock, one of our PTA grant writers, who wrote and submitted the grant on West Woodland's behalf! The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology. The Seattle School Board will recognize our school and Ms. Wise at their next School Board meeting on Wednesday, May 20.   The Board meeting starts at 4:15 p.m. at 2445 3rd Avenue S., Seattle, WA  98124, our presentation time is scheduled right after the public’s testimony.  The Board meetings are televised.

Thank you and have a fabulous weekend,

Tami Beach
Co-principal/Assistant Principal


Volunteer Appreciation Tea + Art Walk
We invite YOU to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea and First Annual Art Walk on May 27th.

You have helped in so many capacities this year: in the classrooms, in the lunchroom, at evening and morning events for the benefit of ALL our WW students. You have also indulged us with delicious lunches, and most importantly given us constant support for our work! You have sent in snacks, supplies, and donations. You have helped your child with their homework and projects. You also put on a fabulous Gala, raised or donated your money and your valuable time and done a thousand and one things to help our West Woodland community learn and thrive all year long.  Now we want to thank you!  Please join us on Wednesday morning, May 27th in the lunchroom for tea, coffee, and treats.  

Take your treats on a walk through the hallways to view the special WW art project completed just in time for this event!

Staff will supervise  the playground from 7:55 – 8:40 that morning so that you may mingle with fellow volunteers, teachers and staff.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!
**Please keep children under age 4 with you, all other children should enjoy their ‘extra’ recess outside with full staff supervision from 7:55 – 8:40.

Library Work Party - This Thursday!
Why: This allows the end of the year collection of books to run more smoothly.  It also helps the start of next year by having a well-organized collection.
When: Thursday, May 28th from 8:00 AM until it is done (drop in when you can)
Where: In the library

Breakfast Snacks will be provided.  Come chat and tidy the library! 

End of the Year Library Dates
The end of the year is starting to sneak up on us.  If you could help your child start to look for and return library books as they find and are finished with them I would appreciate that. Here are dates to be aware of:
  • May 25- 29 - 3 book maximum check out
  • June 1st – no new check outs for the year
  • June 5th – Bouncy Ball Day!  All students who have all books checked in, or have taken care of their record by either paying for lost books, or having their parents talk to me to create a plan will earn a bouncy ball as a thank you gift.
  • June 9th – Field Day – any 5th graders who have not cleared their library record will miss field day.
  • June 11th – Pamela LaBorde from the Ballard library visits to talk about the Seattle Public Library summer reading program

All School Social - Hilliards Taproom
Hey West Woodland Families! You’re invited to head down to the WW family-owned Hilliard's taproom for a fun & casual social.  Bring the kids or get a sitter.  Food & drink will be available for purchase, including delicious fare served by WW Dad, Jon Severson from Skillet Street Food.  

The Woodland Park Players Neighborhood Theatre, produced by West Woodlan Parents, Linda Joss & Beth McKelvey, will be making its debut at the Social. Their fledgling musical theatre company is looking for twenty-ish adults (ages 18-99) to sing their favorite Broadway tune(s) karaoke-style.  Talk to your friends and sign up together. Or if you're feeling like a rock star, sign up for a song of your own.  Either way, please fill out this form.

WHAT:
West Woodland Elementary All School Social
WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30-8:30
WHERE: Hilliard's Beer
1550 NW 49th St. (Ballard)
http://www.hilliardsbeer.com

We hope to see you there!  Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Rachel Hilliard: Rachelrhilliard@gmail.com
Angela Fleet: angelafleet@me.com
Beth McKelvey: queenbfm@yahoo.com


Join us for the BLAST - June 12
Join us for the BLAST, West Woodland's year-end party for students and their families!

When:
Friday, June 12 from 6-8 pm
Where: West Woodland Playground & Field

Bring a picnic or buy dinner at one of the food trucks, El Camion and Wicked Pies (pizza). There will be a "build your own" ice cream sundae bar and activities for the kids, including a few entertainers and an arts station.  Come celebrate the end of another great year at West Woodland!  

The Blast needs volunteers! Sign up here to help make it great!



Yearbook Volunteer Help Needed
The yearbook team is looking for 2-3 people to shadow them this year and then take over this fun and important task next year! Karen Oboy and Jenn Harowicz have been the dynamic duo producing the West Woodland Yearbook the past several years but they both have 4th grade students and will need to pass the job off before their kids exit West Woodland next year.

Karen coordinates and collects all the yearbook orders, sets up an excel file for tracking and distribution, and works with Jenn to set the price, manage the budget, and set up distribution to kids and staff.  Jenn manages and collects photos, designs the yearbook, manages the ordering and printing and helps distribute the yearbooks.

If you are a parent that is well organized and looking for a great way to jump in and take on an important job at West Woodland, this would be perfect for you! AND if you are a designer or someone who is skilled in Adobe InDesign, this is a very fun project to work on!

Interested and want more information? PLEASE email Jenn Harowicz at jharowicz@comcast.net ASAP…thank you! :)
 

Send Us Your Yearbook Photos!
Time to capture all those fabulous West Woodland memories in the annual YEARBOOK!

Did you take photos during a class activity, field trip, Arts Friday, science night, talent night or other West Woodland event this school year? Please email digital photos of these school activities so the children can see themselves in the yearbook! Email photos to westwoodlandyearbook@gmail.com 

Here are some specific requirements before sending in your photos:
  1. Please name your photos...this will help us recognize what the particular event is. (Examples: ArtsFridayRoom109.jpg or TalentShowNathanHarowicz.jpg or FieldTripRoom208.jpg or SecondGradeSocial.jpg)
  2. Please do not send multiple images that are very similar to one another...please choose the BEST photo and send that one only!
  3. Please DO NOT send blurry or very low resolution photos. Photos should be between 400KB to 4MB
  4. Please send jpeg images only.

If you have any questions, please email westwoodlandyearbook@gmail.com

TIMELINE for sending photos // May 1 - May 22
 
** YEARBOOK ORDER FORMS WENT OUT VIA KID MAIL. Yearbooks are pre-sale ONLY! DEADLINE to order is May 22nd! Extra order forms are available at the front office. **
May is Bike to School Month
Starting next month students will tally minutes to and from school.  Tally sheets will be posted out side each class with there names on them.

The elementary schools with the highest total number of minutes biked during the month of May will be featured in an article in the Cascade Courier and receive the coveted Golden Pedal Award.

Additional incentives--with a focus on keeping kids safe and active--will be awarded to students that participate at all levels of engagement in Bike to School Month.
  • up to 360 minutes: spoke sliders
  • more than 360 minutes:  reflective bike strap for your pant leg.
  • The Class with the highest tally their teacher wins a fitbit.
Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Bike fairies will be on the job handing out special treat for participants.  

BIKE FAIRIES NEEDED! We're always look for bike fairies to greet kid in the morning by handing out stickers and chocolate kisses on days throughout the month and especially on bike to school day.  If you are interested in helping contact John Paul Erber at teamerber@gmail.com.


Li’l Woody’s Art Show May 9-23: Come Vote!
West Woodland students will be featuring their artwork in the Li’l Woody’s restaurant during the Ballard Art Walk on May 9. Restaurant patrons will be asked to vote for their favorite pieces, and the elementary school with the most votes will get a donation to their art program. Voting will be open between May 9-23, so come on down to Li’l Woodys (Market St next to the Majestic theater) to cast your vote! This event is a fun and easy way to earn money for the West Woodland art program. Questions? 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
This week we noticed an impressive and accountable group of Mr. Langley’s social studies students. Jack Fennessy, Daniel Pierce, Hannah Singer, Bronwyn Mullins, Lucas Joss, and Eva Hanson were all in the hall working to assign parts for their Common Soldier interview. 

Without any help from an adult, these kids talked together about which part they each wanted to read to their class. They decided quickly and were cheerful, respectful listeners. Thank you for being fantastic problem-solvers at West Woodland!

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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