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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
West Woodland Families,

Buddy Benches  
The Buddy Bench was fueled and funded by the students of West Woodland!  The student body was encouraged to earn money to then donate to the “Buddy Bench” fund.  We used that money to help purchase two benches that have now been installed on the playground.  Come visit and sit on the new benches.  Who knows maybe you will make new buddy too. The idea behind the Buddy Bench is that if a child doesn’t know what to do at recess, they can sit on the bench and someone will come and ask them to join in on a game or activity.  The bench will primarily benefit the younger students as they make new friends and learn new games.   As we introduced the idea to students, we emphasized two ideas:
  1. Look for someone on the Buddy Bench, introduce yourself and invite them to play.
  2. Use the Buddy Bench if you would like to make a new friend or just “chill out” and sit for a few minutes.
Leslie Easton did the bulk of the work on making the idea a reality, so “THANK YOU!” to her as well.

PTA General Meeting
We had a good, productive PTA meeting last night. We discussed the Gala, (see below for more exciting information about this), the things we love about West Woodland and what we would like to keep as part of our culture as we move forward  We also discussed the new principal hiring process.  Thank you to the organizers and those who came to voice opinions and help shape our future.
“If you don’t have exceptional …leadership, it’s hard to have large-scale exceptional things happen.”
- Michael Brosnan

Science Night
Our annual Science Night is upon us! We will be enjoying all of the wonderful science projects on Thursday, March 26th from 6-8pm. We are trying to spread out the grades a little bit more so that it is easier to walk around and talk to each scientist. We will have signs on that night so that you can see where each grade level is set up. Find out More

Book Fair
The book fair will be running this coming week. I believe we still have open volunteer spots, so if you have a short or long block of time to come and volunteer, please contact Georgette at  gsemrock@yahoo.com.

Important Safety Reminder
Our pick-up and drop-off has been better this year, but not problem free…yet.

Please Remember:
  1. There is no parking in front of the school between 8:00 and 9:00 or between 2:30 and 3:30.
  2. You may use the drop off area in front of the school that is beyond the bus zone for Drop-Off ONLY between 8 and 9am and between 2:30 and 3:30pm
  3. You may not park in front of or in neighbor’s driveways.
  4. You may not double park.
  5. You may not drop your child off in the middle of the street.
  6. Please do not drop off in the Teacher Parking lot. There is a student drop off just West of the lot that is free of cars coming in and out.
Keep in minds that if we, the adults, are extra careful, we can prevent many accidents that could seriously injure children.

Favorite quote of the week
“One of the most robust findings in developmental psychology is that kids learn how to treat one another by watching the way adults treat them and treat each other.”   -Susan Enge


Tami Beach
Co-Principal/Assistant Principal

PTA Budgeting Process - Deadline March 23rd
The West Woodland PTA is beginning its annual budgeting process for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you are a program coordinator for a PTA-sponsored program or would like to start a program and receive funding, it is very important that you complete a 2015-2016 Budget Request Form.  You can find copies of this form in the PTA Treasurer's box at school or you can download it from the West Woodland website under “PTA” and “All Forms.” Please complete this form and put it in the PTA Treasurer’s box or email it to the PTA Co-Treasurers (Dara Foti and Julie Gregg) at westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com.
The deadline to turn in your request is Monday, March 23rd!  Without a budget request, your program is in jeopardy of being excluded from the budget.  
We will hold the first budget meeting to review all the requests on Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 pm at Ha!, located in Fremont. Anyone who is interested in the PTA budget process or how the PTA allocates money for it's various programs is invited and encouraged to attend! 
  • 1st PTA Budget Meeting Date:  Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Fremont 
  • 2nd PTA Budget Meeting Date:  Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Fremont.  
  • Final PTA Budget Presentation to 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 (<--Please use this email for all West Woodland Treasurer correspondence)

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. 

Your Presence is Requested at the Woodland Wonderland Gala
On behalf of the entire West Woodland PTA, we would like to personally invite you and your significant other to attend this fun and important event for our school. This is event is not only a fantastic party, but is also one of the most important ways our PTA raises money to support our school, and we have a goal of $25,000 to raise this year.  
Tickets cost $30 per person. A formal invitation will be arriving in your child's take home folder, but you can RSVP and learn more now.
Thanks and hope to see you there!

Sincerely - Richelle Dickerson and Kirsten Mullins, West Woodland PTA Co-Presidents

PLEASE NOTE! Gala invitations have been sent home via kid-mail. The website information on the paper invitation is incorrect - The correct link is:  http://tinyurl.com/WW-springgala2015.

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:

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 story comes from the playground.  Reilly Shea from room 207 consistently notices how other students are feeling during recess.  He reminds kids to play fair and be inclusive.  Thanks Reilly for being a good friend and helping recess go well at West Woodland!

Our next story comes from Ms. King.  She writes, “Stella accidently hurt another student while playing on the mushroom at recess.  Another student came to me for help but, when I got there, Stella was already apologizing and asking the student if she was okay.  I was impressed that Stella followed through and showed compassion without being asked”.

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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