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Welcome to West Woodland

West Woodland has a wealth of academic specialists and support staff -- thanks to you.  West Woodland offers Arts Friday for every student -- thanks to you. West Woodland has a computer lab and IT support staff -- thanks to you. West Woodland offers many fun community events -- thanks to you. And thanks to you, West Woodland is a school that hounds you for two weeks during Annual Appeal, but doesn't ask you to sell anything. Let's keep it that way. 

 
Please respond online & turn your orange response cards as soon as possible. Deadline is Monday, October 6, 2014

 

News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,
I hope you have been enjoying the rain! We have, except during recess and the mile run in PE. Other than that, we have been enjoying the return of Seattle weather.

Advanced Learning
Testing for Advanced Learning placement needs to be requested by October 2nd. The forms are by the office. There is a lot of information online about ALO and we are always open to questions if you would like to stop by or email.

Math in Focus
October 10th there will be no school for students. The teachers and I will be in training for the Math in Focus curriculum.  

The district is holding a parent night for the math program on October 9th. There are five locations for this event. 
Seattle Public Schools is excited to announce a terrific opportunity for busy families to learn more about our new elementary math program. Families who wish to support students in their math work or who are simply looking for more insight into Math in Focus are invited to attend “Parent University.” Math in Focus trainers will share the framework for the Singapore approach to math, the basis for the Math in Focus program. They also will provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning.

When: Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m:
Where: 5 locations around the district:
  • Eckstein Middle School Auditorium 
  • Washington Middle School Lunchroom 
  • West Seattle High School Auditorium 
  • Whitman Middle School Auditorium 
  • Van Asselt Elementary School Auditorium 
I will be sharing some information about the math program and what it looks like at West Woodland on October 16th during the PTA General Meeting. 

Annual Appeal
I encourage you to return your orange response card for the PTA’s Annual Appeal.  Just returning the card shows your support for our school. Those who can contribute funds please know that our PTA is extremely conscientious about using those funds for the benefit of ALL students.  We are able to lower the ratios in the classrooms by hiring a math and reading specialist and bringing tutors into the school. Our music and art programs benefit all grades: Arts Friday is an art or music class for every student, kindergarten/1st grade dance, Roots of Empathy for 2nd graders, recorder classes for 3rd graders, and instrumental music for 4th and 5th graders.  Field trip buses, classroom supplies, library books, and playground equipment are supplemented by PTA funds.  Please give what you can.

Know that we honor all of the ways that you support West Woodland--- as classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, event/program chairs and parents who support their child’s learning at home--- these are essential to making West Woodland an outstanding educational community! West Woodland rocks!
Have a great week!

Tami Beach
Assistant Principal 

Volunteering Needs
As our school grows, so does our need for volunteers - not just inside the classroom, but for our PCP staff and staff support programs as well!  Please consider giving your time!

Help with PE Assessments
Katie Barrett is looking for volunteers to help her with upcoming PE assessments for our 2nd-5th graders.  She needs volunteers to do things like track the pacer, time the mile and measure sit and stretch.  She will work with your schedule - let her know what times and days you are available and she will let you know how you can help!  You don't have to volunteer specifically for your child's class or grade level - all parents (grades K-5) are welcome to volunteer!  Katie can be reached at klbarrett@seattleschools.org.

Teacher Support Services
We are excited to announce that a new copying service is being offered to our West Woodland teachers and staff this year.  Teachers drop off their copying projects in the work room and our copy volunteers fill their requests.  We are looking for volunteers who are willing to be a part of the new program! This job can be done on a regular weekly basis or simply when you have the time.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Brandi Mattila at brandimattila@gmail.com to find out more.

Art Docents
We are still looking for a few parents to help out with our Art Docent program. We are especially interested in hearing from parents with kids in the following classrooms : Langley, Kostanich, & Fernandi.  No experience necessary!  You can get all your questions answered about what is involved with being an Art Docent at the Art Docent Kickoff Meeting. 

Art Docent Kick-Off
Tuesday, Sept 30th
8:50 - Room 209

or contact Milissa Regan at lissahayes@gmail.com.

October is Walk & Wheel Month
 
Walk and Wheel Month starts October 1st!  

Please join your West Woodland friends and family in participating by walking, riding, scooting or skating to school!

International Walk To School Day is October 8 - be sure to walk, ride, skate or scoot to school, and we'll have treats on the playground (before school).

The bike fairy will be watching and handing out treats along school routes as well!


News from the Library
We have been busy in the library learning about library procedures, book care, the Constitution, and reading a “balanced diet” of different types of texts.  It has been nice to be back with old students and to meet our new students.

Thank you to all the people who have signed up to volunteer in the library.  You should be getting an email sometime this weekend outlining current and future opportunities to help.  If you would like to be added to the volunteer email list please contact me at pswittmann@seattleschools.org or 252-1581 with your name and email and I will happily add you to the library volunteer list. 

Overdue Books
 
Unfortunately when I checked today, we already have 62 overdue books from this school year! Check out is 3 weeks, so these books are from the first week of school.  Please help your child return or renew books on time.  Other students are waiting to read them.  If you would like to know what your student has out, check under the library tab in the Source. Note the system is updated during the night so may be slightly off.

Book Fair is coming!
 
The fall book fair, which raises money to supplement the library budget from the school and the PTA, will be held October 31st – November 6th.  If you like to volunteer for a shift of running the cash register or set-up/take-down, let me know at the contact information above.  This is a fun way to volunteer for an hour or two.

Paula Wittmann, teacher-librarian

Seeking: Babies (& their moms or dads) for Roots of Empathy Classes!
Are you a proud parent with a new baby? Will your baby be 2-4 months old in October?

Roots of Empathy (www.rootsofempathy.org) is a classroom-based program for children in grades K-8. Here at West Woodland, Roots of Empathy is part of our 2nd grade curriculum. The aim is to increase empathy and emotional literacy: Children learn to care for and respect each other, leading to fewer incidents of bullying and aggression.
How it Works:
  • Baby and parent visit a 2nd grade classroom with a Roots of Empathy Instructor once a month from Oct-June.
  • The visits are about 30 minutes long; students sing to, observe, and learn about baby’s development from month to month.
  • The program helps children understand a baby's needs and temperament, and lets children observe a loving relationship between parent and baby.
  • Babies must be 2-4 months old in October.
To find out more about being a Roots of Empathy family, contact Laura at laura.hi@mac.com.


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


West Woodland Food Garden is Looking for Helpers!
Are you passionate about growing your own food?
Do you want to learn more about sustainable practices?
Do you want to show students how to grow without watering?

After getting the Food Garden’s proverbial foot in the door of West Woodland last year we are looking to expand the program! To make our Food Garden a tool for learning we need to form a docent pool to help us connect what’s happening outside to what’s being learned inside. We’ll be working with teachers to form complementary lesson plans throughout the year, but without docents we have no way to get those lessons to students.

We need you!
If you are interested, please email aaron@wallingfarm.com.  Let us know what specific skills, if any, you’d like to bring to the program, your contact information and your general availability. We’ll try to get docents in classrooms by November, so let us know soon!

Thanks for your generosity of support and time,

The West Woodland Garden Committee

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!





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