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Welcome to West Woodland

News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,
Thank you to those who came to the PTA General Meeting last night! We heard about current issues on the upcoming ballots, Ms. Loveness presented the State of the School and I presented an overview of the new math curriculum. The power points will be loaded onto the website if you would like to see some of the information shared. 

Family Literacy Night
Thursday, November 6th, from 6:30-8:00 pm we are inviting all West Woodland Families to a Family Literacy Night. We invite you to come in your pajamas or comfortable clothing, bring a big pillow and your favorite book. We will have reading and writing activities for you to enjoy and the book fair will be open. This night takes place of our annual Math Night. We will be hosting a Math Night next year. More information will come, so watch SNEAKS, the website and signs in the building.

Are you a licensed teacher?
Seattle Public Schools has a shortage of substitute teachers. There have already been 5 instances  of teachers at our school not being able to get a substitute this year. This leaves the administration, specialists and special education teachers to make patchwork schedules to teach in these classrooms. If you have a teaching license, and are willing to work in our building, please let Marilyn or me know and we will help you get into the substitute teaching pool. 

Hiring Committee 
Each year, we ask that parents who are interested take a hiring committee training at the district office. Some hiring take place on a very short timeline and we need to have trained parents to participate in every hiring committee. Trainings are offered monthly and dates and times can be found on the district website. Please consider attending a training to be a part of a West Woodland hiring committee. 

Principals’ Coffee
The PTA will be hosting a Principals’ Welcome Coffee on October 22nd at 8:50, right after drop-off.  Join us for coffee and morning treats at the front of our school. There is no program or agenda -- just a fun, informal opportunity to meet your principals, and talk about school happenings, events and get to know each other better.

Quote from a great article
“Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give, and to empathize, from a very young age.  It has nothing to do with pity.  An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.
When parents see that kernel of compassion in our children we want to cultivate it.  And when world leaders come together to debate the big questions of our time, like they do each September in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly, issues of poverty and peace make headlines that we can explore at age-appropriate levels with our children.  Like the development of a muscle, this awareness often grows undetectably, but can be deliberately nurtured.  Here are five steps I’ve found to help empower kids to care and want to make a difference.
    Talk about it.  
    ‘Be a friend to the whole human race.’  
    Learn about causes – together.  
    Embrace a cause.  
    Nurture inspiration”

To keep reading, you can find the article here: 

Tami Beach
Assistant Principal 

Wacky Wednesday is October 29th
Registration is now open!

Don’t miss out on October’s wonderful Wacky Wednesday workshops! Registration closes on Wednesday, October 22nd.  There are 18 spaces left in Bricks 4 Kidz’ Monster Build.  This workshop is open for students in grades 3-5.  Students will build a bat, a zombie from MineCraft and create a monster of their own.  Students will also receive a mini fig to take home!
  • Yoga Story Workshop has 13 spots left.  It is open to students in K-2.  Instructor, Susanna Stratford, will lead students through a Halloween story with yoga poses and breathing techniques.  
  • Half Day Hoops (grades 1-5) has 4 spots left.  
  • The Dia de los Muertos (grades K-5) workshop has 4 spots left as well.


If you have any questions regarding Wacky Wednesday please email Katy Hanson – sycamore@cnw.com

Coming Soon! - Fall Scholastic Book Fair
Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held October 31st – November 6th in the library.  Fliers with some of the books available will be sent out soon.  However, the fair will have a much larger selection. Students will attend with their classes, and families will also have times to visit.

This as a fundraiser to support the library. All proceeds go directly to the library budget.

We will also be collecting change and donations to support the library program at Viewlands Elementary our “sister” school.  Currently they have no library budget from the school.

If you are interested in working the registers, helping with setup or take down, sign up at:

You can also tell Paula Wittmann in the library, or email Julie MacGillis at juliemacgillis@hotmail.com.

Look for more detailed information next week.

West Woodland Garden - Fall Work Party
Come help out in the garden!

Saturday, November 1, 9 am - noon (work off all that Halloween candy!)
  • Part 1 - "leaf day" - grab your rakes and rake up fall leaves to keep the playground safe
  • Part 2 - permaculture workshop - learn how to make raised mounds like in the WW Food Garden so you can grow vegetables with minimal water and weeding
Our garden helpers also meet weekly at 9am after Friday morning coffee to work in the garden.

Looking forward to seeing you in the garden!

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!

Vision & Hearing Screening Volunteers Needed
We will be doing school vision and hearing screening on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24, at West Woodland Elementary School.  We need a team of volunteers to fetch students, keep them coming in and out of the screening rooms, perform the actual screenings, recording and keep track of screening results. If you are interested in helping, please sign up here:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E44A5AB2B0-westor contact:

Alison Inkley, West Woodland School Nurse,

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.

Lice are Back!
Students have returned to school and, unfortunately, so have lice. The best way to control the spread of lice is for families to check their students’ hair regularly. The best times to check are Friday and Monday, because students are often with different friends during the week and the weekend.

To look for lice: 
  • Have your child sit in a well light place- natural light or a good strong lamp really helps.
  • Look at the scalp at the nape of the neck, the crown of the head, behind both ears and at the forehead. Nits are ovoid and attached to the hair shaft near the scalp.
  • If you have a lice comb you can use it to thoroughly go through all areas of the head. Again focus on hair close to the scalp.
  • Live lice are very small and depending on their age and last meal vary from almost clear to dark brown. Lice move quickly but do not hop or jump.
If you find lice or nits please let the school and child care know. Please contact the school nurse if you have questions or concerns. – Alison Inkley, West Woodland school nurse, 206-252-1607.

October is Walk & Wheel Month
Please join your West Woodland friends and family participating by walking, riding, scooting or skating to school!  And please be sure to make any journey made by foot or wheel off on the Walk and Wheel Tally Sheet located just outside your classroom door.

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

I Care Stories
Our first story is about a SUPER compassionate fourth grader in Ms. Dresbeck’s class. Finn Keenan was in the lunchroom when a kindergartener accidentally dumped her lunch all over the floor. Without being asked, Keenan jumped to the rescue! He helped pick up all the food and reassured the five year old that everything was going to be okay. Thank you, Finn, for caring about someone younger and taking action – way to go!!!
The second story is from Ms. Beach who saw Reagan Sheffield from Mr. McGowan’s  class being VERY compassionate at lunch. Someone near Reagan’s table said she didn’t have a place to sit. Without missing a beat, Reagan said in a cheerful voice, “Come and sit by me!” Thanks, Reagan, for thinking about another person’s feelings and helping out. 
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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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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