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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

We have had another great week! This is just an energetic, positive place to be.

Curriculum Night
K-2nd Grade Curriculum night was held on the 16th and the 3rd through 5th grades will hold theirs on Monday the 22nd.

The purpose of Curriculum Night is to provide you with an overview of your child’s year at West Woodland. It is important to us that you get to know your child’s teacher, their vision, their focus and also very importantly, some of the nuts and bolts items. Please look at your family calendar before you come and prepare to choose a time for your Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, which are held on Sat, November 22nd, and Monday-Tuesday the 24th and 25th. Please remember that conferences are the priority during that week so please plan a conference time before making travel arrangements.

Teachers will not be prepared for one-on-one conferences during Curriculum Night but you will have a little bit of time to look around the room, look at your child’s work and get a feel for their space. Childcare can be requested from Kid’s Inc. Reservations only, contact Melissa @ 783-8185 or admin@kidsincseattle.com.

Annual Appeal
Our Annual Appeal campaign has been officially kicked off!  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.

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.

Wacky Wednesday
We have an early release day on Wednesday the 24th. Students get out of school at 12:55. Busses come at 12:55 to pick kids up. Wacky Wednesday classes can be signed up for online. 

Safety Committee
Our first Safety Committee of the year will be held on October 7th. These are always open meetings, anyone can attend. If you have a specific item that you would like to address, please email me (trbeach@seattleschools.org) and let me know so that I can give it time on the agenda.

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.

Quiet Halls
I want to thank everyone who has been helping us with our goal of having quiet halls. Students have been working on “marshmallow feet and mouths” as they move through the halls. We would like to respect the learning that goes on in every classroom. Everyone needs to stay outside or in the lunchroom until the first bell at 8:40 and the same for the release time in the afternoon. Classes get the opportunity to with the Marshmallow Award by being “caught” walking quietly in the halls.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend,

Tami Beach
Assistant Principal 

Interested in Doing Some Art with Your Child?
The Art Docent Program at West Woodland has been going strong for over 20 years and relies on a cadre of inspired parent volunteers to lead hands-on art lessons in the classroom. 

No experience is necessary, only the interest in bringing artful and creative fun into the classroom.  We have all the supplies, a library of past successful lessons by grade, and a team of experienced docents ready to help.  Keep in mind the kids are the ones doing the art, not you! 

We are especially excited to hear from parents with kids in the following classrooms: Langley, Kostanich, Fernandi, Fulmer, King, Neilson & Dajlajnaj.

For more information, contact Milissa Regan at lissahayes@gmail.com.

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

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 eduation. 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

Sign up for the Source Today!
The Source is Seattle Public School’s online communication tool that allows parents, guardians and students access to student schedules, attendance and assessment scores, grades and class assignments for secondary students.  For elementary students, the Source provides access to attendance and assessment scores.

To sign up you'll need child’s student ID #, date of birth, school attending, and a valid email address.  Once your informatio is uploaded, Source support team will send an email with an access code and password.

You can find details in the District Letter about The Source about how to get registered, log on, add students or reset your password.

Join the Walking School Bus!
Planning for fall? 
Create community, save time, keep your kids healthy and reduce your carbon footprint! Walking school buses are a safe and fun way to get to school on foot.

We are looking for families, especially those with younger kids, to join the WSB that walks every day from north/northeast of West Woodland. Adults take turns (one am and one pm/week) walking a group of kids to and from school. We meet at NW 60th and Sycamore Ave NW, then walk west on 60th (down the P-Patch), south on 3rd Ave NW to the crosswalk at 58th, then west down 58th to WW.
To learn more about this bus -- or if you would be interested in a WSB traveling a different route to school -- email Polly Freeman: polly_freeman@msn.com. Join us!

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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