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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

In the aftermath of the tragic events that unfolded Marysville today, we want to share with you that our hearts go out to the families and the students at Marysville Pilchuck High School. We have the safety of our students and teachers as a top priority and are working with the district as well as with our great Safety Committee members to keep up to date on information about how to improve school safety.  

We are also sharing with you some strategies you could use to help your children understand difficult events and cope with their feelings. Here are some tips from the National PTA:
  • Maintain your composure.  Kids model behavior.
  • Reassure your children that they’re safe.
  • Talk about the tragedy in an age-appropriate manner.  Be patient.  
  • Help children to express their feelings.  
  • Explain that there are people who hate for different reasons, and that hatred is never acceptable.
  • Tell your children you love them, and offer plenty of hugs and kisses.

Family Literacy Night Nov 6th @ 6:30-8:00 pm
This night replaces the Math Night this year. We are looking forward to focusing on reading as a family. Come in your PJs and bring a favorite book. We will have different activities and stations for you to visit.

The Book Fair will be open from 6:00-8:00 pm. Come by and find out what’s new and what should go on your home bookshelf!

Classroom Explorations into Reading - Grade level teams will open one classroom with a reading or writing activity. As you move through the different rooms, you can earn stickers toward a free bookmark. Examples of possible room themes are: Reading at Home with your Reluctant Reader, Favorite Picture Books, Write your Own Book. 

Book Exchange - Gently used books may be donated during West Woodland’s Family Literacy Night on Thursday, November 6th! Just bring in books that are no longer read at your house and pick up some new books! Books for any age are welcome: preschool, primary grades (K-2), secondary grades (3-5), middle or high school, even books for grown-ups! There will be tables set up for each age range and you and your family can search for new, exciting books. At the end of the night, any remaining books will be donated to our sister school: Viewlands Elementary.

Classroom Visits
Marilyn and I were able to walk through a few classes together this week and we were impressed with the engagement of students in each class.  We saw students working on writing projects, taking pride in their work and one Kindergarten student shared with me that she was ,”adding detail to a good story!” 

I appreciate seeing the positive interactions between teachers and students that respect each individual. Students, especially Kindergartners, are learning how to learn and how to be in class all day. It is good to see that happening in positive ways.

Have a good weekend,

Tami Beach
Assistant Principal 

Legislative Update
Seattle voters will be faced with 3 ballot measures pertaining to children and education this upcoming election. As members of the West Woodland community, we encourage you to be ready to make informed decisions on these issues. Read more about Prop 1A, Prop 1B  and Measure I-1351 on the new "Legislative Update" page.

If you have any questions about any of these ballot measures or other local/state legislative issues, please feel free to contact the Legislative Liaison, Christina Witteman (cwitteman@gmail.com) for further information.

Please complete the Volunteer Survey!
Volunteers are the reason West Woodland has so many fantastic events, activities and strong classroom support!

We need volunteers of all kinds - from people who are willing to lead big events to people who want to take on support roles, people who want to do small projects at home to people who want to show up the day of and lend a hand.

We'd like to find out what you are interested in!  Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to let us know where you'd like to pitch in!  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Nannies – everyone is invited to take the survey!

Feel free to check as many boxes as you are interested in!  You are NOT committing to volunteering for anything specific if you check a box - you are simply indicating that you would be interested in hearing more about the event or program when it comes up!

For more detailed information on the events and programs, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Complete the Volunteer Survey Now 
(Note: Survey closes Monday, November 3rd)

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!

PE Room Representative
Katie Barrett  and Rosemary Hanson are looking for a volunteer to help coordinate the PE and Health needs that come up throughout the year.  This person will help our PE teachers find volunteers as they need them, coordinate field day and work with  Katie and Rosemary as other needs arise.  If you are interested please reach out to Jen Swantz at jen.swantz@comcast.net

Your Teachers Love the New Copy Program!
The copy program we launched this year to assist teachers with their copy needs has been a great success! In fact it's such a hit we could use some more help!

Here are some ways you could get involved!
  • DROP-IN - want to help, but have a crazy schedule and commit to a regular day/time? That's ok - We love drop-ins! The copy request box is located in the back office/copy room area - see what requests the teachers have and give a few minutes of your time to help them out!
  • Already volunteering with your child's teacher? If you happen to be volunteering doing a project for child's teacher at school already, stop by the back office to see if there are any copy projects you could quickly do before, after or while you're volunteering!
  • Schedule a regular day/time to come in and help out.
Interested in helping out? Contact Brandi Mattila at brandimattila@gmail.com or 206-660-0254 for a quick training on the process and how to let us know when you've completed a job.

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.

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 during their regular library class time.

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.

The fair will be open for scheduled class visits on October 31st, and throughout the school day, Nov. 3rd through 6th. Monday – Thursday it will be open at 8:15 to 8:40 am and after school until 4:00 pm for adults and kids with an adult. It will also be open for adults and kids with an adult on Thursday, Family Literacy Night, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

We  are still looking for volunteers!

If you are interested in working the registers, helping with setup or take down, sign up at:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0548ABA72CA46-wwfall/.  You can also tell Paula Wittmann in the library, or email Julie MacGillis at juliemacgillis@hotmail.com.

Family Literacy Night Exchange - Thursday, November 6th
Gently used books may be donated during West Woodland’s Family Literacy Night on Thursday, November 6th!

Just bring in books that are no longer read at your house and pick up some new books! Books for any age are welcome: preschool, primary grades (K-2), secondary grades (3-5), middle or high school, even books for grown-ups! There will be tables set up for each age range and you and your family can search for new, exciting books. At the end of the night, any remaining books will be donated to our sister school, Viewlands Elementary.

Join us at the 2014 LGBT Families Dinner!
Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race invite you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation at NOVA/SBOC-World School the evening of Thursday, November 13th, 2014.  Dinner and activities are complimentary.

WHO?  All SPS students, staff and families are welcome at this event!

WHEN AND WHERE?  Thursday, November 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at NOVA/SBOC- World School (the old Meany Middle School) in the Lunchroom (Directions below)

Dinner will be provided.  Craft tables will be available for younger attendees.  Members of the School Board and other District staff will welcome you.  

This will be a well-attended event, so reserve a space for you and your family today!  Please reply by November 12th.  Questions and R.S.V.P. to Lisa Love at 252-0982 or LLove@seattleschools.org (let us know how many people are in your party).    
NOVA/SBOC-World School (formerly Meany MS)
301 – 21st Ave. E., Seattle 98112 ~ (206) 252-3500
The school building is on the East side of Capitol Hill, tucked in behind the Miller Community Center, just Northeast of the Group Health Hospital.

From I-5 take the 520 exit heading briefly toward the bridge to Kirkland/Bellevue.  Take the first exit off 520 at Montlake.  Turn Right onto Montlake—this turns into 23rd Ave.   Follow 23rd Avenue up the hill.  Turn Right onto Republican.  Turn Left onto 21st.  Parking available in the lot on the West side of the building, just off 20th, or park on the street.

Yoga & Mindfulness with Miss Rebecca
Please join Arts Friday music teacher, Rebecca Young to practice Mindfulness and Yoga at 8 Limbs, Phinney Ridge.

Start date:  Monday, October 27 and subsequent Mondays from 4-5 pm.  

Open to all students in K-2nd grade. More info at: http://www.8limbsyoga.com

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

Lilí Beavs Cheer Camp!
K-5 students are invited to spend some time with the Ballard High School varsity cheer squad where they will learn cheers, chants, and dances. Each camper will receive a set of poms and a picture with the squad. The camp will be held Saturday, November 8 from 9:30-noon in the BHS auxiliary gym. At noon, the campers will show off the material they learned at a family and friend performance.

Cost is $30 per camper, $25 for additional family members. Walk-ins welcome as space is available, but to guarantee your spot, register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lil-beavs-cheer-camp-tickets-13597034095

I Care Stories
Our first story is from Ms. Hethcote who is super proud of a student in Room 106.  She writes, "Today Alex found a few coins on the playground.  Soon after that, I explained the Buddy Bench project to the class.  Immediately, Alex offered to donate the coins he found to go into the buddy bench jar.  Way to be compassionate, Alex!"

The second story today is from Ms. Easton who would like to compliment a first grader in Room 102. Finn Twight showed kindness and compassion when he helped out a kindergartener who was very upset in the hall.  The student came in to the first grade classroom and sat beside Finn who smiled and welcomed him.  Thanks to Finn and Ms. Dajlanaj's class for 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.

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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