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Welcome to West Woodland

Congratulations to Kate Wise for winning one of only five "Teachers & Technology" grants from CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation. Way to go!

News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

Happy Memorial Day!
My brother-in-law and his family are stationed in Hawaii right now, but I’ll never forget seeing him say goodbye to his wife and daughter as he left to serve on the aircraft carrier The U.S.S. Nimitz when their oldest daughter was just a few days old. I hope I am doing a good job of teaching my children to be grateful for those who serve our country. I hope your Memorial Day is restful and that you are able to share some stories or facts about why we celebrate this day.

Choir @ Seattle Center Playground 

Donna Broadland received an invitation for our Wildcat Choir to take part in the ribbon cutting to the new playground at the Seattle Center. This playground has a 35-foot Climbing Tower, colorful Labyrinth, ADA-accessible Carousel, child-inspired musical instruments, listening stations, sound swings, play mounds, and "story lines". The students were able to take part in the ribbon cutting and then play on the structures. Thank you to Donna and the parent volunteers that helped this fieldtrip successful!

Field Day Date Change
Field Day has been moved June 10th from 1:00-2:30 (from June 9th). An important training opportunity was made available on the 9th, so the date had to be changed. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Brandi Mattila at brandimattila@gmail.com.

Ice Cream Social
A big thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the Kindergarten and New Family Ice Cream Social this week! We had over 75 families attend this year and scooped over 150 bowls of ice cream.  This is a great way to introduce new families to our amazing Kindergarten teachers and fantastic West Woodland Community.  We look forward to having these new families join our community in the upcoming school year.  A special thanks to our Kindergarten teachers, Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Healey, Ms. Hethcote, Ms. York- Jones,  Ms. So and, First Grade teacher, Ms. Walters. 

Interesting Quote on Meditation

“Initial findings from a Stanford study directed by Dr. Amy Saltzman, a physician, indicate that mindfulness training can increase control of attention and reduce negative internal chatter – Another study of meditation by adolescents found improvements in mood disorders, depression, anorexia and bulimia.”

In the Classroom, a New Focus on Quieting the Mind” by Patricia Leigh Brown in the New York Times, June 16, 2007 (p. A8)

Tami Beach
Co-principal/Assistant Principal

Library Work Party - This Thursday!
Why: This allows the end of the year collection of books to run more smoothly.  It also helps the start of next year by having a well-organized collection.
When: Thursday, May 28th from 8:00 AM until it is done (drop in when you can)
Where: In the library

Breakfast Snacks will be provided.  Come chat and tidy the library! 

End of the Year Library Dates
The end of the year is starting to sneak up on us.  If you could help your child start to look for and return library books as they find and are finished with them I would appreciate that. Here are dates to be aware of:
  • May 25- 29 - 3 book maximum check out
  • June 1st – no new check outs for the year
  • June 5th – Bouncy Ball Day!  All students who have all books checked in, or have taken care of their record by either paying for lost books, or having their parents talk to me to create a plan will earn a bouncy ball as a thank you gift.
  • June 9th – Field Day – any 5th graders who have not cleared their library record will miss field day.
  • June 11th – Pamela LaBorde from the Ballard library visits to talk about the Seattle Public Library summer reading program

Wacky Wednesday is June 3rd - Register Now
The last Wacky Wednesday of the school year is upon us! There are 4 great workshops for your child to choose from.  Kids’ Create with be making Recycled Robots, Coach Stu will be back with more basketball, Seattle ReCreative will be assembling model airplanes and Mama Kid’s Yoga will be playing with bug poses.  Follow the link below for complete workshop descriptions and to register.  


Registration deadline is Friday, May 29th.

Questions? Contact Katy Hanson – sycamore@cnw.com

Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Awards
At the end of each school year the PTA recognizes volunteers and educators who go above and beyond to help make West Woodland the tremendous and dynamic school it is.  We are looking for your input as we seek nominees for this year's Golden Acorn (outstanding volunteer service) and Outstanding Educator Awards (Individuals who go beyond the normal expectation of their jobs to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging).
If there is a parent volunteer and/or an educator out there that you believe deserves to be nominated we want to know!  We really appreciate you taking the time to complete a nomination.  Our current school leaders are mentoring our kids (future leaders) and deserve to be recognized! 

Submit Your Nominations Now 

Deadline is Friday May 29th

If you have any questions, or prefer to submit a nomination via email, please contact Paul Cutting at plcutting@comcast.net 

Recruiting Volunteers for the 2015-2016 School Year
A huge thank you to the many of you who have given your time to volunteer at West Woodland!  So many of the wonderful programs and events that make West Woodland such a special school are only possible because you all give your time and support to make them happen!  
It's that time of year where we look forward to the 2015-2016 school year and start trying to recruit new volunteers and program leads.  We are in need of volunteers in the following areas:
  • Lunchroom Volunteer Coordinator
  • Copy Program Coordinator
  • PE Room Rep/Field Day Coordinator
  • All-School Social Event Leads
  • Graphic Designer
  • Monthly Coffee Social Coordinator
  • Database and excel support
  • Family Heritage Potluck Co-Coordinator
  • Mariner's Family Night Coordinator
Read the complete role descriptions

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles, please contact Carrie Schneider (fuller_schneider@hotmail.com) or Brandi Mattila (brandimattila@gmail.com).

Thank You to The Ice Cream Social Coordinators!
A big thank you to Marqui Severson and Heidi Kandathil for coordinating our New Student Ice Cream Social this past Thursday.  The ice cream social allows us to open our doors to our incoming families and let them connect with some of our teachers and staff along with their future classmates, before school begins in the fall.  It's so wonderful to see all the new, incoming faces each year and welcome them to our school!  Thank you to Marqui and Heidi and all their volunteers, as well as to the teachers and staff that were on hand to welcome everyone!

Join us for the BLAST - June 12
Join us for the BLAST, West Woodland's year-end party for students and their families!

Friday, June 12 from 6-8 pm
Where: West Woodland Playground & Field

Bring a picnic or buy dinner at one of the food trucks, El Camion and Wicked Pies (pizza). There will be a "build your own" ice cream sundae bar and activities for the kids, including a few entertainers and an arts station.  Come celebrate the end of another great year at West Woodland!  

The Blast needs volunteers! Sign up here to help make it great!

Lunch Room News
West Woodland will be having their annual  Picnic Day on Tuesday, June 9th. This is a day students eat outside and there will be a special menu.
  • Hot dog, Hamburger or Veggie Burger
  • Baked Beans
  • Watermelon
  • Veggies
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Milk

Parents are welcome! 
$2.75 - Student lunch
$4.00 – Adult lunch

It is nearing the last day of school and it is very important to have money in your student’s account for the items they are buying.  Any debt must be paid by the last day of school.  Report cards will be withheld until debts are paid. Money left in accounts will rollover to next year. This includes 5th graders going to a Seattle middle school.

It has been a privilege to provide meals to your students with the help of all my volunteers.  If you need to know the balance of your student’s account, please call contact Kay Plommer, Kitchen Manager at (206) 252-1584 or e-mail, kplommer@seattleschools.org.

Now Accepting Applications for Next Year’s Robotics Team
We are now accepting applications for next year’s robotics team, First Lego League Team # 1785. Forms are available in the Main Office or the Computer Lab

Applications Due: June 12th, 2015
Cost: $100 (Due the first day of class)
Payable to: WWPTA  (Scholarships available) 

West Woodland Elementary became a member of the First Lego League at the end of last year. We started a robotics team over the summer and competed in regional events during the fall and winter quarters of this year. We competed in two tournaments, where our team advanced to the Semi Finals. We Placed 11th in a field of 35 teams and just missed the top 10 that went on to compete in the State Championship.

All members of this year’s team were in the fifth grade and will be moving on to middle school next year. That leaves ten open spots for next year’s team. We will be accepting applications from all current third and fourth grade students returning to West Woodland in the fall.  Our goal is to choose five students from each grade with a mix of boys and girls to round out a team of ten.

No prior experience is needed to apply. A time commitment is required of all members. The robotics team will meet twice a week starting the first week of school (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and continue through until we are eliminated from a tournament. The last state tournament is in February.
We will be looking for students with a good history of:
  • Working well with others
  • Self-starters with organizational skills
  • Good math skills and problem solving ability
  • Maturity
  • Creative thinking
More information about the FLL (First Lego League), check out http://www.firstlegoleague.org & the Robotics Webpage, or contact Steve Sorensen at sdsorensen@seattleschools.org.

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
We’d like to thank a large group of West Woodland first graders who help clean paper towels off the bathroom floor at lunch recess. Bowie Emerson, from Ms. Price’s class, has been especially compassionate and respectful of our custodians. Bowie is always willing to help out, and does it cheerfully! 

Thank you to everyone who remembers to pick up after themselves and put their paper towels in the garbage. You help our school a lot!!

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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