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Welcome to West Woodland

Online ticket sales are now closed–Don't worry! You can get them at the door.
Check out the Gala FAQ for more info about parking, attire & food.

News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

Thank you to the kindergarten families for the yummy Italian lunch! YUM!

We are all looking forward to the GALA tomorrow night!  I look forward to seeing so many of you there.  Remember, all are welcome with or without a costume!  Along with all the wonderful things the GALA planners have in store for us, Marilyn and staff have practiced a fun little number for you all, so be prepared to love it!

Please join me in welcoming Mustafa Tessi, our new custodian!  He came with very high recommendations from his previous school.  We are lucky to have him here.  He worked for a bit with Hilario Tejeda, a previous custodian from our school.  So, if you see him in the hall, say "hi".

Last Chess Club will be this coming Monday, April 27th.

Incoming 6th Grade information night will be on Tuesday, April 28th in the library from 6:30 - 8:00 pm for students attending Hamilton next year.

See you at the GALA!

Tami Beach
Co-Principal/Assistant Principal

Woodland Wonderland Gala!

It's not too late to
be wonderful.
We still need volunteers!

   Online ticketing for the Gala is now closed. Don't worry, you can still get your tickets at the door.

Bring cash!  
A pair of Seahawks tickets and a pair of Sounders tickets will be raffled off to two lucky winners.  Raffle tickets cost $20 for 1 ticket, 6 tickets for $100.  A signature cocktail will be available for purchase at $5.  

Only cash will be accepted for signature cocktails.

Finally - Don't forget your checkbook to help us raise our goal on $25,000!
If you have any questions about the gala, please fee free to contact or coordinators:

Carrie Schneider | 
Laura Scoccolo | 

Information on Where to Park
American West Bank - located next door to the Leif Erikson Lodge - has offered to let us use their parking lot the night of the Gala.  Spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis.  

In addition, there is plenty of street parking around the Leif Erikson Lodge, but we would also encourage you to consider taking a cab, using Uber or carpooling with a designated driver.  There will be plenty of fun to be had at the Gala and we want to make sure everyone stays safe!

We look forward to seeing you on April 25th! 

PTA Annual Budget Meetings
The West Woodland PTA is in the midst of its annual budgeting process for the 2015-2016 school year. 
  • Our second meeting will be on Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Freemont. 
  • Final PTA budget presentation and voting by the General PTA Membership: Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the West Woodland Library.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact your co-treasurers, Dara Foti and Julie Gregg at westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com.

From the District : N2N School Bell Times
School Family Partnerships recently launched its new Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) program to gather valuable community, family and staff input on school bell times (helping the district determine if it should change school start times for secondary schools).

\N2N group facilitators and individuals have requested the convenience of turning in their surveys on bell times to school offices. To assist families and the community in sharing their feedback, School Family Partnerships will be sending each school two self-addressed interoffice mail envelopes you can use to collect the surveys when people bring them to your front office. Thank you in advance for helping collect these surveys. The envelopes can be mailed back on May 1. A friendly reminder to send in the envelope will be sent to school secretaries on May 1.

Should families ask, our videos and surveys on school bell times are located on our N2N website at http://neighbortoneighbor.www.seattleschools.org

Thank you in advance for your valuable assistance in helping the district gather community input on this important topic. 

Jesse Johnson
School Family Partnerships and N2N Coordinator 

May is Bike to School Month
Starting next month students will tally minutes to and from school.  Tally sheets will be posted out side each class with there names on them.

The elementary schools with the highest total number of minutes biked during the month of May will be featured in an article in the Cascade Courier and receive the coveted Golden Pedal Award.

Additional incentives--with a focus on keeping kids safe and active--will be awarded to students that participate at all levels of engagement in Bike to School Month.
  • up to 360 minutes: spoke sliders
  • more than 360 minutes:  reflective bike strap for your pant leg.
  • The Class with the highest tally their teacher wins a fitbit.
Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Bike fairies will be on the job handing out special treat for participants.  

BIKE FAIRIES NEEDED! We're always look for bike fairies to greet kid in the morning by handing out stickers and chocolate kisses on days throughout the month and especially on bike to school day.  If you are interested in helping contact John Paul Erber at teamerber@gmail.com.

West Woodland Bike Rodeo
The Bike Rodeo provides a fun way to learn about safe cycling, get your helmet fitted and your bike checked, meet a famous cyclist and win cool stuff! Come on down next Sunday, May 3 from 1 - 4 PM on the playground, and join us!! 

Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00
Come join us for the kick-off to bike to school month. We have a lot of new and exciting things this year including:
  • Bike Works - will be present to collect bikes for under-served youth.  Give an old bike new life and support community programming at Bike Works!  Bike Works accepts all types of bikes, bike parts and bike accessories. BMX and kids bikes in good condition are in high need.   Please consider bringing any unused bikes to the rodeo to donate to Bike Works in exchange for a tax write-off for 2015 and a good feeling in your heart!  www.bikeworks.org
  • Jennie Reed – Olympic Silver Medalist Cyclist and World Champion.  Jennie will be on hand to discuss what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and talk about cycling on the velodrome and her foundation aimed at getting more kids on bikes.  www.jenniereedfoundation.org
  • Bike raffle – We are raffling off a brand new Trek 24” geared mountain bike with front shock from Gregg’s Cycles for one lucky winner valued at $380.  Raffle tickets are $5.00; winner must be present to win. Drawing to be held at 3:00.
  • A mountain bike obstacle course
We will also have:
  • Bike checks provided by Bike Sport
  • Helmet fit check
  • Bike skills stations with prizes
  • Deeply discounted helmet sales
  • Healthy snacks and beverages
Come ready to roll rain or shine!

Volunteer at the Bike Rodeo
We need volunteers to help us make the bike rodeo a success. We need help with set-up, registration, running stations and clean-up.  We are also in need of 10 x 10 pop-up tents if you have one; please sign up to bring it down or let us know.

Sign up Now

Coordinated by Julie Gregg (juliegregg04@gmail.com) & Jane Matera (seejanebike@msn.com).

Thank you to our sponsors: Bike Sport, Nuun, Bike Works, Gregg’s and Ballard Market

West Woodland Pre-Robotics Classes
NXT-G Programming
Starting April 28th

We are accepting applications for the Spring Pre-Robotics Programming Course starting on April 28th. Applications can be submitted online through the Robotics page of the Computer Lab Website. They are also available in the computer lab or from the main office. All third and fourth grade students are eligible for the program. The Class will be limited to 16 students. Get your application in as soon as possible.
More information is available online: Computer Lab Website

Steve Sorensen
Computer Lab Manager

From the School Nurse
Free Dental Care Offered
Free dental services will be offered to children on Wednesday, May 20 at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. Appointments are being taken from 9 AM until 3 PM for young people 1-18 years old. Appointments can be made by calling to 206-543-5800 and asking for Dental Home Day. The dental offices are located at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th Street in Seattle. 

The children seen during this Dental Home Day will be offered free dental care for an entire year. The services include exams, X-rays, fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings, stainless steel crowns, space maintainers, simple tooth extractions and more.  

Dental Home Day is sponsored by University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry in conjunction with the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  There will be fun family activities during the day including visits by the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz and the Mariner Moose, games and a story time.

ADHD in Adolescents Study

Seattle Children’s Hospital is looking for 25 families to help out with a new research study. They are looking for students 13-18 years old who have been diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a medical or health care professional. Both the student and the parent must speak English.

The study requires that parents and student with ADHD attend a four-hour workshop on Saturday, May 16 at Children’s Hospital. Student and parents will be asked to complete some forms and questionnaires and participate in a feedback session.

The purpose of the study is to learn to better care for students with ADHD. Families who participate in the process will receive $40. Call Aurora Gangan at 206-884-1027 for more information or email her at aurora.gangan@seattlechildrens.org.

School Garden Information
West Woodland Elementary's school gardens are looking for leaders who are passionate about growing food, sustainability, and neighborhood connections. If you want to boost your garden knowledge and help make the school gardens and even more valuable community resource, here's your opportunity.

West Woodland has funding to subsidize TWO people attending a garden workshop this spring. (See the Seattle Tilth links for terrific classes on gardening, permaculture, foraging, and eating urban weeds. In return, you give 10 hours of your time in 2015 to help out in the gardens - planning, input into garden design, building beds, planting, harvesting or making foods in the garden.

If you're interested, check out the links below and email Pipo Bui, pipobui2@yahoo.com

Upcoming workshops and classes:

Art Show at Li'l Woody's - Submit by April 30th
Calling all artists! Li’l Woody’s restaurant has invited West Woodland to participate in a student art show in May. Restaurant patrons will be asked to vote on their favorite art pieces, and the school with the most votes will have their own custom hamburger added to the menu. Li’l Woody’s will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the winning school’s art program, so this is an exciting opportunity for our school! Please email Becky Ducsik at beckyducsik@icloud.com if your child would like to submit artwork for the show. The pieces should be 8x11 and need to be submitted to Becky by April 30th.

Need more info? Contact Becky Ducsik | beckyducsik@icloud.com

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
The first story comes from our fabulous librarian, Ms. Wittmann. She was impressed by James Bryce and Evan Ream, third graders in Ms. Stroud’s class. James and Evan cleaned up a messy chocolate milk spill that wasn’t even theirs! They showed compassion and accountability when they decided to help Ms. Wittmann – and they were cheerful while they worked!  Thanks to Evan and James – you are great I CARE students!
Ms. Loveness and Ms. Beach would also like to thank the entire student body for their SUPER accountable fire drill yesterday. All the lines came out to the playground quietly and listened well to directions. It may have been the best fire drill we’ve had this year. Thank you to every single student for doing your part!
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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