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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message

Dear West Woodland Families,


A great-big Thank You! to Mr. Sorensen and the West Woodland Robotics team! This is our first year at being an official robotics team and we almost made it all the way to the state tournament last Saturday! More details can be found below in the I Care story, but I just want to give them a big shout out and congratulations on their achievement!

Our beautiful salmon eggs are hatching! The small larval fish, about one inch in length, are called alevin. They will still have their yolk sac attached for about a month. This is the time where many people believe the fish are all gone because the alevin are experts at hiding in the rocks! See how many you can find next time you walk by the tank!

Martin Luther King Assembly
We will have our MLK assembly Monday at 1:40 pm. Kindergarten and 1st grades along with  Ms. Kostanich’s 5th grade class and Ms. Fernandi’s 4th grade class will share songs, poems and skits with us. Parents are invited to come and see their students perform.

From the District: Concerning ALO Testing
We are writing to update you on our Advanced Learning testing process at Seattle Public Schools. 
This year, we are processing more than 5,400 applications and are continuing to test students through the end of February.

If your child has not yet been tested, he or she will be scheduled during the coming weeks and we will contact you at that point.

Additionally, testing results and eligibility letters will be sent by early March. Thank you for your patience during this long testing process.

Please visit our district website for the answers to most Advanced Learning questions.

From the District: General Kindergarten Enrollment Nights Continue
Seattle Public Schools' Kindergarten Enrollments Nights continue in January and February. Up next: 
  • Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave N.E.
  • Thursday, February 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hawthorne Elementary, 4100 39th Ave S.

West Woodland Kindergarten Tours
West Woodland Kindergarten Tours will be held on the following two dates:
  • Tuesday, February 24, 7-9 pm 
  • Thursday, February 26, 9-11 am  
Location: West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 
Please note that these are the only tour dates for this year and we are unable accommodate requests for private tours. For more information about attendance areas and open enrollment please check the district website.  
Please reserve a tour date and time. Your reservation ensures: 
  • You get a school packet with valuable information. 
  • You are added to our mailing list for upcoming events. 
  • We know the grade level of your incoming children, so that we can have the appropriate grade-level teachers on hand for your tour. 
Go Hawks! Let’s wear the colors on Thursday, Jan, 29th!

Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

Tami Beach
Assistant Principal

Volunteers Needed for School Tours
We need volunteers to help with our upcoming West Woodland School Tours.  There will be two tours this year – Tuesday, Feburary 24 at 7pm, and Thursday, February 26 at 9:00 am.   We will need bakers, greeters, and tour guides for both events.  We’ll also need some help stuffing information packets on Friday, February 20 at 2pm.

Are you interested in leading a tour but feel like you don’t know all the ins and outs of West Woodland?  Don’t worry! We provide scripts with all the talking points you might need, and our guides will lead in pairs, so we can team you up with a more experienced tour guide if you like. 
We’re interested in making sure we provide the most necessary information to our incoming families. Is there anything that you wanted more information on when you toured West Woodland?  Any questions about the tours?
Please let us know!  Thanks for your help!
Cherry Snelling (cherrys@gmail.com)
Jenny Whitmer (munizzaha@aol.com)
West Woodland School Tours Coordinator

Seattle Garden Workshop – Saturday, February 7
The Slow Food Seattle School Garden Project is hosting a School Garden Workshop with Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Tilth. The event will be at on Saturday, Feb 7, from 8:30am-noon at West Woodland Elementary.

Megan Bang, Assistant Professor at University of Washington College of Education, will be joined by Dan Gallagher, Seattle School District’s Science Program Manager, to explain Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and discuss how to use school gardens as a tool to engage students in Science and potentially other subject areas.
The event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP with Sean McManus at smmcmanus@seattleschools.org , 206-252-0619

Questions?  Contact Pipo Bui –pipobui2@yahoo.com or Anna Portinga - annap@uw.edu

4th Annual West Woodland's Got Talent!
Friday, February 6, 2014 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of the school year. Bring the whole family to West Woodland and come see our students share their talents! 
The stage show begins at 5:30 pm, but bring the gang at 4:30 pm to enjoy our student Lego Expo and Art Gallery! Pizza & snacks available at our concession stands!

If you believe your child turned in a permission slip to participate in Talent Night but have not received a message about stage rehearsals/MC rehearsals/Lego Expo Submissions & Art Gallery Submission Deadlines by this weekend, please let us know ASAP at wwtalentnight@gmail.com.

Rehearsals for the stage show are being scheduled for Saturdays on January 24 & 31 with slots between 9:00 am-Noon, and 1:00-4:00 pm.  

  • Acts must sign up for two different rehearsal dates. If you were contacted about rehearsals and have not yet signed up your child’s act, please do so here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094eadaf29a3f58-talent.
  • If you’re having trouble finding two rehearsal times that fit your schedule, please let us know ASAP at wwtalentnight@gmail.com.  
Rehearsals have gone awesome so far, and we are very excited about the show! Thank you to all families and participants for your flexibility and understanding with the changes this year.  

Shop for West Woodland
Did you know that every trip to the grocery store can help raise money for our school?  A trip to Ballard Market can give us 1% back from every receipt.  Simply save your receipts (and those of your friends, neighbors and acquaintances) and deposit them in the box located near the front doors of the building by the elevator.  Please try to keep them flat and rubber band them together if needed (no folding or crumpling if possible.)  

To find out more (like how to raise money from your Safeway or Fred Meyer trips) Check out our Shop for West Woodland page.

Whitman Middle School Open House
Open House for New & Prospective Students
Whitman will be hosting an Open House for incoming students and parents on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00pm. No appointment or RSVP necessary. This will be the only event we will be holding so please mark it on your calendar.

We do not offer any tours or events during the school day for prospective students. However, students and parents are welcome to stop by the school any day after school (after 2:20pm) for a self-guided tour of the building. Staff will be happy to provide a map and information packet and answer any questions you may have about Whitman.

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 Mr. Sorensen.  He would like to acknowledge the Wildcat Robotics Team for their hard work and focus.  We competed on Saturday in the State Semi Finals of the FLL Robotics Challenge.  Although we did not advance on Saturday, the team showed amazing strength and professionalism the entire day.  The competition entails a grueling eight hours of judging events and robotic challenges.  Our team placed, just out of the running, for the State Tournament.  Congratulations for an outstanding season.  The team surpassed all expectations and I couldn’t be any more delighted at the results of our hard work.  I am very proud to be part of this team.  Thank you to everyone that contributed to our success.

The second story comes from Ms. Wittmann.  When Ms. Fromm’s class was checking out books Owen Sherrell noticed that Mark Frost wanted the same book.  Owen decided to go ahead and let Mark check it out.  It was a nice thing to do for a fellow classmate.  Thanks for caring about someone else’s feelings and being compassionate. 

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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