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West Woodland PTA Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

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2022-23 Annual Appeal

Each year, the PTA gives funds to West Woodland to help maintain our school’s traditions of quality education and strong community. There are gaps in funding from the district and state, and the PTA steps in to fill those gaps. We are only able to do this because of the financial contributions from our school community.

The PTA’s priorities in this year of learning:

  • A safe & strong community
  • Equitable learning for all students
  • Stable environment for our students, teachers and staff

Please consider donating today.

The PTA is committed to doing all we can to make sure West Woodland provides a stable learning environment for all our students. WE can do this together!

Got Questions about the Annual Appeal?

A parent volunteer from the Annual Appeal team will be available at drop off to answer your questions. We’ll be on the field entrance side on Mondays (10/3 and 10/10) and the Kindergarten entrance on Thursdays (10/6 and 10/13). You can also email questions to wwannualappeal@gmail.com.

Picture Day

Mark your calendars! October 4th and 6th are our school picture days! Your child’s teacher will communicate when their scheduled day is.

Some notes from our photographer: All students will be photographed for school files and the yearbook-so dress your best.

October 12th is Walk/Roll to School Day!

Support your students to walk and roll to school!

Walking and biking to school is a fun way to get exercise, reduce traffic congestion and pollution around schools, and create community. Studies say students who walk and bike to school arrive more alert and ready to learn!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Nov 1-4!

Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more details and volunteer opportunities! Volunteers are needed to help with classroom visits as well as after school checkout. If you have time to help(especially during the day) please email the volunteer coordinatorvolunteer@westwoodlandpta.org

West Woodland Student Directory 2022-2023

West Woodland has its first student directory since 2017! The PTA has organized an opt in directory for the school community.

It’s not too late to opt-in! If you want to be included in the directory, you can fill out this form.

Please remember that the information shared is for personal use only. If you have any questions or need a copy of the directory, please contact presidents@westwoodlandpta.org.

West Woodland Spirit Wear

Now taking pre-orders for West Woodland t-shirts & sweatshirts! Did we not have your child’s size shirt or sweatshirt at TCB Day? We are placing another order of West Woodland Spirit Wear. Order by October 9 and we will deliver it to your child’s classroom when they arrive.

Spirit Wear Order Form

Yearbook

Hello West Woodland Families! Welcome back to a great school year! We are asking for submissions of First Day of School and Back to School Blast photos for the yearbook. Please only send one photo per student and keep in mind that not all photographs sent will be included due to space, but we make every effort to include as many students as possible.

Send submissions to: yearbook@westwoodlandpta.org. Include the student’s name and grade in your email. Thank you!

Teacher Wishlists

Thank you to our amazing West Woodland community for helping purchase items from the teacher’s amazon wishlist! They are incredibly grateful for everyone’s generosity. There are still a few items left! It’s not too late to help purchase classroom items.

Teacher Wish List

West Woodland Choir Registration!

The West Woodland Choir Committee and Director welcome all existing and new students to join the school choir! We are excited to sing together in person again!!!

Learn more about choir and register

October PTA Board Meeting

West Woodland PTA Board will have a meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the School Library and online.

This is a meeting to conduct PTA business and not a Community Meeting but it is open door and all parents are welcome to attend.

Please email presidents@westwoodlandpta.org if you would like to join via zoom.

Aiming for Equity: School Funding

Have you been hearing about funding issues in Seattle Public Schools? Are you wanting to support West Woodland… and feeling like you are wondering how to support other schools in our community? Are you wondering how and why … librarians, nurses, and other staff are financially supported through PTA grants… and how this works across the district?

These questions — and more — motivate the work of the Aiming for Equity Committee. Come to our inaugural meeting! We will discuss our committee’s goals for the year and how we at West Woodland can engage in these questions and this work.

Monday, October 17 at 7-8 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 2934 7796
Passcode: 594392

Do you have questions? Can’t make the meeting but want to engage? Reach out Julianna (legislative@westwoodlandpta.org)!

Race and Equity Committee Meeting

Unfortunately, the race and equity committee did not survive the Covid-19shutdown however we are excited to work with you to bring it back to the West Woodland community. Our goal at this meeting is to connect everyone and we will also be looking for volunteers to lead this committee.

October 18 at 7 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 5053 0774
Passcode: 727388

PTA Fall Community Meeting

Save the date for our fall PTA Community Meeting and social hour – October 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

More details (and a zoom option) will be sent out closer to the date.

Room Rep Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! We have 2 teacher support positions that we need parents’ help with: Class Email Room Rep and the Class Social Coordinator.

Brief description of the positions:

Class Email Room Rep: You are in charge of forwarding emails that are sent from the Room Rep Coordinator to your class list (emails to parents must be BC’d)within 24 hours of receiving it along with sending emails from your room social coordinator about class parties, etc. This is a great position for working parents that may want opportunities to volunteer during non school hours.

Social Coordinator: This person typically is in charge of working with the teacher on organizing classroom parties (Winter Celebration, Valentine’s day, and End of Year)and any play dates that happen outside of school. This position does require you to be an approved volunteer.

Here are the classrooms that need help:

  • Findlay – Room & Social
  • Walters – Social
  • Hamilton – Room & Social
  • Farbarik – Room
  • King – Room
  • Nelson – Social
  • Pluger – Room
  • Leth – Social
  • Williams – Room

If you are interested in helping or want more information, please contact the Room Rep Coordinator Jennifer at roomrep@westwoodlandpta.org.

Volunteer

Want to volunteer at West Woodland? Make sure you are an approved volunteer:

Health & Safety Course is no longer required. Send proof of COVID vaccination to Disney Bayot: dnbayot@seattleschools.org

Approval can take up to a week, longer if a national background check is needed.

Please reach out to the volunteer coordinator if you have any questions: volunteer@westwoodlandpta.org

Become a PTA Member

There are many reasons you should join the PTA! The PTA creates community by connecting parents and teachers, facilitates communication between the school and parents, hosts events, provides school support, funds art programs, supports teachers with discretionary funds to improve their classrooms, provides books for our school’s library, tracks and advocates for beneficial educational legislation, and more!

Become a PTA member

Upcoming Dates

  • Sept 29th – Oct 13th: Annual Appeal
  • Oct 4th & 6th: Picture Day
  • Oct 10th: After School Enrichment Starts
  • Oct 11th: PTA Board Meeting (6:30pm)
  • Oct 12th: Walk/Roll to School Day
  • Oct 14th: NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 17th: Aiming for Equity Meeting (7pm)
  • Oct 18th: Race and Equity Meeting (7pm)
  • Oct 27th: PTA Community Meeting (6:30pm)
  • Nov 1st-4th: Scholastic Book Fair

Community Events

Come Learn About Your Local Production of Spamalot!

If you are curious about learning more about the Woodland Park Players, please tell friends and neighbors, and join us to hear how you can get involved with our spring production of the musical, Spamalot! Join us via Zoom to meet our artistic staff, find out about crew opportunities, and get any questions answered.

October 13, 7:30-8:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 4483 2651
Passcode: 948063
Audition sign-ups are LIVE
Spamalot Audition Sign Up

Auditions and Callbacks will beheld November 12, 13 and 19. Please reach out to Linda Joss (Producer) if you have any questions, linda@jossfamily.com or 206-353-5677.

Ballard’s Oldest Cub Scout Pack Now Recruiting

Cub Scout Pack 100, operating since 1938 and chartered by Ballard’s Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, is now recruiting K-5 boys, girls, and parents for 2022-2023.Become a Cub Scout now!

All boys and girls from K-5 are invited to join Pack 100 and begin their quest to build the world’s fastest Pinewood Derby car, to have fun outside, to participate in service opportunities, and to earn special recognitions and awards.

Cub Scouting means “doing.” Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the Cub Scouts participating in fun activities used to achieve the aims of Scouting—character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

More information about cub scouts

Send an email to join@pack100ballard.com

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Please email communications@westwoodlandpta.org