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A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

January 8, 2016

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday break. It was great to return to school on Monday excited to see our friends and share stories of vacation happenings.

As you know, Mrs. Drew is on leave taking care of a family medical matter. We are so fortunate to have found a wonderful long-term substitute for her. On Monday, Megan Helm began working with our students. Megan is from the mid-west and has lived locally for the past few years. She has a degree in both K-12 music and ELL (English as a Second Language). Megan is very excited about working at both elementary schools and we are thrilled to have her here.

Earlier in the week I sent a letter home about the Winter Program. Due to higher costs and lack of volunteers, Rivendell Rec will not be offering skating this year. Here at WES we only have 15 students skiing so we will be running a regular academic schedule on Thursdays. Students who are skiing will be dismissed at 11:45 for lunch and to catch the

bus. All other students will remain in class until 1:45. Mrs. Keiling and I are working together with Rivendell Rec to offer other outdoor activities and hope to have more information soon.

Have a great weekend and try to stay warm!


Family Reminders

  • Tardiness: School begins at 8:00 a.m. and we expect students to be on time. If your child is tardy, you MUST sign in at the front desk and let Carrie know about lunch/snack milk needs.
  • Winter Clothing: Students need to dress appropriately for recess. Unless the temperature dips below ten degrees, children go outside. It is imperative that your child has all the necessary winter clothing: a warm coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and winter boots on their bodies.
  • Ski Thursdays: The ski program will begin next week. Skiers will be dismissed at 11:45 and all other students at our regular dismissal time of 1:45.
  • Parking: When you pick up or drop off your child, please park in the parking lot and not on the edge of the driveway where the NO PARKING signs have been added. Also, no parking in the bus lane at any time. Thank you for your cooperation!


Important Dates

  • January 18th – MLK Day/No School
  • February 19th – Winter Carnival
  • February 22nd thru 26th – Winter Break
  • February 29th — No School
  • March 7th thru 11th — We Love to Read Week
  • April 5th — Spring Concert
  • April 18th — 22nd — Spring Break

There is a change to this year's calendar.

No school for students on Monday, February 29th—this will be a teacher in-service day. There WILL be school for students on March 1st.

Winter Program

January 5, 2016

Dear Families,

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we wish all of you a happy New Year!

It’s January and that means it’s Winter Program time. As many of you already know, the Rivendell Recreation Council has changed this year’s ski/skate program. Due to higher costs and availability, skating has been canceled, leaving many more students at our schools during winter program--only 15 students at Westshire and 57 students at Samuel Morey are skiing/snowboarding.

After much discussion with interim superintendent, Mike Harris, we have decided to hold a regular school day on Thursdays. Instead of attending Winter Program, students will stay in classes and use the time for academics. Skiers and snowboarders will still be dismissed at around noon and all other students will be dismissed at 1:45. At 1:45, Visions will begin and teachers will prepare for their 2:30 professional development time.

This Thursday ski program has already been canceled so all students will be in classes until 1:45. When the Rivendell Rec Council cancels the program, students are expected to stay at school until the usual dismissal time. Rivendell Rec makes the decisions about cancelations based on the weather conditions and any questions about the skiing/snowboarding program should be addressed to them. If the program is cancelled, Rivendell Rec will send families an e-mail at least a day before the cancellation and they will let the school administrative assistants know as well.

If you need any additional information, please contact the Rivendell Rec Council or your school’s principal. Thanks for your understanding and support.

Tammy MacQueen and Gail Keiling
Elementary Principals

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

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I hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It is with a heavy heart that I share some sad news about our Holiday Concert scheduled for next Tuesday. Mrs. Drew, our music teacher, recently found out that a family member is very sick. Due to her leave of absence we will be cancelling the concerts at both elementary schools. Please see the attached letter for more information.

It the time of year when I like to chat about attendance and tardiness. As you know, we have attendance and tardiness policies. We know there is a powerful link between successful learning and regular school attendance. “It’s only one day! Why is attendance all that important?” Learning builds day by day, and if your child is not in school, he/she can’t learn. When students return from being absent they have to work harder to catch up on class discussions, and to make up missing assignments. Having good attendance matters.

Getting to school on time is also important for the success of your children. Transitioning from home to school early in the morning is difficult for many children. Being tardy causes your child to miss important directions and social learning during morning meeting. If you are unsure about the attendance and tardiness policies, please refer to the Elementary Student/Family Handbook or see me for more information.

Reminders/Important Information Tardiness: School begins at 8:00 a.m. and we expect students to be on time. If your child is tardy, you MUST sign in at the front desk and let Carrie know about lunch/snack mile needs. Winter Clothing: Students need to dress appropriately for recess. Unless the temperature dips below ten degrees, children go outside. It is imperative that your child has all the necessary winter clothing: a warm coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and winter boots. Early Release Thursdays: After vacation, the ski program will run. Skiers will be dismissed at 11:45. All winter program students will be dismissed from school at 1:45 p.m. Parking: When you pick up or drop off your child, please park in the parking lot and not on the edge of the driveway where the NO Parking signs have been added. Also, no parking in the bus lane at any time.

The Scholastic Book Fair is here!

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 - Tuesday, Dec. 8. Next week we’ll offer special shopping hours:
  • Monday, December 7th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 8th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    If you cannot attend the book fair, you can shop on-line and will still receive the profits.

Important Dates

  • December 11th — Art from the Heart Event
  • December 16th — K-4 to Mary Poppins Performance at Northern Stage
  • December 18th — 3rd/4th grade to LOH
  • December 23rd — Holiday Break Begins
  • January 4th — First Day back after break!
  • January 18th — No School Martin Luther King Day

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is already here. During this holiday season, there are many reasons to give thanks. I am thankful for a wonderful family and an amazing job. I am also thankful for the beautiful community we have created here at Westshire.

Last Tuesday, our 4th graders excitedly waited at the door to greet guests for our annual Harvest Dinner. More than 150 people, including 65 grandparents and mentors, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the delicious fixings.

After eating lunch and sharing cookies for dessert, our guests enjoyed listening to our 3rd & 4th grade chorus sing “This Land is Your Land.” The luncheon ended with great anticipation as the 1st/2nd graders chose the winners of our homemade pumpkin pies. The pies were especially scrumptious because all of the ingredients were grown and harvested in our own school gardens. Congratulations to our three pumpkin pie winners!

A HUGE thanks to all our staff, especially our chef, Ms. Pauline, and our students for making this year’s luncheon so memorable.

I wish all of our families a healthy and happy holiday weekend! Enjoy the best parts of Thanksgiving—spending time with family, eating yummy turkey and watching lots of football!

Important Dates

  • November 25th — Early Release at 1:00
  • November 26th & 27th — No School
  • December 11th — Art from the Heart Event
  • December 16th — K-4 to Mary Poppins Performance at Northern Stage
  • December 23 — Holiday Break Begins

News from the Kitchen

WES has a no charging policy. All lunch bills must have a positive balance. Students with a negative balance will get a sandwich instead of what is on the menu that day. Also, snack milks and juices are not included for Free/Reduced students. Please make sure your child has enough money to cover drinks. If you do not want your child to get snack drinks, please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you!

Art from the Heart Holiday Craft Making Event for families of WES and SME

Friday, December 11th 3:30-5:30 in the WES gymnasium Please join us for an afternoon of fun! We will have craft tables to make items like cards, tags, magnets, ornaments, picture frames, jewelry, and more. All students will have the chance to make and wrap their holiday gifts and they can shop for FREE presents at the White Elephant table.

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

November 13, 2015

Mrs. Bittinger’s class did a wonderful job hosting Monday’s Community Meeting. During the presentation we introduced this year’s core concepts and our ROCKS reward program. The acronym ROCKS was created by students and staff and the words represent the behaviors and actions that define our student. We believe that WES ROCKS because our students are:     
      
Responsible
     
Outstanding Scholars
     
Cooperative
     
Kind
     
Safe 

When a student demonstrates one or more of these core concepts, he/she will be rewarded  with a colored rock to add to a class jar. Once the jar is full, the class will bring their rocks to the office and add them to our school jar. When the school jar is full, we celebrate with an all school activity.
Teaching our children the importance of being responsible and kind is one of our goals because we know these behaviors can contribute to who our children become in the future. Please support ROCKS by asking your children to display acts of cooperation, kindness and responsibility at home.

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

October 31, 2015 Newsletter

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Next Friday, November 6th is our first three-way conference. Three-way conferences provide an opportunity for the student, teacher and parent to come together as a team to support the student’s learning. Kindergarten parents—you will be impressed at how even our youngest students are able to talk about their learning and their goals.

In preparation for the three-way conferences, students and teachers have been writing personal
learning plans or PLP’s. The personal learning plan helps the student be responsible for his or her own learning. It is goal oriented and allows the student to think about what he or she is learning, and to set goals around that learning. These goals look different, depending on the grade.

The parents are an important part of the conference. You bring to the conference knowledge of your child and his/her learning. Your child’s teacher will ask you to contribute to the learning goals for your child. Here are some suggestions for successful conferences:

  • Listen and allow your child to dominate the conversation. You will learn much about your child’s learning if you let them talk.
  • Avoid being evaluative and accept and respect the student as a learner.
  • Ask questions that open up conversations rather than close down communication. Openended questions are those that ask for explanations and examples.

Have a SPOOKTACULAR weekend!

Important Reminder:

For safety reasons, we have posted “No Parking” saw horses to the right of the school entrance. Please DO NOT park there. Use the parking lot if you are coming into the building, and the round ONLY if you are dropping off or picking your child up. Thanks!

Important Dates

  • November 6th – 3 Way Conferences
  • November 11th — Veteran’s Day/No School
  • November 13th — Picture Retake Day
  • November 17th – Harvest Dinner
  • November 25th —Early Release
  • November 26th & 27th — No School
  • December 8th – Holiday Concert


 Art From the Heart Holiday Gift Making Event

For the families of Westshire and Samuel Morey
Date: Friday, December 11, 2015
Time: 3:30-5:30
Place: WES Gymnasium
Please join us for an afternoon of fun! There will be craft tables to make items like cards, tags, magnets, ornaments, picture frames, jewelry, and more. All students will have the chance to make and wrap their holiday gifts too. They can also shop for FREE at our White Elephant table. Its going to be an exciting afternoon. We hope to see you there!
Click here for more information.

 

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

Although there was a morning chill in the air, Friday turned out to be a fantastic day for our all school hike. With two full busses carrying more than 100 staff, students and chaperones, we drove to Vershire, just past the Mountain School. We began our trek at the entrance of the Cross Rivendell Trail, on Taylor Valley Road. The hike, measuring about 2.2 miles round trip was relatively easy as it was more like a walk than a hike. Along the trail, we spent time talking and looking for items on a scavenger hunt. When we reached the flagpole, we enjoyed lunch, games, and an all-school photo.

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My favorite part of the hike was watching the relationships that form and flourish on a trip like this. I was extremely proud of our older students for the support they gave their younger friends. A huge thanks to all of our wonderful chaperones, and to Maggie Stoudnour, Trails Coordinator, for making this year’s hike so successful.

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Important Dates

  • October 12th — No School/Teacher Inservice
  • November 6th – 3 Way Conferences
  • November 17th – Harvest Dinner
  • December 8th – Holiday Concert

 

 

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

October 2, 2015

It’s almost hike time! Since the beginning of Rivendell, the Cross Rivendell Trail has been used as an outdoor classroom and a place of learning. Tomorrow, our entire school will once again hike a section of the trail, heading west this year, to the end of the trail at Flagpole Hill in Vershire. The hike measures about 2.2 miles round trip. Along the way, we’ll take time to stop for snacks and discuss our natural surroundings. When we reach the summit, we’ll break for lunch, pictures, games
and fun activities. Please join us for this annual WES community hike!

Tentative schedule

  • 9:15 a.m. - CHAPERONE MEETING IN THE GYM
  • 9:30 a.m. - BUSSES LOAD AND LEAVE WES
  • 10:00 a.m. - BEGIN 1.1 MILE HIKE TO THE TOP OF FLAGPOLE HILL
  • 11:30-12:30 - LUNCH AND GAMES
  • 12:30 - ALL SCHOOL PHOTO
  • 12:45 p.m. - LEAVE VIEWPOINT AND HIKE BACK TO TRAILHEAD
  • 1:45 p.m. - LOAD BUSSES TO RETURN TO WES


We will make adjustments to the schedule based on weather conditions. Students must dress appropriately for the weather. They should wear comfortable shoes, broken in hiking boots or sneakers with heavy socks. Also, each student should bring a water bottle and a backpack that he/she can carry. Fruit will be provided for snack and bag lunches are available through the lunch program.

Important Dates

  • October 6th – Picture Day
  • October 12th — No School/Teacher Inservice
  • November 6th – 3 Way Conferences
  • November 17th – Harvest Dinner
  • December 8th – Holiday Concert


Important Parent Reminders:

Each week check the important dates on the back of the newsletter and add our special events to your calendars.

  • School begins at 8:00 a.m. and we expect students to be on time. If your child is tardy, you MUST sign in at the front desk If you pick your child up early, you need to sign him/her out as well.
  • The days are getting cooler and it’s important that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Sweatshirts/jackets are a must for this time of year.
  • Homework is an important part of being a successful student. Please check in with your child on a daily basis about assignments.
  • Picture Day is Tuesday, October 6th.

 

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A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

September 25, 2015

On Monday we welcomed Brian and Maggie Stoudnour for a special presentation. In two weeks, Brian will embark on an amazing adventure to the base camp on Mount Everest to awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is a genetic disease where children lose muscle strength. For children with Duchenne, it’s like walking around with bricks on their legs and feet. The 80 mile trek Brain will make with 8 other people, including 2 documentary film makers, will raise funds to help scientists and other doctors find a cure for Duchenne. So far, the team has raised more than $20,000.

At WES we are connected to Duchenne because Maggie and Brian’s son is here at WES and was diagnosed with the disease 2 years ago. At the presentation the WES staff and students decided to help with the fundraiser by collecting loose change. We have started a “Duchenne Fund,” in the office. If you are interested in helping, you may send donationsto the office or have your child bring it to us so they may add it to our school-wide collection jar.

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Important Dates

  • September 28th — No School/Teacher Inservice
  • October 2nd – All School Hike (Date Change)
  • October 6th – Picture Day
  • October 12th — No School/Teacher Inservice
  • November 6th – 3 Way Conferences
  • November 17th – Harvest Dinner
  • December 8th – Holiday Concert

 

Box Tops & Labels for Education

It’s time to bring your Box Tops & Campbell Soup Labels to school! October brings our first classroom competition and the winning class will receive pumpkins and a special time to carve them!

A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

August 28, 2015

Welcome back Westshire families!
What an amazing week it’s been. We couldn’t have asked for a better opening day. On Monday we greeted our families on the playground and they watched as we paraded around the school. They teachers woremhats/headbands and played instruments. At REP, we got to know each other better by singing “How Do You Do,” and shaking hands with new friends.

Please remember that school starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Be aware that we do not have supervision on the playground until 7:30. Visions and the Preschool afterschool programs begin on September 8th and they are available from 3:00-5:30. (5:00 p.m. for the Preschool afterschool program). It is imperative that we know your child’s afterschool plans so please make sure to send a note to the office, and if/when these plans change, we need to be contacted as soon as possible.

Just last week we found out Westshire was awarded another grant to support our healthy snack program. This means that each day our students get to eat fresh, beautiful fruits and vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, and honeydew. You can support the program by helping your children understand the importance of healthy eating and packing foods like yogurt, cheese, vegetable sticks, and of course, fruit. Remember, students are not allowed to have soda or candy at school.

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Important Dates

  • September 17th – Tunbridge Fair (grades 1-4)
  • September 7th — No School/Labor Day
  • September 8th –Visions Starts
  • September 23rd – Open House
  • September 28th — No School/Teacher Inservice
  • October 6th – Picture Day
  • October 9th – All School Hike
  • November 17th – Harvest Dinner
  • December 8th – Holiday Concert