February 2019 Newsletter

Westhampton Day School

Big picture

Scholastic Book Fair [Week of 2/18]

WDS will be having our annual Scholastic Book Fair this week of February 18th! The book fair will be open every afternoon from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (in the cafeteria). Stop by to purchase new books for your child or their classroom teachers and support WDS at the same time!

Additional Child Rate (Effective 6/17/2019)

The tuition increase goes into effect when our summer program starts (Monday, 6/17/2019).

The additional child rate that was noted on the mailed letter and the intent letter was incorrect; effective 6/17/19, the additional child rate is $195/week (not $200/week as noted). I apologize for the error!

Big picture

Books & Bingo

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5:30-7pm

6100 Patterson Avenue

Richmond, VA

Join us for an night of family fun, books, and bingo on Thursday, 2/21! Tickets include bingo and a yummy meal of pizza & salad! More info will be forthcoming!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join us in celebrating the 100th Day of School (Tuesday, February 5th)! Ask your child's teacher if they need any help to celebrate our students being 100 days smarter!!

Donuts with Dad [Friday, 2/22]

We LOVE our WDS families and want to celebrate our WDS Dad’s! Join your child’s class for a special morning treat. If dad cannot attend, another family or friend is welcome to join!

Two's Classes: 8:15 - 8:45 AM

Three's Classes: 9:00 - 9:30 AM

PreK Classes: 9:00 - 9:30 AM

K Classes: 8:30 - 9:00 AM

Fundraiser: Let's Light Up WDS!

Westhampton Day School has the opportunity to capitalize on a Dominion Energy grant of $15,283. The portion of funds awarded will be applied to upgrading the lighting systems and fixtures in the classrooms and school-related spaces to energy-efficient LED. There's a lot of ground to cover - with more than 375+ fixtures in the mix - to fully realize the project and you can help! Please consider supporting the 'Light Up WDS' initiative sponsoring a light bulb for $45.00.

Let's 'Light Up WDS!'

5th Annual WDS Golf Touranment Fundraiser

We're all "fore" fun so please SAVE THE DATE for the 5th Annual WDS Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Thursday, May 16th - 1pm Shotgun start (lunch & check-in at Noon) followed by awards with food & drinks at 6PM. For the second year tournament play will be held on the Richmond Country Club course. More to come and if you have any questions - email: WDSgolf@westhamptondayschool.org

MARCH 2019: Upcoming Book Drive!

We Need Your Help!

March into Literacy Month is THIS MONTH, and to celebrate this important initiative, WDS is partnering for the 3rd year in a row with the Children's Museum of Richmond to support the Central Virginia Book Bank. We will be collecting new or gently used books!

The Central Virginia Book Bank donates books directly to children ages 0 - 13 and organizations who serve at-risk children throughout Central Virginia.

Drop any book donations off in the bins located in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallways! Last year, we collected an impressive 528 books. Let's strive for 600 or MORE this year!

Director's Blurb

In February, our minds go to hearts, cupid, pink, and lace! One of my favorite websites, Positively Positive shared a great post, by Jenny and Josh Solar on one of the most important things you will ever do in this lifetime -- raising a happy loving family. While these are things we do daily, here is little refresher in Five REAL Ways You Can Show Your Kids You Love Them!

1. Tell them you love them and praise them often.

This sounds obvious. But you can never tell someone you love them too often. All people love to hear that they are important, and that they are doing things that make you happy. Think about the last time you praised your child for doing something right instead of scolded them for doing something wrong. That praise reinforces to your child that they are loved.

2. Really listen to your children.

When you're having a conversation, make eye contact and listen to what your child is telling you. You will make them feel important and loved by focusing on her completely while she is telling you a story or asking for advice.

3. Be physically and mentally there for your kids as much as possible.

When you're watching your son play soccer, watch the game and cheer him on. When you're playing Go Fish with your daughter, put your cell phone away and just focus on the game. Kids intuitively know when you attention is elsewhere and that makes them feel less important to you. Put the focus on your kids and watch them soak it up!

4. Create habits and traditions that encourage family togetherness.

We're getting busier and busier, which translates into less and less family time. Even with less time to spend together, you can still create a strong family bond that will extend through childhood into your kids' adult years. Establish routines that will make up the culture of your family. Some of ours include our nightly snuggle chats -- exactly what it sounds like: a little bit of snuggling and a little bit of chatting -- and our family dance parties in the kitchen. Family traditions are also great for strengthening the bond. We take our kids apple-picking every fall, we have a huge Halloween party, and we make a summer bucket list. All of these things help create memorable family experiences. And any time your kids are remembering a fun time you had together, it reinforces the idea that you love and adore them.

5. Encourage their dreams.

It's really easy to get caught up in our own ideas of how our kids should live their lives. I know because I'm guilty of it. Instead of pushing your kids to do things you want them to do, give them the space and the encouragement to pursue their own passions and dreams. Talk to them about things they are interested in, and find ways to help them learn more about whatever makes their hearts sing. You'll instill self-confidence as well as an overwhelming feeling of love.