Westside Pack Post

January 2022

A Message From Mrs. Anderson

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful break from school in December. We are excited for January and all the learning we know will happen in our classrooms. Thank you to the many parents who volunteer at Westside. Our teachers couldn't do it without you!

District 91 Newsletter

Check out District 91's most recent parent newsletter here: https://www.smore.com/vdhpq

January Dates to Remember

January 7, 14, 21, and 28 - Late Start Fridays

January 17 - No School for Martin Luther King Day

January 18 - At Home Learning for Students

Late Start Fridays

This year our late start has been moved to Fridays. This gives our teachers time to collaborate and plan for students.

  • The first bell rings at 9:15 am and the dismissal bell rings at 2:25 pm.
  • AM Kindergarten is from 9:15 am to 11:32 am
  • PM Kindergarten is from 12:13 pm to 2:25 pm

January 18 - At Home Learning Day

Students will be learning at home on January 18. This day is a professional development day for our staff to learn more about High Reliability Schools, a new initiative our district has been focusing on this year.

Teachers will provide students with work to complete at home on January 18. More information will be coming from your child's teacher.

Winter Reminders

Our school and district policy is that students go outside for recess when the weather is above 0 degrees. Wind chill and feel like temperatures are taken into account when determining whether or not we go outside. Please remind your student to dress appropriately for winter weather when they leave the house in the morning. We strongly encourage that students wear snow boots, a coat, a hat, and gloves. Snow pants may also be worn during recess and taken off when students come back inside. Students can bring different shoes to change into when they are inside.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Remember: Areas marked in red are NOT to be used as drop off or pick up zones as they aren't safe areas for students before and after school. Please note that our handicap parking spot is located within a red zone. Patrons with a valid handicap parking permit are allowed in the red zone when using the handicap parking spot.

Drop off and pick up should only occur in the blue zones. The green zone is for parents who park and walk their kids to the building. Areas marked in yellow are crosswalks. Please be kind to Westside staff! Remember, they are watching out for your child's safety.

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Title 1 at Westside

Westside is a schoolwide Title 1 school. Wondering what that means? All students have the opportunity to receive Title 1 services such as interventions in subjects they may struggle with and/or enrichment in subjects they excel with. Check out these PowerPoints for more information:





Employment Opportunities at Westside

Westside is looking for in-house substitutes! If you are interesting in substituting at Westside, please reach out to our office staff for more information. You can apply at


Counselor's Corner

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Break and are ready to begin the New Year of 2022. For the month of December, classroom lessons focused on understanding our emotions and what they look and feel like. In the lower grades, we read two books, “In My Heart” by Jo Witek and “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne Lang. We discussed that all people have different levels of emotions during the holidays and that some are comfortable and some are not. In the upper grades, we practiced identifying secondary emotions. We looked at pictures and guessed what emotion they could be feeling based on their facial expressions. This was a fun activity to watch, as most of the groups of kids came up with different emotions but had similar meanings. This month we will focus our social skill lessons on goal setting and taking baby steps to get there.