Weekend Wire

November 1, 2020


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Roadrunners, We Are Proud of YOU!

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11/5 SSC - Virtual Meeting

11/11 -- Veteran's Day--NO SCHOOL

11/17 -- XPloration

11/20 -- Make-up Picture Day

11/23-11/27--Thanksgiving Break--NO SCHOOL

12/7--Parent/Teacher Conferences--NO SCHOOL

12/21-1/1--Winter Break--NO SCHOOL

Roadrunner News

Counseling Corner

Parents often reach out to me for strategies to help with their child’s behavior. There are specific skills that we can teach a child to help them learn how to manage behavioral issues such as how to control their impulses and how to express anger in appropriate ways. However, these new skills will not be very impactful unless we examine how we are relating to our child and perhaps make some modifications in our own behavior.

Our child looks at us and sees who they are. Sometimes this is reflected in subtle ways - a look on our face or a tone in our voice. Other times, this is done more overtly such as when we say something like, “I wish you wouldn’t get so out of control when you are mad.”

What’s important for us to remember is that we are showing our child who they are every time we interact with them and this can cause a vicious cycle to begin. For instance, our child has frequent outbursts rather than expressing his anger appropriately and when he does, we get frustrated with the child. The child tunes into that and starts to think, “I am somebody who does not know how to manage my anger.” As a result, the outbursts continue and they might even increase in intensity and frequency. We can teach all sorts of anger management skills but it will be hard for the child to change their behavior until their perception about who they are changes.

It might sound counterintuitive, but what is most helpful when trying to change behavior is to speak to the child as if they already exhibit the desired behavior. For example, we might say something like, “John, you are a boy who really knows how to manage your big feelings.” When we do this, our child’s perception of who they are slowly begins to change. This won’t happen overnight. It’s like wiggling a loose tooth - we wiggle and wiggle and soon the tooth falls out and a new one takes its place. If the child has been hearing one message about who they are for a long time then it will take a while to undo that. But if we are consistent, then over time that old perception will fade away and the child will start to see himself in a whole new light and that is when long lasting behavior change happens.

If you have a child who has been struggling with a particular behavior issue, I would invite you to give this a try. Make a note on your calendar of when you are starting and commit to making one statement every day to your child about how you see them. Start your sentence with, “You are a person who...” Try this for a month and make sure your nonverbal behavior aligns with what you are saying to your child because if we say one thing but our body language and tone of voice say something else, the child will internalize our nonverbal cues. Remind yourself daily of what a privilege it is for all of us parents to be a mirror and reflect back to our child how we see them. Then sit back and watch your child step into becoming the person they are capable of being.


This year the County is using Westwood Elementary as a Polling Venue. The polls will be open for 4 days this year (Saturday, October 31st thru Tuesday, November 3rd) to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election.

  • Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Election Day, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To help reduce traffic during the school day, we encourage you to vote on the weekend if possible. If you are voting at Westwood on Monday or Tuesday, please park Off Campus and avoid student drop-off and pick-up times.

Please be prepared for extra traffic on these two days.

Health Office Notes

Please remember to be proactive and prescreen your student at home prior to leaving for school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child has developed any one of the symptoms below while at school, they must be sent home immediately. Parent(s) will be notified to pick up their student immediately.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Per the CDC Guidelines: The individual may return based on one of the following:

a) 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.

b) With proof of negative PCR COVID viral test, may return after 3 days if all symptoms are fully resolved; or after 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.

c) A signed note from a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA (who manages that condition) must: confirm the chronic diagnosis (i.e., cites labs, date-of record when diagnosed); include provider’s contact information; explain how symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19; and be accompanied by signed consent for school to interact with MD, DO, NP, or PA.

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Calling All Roadrunner Artists!

Reflections has gone Virtual this year!

Reflect, Create Art and Be Recognized by submitting your work online!

WWES PTA 2020 Reflections Entry Form and Upload

(Please note: you can use your students PUSD account to authenticate with Google if you don't have a Gmail address)

Submissions Needed by November 5th, 2020

Entry Guidelines can be found on our WWES PTA Reflections page: https://www.westwoodelementarypta.com/reflections.html

For questions or help, please contact: westwoodroadrunnerpta@gmail.com

PTA Membership

The year may look different but Westwood still needs you! Join the PTA so we can all work together to make this year the best possible.

For more information and to join, please press the button below


Halloween Photos

We can't wait to see all of the awesome Halloween costumes in the yearbook this year!

Please upload your Halloween photos for the yearbook here: https://tr5.treering.com/school/231813/photos/shared-photo-folders/172118699

Picture Day

Make-up pictures will happen on November 20th! Be on the lookout for more information in the next few weeks. If you are not comfortable with having your child come to the MPR for pictures, information will also be given on how to submit a photo for the yearbook. Looking forward to seeing all of these smiling faces!