Westwood Elementary Newsletter
Welcome Fall! Can you believe that it is already October? We are excited to continue to work with our staff, you, and our students to make it a great year.
We had a super successful Science Spectacular Family Night, thank you to all who attended! We are very grateful for the Ohio State University Extension office who we partnered with for this awesome event.
We have another fun event coming up on Thursday, Oct 13th at Schuster's Greenhouse (8638 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria). This is a campus event and will offer a fun night of all things fall- hayrides, spending time together, and the greenhouse will be open! Space is limited and you must purchase a ticket to attend.
We are also selling Westwood spirit wear (t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and hats), orders are due on October 10th.
Please encourage your student to exemplify the "3 Bees"- ask your student about this, they will be happy to tell you all about them!
We also will have printed copies of this newsletter in the main office, should you need one. Please make sure you have an email listed in Powerschool that you check regularly- we frequently communicate electronically.
Regular attendance at the elementary school level is crucial to each student’s success, as it sets up a good pattern for your child’s entire school career. Please make sure your child is here every day that it is possible.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Your Partner in Education,
Ms. Stacey Gatten
Student Birthday Treats
Families may bring in prepackaged treats (with ingredients listed by the company that packaged it) BUT we are really encouraging non-food items. We have to be very careful of food allergies, to keep all students safe. Birthday treats ARE not required or encouraged, but okay, if you choose.
Birthday treat ideas include:
Pencils, bookmarks, fidgets, pop-its, bracelets, crayons, squishes, pencil toppers or erasers, glow sticks, play dough, slinkies, stickers, prepackaged snack with ingredients listed (from the company that produces it).
Fall Conferences- Save the date!
More information will be coming home as the dates get closer.
Drop off and pick up procedures
Please be patient- drop off and pickup takes time.
To ensure dropoff and pickup run smooth:
· Please enter ONLY at the old Westwood Middle school entrance, on Adelbert to enter the car line.
· Please do not plan to arrive earlier than 8:55 for drop off in the morning. If you arrive early you will need to keep your student(s) in the vehicle with you until staff comes out to unload students at 8:55.
· Please do not plan to arrive earlier than 3:00 for pick up in the afternoon.
· Once in the lot, please pull up to the car in front of you, as this will allow more cars to enter the lot.
· Please be ready and prepared, so that we can keep cars moving efficiently in the lot.
· Follow all directions from staff, they are there to help.
· Please drive safe and slow- this is a school zone and we need to keep all students and staff safe.
· You may exit at Griswold or Adelbert, but again may only enter at Adelbert, at the Old Westwood middle entrance.
Doors open at 8:55am.
The tardy bell rings at 9:10am. Any student who arrives after 9:10am must enter through the main office and sign in.
Please make sure you are following our procedures for drop off and pickup- there is one drop off line, and the detailed map is below. Please enter off Adelbert only; cutting through the parking lot and attempting to cut in line is not fair to everyone else. Also, please take your time, and in order to keep everyone safe, please do not speed through the lots. Cars should NOT be using the elementary circle as a drop-off/pick-up point; this is why we have started placing cones to block it off. We have put this plan in place to provide the safest route for our students; we ask that you please follow those directions while being kind to the adults at drop off and pickup. If you have any questions, please call the school at (440) 284-8002.
We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe.
School hours are 9:10am-3:10pm.
Doors do not open until 8:55- please do not drop off early or allow students to walk early.
If you are dropping off, please hold your child in the car with you until 8:55am.
Please call the office to report your child(ren)’s absence at 284-8002 before 9:30AM. Our phone has 24-hour voicemail so that you may call and leave a message anytime. Please leave a voicemail if no one answers the phone in the office; voicemails are frequently checked and the office will receive your message.
Please make sure you always have a photo ID with you, when you come to the school, this is for the safety of our students.
The Main Office of any school building is a hub of activity. Students and staff are always on the go, in and out of the space throughout the school day.
It’s an active place for regular check-ins and meetings with students, as well as staff conferences and daily interactions with school principals and counselors. The Main Office is also a confidential space at times for conversations and interactions between school personnel and students.
Parents and caregivers are part of the equation, too. For any number of reasons, parents may be asked to come to their child’s school during the day. When that happens, parents should follow the district’s visitor procedures by using the school’s main entrance buzzer and intercom system to gain entrance to the school, and then signing in at the front desk.
If parents/caregivers do not have a meeting at the school but still need to come to the school during the day to see their child or to speak to a staff member, call-ahead notice or an appointment is required.
This ensures parents will be seen in a timely manner and upholds the safety practices of the school. To contact the Main Office, please call 440-284-8002
Our school address is: Westwood Campus, 42350 Adelbert St, Elyria, OH 44035
Our phone number will stay the same: 284-8002
School Picture Day
English as a Second Language Program
Join the EL Program at Elyria City Schools on October 11th from 5-7pm to celebrate our English Learner families and learn more about the English as a Second Language Program at Elyria City Schools! This will take place at Hamilton Elementary School, located at 1215 Middle Ave, Elyria, OH 44035. There will be food, cultural presentations and community organizations. Feel free to bring a dish to share or information about your culture.
Please register for this event online at:
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Information is Just a Text Away!
Have you opted in to receive text messages from Elyria Schools?
If you haven't already, please take a moment to sign up to receive automatic text messages from Elyria Schools.
This is a valuable tool in an emergency or when there's important, time-sensitive information to share.
The service is free and opting in is easy. Parents or guardians simply need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district's short code number at 67587.
Just as simple, you can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”
The text feature and the robocall system are tied directly a student's contact information that is on file with your child's school. Please make sure this information is kept up-to-date to ensure you continue receiving calls or texts from Elyria Schools.
Boys and Girls Club
Applications will be accepted online using this link (www.bgcneo.org), or in person in the main office at Westwood Elementary School. Completed paper applications should be returned to the main office of the location your child wishes to attend.
First day of after-school Boys & Girls Club was August 29th, and if your child qualifies, you will be contacted with a start date. The after-school program is free and children are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please email Alivia Nimene at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
News from the School Nurse
As you all know, it’s the beginning of flu season. Many ask “should I really get the flu shot?”
Here is some information to help you decide. First of all, the flu vaccine is made up of strains of the flu based on the types that were infecting people last year.
Because the flu mutates and changes all the time, the formula may not be perfect but will lessen the symptoms even if not a perfect match. Flu vaccines are created to attack the four most common viruses that cause the flu. They start making the vaccine in February to be given starting in September.
Your body’s immune system sends “killer T cells “ to fight the virus so even if the vaccine doesn’t match some strains of the flu, your body will still be protected against serious illness and help keep you out of the hospital.
There is a myth that the vaccine gives you the flu.
Flu shots are made from inactivated (killed) viruses that cannot cause a flu illness.
Some people may have a reaction to the flu shot. People who get the flu shot may experience soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given, as well as a low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches. This is not the flu, it’s your body reacting to the shot and doesn’t last long.
If you do get the flu after you’ve been vaccinated, you could have had it already in your body before the vaccine was given, it could be a cold virus or you got it within 2 weeks of the shot being given because it takes that long to go into effect.
The flu can be a serious disease, especially for older adults, young children, and people who have certain chronic health conditions. Even among healthy children and adults, the flu may cause serious health complications that can lead to hospitalization and death.
So hopefully this will help you decide to get the flu shot.
Flu vaccines are given at your doctor’s office, the Lorain County Health Department, Lorain County Health and Dentistry and most major drug stores.
Remember to prevent the spread, wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face and wear a mask in public places. It could save you or the life of a loved one.