September 15, 2023
Kudos to our PTA for moving and shaking on a number of fronts. Great to see so many parents on campus in support of our kids. To all the volunteers who have been working with our educators and students, thank you so much for your efforts. We appreciate you! Get your tickets for the various Party Book offerings (see the PTA section below).
Have a wonderful weekend, everybody.
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
EVENTS, REMINDERS, and DATES to REMEMBER
9/25 Yom Kippur Holiday (no school)
9/29 Rhythm Child Drumming Assembly
- TK-2 8:40-9:10am
- 3-5 9:40-10:15am
10/18 Volunteer Training – 9:00a
10/19 Great Shake Out – 10:19a
10/19 School Site Council Meeting – 3:00p
10/31 Trunk or Treat (schedule and information to come)
Miss Papale's TK
Teacher: "Friends, what's an engineer?"
Samuel: "An engineer builds lots of things! All the great things in the universe!"
Teacher: "Excellent! Today we are all engineers! Who is ready?"
Please enjoy our fun in STEAM Lab, collaborating and living imaginatively!
With love from TK!
Mrs. Berman & Mrs. Murdock's Kindergarten
The Bu Crew worked on two different mindsets this week. They practiced Being Adaptable and Collaborating with others while practicing their number sense and exploring the STEAM Lab.
Mrs. Harris's 1st & 2nd Grade
Room 7 works hard but enjoys taking a pause for a 30 second dance party. Everybody must dance.
Ms. Lockwood's 2nd Grade
This week in the STEAM Lab, Room 2 was challenged with making the longest paper chain! Each group was given the same amount of materials and had the same amount of time to build. The longest measured over 7 yards!
Mrs. Stark's 3rd Grade
The 3rd graders in room 8 have started multiplication. This week we learned how arrays show multiplication problems. We modeled arrays using Cheerios. Yes, when we were done, lots of Cheerios were eaten!
Mr. K's 3rd & 4th Grade
Working on design thinking, Room 17 designed, built, tested, and modified paper airplanes this week. My students reminded me that you need to BE ADAPTABLE and have a growth mindset when the STEAM Lab is occupied.
Mrs. Morris's 4th Grade
We are excited for a great year with Planet Bravo and Ms. Shelbie! We will be learning about different ways to communicate through technology this year as we build our digital literacy skills.
Ms. Johnson's 5th Grade
This week we learned about Place Value in math and the Western states and capitals. We listened to our new Podcast the Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, which our class LOVES! In conclusion, this week was a great week!
Question of the week: "What are you most excited about in school this month?"
" I'm excited to listen to another episode of our new podcast" - Andy Kessler
" I'm excited to do projects this month" - Moral Zadikov
" This month I'm excited about going to see my little buddies!" - Naomi Reyzelman
Room 20’s Star Author This Month: Grace Goodloe
Mrs. London's 5th Grade
Our class had a busy week! This week I got to join the class for a super fun and competitive game of girls vs. boys soccer during PE. The boys were victorious, but I think the girls will surely be staging a comeback! It was awesome to see such camaraderie and good sportsmanship amongst the kids as they cheered for one another and celebrated fantastic plays. I can’t wait for a re-match! Also this week, the kids were excited to find ways to help out on campus - whether it was picking up trash during their recess, or volunteering in the cafeteria or on the TK yard during their lunch. They loved having the opportunity to lend a helping hand. We rounded out our week with our first Planet Bravo class with Ms. Shelbie!
As I walk around campus during lunch time, I notice that not all our students are interested in the more physical nature of the games being played on the yard. I've noticed students who love theater, students who collect Pokemon cards, and students who would rather spend their time reading. These are all just as valuable a pursuit as a good game of soccer or handball. I'm interested in creating a space for these kids as well. My thought is that I might start opening Poet's Park on Fridays for students who would be interested in starting a club.
I need adult volunteers! In order to pull this off, every Friday I would need no fewer than TWO parent volunteers to spend the lunch hour (12:00-1:00) in Poet's Park in a supervisory manner. We can discuss what that looks like later, but it's low effort and really just making sure that students are safe and engaging in the proposed activity.
If you are interested, please reach out to Rachael Sokoloff at email@example.com
*I haven't heard from anyone just yet...hoping we can get a few parents to make this happen.
If we can get a pool of parents for supervision, I will take on the task of creating a process for students to create proposals for a club they may like to manage or participate in. That process, in addition to other components, may include a written/video/graphic proposal for the club, how membership will be inclusive of all interested students, and the types of activities in which the group will engage. With your help, I'm hoping to be able to make this happen in the next month or so.
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Our first general meeting was Thursday, September 14th, and it was amazing to see so many of you show up to support Webster!! It means so much to all of us. Hoping this is just the start of a landslide of support for the PTA.
Let's Get it Started!!
Webster's Party Book starts today with special Pool Party Events for the 2nd and 3rd graders.
If you haven't yet done so, check out all of the Party Book events at https://websterpta.com/store
Tickets are selling FAST! Only a few spots left for these awesome events coming up soon!
My name is Cassidy Case - I am a WEbster parent of three, a member of the Malibu community, runner, coach, and Director of the Malibu Half Marathon, 5k & Kids Runs. To get right to it, several fellow Webster parents and I have been developing a running program at Webster. We piloted a similar program this summer for Boys and Girls Club and it was a big hit! I'm excited to introduce... Run Groms!
Run Groms will be starting simple with one session per week to create space for kids to move their bodies and experience all of the fun, challenge, and empowerment that goes hand-in-hand with running. We're lucky to have my husband, Blue Benadum (who is an elite marathoner and professional running coach), bring his expertise to the program as well.
Details are still being finalized but we are planning to kick things off with a 6 week-long season, starting at the end of this month and ending the first week of November, with the sessions taking place Friday mornings on campus before school. More information to come soon! In the meantime, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering as a coach or getting involved in some other way.
We all know the value of setting goals and have experienced the motivation that comes from sharing a common goal with your team or community. With that in mind, this program will have a grand finale event - the new "Boys and Girls Club of Malibu Mile" (BGCM Mile) race on November 4th, which is an event I direct as a part of the Malibu Half, 5k & kids runs. The BGCM Mile is open to kids between the ages of 4 - 10, with 100% of profits from this event going to the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu. Learn more and register here.
**Please note that participation in this event is entirely optional and will not be a requirement to join the run sessions on Fridays. It is still being confirmed but there may be some friendly competition with nearby elementary schools during our 6 week season and at the final event...
Parents can get in on the fun, too. Use the discount code “webster23” for 10% off of the Run Malibu 5km distance. Also, stay tuned for details to join a parent-led run group, coming soon!
Anyone who runs or participates in sports knows the benefits carry far beyond the sport itself. Very much looking forward to coming together as a community for a lot of fun and some running on Friday mornings!
Digital Resources That Build Valuable Skills
In addition to thought provoking articles, I'd also like to use this space to provide you with some great resources. Many parents have asked about online typing programs that engage kids and improve their typing skills. Type to Learn is worth a look. If you're interested in getting your child to type effectively and want them to enjoy the process, take a look at this great digital tool.
Webster Information - Week of Sept 18, 2023
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu aims to provide a fun, safe, and creative environment for all Malibu youth to thrive, find support through positive mentorship, develop important life skills, and receive social and emotional support. We are currently offering:
BGCM Membership Enrollment is LIVE Available for incoming grades TK-5th. Enroll at BGCMALIBU.ORG Programs include: STEM based projects, arts & crafts, cooking/gardening, social emotional wellness, and more! (Enrollment must be completed and verified via our online electronic system before your child attends BGCM Clubhouses, please allow at least 2 business days for this process). Enroll Here | Inscribirse Aquí
Wellness Center & Social Support Offerings The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Wellness Center operates remotely and also in-person to provide no-cost social support & mental health counseling to all in the community. Visit https://bgcmalibu.org/wellness-center/ to learn more or to request services for you/your child! If your child was receiving services last academic year and you would like for them to resume, please confirm with us by emailing: email@example.com PSA: Parents! If you've missed any parent workshops, they are available on our website at https://bgcmalibu.org/wellness-center-resources/
Developing strong character and valuable mindsets is essential. This remains a major focus at Webster. As we build community here on campus, at home, and across Malibu, we will continue to model the kind of behavior that promotes unity, kindness, and thoughtful problem solving. In addition, we will value these traits in others and recognize outstanding efforts.
Every Friday we sport our Webster Wear to show school spirit and celebrate the coming weekend. Classes with the highest percentage of Webster Wear win the whale for the week. Be sure to show your spirit and pick up some Webster Wear in the main office when you stop in to say hello.