West Godwin Weekly

Week of November 29, 2021


  • Wednesday, December 8 - Early Release Day - Students dismiss at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, December 17 - Half Day - Students release at 12 PM
  • December 20 - 31 No School - Holiday Break

Learning Updates for this Month

Kindergarten: We hope you all had a wonderful week off with your children! We are thankful to have them at West! It's so hard to believe we are working our way toward Christmas already! The kindergartners have been working very hard to learn all the letter sounds (except /q/ which comes later). Now we are learning how to use the sounds to read 3 letter (cvc) words! We are also beginning to use those sounds to write words at writer's workshop time. We are being 'science writers' and are practicing discussing/writing what we see/hear/feel/smell/taste as we look at real objects. In math, we continue to use 5 frames and 10 frames to help us picture numbers more easily. We are writing numbers to 10 and will soon begin going beyond that. We are counting to 20 forward and backward, and are beginning to count even further, learning the counting pattern. Our goal is to count to 40 now! We are also learning to listen to math stories and use objects to solve story problems, both adding and subtracting. These kindergarten brains are growing stronger each day!!

First Grade: In reading, our first graders are working hard to use a lot of different strategies to figure out unknown words. In math, we are working on being able to add and subtract fluently using dots and other pictures to help us and are working on solving word/story problems. We are excited to begin our new marking period!

Second Grade: In reading, our second graders are learning all about trickster tales with our Bedtimes Tales reader. We are learning new sound patterns and strategies for figuring out new words as we read. Second graders are loving visiting the school library to check out books that are a good fit. In writing, we are writing personal narratives and doing daily journaling. In math, our unit is all about place value and measuring. We are also still continuing to learn to tell time.

EL: English Language (EL) students continue to receive support based on their language levels. Flocabulary, which is a computer based vocabulary program, continues to help support EL learning in the building. The second graders are beginning a new unit about food and how it grows. First graders are learning about animals and animal coverings. Kindergarten students are learning about colors, school tools, transportation, and family members.

Music: In music, the students are learning some special songs for the holidays. We will also be drawing pictures to show the story (or scene) of a song. They will bring their creations home to show you their work.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This week in Social Emotional Learning, all students will be learning about developing friendships. This includes practicing skills like sharing, playing fair, and empathizing with others.

Practice these skills at home using the following resources: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Brrrrrrr.... it's cold outside!!

Temperatures are dropping!! Students go outside daily if the temperature is above 16 degrees and the wind chill is above zero. As we head into winter and cold days ahead, please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather!

Winter clothing to stay warm:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Snow Boots
  • Snow Pants
  • Scarf

Please contact the school and ask for Sarah Schantz if your child is in need of winter gear.

Feeding America Food truck

Our next Feeding America food truck will be at Godwin Heights High School on

Monday December 6 from 4 PM - 6 PM.

Kent School Service Network:

Do you need assistance with past due rent, an eviction notice, utility assistance, or a home internet stipend? Kent County has access to extra funds to assist with pandemic-related hardships. Head to their website to find out more information or to apply! https://www.accesskent.com/Departments/CommunityAction/cera.htm If you need help navigating the application, please contact Sarah Schantz for assistance.

Godwin Heights Holiday Bash

Godwin Heights Public Schools wants to invite you to join in our Holiday Bash! In order to remain safely distant, this event will be held as a DRIVE THROUGH. Drive through on December 16th to share some holiday cheer and receive a goody bag for each student in your home! Please complete this survey to help us plan. More information to come!

Godwin Heights Public Schools Board of Education Open School Board Seat (for District Residents)

The Godwin Heights Board of Education is looking to fill a vacant board seat due to the recent resignation of board member, Margaret Mosley. This vacancy is for a partial term ending December 31, 2022. Interested candidates are invited to submit a written letter of interest to Board President Allen Johnston at 15 – 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49548, by Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The Board will interview all candidates to ascertain their qualifications. If you have any questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Mr. Bill Fetterhoff, Superintendent of Schools, at 252-2090.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. November 30, 2021

Godwin Heights Administration Building, 15 – 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 616-252-2090

The district is seeking input from all community stakeholders in regard to federal funding.

One way we can offer the opportunity for families to give input is by including this survey in your upcoming communication.
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Barnes and Noble in the Rivertown Mall is partnering with TEAM21 to do a book drive for the program! It will run from now until December 5th and all the books will be distributed between the TEAM21 schools in Wyoming.

We are looking for more group leaders to work for TEAM21. If you know anyone who is looking for a part time job and loves to work with children, please send them the link below so they can apply today! If you have any questions, please call/text Meagan Pifer at (616) 490-8363. ---- https://www.wyomingmi.gov/About-Wyoming/Employment/View-Job?id=963

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If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the office at 252-2030 to have the absence excused.

If your child will not be riding the bus home, please call the office by 2:30 pm so we are able to accommodate the change.


Drop-Off -Students can be dropped off in the rear lot off of 36th street between 8:15 am and 8:30 am. Staff will call you forward to the flag and open the door for your student.

For safety, we ask that you and your student remain in your vehicle until staff directs you to the drop-off area. Please have your child’s coat on and additional items ready prior to pulling into the drop-off zone.

Pick-Up- Students can be picked up in the rear lot off 36th street between 3:15 pm & 3:30 pm. Please remember to have your student information sign in your window.

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Please pay close attention to security officers and staff directing traffic daily. For safety please follow directions of staff during pick-up and drop-off and practice slow speeds through the student drop-off pick-up zone.

Please observe the Right Turn Only Sign as you exit the parking lot. Attempts to turn left have resulted in some extremely close calls when entering traffic on 36th street.

About Us

Mrs. Mary Lang
  • Principal

Mrs. Casey Kroll

  • Assistant Principal

Mrs. Lindsay Visser
  • Secretary

Ms. Veronica Castro
  • Secretary

Godwin Heights Public Schools

At Godwin Heights we believe that all students possess the ability to learn, to experience personal success, and to be productive citizens. Godwin Heights Public Schools deliver quality education enabling each student to work cooperatively and to participate in our diverse, democratic society

Notice of Discrimination

The Godwin Heights Public Schools Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis or religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its program, activities, or employment. Further, it is the policy of this District to provide an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, color, creed, age, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in the district. For concerns or questions regarding the above discrimination statement, contact the EEOC Compliance Officer at 15 – 36th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49548. Telephone: (616)252-2090. If your questions are not adequately addressed, refer your concerns to the President of the Godwin Heights Board of Education, 15 – 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49548.