Westwood Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday, May 15, 2020

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Dates to Remember


  • Week of May 18th: "Mad about Math" week; see below for code to join Google Classroom

  • May 25th: Memorial Day; no school

  • Week of May 26th: Clap-Out Parade: specific details TBA

  • Week of June 1st: supply pick-up: schedule TBA

  • June 4th: last day of school for students

  • June 5th: report cards ready in Infinite Campus


All certificates, district calendar, and school calendar plus any other important papers will be mailed home to families.

iXL and End of the Year Assessments

Students grades 1-5 will be expected to complete the IXL diagnostics in both Reading and Math before the year's end. Teachers will be sharing information shortly but I wanted to make parents aware of this district-wide expectation. These assessments are not in any way part of a student's report card grade. It is however, a good way to know a student's current areas of strength and areas of need as we prepare for next school year. Because this assessm;ent is used as a diagnostic tool, it is essential that students take it independently and without any assistance.


Here are a few resources that may be of interest to better understand this assessment:

https://www.ixl.com/userguides/IXLQuickStart_Diagnostic.pdf


A video will be shared next week to assist parents with how to start the diagnostic assessements for their children.

Parents of 5th graders: PLEASE email pictures of your student to use in a send off video. Please choose a current photo as well as a K'garten photo and send to Mr. Reich AND Mrs. Nanney. Please complete by 5/29. Thanks!

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"Mad about Math" Google Classroom Code:

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Geauga County Library Services

GCPL will begin offering some curbside services starting May 18. Here's the link to their official press release - http://divi.geaugalibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05_08_2020_Phased_Reopenings-1.pdf. Also, they have added Stay at Home Activities and a Resource list to their regular Research Databases page, which is located at this link - http://divi.geaugalibrary.net/126-2/.


The Summer Reading Program (which will be done mainly online) will again be available to students. Watch for summer reading flyers coming soon.

This Week's Spirit Day: Wear a Number Day

School Counselor Scoop

Hello Parents! It is hard to believe we are already almost half way through May! I know the students only have a few more weeks of online instruction before they finish up so hang in there everyone! If students ever do have a break, feel free to check out the guidance google classrooms sites if they have not already done so. May is typically career month-feel feel to check out a video, share what you love about your own job or maybe ask your child to tell you what they want to be when they grow up!

As we continue to stay connected, I have so enjoyed checking in with families on the phone, visiting during classroom meetings and had “lunch bunch zoom sessions” with smaller groups of students. Recently, I was able hear the wishes of students in various grades as a part of an activity related to Wishtree and One School One Book. I heard many students wish that we were all back together again at school..I feel the same as it isn’t quite the same to not see everyone in person. I am comforted and often in awe, however, by how the Westwood family continues to support one another! I smile when I think of many kind comments of students on Google Classroom, or the creativity and humor of staff dressed up in zoom sessions to engage students, or the surprise card in the mail by PTO to show their appreciation of Westwood staff!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am proud to work in West G and proud of our students, staff and families who have helped each other weather this storm and keep our heads up! Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance!

Sincerely,

Meg Cunningham

School Counselor

Previously, I shared some sample schedules and a video of helpful hints on how to incorporate online learning as well as breaks and exercise into your student’s daily schedule. I have also had parents share how their students sometimes struggle to go to bed at night and sleep well. Along with the importance of having a consistent routine and down time without screen time before bed, you may want to spend a few minutes having an end of day check in with your child. Asking questions about your student’s day and what they enjoyed the most as well as what to look forward to the next day are great ways to stay tuned into your child’s thoughts and feelings and focus on positive thoughts before he or she drifts off to sleep. Reading, music and bedtime yoga can also be very helpful. I included a few examples but there are many more online to explore if you are interested!

Mariam Gates-Bedtime Yoga--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lfjNAXGPzA

Mindful Kids: Purely Instrumental-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW7mR8CNOuU


Please remember school fees must be paid; families who still need to pay fees will receive a letter that explains the ways they can pay with school offices closed to the public.

Transportation Request

We need your help. We are trying to schedule transportation routes for the coming school year. If you will be using child care at Miss Pat's, Ava's Bright Beginnings, Heartland, Pappilion, etc for the 20-21 school year, please fill out the attached bus change form. One form per child, please.


If your child will be at Lindsey next year (grades 3-5) please send your forms to Colleen.Clucas@westg.org


If your child will be at Westwood next year (grades K-2) please send your forms to pam.mihalik@westg.org.


Please contact the transportation department at 440-729-0026 ext. 2 or Cheryl.Fowler@westg.org if you have any questions.


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Notification about Floride Treatments

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Getting Student Supplies

Teachers are in the process of bagging up student materials; this process should be completed by the end of May. We will then communicate with parents a schedule as well as process for picking your children's belongings. In addition, the nurse is working on a process for returning all student medication to parents. This process and schedule will also be shared in the near future.


If you have a specific item that you need someone to look for in lost & found, please notifiy me ASAP. Otherwise, all items will donated to charity by the end of May.


If you have library books or items belonging to a classroom teacher, there will be a table available during student supply pick up. Please make sure to label all returned items clearly with the teacher's name.

Returning Library Books

If the weather cooperates, there will be a table during supply pick up for library books that need to be returned. Families will receive notification of all book titles that need to be returned. Families will receive a bill in the mail for any books that have been lost or damaged beyond repain.
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Thank you for helping choose the new kitten's name! Tilly (Matilda) is the gray striped kitten and Ruby is the black striped kitten.

Mrs. Nanney's Google Classroom

All students (and siblings as well) are invited to join Mrs. Nanney's Google Classroom. Currently, she is reading two books, Maniac Magee and Flora & Ulysses to students, as well as short stories occassionally. In the near future, she will begin a new book, Because of Winn Dixie. If students wish to join, the code is qlqegw3

Contact Information for Deborah Nanney, Principal

Below you will find my personal cell phone number. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is an emergency situation and you are unable to reach Westwood or West Geauga offices. Please use it for phone calls only (opposed to texting). Also please respect that this is my personal number and do not give it out to children or non-Westwood family members.