Westwood Community Update

News and Information for Distance Learning - Nov. 2020 V. 1

#WildcatPride

Dear Westwood Families,


#ThisIsHowWeRoar: Our annual costume parade is one of our most popular events of the year, for both students and families. We have been looking forward to today's car parade for weeks, and want to thank the Wildcats who came out in their costumes. It was so great to see you! Please share your pictures on our social media accounts!


Connect!: Some of our families have been asking how they might be able to connect with other Westwood families to give their children a chance to virtually socialize outside of class time. We have set up shared Directories in Google for each grade level to allow parents/guardians to voluntarily share contact information. A separate email will be sent with the link associated with your student's grade level. Teachers will also be given access to this link, and each will be posted to the corresponding Grade Level Facebook Group files. We know how challenging Distance Learning has been for all of you, and my hope is that we can work together to try to support you all in any way we can! Maybe a new friend will do the trick for some of our kiddos.


Re-Opening Information: Last Monday, our Superintendent presented a Hybrid Reopening Plan to the School Board. You should have received an email from Dr. Clark yesterday regarding procedures for preparing for the re-opening of schools. The first of 2 parent/caregiver surveys will be distributed today (10/30). I encourage you to review the School Board Meetings and COVID-19 Response webpages on the district's website, as well as read through the Superintendent's weekly Friday Newsletters for more details. At Westwood, we are in the process of rearranging classrooms, preparing to paint/post safety reminders around campus, distributing PPE to classrooms, ordering supplies, etc. Until we know how many students and staff we can expect to return to in-person instruction, it will be difficult to finalize our planning. Please be sure to complete the district surveys within the deadlines to help us move forward with final preparations. If you have any specific questions, suggestions, etc. regarding Westwood's re-opening plans, please feel free to contact me directly by phone at 925-685-4202 or via email at klinknern@mdusd.org.


For those who celebrate, Happy Halloween, and Feliz Dia de los Muertos!


Stay well and be safe,

Ms. Klinkner, Principal

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Mark Your Calendars!

OCTOBER

Friday, 10/30

-Costume Parade (3:00, Parade Route)


NOVEMBER

Sunday, 11/1-Monday, 11/2 - Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Tuesday, 11/3 - Election Day!

Wednesday, 11/4

-County-wide Shelter-in-Place Drill (11:00am)

Friday, 11/6 - End of 1st Trimester

Sunday, 11/15 - Deadline to Submit Application for Intra-District Transfer for Student Entering Grades 6-12 for the 2021-2022 School Year

Monday, 11/9

-School Site Council Meeting - Open to the Public (3:00 pm, Zoom)

Wednesday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day (NO SCHOOL) - County Celebration

Friday, 11/20 - Report Cards Distributed/Available in HomeLink

Monday, 11/23- Friday 11/27 - THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

Transfer Applications Available (Secondary Grades)

Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting to transfer to another MDUSD school. The application for Secondary Grades 6-12 will be available: October 15-November 15, 2020 for the 21-22 school year.

Happy Birthday, Wildcats!

NOVEMBER

1 - Leslie Moreno

2 - Weston Bonifacio

3 - Samuel Amaya, Ayla Menefee

4 - Brooklyn Moore

5 - Marissa McCarty, Helen Petrosyan

8 - Eduardo Alvarado, Hector Dolores Sandin

9 - Suzana Halder, Killian Rhib

10 - Paul Koski

15 - Andrew Linborg, Anthony Melara

Friendship Groups

The virtual Friendship Club is up and running! Your students will have a chance to join in activities (games, dancing, breathing activities) led by School Counselor, Ms. Andrews, on the following days:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 11:00 - 11:30

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72597496130?pwd=ck1iN2I0d1dWUDRGTVJXRXRib3h0dz09
Meeting ID: 725 9749 6130
Passcode: g37axc


The link is also included on our School Counselor's Virtual Wellness Center (click on the teddy bear).

Helping Our Kids

Click on the button for an article on how to advise our kids when we don't know what they're going through...

Developing a Healthy Mindset

Our School Counselor, Leatha Andrews, narrates a video presentation, with a focus on developing a healthier mindset! Check it out!

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Important Links

Nancy Klinkner, Principal

Westwood Elementary, established in 1958, is a K-5 public school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, with an enrollment of 280 students. In addition to our 9 General Education classrooms, we also host 3 classes for students enrolled in our Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program, and 2 classes for students with moderate/severe disabilities. We are a diverse and caring community, with a dedicated staff and amazing students!