Westwood Updates

February 8th - 12th

This Week's Happenings - National Kindness Week

*** Book Fair All Week **

Monday- 2/8/16

Jump Rope for Heart - schedule posted on white board

Kindness Week Activity Activity:

Have a Heart! Get Inspired to be Kind to others. - Wear Red!

Jump Rope for Heart Event, 8:15-8:45 TK-2nd, then 9:00-9:30 3rd-5th- Blacktop


KindnessWeek Activity:

Mis- Matched Shoes Day! (Message: what might it feel like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Use empathy to try and understand others feels & emotions by putting yourself in their shoes)

  • Second Grade Performance Assemblies – normal assembly schedule - MPR
  • please deposit your ballots for “Classified Employee of the Year” in the envelope on Jackie’s counter by 3pm.


Kindness Week Activity:

Shine a Light on Kindness! (Dress up as your favorite movie character)

Challenge Band auditions (optional event).

Study Trips:

9:00am-1:45pm, Karadashian’s 3rd grade, Natural History Museum - BUS


Kindness Week Activity:

Tied to Kindness (Wear Tie-Dye Clothing)

8-10am, Parent Performance, (Ostrander, McClelland, Thomas) - MPR 6:00-7:30pm, PTA Book Fair Special Night Activities- MPR

Staff Happy Hour – Vintana’s


8:00 Friday Flag

Staff Lunch “Fish Tacos” – Staff LoungeKindness Week Activity: I have the POWER to be Kind - (Dress up as your favorite superhero or in superhero themed clothing -Message: You don't have to have superpowers to be a superhero. Go out of your way to be helpful & show kindness to others)

Deadline to email your town name to Brian Karadashian for Postal Service

** MAPS testing all week ~ see schedule

Upcoming Dates to Know:


Ø BHMS band/orchestra visit to perform for 4th and 5th grades has been rescheduled for March 8.

Ø Lounge Respect for February3rd grade.

Ø GATE results for all students will be mailed to families by the District in April.

Looking Ahead:

Ø February 15-19, No School, President’s Week District Break

Ø February 17, National Digital Learning Day. (Encourage home activities since we’ll be on break.)

Ø February 23, TK-2nd grades only, Tooth Fairy Dental Hygiene Assembly. Schedule soon. - MPR

Ø February 25, Screening of Most Likely to Succeed – MPR

Ø March 16, BHMS Parent Orientation Night, 5pm and 6pm.


Ø WESTWOOD ROCKS! Thanks to everyone for being so flexible with your class schedules during our Hearing and Vision Screenings! We were able to get through them in record time, finishing a half day early! Your cooperation was greatly appreciated! - Miss Mary, Health Office

Ø It is a “SAD” farewell to Miss Steffanie! You have been such a huge, incredible asset to our office and I am so sad to see you leave! Best of luck and much success at DNHS! If you hate it, come back! Stay in touch! Much love - Miss Mary.

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Nominate our WWES 2015-2016 Classified of the Year

Ballots are available on Ms. Jackie's desk, and you can print out the image below and turn it into the envelope in the office. Ballots are due Tuesday, 2/9/16 by 3:00 pm.
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National Kindness Week

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

While National Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th, 2016, Westwood will celebrate this most enduring action all week!

Want the research?

Check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation , an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

A Few Quotes of Kindness:

  • Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop
  • Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~Scott Adams
  • Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless ~ Author Unknown

Most Likely To Succeed Movie Night

February 25th

Mark your calendar and join us for this rich discussion around the need to shift education. Join educators and community members who are passionate about creating the education experience our children need.

Screening of Most Likely to Succeed- based on the work of Creating Innovators(register here)

Library Reminders From Mrs. Fleming

All of the library shelves will be totally inaccessible while the PTA's Scholastic Book Fair is set up. For that reason:

* Plan ahead and check out anything you or your students need no later than this Friday morning. The fair is being set up on Friday, Feb 5, starting at Noon.

* Keep library books and fine payments in your classroom until we return from break. Nothing should be taken to the library. Remember, it's not a library next week, it's a book store.

* The PE videos will live in Mrs. Wise's room (F14) next week. Check them out using the "Manual Checkout slips so we can still keep track.

I will be off campus every day but Wednesday next week. If you need to reach me, please email. I'll keep up with it. :-)

Shelley Fleming, Library Media Technician, IMRA-Certified

Westwood Elementary School


Student Safety and Supervision

With the congested traffic in the morning and the recent rainy days, we want to remind everyone to please make sure to arrive to your duties and to pick up your students on time. Whether you are on duty or walking around campus, we need everyone to be vigilant to ensure our students' safety and well being! Thanks in advance for your professionalism.

Elementary Progress Report Grading Guideline

From LSS: Teachers are not required to complete a progress report for any new student arriving within three weeks prior to the trimester end date. The teacher is directed to contact the parent through a conference and a written summary or other means or other means of communication in lieu of a progress report. The teacher is required to complete a progress report for any student leaving within three weeks prior to the trimester end date.

Why Passion & Purpose Matter!

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LEAP: Love, Energy, Audacity, Proof by Steve Farber

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Common Core Resources