West Godwin Weekly

Week of October 4, 2021

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  • Friday, Oct. 8 - Homecoming Football Parade and Game
  • Wednesday, October 13 - Early Release Day - Students Dismiss at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 15 - Principal's Coffee - 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 27 - Early Release Day - Students Dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

Learning Updates for this Month

Kindergarten: Our kindergarten students have adjusted well to West Godwin! Our phonics lessons are focusing on orally blending sounds together to form words, rhyming and learning letter names and sounds. In math we are developing number sense by using math tools called five frames and ten frames. We are working on reading and writing numbers 0-10 along with counting to 20 forwards and backwards. Kindergartners are familiarizing themselves with books and beginning to tell stories and write (or draw) about them.

First Grade: Not only have our first graders been focusing on building a love for reading during reader's workshop, but they will also be focusing on using strategies to figure out unknown words. In writing, we are working on revising to make our personal narrative stories the best they can be! In math, we are working on building a strong number sense by seeing numbers in ten frames and on number racks quickly and making combinations for five and ten. We are also starting to be strong math story problem-solvers.

Second Grade: In writing, second graders are working on daily journaling to build their stamina. We are doing as much reading as possible and are working on a reading unit called Bedtime Tales. We are focusing on strategies for sounding out words as we read. In math, second graders are building their skills to tell time, add within 20, and understand the place value of numbers. Our math unit is all about measuring and place value and is about Jack and the Beanstalk.

EL: EL support groups have started! Students will receive support based on their language levels, which was sent home at the beginning of the year. Flocabulary, which is a computer based vocabulary program, will also help support EL learning in the building.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This week in Social Emotional Learning, students will be learning about and practicing self-confidence! Kindergarten and 1st Grade students will learn about how to identify and share about the things they are good at. 2nd Graders will be learning how to identify words and physical actions that are associated with feelings and emotions.

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

Feeding America Food Truck

Feeding America food truck will be at Godwin Heights High School TODAY starting at 4:00 PM.

Let us Know How We're Doing

Please take this quick survey to let us know how things are going for you and your child so far this school year! We want your feedback! Thank you!


Weekend Food Bags

Hand2Hand weekend food bags will be distributed on Fridays starting mid-October. Opt-in forms were sent home last week, please return that form to your child's teacher if you would like your student to receive a bag of non-perishable groceries every Friday.

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.
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TEAM21 is in full swing! 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


Join us on Friday, October 8 for our Godwin Heights Homecoming Parade and Football Game! The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. and we are looking for families to walk in the parade to represent West Godwin Elementary! All students must be accompanied by an adult! Meet in front of the High School on 35th street at 5:45 p.m. to join the parade and represent West Godwin. The football game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please call the office (616-252-2030) or email Mrs. Lang at lang@godwinschools.org with any questions.

Attention Parents!

The Library of Michigan launched a new app called: “TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten” This app will help build early literacy skills for young children. Parents can sign up by texting TALK to 75547 or visiting www.texttolearn.com. Parents will be provided with ideas for quick and easy things you can do to help your children be successful in school.


Please join us on Friday, October 15 at 9:30 for our first Coffee with the Principal. Mrs. Lang and some West Godwin staff will be sharing updates and information about West Godwin. Please plan on parking in the BACK of school and our staff will let you in the building and direct you to the school cafeteria. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Would you like free help with your child's homework? GVSU will be offering free virtual homework help.

More information down below.
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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.