Weekend Wire

February 7, 2021


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Roadrunners, We Are Proud of YOU!

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2/15--Washington's Birthday(observed)--No School


2/17--100th Day of School

2/17--Brennan's Materials Distribution

2/18--Wise & S. Clark Materials Distribution

2/19--Lincoln's Birthday(observed)--No School

2/24--Varga, Wilkinson & Williams Materials Distribution

2/24--Dining for Dollars--Flippin Pizza 4S


3/11--1st & 2nd Grade(Virtual) Materials Distribution

3/12--Spirit Day--Dress like an Animal

Be On the Look Out!

Social Justice Conversations Coming Your Way!

Like so many of you, we at WWES have struggled to process recent events in this country that have challenged even the most optimistic and resilient of us. The emotional toll of injustice necessitates creating classroom opportunities for students to ask questions, research, and challenge bias. These opportunities are critical in a classroom where students will develop resiliency and self-efficacy.

The tragic events of the past months show us that we must do more to amplify student voices. During our recent Professional Growth Day we learned how to access additional resources through our district adopted language arts curriculum. This includes the following: the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance, based on the four domains of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action; Racial Equity Tools; and the National Council for the Social Studies.

Social Justice Learning Experiences Integrated experiences provide opportunities for valuing human dignity, fostering cultural diversity, and building critical thinking. Utilizing a critical questioning lens, lessons focus on:

  • Building and drawing on intergroup awareness, understanding, and skills. Creating classroom environments that reflect diversity, equity, and justice. Engaging families and communities in ways that are meaningful and culturally competent.

  • Encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice.

  • Writing responses that reflect a responsibility for self and others, and community action.

  • Supporting students’ identities and making it safe for them to fully be themselves.

  • Using instructional strategies that support diverse learning styles and allow for deep exploration of focused themes.

We are looking forward to bringing these conversations into the classroom and facilitating safe and productive conversations. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions and / or great ideas. We welcome them!

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Library Newsletter

Bringing the Library to You

February 2021

What better way to celebrate Black History Month than with books and activities. Enjoy these resources for parents and teachers.

Lunar New Year Learn more about Chinese New Year HERE

Looking for fun read aloud videos? Click HERE

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges (google slide presentation)

And now the voting begins! We’ve read all five California Young Reader Medal nominated books in the Primary or picture book category. I thought you would enjoy hearing the books read by the author, so in this google form, links to read aloud videos are included for you to review if you choose to do so.

Some of the videos are a bit longer, so students might want to review them on their own time. Which is your favorite one?! You can vote HERE by filling out this google form. I look forward to your responses! I will let you know the winner for Westwood Elementary when the voting is finished. The winner for the State of California will be announced in May.

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Grades 3-5, have been invited to read these CYRM nominated books which are listed below. Read all three and you can vote on your favorite one! These books are available for you to put on hold. To participate in the voting, you need to have read all three books. Voting will take place the week of March 22nd. The last day to vote will be March 26th.

Nominees for the Intermediary Category for grades 3-5 are:

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Looking for the next award winning book? Announcing the 2021 Youth Media Award Winning books. This article, from School Library Journal, includes a review of the books including the next Newbery winner. Click HERE to read the reviews and check out award winning books.

Valentine’s Choice Board (from Del Sur Elementary)- Have a little fun with these Valentine Day Activities and read alouds.

Funding has been very limited this year and your donations make a difference. Please consider giving the gift of reading. Donate books to Westwood Library from this Amazon Wish List and know that many students will enjoy them. These books go directly to the library. A mounted bookplate with your childs’ name will be placed on the inside the front cover and your child will receive first-check-out privileges. It’s a great way to encourage your child’s love of reading and it makes a difference in the library enjoyed by many students and teachers.

Storytime Lessons with Mrs. Whitelock. Want to see what your children have been enjoying from the library? Go to Westwood Library Google Classroom.

Need more resources and information? Visit Westwood Library Canvas Course to view the many resources available.

Getting Started:

How to Put Books on Hold, Renew and Return library books - short tutorial

Library Services:

Checking Out Books for On-Campus Students

Checking Out Books for VLA Students

Happy Reading! Mrs. Whitelock, Librarian at Westwood Elementary


In partnership with Gov. Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to parents, children, and youth in any language via calls, text, live chat, and email. Please share with your school community these flyers about the parent and youth helpline, and the parent support groups in English and Spanish.


REMINDER For Returning to On Campus: Please be sure to screen your student at home before leaving for school. Please check for ANY of the symptoms listed:



Runny Nose/Congestion



Body/Muscle Aches


Sore Throat

Shortness of Breath or Difficult Breathing



Loss of Smell and/or Taste

Students may not be at school with any ONE of the symptoms listed. Please keep your student home and notify the school of the absence (Attendance Hotline: 858-487-2059). Students experiencing any of the symptoms will be sent home immediately.


Throughout February we celebrate Black History Month. Students from the 4-5 Combo Class are pleased to share their mini videos about well-known Black Americans with WWES. Students filmed and collated their videos, and teachers have access to the links to share in their classrooms. We enjoyed learning more about the wide variety of remarkable contributions made by Black Americans, both past and present.

Black History Month Video Clips

Links are in the slides

Transfer Window Is Open

The Poway Unified transfer window is now open! Transfer requests for students who live in Poway Unified and would like to attend a school other than their school of residence should be submitted online … just go to the Poway Unified website and click on “Transfers” on the home page.

If you have a current child in a Poway school and would like a younger sibling to attend the same school, please submit a transfer request at this time. Transfer submissions are accepted even if your younger child is not yet enrolled. Then please enroll your child at their school of residence in May. The transfer window closes on March 31st.


Hiring Now for Limited-Term Instructional Assistants

As we work to open schools for our students, we are in need of Instructional Assistants to assist with the supervision of students and WE ARE HIRING! Starting Pay is $15.13/hr. We have several openings for 6 hour per day positions (8:00-2:30 daily). These are limited term assignments that will go through the end of the school year. If you or someone you know might be interested, please apply using the link below! Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information!


2019-2020 YEARBOOKS

We have last year's yearbooks still available! If you purchased one and never picked it up or if you realized that you never ordered one and would like one, please email Lisa Ducote at lducote8@gmail.com and she can make sure that you get one.

Your student will want to remember this unique year with a 2020-2021 yearbook! Your student gets to customize two pages just for them which will print in their individual yearbook so it will really be unique and special! Also, for every yearbook purchased a tree is planted!

Purchase yearbooks here:

https://tr5.treering.com/validate Use passcode: 1015978769242468

Or scan here:

We want to see your pictures!! Please upload pictures from Dress to Impress Spirit Day, Winter break fun, virtual learning, and lots more here:


We want to see your pictures!! Please upload pictures from Dress to Impress Spirit Day, Winter break fun, virtual learning, and lots more here:


Health Office Notes

Please remember to be proactive and prescreen your student at home prior to leaving for school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child has developed any one of the symptoms below while at school, they must be sent home immediately. Parent(s) will be notified to pick up their student immediately.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Per the CDC Guidelines (use link below of Decision Tree updates as of 1/11/21):

The individual may return based on one of the following:


a) 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.

b) With proof of negative PCR COVID viral test, may return after 3 days if all symptoms are fully resolved; or after 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.

c) A signed note from a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA (who manages that condition) must: confirm the chronic diagnosis (i.e., cites labs, date-of record when diagnosed); include provider’s contact information; explain how symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19; and be accompanied by signed consent for school to interact with MD, DO, NP, or PA.

Please call the Health Office for any questions or concerns.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Does the Amazon driver know you by name? Got enough boxes to stack to the moon? Did you know that with every delivery you can raise money for Westwood Elementary?

1. Go to smile.amazon.com

2. Sign in to your Amazon account

3. Search for Westwood Elementary PTA San Diego

4. Sign up!

Or scan here:

PTA Membership

The year may look different but Westwood still needs you! Join the PTA so we can all work together to make this year the best possible.

For more information and to join, please press the button below