Westwood Community Update

News and Information for Distance Learning - Feb. 2021, V. 1

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Dear Westwood Families,

February is here, along with lots to keep us busy: Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Lunar New Year, President's Day, Valentine's Day....and, of course, our academic program! Teachers have been working together to review "High Leverage Standards" in English Language Arts and Mathematics in order to continue to refine our instructional focus during Distance Learning. This collaborative work, outlined by our student achievement partners at Achieve the Core, helps us to continue to identify rigorous content and develop engaging instruction for our students that is aligned with schools across the district, and beyond. In order to determine the effectiveness of these efforts, it is necessary for us to monitor student progress in these identified areas, especially as we approach the end of our 2nd trimester. Your children have already started taking assessments to help us identify where our students are doing well, and in which areas they need more support. Please encourage your child to do his/her best (resisting the urge to provide direct support in answering questions) and follow-up with your teacher to learn more about the test results.

Along with the ongoing effort to provide high quality virtual instruction, we are also gearing up for what we hope to be the eventual, safe return of students to the school campus. Superintendent Clark sent out information on February 3rd (read it here) and he will be providing an update on reopening plans at the Board meeting on February 10th. Please be sure to join the meeting, or watch the recording of the Superintendent's Report following the meeting, to stay up-to-date. At this time, we still need to meet the Red Tier criteria for 20 consecutive days, or Red Tier or better for 14 consecutive days (whichever comes first) in order to welcome small groups of students onto campus for instruction. At Westwood, we want to be ready when the time comes! We are starting to identify staff and students for participation in Small Group Support Hubs (SGSH), preparing the physical environment (setting up classrooms and hallways for social distancing, purchasing and distributing supplies, including PPE, decluttering learning spaces, etc.) and updating our safety protocols to keep everyone safe while on campus (student drop-off and pick-up, screening, hand-washing, mask wearing, contact tracing, movement around campus, etc.). Fortunately, we have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of schools across the country who have already been providing in-person instruction during the pandemic. We will be ready!

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at klinknern@mdusd.org.

Stay well and be safe,

Ms. Klinkner, Principal

Mark Your Calendars!

FEBRUARY (Check the calendar on our website for event details)

-Black History Month

-Life Skill of the Month: Friendship/Allyship

Weekly Virtual Recesses:

K/1st - Wednesdays; 11:15-11:30; Zoom

2nd/3rd - Fridays; 11:10-11:30; Zoom

4th/5th - Fridays; 11:15-11:45; Zoom

Weekly Social Clubs:

4th/5th Grade Girls - Mondays, 2:00, Zoom

4th/5th Grade Boys - Fridays, 2:00, Zoom


-Dine-Out Fundraiser at Mountain Mike's Pizza (5358 Clayton Rd.) - Be sure to mention Westwood when you order!

-Parent eTraining: Mental and Emotional Awareness (5-6 pm)


-TK-5 Intradistrict Transfer Request Window Opens for 21-22 (through March 10th)

-Parent eTraining: Resilient Teenagers (5-6 pm)

-MDUSD School Board Meeting (6:00 pm, Information)

2/11 - English Learner Parent Meeting (2:30-3:30 pm, Zoom)

2/12 - NO SCHOOL; Lunar New Year

2/14 - Valentine's Day

2/15 - President's Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

2/16 - MDUSD Mental Health Panel Discussion (5:30-6:30 pm)


-Parent eTraining: Influence of Social Media on Teenagers (5:00-6:00 pm)

-MDUSD Board Meeting (6:00 pm, Information)

2/18 - District English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting (5:30-7:00 pm, Zoom)

2/22 - School Site Council Meeting / Safety Plan Review Public Hearing (3:00-4:30 pm)

2/23 - Parent eTraining: Healthy Eating Habits (5:00-6:00 pm)

2/24 - Parent eTraining: Resilient Teenagers (5:00-6:00 pm)

2/26 - End of 2nd Trimester

Coming Soon!

-Read-a-Thon Fundraiser (hosted by the Parent-Faculty Club)

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Is your child age-appropriate for TK or K for the 2021-2022 School Year?

  • Date of Birth: Sept. 2, 2015-Sept. 1, 2016 = Kindergarten
  • Date of Birth: Sept. 2, 2016-Dec. 2, 2016 = Transitional Kindergarten

If so, you can start your enrollment process now with by submitting an application online. Click here for more information. Westwood Registration Packets will be available soon. Check our website for updates or email us with your questions at westwoodregistration@mdusd.org.

Academy Awards: Call for Nominations

In one of the most challenging academic years in history, members of our community are accomplishing amazing things and going above and beyond to help their colleagues and their community. Now more than ever, we need to focus on positive contributions and recognize everyone for their hard work and sacrifices.

On Thursday, May 6, the MDUSD Community will gather virtually to honor everyone in our communities by calling attention to some examples of the many stars among us at the Ninth Annual Academy Awards Event.

We are seeking nominations in the following categories:

Awards for Teachers

Leadership & Courage

Creative Curriculum

Most Inspirational

Community Involvement

Lifetime Achievement

Awards for Non-Teachers

Outstanding Classified Employee

Outstanding Administrator

Outstanding Parent Volunteer

Outstanding Volunteer Organization

Outstanding Collaborating Team

Awards for Anyone in the Community

Social Justice - NEW award this year! - individual or small team acting to improve equity, racial justice, diversity and inclusion in our MDUSD schools

Think about the people you work with, the people who go out of their way to provide excellent service to our students and our school communities.

If you know of someone deserving of recognition, nominate them for an Academy Award.

Download a form

Complete the form online

Nominations are due Friday, February 26.

Please take a few minutes right now to think about what is going well and who you might want to thank for their help and contributions.

ParentSquare - Activate Your Account and Download the App Today!

We are excited to let you know that this year we’ll be using Parent Square to communicate with you at the school, and in your classrooms and groups. Parent Square provides a simple and safe way for everyone at school to connect.

With Parent Square you’ll be able to:

• Receive all school and classroom communication via email, text or app

• View and download photos

• Easily sign up to volunteer and/or bring items

Please check your email for your invitation to activate your Parent Square account.

Help Support Our Small But Mighty School!

Counseling Corner

John Muir Health Webinars on Anxiety, Grief and Parenting During COVID:

  • https://youtu.be/UvE1sQr3ceg -- View a webinar on Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Times of Crisis presented by the John Muir Health Behavioral Health Center.
  • https://youtu.be/TuFaU_5MD3U -- View a webinar on Helping Teens Cope with Grief and Loss During COVID-19 presented by the John Muir Health Behavioral Health Center
  • https://youtu.be/oJFLrDnogWI -- View a webinar on Parenting Challenges during COVID-19 presented by the John Muir Health Behavioral Health Center.
Ask the CBO - How does MDUSD spend its money? January 22, 2021
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Google Classroom Life Hacks For Students & Parents

Education Foundation Launches “Give 10” Giving Campaign

Dear MDUSD Families,

The MDUSD Education Foundation is launching our “Give 10” annual giving campaign in February. We will be raising money to fund STEAM programs for our students throughout the month. We are asking families to please donate a minimum of $10 per student. If you cannot contribute $10, we hope you will donate 10 minutes of your time to like, share and follow us on social media. Some of the wonderful STEAM programs we have already helped fund for elementary school students are:

  • Mystery Science
  • Bridges Math
  • Art in Action
  • Chalk Art with Mark Wagner
  • Young Audiences
  • RAFT science kits
  • Garden Education Program
  • Consumables and tools for Life Science

Please share our messages and follow us on Facebook, Twitter@MtDiabloEF, Instagram@MtDiabloEF, LinkedIn

Together we can do so much more in providing our students with the educational opportunities they deserve! Thank you in advance for your support.

MDUSD Education Foundation www.mdedf.org

Give 10, STEAM 4 students

T-Mobile Project 10 Million

Now that T-Mobile has merged with Sprint they are using their network to provide free internet and bridge the digital divide with Project 10Million. Eligible families are those who don’t have an internet connection and are enrolled in the National School Lunch program. If selected, the family will receive 100GB of mobile data per year and a FREE mobile hotspot, plus the opportunity to purchase devices at a low cost.

T Mobile Project 10 Million Information Here

COVID-19 Testing

Contra Costa Health Services resources regarding COVID-19 Testing

Please refer to these linked flyers for Contra Costa Health Services resources regarding COVID-19 Testing. The flyers are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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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!