Jan. 30, 2020

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Thank you for all your generous donations of goods and time for Project Night Night!


Dates to Know:

  • Jan 31 - Spirit Day "Matching Day"
  • Jan 21-31 - Project Night Night
  • Feb 3-7 - Parent-Teacher Conference Week (EARLY DISMISSAL ALL WEEK)
  • Feb 7 - 'Bingotopia' Annual Family Bingo Night (Tickets on sale NOW)
  • Feb 7 - Last day to sign up for Variety Show
  • Feb 14-17 - NO SCHOOL (President's Weekend)
  • Feb 28 - STEAM Expo


Message from President Shelby

Happy Chinese New Year to our West School Community! The year of the rat is in full swing and already bringing us Wildcats many opportunities for fun and excitement. This week we are wrapping up two wonderful events to foster community service and empathy in our children - Project Night Night and Great Kindness Challenge.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the volunteers who helped to make these events possible. We couldn't do it without you!

Behind the scenes, there are many things happening in the next month, from Family Bingo Night to Conference Week, STEAM Expo, the West Variety Show and more! We are ALWAYS looking for parent volunteers to help these events run smoothly. Reach out to the respective event chairs if you would like lend a helping hand.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at all the upcoming events here at West. As I look at all that the next few months have to offer, I am reminded of how lucky we are to be at a school like West. Families, staff and students all coming together to make great things happen and most of all having FUN!

West is Best!

Shelby Van Doren

West Parent Group President 2019-2020


Parent-Teacher Conferences (Feb 3-7)

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It's Early Dismissal ALL WEEK

K-2nd dismissed at 1:15PM

3rd-5th dismissed at 1:30PM



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Help Provide Prizes for Everyone!

Tickets are nearly sold out and we are getting excited for next week's family bingo night, "Bingotopia!' Our hope is that every child in attendance will go home with a prize!.

Please help donate any extra Christmas toys, games, or gift cards you have that will be put our prize pool. You can drop off your donation in the white bins outside the main office OR just click on the link below to purchase items on our Amazon wishlist. THANK YOU in advance for helping make bingo night a success!

For ticket purchase, click HERE.

Question? Contact event chairs Mirra Desuasido at mirra@thudrumble.com or Raquel Boday at rtgb926@gmail.com


West's Got Talent! Sign-up by Feb. 7

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Calling all creative acts — The West Variety Show is back!!

Last year's students wowed us with acrobatics, comedy and magic acts, songs, dances, and more. We can't wait to see what the students come up with for this year's show.

The Variety Show is scheduled for Thurs. 3/26, and Mon. 3/30

A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided soon. Let's get creative, Wildcats, and sign up by Feb. 7!

Questions? Contact event chairs Liz Koo (lee.liz@gmail.com) or Kavita Mishra (kavitakm@gmail.com)


2nd Annual West STEAM Expo (Feb 28)

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More than 80 (eighty) 2nd-5th graders have submitted their project proposals to participate in West's 2nd Annual STEAM Expo!

Students will be hard at work for the next few weeks as they prepare to show off their projects to friends and family. Anyone can visit the Expo, so please mark your calendar, and get ready to be wowed by the scientific endeavors of our wildcats!

Feb. 28



Questions? Contact Event Chair Sue Choi (sue@suechoiphotography.com) or iLab teacher Ms. Newblanc (snewblanc@hcsdk8.org)



West School Library Announcements

Author Lisa McMann Visits 3rd-5th Grade

Lisa McMann is coming to our school on February 5th to share with students her new book in The Unwanteds fantasy series!

Get your child personalized/signed copies of her fabulous books by filling out the following order form and submitting it to Ms. Kay, your school librarian, by February 4th!

Click HERE for more information...


Battle of the Books: Teams have been formed--let the fun begin!

Let's support our teams of 4th and 5th grade West readers as they participate in an epic reading event to be held in March 2020. Spectators are welcome!

Check out the Battle of the Books Reading List - a great selection of award-winning, highly-rated, and diverse-in-genre books for all to enjoy!

Students who are on a Battle of the Books team, be sure to review these tips for battle.


What's going on this month at the Library?

  • Kinder: Exploring fiction and nonfiction resources on penguins
  • 1st Grade: Traveling the world via Google Earth to learn about global landmarks
  • 2nd Grade: Author study on Patricia MacLachlan
  • 3rd-5th Grade: Preparing for Lisa McMann's visit, author of The Unwanteds


Do you have 30 min to spare?

We always welcome help in the library. Click HERE for more information...

A big thanks to all our parent volunteers for helping to keep students up-to-date with their book returns. We couldn't do it without you!

If you have any concerns about missing or lost books, email Librarian Ms. Kay (jkay@hcsdk8.org).


Hillsborough Schools Foundation News

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Auction Bidding Opens Feb. 3rd at 10am!

Preview the catalog of unique experiences, selective services and coveted teacher Pay to Plays HERE


Represent West at the Biggest HSF Event of the Year!

Score your tickets to The Ballers Gala and Benefactor Party today!

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Community & District News

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Does your child enjoy riding a bike? Being outside during the long summer days?

If so, you might consider enrolling your child in Bay Area Nature Camp, run as a special “HIVE” summer program through Hillsborough Recreation and lead by Sally James (South School Librarian/Teacher) and Perry Kittredge (Crocker Math Teacher).

The program is open for entering 4th through 8th graders, and all participants should be experienced bike riders with a multi-gear bike who love being outdoors and learning about the places, plants, and creatures of the Bay Area.

Week 1, June 15th-19th

Week 2, June 22nd-26th

Week 3, July 6th-10th

Week 4, July 13th-17th

Learn more by visiting the Bay Area Nature Camp website.