Westridge Family Notes

Westridge Elementary School | August 19, 2022

Dear Westridge Families,
Westridge Welcome Video 2022-23
Our classrooms are getting ready to welcome students. We are excited for the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for partnering with us on this journey in your child’s education.

Back to School Night: Monday, August 22

August 22: Back to School Night

  • Meet your classroom teacher

  • Drop-off school supplies

3:30 - 4:00 pm: New Family Welcome & Tours (1st - 6th grade). Please meet in the Community Room.

4:00 - 5:30pm: Meet the teacher and drop-off school supplies

First Day of School Arrival

On the first day of school - classroom teachers will meet students on the playground. (locations identified on the map).

All Westridge staff will be outside to welcome students! Staff members will guide students to their classroom teachers as they arrive by car, bus, Kids West, etc. Classroom teachers will then walk students into the building.

To keep everyone safe, we ask that families drop off their student. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Feel free to stop by WR on Monday and Tuesday to take back-to-school photos!

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Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Please take a moment to review the arrival & dismissal procedures for Westridge. Thank you for your patience as the first few days settle in with the procedures - keeping our students safe is a priority. Westridge Drop-Off/Pick-Up Process. (Communication was shared with families on 8/18)

Let's come together and welcome a new year with our Westridge Community! We hope you can join us!

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Early Dismissals

Don't forget...every Wednesday is an early dismissal at 3:10 pm. This includes the first day of school. Please make necessary arrangements.

1st & 3rd Wednesday

The fist Wednesday of the month is our Positivi-Tee Day, where we encourage staff and students to wear a shirt with a positive message.

The third Wednesday of the month, we encourage staff and students to wear Westridge attire or school colors.

Message from the PTA

At Westridge, our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has a long-standing, strong tradition of volunteering and supporting academic, school, and community activities. We invite you to come to the PTA meetings, talk to other parents, and ask questions.

PTA Meetings

* Coffee Welcome : Friday, August 26th at 9:15 in the Community Room

Friday, Sept. 9, 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11, 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:15 p.m.

Friday, April 14, 9:15 a.m.

Friday, May 12, 9:15 a.m

We will also be signing up new members — a voting membership for the year is just $5.

Information from Departments:

Nutrition: West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Nutrition Services makes sure our students get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow during the school day. Our focus is on children's health and well-being. Classroom achievement starts with proper nutrition and a balanced meal.


Transportation: The WDMCS Transportation Department strives to serve the needs of our students and to provide safe, efficient transportation to school and school-related activities.


Upcoming Dates

Mark your calendars for these back-to-school events!

August Dates:

Classroom Teacher Assignments Shared with Families: Friday, August 12

New Families: Welcome & Tours: (1st - 6th grade) Monday, August 22 at 3:30-4:00 pm

Back to School Night: Monday, August 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 24 (3:10 dismissal for Grades 1-6)

Early Dismissal for Kindergarten: 12:30 pm on August 24, 25, and 26

First Day of School for Preschool: Tuesday, September 6

* Tiger Cubs Preschool Enrollment Link

September Dates:

September 9: Westridge Tailgate: (see flyer above)

September 13: Grade-Level Information Night:

  • September 13, times vary -- Grade Level Information Night (for all certified staff except Kindergarten teachers)

    • 5:00-5:30 pm: GT Presentation in Media Center

    • 5:30-6:00 pm: Grades 1, 3, 5 Presentations in Classrooms

    • 5:50-6:20 pm: Related Arts in Media Center & Specialists in Learning Labs (Open House Style)

    • 6:15-6:45 pm: Grades 2, 4, 6 Presentations in Classrooms

September 20: Fall Pictures

Free ParentQuest Classes

ParentQuest provides free learning opportunities for parents and other caring adults as they navigate each child’s unique path to success in school and life. Topics include academics, health and well being, parenting, WDMCS 101, and more.


Download an updated 2020-2021 Calendar-at-a-Glance.

Westridge Elementary School

Beth Brewer, Principal
Jeannette Barnes, Assistant Principal