The Westside Wonder

Westside Parent Newsletter

September 8, 2020

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Westside teachers will meet the needs of each individual in a student-centered classroom by:

  • Encouraging a growth mindset

  • Maintaining high expectations through a hands-on, engaging rigorous curriculum for ALL students

  • Providing a safe, positive, and loving environment

  • Creating independent thinkers


Westside Elementary invests in the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally to prepare them for success in their everyday lives.


  • Remember! The car rider line is a cell phone free zone! Thank you for being patient with us as we fine-tune our car rider drop off and pick up! This week as you drop your children off in the morning please make sure you are pulling all the way up to the car in front of you! Since you are screening your children at home you may give us a thumbs up and then your child may exit the car. They do not have to wait for a staff member to open the door for them! Hopefully, this will speed up our drop off. Car rider drop if will begin at 7:25.

  • Instruction begins at 7:40 and the tardy bell rings at 7:50. If you arrive past 7:50 please walk your child to the doors so you can sign them into the office.

  • 3-5 parents, your child is provided with 3 masks by the district! We are noticing that some bus riders are forgetting to bring their masks each day! Please remind your child to bring a mask for bus riders!

  • You may send a water bottle to school with your child.

  • Parents will be able to come eat lunch with their child at our outdoor picnic area. Lunch times: 4th grade 10:30-11:00, 1st grade 11:00-11:30, 3rd grade 1:30-12:00, Kindergarten 12:00-12:30, 2nd grade 12:30-1:00, 5th grade 1:00-1:30.

  • Please return any beginning of the year paperwork you may have received from your child's teacher.

  • Please head over to our website to sign up for E-Notes. This will allow you to receive the weekly parent newsletter by email.

Important Dates

September 8th- Virtual Volunteer Training

September 8-11 - Kindergarten through 2nd grades MAP testing

September 17th- Constitution Day

September 21-25 - Freedom Week

September 22-23 - Hearing and Vision Screenings

October 16-23 - ACT Aspire Interim Testing for 3-5

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Please complete the census to help our community and schools!

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Student Handbook

Please review our student handbook and familiarize yourself with Westside's policies.

Dress Code

Children should wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for the season. Students shall not practice a mode of dress, or standard of personal grooming which will present a health or safety hazard or disturbance to the educational process. Hats and shoes with wheels are not allowed at school. No clothing will be worn having offensive slogans or advertising tobacco or alcoholic beverages. Remember to mark all articles for identification.

    The following items of apparel will not be permitted for upper elementary students (grades 3rd-5th):
      1. Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, halter tops, strapless tops, muscle shirts with the sleeves cut off, etc.
        2. Shorts, miniskirts, or dresses should be no shorter than the finger tips when arms are held straight against your side.
          3. Tights, leggings, or spandex are not allowed unless covered with a loose fitting top.
            4. Oversized clothing (Absolutely No "Sagging")
              5. Any clothing, hairstyle, body piercing, or hair color that is deemed disruptive
                6. Any clothing with inappropriate holes and/or tears

                  The final decision regarding apparel will be determined by the principal or designee. Students who arrive inappropriately dressed will be asked to change clothes. Parents or guardians will be called to either bring a change of clothes or to take the student home to change.

                  A Note from Nurse Gina

                  All updated shot records, current school year exemptions, & Kindergarten physicals are due by September 30th.
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                  Counseling Corner

                  Returning back to school after the long break, here are few coping statements to help your child if having some anxiety!

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                  Fifth Grade Parents

                  5th Graders- if you are interested in being an ambassador, here are the deadlines.

                  You may pick up an application from your homeroom teacher or Mrs. Page! Let us know if you have any questions.

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                  Breakfast and Lunch Family Information Form

                  Use the link below to fill out the family information application for free and reduced lunches. Even if you do not believe your family will qualify, filling it out still helps our school!


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                  A Quick Note from Ms. Long

                  Ms. Long is our Child Nutrition director. She has put together a nice table with links that you can access that will help answer any questions about your child's nutrition at school.


                  Lunch Times

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                  Greenbrier School District "Point of Contact" Information

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                  Word of the Month

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