Weekend Wire

November 29, 2020


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Roadrunners, We Are Proud of YOU!

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11/16 -- 12/11--Adopt-A-Family Program

11/23-11/27--Thanksgiving Break--NO SCHOOL

12/7--Parent/Teacher Conferences--NO SCHOOL

12/11--Adopt-A-Family Program Ends

12/21-1/1--Winter Break--NO SCHOOL

Roadrunner News

California is currently under a travel advisory. A reminder from our Guidebook for Reopening: If your family is considering travel at this time or planning a trip, please review this important information from the CDC. We appreciate your support in reducing exposure to students and staff.

Dear Westwood Families,

Believe it or not, we are about to wrap up our first trimester of school! As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I am so grateful for all of the support from our families and staff as we continue to navigate this unusual time.

As mentioned in the email you received earlier today from the District, we are providing families with a window to reassess the learning model for your children.

Please fill out the form below ONLY if you are interested in a change of learning model for your child. If you want your child to remain in their current placement, you can disregard this communication. Please fill out a separate form for each elementary-aged child. This form is NOT for middle or high school students. Secondary sites will communicate separately.

Any requested changes will be dependent upon staffing and seat availability. This does not mean we are reorganizing all of our classrooms again, rather, evaluating requests on a case by case basis to determine seat availability. Any changes made will take place beginning January 4, 2021, after the winter break.

The form closes on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:59pm. Again, please fill it out ONLY if you are interested in a change of learning model.

Westwood Elementary Learning Model Reassessment

Jennie Mikels


November 15, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our first trimester of learning will end on November 20, 2020. Due to the change in our school year and learning models, our conference week will look different than in past years. Normally, teachers meet with each students' parents/guardian to discuss academic, work habits, and behavior progress during the first trimester of learning. However, this year, teachers will be conducting a limited number of conferences on Monday, December 7th, via Zoom meetings. Students who are meeting or exceeding standards may not necessitate a conference at this time. December 7, 2020 will be a non-student day and students will not attend school on this day.

In order to maintain the routines and learning in the AM/PM and VLA model, we will not be providing minimum days during conference week as we have done in the past. Since there is only one day designated for progress report conferences, teachers will only be able to meet with a limited number of students. For those students not receiving a conference, teachers will include comments on the progress report. All students’ progress reports will be available on December 9 via ParentVUE in Synergy. Directions for accessing the progress report via Synergy will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your support and understanding.


Jennie Mikels


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We are so proud of our amazing staff!!! Recently our Employees of the Year were recognized at a Drive-thru event at the District Office!!

Teacher of the Year 2019 --Theresa Stogsdill

Classified Employee of the Year 2019 -- Amber Walden

Teacher of the Year 2020 -- Amber Grauer

Classified Employee of the Year 2020 - Jacob Arevalo


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Thanks to a grant sponsored by APSM, we were fortunate enough to have this mural painted on our blacktop

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

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We know that so much about this school year looks different, but we're so excited that our school will be participating in an online Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop to spread holiday cheer!

Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop is a fun way for students to shop for family members and experience the spirit of giving while learning to earn, budget, and save! Our online shop will be open from 11/23 to 12/04. Shop at the following link: https://shop.penguinpatch.com

Happy Holidays,
Penguin Patch Holiday Shop Chairperson

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: 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.

Westwood Elementary Foundation

The Foundation needs you to volunteer. We need several board positions to be filled to continue to operate.

We are currently looking for a Secretary, Director of Special Events, Director of the Dining for Dollars program, Director of Community and Donor outreach, Director of Social Media/ Electronic Outreach and more volunteers to help plan and coordinate special events, Dining for Dollars and many other activities.

We’ve operated for years with a very small group of volunteers who have done a lot of amazing things. Currently, though, we don’t even have enough Board Members to operate per our legal charter.

We need the above board positions and four additional volunteer positions to be filled before the end of December.

If you are interested in keeping the Foundation operating then email wwefpresident@gmail.com

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

Westwood Elementary Adopt-A-Family

Let the GIVING begin! Monday, Nov. 16th, we officially kick off our annual Adopt A Family program. In order to accommodate the changing times we are in, we have set up online gift purchasing for you to help our families in need. Please use the Amazon link for the online gift lists and when you purchase through the link you are helping Westwood Elementary as well!

Three ways you can choose from to help:

1. Shop online through the Amazon link


2. Pick a gift tag from our Giving Line that will be out in front of the school

3. Pick up a gift card (any denomination for grocery, gas, Target, Walmart, Amazon) when you

are out shopping and drop it off in front of the school to our Adopt A Family volunteers.

It's that easy! We thank you for your kindness and giving hearts in helping our Roadrunner families in need.

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The 5% discount for the yearbook has been extended through November 18th so if you'd like to save some money be sure to order now!

Order your 2020-21 yearbooks here: https://tr5.treering.com/validate Use passcode: 1015978769242468

Or scan here: