WHS Principal Post November 2017

Monthly Principal Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

It is hard to believe that we have nearly completed our first trimester of the 2017-18 School Year. We have much to look forward to in the weeks ahead! Please note the important dates below.

November Dates to Note:

  • 11/14, Tuesday- WHS PTA Meeting, LRC, 7pm.
  • 11/17, Friday, WHS PTA Book Fair Begins, Student Council "Stuffed Animal Day", and Report Card Distribution
  • 11/20, Monday, No School, Parent- Teacher Conferences, 1-4 pm, and 5:30- 8pm
  • 11/21, Tuesday, No School, Parent- Teacher Conferences, 1-4 pm, and 5:30- 8pm
  • 11/22- 11/24, No School, Thanksgiving Break
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  • 12/6, Wednesday, Early Release, Student Dismissal at 1:15 pm
  • 12/6, Wednesday, WHS Winter Musical for Grades 3-5, 7pm at GWMS
  • 12/8, Friday, WHS PTA Movie Night, 6:15- 8:15 pm, GYM
  • 12/11, Monday, WHS Winter Musical for Grades K-2, 7pm at GWMS
  • 12/20, D44 Elementary Band/ Orchestra Winter Concert, 7pm at GEHS
  • 12/21, WHS PTA Classroom Winter Parties, 1:15- 2:45 pm.
  • 12/22, Friday, No School, Winter Break Begins

WHS "Starcast" Premiere

This year students have been encouraged to find ways to "Learn and Lead Like Champions!" Student and staff leaders have come together to create a newscast showcasing the many wonderful things going on around our school. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the premiere of our very first Starcast, brought to you by the 4th graders in Mrs. Lynch's class!
https://youtu.be/W5KxJeADzZU

Trimester 1 Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

We are now on the home-stretch of finishing the 1st Trimester. We have just two weeks until report cards go home and parent- teacher conferences begin! Report Card Distribution is on Friday, 11/17. Online registration for Parent- Teacher Conferences will remain open for parents until Friday 11/10.

WHS PTA Reflections

Special Thanks goes out to Emily Suarino for hosting the WHS PTA Reflections projects at her studio in Lombard. The reception was on Thursday, 11/2 from 6:30- 8:00 pm. It was great to see our students' artwork displayed in this gallery setting! Click on the link below to access more information about her studio.


Art Life Studio Website

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Thank You Village of Lombard

The village of Lombard has now completed the installation of the crosswalk at the corner of Madison and New Street. New ADA compliant curbs, sidewalks, signage with yellow flashers, and the painting of the crosswalk itself happened very quickly. Our school staff will serve as a crossing guard at this location between 8:15- 8:30 am., and between 3:15- 3:30 pm. on school days.


Below you will find a quick video of some of our WHS Pack 42 members thanking the Village of Lombard at their recent meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2nd.

https://youtu.be/ZWUH765_JUU
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Winter Weather Procedures

The winter weather season is upon us. Please take a few minutes to review the link below that outlines our WHS Winter Weather Procedures. Highlights include the following:

  • Students will be outside for arrival and recess UNLESS the temperature (including the windchill) is below 10 degrees.
  • Once the snow falls, students must have both snowpants and boots to play in the snow
  • In the event of school closing, you will be notified via an automated phone call, email, and it will be posted on the D44 and WHS websites.


CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE DETAILED WHS WINTER WEATHER PROCEDURES

Recent Tweets from #whs44

Do you want to see some snapshots from the past few weeks? Click on the red bar below to view recent staff tweets!

The next D44 Early Release Day is on Wednesday, December 6th.

Please mark the remaining Early Release dates below on your calendar! Students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm on Early Release Days.
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WHS Winter Musicals -- SAVE THE DATE

As in past years, WHS will have two separate winter musicals. There will be one for Grades K-2, and one for grades 3-5. What is different this year is that we will be holding these performances at the Glenn Westlake Middle School Gymnasium. This will allow us much more space and prevent overcrowding. The dates for the Winter Musicals are below:



  • Wednesday, December 6th, Grades 3-5, 7pm at GWMS
  • Monday, December 11th, Grades K-2, 7pm at GWMS


More detailed information regarding these performances will be coming home soon!

Culminating Activities for Bullying Awareness Month

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Bear Down On Bullying Assembly:

On November 1st, WHS students were treated to visit by Staley the Bear for an all school PTA sponsored assembly. Staley's visit was a big hit! Students were reminded of the different types of bullying and strategies to combat bullying! Each and every student and staff member was able to "high-five" Staley as they were dismissed from the gym.

"Stick it 2 Bullies" Schoolwide Display

During our October Star Constellations Lesson, each of our 31 school groups made bumper stickers with anti-bullying messages. We now have a display in the WHS All Purpose Room (APR) that will feature rotating bumper stickers. We have over 200 student-made messages to feature on the the car that is parked in the APR. Bumper stickers will be swapped out each month!

Lost and Found at WHS? Does Anything Look Familiar?

Please take a moment to review the video below and see if you can identify any clothing that may belong to your family. If you see something that belongs to you, please have your son or daughter stop by lost and found to retrieve it. If you give our office a call or shoot us an email, we will happily deliver the "lost and found" item to your child. Thanks so much!
https://youtu.be/MMnudyB9Hs0

A Look Way Ahead! "Stars and Spike" 5K Fun Run! Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

This year WHS has teamed up with Madison School to sponsor a 5K Fun Run/Walk. This promises to be fun event that brings the two largest elementary school communities together. Much more information will be coming about this in the months to come, however I want to share the following information with you:


  • This Event will be called "The Stars and Spike 5K Fun Run". As you know our WHS school mascot is the "The Stars" and the MD school mascot is "Spike" the bulldog.
  • The date for this event will be on the morning of Saturday May 5th. This will be a busy time for us. Our WHS talent show is scheduled for Friday, May 4th. Due to Village of Lombard Scheduling, permits, and spacing with the "Mutt Strutt", May 5th is the confirmed date for our event. Save the date!
  • Keep your eyes out for ways you can help support this event after the new year!