Westwood Elementary Newsletter

March 2022

Hello Families!

Can you believe we are halfway through Quarter 3? I sure can't, time flies when you are having fun! There are so many amazing things happening- check out our Facebook page for more details (QR code listed below).

Ohio State Testing for Grades 3 and 4 will start on March 21. Please remind students to try their best and make sure they get a good nights sleep. More information is listed below.

I would like to remind parents to continue to check their child’s progress on PowerSchool. If you need your login or password information, please contact Mrs. Carey in the main office. It’s important to continue to watch your child’s grades so you are aware of any areas to focus on at home or areas to celebrate with your child.

I understand that pick-up and drop-off takes time. We have rules and procedures to keep everyone safe. Please make sure you are following our procedures for drop off and pickup- there is one car line, and the detailed map is below. Yesterday, I timed a car from when the pulled in (off Adelbert) to when they had their student loaded and pulled away; it was 6 minutes and 15 seconds . Please keep this in mind- it is much faster when you arrive at 3:00/3:10 than coming early and waiting for an extended time. Please do not drop off in the visitor loop, we do not have adults there for loading and unloading. Also, please take your time, and in order to keep everyone safe, please do not speed through the lots.

We hope you are staying well. Please remember that students should not come to school if they are showing ANY signs of illness, such as headache or fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, stomachache, etc.

Thank you for staying connected with us, I appreciate us working as a team for our students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Your Partner in Education,
Ms. Stacey Gatten

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Drop off and pick up procedures

This is a new building with new routes.

Your patience is critical, especially the first few days and weeks.

Please be patient- drop off and pickup takes time.

Here are Four things we need you to do during drop off and pickup:

1. Please do not plan to arrive earlier than 8:55 for drop off in the morning.

2. Do not let students out of the car before 8:55, if you arrive early you will need to keep your student(s) in the vehicle with you.

2. In the afternoon, please do not plan to come before 3:00. This will cause a traffic backup.

3. Car riders can ONLY ENTER at Adelbert, at the current Middle School entrance. You can not enter for drop off or pickup using Griswold. See map below.

4. Once in the lot, please park closely to the car in front of you, as this will allow more cars to enter the lot, and not be in the street.

Doors open at 8:55am.

The tardy bell rings at 9:10am. Any student who arrives after 9:10am must enter through the main office and sign in.

We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe.

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Building Information-

School hours are 9:10am-3:10pm.

Doors do not open until 8:55- please do not drop off early or allow students to walk early.

If you are dropping off, please hold your child in the car with you until 8:55am.

Please call the office to report your child(ren)’s absence at 284-8002 before 9:30AM. Our phone has 24-hour voicemail so that you may call and leave a message anytime. Please leave a voicemail if no one answers the phone in the office; voicemails are frequently checked and the office will receive your message.

Please make sure you always have a photo ID with you, when you come to the school, this is for the safety of our students.

The Main Office of any school building is a hub of activity. Students and staff are always on the go, in and out of the space throughout the school day.

It’s an active place for regular check-ins and meetings with students, as well as staff conferences and daily interactions with school principals and counselors. The Main Office is also a confidential space at times for conversations and interactions between school personnel and students.

Parents and caregivers are part of the equation, too. For any number of reasons, parents may be asked to come to their child’s school during the day. When that happens, parents should follow the district’s visitor procedures by using the school’s main entrance buzzer and intercom system to gain entrance to the school, and then signing in at the front desk.

If parents/caregivers do not have a meeting at the school but still need to come to the school during the day to see their child or to speak to a staff member, call-ahead notice or an appointment is required.

This ensures parents will be seen in a timely manner and upholds the safety practices of the school. To contact the Main Office, please call 440-284-8002

Our school address is: Westwood Campus, 42350 Adelbert St, Elyria, OH 44035

Our phone number will stay the same: 284-8002

Want to be a munchkin? Calling all 3rd and 4th grade students:

EHS will be putting on The Wizard of Oz this year at Elyria High School and we would love to have some district wide involvement! We are looking to recruit students interested in playing Munchkins for The Wizard of Oz.

Here is a google form where you can sign up. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWsXgpZtRrOfzUV7zixkRucr8DYwx4Nl2206AsOHTvZCfyCQ/viewform

We are looking for 3rd-6th grade students within the district. We are looking for students who are interested, available, and committed.

Feel free to reach out with any questions/ concerns you may have to:

Ms. Kalee Bondzio, Music Director 440-284-8300 x11521

Mr. Robert Graves, Director, 440-284-8300 x11120

K/2/4 Music Concert @ the Performing Arts Center

Save the Date: Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 4 will have their Music concert performance at the Performing Arts Center at Elyria High School on Tuesday March 15th. The concert starts at 7:00pm, but please plan to be there by 6:45pm (doors open at 6:30). Concert dress should be worn by all students, and if possible, avoid jeans, sweats, or tennis shoes. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Johnston or Ms. Hignett.

3rd and 4th grade testing information

March 21-4th Grade ELA Part 1

March 22-3rd Grade ELA Part 1

March 23-4th Grade ELA Part 2

March 24-3rd Grade ELA Part 2

March 25- 3rd and 4th gradeMake-Ups

March 28-4th Grade Math Part 1

March 29-3rd Grade Math Part 1

March 30-4th Grade Math Part 2

March 31-3rd Grade Math Part 2

April 4-11- 3rd and 4th Make-Ups

Test Taking Tips for Parents & Students:

Preparing your child for an upcoming test tips:

1. Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test

2. Mark testing days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place and plan your preparations.

3. The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.

4. Make sure the student is on time on the day of testing

5. Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping

6. If you child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them

Working with students who are anxious about testing:

1. Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.

2. Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.

3. Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus the mind during testing.

4. Try to use positive language when talking about expectations of the test. Do not overinflate the student’s expectations but also try to avoid negative wording (e.g. replace “you are going to fail this test if you don’t study” with “if you don’t study you aren’t going to pass this test.”)

5. Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing

Practice testing session (Become familiar with the testing system and types of questions)

Parent Resource Kit of information from Ohio Department of Education

Kindergarten/Preschool Enrollment Fair:

Saturday, March 12, 9:30-Noon at Ely School.

You can pre-register online at https://www.elyriaschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=13206213 and upload important documents ahead of time.

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Westwood is partnering with Sarris Candies for our spring fundraiser this year!

This fundraiser is all online and has just a few easy steps!

1. Visit www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com

2. Order online using our group ID which is 10-3913

3. It is important to order using your students FULL NAME so PTO can keep track!

4. Place order and Sarris will ship directly to your (or person’s ordering) door within 72 hours!

**Sale dates are 1/18/22- 4/10/22. Top seller will win GRAND PRIZE courtesy of PTO and top classroom will win classroom party!

**PTO would like to make this as easy as possible so if you have any questions or need any help please contact Ashley Hayes or Taylor McAuliffe at westwoodespto@yahoo.com!

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News from our School Nurse

Make dental health part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Drinking water after eating also helps to clear your teeth of food particles.

  • Floss every day. An adult should help children under the age of eight to floss. Older children should be ready to floss on their own.

  • Limit the number of times you eat snacks, especially the sticky ones and long lasting ones.

  • Visit a dentist regularly for a routine check up and a cleaning.

  • Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

  • Don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly, and after an illness.

Sweet snack facts:

  • Eating a lot of snacks with sugar may cause cavities.

  • Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to make acid. The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful!

  • The school nurse can help you find a dental home for your family!

Stay well.

Mrs. Rose Hess

School Nurse

Parent nights with Dr. Barlow:

Parent nights with Dr. Barlow noted in the attached flyer. The registration link to include with the flyer is, https://forms.gle/4tAk3psymu1Dd8n16.

Preregistration runs through March 10.

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