WHES News-letter

Monday, April 12th - Friday, April 16th, 2021

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Hello Westport Community,

We have a few news highlights this week for you.


  • “School is opening April 19th (Teachers); April 20th (PAL-1st); April 21st (2nd/3rd); April 22nd (4th/5th)! Parents get the required baseline COVID test for each child, for whom you have chosen to send to campus for in-person learning, by going to dailypass.lausd.net so that you may enter Westport campus.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The COVID test, required to enter any LAUSD campus, cannot be older than 7 days before your first day on campus. After the first baseline test, each student will take the COVID test weekly to continue to come on campus for hybrid instruction. NOTE: If you elected to not send your child to campus, then you do not have to take the COVID test.”


  • This is the last Monday Morning assembly at 9am time slot. Moving forward, the assemblies will be in the afternoon during the 12pm hour. (TBD this week if recorded or live assembly format)


MONDAY 04/12/21 -

  • 9:00 am School-Wide Assembly Student Success Ceremony for nominated 4th and 5th
  • 9:30 am Re-Opening School Staff Run Through- Plant Manager
  • 10:30 am PSA and Principal Meeting
  • 11:00 am Principal Debrief with Select Teacher
  • 11:30pm LD West Additional Reopening Meeting with All Elementary Principals
  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Teacher PD Announcements: School Reopening Updates; UCLA CGI Coach Email from Ms. Shanté; Preview Schedule for Pupil Free Day including Student Check-In 30 minute virtual; Classroom Schedules resubmit deadline
  • 2:30pm OPTIONAL Teacher Meeting for Instructional Planning and Questions
  • 3:00 pm - Tech Meeting for Principal and Select Staff

TUESDAY 04/13/21 -

  • Cotsen Classroom Observations and Interviews: Teachers see previously emailed schedule
  • 9 am Re-Opening School Staff Run Through - Office (New MOVED Date)
  • 12 pm - 12:30 pm - 5th Grade Lunch Bunch w/ Ms. Stark and Mrs. Blanca
  • 12pm WHES Reopening Town Hall Meeting Mrs. Collins' and Mr. McGurty's Families
  • 2:00 pm Budget Meeting #2 with Fiscal, SAA, and Title I, and PACE - JH Unavailable

WEDNESDAY 04/14/21 -

  • 9am - 12pm LD West Principal Meeting
  • Cotsen Classroom Observations and Interviews: Teachers see previously emailed schedule
  • 12:30pm Crisis Team Meeting
  • 1pm Re-Opening School Staff Run Through- Nurse
  • 2:00 pm WHES Town Hall Reopening Meeting: TK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Families
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Weekly Community of School Principal Meeting (Principal Hughes Unavailable)

THURSDAY 04/15/21

  • Re-Opening School Staff Run Through - Supervision
  • 2pm WHES Town Hall Reopening Meeting: 2nd and 3rd Grade Families

FRIDAY 04/16/21 -

  • 1:00 pm COVID-19 Task Force Meeting
  • Warning Notices Due to Principal for Review
  • 2pm WHES Town Hall Reopening Meeting: 4th and 5th Grade families
  • Perfect Attendance GAME Day

UPCOMING WEEK: (April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021)

  • Monday 04/19/21 - PUPIL FREE DAY - All staff to report to campus for work for the remainder of the school year. Students will have a 30 minute Welcome Student Check-In Meeting (Virtual with Teacher) ONLY on this day and are not expected to attend any other Zoom instruction.

  • Tuesday 04/20/21 - 5th Grade Lunch Bunch @ 12pm (Tentative based on BTB schedule);
8:00am PAL, TK, Kinder, and 1st start Hybrid Instruction if previously chosen by families

  • Wednesday 04/21/21
8:15am 2nd and 3rd grades start in-person Instruction if previously chosen by families

  • Thursday 04/22/21 -
8:30am 4th and 5th grades start in-person Instruction if previously chosen by families

  • Friday 04/23/21 - 5th Grade Lunch Bunch @ 12pm (Tentative based on new schedule with BTB)
All students attend continuing their staggered start times of 8am, 8:15am, and 8:30am
TOWN HALL / Chat with the Principal Link

Click here to join our Chat with the Principal /WHES Town Hall


Parents should submit the two documents on the Parent Portal under their child(ren)'s name tab. Per policy, these and other completed school forms should ONLY be uploaded on the Parent Portal, other electronic methods are not secure.

Links to the fillable online forms are below for you to complete. The school will have access to the Student Enrollment website to retrieve and download the forms submitted by parents.

Westport Heights Elementary School: Core Values

Westport Heights Elementary School's core values commit that “WHES is a Caring and Collaborative Community that nurtures Creativity and inspires Critical Thinking for all learners. WHES Cares.

Caring can be shown in many ways at a school. One of the ways to share Kudos across our community is to give KUDOS. When you care, you can "...spend time emphasizing the positive experiences... Just like you say “thank you” to a cashier for your change (aka “just doing their job”), giving a quick appreciation is polite, respectful, and an important part of building...relationships. It’s nice to know you are appreciated, even when it’s just the smaller moments!" [excerpt from KudosNow.com] See our Kudos of the Week below to highlight a few of those moments at WHES...

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Teacher and Staff Announcements and Reminders

All Staff please read the announcements below for any information which pertains to you:

All Staff:

  1. When we begin our new schedule the week of April 19th, Monday Assemblies will be either recorded for students to watch or done virtually in the afternoon. Please attend our all-staff meeting on Monday, April 12th at 1:15pm to hear the new schedules and give final input.
  2. All staff, who are currently working remotely from home, are to report back to campus for in-person and remote learning duties on Monday April 19th at 8am. There will be mandatory PUPIL FREE DAY Meeting for all staff on this day. Schedule will be emailed to you. If you are not reporting to work due to illness, please be sure to contact the school by email and phone call. Please also give us the job number for your substitute, if applies.
  1. Classified Evaluations are due over the next month. Please look for an email regarding your evaluation from Mrs. Hughes from Mrs. Isabel.


  1. Success Ceremony Name Submittal, Ms. Stark, Ms. Mona, and the principal use the student names to prepare certificates, assembly slides, and parent contact. Please turn in names for the Student Success Ceremony the week before the assembly so that it can run smoothly. Next group 2nd and 3rd for April 19th assembly, please submit names for next week by tomorrow end of day on Monday.

  2. The scheduled CGI Workshop for April 19th has been moved to April 26th. Please check for an email from Mrs. Isabel that forwards the directions on how to get the link for the April 26th meeting. Please request the link from the contact person in the email.

  3. Please submit your Warning Notices for the third trimester by Friday, April 16th to Principal and cc Mrs. Isabel.

  4. The District sends instructional newsletters. Please click the link below for access to the document where the Newsletters will be maintained for you to find pertinent information such as Assessment extensions, training, etc. Please note you may only gain access when you sign in to Google with your LAUSD single sign-on and password.

Link to Instructional Newsletters: HERE

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Ms Stark's Virtual Office aka The Calm Room

Everything in room has clickable links with various calming strategies and tools like deep breathing exercises, relaxing music, and sensory games. This will be a good resource for students experiencing frustration and stress with remote learning.