Westwood Updates

May 15th - 20th, 2016


Study Trips:

Ø Wednesday, May 18, 8:45am-1:30pm, all 3


grade to Safari Park – BUS

Ø Thursday, May 19, 8:45am-12:30pm, 2


grade Thomas to Roynon – BUS

Assemblies and Special Events:

Ø Monday, May 16-23, before school Shoes With Heart collects shoe donations. – Front of School

Ø Tuesday, May 17, 6:30pm, 5


grade Band Concert for parents and families – MPR

Ø Wednesday, 18, 9:45am Band performance for 4


grade. - MPR

Ø Friday, May 20, classes visit PTA Art Show. Schedule to come. – MPR

Ø Friday, May 20, 12:45-2pm, Mr. Karadashian’s class, Architecture Show for parents in classroom.

Ø Friday, May 20, PTA Art Show and Silent Auction, 2-3:30pm and 5-7pm - MPR.


Ø Avenues has ended for this year. Thank you, Laila Akkad for a great year. She’ll be back next year.

Ø Intermediate Reading (Maryam Vatankhah) and Writing Support (Beatriz Cruz-Rivera) last day is May 27.

Ø Lounge Respect for May: TK & K

Looking Ahead:

Ø May 30, Memorial Day Holiday, no school.

Ø May 31 & June 1, Mr. Karadashian’s class Fairy Tale Puppet Shows – F-16

Ø June 3, PTA Twice Upon a Time Book Swap – MPR

Ø June 8, 10-11am, 5


grade Promotion Day – Blacktop

Ø June 9, Minimum Day, last day of school. Dismissal at 11:20am

The next All Team Workshop is Wednesday, May 18th, 2:20-3:20pm.

Meetings are on the first and third Wednesday of each month, normally in MPR.

Good Citizens Due 5/20/16

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Introducing the "Music Wall"

Thank you to our Stacey, Karen, and Lori for creating a music wall for all to use. Introduce the wall and proper ways to play with this Westwood Way lesson.

Last Day of Impact is Friday, May 27th.

Student Support & Counseling

As the year winds down, so will classroom visits from Lindsay and Juhi.

Please take a look at their proposed schedule here:Final Westwood Way and Second Step Lessons

As a reminder, these class lessons and reinforces to our school wide teacher shared Westwood Way Lessons. This week's Westwood Way lesson once again guides students through self reflection. Click here to share with your class.

Lastly, Juhi will continue to coordinate Wednesday Lunch Games for all Roadrunners. This week, invite your students to join her on the field for "Running Tic Tac Toe"


The newly formed Dads' Club wants to support WW with action whether it being building "something" or supporting students through play. They are not a fundraising entity such as PTA or Foundation;they are basically a group of dads looking to help our students while building connections with other dads and kids. - Awesome!

Tuesday Recess-

For the remaining Tuesdays, our Dad volunteers will be out leading kickball at lunch recess. Please share this invitation with your students. (Click to open Voki Commercial for students)

Project Build #1: Buddy Bench - Feedback Needed

Vision: create a Buddy Bench (or two) for our students

Why? Promote frinedship building (click here for latest research and details)

Take a look at the Buddy Bench samples below. Email your feedback including pros/cons / thoughts to Shaylene.

Goal: Have Buddy Bench in place before the last day of school

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Teaching and Learning:

ELA Resource: Read Works

Positives of this site:

1-easy to find articles that identify specific strategies CCSS (figurative language...)

2-multiple lexiles for differentiation

3- easy to register (FREE)

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Learning

This Edutopia article connects designing transformational learning opportunities with our year long conversations on putting meaning into lessons-


Tech Tools -

Check out Kiddle- it is a visual search engine that can really help your students understand concepts and terms. -


PUSH NOTIFICATIONS FOR PUDS APP: Christine Paik created a short video demonstrating how to send push notifications to the PUSD app.