Weekend Wire

September 20, 2020


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Roadrunners, We Are Proud of YOU!

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09/02-09/23--Dining for Dollars--Pieology

10/01--Students Return to Campus--SUBJECT TO CHANGE

10/01 - School Site Council - subject to change

10/12--Fun Run Kick-Off

10/23--Virtual Fun Run

News From Our Principal

Sept. 17, 2020 (School Reopening Oct. 1)

Hello Westwood Families!

I’m sure many of you have already read the district’s email regarding reopening elementary schools for on-campus learning for those who chose this option. This letter is a follow-up to the communication shared by PUSD including Westwood as one of 10 elementary schools returning for on-campus learning. All students who chose the Virtual Learning option will remain virtual learners. For those who are our on-campus learners, I wanted to follow up with some more site-specific information.

We are excited that we will be welcoming Roadrunners back onto campus on Thursday, October 1! We will have our AM group of students here from 8:00-10:45, and our PM group here 11:45-2:30. The hour in between groups will allow us to clean and sanitize classrooms and high touch surfaces around campus. On campus students will work virtually for the balance of their day when students are not on campus. All K - 5 students can expect to receive a total of 250 synchronous and asyncrounous instructional minutes per day.

A sample schedule for Westwood can be found here (final schedules will be sent by teachers when finalized): Sample Schedule

Staff is currently working on creating our AM and PM groups following these parameters:

  • All students currently enrolled in ESS will be placed in AM sessions so they can go directly from class to ESS (ESS will be open from 10:50-6:00).

  • Students requiring district transportation will be placed in AM sessions

  • Siblings will be placed together

While working within these parameters, we are doing our very best to balance the AM/PM classes with regard to factors such as academic and social/emotional needs, services, and interventions. We understand that you need to plan your schedules, and we will let parents know what session their child will be in early next week.

The WWES staff is also working to set up classrooms to ensure appropriate distancing and safety measures. Specific protocols will be in place for arrival, dismissal, and walking around campus. More detailed information about these pieces will be coming as we finalize plans. For now, please keep the following in mind:

  • PUSD is requiring all students Preschool through 12th grade to wear masks at school, to provide increased protection for staff and students and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Students will have a mask break outside during the 2 hours and 25 minutes they are learning in class.

  • All students and staff will be screened with temperatures checked before entering the campus.

  • School meals will continue to be free for students, and more information about meal distribution will be coming.

While preparing for our reopening, you can review the PUSD Reopening Guidebook 2.0 for health and safety protocols, including symptom screening, handwashing, physical distancing, face coverings, sanitizing, and what happens in the case of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

We also ask for your assistance in preparing your children for a successful return to campus. Please review the following CDC resources with your children and have them practice washing their hands properly and wearing a mask for longer periods of time:

We know school reopening is exciting, but it can also be an anxiety producing event. Please know we will be ready to welcome your children into a safe learning environment, and we are here to answer your questions and support each of our Roadrunners. Our Westwood staff is amazing, and we will have our campus, classrooms, and schedules ready for October 1. You may not see our smiles under our masks and things will look different, but we will be here excitedly waiting for our Roadrunners on October 1! For Further information regarding our reopening plans please review the following document.

WWES Re-Opening Plan

Thank you all for your positive words and support as we work through the details of this transition.

Jennie Mikels,


Roadrunner News

School Site Council Election Time

It is time to vote! Thank you for taking a moment to select our School Site Council community members. Click link for ballot. https://forms.gle/d9r34RNS9U4J2co59

News From the Library September 2020

September 2020

I wanted to try something a little different to kick off this school year. So let’s celebrate your creativity! International Dot Day is on September 15th, but it’s worth celebrating all all year long. Think about ways to use your special talents to make our school community a better place. Is it an act of kindness, a word of encouragement? How are YOU going to make your mark to make this world a better place?

Enjoy this Youtube video clip from the author of The Dot, Peter H. Reynolds, celebrating the10th anniversary of the publication of his book and The Dot Movement that has been going on since.

Mrs. Whitelock’s Read Aloud of, The Dot

Create your own inspired dot and respond on Flipgrid. Tell your friends what inspired you to.

Welcome Back Video. Take a tour of the library and notice some of the changes that occurred during the shut down. We have new signage to make finding books easier and brand new furniture generously donated by the PTA! Students will love this redesigned space once it’s safe to reopen.

Just a friendly reminder to please return any library books you may have from when school shut down. A box will be placed in front of the library for easy curbside drop off on Monday - Friday from 8:00-2:00. Please contact Mrs. Whitelock if you have any questions.

Thank you and best wishes to get the school year off to a fantastic start!

Mrs. Nancy Whitelock, Librarian at Westwood

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September is more than halfway over!! Have you ordered your yearbook to get the 10% discount? That's right-10% discount if ordered by September 30th!

We may not know what the 2020-2021 school year will look like but we will have something to remember it all by! TreeRing yearbooks include 2 free customizable pages per student and for every yearbook ordered, a tree will be planted!

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

Or scan here:

2019-2020 Yearbooks

If you ordered a 2019-2020 yearbook and didn't have the opportunity to pick it up please email Lisa at lducote8@gmail.com to arrange a pick up.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Westwood Elementary book fair is now live! Purchase your books online and have them delivered to your door. Ask your teachers at back to school night what books they’ll be reading this year and get your own copy! Each year the fair brings in hundreds of new books for the teachers and the library. Use this link to support the school with your purchase!

Dining for Dollars--Pieology

No time to cook? Get dinner for the family and earn money for the PTA with our Pieology Pizza promo. Now through September 23
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