Westwood Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday, May 22, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • May 25th: Memorial Day; no school

  • Thursday, May 28th: 12:30 p.m. Clap Out Parade for all grade levels. Rain date, Friday, May 29th @12:30 p.m. Details will be shared in separate communication.

  • Week of June 1st: supply pick-up: schedule TBA

  • June 4th: last day of school for students

  • June 5th: report cards ready in Infinite Campus

All certificates, district calendar, and school calendar plus any other important papers will be mailed home to families.

The last two weeks of school are make-up/catch up days. No NEW learning will occur. Students are expected to use this time to complete work still missing.

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iXL Diagnostic Assessments

Students grades K-5 will be expected to complete the IXL diagnostics in both Reading and Math before the year's end. Teachers will be sharing information shortly but I wanted to make parents aware of this district-wide expectation. These assessments are in NO any way part of a report card grades. It is however, a good way to know a student's current areas of strength and areas of need as we prepare for next school year. Because this assessment is used as a diagnostic tool, it is essential that students take it independently and without any assistance. There will be questions students are not able to answer because the level of difficulty continually increases based on students' correct answers. Students need to simply choose "I don't know this yet" when it is a question they cannot answer.

Here are a few resources that may be of interest to better understand this assessment:


Video on accessing iXL Diagnostics:


No Place for Hate Recognition

Both Westwood and Lindsey Elementaries will be recognized for completing the "No Place for Hate" program. This consisted of students completing three activities about inclusion and kindness towards others. Students completed activities during lessons with Mrs. Cunningham as well as completing activites such as One School, One Book and completing activities for the "Different" video.

No Place for Hate will have a special "Spread the Light: No Place for Hate" celebration on Facebook Live. In order to watch the event live, attendees should head to the ADL Cleveland Facebook page on Thursday, May 28th at 11:00 AM ET where the video where be livestreamed. Anyone can watch the live video without a Facebook account. We also have a Facebook event that directs participants to the same link for those attendees with an account. Feel free to mark “going” on the Facebook event and invite any of your Facebook friends who would be interested in watching.

Congratulations to students, staff, and family members for participating and supporting these activities.

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hank you for your kind words and support of our Senior Class. Our district has planned a beautiful graduation ceremony that balances our health and safety with our desire to celebrate our seniors' accomplishments. Because they will be unable to take part in Prom and After Prom, the After Prom Committee decided to divide the money we collected through fundraising this year among all of our seniors and present them with a gift card to be included in their diploma envelopes. Would you like to help us increase the dollar amount of the gift cards? Please consider making a donation to the West Geauga After Prom. Any amount is appreciated. We only have this week to collect donations.

Please submit donations by Friday, May 22, 2020.

You can send checks made out to

"West Geauga After Prom" to:

West Geauga After Prom

PO BOX 1014

Chesterland, OH 44026

You can venmo donations to us: @westgeauga2020afterprom

Thank you all for helping us "Celebrate Our Seniors."

With sincerest regards,

West Geauga After Prom Committee

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Geauga County Library Services

GCPL will begin offering some curbside services starting May 18. Here's the link to their official press release - http://divi.geaugalibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05_08_2020_Phased_Reopenings-1.pdf. Also, they have added Stay at Home Activities and a Resource list to their regular Research Databases page, which is located at this link - http://divi.geaugalibrary.net/126-2/.

The Summer Reading Program (which will be done mainly online) will again be available to students. Watch for summer reading flyers coming soon.

This Week's Spirit Day: WG Pride Day~wear your pride & decorate your car for the parade

School Fees

Please remember school fees must be paid; families who still need to pay fees will receive a letter that explains the ways they can pay with school offices closed to the public.

If you have questions or concerns about school fees, please either contact Pam Mihalik at 729-5990 or email Pam.Mihalik@westg.org

Getting Student Supplies

Teachers are in the process of bagging up student materials; this process should be completed by the end of May. We will then communicate with parents a schedule as well as process for picking your children's belongings. In addition, the nurse is working on a process for returning all student medication to parents. This process and schedule will also be shared in the near future.

If you have a specific item that you need someone to look for in lost & found, please notifiy me ASAP. Otherwise, all items will donated to charity by the end of May.

If you have library books or items belonging to a classroom teacher, there will be a table available during student supply pick up. Please make sure to label all returned items clearly with the teacher's name.

Returning Library Books

If the weather cooperates, there will be a table during supply pick up for library books that need to be returned. Families will receive notification of all book titles that need to be returned. Families will receive a bill in the mail for any books that have been lost or damaged beyond repain.

Transportation Request

We need your help. We are trying to schedule transportation routes for the coming school year. If you will be using child care at Miss Pat's, Ava's Bright Beginnings, Heartland, Pappilion, etc for the 20-21 school year, please fill out the attached bus change form. One form per child, please.

If your child will be at Lindsey next year (grades 3-5) please send your forms to Colleen.Clucas@westg.org

If your child will be at Westwood next year (grades K-2) please send your forms to pam.mihalik@westg.org.

Please contact the transportation department at 440-729-0026 ext. 2 or Cheryl.Fowler@westg.org if you have any questions.

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Contact Information for Deborah Nanney, Principal

Below you will find my personal cell phone number. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is an emergency situation and you are unable to reach Westwood or West Geauga offices. Please use it for phone calls only (opposed to texting). Also please respect that this is my personal number and do not give it out to children or non-Westwood family members.