Westwood Elementary Newsletter

MAY 2022

Hello Families!

Quarter 4 is rolling along, this year coming to a close quickly. It feels like yesterday that we moved to our new campus! Our final day for the quarter is June 10th, and you will get one final newsletter from me in June.

We hope you can attend our Take me out to the Ballgame themed Family Night May 19th. Don't worry we are not actually playing baseball :) This event of for all of our students, and families, in grades K-4. You can read more information below and please take a moment to RSVP.

I hope you are able to watch the state of the school address by Superintendent Ann Schloss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_aGVsTuCRw&t=1s

Here is the full newsletter from the district: https://www.smore.com/r0xye

There is one calendar change for this month on May 27th, it will be a learn from home day. You can see more information in the newsletter from the district (above).

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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Happenings this Month

May 2-6-Teacher and Staff appreciation week

May 2- Drive through food pantry @ EHS

May 4- Interims

May 5- 3rd grade @ EHS to see Annie

May 11- Marcos Pizza Night

May 19- Family Night (details below)

May 27- Learn at home day

May 29- Memorial Day, no school

May 31- Field Day

WWES Family NIght

WWES Families,

We are very excited to be hosting a Family Night on May 19th.

Join us for a ‘Take me out to the Ballgame Title Family Night’.

Please plan to attend at the following times:

· Last names A-M 5:00pm-5:45pm

· Last Names N-Z 6:15pm-7:00pm

A hot dog “dinner to go” will be provided as you leave for the evening, served until we run out.

There will be fun activities, a small gift for students for attending, and memories to be made.

Please let us know if you plan attend, by clicking below, so we can plan and order food:

Drop off and pick up procedures

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.

Please make sure you are following our procedures for drop off and pickup- there is one drop off line, and the detailed map is below. Please enter off Adelbert only; cutting through the parking lot and attempting to cut in line is not fair to everyone else. Also, please take your time, and in order to keep everyone safe, please do not speed through the lots. Cars should NOT be using the elementary circle as a drop-off/pick-up point; this is why we have started placing cones to block it off. We have put this plan in place to provide the safest route for our students; we ask that you please follow those directions while being kind to the adults at drop off and pickup. If you have any questions, please call the school at (440) 284-8002.

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

Firstview Bus information

First Student offers a live tracking app called FirstView that makes it easy for parents to follow the progress of their student's bus before and after school. This is helpful to allow you to see your students bus and in the event of a delay you could get the information quickly.

You can sign up here:


News from our School Nurse

After working as a nurse in the emergency room, here are some tips I learned to help you stay safe during the nice weather ~

  • Make outdoor time a safe time – wear a helmet when riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Knee pads and elbow pads are easy to wear and add more protection. Watch for cars if riding on or near the roads.

  • Limit outdoor exposure when the pollen or mold counts are high if you have allergies. They are especially high when it’s windy.

  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin. Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it. If your dog goes into the woods, be careful of the oils getting on their fur and giving it to you when petting them. No not burn poison ivy or other poison weeds as the oils can get into your lungs.

  • Stinging insects are back – If you are stung, remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress. If trouble breathing, severe swelling or fainting occurs, call 911 or an emergency number right away. Ice helps the pain and swelling.

  • Animal bites – don’t disturb a sleeping dog or a dog that’s eating! Wash wounds well with soap and water and call a doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you get bit. A tetanus or rabies shot may be needed plus antibiotics.

  • Ticks are already a problem in our area – use tweezers to grasp as close to the head as possible and pull the tick away from where it is attached. Call the doctor for symptoms of a rash or fever. Use flea and tick medicine on your pets that go outside in the grass. Check them for ticks too, they like to burrow into the areas around the ears and neck. You may not see them but you may feel the lump. They are the size of a small appleseed.

  • Make sure you drink plenty of water, especially when it’s hot. Dehydration can make you dizzy and nauseated. Eating fruits and vegetables helps with staying hydrated too.

  • Have fun and stay active! You’ll feel better physically and mentally if you go outside and enjoy the nice weather. Take the dog for a walk, it keeps them happy too:)

Stay well.

Mrs. Rose Hess

School Nurse

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