Westwood Elementary

Principal's Newsletter - July 2019

Summer is here!

It's already July! As you dive deeper into summer, I'd like to share some resources I've come across in the last couple of weeks to keep learning going on all summer long (see below). In addition, I'd like to encourage you to visit our website periodically for updates regarding our 19-20 schedules and other news.

As a reminder, our Parent/Guardian Survey is still available. Please take a few moments to let us know how we can improve our services and programs for you and your child(ren): https://forms.gle/QmLsBZtGNytdNsci9

Finally, we have started a campaign to raise funds to install water bottle filling stations. MDUSD has provided our first one, recently installed in the cafeteria, and we would like to see them placed throughout our campus! Please help us spread the word by sharing the link with family, friends, and employers: https://tapwaterwatch.com/campaigns/westwood-elementary-school/

I wish you all a safe 4th of July holiday, and enjoy the rest of the summer! We will see you in August!

Contra Costa Library Summer Programs

Complete the pledge card, and get a Summer Reading Passport at our local libraries. Also, did you know that as a Contra Costa County Library member (it's free to sign up), you can get FREE BART tickets and FREE entry to museums, activity center, etc. all over the Bay Area? Just click on the Discover and Go link on their webiste: http://ccclib.org/ You also get access to FREE e-books and resources, and check out Early Literacy Kits for your youngest readers! It's so easy!

Read, Read, Read!

Check out these fun ways to engage with books all summer long!

Read Across America website: https://www.seussville.com/parents/

Reading is Fundamental: https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/calendars - be sure to check out all of the activities under their "Tools" tab!

Summer at Heather Farm!

Join The Gardens at Heather Farm for the Education Program’s Adult Summer Series, Wetland Ecology, on Thursday evenings from 4:30-6pm from June 13th through August 1st at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Get to know about wetland scientists and bird rehabilitators in our area. You will start out by learning about wetland birds, their rescues, and the rehabilitation process from the International Bird Rescue director, JD Bergeron. Then, find out how our wetlands are being monitored and restored from our local DVC professor, Marci Cole Ekberg and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) wildlife specialist, Virginia Guhin. Finally, become advocates locally as you continue to appreciate these invaluable habitats with SF Bay NERR director, Michael Vasey. We will be using our nearby Heather Farm Pond as a natural laboratory to practice monitoring, sketching, and journaling the changes throughout the summer. Field trips to the restoration and research sites will be included, times TBD. This series is especially pertinent to teachers who applied for the NOAA grant this Spring and will help guide their course content and ideas for the fall. I will be working with the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI), Project WET, and NOAA education specialists to provide units recommended for grade level focus areas.

Concerned about having your hands full with your little ones who are out of school? No worries! We will be teaching children in 1st-4th grades, concurrently, in the Wetlands Detectives Series. Their nature classroom topics will fit right in with the Adult evening topics. By the end of the program, they will become certified Wetland Detectives!

Now Accepting School Site Council Nominations

Being a member of the SSC gives you the opportunity to be a part of the decisions that drive our success! The Council meets monthly to review/revise our Single Plan for Student Achievement, and to make related budgeting decisions. Pick up a nomination form in the office, or simply email Mrs. Klinkner at klinknern@mdusd.org if you're interested.

Mark Your Calendars

Save the Dates:

  • Wildcat Walk-Thru (August 9th; 9-12, 1-3)
  • Back-to-School Parent Conference (August 10th; 8a-1p at the Loma Vista Adult Ed. Center)
  • First Day of School (August 15th)

Nancy Klinkner, Principal

Westwood Elementary, established in 1958, is a K-5 public school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, with an enrollment of 315 students. In addition to our 11 General Education classrooms, we also host 3 classes for students enrolled in our Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program, and 2 classes for students with moderate/severe disabilities. We are a diverse and caring community, with a dedicated staff and amazing students!