Weekly Update


December 3, 2021

Dear Families:

Next week we will begin our WSES Giving Tree Food and Sock Drive. Our Giving Tree offers our WSES community an opportunity to think of those in need. Students may bring non perishable food items or new socks and place them at the Giving Tree in the library. Please see this list for suggested food items that are local shelters need: Suggested Donation List

Important Dates

12/3 No School

12/6 No School

12/7 Report Cards Go Home In BackPacks

12/7 Lions Vision Screening

12/8 Lockdown Drill with Hood River County and City Law Enforcement on site

12/8-12/16 Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers will reach out to schedule.

12/20 Winter Break Begins

1/4/21 School Resumes

Virtual Read Aloud: Hot Cocoa and a Read Aloud with Ms. Kuykendall and Ms. Sarai in English & Spanish. All Hot Cocoa supplies will be sent home with students the day of the event. Thursday, December 16th at 6:15 Pm. The Virtual Meeting Link will be sent out to families soon.

Repeat Information - Upcoming Lockdown Drill: On 12/8/21 we will practice our Lock Down Drill with Hood River County and City Law Enforcement staff. Westside Elementary School has emergency drills each month, including two lockdown drills over the course of the school year. Other emergency drills include earthquake and fire drills. Emergency drills allow us to practice the response to specific emergency conditions. Our teachers take time at the beginning of the year and again prior to a drill to teach students the drill procedures. If you would like to review this lesson or read it along with your students, you can locate it here. During a lockdown drill students move away from sight, maintain silence, and do not open the door. Adults recover students from the hallway, lock the classroom door, turn out the lights, move away from sight, maintain silence, do not open the door. Students are always released from a lockdown by law enforcement. An officer will unlock the door and release students from the lockdown.

Early Pick Up: Families please notify our front office prior to picking your child up early from school. This will give our staff time to call for your child and gather their belongings.

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WELCOME to the HR Basketball Club!!

HRBC Registration is open Now-December 14th.

This season K-2nd and 3rd - 6th grade basketball will be run through the HR Basketball Club and the Basketball Board.

The league will begin in January 2022 and feature a K-2nd, 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grade league for both boys and girls.

It's a 6-week season.

Games are scheduled on Saturdays between 9 am - 1 pm.

Practices start: January 3rd

First Season Game: January 15th

Last Season Game: February 19th

Here is the website for registration


Here is the flyer:


There is also a scholarship program available KKIDS - Keeping Kids Involved in Developmental Sports. www.gorgekkids.org.

Please print as many applications as you need for students in your school. We at KKIDS rely on Principals, Teachers, and Student Advocates to help promote this scholarship program to keep kids in sports and programs running! I have attached a copy of the scholarship.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.

Thank you,

Rita Ketler

HRBC President

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Would you like to help purchase books for the library, buy classroom materials, fund assemblies and more? Help support the Westside PTO at no cost to you by downloading and using the following apps. Be sure to select Westside Elementary PTO as your charity!

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Covid Safety Protocols

  • Parents/guardians are to send healthy students to school & keep students home when ill.

  • Parents/guardians will screen students for primary COVID symptoms prior to sending students to school. Students must not come to school if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if they have a fever. Primary COVID-19 symptoms include the following:

    • Fever of 100.4oF or higher

    • Chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    • Difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or loss of smell

  • Students and staff will need to adhere to daily use of masks, maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the greatest extent possible in all indoor settings and buses and engage in frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer.

  • When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.

Contact Information


WSES Principal

(541) 386 -1535 extension 4790

Dan Barnard ⎜Vice Principal ⎜dan.barnard@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-387-5057 ext 4792

Ashley Fogle Secretary/Bookkeeper⎜ashley.fogle@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-386-1535 ext 4795

Erica Torres ⎜Bilingual Secretary⎜erica.torres@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-386-1535 ext 4796

Leah Yost ⎜Student Support Specialist ⎜leah.yost@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-387-1535 ext 4711

Sarai Benavides ⎜Family Engagement Specialist ⎜sarai.benavides@hoodriver.k12.or.us

541-387-1535 ext 4737