WHES Newsletter

Monday, February 22nd - Friday, February 26th, 2021

Hello Westport Community,


We heard you! You are receiving a lot of emails and calls from the District, Superintendent, school, etc. So, we have modified our general mass communication protocol for Westport. It is:


1- Schoology Group updates will be for quick updates about events, free resources or training. (ACTION: Please make sure you are a member of our Westport Heights Community Schoology Group. GO to LMS.LAUSD.NET Access CODE: F4SD-8VW5-M2FMJ)


2- WHES Newsletter will come out only as needed for general long-term information. For easy access to our latest newsletter, just go to our school website at WESTPORTHEIGHTS.ORG. No new news means no new newsletter. For calendar highlights use Google Calendar. We send the newsletter by automated email, text, and phone call if you have an updated Emergency Card on file.


3- Google Calendar will be available as a general calendar for what is happening at the school. The office, principal, counselor, and community rep will add to the calendar the items that are events school-wide. (ACTION: You can add Google Calendar to your device using this link https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=bXltYWlsLmxhdXNkLm5ldF9jbGFzc3Jvb205YzQ1MjdiM0Bncm91cC5jYWxlbmRhci5nb29nbGUuY29t)


4. Chat with the Principal will not be weekly. It will be as information or resources need to be shared with the community.


5. School-Wide Assembly for all WHES students, staff, and families. The regular schedule will be every Monday at 9am. This assembly connects the community with events, awards, and school reminders. (Note: When a holiday falls on a Monday, the next Tuesday at 8:30am will be the time of the assembly.)


6. Your child's teacher will still continue to use their regular methods of communication they have been using all year. They have office hours during the school week.


If you have any questions about how, where, and when the school-wide communications will go out, please contact the school.


Kind regards,

Mrs. Hughes


ALL WEEK:

  • FREE K-12th Virtual Tutoring from LAUSD through June reminder. Details in WHES Newsletter
  • Important Student Document Submittal in Parent Portal. See details in WHES Newsletter


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • LAUSD Parent Webinar: Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Dr. Doug Fisher on Thursday, February 25th (3-minute video about the playbook HERE) No registration required, just click LINK here or in the flyer below




DAILY EVENTS OF THE WEEK:


MONDAY 02/22/21 -

  • 9:00 am School-Wide Assembly (an assembly for ALL STUDENTS)
  • 9:30 am LA Opera Theater Practice (Mrs. Cocozza's Class)
  • 1:25 pm - 2:45 pm Teacher PD & Faculty Meeting - UCLA CGI Workshop

TUESDAY 02/23/21 -
  • 11 am LA Opera Theater/Music Class (Mr. Faber's Class)
  • 2:00 pm Weekly Tech Meeting for Principal and Select Staff

WEDNESDAY 02/24/21 -
  • 3:00 am - 4:00 pm Weekly Community of School Principal Meeting (Principal Hughes Unavailable)


THURSDAY 02/25/21 -
  • 2:30 pm School Site Council Meeting All of the School Community are Invited to Attend; WHES Comprehensive Needs Assessment due from all stakeholders
  • PARENT GUARDIAN SURVEY (Link here: https://forms.gle/PhHJSXYV6RNiPTQh7) CERTIFICATED SURVEY (Link here: https://forms.gle/Y3s86ixzw7LmyEGb6)
    CLASSIFIED STAFF SURVEY (Link here: https://forms.gle/nhzq81NadE9iUdZv5)

    Please complete and submit by Thursday, February 25, 2021, to include your voice in the School Site Council decision-making. Employees must log in with LAUSD single sign-on to access their survey.


FRIDAY 02/26/21 -



UPCOMING WEEK: (March 1, 2021 - March 5, 2021)

  • Monday 03/01/21 - Morning Assembly at 9 am Success Ceremony for 2nd and 3rd grade students; Eddy Awards Nomination due to Mrs. Hughes; Teacher Verification Due to Mrs. Hughes; IABs for 3rd - 5th in ELA and Math this week. PD and Staff Meeting: Including Testing and EL Training of Teachers; Cotsen; Teacher Eddy Awards Results and/or Vote
  • Tuesday 03/02/21 -Field trip: Virtual Blue Ribbon Children's Festival (Mrs. Cocozza's Class)
  • Friday 03/05/21 - Chat with Principal TOPIC: Comprehensive Needs Assessment
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Westport is Working Remotely

Superintendent Beutner, informed the LAUSD community that the Board was supporting the state and LA County's recommendations for social distancing. As you are aware, we are still on a Safer at Home order until the data shows it is safe to return to in person learning.

Our campus is closed and US Postal Mail and School mail will not be delivered.


Even though the campus is closed, instruction is still happening.


  • Teachers may be reached through the platform they sent to each family.
  • Main Office may still be reached at our regular school number: 310-645-5611
  • The district has purchased Amazon Connect to relay the office phones to our remote work location. The office can connect you to any out of the classroom personnel by email or phone. Our office hours are 8am - 4pm.
  • HERE IS OUR WHES CONTACT DIRECTORY FOR STAFF

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SfYWotOHZ6SrSBTPMDxoa52KGxbrld-1HpjDP7YEAUc/edit?usp=sharing


Thank you for your patience during these very different times.


Kind regards,

Mrs. J. Hughes

WHES Comprehensive Needs Assessment PARENT/GUARDIAN

We need your input as a parent/guardian stakeholder of WHES. Please complete it by Tuesday, February 23, 2021 so that the data can help form the decisions of our School Site Council.

Information for this week's highlights:

School Accountability Report Card (SARC) 2019-2020

This is to ensure all parents receive a copy of the SARC for Westport. You may access the SARC for any California public school both through the Internet and on paper (upon request to the Main Office). Click the link above. Search Westport Heights

Please submit these TWO IMPORTANT SCHOOL DOCUMENTS BELOW

Parents should submit the two documents on the Parent Portal under their child(ren)'s name tab. Per policy, these and other completed school forms should ONLY be uploaded on the Parent Portal, other electronic methods are not secure.


Links to the fillable online forms are below for you to complete. The school will have access to the Student Enrollment website to retrieve and download the forms submitted by parents.

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STAR AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FROM 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM. Mon - Spanish Tue - Eco Wed- Ninja Cardio Thur- Art Friday - Chess CONTACT COACH BRANDON: BRANDONJ@STARINC.ORG 310-294-0098

STAR ENLACE POR PROGRAMA DE ENRIQUECIMIENTO PARA NIÑOS

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA INSCRIBIRSE GRATIS PARA ACTIVIDADES DISPONIBLES DE 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM. Mon - español Mar - animales Mié- Ninja Cardio Thur- Arte Viernes - Ajedrez CONTACTO CON EL ENTRENADOR BRANDON: BRANDONJ@STARINC.ORG 310-294-0098

How to Access the After School Enrichment

Hello Westport Heights STAR families!

Thank you for joining our virtual afterschool program. Zoom Room opens at 2:40PM with class starting at 2:45 PM.

For access, please login to Schoology, and click on COURSES, click on Westport Heights STAR, under MATERIALS (it should be the default TAB), you will find a link to the Westport Heights STAR Zoom Room.

*Please have each student login from their own device if your household has more than one student.

We look forward to seeing you later today!

Brandonj@starinc.org 3102940098


¡Hola familias Westport Heights Star!

Gracias por unirse a nuestro programa extracurricular virtual. Zoom Room abre a las 2:40 p.m. y la clase comienza a las 2:45 p.m.

Para acceder, inicie sesión en Schoology y haga clic en CURSOS, haga clic en Westport Heights STAR, debajo de MATERIALES (debería ser la página predeterminada), encontrará un enlace a Westport Heights STAR Zoom Room.

* Por favor, asegure que cada estudiante inicie sesión desde su propio dispositivo si su hogar tiene más de un estudiante.

¡Esperamos verte hoy más tarde!

Brandonj@starinc.org 3102940098

Chat with the Principal Link

Click here to join our Chat with the Principal

Westport Heights Elementary School: Core Values

Westport Heights Elementary School's core values commit that “WHES is a Caring and Collaborative Community that nurtures Creativity and inspires Critical Thinking for all learners. WHES Cares.


Caring can be shown in many ways at a school. One of the ways to share Kudos across our community is to give KUDOS. When you care, you can "...spend time emphasizing the positive experiences... Just like you say “thank you” to a cashier for your change (aka “just doing their job”), giving a quick appreciation is polite, respectful, and an important part of building...relationships. It’s nice to know you are appreciated, even when it’s just the smaller moments!" [excerpt from KudosNow.com] See our Kudos of the Week below to highlight a few of those moments at WHES...

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Teacher and Staff Announcements and Reminders

All Staff please read the announcements below for any information which pertains to you:


All Staff:


  1. Thank you to those staff members who join our weekly assembly on Mondays at 9 am. The assembly serves the purpose of sharing information about our school community. In order to maintain a common message, please make sure to include the 9 am - 9:20 am slot in your calendar. The expectation is that all will join to help build community and be on the same page with school focus and goals.


Teachers:

  1. Edulastic Testing Window #1 is 11/2/20 - 12/16/20; Testing Window #2 2/22/21 - 3/5/21; and Testing Window #3 5/24/21 - 6/4/2. Please make sure to give this formative assessment to all of your students to have data points for progress monitoring in math, if you have not already. Inside the LAUSD ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS GROUP, you will find the blueprints for Edulastic by BOY, MOY, and EOY Testing Windows
  2. Success Ceremony Name Submittal, Ms. Stark, Ms. Mona, and the principal use the student names to prepare certificates, assembly slides, and parent contact. Please turn in names for the Student Success Ceremony the week before the assembly so that it can run smoothly. Next group 4th and 5th grades for February 22nd assembly, please submit names by tomorrow for next Tuesday's assembly.

  3. Lessons To Support Black History Month Teaching

Each year, February provides an opportunity to introduce classroom discussions and reflections around the role that Black Americans have played in shaping our nation. Because Black history is an integral part of American history, we are sharing resources from iCivics, as well as partner organizations, to support learning about Black history this month and year-round.


Also, Discovery has resources purchased by LAUSD through 2022-2023. Sign in through Google using your LAUSD single sign-on to access African American Discovery Channel HERE There is a 5-minute video sharing the overview of the resource HERE

4. HAND2MIND MATH TRAINING:


This 30-minute asynchronous session will introduce you to the MATH Student Kit and instructional materials. We’ll unpack the contents of the kit, explore the kit materials, model an activity, and discuss ways to integrate the kit materials and activities in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. It is recommended that teachers have their grade level kit with them as they view the training video.

Asynchronous Videos for TK - 6th grade teachers

MyPLN Keyword: Hand2Mind Math

Teacher discrepancies with Hand2Mind Teacher Kits can be reported by submitting the google form at https://forms.gle/1bqzPLxcSw4MgqrG7 (See Newsletter above for missing student kit link)


5. Edulastic

When: February 23rd and 25th from 3:00 to 4:15 pm

Who: All TK-5/6 Teachers Administering LAUSD Edulastic CFA #2

What: Do you have questions about Administering the Edulastic CFAs? Demonstrations in the platform will be provided on some of the features students will need to use to show their work or provide their answer? In addition, time for tips and tricks and best practices will be shared from those in the session for the administration of the LAUSD Edulastic CFAs. Leave with additional resources to support you in a successful administration.

Links for Registration are in our Westport Teacher Schoology Group:

· February 23rd from 3 pm to 4:15 pm:

· February 25th from 3 pm to 4:15 pm:

LAUSD CFA #2 Testing Window Opens: February 22nd, 2021

6. Facilitating the “Choral Counting” Routine Online

Check out the blog post on Choral Counting Online. They addressed the challenges with this instructional routine in particular.


Web Link


Facilitating the Choral Counting Routine ...


https://illustrativemathematics.blog/2020/08/25/facilitating-the-choral-counting-routine-online/


7. Doug Fisher Teacher PD (i.e. The Presenter from our Pupil Free Day Video)


The Dr. Fisher Webinar and 12th Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference Flyers have been added to the Resources folder in Schoology. The flyers are in English and Spanish. Please share the information with your parents. A "Save the Date" Blackboard Connect went out yesterday to parents for the Dr. Fisher webinar. We will send two more messages in the next two weeks. Please email me if you have any questions at susanna.furfari@lausd.net. Thank you for all you do!

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Ms Stark's Virtual Office aka The Calm Room

Everything in room has clickable links with various calming strategies and tools like deep breathing exercises, relaxing music, and sensory games. This will be a good resource for students experiencing frustration and stress with remote learning.