Westridge Family Notes

Westridge Elementary School | August 12, 2022

Dear Westridge Families,

We are very excited to welcome the 2022-2023 School Year.

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Parenting With Love and Logic is a set of parenting techniques that have been around for over 40 years. (since 1977) These are simple techniques that offer parents additional tools to help raise responsible and respectful children. We all love our children and want them to succeed. These strategies help guide parents along that journey.

Facilitator: Jillian Robbins (Westridge 1st grade teacher) Jillian is a trained Love and Logic facilitator who has had the privilege of attending training sessions with the authors of Love and Logic. She is passionate about these techniques and has generously offered to facilitate these classes for us.

We are hoping to offer future classes several times this year. First Session: 6 weeks

Tuesday Aug 9 6-8pm LRC- Fairmeadows Room

Tuesday Aug 16 6-8pm LRC - Fairmeadows Room

Tuesday Aug 30 6-8pm Westridge Media Center

Tuesday Sept 6 6-8pm Westridge Media Center

Tuesday Sept 20 6-8pm Westridge Media Center

Tuesday Sept 27 6-8pm Westridge Media Center

The first two meetings will be held at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy, WDM, IA 50265 due to construction at Westridge. All subsequent meetings will be held at the Westridge Media Center. We will not meet the first week of school or on Sept 13th to allow families to attend school events.

Cost: FREE of charge

Childcare: available upon request (please include this request in your email RSVP) Materials: Workbooks provided. We will be focusing on the workbook during classes. But those families wishing to purchase the associated book can do so at: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Love-Logic-Updated-Expanded/dp/1576839540

RSVP: Gina Lewis - ginaolewis01@gmail.com

This first session is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be capped at 10 families (20 people). A waiting list will be available in case of cancellations. We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity for our Westridge Families.

Sincerely - Gina Lewis and Jillian Robbin

Message from PTA

At Westridge, our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has a long-standing, strong tradition of volunteering and supporting academic, school, and community activities. We invite you to come to the PTA meetings, talk to other parents, and ask questions.

PTA Meetings

* Coffee Welcome : Friday, August 26th at 9:15 in the Community Room

Friday, Sept. 9, 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11, 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:15 p.m.

Friday, April 14, 9:15 a.m.

Friday, May 12, 9:15 a.m

1st & 3rd Wednesday

The fist Wednesday of the month is our Positivi-Tee Day, where we encourage staff and students to wear a shirt with a positive message.

The third Wednesday of the month, we encourage staff and students to wear Westridge attire or school colors.

Early Dismissals

Don't forget...every Wednesday is an early dismissal at 3:10 pm. This includes the first day of school. Please make necessary arrangements.

Upcoming Dates:

Mark your calendars for these back-to-school events!

August Dates:

Classroom Teacher Assignments Shared with Families: Friday, August 12

New Families: Welcome & Tours: (1st - 6th grade) Monday, August 22 at 3:30-4:00 pm

Back to School Night: Monday, August 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 24 (3:10 dismissal for Grades 1-6)

Early Dismissal for Kindergarten: 12:30 pm on August 24, 25, and 26

First Day of School for Preschool: Tuesday, September 6

* Tiger Cubs Preschool Enrollment Link

September Dates:

September 9: Westridge Tailgate: (see flyer above)

September 13: Grade-Level Information Night:

  • September 13, times vary -- Grade Level Information Night (for all certified staff except Kindergarten teachers)

    • 5:00-5:30 pm: GT Presentation in Media Center

    • 5:30-6:00 pm: Grades 1, 3, 5 Presentations in Classrooms

    • 5:50-6:20 pm: Related Arts in Media Center & Specialists in Learning Labs (Open House Style)

    • 6:15-6:45 pm: Grades 2, 4, 6 Presentations in Classrooms

September 20: Fall Pictures

Free ParentQuest Classes

ParentQuest provides free learning opportunities for parents and other caring adults as they navigate each child’s unique path to success in school and life. Topics include academics, health and well being, parenting, WDMCS 101, and more.


Download an updated 2021-2022 Calendar-at-a-Glance.

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Westridge Elementary School

Beth Brewer, Principal
Jeannette Barnes, Assistant Principal