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News and Events For This Week

Principal's Weekly Message
Dear West Woodland Families,

Wildcat Giving
Thank you to those who have taken tags from the Wildcat for holiday giving! Please remember to bring the items into the school, unwrapped by Tuesday the 16th.

Winter Concert
Wednesday, December 17th is our Winter Concert. Both choirs and instrumental music groups will share their talents with us. The daytime performance is 1:45-2:45 and the nighttime performance is at 7:00. This is always an event that I look forward to. We have some wonderfully talented teachers and students!

Talent Show
The annual, amazing, inspirational Talent Show will happen on Friday, February 6th. Forms for students who are interested in participating are due this Monday.

Winter Break
Winter Break will start with students being excused 1 hour early on Friday, December 19th. School will reconvene Monday, January 5th 2015! I truly wish you all a very happy, family-filled Winter Break.


Tami Beach
Assistant Principal

From the Library
This week we have been talking about snow in the library.  I showed many classes a snowflake making website called Snowdays.  Here is a link: http://snowdays.me/  It is a fun interactive website.

I also sent out overdue notices after school on Friday.  If you received an email, I’d appreciate if you could help your child return their overdue books next week.  Some emails may be incorrect or not in the system, so if you didn’t receive one you might want to double check what your child has out through the library tab in the Source system.

Thanks for your help with the books!  Have a nice Winter Break and take time to read!

~Paula Wittmann

Wildcat Giving Program 2014
Tis' the season of giving and West Woodland welcomes you to support our Wildcat Giving Program. This year we are offering three ways to make a donation. You can donate gifts to WW families, to a fund that supports our families throughout the year, or to a new partner school in Seattle.  
THREE WAYS to make a donation:
  1. Wildcat Giving: This is a gift program aimed to helping our West Woodland families make sure they have a special holiday. Requests received from families can be found on the gift tags decorating our Giving Wildcat. Each RED tag has one gift request on it.  Please take a tag, sign it out at the main office sign-up sheet, purchase the gift, and return your unwrapped gift to Marty Phelps in the office.
  2. Family Support Fund Giving:  This fund supports West Woodland families in need throughout the year.  This fund is used on a case by case basis to help West Woodland families with emergency needs. If you would like to contribute to the family support fund, please take a BLUE tag off the Giving Wildcat & turn it in with your check to WW PTA to Marty Phelps in the office.
  3. Partner School Giving:  West Woodland is one of the top ten schools in Seattle for family contributions.  Many schools are not as fortunate and we’d like to share our generosity with another Seattle elementary school. We have chosen Viewlands Elementary as our partner school and are taking donations to fund buses for  grade level field trips.  Please take a GREEN Viewlands Elementary tag from the giving wildcat & turn it in with your cash or check (preferred) donation written out to Viewlands Elementary to Marty Phelps in the office.  (Donations will go directly to  Viewlands Elementary).
  • Tuesday, December 2nd through Friday, December 12 - Gift/donation tags will be on the Wild Cat outside of the office 
  • Friday, December 12th - Gifts and donations must be returned to the office 
  • December 17 - Distribution will begin.
We understand there are many ways you can contribute during this season, please keep in mind that the Wildcat Giving Program is completely optional. Thank you for your participation and generous spirit of giving to others!

From our School Nurse - Alison Inkley
Flu Season is here
Flu season has hit our community hard this year. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. Sometimes the flu also causes upset stomachs, throwing up and diarrhea.

The flu can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Most cases are mild and can be treated at home, but some people develop serious complications. Babies, elderly people and people who have chronic health conditions such as asthma are more likely to suffer complications. Students who contact the flu should remain at home until they have been fever free for 24 hours.

There is no cure for the flu, but drinking lots of fluids and getting enough rest will speed recovery. Good hand washing and covering mouths with elbows during coughing and sneezing helps prevent the spread. Consult your health care providers or pharmacists about other ways to relieve symptoms. Aspirin or medications containing aspirin should not be given to children or adolescents suffering from the flu. Aspirin has been associated with Reye syndrome, a serious complication, when taken by children and adolescents suffering from viral infections.

Serious complications from the flu include pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. Seek immediate health care if a child with the flu:
  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Begins wheezing
  • Is unable to drink enough fluids
  • Is difficult to wake, seems confused or is not interacting with others
  • Has a fever higher than 103 degrees, a fever that lasts more than 3 days or a fever that returns 
  • Has a new pain  or pain that localizes in one area such as the ear, throat, chest or sinuses
It is not too late to get a flu shot. The Seattle-King County Health Department recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months or older. Check with your health care provider for more information.

-Alison Inkley, West Woodland school nurse, 206-252-1607

Extra Clothing Needed
Gently-used girls and boys pants in sizes 5-8 are in short supply in our office cabinet. Please think of us when you are cleaning closets and getting rid of outgrown clothing. Sweat pants and leggings are especially helpful because they fit a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Bathroom accidents at school are not unusual for younger students. If you have younger elementary school students, please consider keeping an extra set of clothing in their lockers. Children usually feel more comfortable changing into their own clothing.

Also, when the weather is wet, we have had both younger and older students slip in the mud or slide into puddles, requiring a change of clothing.

Thanks for keeping those donations coming!

4th Annual West Woodland's Got Talent!
Friday, February 6, 2014 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Download the Guidelines & Permission Sheet to sign up. 
(NOTE: If your student did not get a chance to sign up, but is still interested, please send an email to wwtalentnight@gmail.com as soon as possible! We can definitely take more Art & Lego entries, and will do our best to accommodate additional stage acts.)

**NEW THIS YEAR!  Rehearsals will be on Saturdays in January! Students will no longer be pulled out of class or recess to rehearse for the stage show. (We may have exceptions for special circumstances and/or last minute needs the week of the show)

Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of the school year. Bring the whole family to West Woodland and come see our students share their talents! The stage show begins at 5:30 pm, but bring the gang at 4:30 pm to enjoy our student Lego Expo and Art Gallery! Pizza & snacks available at our concession stands! 

Thank you to Kayal Palanichamy and Jenny Whitmer who will be working with Linda Joss & Richelle Dickerson to take over production of the show this year.  

We can still use Volunteers! Please contact Richelle – richelledickersonpta@yahoo.com or Linda - linda@jossfamily.com if you’re interested!  

Woodland Park Zoo Education Programs
Woodland Park Zoo partners with West Woodland by providing a variety of programs to support student education. The programs are always changing, and often available during holiday breaks and early release days. 

Programs include Parents Night out, Scout Classes, Bug Club, and more!

Read more about each program, timing, availability and pricing

How to get SNEAKS
Are you receiving Sneaks, the emailed weekly Newsletter from West Woodland?  Can you log into the school web site:  www.westwoodlandes.seasttleschools.org?  Does your password not work?  

If you are having trouble with any of these things, the How to Get SNEAKS page will help you. It includes details instructions on how to get registered with The Source AND the West Woodland Web site (school fusion), so you can stay up to date!

I Care Stories
Our first story is from Ms. Phelps who would like to compliment Alex Rabin, a first grader in Ms. Price’s class, for turning in a lost bracelet. Yesterday, while Alex was walking with Mr. Parks, he found the bracelet in front of the school. He brought it to the Lost and Found in the office. Alex showed compassion when he told Mr. Parks he was worried that someone would be sad about losing their bracelet. Thank you, Alex!

The next story is from Ms. Barrett who wanted to say that Karl Bergenham showed great sportsmanship in gym class yesterday. He knew how to be a fun partner in ‘Pin Down’ and played by the rules. Thanks, Karl, for playing fair and adding good energy to the game!!!

These are the "stories" that are read by 4th/5th grade students over the intercom on Wednesday mornings.  This is one of the many ways we work to reinforce our I CARE Values at West Woodland.

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