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News and Events For This Week

URGENT! Please contact SPS Regarding FT Ass't Principal
Dear West Woodland Families,

As you know, our principal Marilyn Loveness is retiring this year after 10 years of service at West Woodland Elementary.  What you may not know is that Seattle Public Schools is projecting our enrollment for the 2015/16 school year to be below what is required for a full time Assistant Principal.  This means Tami Beach's position would only be half time, which may make it impossible for Tami to stay at the school.  We feel very strongly that we need a full time Assistant Principal at West Woodland, and it would not be in the best interest of our students to lose our top two leadership positions during this year of transition.

Based upon Marilyn's own projections, we don't believe the districts numbers will be accurate, and in fact West Woodland will ultimately qualify for a full time AP position.  We have drafted a letter to be sent to the the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools - Northwest Region, asking them to not place our school in danger of losing our entire leadership team, and make our Assistant Principal position full time now.  That letter is attached here, ready to be addressed to each of the above recipients.

Here's how you can help.  Please send your own letters.  Feel free to use the verbiage in this letter, or cut and paste parts of it into your own. Letters should be addressed and emailed to each of the following individuals:

Mr. Jon Halfaker
Executive Director of Schools - Northwest Region
Seattle Public Schools
2445 3rd Avenue South
Dr. Larry Nyland
Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools
2445 3rd Avenue South
Mr. Michael Tolley
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Seattle Public Schools
2445 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

Principal's Weekly Message
West Woodland Families,

Science Night was a great success!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the parents who organized this event and also the family support and time that went into preparing the science projects! There are always so many interesting and educational presentations. It is fun to talk with the elementary scientist! I learned about glaciers, absorbent materials, effective household cleaners, dogs, blood types, nests, volcanoes and so much more! Nicely done!

Teacher Luncheon
Thank you to the 5th Grade families who made us a yummy, fun Irish meal on Thursday. These are days we all look forward to!

Smarter Balance Assessment
The Smarter Balance Assessment begins soon for our 3rd-5th graders.  Individual classes are scheduled for 4 hour blocks for math and 4 hour blocks for reading, although we do not think they will need all of this time.  Most tests are scheduled in the morning; a few happen at 1:00.  Please see your teacher for your individual class schedule and make sure your student has no outside appointments during this time.  Make-ups are difficult to schedule.  We appreciate your help in getting students to school rested, on time and ready to go…….like you do everyday.

Have a great weekend!

Tami Beach
Co-principal/Assistant principal

“Children know what they know. They bring what they bring. Our job is not to wish that students knew more or knew differently. Our job is to turn students’ individual knowledge – and the collective range of knowledge the whole class brings – into a curricular strength, rather than to regard it as an instructional inconvenience. We can do that only if we hold high expectations for all students, convey great respect for the knowledge, language, and culture each brings to the classroom, and offer support in helping each student achieve those high expectations.”

~Eric Cooper (National Urban Alliance for Effective Education) and David Pearson
(University of California/Berkeley) in a letter to Education Week, March 18, 2015

PTA Budgeting Process - Deadline March 23rd
The West Woodland PTA is beginning its annual budgeting process for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you are a program coordinator for a PTA-sponsored program or would like to start a program and receive funding, it is very important that you complete a 2015-2016 Budget Request Form.  You can find copies of this form in the PTA Treasurer's box at school or you can download it from the West Woodland website under “PTA” and “All Forms.” Please complete this form and put it in the PTA Treasurer’s box or email it to the PTA Co-Treasurers (Dara Foti and Julie Gregg) at westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com.
The deadline to turn in your request was Monday, March 23rd!  Without a budget request, your program is in jeopardy of being excluded from the budget.   Please contact the westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com if you missed this deadline but still need to submit a request.
We will hold the first budget meeting to review all the requests on Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 pm at Ha!, located in Fremont. Anyone who is interested in the PTA budget process or how the PTA allocates money for it's various programs is invited and encouraged to attend! 
  • 1st PTA Budget Meeting Date:  Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Fremont 
  • 2nd PTA Budget Meeting Date:  Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm at Ha! in Fremont.  
  • Final PTA Budget Presentation to the General PTA Membership: Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the West Woodland Library
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact your co-treasurers, Dara Foti and Julie Gregg at westwoodlandtreasurer@gmail.com (<--Please use this email for all West Woodland Treasurer correspondence)

Science Night 2015 - Thank You!
We had a blast at Science Night and enjoyed the ideas the kids brought to the show. The effort of the parents was much appreciated in helping realizing the projects and distributing stickers while talking to the young scientists. 
A big shout out to the volunteers who helped set up tables, guide the classrooms in their preparation and clean up afterwards, as well as the janitorial staff for their added support! 
We hope to post photos of the event soon, so if you have some you’d like to share please email them. 
A special thanks to the organizers:

From the District : N2N School Bell Times
School Family Partnerships recently launched its new Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) program to gather valuable community, family and staff input on school bell times (helping the district determine if it should change school start times for secondary schools).

\N2N group facilitators and individuals have requested the convenience of turning in their surveys on bell times to school offices. To assist families and the community in sharing their feedback, School Family Partnerships will be sending each school two self-addressed interoffice mail envelopes you can use to collect the surveys when people bring them to your front office. Thank you in advance for helping collect these surveys. The envelopes can be mailed back on May 1. A friendly reminder to send in the envelope will be sent to school secretaries on May 1.

Should families ask, our videos and surveys on school bell times are located on our N2N website at http://neighbortoneighbor.www.seattleschools.org

Thank you in advance for your valuable assistance in helping the district gather community input on this important topic. 

Jesse Johnson
School Family Partnerships and N2N Coordinator 

Please join us for West Woodland's Family Mariner's Game Day!
Sunday, April 26 at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins

Tickets are $12 each. 
To purchase tickets please complete the form attached to the West Woodland Mariner's Day Flyer and return to the school office with you check made payable to 'West Woodland PTA'.

There are also flyers available in the office or contact Jim Gannon at jimandkristen383@comcast.net for more information. 

Your Presence is Requested at the Woodland Wonderland Gala
On behalf of the entire West Woodland PTA, we would like to personally invite you and your significant other to attend this fun and important event for our school. This is event is not only a fantastic party, but is also one of the most important ways our PTA raises money to support our school, and we have a goal of $25,000 to raise this year.  
Tickets cost $30 per person. A formal invitation will be arriving in your child's take home folder, but you can RSVP and learn more now.
Thanks and hope to see you there!

Sincerely - Richelle Dickerson and Kirsten Mullins, West Woodland PTA Co-Presidents

PLEASE NOTE! Gala invitations have been sent home via kid-mail. The website information on the paper invitation is incorrect - The correct link is:  http://tinyurl.com/WW-springgala2015.

Art Show at Li'l Woody's - Submit by April 30th
Calling all artists! Li’l Woody’s restaurant has invited West Woodland to participate in a student art show in May. Restaurant patrons will be asked to vote on their favorite art pieces, and the school with the most votes will have their own custom hamburger added to the menu. Li’l Woody’s will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the winning school’s art program, so this is an exciting opportunity for our school! Please email Becky Ducsik at beckyducsik@icloud.com if your child would like to submit artwork for the show. The pieces should be 8x11 and need to be submitted to Becky by April 30th.

Need more info? Contact Becky Ducsik | beckyducsik@icloud.com

Shop For West Woodland
A Special offer for West Woodland Families
Earn $20 for West Woodland PTA by signing up for Smith Brothers Farms milk delivery service and get $10 off when you sign up.  Smith Brothers Farms is a local family-owned farm that offers free weekly home delivery services with no contracts or fees and they deliver more than just milk!  

Go to www.smithbrothersfarms.com to learn more and to sign up.
  • Simply click on "Sign up for Service"
  • Enter the promo code 510040
  • Enter "West Woodland" in the "How did you hear about us?" field.  
For more info email getmilk@smithbrothersfarms.com or call 1-877-MILKMAN and ask for Amanda Krafcik. 

Want to learn about other ways to raise money for our PTA
 programs, just by shopping? 
Check out our
Shop for West Woodland page.

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
The first story comes from the playground.  Reilly Shea from room 207 consistently notices how other students are feeling during recess.  He reminds kids to play fair and be inclusive.  Thanks Reilly for being a good friend and helping recess go well at West Woodland!

Our next story comes from Ms. King.  She writes, “Stella accidently hurt another student while playing on the mushroom at recess.  Another student came to me for help but, when I got there, Stella was already apologizing and asking the student if she was okay.  I was impressed that Stella followed through and showed compassion without being asked”.

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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