News and Events For This Week
We are running a Family Reunification Drill today from 2:00-2:55. This drill only affects classrooms 102 and 210, Ms. King’s and Ms. Leth’s classes. This drill will help us be prepared in the event of a catastrophic event such as an earthquake.
The Safety Committee
|Monday April 7th||PTA Board Meeting - 7:00 pm|
|Tuesdayy, April 8th||Fire Drill @ 9:30 am|
|April 14-18||Spring Break|
|Wednesday, April 23rd||Family Reunification Drill-2:30 pm (King & Leth)|
|Wednesday, April 23rd||SDOT Open House @ 6:00 pm|
|Friday, April 25th||Kid's Inc Parent's Night Out 6:00 - 10:00 pm|
|Monday, April 28th||Last Day for Chess Club for the school year|
|Friday, May 2nd||Family Movie Night 7:00 - 9:00 pm|
|Sunday, May 4||Bike Rodeo|
As we enter into the year-end-testing time, I have found that I am quite reflective on where it is that we place our values. I really love working with data. I think it is a great tool to help us know where we are and where we should focus our efforts. I even like the fact that we take standardized tests so that we can track this data over the course of years, and see how we are improving, and what areas might need more attention. However, the balance of testing and data with social/emotional learning is where, I believe, the strength of a school is shown. Test scores are informative and important, but as I talk to teachers and parents, I find that the topic of social/emotional Learning comes up quite a bit as one that has deep importance in our daily lives. It is a curriculum that underlies most everything we do at school.
I was in a class today talking about feeling invisible, or not really noticing others, and maybe contributing to a sense of being invisible in someone else. The students had such great things to say about this topic! One student said that he can have many best friends and that he tries to make everyone feel important. I love that! Another boy shared how he has felt invisible before, but when he found a friend, he was able to feel better about school. We talked about being open with our kindness. We don’t have to be best friends, but we should be kind.
Recently, on the playground, I overheard Ms. Sumpter walk up to a student and say, “You know what I really like about you? You notice the most amazing things every day. And then you share them with me!” It was spontaneous and authentic. It was a classic West Woodland moment. She is great at connecting with kids and really noticing who they are as individuals. It didn’t seem to be that Ms. Sumpter did it because it would “help him”, but that she really thinks he is a great kid, and wanted him to know that people notice that he is a great. It is what some call “Unconditional Positive Regard”, and is Miracle Grow for kids.
Our ICARE values bring out the best in what we regard as important at the school and the students can speak to what these values are and how we can show them. This is something that we believe strongly at West Woodland and are committed to deeply.
So, please don’t forget that testing is coming up. Don’t plan vacations. Make sure your children get plenty of rest…and know that they will get some great social/emotional learning while we test them!
The questions in the survey link below are related to the PTA budget, fundraising, communications, and general PTA questions. We are now in the middle of our budget process for next year, and want as much feedback from our community as possible regarding what our spending priorities should be. The budget will be finalized in early May and presented to the general PTA membership for approval at our general meeting on Thursday, May 15.
Please take 10 minutes to complete this brief survey (29 questions) when you have time. It will remain open through Monday, April 21. Survey responses are anonymous, and there are many places to make comments. Every adult in your household is welcome to take the survey. Click the link below:
Thank you so much for your time, and please email us directly if you have any comments or questions.
Deb Sundblad (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Dave Schurman (email@example.com)
PTA Co-Presidents, 2013-2014
Here are the 3 steps:
- Take the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course.
- After course completion, you will be instructed to sign the online volunteer handbook and click “Submit”.
- You will be instructed to enter your name on the online certificate. After entering your name, save or print the online certificate and keep with your personal files.
Thank you to the Science Night 2014 Volunteers
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Science Night 2014 a success!
Special kudos to those that helped with set-up and clean up: Peter Askovich, David Ayala-Zamora, Heather Bouzek, Jason & Michelle Brewer, Brent Bryan, Milissa Regan, Rosie Sirek, Cherry Snelling, Shaynee Snider and Danielle Vermaak. Thank you Natalie Masterton for being our roving science night mentor. And thank you Pipo Bui and team for coming to present and explain the food garden project to our WW students! The volunteer coordinators would also like to thank our science night coordinators -- Hunter Golden, Jan Tackett and Darrick Carter -- for organizing this event!
Thank you to all the book fair volunteers!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped Paula Wittmann with last week’s Secret Garden Book Fair. We appreciated all the help with set-up, working the registers, and take-down. Your participation was really appreciated, and because of it, Book Fair was a great success. Thanks again for supporting the library with your time! ~ Julie MacGillis
PTA Lead Needed: Crafting Jewelry w/ Ms. Fulmer
Kindergarten Ice Cream Social & Playdates!
We need volunteers to help with the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social & Playdates!
This is a great opportunity for parents with a sibling entering Kindergarten this coming school year (2014-2015), as you'll have the chance to meet new students and incoming families. We're looking for people to help with set up, greeting and clean up the night of the ice cream social (Thursday, May 22, 6:30 pm) and people willing to host one or more playdates in August. If you are already planning on participating, this is a great way to make new families feel welcome at West Woodland. Contact Carrie Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or want to learn more!
Garden volunteers are needed for our April 5th work party. We need several people to help us with the West Woodland garden work party on Saturday, April 5th. More information coming soon. Questions? Contact our school gardens coordinator, Pipo Bui, at email@example.com.
PTA Lead Needed: Ipad Lego Animation Spring Session
Does your child love the new Lego movie? Did you know we have an after-school workshop where kids make their own lego movie with ipads?! The next session is coming up and we are looking for a parent volunteer to help organize the class. As a perk, your child will receive $100 off the class fee of $140.00. The PTA lead responsibilities include advertising, collecting registrations, and checking students in at the beginning of each class. The next session starts April 3rd and is every Thursday until June 5th (no class 4/17). Contact Angie Heinrich firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Registration will open 2 weeks before the first class date.
Want to learn more about safe cycling, adjust your helmet for the perfect fit, and try out your skills? Mark your calendar for West Woodland’s Bike Rodeo, Sunday, May 4, 1-4 PM on the playground, coordinated by Polly Freeman and Michael Murray. It’s the perfect way to kick off Bike to School Month.
Learn More or Volunteer
New sessions of Enrichment classes are starting soon! Read about the programs and print registration forms. Drop completed forms in the office with your check attached. If you have general questions, please contact Angie Heinrich, at email@example.com.
Information on Measles in Washington
Washington State Health Department reports that a person with a confirmed case of measles, who was contagious, visited several areas of western Washington at the end of March. The person was in Seattle from March 28-29. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause severe illness with rash, fever, cough, eye irritation. It can be fatal. The risk of catching measles is low for people who have been vaccinated or who have immunity because of they had the disease previously. Students are required to have two MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccinations to attend school. People who have not been vaccinated and/or not sure about their immunity, have been advised to contact their health care providers for advice. For more information please click here.
“Toilet Training and Beyond: Toileting Concerns in Children Ages 2-10"
with Dr. Tom DuHamel
Parents and school staff are invited to attend a presentation about a little-known and rarely discussed problem that causes serious physical and emotional problems for more than 4 million preschool and school aged children in the US: functional constipation or “encopresis.”
Dr. Thomas R. DuHamel, a child psychologist who has specialized in children’s toileting issues for over 25 years will discuss methods of toilet training, post-toilet training issues and what all parents and teachers should know about functional constipation and how to prevent it. He is the author of the recently published book “The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation” which has been widely praised by parents and pediatric health care providers. Check out www.TheInsandOutsofPoop.com.
The free lecture will be held at Thornton Creek Elementary School Library, at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 22.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 -- 1:10 pm
It’s Salute to Kids Day! All kids 14 and under take home a Robinson Cano T-shirt!
Bring out your West Woodland family and friends and join our school at Safeco Field to watch some exciting Major League Baseball action! The Seattle Mariners are extending a discount ticket offer to the students, parents, faculty and staff at our school! We even get a Scoreboard Greeting! Watch for our school’s name on the video board in the 4th inning for our special welcome to Safeco Field.
How to purchase tickets:
Price: $11.00 per ticket. To purchase tickets, please fill out an order form and return with payment to the envelope by Marty Phelps' desk in the front office. Deadline is April 7th! Copies of the form are available in the front office or you can download the PDF.
If you would like to sit with another family, please place one order for the entire group. Orders are filled on a first come first serve basis and are based on availability. Questions? Contact Jim Gannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Jim for volunteering to be West Woodland's group leader for Family Night at Safeco Field!
Get into the West Woodland Wildcat Spirit! Order some Wildcat Logo Wear! Short- and long-sleeve youth and adult shirts are available (ranging from $12-$17, cash or check to West Woodland PTA). A sample long-sleeve shirt is hanging in the front office. Order forms are available in the front office or you can download the PDF. Contact Erin Pedersen at email@example.com if you have questions. Thanks!
Dinner reservation? Check. Verified movie times? Check. Babysitter? Uh oh. Don’t fret—let Woodland Park Zoo handle childcare for you with our brand new Parents’ Night Out program. Kids ages 4-11 will enjoy a fun-filled and educational evening under the supervision of zoo staff inside Zoomazium, while you enjoy a night out on the town. Supervised activities for kids include games, puppet shows, movie, and a live animal encounter, plus a tasty pizza dinner!
Friday, Apr 4 with future dates available online as well!
Time: 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Ages: 4-11 years
Fees: $30/child, $22 each additional sibling
Register or find out more at: http://www.zoo.org/education/childrens-programs
Zoo University (Zoo U)
Planning for summer for your older child? Don’t miss out on our Zoo U day camp for 10-12 year olds!
Zoo U programs are week-long full-day programs designed for students ages 10 to 14. Some sessions are geared for 10-12 year olds and others for 12-14 year olds. Programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For an additional fee, extended care is available before and after hours. We offer two curricula so participants can attend one or two weeks of Zoo U.
Natural History (Ages 10-12 and 12-14): Junior naturalists unite! Focus on the natural history of zoo animals and how this knowledge impacts captive animal management and care.
Blood and Guts (Ages 10-12 and 12-14): Jump into the world of animal anatomy by studying body parts and systems of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Fees: $310/child per week of camp
Register or find out more at: https://www.zoo.org/education/summercamps
Animal Senses (Five Day Camp)
Planning for spring break child care? Don’t miss out on Spring Zooper day camp! Did you know a bear can smell food from two miles away? Some animals can even detect the magnetic fields of the earth! Each day we will focus on a different sense through crafts, games, stories, tours and other fun activities.
Date: Monday April 14 - Friday April 18
Time: 9a.m.-4p.m./ full day sessions
Fee: $285 (extended a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee)
Register or find out more at: http://www.zoo.org/School_year_camps
Adults take turns (one am and one pm/week) walking a group of kids back and forth from school. If you live north/northeast of West Woodland, we meet at NW 60th and Sycamore Ave NW, then walk west on 60th (down the P-Patch), south on 3rd Ave NW to crosswalk at 58th, then west on 58th to WW. Families with younger kids find this especially helpful. To learn more, email Polly Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us!
The second story comes from Ms. Stroud. Henry Pennington noticed that someone had spilled milk in the lunch bin and that it was generally looking kind of gross. He asked if he could stay after the bell to clean it out. He scrubbed and wiped the bin until it looked and smelled like new. His classmates sure appreciate how accountable he was in noticing there was a problem and taking action. Thanks for your helpfulness, Henry!
These are the "stories" that are read by 4th/5th grade students over the intercom on Thursday mornings. This is one of the many ways we work to reinforce our I CARE Values at West Woodland.
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!