Westside Insider newsletter, June 2 2014

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June 2, 2014

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June 2: Middle School Athletic Banquet, 6:00 p.m., MPR

June 2 – 6: Westside SPIRIT Week

June 5: Westside Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Fauntleroy Hall

June 6: Last Day of School: Early Dismissal, NO AFTER CARE

Westside Insider Head of School

There are not many times in life when something amazing happens! This week, we say goodbye to a group of parents and children who helped us forge a new path for Westside School – our first Middle School Graduates and their families.

These parents have done more than just send their children to school each day; they have been members of the Board of Trustees, generous financial supporters, visionaries auction chairs, room parents, trip chaperons, WPO leaders and more. Over the years they have made Westside School better for all of us.

These eighth grade students have set the tone for all future classes at Westside School. They have embraced their studies with curious engagement in learning; sung their hearts out on our stage; run like the wind and pounded the courts with finesse in cross country, track, basketball and volleyball; leaned in with courage and grace to challenges both in and outside of the classroom, throughout it all have supported one another in a way that has been inspirational to me and to their teachers.

The following schools are the lucky recipients of these fine students!

Seattle Preparatory School (3)

The Northwest School (3)

Seattle Lutheran (2)

Chief Sealth (2)

The Center School (2)

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bishop Blanchet

Vashon Island High School

Holy Names Academy

University Preparatory Academy

Sehome High School

Thank you Class of 2014. We wish you all of the best in high school and beyond. Come back to visit us often.

Kate Mulligan, Head of School

Westside Insider Lower School

Thank you to everyone for wonderful year! Student progress reports will be mailed by Friday, June 13. You will also receive information this week about the new Lower School faculty members who will be joining us in the fall. Be sure to watch for communication from Westside School over the summer, we will be sharing periodic updates and information. Best wishes for a safe, fun summer!

Arionda Feeney, Division Head Lower School

Westside Insider Middle School

Dear Middle School families,

Thank you for making this a great year! We have seen students express their learning and passions in the classroom, online, on the playing field, and on the stage. This last week culminates with our first class of graduating eighth grade students! Students will also finish up classes, spend time reflecting on the year, and have a conversation with their teachers for next year.

Please check here for the summer reading lists. Reading is something I relish doing, there are some from the list I plan to add to my stack!

You will also be receiving information this week about the new Middle School faculty members who will be joining us in the fall. I am very excited to have them join our wonderful learning community!

Please stay tuned for communication over the summer as there will be periodic updates and requests for information from Westside. Have a fantastic summer, may sunshine abound!

Marc Saks, Division Head Middle School

Westside School Insider Reminders


Thank you to everyone who supported the Westside School Fund this year! Parent participation was an impressive 84%. Parents of the sixth and eighth grade classes gave at the highest rate of 95%! Our Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff at Westside School gave at a rate of 100%. Thank you!

We have just a few outstanding pledges – this Friday, June 6 is the deadline for pledge payments. You can send in a check or pay online.

It’s not too late if you did not get a chance to give last fall. Your gift can still be counted toward this year’s goal and your class participation. Please click here!


Summer is right around the corner! Our last day of school is Friday, June 6. Each Westside School student will receive a yearbook that day to commemorate the 2013-2014 school year. This will be a half-day of school ending at 12:00 p.m.

The ease traffic congestion, please follow this pickup schedule:

11:45 a.m. – Pre-kindergarten in the South Parking Lot

11:45 a.m. – Kindergarten in the Front Pickup Lane

12:00 p.m. – First – fourth grades in the Front Pickup Lane

12:15 p.m. – Fifth – eighth grades in the South Lot

If this pickup schedule does not work for your family, please contact your teacher/advisor to make other arrangements.

REMEMBER: There is no AFTER CARE on the last day of school.


After the conclusion of this academic year, all items in Lost and Found will be donated. Lost and Found items will be located in the main hallway on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon this week.


All student medication must be collected by the last day of school, Friday June 6. Please see Kathy Winans or contact her (kathyw@westsideschool.org)


A summer of adventure begins at Westside School with Westside Adventure Camps 2014! Registration is now open for all sessions, beginning June 9 and continuing through August 22. Before and After Child Care will be available from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., respectively. To select Before and After Child Care click here. Please direct all questions to summer@westsideschool.org.

Insider Athletics

Westside School’s track season ended last Saturday, and the team had a great showing at the Championship meet. The fifth and sixth grade boys, and seventh grade girls all won trophies as the top teams in the meet. We had 12 individual winners and three relay champs. All competitors did their best and had lots of fun!

Thank you to all students, parents, and coaches for making this a great year!

Don’t forget! Space is still available for the Basketball and Volleyball camps being held June 16 – 19 and July 28 – 31, respectively!