Westside Insider newsletter, August 29, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2: Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade Open Classroom Visits and Middle School Orientation

Wednesday, September 3: First Day of School!

Friday, September 5: Westside School SPIRIT Day (no pizza today)

Monday, September 8 – Monday, September 15: Curriculum Coffees

Monday, September 8 – Friday September 12: Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade fall trips

Tuesday, September 16 – September 19: Fifth grade fall trip

Friday, September 19: Family Movie Night


Westside School Building Safety
We have a new digital sign in system that is user-friendly. Any time you are visiting or volunteering on campus it is required you sign in for safety and security purposes. Our goal is to know exactly who is on campus at all times in order to best maintain the health and safety of the entire school community, especially our students, your children. This may take a few extra moments as you visit and it allows the school to know who is on campus. We look forward to welcoming you! In the event you have any questions regarding this security and safety measure, please contact Don Cunningham, Assistant Head of School.

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Thank you to all parents and families who joined us this week for conferences. The Lower School faculty thoroughly enjoyed their conversations with you.  If you were unable to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact them directly to schedule an appointment.We are so excited to welcome our students back! I hope you can join us for the Open Classroom Visits on Tuesday, September 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Also mark your calendars for the Curriculum Coffees taking place beginning Monday, September 8. Please visit the Westside School calendar for your respective date(s.)

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Arionda (Ari) Feeney
Lower School Head

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It has been an energized and productive week at Westside School. The faculty and staff have been busy working on classrooms, meeting about the days and months ahead, and sharing some time with friends old and new. We so look forward to seeing you next week and it all starts on Tuesday!

Middle School Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please arrive to allow for a 4:00 p.m. start time, our schedule is full. There will be people to help guide you as you arrive at the front entrance. The starting places for different grades and sections are:

Fifth grade (5a and 5b) start in the Multi Purpose Room (MPR)

Sixth grade
6a start in Lauren’s room, 141
6b start in Glyn’s room, 205

Seventh grade 
Seventh grade start in the world language classes
Seventh Mandarin in Michelle’s room, 401 (cottage)
Seventh Spanish in Mary’s room, 402 (cottage)

Eighth grade start in Susannah’s room, 140

There is a lot happening at the start of school. Students will start the day Wednesday, the first day of school, in their advisories. Advisors will be giving students their schedules for the first week, which is different, and the regular weekly schedule. There will be more information coming your way over the next week, please stay tuned.

I look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Marc Saks
Middle School Head

Westside Insider Extended Day

Westside School offers before and after school care for our students. Contracts for the Westside School Extended Day Program can be found here.

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The first session for Westside School’s Enrichment Program, including schedule information and registration can be found click here!

Insider Athletics

Westside School will again offer cross-country to Lower School students this year! Find more information here.


**This new section of the Insider newsletter is designed to give you the top items of the week for your quick reference**

1. Lower School Classroom Visits and the Middle School Orientation/Curriculum Night, Tuesday, September 2

2. The Parent Handbook – A hard copy will be available to all families next week during our Classroom Visits and Middle School Orientation

3. Lower School Curriculum Coffees, week of September 8. Check the school calendar for your respective dates(s.)

4. Friday, September 5 is SPIRIT Wear Day! (note: this is not a pizza day)