Insider newsletter, September 29, 2014

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September 29, 2014

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Monday, September 29: Middle School Trip meeting, World Language classrooms, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 3: First Westside School SPIRIT Wear & Pizza Day!

Monday, October 6: ERB Testing begins, third through eighth grade students; Westside School Book Fair begins, MPR

Wednesday, October 8: First grade classes to Camp Sealth (overnight trip); Book Fair concludes

Thursday, October 9: First grade classes return from Camp Sealth; Pre-kindergarten classes -field trip to farm; ERB testing concludes

Friday, October 10: Teacher in-service day, no classes, childcare offered

Tuesday, October 14: EF Tours trip meeting, 6:30 p.m., location TBD

Westside Insider Head of School

Happy Monday, I hope all of you enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend! With October just days away, we are really in full swing and I am happy to see our students engaged in so many different activities, projects, and joyful learning! If you have not already, I encourage you to visit the Insider Online blog and sign up to receive notifications. Each time a new article or important information is posted you will be notified by email and can choose whether to open it. This will allow you to stay informed, and to see all the wonderful things happening at Westside School each week!

Enjoy your week,

Kate Mulligan, Head of School


October is Westside School Fund Month! Please check your mailbox in the coming week for your appeal letter. Thank you, in advance, for your participation!


Be sure not to miss the following recent articles in the Insider Online blog!

* Westside School Athletes of the Week!

* Middle School International Trips

* Middle School student dismissal changes

* Teacher in-service day childcare offered

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The fall book fair is a fantastic way to create excitement about reading and to expand your library, both at Westside School and at home. Volunteers are needed to make it a success, please sign up if you can help! The Book Fair begins Monday, October 6!


Please review the Westside School Parent Handbook for important policies regarding your child’s health and well-being, including attendance (page 14), illness (page 27), and head lice (page 28.)

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We had our first full week of the entire Middle School all on campus at the same time, what fun! I thoroughly enjoyed tromping around Mt. Rainier and having a grand time learning about the Nisqually watershed with fifth grade students, Kristel, Jeremy, Sue and our guides. Pictures from the fifth grade trip, and all the others, are on the Insider Online!

This week the Middle School will spend some time preparing for the ERBs, our annual standardized assessment. The testing was moved from spring time administration to the fall this school year. Students will take the ERBs the week of October 6, Monday through Thursday, in the morning from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. There will be a modified schedule of classes after 10:00 a.m. with the usual exploratory classes in the afternoon. Friday, October 10 is an in-service day for teachers and there are no Middle School classes.

Have a wonderful week!

Marc Saks, Middle School Head


HalloweenFest is Saturday October 25! To learn more about this favorite Westside School tradition, and to volunteer to be part of the fun, click here!


We will be welcoming High School representatives to Westside School this week for short presentations from Admission Directors. Eighth grade students are their families are invited to the following information sessions:

* Tuesday, September 30: St. Michael’s University School, Victoria, B.C., (boarding school), 9:10 – 10:00 a.m., MPR

*Wednesday, October 1: Seattle Lutheran High School, 11:10 – 11:50 a.m., MPR

*Thursday, October 2: Dunn School, California, (boarding school), 11:10 – 11:50 a.m., Library

*Friday, October 3: The Northwest School, 1:05 – 1:50 p.m., Library

All Admission Directors will be available for further parent conversations following the sessions.


1. Middle School student dismissal changes to front of building, starting today!

2. HalloweenFest Volunteers Needed!

3. Teacher in-service days, October 10. No School, childcare offered.