Insider Newsletter, October 6, 2014

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October 6, 2014

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Monday, October 6:  Book Fair begins! ERB Testing begins (third through eighth grade)

Wednesday, October 8: Book Fair concludes; kindergarten classes on field trip; first grade classes to Camp Sealth (overnight)

Thursday, October 9: ERB Testing concludes; pre-kindergarten classes on field trip; first grade classes return from Camp  Sealth

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

Monday, October 13: Westside School Fund Kick-off week! Pie for Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., MPR

Tuesday, October 14: EF Tours Middle School Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m., MPR

Thursday, October 16: Haiku Orientation, Middle School Parents, 6:00 p.m., MPR

Friday, October 17: Westside School Picture Day


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. Be sure to stop by the MPR through Wednesday of this week, during drop off and pick up, to browse the selections from Scholastic and Usborne Books.

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October is Westside School Fund Month! Check your mailbox this week for a letter requesting your support. Next week, join us by participating in Westside School Fund Week. Volunteers will be at drop off and pick up to collect your pledge form.

Join us on Monday morning, October 13, beginning at 8:15 a.m. for Pie for Breakfast and the Latte Cart (opening at 7:30 a.m. for you early risers!) New this year, we will be playing a video featuring Westside School students, and we invite you to help us put together a giant participation puzzle as well. The deadline for pledges is October 31, with payments accepted through the end of this academic year. Thank you for your support!

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The Middle School will be hosting a Parent Orientation about Haiku – the student management system – on Thursday, October 16 and on Monday, October 20. To learn more about Haiku and details about scheduled meetings, click here!

Middle School Conferences, starting the afternoon of October 29, begin at 4:00 p.m. and continue through Friday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m. The format for conferences is similar to last year, with students and parents meeting individually with teachers. Sign up will take place through Sign Up Genius, and link to sign up will be sent on Monday, October 13.

Finally, on Friday, October 10, approximately 500 educators will be attending the NWAIS Fall Educators Conference in Portland, OR. Our very own sixth grade humanities teacher, Glyn Jenkins, has been selected from a competitive pool of teaching talent to present two sessions at the conference. Glyn will host an interactive workshop that explores strategies for “Implementing a Growth Mindset, Grit, and Character Education in Elementary and Middle Schools.” Congratulations Glyn!

ERB testing is this week; a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are the order of the day!

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!


Westside School Picture Day is coming up on Friday, October 17. Please mark your calendars! This is also a Westside School SPIRIT Wear and Pizza Day. Please have your child dress for Picture Day, and always remember SPIRIT wear is optional. Order forms will be going home with your children on Thursday, October 9. All orders are due on or before Friday, October 17. You may use the paper forms or you may follow instructions to order online. We look forward to lots of smiles on Picture Day!


We make every attempt to reunite lost and found items with our students! However, the Lost & Found has quickly become very full this year. Please drop by this week to check for items belonging to your family. We also ask you to remember to mark all clothing, water bottles, and lunch boxes with your child’s full name. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity quarterly. Our first donation for this academic year will be Monday, November 3. 


1. Picture Day is Friday, October 17!

2. Westside School Fund Month has kicked off!

3. Friday, October 10 no classes, childcare offered

4. Label your child’s clothing and check Lost & Found!