Westside School Insider newsletter, October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

To reduce the amount of emails you receive, the Insider newsletter replaces topic-specific communication.Please read this every week to stay apprised of important information at Westside School.

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Saturday, October 25: HALLOWEEENFEST! 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, October 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences, no classes

Friday, October 31: Parent/Teacher Conferences, no classes

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We will be offering all day childcare on Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31 for Parent/Teacher Conference days. Kindergarten through eighth grade childcare hours will run from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Pre-kindergarten childcare hours will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Childcare will be hosted by the Westside School Extended Day staff. We will offer a variety of on-campus workshops and projects, as well as off-campus field trips. Please register here.

If you are interested in drop-in care for the time during your own scheduled conference, you do not need to sign up for all day childcare. Drop-in care will be available Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and throughout the day on Thursday and Friday in the library.

Drop-ins are welcome during conferences only; you must be on campus to have a child in drop-in care.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Last week, we sent a separate email with links to sign up for our fall parent-teacher conference. Please contact Jessica (jessicab@westsideschool.org) if you need the link resent to you. Conferences are scheduled for next week, Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31. To better accommodate working families, we will also offer late afternoon/early evening meeting times on Wednesday, October 29.

Teachers are eager to meet with each of you, and to discuss your child’s academic, social and emotional growth in the first quarter of our school year. These conferences will serve as a time to celebrate accomplishments and set goals. There will not be a written report sent home, so if you have not had a chance to do so, we encourage you to click the link sent to you via email and select a time that is best for you.

Head Lice Update

Our school-wide head lice check last week went very well. The service we contracted with was professional, discrete and efficient. Students were very respectful and cooperative. Overall, there were nine children who were identified to have head lice. These families were contacted and asked to treat their child immediately. We will continue to be vigilant about reducing the spread of head lice at school. We ask all families frequently check their child’s head for nits (eggs) and treat if any are found. We would also like everyone to bring a reusable bag to school to store coats in during the day. Thank you for your support and cooperation in addressing this matter.

Enjoy your week,

Ari Feeney, Lower School Head

Westside Insider Middle School


We are looking forward to welcoming author Gabrielle Lord to Westside School this Thursday, October 23 in the MPR. It is very exciting to have her join us for a conversation; she is well-known throughout Australia and many are enjoying the Conspiracy 365 series. 


Middle School Conferences begin the afternoon of October 29 at 4:00 p.m. and continue through Friday, October 31. The format for the conferences is similar to last year, with students and parents meeting individually with teachers. Sign up will take place through Sign Up Genius, and links were sent out last week. If you cannot locate the email with the links to sign up, please contact Jessica (jessicab@westsideschool.org.)


We will have two high school presentations this week for seventh and eighth grade students, and their parents. Both presentations will take place in Glyn’s classroom (room 205)

 Monday, October 20, SAAS, 12:45 – 1:20 p.m.

Friday, October 25, Seattle Preparatory School, 12:45 – 1:20 p.m.

Admission Directors Jim Rupp and Kate Godwin will be visiting Westside School to talk to our eighth grade students about their respective high school programs. We hope you can join us!


Some new articles are up on the Westside Wolf blog. Be sure not to miss our Middle School students’ work!


Congratulations! A big thank you to all the parents who contributed during Westside School Fund week last week. We have received 139 gifts from Westside School parents to date. That’s 51% participation from Westside School families! Gifts range from $25 to $10,000 and every gift makes a difference. The pledge deadline is October 31. You can pledge online or download a pledge form and print it out.

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The Westside School sibling policy with regards to Admission is designed to assist families in keeping all their children (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade) together at one school. Qualified siblings take priority over outside applicants.

To arrange a tour or for assistance with the application process please contact David Bergler, Director of Admission. Applications are available digitally with a deadline of January 14, 2015.


Session II of After School Enrichment kicks off the week of November 3, so make sure to register ASAP! Session II is a short, six week session, so take advantage of the prorated prices for six jam-packed weeks!

Offerings include:

* Chess Wizards (moved to Thursdays)

* Dance to Evolve: Hip Hop

* Mind Unwind: Mixed Media Art Journaling

* Tennis After School Zone

* Beat Club

* Passport to Peru

* Mandarin: Food, Art, and Culture

* Sing Out Seattle: Musical Theatre Mondays!

We’ll see you there!

Nick Low, Extended Day & Enrichment Coordinator


Save the Date! Quiz Night is coming up on Friday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the MPR. These events are always a very fun adult time with parents and staff. Dinner details are coming soon, and stay tuned for a Sign-Up Genius and more information!


-Westside School Fund pledges are due October 31!

-Be sure to sign up for your Parent/Teacher conference(s)

-Session II Enrichment Session registration is open!