Westside School Insider newsletter, October 12, 2015

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Monday, October 12: Westside School Fund Week begins! Kickoff Coffee, 8:00 a.m., lunchroom

Thursday, October 15: Westside School Picture Day; Middle School Haiku Orientation Night, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., theater

Friday, October 16: Westside School Dress Like a Superhero & Pizza Day; Westside School Fund Week Party, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Gallery

Monday, October 19: Middle School Haiku Orientation, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., theater

Saturday, October 24: Lower School Halloweenfest, gym and lunchroom, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The Westside School Fund is back! Annual Giving plays a vital role in the health and growth of Westside School and our students. Dollars raised during the Westside School Fund Week of Giving go toward the current year’s operating budget – including professional development of our teachers, curriculum initiatives, tuition assistance and much more.

Westside School Fund Week of Giving is October 12 through 16. Our goal is 100% participation from Westside School families. Please make Westside School a priority in your giving and turn in or mail your commitment during this important time. You can also donate online. All commitments made by this Friday, October 16 will be entered to win one of three great prizes:

 $500 Nordstrom gift card
 Trip to Roche Harbor
 Dinner for two

Join us for some fun! During the Week of Giving there are exciting activities for everyone!

Monday, October 12

Thank you to all who joined us this morning for the Westside School Fund Kickoff coffee cart! To date we have 90% participation from the Board of Trustees and 80% participation from our faculty and staff!

Friday, October 16

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. – Westside School Fund Thank You coffee cart

Superhero mask giveaway and students dress like their favorite superhero!

7:00- to 9:00 p.m. – Westside School Fund Party!

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As members of the Westside School community, you are our very best ambassadors! Please encourage friends with school aged children to join us this Saturday, October 17 for our Open House. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes no later than 12:00 p.m. We are excited to have prospective families hear from our amazing faculty and staff, as well as show off our beautiful new campus.

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Time to say ‘Cheese!’ Picture Day is THIS Thursday, October 15. Students are encouraged to look their best and be present that day for their school portrait. Order your children’s portraits by clicking here. The Westside School Picture Day ID is LS615366Q0. All individual portraits and class photos will be taken on Thursday, October 15. A make-up day for individual portraits is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18. Class photos will not be re-taken. If you have any questions about Picture Day please contact Jessica E. Butler (jessicab@westsideschool.org.)

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HAIKU ORIENTATION
We will be hosting a Haiku parent orientation this Thursday, October 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the theater and again next Monday October 19, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the theater.

Parents will receive their parent log-ins today, October 12, via advisor emails. This will give read-only access to your student’s Haiku classes. Last year’s log-ins will also be reissued and are still active.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Please save the date! Fall Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up, beginning Wednesday, November 4 after school. Conferences will continue on Thursday and Friday of that week, and classes will not be in session on those two days. You will be able to sign up for a conference time via a Signup Genius link, which will be sent out on Monday, October 19. The conferences are centered around a student goals sheet they will be filling out in conjunction with their teachers and advisors. You and your child will meet with each of your child’s teachers during the conferences.

STUDENT COUNCIL HALLOWEEN DANCE
The Middle School Student Council is hosting a Halloween Dance! It will take place at Westside School from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday October 30. There will be pizza for dinner, Halloween themed games and then a rockin’ dance party! All Westside School Middle School students are invited!

Costumes are highly encouraged. Permission slips are going home tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 and are due back to advisors by Tuesday, October 28. Use this link to sign up for donations of food and drink for the event.

Have a great week,
Marc Saks, Middle School Head

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PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Please save the date! Fall Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, and classes will not be in session on those two days. You will be able to sign up for a conference time via a Signup Genius link, which will be sent out on Monday, October 19. Childcare is available, and complimentary drop-in care will be provided during scheduled conferences.

LOST & FOUND
A significant amount of clothing, outerwear, lunch boxes and water bottles have found their way into the Lost & Found here at school. Please remember to label your child’s belongings – particularly outerwear, lunch boxes and water bottles. We’ve partnered with Emily Press Labels to help identify belongings so they return home. These personalized name labels are super durable, dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe. Available in lots of cool designs and colors too!

If you are on campus, please check the Lost & Found collection located in the lunchroom. Lost & Found items that have not been collected by students or their families will be on display for the first time this academic year during conferences on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6.

On Monday, November 9 all items not collected will be donated or discarded.

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It’s October (or as we like to call it – Spooktober) and that means the Westside School Lower School Halloweenfest is right around the corner!

Halloweenfest
October 24, 2015
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Save the date for a fun-filled Saturday complete with treats and carnival games!
Volunteers needed – ghosts and witches welcome!

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Registration is now open for childcare during the November 5 and 6 parent-teacher conferences. Signup for all day childcare here. Complimentary drop-in care will be provided during scheduled conferences.

Insider Athletics

Basketball season begins the week of November 2! Please sign your child up if they are playing basketball this year by using this link. The practice schedules are not totally set yet, but they will be sent out as soon as we have them. For now, practices are twice a week, usually either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Games are once a week on weekends, either a Saturday or a Sunday. Games will start the weekend of November 21.

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1. Check the Westside School Calendar to stay up to date on what’s going on around school!

2. Picture Day is THIS Thursday. October 15. Save the date!

3.. Middle School Haiku Parent Orientation, this Thursday, October 15, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., theater OR Monday, October 19, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., theater

4. Be a SUPERHERO! DONATE TODAY to the Westside School Fund!

5. Westside School families are invited to join us this Saturday, October 17 for our first Open House. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. in the theater!