What is the WPO?

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The Westside School Parents’ Organization (WPO) includes every parent of a Westside School student! You are automatically a member and invited to all events throughout the year. The WPO exists to support the mission of the school and to build community within the families attending Westside School.

The WPO raises funds through pizza sales and Halloweenfest and then uses those funds on community building events throughout the year. WPO events include Family Movie Night, Quiz Night (first one is this Friday, November 13! RSVP here!), family dances and Parent Education Nights. The WPO is also responsible for teacher appreciation lunches throughout the year and teacher appreciation week in the spring.

The WPO has a board that meets monthly. The board meetings are open to everyone and the meetings provide a good opportunity to listen and learn more about what is happening in the WPO!  The next board meeting is Thursday, November 12 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in the Library Board Room. The board positions and current members are as follows:

WPO Board

President – Heather Hisatomi

Vice President – available

Past President – Jackie Clough

Treasurer- Susan Zarnick

Secretary – Garreth Schuh

Middle School Member at Large – Kathleen Whitson

Lower School Member at Large – Sarah Francis

Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten Member at Large – Molly Woodruff

Room Parent Coordinator – Kiersten Lovejoy

Middle School Parent Rep Coordinator – Esther Cohen

The WPO also has a number of event chairs who volunteer to take on an area or event each year. The current event chairs are as follows:

WPO Event Chairs

Halloweenfest – Garreth Schuh/Sarah Francis/Val Legler

Family Movie Night – Karin Marlowe

Pizza Day – Debi Cushman-Kaplan & Karen Leeds

Family Dance – April Sunderland & Kristin Mariani

Middle School Athletics – René Hawkes

Parent Education – Val Legler

Quiz Night – Stephen Schoenfelder

Scholastic Books – Debi Cushman Kaplan

Teacher Appreciation – Janelle Russell

Lost & Found – Monica Duke

Lower School Field Day – Paula Wilkinson

Middle School Field Day – Kasey Langley

Google Group – Kate Dee

If you are interested in helping with any WPO event, please contact the appropriate individual listed above; and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us at this Thursday’s Board meeting!