Westside School Insider newsletter, January 5, 2016

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January 5, 2016

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Wednesday, January 6: Westside School SPIRIT Auction Volunteer meeting, 8:30 a.m., eighth grade Humanities classroom (email Shoshannah for details, shoshannahh@westsideschool.org)

Friday, January 8: Westside School SPIRIT Wear and Pizza Day; Wolf Pack!

Saturday, January 9: ISEE Exam at Westside School, to register as a walk-in contact Ted Holmes (tedh@westsideschool.org)

Thursday, January 14: Admission Application deadline for 2016 – 2017 academic year, new candidates for admission; Lower School Exhibition of Learning, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, January 18: MLK Day, NO SCHOOL, no childcare

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Welcome Back and Happy 2016!

We hope you had a fantastic and restful break and are ready for a great week back to school. We invite everyone to attend the Lower School Exhibition of Learning next Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. Lower School students are excited to show off projects and presentations, and we encourage you to take the time to visit other classrooms as well. View the Nocturnal Animal projects in second grade or see what all the buzz is about in the fourth grade electricity demonstrations. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Happy New Year and welcome back! The Westside School faculty and staff shared a day of gearing up for semester two on campus yesterday. We start the New Year refreshed and excited about what’s next, which includes…

This week the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will be starting a new round of exploratory classes. The next Friday Flex classes begin on January 29.

Here are a few other events to be aware of in the weeks ahead:
January 15, Geography Bee

January 22 (fifth and sixth grade) and January 29 (seventh and eighth grade), Red Cross Disaster Response and First Aid training

Thursday February 11, Snow Day: the Middle School will be going to Crystal Mountain to either snow shoe or ski for the day. Look for a separate email with full details soon

The week of January 25, first semester report cards are scheduled to be in the mail with eighth grade reports out this week to meet high school deadlines

It was exciting to see some snow falling here in West Seattle on Sunday, a fitting end to our Winter Vacation. Have a great first week back!

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It’s Time to Start the Adventure…It’s Time to Switch on the Engines…It’s Time to Get Things Started for Auction Night!

Get ready for a grand adventure at Westside School’s 26th SPIRIT Auction, happening on Saturday, March 19 at Westside School. This bi-annual event provides vital funds for our program and for our students. Through the generosity of local businesses and supporters like you, auction funds provide support for operating expenses from tuition assistance to field trips to the salaries we pay our amazing faculty. The auction team is busy procuring auction items, planning decorations and getting ready for this special event.

Though we are well underway, we still need help from volunteers like you! If you are interested in being involved with the SPIRIT Auction, there are many ways for you to participate before, during and after the event. Click here to learn more, and join us tomorrow, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. for a meeting to find out how you can help.

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Westside School’s basketball teams played last weekend, and knocked the rust off from Winter Vacation. Both the fifth and sixth grade boys teams played very well, and lost games that came down to the wire. The fifth grade girls got their third win in a row, and they are rolling. The sixth grade girls got their first win of the year, and coach Hawkes has the girls improving and primed to have a good finish to the season in January. We have three more weekends of regular season games, with home games the next three Saturdays, January 9, January 16, and January 23.

This week’s Basketball game schedule:

Saturday, January 9

Fifth grade boys vs. St. Anthony, Westside School, 9:00 a.m.
Fifth grade girls vs. St. Louise, Westside School,
10:15 a.m.
Sixth grade boys at St. Louise, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday, January 10

Sixth grade girls at St. Joseph, 12:00 p.m.
Seventh grade boys at Holy Rosary, 2:15 p.m.
Eighth grade boys at St. Matthew’s, 3:00 p.m.
Seventh and eighth grade girls at Holy Rosary, 4:45 p.m.

Up next…Volleyball!

Please sign up your child if they are playing volleyball this year. Practices will start the first week of February with games starting February 20. Director of Athletics, Mike Thomas, will have practice schedules out in a couple weeks – so stay tuned!

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Enrichment Session II begins soon and registration is coming to a close! Ten great classes are being offered including many returning favorites like Chess Wizards and Astronaut Training along with new classes Piano Club, Kids’ Carpentry and Creative Coding 4 Kids. Find additional information and register TODAY for classes here.

If you have any questions please contact Andrew DeLappe (andrewd@westsideschool.org)

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1. Check the Westside School Calendar to stay up to date on what’s going on around school
2. Check out the Athletic Calendar for upcoming games!
3. Enrichment Session II begins in January. Register today!
4. The deadline for Admission Applications for the 2016 – 2017 academic year is Thursday, January 14
5. You are invited to the Lower School Exhibition of Learning, Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.
6.  Westside School is Going Places! Join us tomorrow,  2016 for a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. and learn how you can be part of the 26th annual SPIRIT Auction!