Westside School Insider newsletter, January 25, 2016

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January 25, 2016

Insider calender

Monday, February 1: 2016 – 2017 Re-enrollment contracts mailed

Tuesday, February 2: Westside School Metro Bus Information meeting, 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 4: 2016 – 2017 Tuition Assistance Application Deadline

Friday, February 5: Westside School SPIRIT Wear & Pizza Day

Thursday, February 11: Middle School Snow Day

Westside Insider Head of School

I am pleased to introduce Dennis King, who is joining us as the Maintenance Supervisor at Westside School. Dennis was our unanimous choice for the position because of his expertise, breadth of experience, and collaborative work ethic. Further, his calm, competent jovial nature and commitment to stewardship of our facility and our staff made him a good fit for Westside School.

Dennis worked for Seattle Central Community College for 25 years, as both a Facilities and Operations Specialist at both the main college and at their new Wood Tech Center. In the latter role, he was the liaison between management and the contractor during the construction phase of a new $25 million building.

He is very excited to start working with the team, and we look forward to all of you meeting him.

Insider important!

Westside School Metro Bus Information Night
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:45 a.m.

The results from our recent survey suggest a strong interest in a dedicated bus service to Westside School for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Julie Burrell from King County Metro will be here on Tuesday, February 2 at 8:45 a.m. to describe the service, answer your questions, and address any concerns. Metro is a long time provider of bus service to Lakeside School, University Prep, Evergreen School and many more. We encourage all interested parents to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. For questions, please contact Ted Holmes (tedh@westsideschool.org)

Insider lower school

January 22 marked the end of our first semester in Lower School and report cards will be mailed out this Friday, January 29. Be sure to watch your mail!
Lower School has spent the past three weeks studying the virtue of “Temperance” and discussing the character strengths of Humility, Self-Regulation, Prudence, and Forgiveness. Students have been reading stories from Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle and discussing the many ways that demonstrating temperance helps to build a positive classroom community. Be sure to chat with your student about how you use temperance in your daily life.
Insider middle school
Middle School student report cards are being mailed today, January 25. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any qusetions or concerns.
Snow Day is coming on Thursday, February 11! There will be both a snow shoeing option and a skiing option. The ski option requires purchasing a lift ticket with further options of lessons and equipment rentals. Lessons will be about three hours long. The details are being sorted with Crystal Mountain and we will send out updates as available. If you have not yet completed the form with your child’s option and, where applicable, payment information please contact Jeremy (jeremyl@westsideschool.org) or Glyn (glynj@westsideschool.org) as soon as possible.

Westside Insider Extended Day

Westside School will be hosting two camps during mid-winter break, February 16 through 19. Camps will be open to children in kindergarten and up. Camp hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with before and after camp childcare available.

Before and after camp childcare is available as either a fixed rate, four day package for $100, or by daily drop-in for $25 per day. Childcare hours will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register today!

Insider Athletics

Congratulations to our Westside School Wolves on a great basketball season!

Volleyball practice will start next week, the first week of February.

Fifth and sixth grade boys – Tuesday/Thursday 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Fifth grade girls – Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Sixth grade girls Monday 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 4:40 to 5:50 p.m.
Seventh grade boys – Wednesday 5:50 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Seventh and eighth grade girlsMonday 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday 3:30 to 4:40 p.m., and Friday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Please contact Director of Athletics, Mike Thomas (miket@westsideschool.org) with questions.
Westside Insider WPO
Mindful Moments at Westside School, Tuesday, February 23

There has been an incremental and somewhat organic spread of mindfulness practice incorporated here at Westside School. At the next WPO Parent Ed Night we will discuss what mindfulness is, talk about its growth and evolution in education, share some resources including research in the field, share what is happening in the classroom, and try practicing it during the session. Don’t know much about mindfulness? Then please join us at the WPO Parent Ed Night and learn more. Save the date! Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.


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

2. Westside School Metro Bus Information meeting, Tuesday, February 2, at 8:45 a.m., register to attend today!

3. Mid-winter break camp is open for registration, click here to learn more!

4. Donate to the SPIRIT AuctionClick here!