This Week at Westside: May 22-26

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With less than two weeks left in the school year, student’s are working hard on their final projects and presentations for EOL, Spring Flings or Showcases, and also getting out to enjoy the sunshine! Here are a few snapshots from around our community this week.

To see more of what the students have been working on, come check out these events:

Tuesday, May 30
5:30-6:15 p.m. Seventh and Eighth Grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Middle School Showcase

Wednesday, May 31
8:15-9:00a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Coffee in the Gallery
9:00-9:30a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Spring Fling Performance

Thursday, June 1. 
6:30-7:30pm. Lower School Spring Fling Performance


A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

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This year’s spring musical was Seussical Jr. All of the students involved worked very hard to put on multiple incredible performances and they truly shined on stage and behind the scenes. Here is what some of the teachers who worked with them on this production had to say.

“As with Dr. Seuss books, Seussical is a fantastical and sometimes chaotic musical.  The students needed an enormous amount of concentration and energy to keep all of those moving parts in order and to tell the story of Horton and the Whos.  In both performances, never was a line dropped or an entrance missed.  To a member, the cast was performing in unison to deliver a message of belonging.  I am so proud of what they accomplished.” –Bryan, Performing Arts Teacher


“The students in Tech Theater worked tirelessly on Seussical to create a student-led production. Students in Technical Theater sewed costumes, touched up backdrops, and built props up until the curtain rose. Students created whimsical hair and makeup looks for each character and lights and sound added to the atmosphere and drama. Stage managers organized their peers backstage and ensured that every scene went off without a hitch. Each student should be extremely proud of their ability to stage a full musical production!”
Anna, Interim Visual Arts Instructor

Mariners hold second best record in American League – come watch!

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Westside School’s 1st Annual Westside Day at the Ballgame is happening Saturday, June 11! Due to some cancellations there are a few spots available. Don’t miss your chance to attend this fun community event as we all watch the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers. You must RSVP today, May 26 to get tickets. $35 includes admission and a special Westside Day at the Ballgame t-shirt. 

Questions? Contact Shoshannah Hoffman at

Recognizing the Character of Westside School

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The past couple of weeks have seen Westside School take some big steps toward the goal of becoming certified as a National School of Character. Two weeks ago, Middle School teacher Glyn Jenkins, traveled to Atlanta, GA, to receive a Promising Practices Award for the fifth and sixth grade character education curriculum being piloted at here Westside School. Glyn spent three days at the National Forum on Character Education, sharing the character strengths work we are creating and developing from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Promising Practice Presentation

This past Tuesday evening, fourth grade teacher Amanda Jones and Glyn, hosted the first Parent Education Night of the year, in the Theater. Forty Westside School parents attended the event, which focused on fostering the character strengths language (used around the school) at home.
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There were many inspiring discussions with several intuitive outcomes that will help this simple, yet very effective, vocabulary continue to permeate throughout the Westside School community.
Glyn and Amanda would like to publicly thank Westside School parent, Valerie Legler, for her organization and support in making the event so successful. The next Parent Education Night will be held early in the new year.
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Be a Westside School Hero!

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The Westside Fund Week of Giving starts next week!

 Fun for everyone: 

Monday, October 12

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. – Westside School Fund Kickoff Coffee Cart in the lunchroom. Espresso drinks and snacks on us!

Friday, October 16

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. – Westside School Fund Thank You Coffee Cart in the lunchroom.

Superhero mask giveaway

Students dress like their favorite superhero!

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

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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 Friday, October 16 will be entered to win one of three great prizes:

$500 Nordstrom gift card

Trip to Roche Harbor

Dinner for two

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

We hope to see you next week!

Calling all Ghosts and Goblins! HalloweenFest is almost here!

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HalloweenFest is almost here!

Please join us for this annual Westside School community event this Saturday October 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There are various games and activities, and lots of goodies for sale.
All activities will take place in the gym, main hallway, and in the MPR.
Come in costume or as you are!
Tickets and ticket packages available for sale in the main hall near the front doors.
The WPO will be accepting cash, debit/credit or checks made out to the WPO.
We have a ticket package for $15 which includes a wrist-band for the bouncy slide + 20 tickets.
Individual tickets are 50 cents each. Just the slide wristband is $5.
This year, there will be an arcade-style system. Play the games and earn points. Save up your points and take to the prize booth to ‘cash-in’ and select your prize/s!
We still need more volunteers – especially for the first shift 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bike to School Day at Westside School!

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Westside Students embrace Bike to School Day during National Bike to School Month!

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More than 30 students (and their parents) celebrated the official Bike to School Day last week, arriving for a mini-celebration before school. This gathering is just a small part of Bike to School Month! Students will be riding all month and tracking the minutes ridden on their bikes. Awards will be distributed during Westside School’s Field Day. If you would like to join the Westside bike team, contact