With their victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawk’s will host the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, January 19. Our Westside School community will be sporting the blue & green this Thursday in support!! GO HAWKS!!
Congratulations to Athlete’s of the Week, Emma and Justin! Our 8th grade girls’ team has three wins in a row, with a current record of 4-1. Emma had her best game of the year in our 32-11 victory over Holy Family last Saturday. Emma always plays hard defense and rebounds well, but she rounded her game out with five points on Saturday, including a buzzer beater at the end of the first half!
Our 6th grade boys’ started the year with three consecutive wins. Last Saturday, we played a one loss Holy Family team, and ended up taking a 2 point loss. Justin’s game really stood out. Justin hit two big shots in the fourth that gave us the lead at the time, and he ran the floor well on offense all game. His biggest contribution came on the defensive end though. Justin applies great ball pressure, and always has active hands. He gets steals, and he hassles the point guard really well. Justin continues to scrap every second he’s on the floor, and he is definitely fun to watch. Great job Emma and Justin!!!
Westside School has spirit! We’re showing off our pride and excitement for the NFL Playoff game this Saturday. Kick-off at 1:35 pm!!
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Auction Procurement for the 25th Annual Westside School spirit auction is underway! Come into school to see former auction catalogs for ideas. All donations submitted by Friday, January 24 will be submitted into our raffle to win Two Free Auction Tickets.
Westside School received 200 eyed Coho salmon eggs that arrived from the Soos Creek Hatchery this week! This is the fifth year the second grade has raised salmon from January through April. Later this year, the salmon will be released in Fauntleroy Creek. Judy Pickens and Phil Sweetland delivered the eggs to us and other nearby schools as part of the Salmon in the Classroom program. Students will be in charge of maintaining the tank, cleaning it, and running chemical checks on the water. They will also be in charge of feeding the salmon. Stay tuned for updates!
Dear New Westside Family,
By now you’ve probably heard that our 25th Annual SPIRIT Auction is right around the corner. Be sure you’ve marked your calendar for March 22, 2014, at the Seattle Design Center.
As a new family to Westside, it’s possible – even probable — that you have some questions. To help navigate the event, the auction team has put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
In addition to being an important fundraising event, the auction is also a celebration of our school community. Whether you work on a committee, donate an item or attend the auction, you are supporting our great community and school.
We hope you find the following information helpful and not too overwhelming. We encourage you to get involved in the auction in a way that makes sense for your family.
Q. What does the SPIRIT Auction support?
Funds raised from the auction support Westside’s program – our teachers, our campus, foreign language, music, art, technology – the entire Westside School experience.
Funds raised through our annual campaign for the Westside School Fund and the yearly SPIRIT Auction help to make up the difference between the cost of Westside’s program and tuition income. Also, as Westside is a 501(C)3 non profit, a portion of every dollar raised goes into our vital tuition assistance fund.
Q. How can I support the Auction?
Donate an item by January 31, 2014. The best items are donated by our parents, teachers and staff. Our goal is that every family participates in the auction in a way that is meaningful to them.
Your options for submitting donations are:
- Donate online HERE or turn in a hard copy procurement form. A form was
mailed to your home address in early January. Forms are also available in the early school classrooms or on the auction table in the front entrance of the main building.
- Physical items are not due until March 3, 2014. If your donation is an experience, the auction team can create a certificate – just let us know on your donation form.
Q. I’ve never done this before, what should I donate?
Ask a business that you frequent – your favorite spa, salon, restaurant, gift shop, boutique, pet salon, window washer, car detailer etc. It never hurts to ask — many businesses have generous donation policies. If you can, it’s best to have businesses donate or discount items for donation rather than paying full price for the item.
Host an event/buy-in party on your own or partner with another family or families. Past favorites include Pinot on the Patio, Mama Mixer, Cinco de Mayo cocktail party, boat cocktail cruise, Bollywood Indian themed dinner, neighborhood progressive dinner.
Donate a vacation. Have a vacation home, cabin or timeshare? Get-a-ways are always popular and attract high bidding! Do you have a favorite hotel? Maybe the owners will donate a night.
Redeem Points. Are you sitting on more mileage or credit card points than you can ever use? Redeem points for gift cards, merchandise, hotel stays.
Share your time, talent, or special skill. Are you famous for your cookies or cake decorating skills? Donate a dozen cookies/dessert/pie once a month for 6 months. Are you an expert organizer? Love to work in a yard? Have a truck to hall a load to the dump? Do you make jewelry? Art? Sew a custom Halloween costume?
For more donation ideas, copies of prior catalogs are on the auction table in the main entrance at school.
Q. What do I need to know before auction night?
- Tickets will go on sale in early February. You’ll receive your invitation by email with a link to purchase tickets online. Act quick to get the early bird ticket price.
- There’s an online auction that goes live about a week before the actual event. This is a fun way to get into the spirit of the auction and give folks who may not make it to the actual event (like out-of-town grandparents) the opportunity to bid and purchase gifts. 3
- .Raffle tickets are sold prior to the event and the during the auction. Raffle tickets will be sent home with your student.
- The catalog (both online and hard copy) will be available the week before the auction.
Q. What is the night of the Auction like?
The Auction begins with the silent and almost live auctions when the doors open at 5 pm. This year we are using an electronic bidding service called Auctions by Cellular. You will need to bring your own smartphone to bid in an eBay type bidding process for the silent items. Even folks at home can access our silent auction during the event. If you do not own a smart phone, there will be personal shoppers to assist you. Around 6:45 PM, the silent auction closes and dinner and the live auction begin.
You won’t have to sing for your supper, but you will have the chance to bid on dessert. The table with the highest total gets to pick and “dash” for their dessert first, followed by the second highest bidding table, etc. You’ll have the chance to sign up to donate (home made or from local bakery) a dessert to the Dessert Dash closer to the auction.
During the live auction there are opportunities to donate to Westside’s Fund-a-Need or Fund-a-Wish. Fund-a-Need donations support and supplement our Tuition Assistance Fund. Fund-a-Wish donations typically support our program or an element of our program. Donations to last year’s Fund-a-Wish enabled us to enhance our outdoor play spaces. This year’s Wish is to enhance our Performing Art Department with musical instruments and other items. Donations to these funds are tax deductible and eligible for company matching programs.
After the live auction wraps, change into your comfortable shoes! We have a DJ for some well deserved fun and dancing.
Q. Where Can I Find Up-to-Date Auction Information?
Auction info can be found on our website. This is where you find online donation forms and ticket RSVPs. Updates and info will also be shared by email in the weekly Westside Insider and special auction updates.
Q. Do you need volunteers? How can I get involved?
Parent volunteers are such an important part of what makes the auction a success, you get to meet other families, and it’s super fun! Click here to see what volunteer opportunities are available.
Have other questions? Email the auction team (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
In advance, thanks for your support in making this year’s auction a huge success! We look forward to seeing you auction night!