Mustang Monitor December

MUSTANG MONITOR

Westhill Elementary, December 2019

 

Parent Teacher Conferences: 

Thank you for taking the time to attend our recent teacher-parent conferences.  We appreciate your time and effort to be here. Your partnership in creating a positive educational environment for your child supports their educational success in school and our school’s success!   

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CROSSWALK REMINDER: Parents and students please remember to wait for your crossing guard to signal that you may step off the sidewalk to enter the crosswalk. While a crossing guard is on duty, it is important to wait for her to cross students even if they are accompanied by an adult. We are all working together to establish safe habits with our students. Crossing guards should be on duty in the mornings from 9:10-9:30 and afternoons from 4:00-4:10.

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Scholastic Book Fair 

Dec. 5th -10th

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

Wed., Dec. 4: Book fair set up, 2:30 p.m.

 

Thurs., Dec. 5: Open before school, 8:45 a.m.; lunch recesses; after school until 4:30 p.m.

 

Fri., Dec. 6: Open before school, 8:30 a.m. for Dads & Donuts; lunch recesses; and after school until 4:30 p.m.

 

Mon., Dec. 9: Open before school, 8:45 a.m.; lunch recesses; and after school until 4:30 p.m.

 

Tues., Dec. 10: Open before school, 8:45 a.m.; lunch recesses; open until 6:30 p.m. for Hour of Code Night

 

Wed., Dec. 11: Takedown book fair, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair will return this December (Dec. 5-10). Volunteers are needed to help after school for set up Dec. 4, as well as operate the cash registers and help students find books before school Dec. 5-10 (including during Dads & Donuts Dec. 6); during lunch recesses Dec. 5-10; and after school Dec. 5-10 (usually for half an hour after school ends, but until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 for Hour of Code Night). Please note that only books and small stationery items (pencils, erasers) will be sold during school hours. The fair will open at 8:45 a.m. before school Thursday-Tuesday and until 4:30 p.m. after school Thursday-Tuesday (until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday). Please sign up for a shift online by visiting https://signup.com/go/KcyNioY.  About a third of the profit (usually about $2,000) goes to the library for new books. Thanks for your support of the Westhill Library!

- Stephanie Dunnewind, Westhill Librarian

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Celebration of Code Night

Location: Westhill Gym and Various classrooms

19515 88th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Date: Tuesday, December 10th 

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

 

Participate in the Hour of Code at Westhill!  No coding experience required! This is a family experience so please attend with your child - this is not a drop off event. Across the globe children will be participating in Hour of Code the week of Dec 9-13th. At Westhill we want to inspire your kids to learn computer science. Grades K through 5 students may participate in a variety of coding activities from “unplugged” Bee Bots, lego WeDo’s, to using iPads and laptop computers for online collaboration. If you are a computer industry professional and would like to help encourage our students during this event please contact Beth Barrett bbarrett@nsd.org

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  • 12/5-12/10 Book Fair        
  • 12/6  Dads-n-Donuts 8:15-9:10
  • 12/10 Code Night 6:30-8:00
  • 1/15 Inside Out Day

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Cold Weather Reminders: Our lost-and-found is filled to the brim. Thank you for sending your mustangs with coats, hats, sweatshirts and… please remind them to bring those items back home! Items are donated to treads and threads over winter break. *Note: as our kiddos bundle up, we do expect hoods off in class.  

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When Should I Keep my Child Home?

Attached to the title above is the link to our district guidelines for keeping kiddos home. Children should be fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before sending them to school. It’s that time of year and we are seeing a rise in kids being sent home sick. Wash hands and stay healthy! 

 

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The Reading Corner

Submitted by Mrs. Morgenstern

Westhill Reading Specialist

If your child is bringing books home from school, have him/her read them aloud to you.  If it doesn’t sound good (mistakes, choppy reading), have him/her read it again. Or, read a portion of the book to him/her, and then have him/her try again.  Studies show that this kind of repeated oral reading makes students more fluent and improves reading comprehension.   

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Green School news!

Westhill is excited to work toward becoming a certified Green School this year. Parents, teachers, staff members and students have joined a Green Team to promote recycling and waste reduction. The goal is to recycle at least 40% of our waste this year; some schools are up to 70%! We also hope to lower our overall amount of waste. 

How can families help? A significant amount of waste comes from lunches. The King County Green Schools program offers these tips for packing a waste-free lunch:

 

  • Pack only what your child can eat. Have your child bring home everything they do not eat so you can see what they are able to eat in a lunch period. Only pack a half-sandwich if that’s all your child can eat at lunch. 

  • Use REUSABLE containers to pack the lunch. Use any durable plastic containers instead of plastic baggies, or check out these options: www.laptoplunches.com, www.reusies.com. 

  • Use a refillable or reusable drink bottle instead of disposable or recyclable containers. 

  • Pack durable utensils, if a fork or spoon is needed. 

  • Ask your child to bring home the durable, reusable items along with any leftover food.