Character Counts Week- Next week!!!
Red Ribbon Week: October 28th - November 1st
Save the date!! December 4th, 2:15-3:30 for our Curriculum Snapshot. Lots more info to follow as the date gets closer.
Music Concert- Tuesday, February 25th
There will be no behavior reports this week since it's just a 3 day week. Please remember to sign and return your child's behavior reports on Mondays and please keep your child's behavior calendar in their green folders until the next month. That is how we are able to do "trade in" days and we keep the calendars. Thanks!
Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 25th and 26th: Sign-up for times will be on signupgenius.com this year. We have recently received training and are in the process of setting up our schedules. We will provide the link that will take you to the site where you can choose your conference time. You will receive an email reminder from signupgenius 3 days prior to your conference date. Parents can begin signing up on NOVEMBER 1st, once we provide the link. Let us know if you have questions!
RAZ KIDS INFO: Students can choose to do Raz kids from home as a part of their reading homework. If they read from their "assignments" or "book room", this can be included on their reading log. Please do not include time spent in the "Rocket Room". The only exception to this will be on nights where they have reading group homework. Students must first complete their reading group homework BEFORE doing Raz Kids. Parents should have received the login info in your child's green folders...Thanks!!
2nd Grade Families: Xtramath! 2nd graders should be doing Xtramath (fact practice) from home AT LEAST once a week as a part of their homework. The kids are experts at this and do it regularly in class, so they should just need a reminder to go on the site. The rest should be independent. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete the activity. THANKS!
STAR time begins next week on Wednesday... This involves the entire primary team, similar to Words Their Way. This is our RTI (Response to Intervention) time- a time where we can address more individual needs in learning. Some groups will be deemed an intervention and some will similar to enrichment groups. On Wednesday after the groups begin, you will received more info on your student's specific group and what will be covered during the time, how the groups were formed, etc. If you have further questions after reading the teacher letter, please let us know!
Halloween at Westgate
We are planning our annual Halloween extravaganza for the afternoon of Thursday, October 31st. Students will be in costume (in the afternoon) to celebrate the special day! Teachers and parents are planning a fun afternoon of games and activities! Although most children take part in the costume parade and parties, their participation is completely voluntary. As you are planning your child’s costume, please remember we are a kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school. Students remaining in school during lunch should plan on costumes with limited make-up accessories. We are requesting your cooperation in selecting school-appropriate costumes that avoid violence, sharp objects, weapons, unnecessary gore, etc. At the discretion of the principal, students with inappropriate costumes will not be able to participate in the parade. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of your child’s costume, please contact the office.
The costume parade will start at 1:45 PM (please note lunch changes below for Halloween). Weather permitting; the parade will begin outside on the sidewalk. Students in grades 1st and 2nd will exit the building using the Primary Doors and line up on the sidewalk along Dwyer Street. Students in kindergarten and 3rd grade will exit the building using the Main Doors and line up on the sidewalk in front of school. Students in grade 4th through 5th will exit the Grove Street door and line up on the sidewalk along Grove Street west of Dwyer Street. The office team will lead the parade and students will parade in the following order: Kindergarten, 3rd , 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades.
The parade will walk north on the west side of Dwyer Street to Sigwalt, and then return to Westgate walking south on the east side of Dwyer Street. Parents are welcome to line the parade route outside along Dwyer Street. (Students will exit the Primary Door, Main Door, and Grove Street Door. The entire school will meet on the southwest corner of Grove Street and Dwyer Street.) In the event of inclement weather, we will either reduce the length of the route or cancel the parade.
Traditionally, many students go home for lunch on Halloween to change into a costume. However, in recent years, more children remain at school for recess and lunch. To ensure all children will be able to go home and return for the Halloween parade at the same time, the lunch time for ALL grades will be from 12:30 -1:30PM as follows:
PRIMARY (1-2) Lunch 12:30-1:00/Recess 1:00-1:30PM
INTERMEDIATE (3-5) Recess 12:30-1:00/Lunch 1:00-1:30PM
Students leaving the school for lunch will use the following exits: Main Door (Door #1), Primary Door (Door #2), and 5th Grade Door (Door #16.) The Cab Doors (adjacent to the North Parking Lot, Door #13 ) will not be used for lunch dismissal.
Remember: Students leaving for lunch should not return to school prior to 1:30PM. Returning students should line up at the Main Entrance (Door #1.) There will be no supervision prior to 1:25PM. Students may not enter the building until 1:30PM
Children who stay at school for lunch will have the opportunity to change into their costumes during the lunch hour. The second shift students will be getting into their costumes during the first shift and then vice-versa. There will be limited adult assistance for costume preparations and it is advisable to keep the costume simple.