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Lunchtime Recycling Program Week of April 23

 

Love being green? During the week of April 23, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 

 

The purpose of this program is to boost awareness and educate students about the importance of recycling/reusing and the value of composting food waste. You will be volunteering for one 30-minute lunch session (or more than one!) with a teacher and student.

 

Please show up 5 minutes before your time slot to receive orientation on how to help be part of a wonderful solution!

This is the last month of the school year where the Parent Green Team will offer support at lunch time. Show your love for their school & the environment!

 

Thank you to all those who have already taken part!  If you have any questions, please contact Sonya Chapnick at: sonya@yogagently.com 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aaaa829a02-lunchtime2

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Published: 4/16/18




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Save the Date:  FAMFEST  
Friday, May 4  5:00 pm 

More details to follow this week.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/16/18




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SBM Meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm

Agenda will be posted on the website on Monday evening

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/16/18




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Donate a Box of Cheerios to ROOM 4

Room 4 is excited to extend their "Westwood Charter Gives Hunger the Boot"
campaign through April 13th. Come by Room 4, before or during Open House, to donate a box of Cheerios for the LA Food Bank!  

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/9/18




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ArtShare Gallery Exhibit at Open House  - Submissions Due Wednesday

 

Submit your child’s art work to be displayed during open house. Any work can be submitted, it did not need to created during ArtShare. Turn work into the front office by Wednesday, 4/11 at 4:00pm.

 

Please make sure to include your child’s name, grade and Room Number.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/9/18




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Open House is Thursday, April 12

K-2 (6:00-7:00 PM) and 3-5 (6:30-7:30 PM)

 

Come join us to celebrate student progress on Thursday evening.  The hours for Open House are staggered to reduce congestion and to allow families with multiple children sufficient time to visit classrooms.

 

 K-2 classrooms will be open from 6 – 7pm and 3 & 4/5 classrooms will be open from 6:30 – 7:30pm.  

 

Make sure you stop by the auditorium to visit the ArtShare Gallery.  Please note that our playground is closed during Open House.  Children should accompany their families, act as docents, and participate in the celebration of the student work displayed.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/9/18




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WISE Board Officer Openings

 

Are you interested in serving on the WISE Board?

 

As an officer on the WISE Board, you can become involved

in a meaningful way with the WWC community.

 

The WISE Board nominating committee is looking to fill the following four officer positions for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years (officers will be elected in May 2018):

 

Vice President - Programs and Services. All candidates for this position must be willing to serve a two-year term for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The Vice President - Programs and Services shall, subject to the control of the Board, generally supervise, direct, and control the non-fundraising business of WISE, including, but not limited to, parent and student educational programs, service learning, community outreach and honorary programs. The Vice President - Programs and Services shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board.

 

Parent Orientation Coordinator. All candidates for this position must be willing to serve a two-year term for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The Parent Orientation Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating communications and contacts among parents at WWC. The Parent Orientation Coordinator will oversee development and publication of the annual school directory, coordinate volunteer sign-ups at the beginning of the school year, and create and distribute beginning-of-the-year information packets for parents. The Parent Orientation Coordinator shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board.

 

Treasurer. All candidates for this position must be willing to serve a two-year term for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The Treasurer shall be responsible for bookkeeping. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct books and records of accounts of the properties and business transactions of WISE. The Treasurer shall render to the President and directors, whenever they request it, an account of all transactions of the Chief Financial Officer and the Treasurer and of the financial condition of WISE. The books of account shall at all times be open to inspection by any director. The Treasurer shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board.

 

The WISE Board nominating committee is also looking to fill the following officer position as a shadow position for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year and then as an officer position for a two-year term from December 2018 to December 2020 (will be elected as shadow in May 2018 and become officer in December 2018).

 

Room Rep Coordinator - Elect to Officer. The Room Rep Coordinator will act as a liaison between WWC administration, teachers and parents. The Room Rep Coordinator will ensure that there are family reps for each grade and room reps for each class. The Room Rep Coordinator will oversee the room rep process and follow up with family reps and room reps as needed. The Room Rep Coordinator will organize and communicate important information from WWC staff and WISE to the parent body via Sunday emails as well as standalone emails as necessary or through room reps. The Room Rep Coordinator also will coordinate the Back to School Lunch for staff.

 

All candidates for these positions must also be able to attend the monthly WISE board meetings.

 

If you are interested in being considered for any of these positions, please submit a brief statement to the WISE Board nominating committee (no longer than 250 words) explaining your interest and describing your involvement to date with WWC. All submissions must be emailed to Leslie Wang (les_tao@yahoo.com) no later than Tuesday, April 10. If you have questions about these positions or the nomination process, please feel free to talk with any member of this year's nominating committee.

 

The members of the committee are Rakhee Batra, Pam Belperio, Krisha Garvey, Vanessa Kerner, Joni Weiss and Leslie Wang.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/3/18




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WE WANT YOU! No science background necessary.

Please join us on Thursday, April 5, and be a part of Science Slam.

The meeting will begin at 8:15 am in the cafeteria.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.westwoodcharterscienceslam.org/.

Interested in participating but can’t attend the meeting? Email wwcscienceslam@gmail.com and we will work it out.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/3/18




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Principal's Coffee Wednesday, April 4 at 8:15 am in Library   

THE POWER OF "GROWTH MINDSET"

Come meet with Kathy to discuss growth mindset and the power of “not yet.”  What is a growth mindset and why is it important for student success?  

Kathy will provide an overview, facilitate a discussion, and provide resources for further learning.  Resources shared will be posted to our website following the Coffee. 
 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 4/3/18




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ArtShare Art Submission Dues Friday, April 6

Dear ArtShare Parents! Anyone wishing to submit their child’s artwork for the ArtShare Gallery night April 12th (same night as WWC Open House) may do so on Friday April 6th. Heelah Saleem will be available from 8:05- 8:45 am after drop off and at pickup from 2:45-4:00pm in the library to collect your submissions. The artwork can be work created during ArtShare or art created independently by your child previously or during Spring Break. We welcome paintings, drawings, multimedia- anything your child is proud to present to the school.  Please contact heelahm@yahoo.com if alternate submission arrangement time is necessary. Thank you!

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Published: 3/26/18




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Are you interested in serving on the WISE Board?  As an officer on the WISE Board, you can become involved in a meaningful way with the WWC community. There are four open officer positions.
 
The WISE Board nominating committee is looking to fill the following four officer positions for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years (officers will be elected in May 2018):


Treasurer 
Vice President - Programs and Services.
Parent Orientation Coordinator 
Room Rep Coordinator - Elect to Officer.
 
All candidates for these positions must also be able to attend the monthly WISE board meetings. 

 

All submissions must be emailed to Leslie Wang (les_tao@yahoo.com) no later than Tuesday, April 10.


If you are interested in being considered for any of these positions, please submit a brief statement to the WISE Board nominating committee (no longer than 250 words) explaining your interest and describing your involvement to date with WWC. If you have questions about these positions or the nomination process, please feel free to talk with any member of this year's nominating committee.

 

The members of the committee are Rakhee Batra, Pam Belperio, Krisha Garvey, Vanessa Kerner, Joni Weiss and Leslie Wang.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/19/18




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The 4/5 students in room 4 have launched a "Give Hunger the Boot" campaign.

 

They have entered a Rube Goldberg contest which involves designing crazy contraptions that carry out a simple task. This year the task is to pour a bowl of cereal. 

 

They connected this to a service learning project to raise awareness of childhood hunger and the benefits of healthy nutrition because no child should go hungry.

 

Many upper grade classrooms have signed up for an opportunity to come and see the three class contraptions then vote for the 
most interesting. The one with the most votes will be entered into the official  2018 Rube Goldberg On-Line Contest. 

 

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes (and a few lower primary) are asked to bring a box of General Mills Cheerios (the standard Cheerios in the yellow box) to Room 4 when they view and vote. 

However, they wish to include the entire school in our "Give Hunger the Boot" campaign. Any student who wants to drop by and view the contraptions is welcome! They also hope that each student at WWC will donate a box of Cheerios so that "WWC Gives Hunger the Boot". 

 

They hope to collect 400-600 boxes of Cheerios. These will be delivered to the LA Food Bank and they are hosting a cereal drive now through March 22nd for the entire school. Feel free to drop by room 4 during snack, lunch, and recess to view our contraptions, donate your box of Cheerios, and together "WWC Will Give Hunger the Boot"

 

Thank you so much,
Room 4

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/19/18




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WISE MEETING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 AT 8:15 AM IN LIBRARY 

COME LEARN ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WWC 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/19/18




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SCIENCE SLAM MEETING 

The season of Science Slam is about to begin! Join us on Tuesday, March 20, in the library to 
learn more about the event and to meet the members of this year’s steering committee. 
The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.westwoodcharterscienceslam.org/.
Questions? Email wwcscienceslam@gmail.com

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Published: 3/13/18




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Lunch Time Recycling Sign up for the week of March 19

Love being green? During the week of March 19, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 

The purpose of this program is to boost awareness and educate students about the importance of recycling/reusing and the value of composting food waste. You will be volunteering for one 30-minute lunch session (or more than one!) with a teacher and student. Please show up 5 minutes before your time slot to receive orientation on how to help be part of a wonderful solution!

This program will recur every month until the end of the school year.

Thank you to all those who have already taken part!  If you have any questions, please contact

Sonya Chapnick at: sonya@yogagently.com 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aaaa829a02-lunchtime3

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/13/18




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WWC ONLINE AUCTION IS HAPPENING NOW...   

CHECK OUT ALL THE WONDERFUL ITEMS   

Westwood Charter Elementary School will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization.  Have fun!

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=306612776

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/13/18




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ArtShare 2018, The Power of Me
March 5th -9th 

Still have a few more slots open check them out!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0945A5AF2CA6F49-artshare1

Questions: Contact ArtShare Committee
Corisa Cobden, corisacobden@gmail.com & Heelah Saleem, heelahm@yahoo.com

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 3/5/18




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SBM MEETING  Thursday at 6:00 PM in LIBRARY.      
SBM Meeting -  2018-19 Budget priorities will be discussed.  Final agenda will be posted online Monday evening.

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Published: 3/5/18




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PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 at 8:15 AM in LIBRARY

TOPIC -- SCHOOL BUDGET FOR 2018-19        

Principal's Coffee - March is budget season!  This month Kathy will review how Westwood allocated funds for this school year.  She will also provide information about the 2018-19 School Budget and you will be able to provide input on how the budget is prioritized.  The 2018-19 budget will also be discussed during the SBM meeting on Thursday.

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Published: 3/5/18




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PARENT WORK PARTY - FRIDAY, MARCH 2 AFTER DROP OFF

The next Parent Work Party is Friday, March 2nd after morning drop off.  We will meet in the cafeteria and work on projects for our wonderful Westwood Charter teachers.  We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers.  If you are new to WWC or looking for a way to get involved with the school community, PWP is a great place to start!  

Kindly RSVP to Sharon Rosas at sharonbeth0819@me.com so we can plan accordingly.  

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/26/18




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Spring Emergency Drill Scheduled for Thursday at 10:40am.      
The annual spring emergency drill will be conducted at Westwood on Thursday, March 1, at 10:40am.  Movement on our campus will be limited during the drill (approximately 10:40-11:10am) and the school entrance will be closed during the drill.  Please plan accordingly as all people on campus must remain for the duration of the drill and there will be no entries to our campus during the drill.  
During a shelter in place, students are moved (or remain) inside for their safety because there is an environmental or chemical threat to the well-being of students. Shelter in place uses school buildings to provide protection from the outdoor environment. There are several reasons why a school may initiate a shelter in place, including chemical spills in the area, brush fires, any kind of airborne contaminants, or a swarm of bees. During a shelter in place, school administrators and district officials work closely with government agencies to maximize student safety.
 
Westwood conducts a variety of emergency drills throughout the year.  Teachers explain the drills to their students in age appropriate language, students practice the drill, and have an opportunity to ask questions or discuss the drill. Details about specific drills can be found here.

Staff and parents are encouraged to download the LAUSD emergency plan app for smartphones and tablet devices. Information is available at https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/6692 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/26/18




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WISE MEETING  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 7:00 PM.        Please join us on Monday evening and learn more about what's happening at our school and various committees! 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/26/18




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ARMCHAIR AUCTION 2018

Armchair Auction is here! The incredibly popular teacher outings will be offered again this year and is an important part of the Spring Auction, having raised more than $35,000 for the last several years! These special outings are an opportunity for students to spend quality time with their teachers. They are once in a lifetime opportunities!

Each classroom teacher has donated an activity for the children in their own class. In addition, there are opportunities for the whole school for a special time with other staff members. Bid Sheets will be distributed later this week, so please be on the lookout in your kid’s folder and then read the whole sheet carefully so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

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Published: 2/20/18




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LUNCHTIME RECYCING PROGRAM WEEK of FEBRUARY 26.                                                              

Love being green? During the week of February 26, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

 

For questions: Sonya Chapnick  sonya@yogagently.com

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/20/18




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KINDERGARTEN CONVERSATION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 9:00 AM.      

Kindergarten Conversation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at 9am in the auditorium and will be followed by a brief parent tour of kindergarten classrooms. Parents of prospective kindergarten or TK students are invited to join us for this informative conversation.  Check our website for enrollment information and Kinder/TK FAQs.   Enrollment for students residing within our residential boundaries begins March 5th. 
 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/20/18




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Sign ups for Girls on the Run (GOTR) are happening now!  

Find out more about the program here.


Teams that are filled to 15 girls by FEB 16th, will be eligible to receive:


 ·  Up to 20 FREE tickets for team GIRLS and/or chaperones to the LA CLIPPERS GAME on Sunday, April 1st at 12:30pm 
 ·   Each ticket includes a FREE t-shirt, goodie bag, and a VIP Pass for the Pre-game warm-up
Don't miss this incredible opportunity! Winners will be drawn at random among all eligible teams. Increase your chances to win by registering your girls ASAP.  


There are only 50 spots available so make sure to get those registrations in so your team can be entered to win!

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/12/18




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GARDEN WORK PARTY  --  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT 8AM

Hello there!

While green and bountiful, the Westwood Charter Garden is in need of your help! 

I would like to invite you and your family to join me on Saturday, February 24th from 8am-10am for a Garden Work Party. With the help of you and your children, the garden will be able to thrive that much more fully in this drier than expected winter season. 

With your help at this Garden Work Party, I hope to accomplish the following:

-Cover the outdoor classroom flooring with wood chips (will help to contain dust back there)
-Plant seedlings in veggie and butterfly gardens 
-Clean up around the garden beds/outdoor classroom/planted areas behind the 4/5 classes
-Mulch trees throughout campus with donated mulch

These days are truly delightful! Delicious snacks and coffee are always provided for volunteers, as well as, incredible opportunities to build community by getting to know other students and parents passionate about helping the WWC garden grow! All students and parents are welcome!

Below include the meeting instructions for the Saturday, February 24th Garden Work Party:

Time: 8am-10am

Location: Please enter the school at the back gate on Overland Avenue, just north of Mississippi Avenue. There will be a sign denoting where to enter.

Special instructions: Please feel free to bring your own gloves, shovels, water bottles, hats, and sunscreen!

I look forward to gardening with you! If you're interested in attending the work day, please let your room rep know, so that we can count you in for attendance. 

Any questions please email me tate.wwcgarden@gmail.com

Appreciatively,

Ms. Tate (WWC Garden Teacher)

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/12/18




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LUNCHTIME RECYCING PROGRAM WEEK of FEBRUARY 26.                                

VOLUNTEER 

Love being green? During the week of February 26, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aaaa829a02-lunchtime2

For questions : Sonya Chapnick  sonya@yogagently.com

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Published: 2/12/18




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Sweet Friday Sign Ups for the New Year Families 4/5, K & 1

SWEET FRIDAY 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B49AFAB2AA57-2017 

Family 4/5 - Dec 15 - Feb 16

Family K - Feb 23- Apr 13

Family 1 - Apr 20 - Jun 8

 

Heather Wigginton 

Sweet Friday Chair 

wigginton.heather@gmail.com 

 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/5/18




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SBM MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 AT 6:00 PM

Agenda will be posted on our website Monday evening.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 2/5/18




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PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 8:15AM IN LIBRARY

Principal's Coffee - This month Kathy will share information about the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) identification process, GATE program options, and highlight  ways to support your gifted child at home.  

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Published: 2/5/18




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SAVE THE DATE  - Parent/Student Community Council (PSCC)

Monday, February 5. 2018 at 6:30 pm in our Auditorium 

We warmly invite you to be a part of our first Parent & Student Community Council of this school year.  This evening allows you to gather with fellow parents, students and Westwood teachers to be a member of our special community in an intimate and meaningful way. 

 

Featured Teachers This Month

Annalee Kennedy    

Amanda Tanaka

Diana Greenstein

Kelly Oschack

Mandy Pierce

Rachel Cannella

 

Council is the pracice of speaking and listening from the heart.  Through compassionate, heartfelt expression and empathetic listening. Council offers an effective means of communicating. It provides a common experience and shared vision for sound decision-making and conflict resolution. It is also a valuable learning tool that enables children to express themselves thoughtfully and with confidence. 

 

Please RSVP to Diana Greenstein at dig0408@lasud.net

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Published: 1/29/18




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ArtShare is Coming the Week of March 5    

Parent Volunteers Needed!!!!


We need volunteers to host workshops and share their talents with our students. Any art form is welcome. If interested, please contact co-chairs, Corisa corisacobden@gmail.com and Heelah heelahm@yahoo.com, for more details.

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Published: 1/29/18




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Parent Work Party Friday, February 2 after drop off in cafeteria

 

The next Parent Work Party is Friday, February 2nd after morning drop off.  We will meet in the cafeteria and work on projects for our wonderful Westwood Charter teachers.  We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers.  If you are new to WWC or looking for a way to get involved with the school community, PWP is a great place to start!

 

Kindly RSVP to Sharon Rosas at sharonbeth0819@me.com so we can plan accordingly.  

 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/29/18




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UPCOMING DATES 

Principal Coffee Dates from 8:15 am to 9:15 am in Library 

Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2

WISE Meeting Dates  in Library: 

Jan 17 at 8:15 am, Feb 26 at 7:00 pm. Mar 21 at 8:15 am, Apr 23 at 7:00 pm, May 23 at 8:15 am

SBM Meeting Dates  6:00 pm, Library 

Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 19, May 10

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/22/18




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Girls on the Run with open registration for the Spring team on 

January 29

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS  3:30pm-5:00pm 

Register Online
www.gotrla.org/program-registration
Space is Limited to 15 Girls Registration

Program Runs: FEB 26-MAY12

5K Celebration: 1st Weekend May

10 Week Program for $225

Click Here for More GOTR Details

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/22/18




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LUNCH TIME RECYCLING WEEK OF JANUARY 22 -- VOLUNTEER THIS WEEK

Love being green? During the week of January 22, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 

The purpose of this program is to boost awareness and educate students about the importance of recycling/reusing and the value of composting food waste. You will be volunteering for one 30-minute lunch session (or more than one!) with a teacher and student. Please show up 5 minutes before your time slot to receive orientation on how to help be part of a wonderful solution!

This program will recur every month until the end of the school year.

Many thanks,

Sonya
Sonya Chapnick
sonya@yogagently.com

SIGN UP FOR LUNCHTIME RECYCLING

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/22/18




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Sweet Friday Sign Ups for the New Year Families 4/5, K & 1

SWEET FRIDAY 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B49AFAB2AA57-2017 

Family 4/5 - Dec 15 - Feb 16

Family K - Feb 23- Apr 13

Family 1 - Apr 20 - Jun 8

 

Heather Wigginton 

Sweet Friday Chair 

wigginton.heather@gmail.com 

 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/18/18




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SAVE THE DATE -- Classroom Clean Up  Saturday, January 20

Classroom Cleanup Day is our one chance to do a deep cleaning and organization of the classrooms and common areas at the school.  More information will be distributed soon.

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Published: 1/18/18




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Friday, January 26th is Jump Rope for Heart! 

We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association to help kids and adults with special hearts. Did you know Westwood Charter raised over $27,000 for the AHA last year? Our donations support doctors and scientists at UCLA, USC & beyond! This research will save lives! We hope all students will sign up to participate this year!

Sign up online for Jump Rope For Heart!

  • Visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/westwoodcharter and select the SIGN UP button.
  • Your student earns a Glow in the Dark Scare Squad Wristband just for signing up!
  • Your student’s name will be added to the Westwood Scare Squad Bulletin Board!

Get the Free Mobile App: Jump/Hoops

  • Use the app to bring the Scare Squad to life like Pokémon Go!
  • Use the app or website to easily text or email family and friends right from your child’s webpage to raise donations
  • Post to social media to raise even more awareness for this special cause! The more people we reach the more lives we can save!

PLEASE NOTE!

  • Parent Letters will be sent home on January 12th with more information.
  • Students will earn the Scare Squad Wristband and the 7 Scare Squad Monsters right away!
    • Scare Squad Monsters are given out at $10, $20, $35, $40, $100 and $200
  • Please include your child’s T-shirt size when you sign up. Students raising $50 receive a T-shirt after our event.
  • We are raising ONLINE (app/website) donations only.

Please have students wear red on January 26th to support the cause!

 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 1/18/18




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Winter Break Dates Dec 18 to Jan 6

School will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Published: 12/11/17




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SBM Meeting on Thursday, December 14th, has been cancelled due to a blank agenda. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 12/11/17




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Local District Supt. Cheryl Hildreth sent an automated call on Friday, 12/8, to confirm that school will reopen on Monday.  This decision was based on improved air quality and the lifting of mandatory evacuations that impacted our school communities.

 

The safety of our students and employees is always our top priority. District crews worked this weekend to install new air filters at the closed schools and ensure that facilities are ready for teaching and learning to resume. However, we may continue to limit outdoor activities until air quality returns to normal levels. Please visit lausd.net for updated information and on-going resources for our students and families. 

 

We realize that this has been a trying time for our families and employees. We are very grateful for your cooperation and understanding and look forward to seeing you back at school again on Monday.

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Published: 12/9/17




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LAUSD has closed Westwood Charter and several other schools in Local District West for the remainder of the week due to the poor air quality resulting from the fires.  Students and staff should not come to school Thursday and Friday.  We will reopen on Monday, December 11, 2017. 

 

Additional information and updates can be found on the district’s website at http://home.lausd.net/ and specific information about school closures can be found at http://home.lausd.net/apps/spotlightmessages/1251

 

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Published: 12/6/17




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Seeking Contributions for the Westwood Charter Multicultural Week Museum December 11-15

 

Westwood Charter's Multicultural Week will be December 11th-15th. In addition to the classroom "feast" and parent presentations, the library is transformed into a "museum" featuring items contributed by Westwood Charter families over the year. These items include a wide range of objects from pieces of traditional clothing, to statues, to small books, etc. The items are arranged by country of origin and all classrooms have the opportunity to tour the museum during their library time.

 

We are seeking new contributions for the museum this year. Please consider donating an object to the museum that reflects your family's origins/visits/culture. These items will be kept permanently at Westwood Charter and displayed each year in the museum. Although children are discouraged from handling the items, please don't contribute anything that is extremely fragile or expensive. Please include a tag or sign with the object indicating your family's name and the origin of the item, which will be included in the display.

 

If you have an item to donate, please bring it to the office (preferable in a plastic bag with the item/sign) and a place it in the black plastic bin we have put there for the multicultural museum. We are accepting donations all next week (Dec. 4-8) If you want your item to be included, be sure to drop it off by next Friday, December 8th so it can be included in the museum.

 

Please feel free to email us with any questions. 

 

Thanks,

Angelike Dexter (angeliked@gmail.com) and Beth Glenn-Mallouk (bethaglenn@hotmail.com)

Multicultural Week Co-Chairs

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 12/5/17




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Principal's Coffee

Wednesday, December 6 8:15 am in Library

Guest Speaker: Dr. Barbara Moreno

How to Talk with Your Children When the World Seems Scary

 

A Westside favorite, Dr. Barbara Moreno, a child and family therapist, will lead the conversation. Her many years of experience as a social worker, parent, teacher and psychotherapist forms a strong base for her successful and relevant parent support groups.

 

Participants will explore the impact of worry and anxiety on the family when events around us feel scary.

They will take home practical tools and insights on ways to reassure their children and to

help them better deal with their distress.

 

Westwood parents continue to give her work with them outstanding reviews:

"This was a sensitive and relevant workshop.Thanks."

 

"I love the logical, compassionate and intelligent approach to . . parenting."

 

-- 

Allana Friedman

Curriculum Coordinator

Westwood Charter Elementary School

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 12/5/17




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Holiday Parent/Student Community Council (PSCC)

Tuesday, December 5 6:30pm in Auditorium

GRATITIUDE

We warmly invite you to be a part of our next Parent/Student Community Council on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in our Auditorium.  This evening allows you to gather with fellow parents, students, and Westwood teachers to be a member of our special community in an intimate and meaningful way.
Featured Teachers This Month
Annalee Kennedy
Christina Close
Diana Greenstein
Krysten Hall 
Manday Pierce
Therese Rumi
Council is the practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Through compassionate, heartfelt expression and empathetic listening, Council offers an effective means of communicating. It provides a common experience and shared vision for sound decision-making and conflict resolution. It is also a valuable learning tool that enables children to express themselves thoughtfully and with confidence.
Your child participates in Council on a regular basis at our school. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience with your child, what has become common practice at Westwood Charter. COME BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE!
Please RSVP to Diana Greenstein dlg0408@lausd.net 
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Be A Part Of The Parent Green Team! Week of November 27
Love being green? During the week of November 27, we will be continuing WWC’s fantastic Lunchtime Recycling Program! We need 10 parent volunteers to each donate 30 minutes of time during that week. 
The purpose of this program is to boost awareness and educate students about the importance of recycling/reusing and the value of composting food waste. You will be volunteering for one 30-minute lunch session with a teacher and student. 
SIGN UP ON THIS SIGNUP GENIUS and please show up 5 minutes before your time slot to receive orientation on how to help be part of a wonderful solution!
If you have any questions, please contact Sonya Chapnick at: sonya@yogagently.com 
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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 11/27/17




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Parent Work Party Friday, December 1after drop off in Cafeteria

The next Parent Work Party is Friday, December 1 after morning drop off. We will meet in the cafeteria and work on projects for our wonderful Westwood Charter teachers. We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers. If you are new to WWC or looking for a way to get involved with the school community, PWP is a great place to start! Kindly RSVP to Sharon Rosas at sharonbeth0819@me.com so we can plan accordingly. 

 

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Published: 11/27/17




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Come learn how you can make a difference in just 45 minutes…

Volunteer during Lunch recess!

 

Join us in the library this Wednesday, November 29th at 8:10am to 

find out more.

 

If we could post a video of how their faces light up, and the way they say "Chill Zone!", you would know what motivates us to keep this program going! 

 

We'd love to see you there.

Feel free to contact us:

 

marzchoi@gmail.com

jenna.carlston@sothebyshomes.com

(310)256-0895

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Published: 11/27/17




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SBM Meeting Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm in Library

 

Agenda will be posted on our website on Monday evening

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Published: 11/13/17




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Emergency Drill Practice on Tuesday from 8:30am - 9:00am

 

Each month we practice a type of safety drill. On Tuesday, Westwood will practice a "Shelter In Place" drill from 8:30am-9:00am. During the drill, access to our campus will not be available. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time and does not need to leave campus during the drill. For more information on Shelter In Place drills, and other types of drills, click here.

 

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Published: 11/13/17




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WISE Meeting Monday, November 13 at 7 pm in Library

 

Parents are invited to come hear about upcoming events, including the launch of a new app for all things WISE and our school directory. 

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Published: 11/13/17




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Come Get WWC and HOOT Gear! Wednesday, November 8 at dropoff

 

Our fabulous WWC student store team will be in the front of school Wednesday, November 8, at dropoff selling new and vintage WWC and HOOT gear. Come stock up! Some t-shirts will be selling for as low as $5. Cash or credit card accepted.

 

Any questions, please contact Jody at Kjbakhtiar@yahoo.com or Olga at okobrinsky@gmail.com

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 11/6/17




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Middle School Info Night Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm in the Auditorium

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 11/6/17




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The English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting 

Wednesday, November 8  at 8:15am in the library 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Allana Friedman, Curriculum Coordinator (310) 474-7788.

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Published: 11/6/17




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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHOOL HOURS

It's Parent-Teacher Conference Week. School will dismiss at 12:45pm on Friday, Nov 3, Monday, Nov 6, & Wednesday, Nov 8

School will dismiss at the regular time of 1:41pm (K) and 1:45pm (1-5) on Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9. 

Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled by your child's teacher.

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Published: 10/30/17




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Parent Work Party is Friday, November 3rdafter morning drop off. 

We will meet in the cafeteria and work on projects for our wonderful Westwood Charter teachers. We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers. If you are new to WWC or looking for a way to get involved with the school community, PWP is a great place to start! 

 

Kindly RSVP to Sharon Rosas at sharonbeth0819@me.com so we can plan accordingly. 

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Published: 10/30/17




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Principal's Coffee Wednesday, November 1 at 8:15 am

 

This Wednesday Kathy will review the magnet school application process, e-Choices. Come learn about the wide range of choices available in LAUSD, when you should start applying for middle school, and the criteria for gifted and highly gifted magnets.  



Resources shared during the coffee will be posted to our website for parents who are unable to attend the coffee. Click here past for Principal’s Coffee resources.

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Published: 10/30/17




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Red Ribbon Week 

Week of October 23

 

The week of October 23 - 27, Westwood Charter will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week by focusing on healthy bodies and strong minds. 

 

Each day we are asking the children to be supportive by wearing the following items:

 

Monday, 10/23: Celebrate the beginning of Red Ribbon Week -            wear red

                                                

Tuesday, 10/24: "Be a JEAN-ius by Being Drug Free” – wear jeans

 

Wednesday, 10/25: “Making Good Choices is No Sweat” – wear sweats

 

Thursday, 10/26: “Sock it to Drugs” wear mismatched or crazy socks      

 

Friday, 10/27: “Health is a Hoot” – wear your Hoot t-shirt or a Westwood Charter shirt

 

Thank you for your support.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 10/23/17




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Art Share needs a committee chair, show you care.

 

If you love art, we need you!

If you are the executive type,

we need you too!

You must be available the week of March 5th,

and leading up to the event. 

 

For more details

contact Jenna:

(310)256-0895

jenna.carlston@sothebyshomes.com

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 10/23/17




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SAVE THE DATE: Middle School Info Night, November 1 at 7pm

in the Auditorium

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 10/16/17




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WISE Meeting: Wednesday, October 18 at 8:15 am in

Library

Come find out about the happenings at WWC, meet the board members and hear about all the great programs on campus! 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 10/16/17




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Great Shake Out 2017 (Earthquake Drill) will be held on Thursday, 10/19, at 10:35am. No one will be admitted to or picked up from our campus from 10:30 – 11:45am. 

Please plan accordingly. For additional details, please read the letter from Mrs. Flores.

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Published: 10/16/17




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Friday, October 12 at 6:00 pm in Library

 

SBM Meeting  

Agenda will be posted on website Monday evening.

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Published: 10/9/17




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Wednesday, October 11 at 8:15 am in Library 

English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting

We will be contacting ELAC Training of Officers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:  Allana Friedman, Curriculum Coordinator (310) 474-7788

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Published: 10/9/17




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The Office of Board Member and Vice-President Nick Melvoin will be hosting roundtables alongside community partners throughout Board District 4 to solicit input on an innovative initiative to create a smartphone app to improve parent communication and provides relevant and timely school district updates. Parents are invited to share your ideas about how we can better engage with you through smartphone technology. Please let us know if you will be able to make it.  

 

RSVP to Participate in Community Roundtables at https://www.boardmembermelvoin.com/rsvp-to-tech-app-roundtable

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Published: 10/9/17




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SWEET FRIDAYS Sign Up Now!


Sweet Friday, is where parent volunteers are asked to either bake or pick up breakfast treats for our fabulous teachers and staff. We are looking for parents during the school year and volunteers are needed NOW! 

 

To spread the appreciation across all of our grade levels, this year we have assigned grade levels for each Sweet Friday along with what to bring and how much.  Please sign up to bring one or two items on a Friday for each of your child's class.  

 

Family 3  - Aug 18- Oct 6

Family 2  - Oct 13 - Dec 8

Family 4/5 - Dec 15 - Feb 16

Family K  - Feb 23- Apr 13

Family 1 - Apr 20 - Jun 8

 

Let's make sure we show our teachers how sweet we think they are!

 

Please click the signup genius link below to sign up.

 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B49AFAB2AA57-2017 


If you have any questions please contact Heather Wigginton. 

Thank you!

 

Heather Wigginton 

Sweet Friday Chair 

wigginton.heather@gmail.com 

 

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Published: 9/25/17




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Make Up Picture Day Thursday, September 28

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Published: 9/25/17




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FIRST PARENT & STUDENT COMMUNITY COUNCIL (PSCC)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ 6:30PM 

NEW YEAR... TRY NEW THINGS..

 

Featured Teachers This Month 

Kathy Flores

Diana Greenstein

Elisa Crispi

Krysten Hall 

Lisa Whelan

Mandy Pierce

Sue Childs

Stephanie Wallace-Wolf

 

TO RSVP:  DIANA GREENSTEIN

 

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Published: 9/25/17




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Parent Volunteers Needed to Help Discard Old Textbooks

Wednesday, September 20 after drop off.   

 

Please meet in copy room!

 

We also want to thank all of the parents who came out last week to help clear our auditorium of old textbooks.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 9/18/17




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MANDATORY HOOT REP MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT 8:15AM

 

Calling all HOOT Reps!  Planning for this year's HOOT already is underway, and it's time to get you all involved in the fun.  

 

There is a mandatory meeting for all HOOT Reps on Wednesday, September 20, after drop-off at 8:15am in the library.  All Hoot Reps must attend.  If you are a Hoot Rep and cannot attend, you must find another parent to represent your class at the meeting. 

 

The HOOT Rep meeting is mandatory for HOOT Reps.  But all parents are invited.  Any parent who is interested in becoming more involved with the HOOT, including the famous WWC haunted castle, also is encouraged and welcome to attend!  This year's HOOT is on October 29 from 10am-4pmand promises to be amazing.

 

If you have any questions, please email hoot@westwoodcharter.org

 

Your HOOT Chairs,

Amy Altman, Vanessa Kerner, Brandi Popovich, Judy Posner and Lisa Woods

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Published: 9/18/17




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WISE MEETING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 @ 7:00 PM IN THE LIBRARY

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Published: 9/18/17




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E&E Rep Kickoff Meeting Thursday 9/14 at 8:10 am-9:00am in Cafeteria

 

Attention all E&E reps! Please come to the cafeteria after drop-off for our kickoff meeting. See you there!

 

Paige Allocco  pallocco@yahoo.com

Steven Brogden  stevenbrogden@yahoo.com

E&E Fund Drive Co-Chairs

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 9/11/17




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ELAC Orientations and Elections

Wednesday, September 13 @ 8:15 am in library

 

Parents of English Learners:  You are encouraged to make a difference in the governance of our school by participating in ELAC (English Learners Advisory Council).

  

Please join us for orientations and elections in the library on Wednesday, September 13th

  

ELAC orientations at 8:15am

ELAC elections at 8:45am

  

Every school with more than 21 English learner students must have an elected ELAC.  ELAC will perform tasks furthering the development and school attention to English learners.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you there.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, 

Allana Friedman at (310) 474-7788

 

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Published: 9/11/17




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Lost & Found: Last chance to claim lost items! Unclaimed items will be donated this upcoming Tuesday, September 12.

 

Please remember to check Lost & Found regularly for any items that may have been misplaced to help keep our campus clean and clear of clutter.

 

Items left at Lost & Found will be donated approximately every two weeks, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, with the first donation taking place on September 12. Occasional changes to the donation schedule will be announced in advance in the Sunday evening Constant Contact email.

 

Thank you for your support,

Remy Glick

Eydie Grossman

Leslie Wang

Joni Weiss

 

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Published: 9/11/17




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RE-ENROLL FOR RALPHS PROGRAM

September 1 marked a new term with the Ralphs Community Rewards Program. You need to re-enroll, or set it up for the first time.  

 

Our school gets about $13,000 a year from Ralphs.  This is easy money to earn, and its not extra out of our own pockets.  If you are enrolled in the program and use your rewards number when you check out at Ralphs, the store gives the school a portion of the sale.  

 

Here's how you re-enroll:  

 

1.  www.ralphs.com

2. log in (top right corner)

3. click on "Welcome Valued Customer" (top right)

4. Select "My Account"

5. At the bottom of the page is the section "Community Rewards," click on "Enroll"

6. input: 80592, click Search

7. Select W.I.S.E, click Enroll

 

Woohoo! You're earning money for WWC until September 1, 2018!  

 

*If you don't yet have a Ralphs Rewards online account, but have a rewards number (I use my phone number) you need to sign up for it first then follow the steps above. 

 

**If you aren't registered for a Ralphs rewards card you can get on up upon check out at the store. Then go home and follow the directions for setting up an online account and follow steps 1-7 above.  

 

Please email Laura Redford lauraredford@gmail.com with questions.

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Published: 9/4/17




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PARENT WORK PARTY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AFTER DROP OFF IN CAFETERIA

The first Parent Work Party of the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, September 8th after morning drop off.  We will meet in the cafeteria and work on projects for our wonderful Westwood Charter teachers.  We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers.  If you are new to WWC or looking for a way to get involved with the school community, PWP is a great place to start!  
 

Kindly RSVP to Sharon Rosas at sharonbeth0819@me.com  so we can plan accordingly.

 

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Published: 9/4/17




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PLEASE JOIN KATHY FLORES FOR THE FIRST PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 @ 8:15 AM IN LIBRARY 

TOPIC: LAUSD's PARENT PORTAL CALLED "PASSPORT"
 

Please join Kathy Flores for the first principal's coffee. Kathy will provide an introductions to the LAUSD's parent portal called "PASSPORT." Come learn how you can access your student's information online. 

 

For more information: 

https://achieve.lausd.net//cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/577/PASSport%20Flyer%20July%202016.pdf
 

https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/10470
 
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday morning. 

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Published: 9/4/17




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SBM ELECTIONS Tuesday, August 29 - Meet the Nominees 8:10 am in the cafeteria

Thursday, August 31 - SBM Elections 7:45 am to 8:30 am at the main entrance

 

The School Based Management Council (SBM) is the governing board of the school. Most matters pertaining to school operations fall under the purview of SBM including budget, safety, and policies. In addition, the council approves the school calendar, fundraisers and events, develops solutions for areas of need within the school and acts in an advisory role to the schools administration. 

 

If you are interested in self nomination or nominating someone please email Lisa Woods at lisabwoods@yahoo.com by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 4:00pm. 

 

Elections will take place on Thursday, August 31 from 7:45-8:30am at a table set up at our main entrance. The three candidates who receive the greatest number of votes will be elected to the open SBM parent representative positions and will serve a two-year term (beginning in September 2017 and ending in June 2019). The two individuals who receive the next greatest number of votes will be elected as the alternates for one year term.

 

Additional information for those interested in an SBM position:

  • All nominees are invited to speak at the nominating meeting on Tuesday, August 29 at 8:10am in the cafeteria. Submission from the floor is also welcomed at this time. 
  • All nominees are asked to submit a statement in writing by Tuesday, August 29 at 10:00am to lisabwoods@yahoo.com. The statements will be sent out to the WWC community later that day through Constant Contact.

 

If you have any additional questions please contact Lisa Woods at lisabwoods@yahoo.com

Thank you. 

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Published: 8/28/17




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PICTURE DAY Thursday, August 31 
See homework folders to order pictures from My Lifetouch. You can also go online at: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/

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Published: 8/28/17




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Reminder NO School on Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4. School will resume on Tuesday, September  5

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Published: 8/28/17




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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 
FAMILIES 3-5 
Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 pm


Back to School Night for Families 3 and 4-5 is this Thursday, August 24from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please proceed directly to your child's classroom at 6:30 pm.

 

Back to School Night for Families K, 1, 2 and 1-2 is on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 pm.



This year STAR will not be able to provide childcare for back to school night.

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Published: 8/21/17




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WISE MEETING  
Wednesday, August 23 at 8:15 in the library

Calling all parents!  Please join us for the first WISE Board Meeting of the school year on Wednesday, August 23 at 8:15am in the library.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

 

1. WISE Board member introductions and job descriptions

2. Approval of minutes and documentation of Board votes from the summer

3. Update and welcome to the school year from Mrs. Flores

4. Discussion of requirements for ongoing and regular school volunteers

5. Board member updates

6. Committee budget requests

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Published: 8/21/17




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School Cafeteria Information

The school cafeteria will offer a few new menu options this year.  The menus for August and September can be viewed at https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/11718.  

 

The Online Meal Application and Online Account (My Payments Plus) can be accessed at https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/852. Read about the new LAUSD Meal Charge Policy here

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Published: 8/21/17




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It's drama time at Westwood Charter

Registration is now open for Westwood Charter's After School Theater Program  

 

Guys and Dolls, JR for 3-5 graders 

 

Disney's Aristocats Kids for k-2nd graders.

 

Class size is limited, register now!!!

Same great teachers - plus some great new additions!!

 

Upstage Westwood (3rd -5th Grade) Guys and Dolls, JR 

http://www.upstageschools.com/shop/guys-and-dolls-3-5/

This class is specifically for 3rd through 5th graders and 

will meet on Wednesdays OR Fridays beginning September 13th & 15th. 

Show weekend is April 19-21, 2018April 19th-21st  

 

Upstage Westwood Juniors (Kindergarten-2nd Grade)  Disney's Aristocats Kids

            http://www.upstageschools.com/shop/aristocats-kids-k-2/

This class is for kindergarten* through 2nd graders and 

will meet on Tuesdays OR Thursdays beginning September 26th & 28th. 

Show dates are February 24 and 25February 24th & 25th.

*Kinder pick up available 

 

 Contact Julie Bank at julie@upstageschools.com for more info.

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Published: 8/14/17




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SWEET FRIDAYS

Breakfast treats & coffee for our fabulous staff.

 

Sign Up Now!


Sweet Friday, is where parent volunteers are asked to either bake or pick up breakfast treats for our fabulous teachers and staff. We are looking for parents during the school year and volunteers are needed NOW! 

 

To spread the appreciation across all of our grade levels, this year we have assigned grade levels for each Sweet Friday along with what to bring and how much.  Please sign up to bring one or two items on a Friday for each of your child's class.  

 

  • Family 3  - Aug 18- Oct 6
  • Family 2  - Oct 13 - Dec 8
  • Family 4/5 - Dec 15 - Feb 16
  • Family K  - Feb 23- Apr 13
  • Family 1 - Apr 20 - Jun 8

 

Let's make sure we show our teachers how sweet we think they are!

 

Please click the signup genius link below to sign up.

 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B49AFAB2AA57-2017 


If you have any questions please contact Heather Wigginton. 

Thank you!

 

Heather Wigginton 

Sweet Friday Chair 

wigginton.heather@gmail.com 

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Published: 8/14/17




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First Day of School

School begins on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:05am and we will have staff members on the playground with classroom assignment lists.  When you arrive, please proceed to the yard where your child's teacher will be waiting to meet their new class.   Kindergarten teachers and teachers in the bungalows will meet their students outside their doors while teachers in the main buildings will meet their classes on the field.  Each teacher will have a large sign with their room number for easy identification. 

 

Our first bell will ring at 8:00am with the second bell at 8:05am to signal the start of the school day.  When the bell rings, teachers will take their classes to the classroom.  Please help us reduce traffic congestion and confusion by saying goodbye to your child at the gate or the lineup area.

 

DISMISSAL WILL BE AT 1:45PM EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  DISMISSAL WILL BE AT 2:45PM ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY. KINDERGARTEN CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED AT 1:41PM AND 2:40 PM TO REDUCE THE CONGESTION AT OUR DISMISSAL GATES.  

REMEMBER TO ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME AT DISMISSAL AS THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANT CONGESTION AROUND CAMPUS.

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Please join us on Friday, August 11th, to meet your child's new teacher, classmates, and reconnect with old friends!

 

The Kindergarten Social will be held from 2:00-2:45 pm. Families may check in beginning at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Back to School Picnic (Grades 1 -5) from 4:00-6:00 pm. Students may meet their teachers from 4:00-5:00 pm. Prime Time will be offering games at 4:30 pm.

 

Postcards with 2017-18 room assignments for Grades 1-5 will be mailed home the week of August 8th. Kindergarteners will receive their class assignments on Friday at the Social.

 

Thank you to Ron Wynn for sponsoring water and frozen treats!

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Published: 7/25/17




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School resumes August 15. See you then!

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Published: 6/21/17




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Reminder:  Friday, June 9 is the last day of school.  The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is Tuesday, August 15.  Stay tuned for info about back-to-school events, as well as the posting of the 2017-2018 school calendar.

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Published: 6/5/17




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Last chance to get to 100%! 

Congrats to Ms. Rumi's, Ms. Thyer's, Ms. Kennedy's and Ms. D'Arceaux's classes for reaching 100% participation! We've had a whopping 10 classes reach 100% this year, and several more are just one away! 

 

If you haven't yet donated, give today! Donations received by tomorrow, June 5th will still count towards earning a pizza party. 

 

Every child benefits from the programs and benefits the fund drive makes possible: ART, MUSIC, P.E., PLANET BRAVO, GARDENING, TEACHER'S ASSISTANTS and SMALLER CLASS SIZES. These initiatives cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and rely entirely on donations. That's why we ask every family to donate $975/student or any meaningful amount. We need every penny and every family to contribute. 

 

So make your 100% tax-deductible donation today and earn that pizza party!

 

Thank you for your support,

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Published: 6/5/17




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Lost & Found: Last chance for the year to claim lost items! Unclaimed items will be donated after dismissal on Friday, June 9. Thank you for claiming your items, reducing waste, and keeping our campus tidy. Have a wonderful summer!

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Published: 6/5/17




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Lost & Found: Last chance to claim lost items! Unclaimed items will be donated this upcoming Tuesday, May 30.

 

Our final donation will be made after dismissal on June 9. Thank you for claiming your items, reducing waste, and keeping our campus tidy!

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Published: 5/29/17




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WWC Lending Library has arrived! Skye Richmond, a 5th grader, has worked with Mrs. Thyer to create a lending library, which is located in the hallway outside of our school library. The guidelines are:

  • donate a book, take a book (please only donate 1-2 books at a time)
  • do NOT put library books into the Lending Library
  • donated books must be in GOOD condition
  • put donated books into the appropriate grade level container.

We hope that Westwood families take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy replenishing their libraries at home. COME CHECK IT OUT! :) Happy Reading!

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 5/29/17




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Mrs. Thyer's class and Ms. Cannella class have been working on a Service Learning project with Habitat for Humanity, LA. As part of this project, students are collecting "Nickels for Nails." They are asking for students to bring in spare change to donate (1 nickel = 1 nail) to support building and renovating of homes for families living is substandard homes throughout Los Angeles. The last day  for donations is June 2. Every "NICKEL" counts.  For more information, check out 

www.habitatla.org

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 5/29/17




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YOUR JOGATHON DOLLARS AT WORK!

Have you noticed something new under the trees in the lunch area?  Last week, thanks to your Jogathon donations, the school received 26 new benches to provide additional shaded seating for our kids at lunch and snack time.  We also hope that by enclosing the trees with benches, less dirt will be tracked around, resulting in a cleaner lunch area for everyone.  And . . . we hope you all enjoy the additional seating at drop off and pick up as well!  Thank you for supporting the Jogathon!

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Published: 5/22/17




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Volunteer Meeting: Wednesday, May 24 at 8:15 am in the cafeteria

We are looking for parents who are interested in volunteering on a committee next school year.   

 

Volunteers are an essential part of Westwood's comprehensive educational and enrichment programs. Together, the staff and parents of Westwood Charter School work hard to inspire our children with a love of learning and to provide them with the environment and tools to learn successfully. Without volunteers to lead activities and fundraise, many essential programs would not exist. Volunteering is a wonderful way to participate in your child's education and show him or her that you think school is important. For more information about each position please click here:  https://westwoodcharteres-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/volunteers

 

If you are interested please fill out the following google form and we will be in touch with you.  https://goo.gl/forms/jomxFjVCRpxUVokx1

 

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering at our wonderful school. Our school would not be same without our active parents who take time time each to year to make our school amazing

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 5/22/17




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Westwood Charter 4/5 Chorus Performance Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm at Emerson Middle School
The Westwood Charter 4/5 Chorus is performing this upcoming Monday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Emerson Middle School at 1650 Selby Avenue.  There is street parking and there is also parking behind Emerson off of Holman.  Admission is free.  Hope you can come and hear the musical talent of our 4/5 Chorus.

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Published: 5/22/17




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Gardening Needs WWC Parents to Help Over the Summer 
I am looking for parents to sign up for at least one day this summer to help keep the WWC Garden growing. Watering the garden should be quick and easy. Please sign up if you're interested in lending a hand!

 

The garden will need to be watered while STAR is on campus between 8am and 5pm. I will email you directly the particular details of watering the garden with our 25 gallon Water Boy mobile tank, once you've chosen a date.

 

Thank you so much for your help, and willingness to support the garden while students are away. With your help, the hope is that the students will have a luscious garden to return to come Fall. 

 

Please sign up via the link to the signup genius here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4fa4a92fa6f85-summer

 

Appreciatively,   

Tate (WWC Garden Teacher)

tate.perrine@gmail.com

 

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 5/15/17




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Glitter Jar Council Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Don't Miss our on our special End of the Year Council!!!! We warmly invite you to be a part of our next Parent/Student Community Council on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm in our Auditorium.  This evening allows you to gather with fellow parents, students and Westwood teachers to be a member of our special community in an intimate and meaningful way. 
 

Featured Teachers This Month
 

Annalee Kennedy

Carrie Fisher

Cheryl Smith 

Chung Wu

Diana Greenstein

Sharon Isaac

Stephanie Wallace -Wolf
 

Council is the practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Through compassionate, heartfelt expression and empathetic listening, Council offers an effective means of communicating. It provides a common experience and shared vision for sound decision-making and conflict resolution. It is also a valuable learning tool that enables children express themselves thoughtfully and with confidence. 
 

You child participate in Council on a regular basis at our school.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience with your child, what has become common practice at Westwood Charter.  COME BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE! 
 

Please RSVP to Diana Greenstein at dig0408@lausd.net

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Published: 5/15/17




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WISE Meeting Time Change Monday, May 22 at 8:15 am in the cafeteria
Please join us for our last meeting of the year in the cafeteria after drop off.

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Published: 5/15/17




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Pick Pico: Westwood Charter Students Needed...
Westwood Charter's Student Council is getting involved in Pick Pico 2017. Our hope is to get as many students as possible to come be part of the Pick Pico Push Broom Patrol. We would like to support this event and our community. 

Pick Pico is a community event that supports local businesses. It's a fun, free day for all families and community members. For more information go to: pickpico.org

PUSH BROOM PATROL: WWC students and parents come clean the streets before the event. Each student participant will receive a FREE t-shirt and refreshments. 
9:30 registration
10:00-11:00 clean up
Then stay and enjoy the street fair! :)

Please sign up so we know how many people to expect. THE MORE THE MERRIER!! :)  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0949ADA823A20-wwcpick

For questions, please contact Stephanie Thyer: smt2799@lausd.net
 

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Published: 5/8/17




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The Little Mermaid

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE through Brown Paper Tickets. They are $12 and all general admission. 
Children under 4 years old are free if they sit on the floor in front of the stage! 

http://upstagelittemermaid.brownpapertickets.com

 

Wednesday Cast Shows are Friday, May 12th at 7 pm & Saturday, May 13th at 4 pm

Friday Cast Shows are Thursday, May 11th at 7 pm and Saturday, May 13th at 1 pm.

Contact Julie Bank julie@upstageschools.com for further info!

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Published: 5/8/17




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SBM Meeting Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm in the Library 
Agenda will be posted on our website. 

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Published: 5/8/17




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Join the fun and support your classmates!! Bring friends of all ages!

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE through Brown Paper Tickets. They are $12 and all general admission. 
Children under 4 years old are free if they sit on the floor in front of the stage! 

http://upstagelittemermaid.brownpapertickets.com

 

Wednesday Cast Shows are Friday, May 12th at 7 pm & Saturday, May 13th at 4 pm

Friday Cast Shows are Thursday, May 11th at 7 pm and Saturday, May 13th at 1 pm.

Contact Julie Bank julie@upstageschools.com for further info!

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Published: 5/1/17




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Parent Work Party Friday, May 5 at 8:15 am 
The next Parent Work Party is scheduled for this Friday, May 5. Please join us in the cafeteria after morning drop off. We will have bagels and coffee for our volunteers to enjoy while we complete projects for the wonderful teachers of WWC. 

 

Kindly contact Sharon Rosas at  sharonbeth0819@me.com to RSVP or with any questions.

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Posted by: Michelle Alderson
Published: 5/1/17




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Principal's Coffee; Wednesday, May 3 at 8:15 am 
It is the Last One of the Year!

Topic:  Internet Safety Tips
Join Kathy on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 8:15am in our library for our final coffee of the 2016-17 school year where we will discuss technology use, internet safety tips, ways parents can to monitor  screen time.

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Published: 5/1/17




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Earn 5x Points From These New Stores 

Now through April 30

2XU, Allen Edmonds, AVEDA, Bose, California Pizza Kitchen, COLE HAAN, kids atelier, M*A*C Cosmetics, Macy's, OAK + FORT, Origins, Saje Natural Wellness, Skechers, Steve Madden, Sugarfina, Swarovski, Ted Baker London, Travis Mathew


 

Earn Triple Points From These Stores 

March 15 - April 30

Bloomingdale's, Microsoft, Fresh, Obica, Toscanova

Earn Double Points for all other receipts
 

Get Free Parking

Spend $100 or more on same day purchases and receive all day self-park validation or spend $750 or more on same day purchases and receive all day valet validation at Guest Services. 
 

Shop And Submit Receipts To Support Your School

Bring your receipts to Guest Services

Submit your receipt within 14 days of purchase to earn points for your school. Guest Services is located on level 1, near Toscanova. Automotive purchases, parking and valet fees, tax and gratuity are not eligible for points. 

 

Each participating school earns $250 to $3,000. Learn more at the Earning 4 Learning website.

 

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Published: 4/24/17




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Westwood Charter Students Needed...

Westwood Charter's Student Council is getting involved in Pick Pico 2017. Our hope is to get as many students as possible to come be part of the Pick Pico Push Broom Patrol. We would like to support this event and our community. 

 

Pick Pico is a community event that supports local businesses. It's a fun, free day for all families and community members. For more information go to: 

pickpico.org

 

PUSH BROOM PATROL: WWC students and parents come clean the streets before the event. Each student participant will receive a FREE t-shirt and refreshments. 

9:30 registration

10:00-11:00 clean up

Then stay and enjoy the street fair! :)

 

Please sign up so we know how many people to expect. THE MORE THE MERRIER!! :) 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0949ADA823A20-wwcpick

 

For questions, please contact Stephanie Thyer: smt2799@lausd.net

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Published: 4/24/17




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Save the Date! May 5th, 2017

Westwood Charter's Class of 2017 Present: FamFest 2017

 

Order forms went home last week. 

Menu options & food prices will be included

 

 Tickets will be on sale before and after school 

April 24 - April 28 and May 1 - May 3

 

Get the pre-sale price of $6 for entry ($8 at the door)

All food tickets are $1

 

Please remember that this is a school event -  

NO alcoholic beverages will be allowed on campus.

 

Questions?

Contact Vanessa Kerner vekerner@icloud.com

or Laura Baril 1laurabaril@gmail.com

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Published: 4/24/17




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GRADE COLOR DAY Friday, April 21 

Each grade are encouraged to dress in their grade color: 

Kinders - Red

Family 1 &2 - Green

Family 3 - Neon

Family 4 & 5 - Blue

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Published: 4/17/17




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SBM Meeting 

Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 pm

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Agenda will be posted on the website and in the main lobby.

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Published: 4/17/17




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WISE Meeting 

Wednesday, April 19 at 8:15 am in Library

All parents are encouraged to attend!

 

Agenda

Welcome/Introductions

-WISE Committee Updates

-Fundraising

-Community Outreach

-Parent Orientation 

-Programs/Services

-Room Rep Coordinator

-Secretary

-Treasurers

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Published: 4/17/17




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If you haven't yet made your donation to the Education & Enrichment fund this school year, give today! A donation of $975/student or more helps keep these amazing benefits for our kids:

 

  • 25 Teaching Assistants
  • An additional 4th/5th Grade teacher to reduce class size
  • The Art Programs with Ms. Amanda & Ms. Karen
  • The Music Programs with Mr. Harrison & Mr. Frantzen
  • The Technology Program with Planet Bravo
  • Physical Education with Coach Stevens
  • The Gardening Program with Ms. Tate
  • Half of the school nursing expenses
  • Supplementary janitorial services
  • And MORE!

 

The Education & Enrichment Fund raises the bulk of funds that maintain these programs and we need your support. Every donation is 100% tax-deductible. 

 

The classroom competition to achieve 100% participation in the fund drive is about to begin...Donate today and give your class a leg up! 

 

Keep on giving,

 

 

Laura Battaglia                           

(lbattaglia6@gmail.com

Adam Chapnick

(adam.chapnick@gmail.com)

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Published: 3/27/17




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Looking for Parents to fill 7 more Sweet Friday slots:  April 21 & 28, May 5, 19, 26 & June 2 & 9.

Let's thank our amazing teachers and staff by bringing them breakfast treats and coffee on Friday mornings. It's as easy as cake--a scrumptious coffee cake that is! 

 

While the job requires bringing enough food and coffee for our six dozen teachers and staff members, if you grab a friend or two or three, it could be as easy as bringing in a dozen or so baked goods - muffins, donuts, bagels, breads, or anything else you like - homemade or store bought, it's all appreciated!  So pick a Friday (or two if this is your kind of thing) and do it alone, sign up with friends, or get your new class to do it together but let's show the teachers and staff how sweet we think they are!

 

Please click the signup genius link below to sign up.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094daaae2ca31-sweet

 

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Published: 3/27/17




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SWEET FRIDAYS

Breakfast treats & coffee for our fabulous staff!

 

Sign Up Now!

 

Sweet Fridays is a program where parent volunteers bring in coffee and breakfast treats for our fabulous teachers and staff and we need your help!  

 

All you need to do is sign up for the Friday of your choice (or multiple Fridays if this is your kind of thing!) and bring in coffee, muffins, bagels, fruit - whatever you'd like - to feed the staff.  If feeding six dozen is outside your comfort zone, recruit a few friends or turn it into a project with your child's class and it could be as simple as picking up a couple of coffee cakes at Trader Joe's.  Whether you bake or buy, do it single-handedly or with a group, your efforts will be so appreciated!

 

Please click the signup genius link below to sign up:

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094daaae2ca31-sweet

 

Thank you!  If you have questions or would like suggestions on what to bring, email Heather Wigginton at wigginton.heather@gmail.com

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Published: 2/13/17




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REGISTER YOUR RALPH'S CARD ONLINE AND START EARNING MONEY FOR WWC! Last year, Westwood Charter received more than $13,000 from people registering their Ralphs cards and shopping away.  All you need to do is register once and the school receives a percentage of what you spend - so easy.

 

There has been one change to the program this year - no more bar codes to scan.  Now you simply register your card online and link your account per the instructions below.

 

Follow these instructions to register and start earning money for the school right away!  Please remember that you must re-register every year!
 

1. Log onto www.Ralphs.com

2. Click "Sign In" or "No Account? Register on the top right of the screen.  

3. Log in or create an account

4. Click on the "Community Arrow" and select "Ralphs Community Contribution Program"

5. Link your card to WISE for Westwood Charter:

a. click on enroll or re-enroll

b. Type NPO number: 80592

c. Click on the circle next to W.I.S.E

 d. Click on Enroll to finish

 

Any questions?  Email Laura Redford at lauraredford@gmail.com and she will answer your questions or even walk you through the process!

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Published: 9/26/16




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The Westwood Charter 2016-2017 Fund Drive Is On! 

Start the school year off right with a generous donation to the WWC Fund Drive. Your contribution of $975/student or more pays for benefits and programs that every student enjoys and wouldn't otherwise exist without our drive. Fundraised cover 100% of the following: 

  

  • 25 Teacher's Assistants
  • Technology Class with Planet Bravo
  • The Art Programs with Ms. Amanda & Ms. Karen
  • Physical Education with Coach Stevens
  • The Music Programs with Mr. Harrison & Mr. Frantzen
  •  The Gardening Program with Ms. Tate
  • An Additional 4th/5th Grade Teacher, which reduces class size
  •  Half of the Nursing Expenses
  • Supplementary Janitorial Services

 

Make your contribution today at WestwoodCharter.org

If you have questions or would like to make a donation in person, members of our committee will be on campus this Friday, September 16th. 

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Laura Battaglia                                             

(lbattaglia6@gmail.com)               

Adam Chapnick

(adam.chapnick@gmail.com)

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Published: 9/12/16




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Student Press Corps is seeking reporters in grades (3-5) 

to write for Westwood Window.

 

4/5 info meeting this - Tuesday 9/6 at 12:30 in Room 6

 

3rd grade info meeting - Tuesday 9/13 at 12:30 in Room 6

 

Student Press Corps is seeking reporters and photojournalists interested in working for the Westwood Window, Westwood Charter's student written newspaper which covers the campus and classroom news at Westwood Charter! 

All meetings are held monthly in Room 6 during lunch period, beginning at 12:30pm.   A schedule will be distributed to students at the informational meetings.  

Students will learn journalism skills while working together to create a monthly newspaper that is published online and electronically distributed to all Westwood Charter families.  Past issues can be found at westwoodcharter.org with the password "Magazine" (capital M).
 

No prior experience necessary!  
 

Please send your kids if they are interested!  We are looking for all levels and interests.  We always have a lot of fun! 
 

Press Corps is also seeking parent volunteers and guest speakers.  No experience required to volunteer. If you are interested in being a guest speaker or volunteer, please contact us at westwoodwindoweditor@gmail.com

 

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Posted by: Kathy Flores
Published: 9/6/16