School Year Kick-Off Coffee Talk! (Live on Youtube)
Monday, August 10th, 6PM
Virtual Meet the Teacher
Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th
6th Grade Virtual WEB Orientation
Tuesday, August 11th, 9AM to 11AM
First Day of School – Distance Learning
Wednesday, August 12th
Virtual Back to School Night
Wednesday, August 26th
Teacher Assignments: Click HERE to see our K-8 Class Lists. Middle school families – check your mailbox for a printed copy of your student’s schedule, as well as details on how it will work.
Virtual Meet the Teacher Scheduling – ACTION REQUESTED: Sign up to virtually meet your teacher on Monday, August 10th, or Tuesday, August 11th! Click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Click HERE to schedule an appointment time. The scheduler will be open from August 2nd-August 9th. For additional information about Meet the Teacher, please review page 33 in the Fall Opening Manual.
Distance Learning Materials Pick-Up: We are assembling supplies to send home so that your student has learning tools that are not strictly digital, and includes the student spirit shirt! We want to continue the tradition of Spirit Shirt Fridays.
The pick up will be a grab and go from the curb of the front of the school. There will be tables organized by grade level and not specific to your child’s name. Please use the QR code posted at each table to help us keep track of who has picked up their bag. Please remember to remain six feet apart and wear masks while on campus.
First Distance Learning Kit Pick-up Schedule:
- Kindergarten: Friday, August 7th 8AM-6PM
- 1st-8th Grade: Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th 8AM-6PM
First Day of School: We are eagerly preparing for our first day of school on August 12th. On the first day of school, you and your student will receive a welcome email from your teacher with directions on how to log into your student’s Google Classroom. Each student will start their day with a Morning Meeting or Advisory Meeting on Google Meet. A copy of the Level 1 Bell Schedule is on page 21 of the Fall Opening Manual.
Updated Return to School Family Handbook: Our Fall Opening Manual is a resource for families as we prepare for this school year. This week, the following pages have been updated in the Handbook:
Childcare and Learning Cooperative Options During Level 1 – Distance Learning:
Option #1 – WAVE Parent Cooperative
Click HERE to join our WAVE Parent Cooperative where over 100 student names have already been added. Families are using this cooperative to build small in-home Learning Cooperatives during distance learning as well as share in childcare and more.Our WAVE Team has also built grade-level Facebook Groups so that families can communicate around how these learning cooperatives can come together.
Option #2 BASE Distance Learning Camps
It’s time! We are taking reservations for the first month of BASE Distance Learning Camps! Please click HERE to reserve a spot in our BASE Distance Learning Camps. Space in each grade level Distance Learning Camp is limited to ensure social distancing – reserved your spot today!
BASE Distance Learning camps will be Monday through Friday from 8AM to 2PM with a weekly rates of $225. Full and partial scholarships may be available for qualifying families based on financial need and/or number of siblings enrolled. Please see page 38 of the Return to School Handbook for additional BASE Distance Learning Camp details.
Updated FAQs on the Return to School Fall 20/21: Thank you to all the families who have sent questions regarding the launch of the school year. We have been updating the FAQ section of our Return to School: Fall 20/21 website and now have 50+ questions and answers. Click HERE to see this week’s updates on the site.
Launch of School Year: As we begin the 2020-21 school year in Level 1 – Distance Learning we are excited for the learning experiences that will happen for our students. Our staff will be returning to campus, but a reminder that students and families will participate in the launch of the year all virtually. If you need to come to campus to drop off your student at BASE or pick up distance learning supplies, please stay in the parking lot and be sure to follow all safety guidelines including wearing masks and remaining six feet from one another. Although our campus is not open to families during Level 1: Distance Learning, our staff is eager to support your family. If you need any assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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School Supplies: As we do each year, our teachers are collecting all the supplies your student will need for learning inside the classroom, as well as through distance learning. WCS asks each year for a $25 donation to cover the cost of supplies that will be distributed to students to ensure all students have the supplies needed to support learning. As such, we will not be sending supply request lists to families. Click HERE to donate toward our school supply campaign.
Parent Coffee Talk August 10th at 6PM: To launch the 2020-2021 school year, Westlake Charter School is hosting a Parent Coffee Talk live via YouTube. During the broadcast our Principal, Mrs. Callau, and Executive Director, Mr. Eick, will discuss the opening of the school year and their excitement for some great learning opportunities to come. We will open the meeting with Celebrations and will answer questions live throughout the meeting. To enter a celebration or ask a question, we will be making this Google Form Link live during the broadcast.
- Click HERE to attend the coffee talk via YouTube.
- Click HERE (during the broadcast) to share a celebration or ask a question that can be shared during the broadcast.
Distance Learning Technical Support: Westlake Charter School has created a digital Help Desk to support our families during this time of Distance Learning. Our Help Desk can be contacted via chat, email or phone. For more information on how to contact our Help Desk, and our operating days and hours, please click HERE. Help Desk support will begin August 5th and continue until further notice.
Student Login Information: As we are ramping up our plans to begin school on August 12th, we must first ensure that every family is connected. We are continuing to distribute Chromebooks and assist with Wifi connectivity to the families who have requested assistance through our Summer Survey. For those families who are ready to start logging in to test their connectivity, but need their student login information, our teachers will be sending that information home on the week of August 10th. However, if you need this information sooner, you can reach out to our Distance Learning Technical Support Help Desk described above.
WEB 6th grade Virtual Orientation: Our 6th grade Explorers will have a virtual orientation on Tuesday, August 11th from 9:00am-11:00am put on by our 8th grade WEB leaders. Specific details of this event will be sent directly to 6th grade families on Sunday, August 9th.
Uniforms: Our families have asked if uniforms will be required during distance learning, you will find the answers below.
Level 1: During Distance Learning in Level 1 students will not need to be in a school uniform when they participate in Distance Learning. While participating in video calls students will be expected to follow the Westlake Charter School Free Dress guidelines.
- Clothes must be free of inappropriate wording and images
- All shirts must have sleeves, no sleeveless shirts.
- All clothing must be free of rips and tears
- All clothing must fit properly. Pants around the natural waist, tops completely covering the torso area.
BASE: While participating in our BASE Distance Learning Camps on campus during Level 1: Distance Learning, students will be required to wear uniforms.
Level 2-5: Students who are on campus will need to follow the Westlake Charter School Uniform policy click HERE to view the Uniform Policy.
Welcome to the Westlake Association of Volunteer Explorers (WAVE), the parent group of Westlake Charter School. Every parent/guardian is a member and there are no dues or applications to fill out. We work together with the school to build community, hold interactive events, fundraise and support our students. WAVE encourages families to volunteer at least 30 hours a year, whether it is in the classroom, at a festival, on a field trip or another way. The beginning of the school year may look a little different but we will continue to build community, collaborate with WCS staff and accomplish the mission. We truly are better together!
We have meetings throughout the year to discuss volunteer needs, upcoming events, fundraising and so much more. We also have Coffee Talks with WCS Administration several times a year. The next Coffee Talk is coming up on August 10th and we hope you will join us (virtually).
WAVE has a private Facebook page which is a fantastic resource for our families. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WCSWAVE/ We have also just created grade level specific Facebook pages for families to discuss childcare plans/needs, build distance learning groups, share resources and build community. These pages are optional but we encourage you to join if you can.
Every week WAVE shares updates, events and volunteer requests in the Westlake Weekly. Please be sure to click on the WAVE tab after reading the schoolwide announcements each week.