Upcoming Dates

  • Contactless Distance Learning Materials Pick-Up This

    Monday, August 10th & Tuesday, August 11th @ 8AM to 6PM

  • Virtual Meet the Teacher

    Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th

  • School Year Kick-Off Coffee Talk! (Live on Youtube)

    Monday, August 10th, 6PM

  • 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

Celebrations

Our Kindergarten families kicked off the Distance Learning Kit pick up schedule this Friday. Our kindergarten team made sure to give our newest explorers a warm Westlake welcome, even with a contactless pick up!

Our Kindergarten families kicked off the Distance Learning Kit pick up schedule this Friday. Our kindergarten team made sure to give our newest explorers a warm Westlake welcome, even with a contactless pick up!

Our entire staff have been practicing our Health and Safety guidelines while on campus this week - health screening at the gate, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing inside and outdoors.

Our entire staff have been practicing our Health and Safety guidelines while on campus this week – health screening at the gate, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing inside and outdoors.

Our certificated and classified staff collaborated in Professional Development this week as we prepare for school to start on August 12th! We even set up a chromebook coliseum in the Library so that staff could break out and collaborate in small groups, while still seeing the presenter!

Our certificated and classified staff collaborated in Professional Development this week as we prepare for school to start on August 12th! We even set up a chromebook coliseum in the Library so that staff could break out and collaborate in small groups, while still seeing the presenter!

Announcements

Virtual Meet the Teacher Scheduling – Sign up by Sunday, August 9th: 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.   

Contactless Distance Learning Materials Pick-Up This Monday and Tuesday from 8AM to 6PM: All K-8 students have Distance Learning Kits to pick up that will support the first day of school. Plan to drive through the parking lot and pick up your student’s kit from their grade level table. 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. Please only touch the bag that you are taking. If your student needs to exchange their spirit shirt exchanged email admin@westlakecharter.com.

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.

First Day of School: We are eagerly preparing for our first day of school on Wednesday, August 12th. The day before school starts, families and students will receive a welcome email from your teacher with directions on how to log into your student’s Google Classroom on Wednesday morning. 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 Return to School Family Handbook  click HERE.  

Food Services Update: Our partners at NUSD have provided free meals throughout the summer. While meals will continue when school starts on August 12th, students will then be charged based on eligibility as they would during the regular school year. Click HERE to apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals. 

Return to School Family Handbook Highlights: The Return to School Handbook was created to help our school and community collaborate around the reopening of school in the fall of 2020. Click HERE to see the highlights that pertain to the first day of school.

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Updated FAQs on the Return to School: Fall 20/21 Page

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.

Distance Learning Technical Help Desk – Now Open: 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

Free Wi-Fi in City Parks: As a component of the City’s public-private partnership with Verizon free high-speed Wi-Fi access points at 27 parks throughout the City of Sacramento will be available. This solution will assist with bridging the digital divide by providing wireless access that some citizens may not have access to. Click HERE for more information and a list of active parks providing free Wi-Fi access.

In case you missed it

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 – reserve your spot today! 

BASE Distance Learning camps will be Monday through Friday from 8AM to 2PM with a weekly rate 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.