Upcoming Dates

  • Virtual Back to School Night

    Wednesday, August 26th

  • WCS Finance Committee

    Thursday, August 27th @ 5pm 

  • Charter Impact Committee

    Thursday, August 27th @ 6pm

  • Spirit Day – College Day 

    Friday, August 28, 2020

  • Labor Day

    Monday, September, 7th 

Celebrations

Morning Meeting and Advisory Meetings have been incredible this past week.  Community building and connections has been the top priority. It has been amazing to see the procedures and structures that are being built during this valuable time. It has allowed for students to participate so quickly in getting to know you activities.

Morning Meeting and Advisory Meetings have been incredible this past week. Community building and connections has been the top priority. It has been amazing to see the procedures and structures that are being built during this valuable time. It has allowed for students to participate so quickly in getting to know you activities.

We have seen breakout rooms taking place all over campus to allow for students to connect in small groups or partner work. Thank you, Explorer families, for being so flexible with these new  and innovative digital practices during this time of distance learning. #WestlakeCharter

We have seen breakout rooms taking place all over campus to allow for students to connect in small groups or partner work. Thank you, Explorer families, for being so flexible with these new and innovative digital practices during this time of distance learning. #WestlakeCharter

Our amazing Instructional Aide team called all of our families that were not in attendance this past week, triaged support and helped us to make contact with all of our families, by the end of the week we had 98% attendance. Thank you, Explorer families, for demonstrating what is possible when school and community collaborate!

Our amazing Instructional Aide team called all of our families that were not in attendance this past week, triaged support and helped us to make contact with all of our families, by the end of the week we had 98% attendance. Thank you, Explorer families, for demonstrating what is possible when school and community collaborate!

Announcements

Virtual Back to School Night THIS WEDNESDAY: We are excited to host our first virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 26th. This night will be virtual and you will log into a Google Meet to join the event. The google meet code will be the same code that your student uses to login to class each day. During this event you will learn important information about the 2020-21 school year.

  • Kinder through 5th-grade families: We have two identical sessions, you only need to attend one. Session one is 6:00-6:30 pm, session two is 6:40-7:10 pm.  
  • 6th-8th grade families: We have two identical sessions, you only need to attend one. Session one is 5:00-5:55 pm, session two is 6:00-6:55 pm. During these sessions, you will meet with your student’s Advisory teacher and two core teachers. You will log into three Google Meets. These are the same Google Meet codes that your child uses to login to their class throughout each day.  

To login to the Google Meet follow the directions below at the scheduled time:  

  1. Sign into your child’s @westlakecharter.com account.  Unsure of the username and password?  Email or text your teacher 
  2. Go to: http://meet.google.com/
  3. Click Use Meeting Code
  4. Enter the meeting code:  INSERT YOUR CLASS MEETING CODE HERE
  5. Click Join Now

6-8th Session 1

Advisory: 5:00-5:15 pm

Block 1: 5:20-5:35 pm

Block 2: 5:40-5:55 pm

6-8th Session 2

Advisory: 6:00-6:15 pm 

Block 1: 6:20-6:35 pm

Block 2: 6:40- 6:55 pm

Bell schedule: Click HERE to see our Level 1 – Distance Learning Bell Schedule.

Spirit Friday – College Day: Friday, August 28th is #WCSspiritfriday! We are challenging our Explorers to wear their favorite college gear and post a picture using the hashtag #WCSspiritfriday on the WAVE Facebook group page and all of your social media platforms!

Food Services Available at all NUSD sites: NUSD Food services will serve lunch at Westlake from 10:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. This will be the drive-thru format that was used for the summer meals program, however, students will be charged based on eligibility as they would during the regular school year. Lunches are available at any NUSD site from 11:30-12:30pm, so feel free to go to the site closest to you – just bring your student’s ID/lunch number. Click HERE to apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals. Starting August 27th, meals will be served at all NUSD sites from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Click HERE for more information.

Distance Learning Feedback: Families – thank you for getting your students logged in each morning for their advisory and morning meetings! We are so proud of your commitment to partner with us during Distance Learning! We are proud of our first full week in Level 1 – Distance Learning. We did want to let you know that we are aware that some students are experiencing issues with Google Meets. We hear you! We have a few solutions that we are working on that will help ensure that students aren’t losing key instructional time. Thank you for sticking with us through these hiccups. We will let you know the work around as soon as it is ready. 

BASE Distance Learning Camps: 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.

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.

In case you missed it

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.

WAVE Facebook Page: The WAVE Facebook page is a great place to share ideas, resources and celebrations. Questions are always welcomed and our amazing community usually has a quick answer or helpful tip. The page was created to build community and support Westlake Charter families. All questions or concerns regarding instruction, curriculum, school policies and staff should be sent to your student’s teacher or admin@westlakecharter.com. Thank you, families! 

Box Tops: There are still ways to earn money for WCS with Box Tops! Please save any box tops “clips” you find as they will be collected when we are back on campus. Most products now have a label directing you to the website to scan your receipt and still earn money for the school. Simply download the new and improved app to scan your receipt and instantly add Box Tops to the school’s earnings online. Learn more at https://www.boxtops4education.com/

Ideas: WAVE is looking for new ideas! We are rethinking community building events, fundraisers and ways to support our staff. We want to hear from you! Please email your ideas and thoughts to amberhustead@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Kudos: Wow, we made it through the first full week of distance learning. Our students have surprised many of us with their flexibility, resourcefulness, engagement and perseverance. It has been wonderful to see them working in small groups, participating in morning meetings and diving into specialties. We have watched these classes getting to know each other and bonding in new ways. Our students are resilient and we should be incredibly proud of all of them.