K-8 Conference Week – Early Dismissal
Monday, November 14th – Friday, November 18th
K-8 Olympic Triathlon Event Day
Wednesday, November 16th
High School Olympic Triathlon Event Day
Thursday, November 17th
WCS Finance & Charter Impact Meetings
Thursday, November 17th @ 5PM & 6PM
K-8 Spirit Day – Decades Day
Friday, November 18
Westlake Weekly Podcast: CLICK HERE for this week’s Westlake Weekly Podcast.
Special Announcement: Please click on tonight’s Special Announcement Blog Post and watch tonight’s Special Announcement Video to hear about the action taken by our WCS Board of Directors to purchase an 8 acre parcel of land within walking distance of our K-8 campus. There are no current plans, nor timelines for construction, and while it may be years away, this land will be the future home of our WCHS campus.
Take Home COVID tests: Our partners at NUSD have provided us with take-home COVID tests to bring home before Thanksgiving Break. The idea is for all of us to test before returning to school on Monday, November 28th. This is not mandatory, we will not be tracking negative tests. As always, we ask staff and students to report positive COVID-19 tests to contact tracing. CLICK HERE to notify our contact tracing team who will reach out to you with return to school timelines.
Academic Calendar: We have had a few families ask about the academic calendar for the 23-24 school year. The calendar will go before our board in December. In the meantime, please CLICK HERE to see our current 22-23 academic calendar. Please note one change from previous years is our travel day moved from spring break to the end of winter break. School will kick off on Tuesday, January 10th after Winter Break.
National School Psychology Week: November 7th to 11th was National School Psychology Week. Our Westlake School Psychologists, Mrs. Saad and Ms. Khan, have put together some resources for parents regarding the field of school psychology, student mental wellness, and student disabilities. CLICK HERE to access. WCS is grateful to Mrs. Saad and Ms. Khan for the many ways they support our families.
Counselor’s Corner Newsletter: CLICK HERE to see this month’s Counselor’s Corner Newsletter. Read all about how WCS counselors have been supporting our students and families.
Dismissal Pedestrian Safety: The safety of our students and community is our top priority. We have identified a safety concern for our pedestrians during dismissal. Students and families are cutting across traffic as they arrive and leave campus, therefore we are returning to our pre-pandemic walking procedures: Beginning Monday, November 14th, only car line students will exit the front gates. All walking students and families will enter and exit through the Maybrook or the bike path gates, where crosswalks are more accessible. Walking/biking families will not enter through the front gates – please enter campus to pick up your student using the Maybrook or bike path gate. Those gates will open five minutes before dismissal to assist with walking congestion.
- Students who bike or ride their scooter or skateboard will pick up their bike from the locked area, then exit the back of campus.
- CLICK HERE to see a map of available crosswalks that should be used by all of our pedestrians.
- One more thing – please don’t drop off or pick up your student in the middle of the street. THANK YOU for your partnership in keeping our community safe.
Olympic Triathlon: Our K-8 Olympic Triathlon Event Day is on Wednesday, November 16th at 8:20AM! Be sure to arrive early to Morning Line Up on the 16th to participate in the Olympic Triathlon Opening Ceremony on the blacktop. We need you to make this day a success, sign up to volunteer on the event day below:
- Drop off donations at K-8 campus on 11/9 & 11/16 during drop-off
- CLICK HERE to volunteer on Event Day
- CLICK HERE to set up a family donation page
K-8 Conferences: Save the date for our K-8 Conference week – November 14th to November 18th. Remember, during conference week we will dismiss early to allow time to meet with each of our families – Kindergarten will dismiss at 1:00 PM and 1st–8th grade will dismiss at 1:30 PM. Our BASE program will be open after school until 6:00 PM each day. CLICK HERE to schedule your conference now. CLICK HERE for instructions on how to sign up. While you are on campus for your conference don’t forget to stop by the Lost and Found!
Lost and Found: Our lost and found is overflowing with jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles and more! Please check for any missing items by Friday, November 18th. All unclaimed items will be donated over November Break.
Winter Enrichment Sign-Ups: Enrichment sign-ups for the winter session of Enrichment are open! CLICK HERE for the catalog with available classes and registration information. The session begins on Monday, November 28th.
Spirit Day: Decades Day: Friday, November 18th is Decades day. Students and staff can show their WCS spirit and dress in clothes from another decade. Ex: a rocker from the 80s or a flapper from the 20s.
Olympic Triathlon: We are so excited for our WCHS Olympic Triathlon Event Day on Thursday, November 17th! There is still time to create your website, drop off donations, and volunteer for the event day!
- Drop off donations at the High School campus on 11/8 & 11/15 during drop-off
- CLICK HERE to set up a family donation page
- CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer on Event Day
Food Truck Friday: Friday, November 18th is Food Truck Friday! High school students will be able to purchase alternative lunch items from our Food Truck Friday event during lunch block. Prices range from $8-$13 per meal. Our regular lunch service will still be offered on Friday as well. We will have the following Food Trucks on campus:
- Mykonos Gyros
- Bubble Cone
- Kiki’s Chicken
Personal Device Contract: In advisory this week, your WCHS Explorer received a personal device contract that was sent home. This document reviews expectations and responsibilities for personal devices (including cell phones and earbuds) on campus. If you have not already, please review the personal device contract with your Explorer, sign it, and return it to your advisory teacher.
Otus Family Accounts: We encourage all high school families to check in on their students’ grades each week. Checking on grades can be done by logging into your Otus Family Account. If you do not have an Otus Login, please email [email protected] and we will send you your login information.
BJ’s Restaurant Fundraiser: Our next restaurant fundraiser is coming up on Wednesday, November 16th from 11am-11pm at BJ’s (3531 N. Freeway Blvd). CLICK HERE to show the digital flier prior to paying or order online using code NOV116. We will receive 20% of the total sales. Thank you for the continued support!
Spirit Store is Open: Fall is here and our spirit store has gear to keep everyone warm. CLICK HERE to choose from over 70 items. That’s right, 70 items! The store has something for everyone in your family including beanies, mugs, bags, sweatshirts, and stickers. WAVE does not have an inventory so please be sure to check sizing information before placing your order. All items are made to order and shipped directly to you.
Staff Appreciation Committee: We are looking for a committee of volunteers who are passionate about showing our staff how much we appreciate them. Please CLICK HERE to sign up. Thank you!
Kudos: Thank you to all of the families who joined us for this month’s Coffee Talk. At these events we celebrate, share, ask questions, and discuss the future. We hope to see you at the next Coffee Talk on December 8th at 8:30am at our High School Campus.