A CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Regular Day Schedule
Early Birds: 7:45 am to 11:05 am
Late Birds: 9:35 am to 12:50 pm
Grades 1 to 5
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
7:45 am to 2:10 pm
7:45 am to 1:40 pm
PLEASE REPORT YOUR STUDENT'S ABSENCE DAILY!
All absences must be reported to the school within 72 hours.
You can report this absence in any of the following ways:
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October was a busy month, and it flew by! Our parent volunteers and staff have been working hard to provide programs and activities for our students focused on encouraging a healthy, safe, bully-free lifestyle. The high level of participation in our Red Ribbon Week festivities is testament to our community’s passion toward this effort. The funds raised through the Fall Carnival and the Fun Run will continue to support these and other activities throughout the year. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic participation!
We are looking forward to upcoming events in November. On Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00pm, we will be hosting a Bullying Prevention Workshop for parents provided by Soul Shoppe (refer to the full-page flyer sent home with your student last week). Soul Shoppe will be providing workshops throughout the year for our students as well – teaching them tools to develop positive, effective communication and conflict resolution skills. During the 2nd week of November, Soul Shoppe will also be training some of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to be Peacemakers. These students will be developing leadership skills while helping their peers resolve minor conflicts on the playground. For more about Soul Shoppe, visit their website at www.soulshoppe.com .
The Student Council election process was exciting – we were impressed with all of the candidates’ posters, speeches and genuine desire to make Westwood a better place! Special thanks to Mrs. Leatherman and Ms. Johnston for taking the lead on this effort. Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council Members:
President - Leo Torres
Vice President - Brynn Bannan
Secretary - Flora June Brown
Treasurer - William Brinkert
Attendance continues to be a major focus for our school and district. At Westwood, we are seeing a record number of students arriving tardy to school and/or leaving early, and families requesting Independent Study contracts. Please be sure to plan ahead and make a greater effort to get to school on time, and try to schedule appointments after school. Students who arrive late cause disruption to the morning learning routine, and express embarrassment about walking into class after instruction has started. Research shows that students who regularly miss out on instruction are at greater risk for poor academic performance due to gaps in their learning, are more likely to develop poor attendance habits throughout their education, which may possibly lead to dropping out of school altogether. Start good habits early and set your student up for success! (Note: Of course, arriving late is still preferred over not coming to school at all!)
A few dates to remember:
November 11 – Veteran’s Day (No School)
November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Intradistrict Transfer Procedures 2016-2017
Intradistrict applications are available beginning October 15, 2015 until January 15 2016 at the school sites , on the web site, mdusd.org and at the District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519 in the Welcome Center, Room1. Current grades 1-11 the deadline January 15, 2016. New TK and K deadline is March 1, 2016. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED after the due date. Please turn in all applications to the District Office.