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Hello Wildcats!

First, I would like to shout out to Mrs. Sharp and the 4th/5th grade Show Choir for a fantastically spooky show on Friday night! Boo! was directed by Mrs. Sharp, with the assistance of Mrs. West. Both of these ladies choose to volunteer their time to offer this wonderful program, and our kids shine in the process! Thank you!

Amidst our busy academic schedule, we are also looking forward to some fun and games this week!

Monday we will be wrapping up our American Heart Association fundraiser with a Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event during the morning recesses. Students have been learning about being heart healthy by staying active, eating right, and drinking plenty of water. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this important cause. We are very close to meeting our goal of $2000!

Tuesday is Halloween (in case you didn't know). We will be celebrating with a Halloween Parade at 10:15. If you plan to attend, please be sure to sign in at the office before heading out to the playground. See the attached notice for more information. HALLOWEEN PARADE 2017.docx 

On Wednesday, our 2nd graders are heading out to the Lawrence Hall of Science! While they are away, the rest of the school will be participating in the county-wide Shelter-in-Place Drill. After school, we will be holding our monthly English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting at 1:00 in the library. All parents of students who are learning English as a second language are encouraged to attend. Childcare is provided. Immediately following the meeting, we will be hosting our 1st annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at 1:30 in the Multi-Use Room. A few families are contributing displays and artifacts highlighting their country's traditions, including a Day of the Dead Altar (additional participants are encouraged to contribute - no need to be present at the celebration). ALL families are welcome - there will be activities for the kids, music, and refreshments (we are looking for a face painter or two willing to volunteer their time!). If you are able to join us, we encourage you to add a photo of a loved one who has passed to the Altar.  Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer.docx Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer_spa.docx 

On Friday, some of our students will be participating in the Special Olympics Soccer Event at Ygnacio Valley High School! We wish them all the best of luck!

We have an awesomely diverse and thriving community. Thanks to you all for helping make Westwood a place where your children want to be!

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Klinkner

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Published: 10/29/17




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Please refer to the attached information for specific directions. The window closes on November 17th. No late applications will be accepted.

 

Parents are invited to use the computer in our office, if needed.

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 10/25/17




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HALLOWEEN PARADE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

AT 10:15 A.M.

 

Westwood will begin our annual Halloween Parade at Room A-6, weave through the halls and end at the playground.  Participation is optional and families are welcome to join us on the playground.

 

Westwood requests safe costumes so children may participate in their regular school program.  Please stress the following guidelines to the children:

 

  • Weapons may not be brought to school as part of a costume.
  • No scary costumes or blood will be allowed.
  • Children may wear costumes to school, however; makeup must be applied at home.
  • Masks may only be worn during the parade and may not impair their vision.
  • No silly string, TP, or aerosol cans will be allowed.

 

Room Parents will organize individual classroom parties.  Let’s make this a positive and safe holiday!

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 10/24/17




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Our Wildcats wrote thank you letters to firefighters fighting the fires in the North Bay! They responded with a thank you of their own!

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Published: 10/20/17




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Published: 6/12/17




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The Last Day of School is Friday, June 9th. Dismissal for 1st-5th grade students is 12:30 pm. Kindergarten dismissal is 11:05 am. 

 

5th Grade Celebration - 9:15 am 

Kindergarten Celebration - 10:00 am

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Published: 6/2/17




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Sack lunches will be provided for all students that request a lunch for that day. All lunches must be pre-ordered by Monday afternoon, June 5th. Students/parents should inform their teachers if a sack lunch is needed.

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Published: 5/23/17




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Westwood's annual Open House will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd. Classrooms will be open from 6:00-7:15 pm. The 3rd grade Song Flute Performance, and the 4th/5th grade Instrumental Music Concert will take place immediately following at 7:15 pm in the Multi-Use Room. Please join us!

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Published: 5/22/17




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Our Pennies for Patients Fundraiser has come to an end and the results have been tallied!  Westwood Elementary has done an incredible job of collecting coins to help children and adults fight blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.  We even surpassed our goal of $2,000 and raised a total of ………$2,910.61  !!!!

All the classrooms worked very hard to find and bring in spare change.  We had six classrooms that brought in between $100 and $199.  They were A4, A5, A6, C3, D5, and B1.  Then, there were two classrooms that brought in between $200 and $299:  A1 and C6.  Finally, there were three classrooms that brought in $300 or more!  Here are the top three classrooms:

Third place - winner of Otter pops with $352, Ms. Johnston’s (E-4)

Second place – winner of ice cream sandwiches with $373, Ms. Busker’s (A-2)

FIRST PLACE           -winner of a pizza party with $620, Mrs. Starick’s (C-2)

Congratulations to these classrooms!!!!

Everyone has done such an amazing job of helping others in our community who are affected by these diseases.  Thank you, Westwood!  Go WILDCATS!

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Published: 5/22/17




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Congratulations to the following students who were recently invited to participate at the 2017 Elementary Invitational Honor Band and Honor Orchestra. They have achieved the required levels of proficiency and musicianship. They will be joining the other top players from all 28 MDUSD elementary schools at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Saturday, May 13 from 2-3pm. We'd love to have you there to support our Wildcats!

 

Band: Jackson Faulkner

Orchestra: Natalie Cervantes and Aldo Cervantes

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 5/12/17




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This Wednesday, April 19th, our students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals from a variety of fields of work, to help inspire and motivate them to consider their own paths to success!

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Published: 4/15/17




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Join us this Thursday and Friday for Pirates! The Musical as performed by our Westwood Show Choir, under the direction of Ms. Cyndi Sharp! Tickets are $3 at the door. 

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Published: 4/15/17




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Our Student Council's Pennies for Patients drive is starting this Friday, April 14th. Students will each receive a small box for to bring home, along with half-sheet flyer for parents explaining it all.  We are asking the students to bring in the smaller box once a week to empty into the classroom counter box.  Student Council members will be coming by on Fridays to retrieve the weekly collections. The drive will run through Friday, May 12th. All funds collected with support the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class with the highest donation will receive a delicious pizza party.  Thank you for all your help on this fun and worthwhile activity.  

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Published: 4/14/17




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Attention Parents/Guardians! Please take time to click on the link below to take the annual School Climate Survey!

 

2016-17 School Climate Survey Information

Westwood Elem  is looking for parents and community members to share their perceptions about the school.  Your participation is voluntary but very important.  The information will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning, and improve student achievement.  Results will also help inform Mt. Diablo Unified’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.)    This is an anonymous survey designed so that no one can be identified from the data.  The questions apply to this school only.  The results will be used for school site and Mt. Diablo Unified program planning.  The window will be open from February 6, 2017- March 30, 2017.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING SURVEY

If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school.  Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.

Access to login page for the survey using the following URL: surveys.wested.org/csps/ZW642YG?lang=en

 

Use the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

School Code (case sensitive):  RV42JE

If you have questions about this survey, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at (925) 682-8000 x 4016.

 

Thank you for taking this important community survey!

 

Westwood_Elementary csps English.docx

 

 

Encuesta para los Padres de Escuelas  2016-2017

La escuela primaria Ayers está buscando padres y miembros de la comunidad para compartir sus percepciones sobre la escuela. Su participación es voluntaria pero muy importante. La información ayudará a guiar los esfuerzos del distrito y la escuela para promover la seguridad, mejorar el aprendizaje y mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Los resultados también ayudarán a informar al Plan de Responsabilidad y de Control Local de Mt Diablo Unificado (LCAP.) Esta es una encuesta anónima diseñada para que nadie pueda ser identificado a partir de los datos. Las preguntas  aplican solamente a esta escuela. Los resultados se utilizarán para la escuela y Planificación de programas del distrito unificado de Mt. Diablo. La encuesta estará abierta desde el 6 de febrero de 2017 hasta el 30 de marzo de 2017.

INSTRUCCIONES PARA ACCEDER A LA ENCUESTA

Si usted tiene más de un niño en esta escuela, solo necesitará completar una encuesta para esta escuela. Por favor llene una encuesta sobre la escuela usando a su hijo mayor como referencia.

Acceso a la página de inicio de sesión para la encuesta utilizando la siguiente URL: surveys.wested.org/csps/ZW642YG?lang=en

 

Utilice el siguiente código de la escuela y haga clic en el botón “Take survey” (Tomar encuesta):

                Código de la escuela (con mayúsculas y minúsculas):RV42JE

Si tiene preguntas sobre esta encuesta, comuníquese con Jennifer Sachs, Directora Ejecutiva de Apoyo Educativo, al (925) 682-8000 x 4016.

 

 ¡Gracias por tomar esta importante encuesta comunitaria!

 

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Published: 2/26/17




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Thanks to all of the students who developed projects for this year's STEM Fair. We would like to wish all of our winners luck in the upcoming MDUSD STEM Fair on March 11th:

 

3rd Grade:

1. Madison Haynes - "Silly Putty"

2. Alan Barrera Orellana - "Paper Circuits"

Alt. Harli Capps - "5-Second Rule"

 

4th Grade:

1. Jayden Reger - "Sink or Float?"

2. Addison Faulkner - "Rethink Your Drink"

Alt. Luis Carrillo - "Which Brand Pops Best?"

 

5th Grade:

1. Karissa Sosa - "Do Different Ingredients Make Better Slime?"

2. Andrew Dawson - "Hot and Cold Magnets"

Alt. Dylan Steeley - "Mummification"

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Published: 2/26/17




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2016-17 School Climate Survey Information

Westwood Elem  is looking for parents and community members to share their perceptions about the school.  Your participation is voluntary but very important.  The information will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning, and improve student achievement.  Results will also help inform Mt. Diablo Unified’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.)    This is an anonymous survey designed so that no one can be identified from the data.  The questions apply to this school only.  The results will be used for school site and Mt. Diablo Unified program planning.  The window will be open from February 6, 2017- March 30, 2017.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING SURVEY

If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school.  Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.

Access to login page for the survey using the following URL: surveys.wested.org/csps/ZW642YG?lang=en

 

Use the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

School Code (case sensitive):  RV42JE

If you have questions about this survey, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at (925) 682-8000 x 4016.

 

Thank you for taking this important community survey!

 

 

Encuesta para los Padres de Escuelas  2016-2017

La escuela primaria Westwood está buscando padres y miembros de la comunidad para compartir sus percepciones sobre la escuela. Su participación es voluntaria pero muy importante. La información ayudará a guiar los esfuerzos del distrito y la escuela para promover la seguridad, mejorar el aprendizaje y mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Los resultados también ayudarán a informar al Plan de Responsabilidad y de Control Local de Mt Diablo Unificado (LCAP.) Esta es una encuesta anónima diseñada para que nadie pueda ser identificado a partir de los datos. Las preguntas  aplican solamente a esta escuela. Los resultados se utilizarán para la escuela y Planificación de programas del distrito unificado de Mt. Diablo. La encuesta estará abierta desde el 6 de febrero de 2017 hasta el 30 de marzo de 2017.

INSTRUCCIONES PARA ACCEDER A LA ENCUESTA

Si usted tiene más de un niño en esta escuela, solo necesitará completar una encuesta para esta escuela. Por favor llene una encuesta sobre la escuela usando a su hijo mayor como referencia.

Acceso a la página de inicio de sesión para la encuesta utilizando la siguiente URL: surveys.wested.org/csps/ZW642YG?lang=en

 

Utilice el siguiente código de la escuela y haga clic en el botón “Take survey” (Tomar encuesta):

                Código de la escuela (con mayúsculas y minúsculas):RV42JE

Si tiene preguntas sobre esta encuesta, comuníquese con Jennifer Sachs, Directora Ejecutiva de Apoyo Educativo, al (925) 682-8000 x 4016.

 

 ¡Gracias por tomar esta importante encuesta comunitaria!

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Published: 1/16/17




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Happy New Year Wildcat Community!

We are starting the new year off with a bang! We have lots of exciting things happening on campus:

  • Our Student Council is up and running, thanks to our coordinators, Ms. Leatherman and Ms. Johnston. We had a strong field of candidates running for the Council, who boldly campaigned and delivered well-prepared speeches. Our students had tough choices to make when presented with the ballots! Congratulations to our winners: President-Nico Bushnell, Vice-President-Daniel Araujo, Secretary-Angelina Ramirez, and Treasurer-Justin Chico!
  • Ms. Bradley’s 5th grade class has started exploring the area of robotics through Project Lead the Way (Next up: Ms. Johnston’s class, and beyond!).
  • The 5th grade students recently floated out on the Delta on the Brownlee research vessel!
  • On 1/11, we held Street Smarts assemblies to remind students how to be safe while out on their bikes, scooters, skates, and skateboards. Wear those helmets, kids!
  • Our newest shipment of Chromebooks has arrived, and will soon be distributed to the 3rd-5th grade classrooms. This should allow our K-2 students to access the Computer Lab more often.
  • On Tuesday, 1/17, our 4th graders will be participating in a “Walk Through California” history event.
  • STEM Day is coming up this Friday, 1/20, all of our students will be taking turns rotating through various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activity stations run by El Dorado Middle School students. Along the same lines, our own students are preparing their own STEM projects for display at Westwood’s STEM Fair to be held on February 16th.

During the month of January, students will also be taking the 2nd i-Ready Diagnostic assessment of the year. This assessment will help us to see how each student is progressing on a broad range of skills in the areas of Reading and Mathematics. Students are in the process of setting goals and completing i-Ready lessons in preparation for the Diagnostic test. Remember, students can extend their practice at home. The program recommends that students spend at least 45 minutes per week on each subject in order to get the full benefit of this online system. Go to www.login.i-ready.com . Your teacher will have your child’s username and password (although most students have memorized them by now).

Last but not least, I’d like to extend a special thanks to our volunteers:

  • Cristina Clark coordinated our Scholastic Book Fair in December, and a team of volunteers helped to keep it open every day after school, and on multiple evenings. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! The Book Fair is always a very popular event with the students, encourages reading, and also helps raise funds to support our school’s library.
  • Angie Bushnell coordinated a special luncheon for our staff, with an array of delicious soups and salads. Thanks also to all of the parents who contributed! We enjoyed it all!

All the best to you all in the new year!

Nancy Klinkner, Principal

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Published: 1/13/17




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The mother of Enzo Oliveira (3rd grade) recently passed away from stomach cancer. The family recently moved here from Brazil, and is raising money to bring her body back home. Please consider a donation: https://www.gofundme.com/35pu7ew/donate

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Published: 1/8/17




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Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council members!

 

President - Nico Bushnell

Vice President - Daniel Araujo 

Secretary - Angelina Ramirez

Treasurer - Justin Chico 





 

All of our candidates did an awesome job with their campaigns and speeches. We are proud of you all!

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Published: 12/14/16




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Please join us on Thursday evening, December 8th, for a special parent workshop entitled, "Let's Read at Home". This FREE workshop is geared toward all grade levels, and supports your efforts to read at home with your children. The presenters will provide tactics, tips, and practice in shared reading, along with ideas for games and activities to make reading stimulating and fun. Participants will receive a free book for your child's home library.

 

The program starts at 6:00pm. Childcare will be provided, and light snacks will be available. Also, join us in the Scholastic Book Fair after the workshop, open until 9pm.

 

The class with the highest level of participation will earn an extra recess, with hot cocoa!

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 12/5/16




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Dear Wildcat Community, 

We are into the holiday season, and parent-teacher conferences are on the horizon. It is a good time to reflect on our progress thus far, and how we can continue to improve outcomes for our students. We have set some goals for student improvement, and teachers are working to provide targeted instruction to help our students to reach these goals.

To give back during this season, we have two upcoming community service projects: The Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser was kicked off just before Thanksgiving Break. Your student should have brought home a fundraising envelope with instructions for collecting donations to support the work of the American Heart Association. We will have a culminating jumping event the week before Winter Break. We are also holding a Food Drive, collecting non-perishable food items throughout the month to support MDUSD’s food pantry at CHS, which provides food to needy families within out district. Donations can be dropped off in the boxes outside of the office.

Throughout the month of December, we will also be hosting a school-wide Kindness Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to encourage kindness, generosity, and giving throughout our school and community as a whole. The top 3 classes with the most "acts of kindness" will earn an extra recess!

We would like to extend our thanks once again to Amanda Viano. Through her and her team’s efforts, our annual Fun Run fundraiser raised at least $7467 in support of student programs and services. 

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for the Conference Weeks schedule: from December 5th-16th, our 1st-5th grade students will be dismissed at 1:00 every day. Please plan accordingly.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Klinkner, Principal

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Published: 12/1/16




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Parents/Guardians: Remember to schedule your conference with your student's teacher. Conferences will be held between December 5-16th. During these two weeks, 1st-5th grade students will be dismissed at 1:00pm every day. Please be sure to mark your calendars, and make plans for pick-up.

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Published: 12/1/16




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  • Intradistrict Transfer Lottery 2017-2018 (for Kindergarten)
    • For a valid Kindergarten Intradistrict Application the student must be enrolled in their school of residence.
    • Intradistrict Transfer Period: February 7, 2017 – March 1, 2017
  • Intradistrict Transfer Lottery 2017-2018 (for Grades 1- 12)
    • Intradistict Transfer Period: October 17, 20176– January 17, 2017 

Public Lottery for grades K-5                                 

Date: April 13, 2017                                                  

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                       

Location: DENT Center – Board Room    

 

Public Lottery for grades 6-12

Date: February 13, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: DENT Center – Board Room

 

Use this link to the Student Services webpage for more information and all forms:

http://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/transfers

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Published: 11/30/16




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There will be NO SCHOOL from November 21-25, 2016 in honor of our Thanksgiving Holiday. 

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Published: 11/13/16