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TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS FOR 2019-2019 DUE JANUARY 12, 2018 Mt. Diablo Unified is looking to have a nomination from each school site for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year (TOY) 2018-19. Administrators, teachers, parents, and/or students may nominate classroom teachers who have demonstrated a passion for teaching, an ability to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs, and who connect with and support their school community. All nomination forms are due Friday, January 12, 2018. Nomination forms are available on the district's website.

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 12/20/17




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SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT LCAP COMMUNITY SPEAKERS SERIES EVENT As part of the key goal in our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for Parent/Family & Community Engagement, we are committed to making sure parents, families and community members are informed, engaged, and empowered as partners to support student learning. Last year, we introduced our Community Speakers Series to provide an activity supporting these goals. As the series resumes in 2018, we welcome Dr. Danielle Ramo to present “Marijuana & Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2018.” Dr. Ramo is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry who directs UC San Francisco’s Research on Addictions and Digital Interventions Lab exploring the use of digital media to change health risk behaviors including tobacco, alcohol, and drug involvement. Please join us for her presentation on Tuesday, January 20, 2018, from 6 – 8 p.m. at College Park High School. 

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 12/20/17




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Hello Westwood Families!

 

Please remember that we will start our minimum day schedule for parent-teacher conferences tomorrow, Monday, 12/11 through Friday, 12/22. 1st-5th grade students will be dismissed daily at 1:00 for the next two weeks. (Please note: There will be no change to the Kindergarten schedule.) I hope this will give you all an opportunity to schedule time to meet with your child's teacher to review his/her progress so far this year. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our students through the various fundraisers and activities that have taken place over the last month! We have been busy!

  • Our Art Gala brought in a record turnout and earned approximately $5,000 in support of student services and programs. Special thanks to our co-coordinators Amanda Viano and Rachael Whitmer!
  • The Book Fair had a steady stream of visitors last week. We are looking forward to hearing the results of our final tally. Thank you to Christina Bonner for organizing the fair, and keeping the doors open for so many hours to accommodate our families!
  • Thanks to Ms. Bonnie Shea and the 1st and 2nd grade teachers for a festive holiday concert last week. We had a full house join us to witness 15 minutes of pure joy!
  • Last week's Winter Boutique, along with the See's Candies, candle sales, and Poinsettia fundraiser brought in approximately $4,500 to help fund our 5th grade Outdoor Education program. Ms. Bradley, Ms. Johnston, and many parent and staff volunteers have dedicated innumerable hours to this effort. We believe 5th grade camp is a 'right of passage' that all students should have the opportunity to experience, and we can't thank you all enough for the support!

Finally, please take a few minutes to take a brief online survey to let us know how we are doing. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the California School Parent Survey for Westwood: surveys.wested.org/csps/NF327HA We are striving for at least a 70% participation rate. Your feedback is important to us!

I wish everyone a joyous holiday season! Our classrooms are focusing on the life skill of 'Friendship' this month, and I hope this month's celebrations bring you many opportunities to make new friends and connect with the old.

With gratitude,

Mrs. Klinkner, Principal

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 12/10/17




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California School Parent Survey, 2017-2018

Westwood Elementary

 

Your school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school.  This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Principal Klinkner at klinknern@mdusd.org or 925-685-4202.

 

You will have access to this online survey beginning 11/24/17.

 

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions about the school.

 

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

 

  • This is an anonymous survey.  It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data.  You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you.  Simply skip any such questions.
  • All questions apply to this school only.
  • The results are for the use of your district.  The California Department of Education and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE 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 the survey using the following URL. Please note, you must copy and paste the URL into your browser in order to access the survey.

 

surveys.wested.org/csps/NF327HA

 

Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble taking the survey, check the following:

  • Make sure you are entering the web site address correctly.
  • Does the survey welcome page show the correct name of your school?
  • Make sure you have entered the URL (in the URL bar, NOT THE SEARCH BAR) and School Code correctly.
  • Make sure that your survey window is open. You should be able to find the start date on this form.
  • Still having trouble? Contact your survey coordinator.

 

Thank you for taking this important survey!

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Posted by: Nancy Klinkner
Published: 11/24/17




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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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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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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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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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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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