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Dear Westgate Community,Mr. Weiss and Family

Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of an exciting 2018!  We hope that everyone had a beautiful winter break.  Teachers returned to work this week energized and excited to see our students on January 8th.    

We have some awesome developments for our school on the horizon for the second semester.  As always, the partnership of our families in this work is paramount and we are so grateful for the continued support and feedback from our community.  

Most exciting for us as we kick of 2018 is our newly developed mission.  Over the fall of 2017 we worked with staff, community and students to collaboratively develop our new mission.  This work aligns to our participation in The Leader in Me and families can expect to hear more about the 7 habits this spring.  Our new mission is Lead|Love|Learn.  We are so proud to say at Westgate that we deeply embrace these 3 word and their powerful meaning 

Our next steps will be the continued instruction for students regarding the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Eventually students will establish classroom mission statements and then personal mission statements.  Families can also participate in this work by creating a family mission statement.  Support for that work can be found at this link.

In other news, Westgate has begun working with new supports from Americorps in the areas of reading intervention.  2 Americorps tutors will be working with individual students to improve skills in reading for primary grade students.  

Lastly, we are trying a new model for conferences this semester with one night of conferences on February 15th and then an option for day conferences on February 16th which is a no-contact day for students.  All students will bring home a folder the Friday before conferences with data from assessments that have taken place this school year.  This folder is designed to help you come to conferences with questions prepared and to have a meaningful conversation about your student's progress in school.  

Please keep the following dates in mind as you plan out the rest of your summer and fall:

  • January 9th – 31st Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019
  • January 15th – NO SCHOOL MLK Day
  • January 16th – Kindergarten Information Night 6:00-7:00pm
  • January 24th – Watch DOGS Pizza Night 5:30-7:00pm
  • February 1st - DiversiTEA 6:00pm
  • February 1st – PTA/Accountability Meeting 6:30-8:00pm
  • February 8th – Pastries for Pops 8:00-8:45am
  • February 15th - Conferences 4:00-8:00pm
  • February 16th - Conferences 8:00am - 3:00pm (No School for students)

We look forward to continuing our service of your family in 2018!

Mr. Weiss


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