Sunday Update, October 21 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update.

Wildcat Gear:  This is our last week of sales for online PTSA Wildcat gear.  All can be worn during physical education or just to make a fashion statement.  Order now! Items will be distributed at school. T-shirts, ladies t-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts available.  Youth and adult sizes. http://www.epiapparel.com/wes676.html

THIS WEEK

Student Government Association Elections: Due to voting irregularities on Friday we will be re-voting for SGA officers on Monday by paper ballot.

School Bus Safety Week: This week we celebrate our bus drivers and bus aides with the MCPS theme, “My driver, my safety hero.” We are grateful for their commitment to our students.

Outdoor Education:  Weŕe excited to head to Summit Lake to learn in the outdoors with half of our sixth graders Monday through Wednesday.  The other half of our sixth grade will go Wednesday through Friday.

Box Top Submissions:  Check your cupboards and fridge..the fall submission deadline for box tops is almost here.  Our goal is $1000 for the year. Send box tops to school by Monday, October 29.

LOOKING AHEAD

MSDE Survey of Students:  Students will complete a survey developed by the Maryland State Department of Education during STAR on Monday the 29th.  For more information about the survey visit this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cpEe4YycT9qLa2JKgNpc1vBrotdyqqBXfIwmhESGdFw/edit?usp=sharing

Make Up Photos:  Students who missed our first photo session or wish to sit for retakes will do so between 12:15 and 1:15 on Monday, October 29.

Ledos’ Westland Dine In/Out Nights: Join us at Ledos  at 5245 River Road on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings- Oct 29 and 30-  to raise funds for Westland.

Red Ribbon Week:  Next week we raise awareness about alcohol and other drugs during Red Ribbon Spirit Week.  Students will be offered a chance to sign a pledge to stay safe and healthy.

 

 

Monday, Oct 29- Wear RED to show your support for Red Ribbon Week!

 

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 30- Wear CRAZY SOCKS to sock it to drugs!

 

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 31- Costumes! (Leave masks and look-alike weapons at home.)

 

 

 

Thursday, Nov 1- Wear SPORTS GEAR/HATS to team up against drugs!

 

 

 

Friday, Nov 2- Wear ORANGE AND BLACK to say boo to drugs!

 

PTSA Parent Forum on Academic Anxiety on Monday, October 29 at 7 pm, Westland Media Center:   Does Your Child get nervous or anxious about assignments or before tests?  Rush through projects or tests and quizzes just to get them done? Does your child dread grades or homework or even school itself?

Come learn how to cope with academic anxiety. Kathy McIntosh, founder of Capital Learners Educational Services, and Kate Alcamo, founder and therapist at Family Therapy Center of Bethesda, will discuss academic anxiety, how to recognize it, what to do, and how to address it before high school. Parents will get a better understanding of how anxiety may present in their children and will learn proven tips and tools that can be used at home to help their children overcome school anxiety and build self-confidence.

Morning Parent Forum on Executive Function Skills on Tuesday, October 30, 8-9:00 am, BCC HS Cafeteria

For students who struggle with executive function, they may find it very difficult to be successful in the classroom. Do any of the following sound familiar?

 

 

Forgets to write down homework assignments and often is unaware that something was

 due for a class

 

 

 

Remembers the assignment or finds out from a classmate, but can not find the materials

 needed to complete the assignment

 

 

 

Struggles to get started on tasks and spends many additional hours on school work than

 is necessary

 

 

 

Once started with work, has difficulty completing the tasks

 

 

 

 

Struggles to manage time effectively

 

 

 

Completes assignments but forgets to turn them in to the teacher

 

 

 

Needs help breaking down large or long-term assignments

 

Lauren Eckert, M.Ed., a Certified Life Coach and Health Coach and a Licensed School Counselor will talk about the development of these crucial executive function skills, discuss the role of parents in supporting and teaching these skills, and provide specific strategies to assist students who are struggling in the area of executive function.  She will also discuss the role of technology, how anxiety and ADHD impact these skills, and take time to answer questions related to the topic.

(Please do not park in spaces marked reserved at BCC. Make sure to sign in on the visitor clipboard in the main office and list your vehicle. Parking is also available at the metered Waverly garage.  Hosted by BCC’s 9th Grade Peer Parents. For more information, contact: Nicole Veilleux at geomeekins5@yahoo.com)

Sixth Grade Party/Dance:  On Friday, November 2 our sixth graders are invited to our party/dance in the evening.  Flyers are going home this week.

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

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M 10/29- STAR- MD State Department of Education Survey for Students

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M 10/29- Make Up Photos on cafeteria stage- 12:15-1:15

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Week of Oct 29- Red Ribbon Week (Monday- red, Tuesday- crazy socks, Wednesday- Halloween

 costume, Thursday- Sports gear/hats, Friday- Orange and Black)

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M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close

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Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30

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W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

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NOVEMBER

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Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

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F 11/2- First Friday College/University Spirit Day

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F 11/2- 6th Grade Party/Dance

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Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

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W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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W 11/7- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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Th 11/8- First day of Marking Period 2, new arts rotation for 6th, possible health/PE

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M 11/12- Veterans Day Celebrated, Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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M 11/12- Parent conferences, 1-7 pm (by Sign Up Genius)

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Tu 11/13- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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Tu 11/13- Select parent conferences, 1-4 pm

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W 11/14- Parent Forum: Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression with Dr. Erin Berman,

 7 pm- BCC HS?

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Th 11/15- STAR assembly for 6th graders on social media

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Tu 11/20-  Homeroom in place of STAR- report card and MCPS bullying form distribution

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W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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W 11/21- Early Release- Thanksgiving Eve, students dismissed at 12:30

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Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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M 11/26- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

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DECEMBER

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

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Fr 12/7 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day


October 14, 2018 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update. Thank you to all of our parents who visited during open house on Monday and to all who chaperoned our trip to the zoo on Friday.

Wake Up Westland: Congratulations to our TV production students and Ms. Earley for debuting the first edition of our pre-recorded Wake Up Westland show on Friday.  This is a new format for us and we are super proud of our students. https://drive.google.com/file/d/14d5fMEpicERkfIBCzELDmURUy6IOajTO/view?usp=sharing  

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THIS WEEK

Hispanic Heritage Lesson:  On Monday students will experience a STAR lesson recognizing Hispanic Heritage month.  

Athletics: On Tuesday our girls softball team hosts Pyle while our boys softball team and cross country runners compete away.  On Thursday you can see the boys softball team and cross country team host North Bethesda at home.

Study Skills Night:  Tuesday evening is our annual Study Skills Night from 6:00 to 8:05.  Spaces are limited so sign up now for sessions on studying for world language, studying for math, digital literacy/online resources and writing.

Register by visiting this link.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eafad29a2f49-study

Show Your Pink this Wed:  Break out your pink clothes this Wednesday to signify Westland's support in the fight to end breast cancer.  

Student Government Elections:  On Friday during STAR students will view speeches or slides from candidates and vote for president, treasurer, secretary and grade level vice presidents.

November Parent Conference Sign Up: This Friday at 7:30 am we will open our sign up genius registration for parent conferences.  Sign up for up to three 10-minute conferences with teachers. Most will occur on Monday, November 12th in the afternoon/evening with some teachers available on afternoons ONLY on the 12th and 13th from 1 to 4:00 pm.   

We are sharing the link now to allow parents time to create accounts in sign up genius.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eabab22a2fb6-wmsfall

Westland Middle School: Teacher Conferences D-G

www.signupgenius.com

Hello Parents, Please view the sign up and find a convenient time to meet with your child's teachers. Below are the sign-ups for teachers with last names beginning with D-G.  You can find additional teachers using the tabs at the top of the page. As you sign up, please account for time to go between meetings so everyone can stay on schedule.  Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, contact Sharon Ringley (Sharon_J_Ringley@mcpsmd.org) *Please note Ms. Earley has slots available on Monday and Tuesday from 1-4.  

 

 

Pasted here is a note from our PTSA president, Lyric Winik about middle school parent conferences that she posted to the ListServ.

“Dear Westland Families —

When it comes to parent-teacher conferences, middle school is very different from elementary school.  Middle school is a transition period for conferences —by the time you get to high school, there are no more conferences.  Unlike in elementary school, parents are not expected to attend conferences with middle school teachers — no one will think badly of you if you don’t sign up.  (Some MCPS schools don’t even offer a sign-up; they use an invitation-only system for conferences.)

Most middle school teachers have well over 100 students — it is not possible for them to meet with each family individually in the time available. If your child is succeeding in class or if you have a question or concern that could be resolved through an email, it is not necessary for you to sign up for a conference.  In fact, it is a kindness to give your space to another family that needs to see a teacher face to face to address a more complex issue or a learning question.

If you are unsure about whether or not to sign up, my best advice would be to send an email today to your child’s teacher, state your concern, and ask if you should come in on a conference day to chat. Alternatively, if a teacher or counselor reaches out to you, suggesting you sign up, a conference can be a great opportunity to get the rest of the school year on the right track.  

Best, Lyric Winik, Westland PTSA President”

LOOKING AHEAD

Halloween:  Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Bad news- we do not have halloween parties in our classrooms in middle school.  Good news- we do allow your creativity to be on display. In other words, you can wear costumes at school on Oct 31!  Leave the masks and look-alike weapons at home.

Sixth Grade Party/Dance:  Save the date on Friday, November 2 for our sixth grade party/dance in the evening.  More information coming soon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Photo IDs: When you come to Westland to visit or volunteer, please make sure you bring a photo ID with you.  We have a new visitor management system which will soon be coming to all MCPS schools. Relatives/friends who are authorized to pick up your children will also need to present a photo ID.

Guest Riders on Buses:  If a student wishes to ride home with a friend s/he should bring a note to the office IN THE MORNING to be issued a bus pass if there is room on the bus.  The following routes are closed to guest riders: 1106, 1111, 1116 and 1128.

 

UPCOMING CLUSTER PARENT FORUMS

Parenting Tools for Promoting Healthy Eating and Positive Body Image- Oct 16 @ 7 pm, BCC High School

If you aren’t going to study skills night, this is a great program, sponsored by the BCC, Silver Creek, and Westland Year Long Partnership on Better Well-Being and Mental Health.

Presented by Ann Jacob Smith, PhD & Erin Wolf Barnett, MS, RD

We are bombarded by the media and our culture with information on how we should eat, exercise and look.   Experts in the field of eating disorders will provide parents with science-based information on how to help our children develop healthy relationships with food and their own body image.  

Executive Function Skills- Oct 30, 8-9 AM, BCC HS Cafeteria

For students who struggle with executive function, they may find it very difficult to be successful in the classroom. Do any of the following sound familiar?

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Forgets to write down homework assignments and often is unaware that something was due for a class

  •  
  •  

 

Remembers the assignment or finds out from a classmate, but can not find the materials needed to complete the assignment

  •  
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Struggles to get started on tasks and spends many additional hours on school work than is necessary

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Once started with work, has difficulty completing the tasks

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Struggles to manage time effectively

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Completes assignments but forgets to turn them in to the teacher

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Needs help breaking down large or long-term assignments

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Lauren Eckert, M.Ed., a Certified Life Coach and Health Coach and a Licensed School Counselor will talk about the development of these crucial executive function skills, discuss the role of parents in supporting and teaching these skills, and provide specific strategies to assist students who are struggling in the area of executive function.  She will also discuss the role of technology, how anxiety and ADHD impact these skills, and take time to answer questions related to the topic.

Please do not park in spaces marked reserved at BCC. Make sure to sign in on the visitor clipboard in the main office and list your vehicle. Parking is also available at the metered Waverly garage.  Hosted by BCC’s 9th Grade Peer Parents. For more information, contact: Nicole Veilleux at geomeekins5@yahoo.com

 

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

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Week of October 22- School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My driver, my safety hero

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M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

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Tu, 10/23- Makeup ID/Yearbook Photos during lunch

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W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

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M 10/29- STAR- MD State Department of Education Survey for Students

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Week of Oct 29- Red Ribbon Week

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M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting “Creative Learning Spaces”

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Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30

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W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

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NOVEMBER

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Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

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F 11/2- First Friday College/University Spirit Day

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F 11/2- 6th Grade Party/Dance

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Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

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W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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W 11/7- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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Th 11/8- First day of Marking Period 2, new arts rotation for 6th, possible health/PE rotation for 6th-8th

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M 11/12- Veterans Day Celebrated, Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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M 11/12- Parent conferences, 1-7 pm (by Sign Up Genius)

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Tu 11/13- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

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Tu 11/13- Select parent conferences, 1-4 pm

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Th 11/15- STAR assembly for 6th graders on social media

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Tu 11/20-  Homeroom in place of STAR- report card and MCPS bullying form distribution

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W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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W 11/21- Early Release- Thanksgiving Eve, students dismissed at 12:30

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Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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M 11/26- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

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DECEMBER

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

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Fr 12/7 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day

October 7, 2018 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update.

A million thanks to the PTA leaders and parent volunteers who organized and hosted a GREAT bowling event for 80 of our 8th graders on Friday!

Next up, late-breaking announcements about two parent opportunities this week at BCC and at Silver Creek.  Our cluster schools have extended invites to our parents.

TWO NEW PARENT OPPORTUNITIES MONDAY and TUESDAY:  

Parent Academy Workshop:  

Tomorrow night, Oct 8, from 7-8:30 pm the MCPS parent academies will sponsor a forum at BCC high school entitled “Plugged in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age.” From the MCPS description, “Join us to hear how children are using media and tech to create, consume, communicate, and learn.  We will also discuss the impact of media and technology on health and development and how to guide your child in making safe and respectful digital choices. Presented by Common Sense Education. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.”

For a full listing of MCPS Parent Academy Workshops visit  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/workshops.aspx

Parent Forum- Helping Your Child Develop Emotional Building Blocks

Tuesday night, Oct 9, at 7:00 pm Silver Creek extends an invite to join their parent forum attached to their PTSA general membership meeting. From the Silver Creek PTSA, “First, we will hear from our MYP Coordinator, Ms. Renee Hill, to learn about the IB (International Baccalaureate) and Middle Years programs.  Then, Karen Miller, LCSW (and Silver Creek parent), and Dr. Kathryn Campana-Scherer will present a program entitled "Helping Your Child Develop Emotional Building Blocks". This presentation will be geared toward helping parents raise children to develop "emotional building blocks" to increase distress tolerance and increase emotional resilience with the long-term goal of reducing low-level anxiety and depression in adolescence and early adulthood.  The presentation will also focus on helping parents restructure or re-frame their middle school child's unhelpful thought patterns and identify signs of anxiety and depression , all within a developmentally appropriate framework. Spanish translation will be provided.”

 

THIS WEEK

Open House: Tomorrow is our big day with the MCPS-designated open house.  We welcome our parents and guardians to visit classrooms between 8:43 and 2:11!  Don’t forget to bring a copy/photo of your child’s schedule and your photo ID! Please plan to enter through our main doors only.

International Bike/Walk to School Day:  All are encouraged to safely walk, scoot or cycle to school on Wednesday for International Bike/Walk to School Day.  How green can a green school be?

 

Community-Building Circles:  We launch our first community-building circles of the year during STAR on Wednesday.  Circles provide a great opportunity for students to learn and use one anothers’ names, to share their opinions and to learn about and from their peers.

 

Athletics: Our boys softball and co-ed cross country teams host Tilden after school on Wednesday.  Students are encouraged to come out to cheer for their classmates and may ride the activity buses home.  A warning though, that applies Wednesday and ANY DAY, students CANNOT leave campus (to go to Starbucks, perhaps) and return to campus to ride activity buses.

 

However, and unfortunately, student fans CANNOT travel to Tilden to cheer on the girls Wildcat softball players per MCPS policy.

 

Outdoor Ed Chaperone Mandatory Training: Our AMAZING parent volunteers for outdoor education must attend a training this Thursday.  For questions, please contact Ms. Hsieh at Natalie_Hsieh@mcpsmd.org.

 

Wake Up Westland: We’re excited for the first edition of our Wake Up Westland show this Friday.  

 

Student of the Month:  A group of thinking, balanced, knowledgeable, principled, risk-taking and caring kids will be honored Friday morning during our first Student of the Month celebration.   

 

7th Grade Field Trip:  Our seventh grade students will descend upon the National Zoo for Friday.  Keep your fingers crossed for active primates, intriguing amphibians and great weather!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Study Skills Night:  One of our most popular events each year is our Study Skills Night sponsored by the PTSA and it is around the corner--Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00 to 8:05.  Parents alone, kids alone or parents and kids together can sign up for sessions on studying for world language, studying for math, digital literacy/online resources and writing.

Register for your spot by visiting this link.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eafad29a2f49-study

(If you visit the link and are wondering how spots have already been booked, it is because parents learned of the event last week through the PTSA listserv.  Yet another reason to join the listserv.) https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/westlandms/about/westlandnet.aspx#join

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Next month we will be hosting parent conferences on the afternoon/evening of Monday, November 12 with some conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 13.  Next week we will be sending Sign-Up genius links with specific appointment slots for teachers. No conferences are required but parents may sign up for up to three, 10-minute conferences if space allows.

 

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

OCTOBER

Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball

 away at Pyle at 3:30

Tu 10/16- Study Skills Night

Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda,

 Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30

Week of October 22- School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My driver, my safety hero

M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

Tu, 10/23- Makeup ID/Yearbook Photos during lunch

W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting

 “Creative Learning Spaces”

Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30

W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

NOVEMBER

Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

F 11/2- First Friday College/University Spirit Day  

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

W 11/7- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

Th 11/8- First day of Marking Period 2, new arts rotation for 6th, possible health/PE

 rotation for 6th-8th

M 11/12- Veterans Day Celebrated, Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

M 11/12- Parent conferences, 1-7 pm (by Sign Up Genius)

Tu 11/13- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

Tu 11/13- Select parent conferences, 1-4 pm

Th 11/15- STAR assembly for 6th graders on social media

Tu 11/20-  Homeroom in place of STAR- report card and MCPS bullying form distribution

W 11/21- Early Release- Thanksgiving Eve, students dismissed at 12:30

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

M 11/26- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

DECEMBER

Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

 

Fr 12/7 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day

September 30, 2018 

This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update. Phew, we just finished an exhausting and exciting week complete with two mix and mingle events, two administrations of the MAP test, vaping forums for parents and for 7th graders and a team-building/MYP day for 6th graders.  

THIS WEEK

MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month: Tomorrow we begin our recognition of MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month and continue to recognize the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month.    

Athletics:  Weather-permitting, we have our athletic openers on Thursday.  Girls softball hosts Silver Creek at home while boys softball and cross country compete away.  Unfortunately, student fans are not able to attend away games and meets.

Family/Sibling Portrait Night: We will be hosting $35 family portrait sessions on Thursday between 4:30 and 6:30.  Sign up for a time slot with Freed Photography. In brief, visit www.freedSPIRIT.com.  Login or create an account.  Click on the calendar. Select ¨Westland MS Family Portraits¨  Then select your preferred time.

First Friday College/University Spirit Day: All students and staff are encouraged to wear college and university gear this Friday, the first Friday of the month.

Early Release Day:  On Friday, all students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.

Eighth Grade Event: The PTA has organized a party for 8th graders at  Bowlero (formerly Bowlmor, behind Westland, across from Rite Aid) on Friday from 1:00-2:30 pm.   Bring the permission form with a check to the front office by October 1st or pay online at pay4schoolstuff.com   Cost of $20 includes unlimited bowling, 2 slices of pizza, water and shoe rental. (Westland PTSA has offset the cost of this event!)

LOOKING AHEAD

Parent/Guardian Open House:  On Monday, October 8 we welcome current Westland parents and guardians to visit classes between 8:43-2:11--periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  (Visitation is not permitted during STAR or 7th period.) Should you wish to come at 8:15, you may join our principal, Ms. Serino, in the media center for coffee and conversation.  

New this year:  Please pre-register for the open house (to speed up the check in process) by going to the link  https://goo.gl/forms/HHsNxKCM4or3GkpT2.

 On the 8th bring your ID and know your child’s schedule.  

If you pre-register, a name tag will be printed for you.  Present your photo ID and pick it up in the lobby. Otherwise you will need to check in with our new visitor system.

 

September 23, 2018 

Good rainy evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update.

We would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for attending our events last week.  So nice to have you back in middle school. Were you tired? Thanks, also, to the numerous staff and parent volunteers that made the variety of additional sessions and offerings available.

THIS WEEK

Ally Week: Beginning tomorrow Westland will be recognizing ¨Ally Week¨ in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender peers.

Parent Forum on Vaping:  Tomorrow evening, September 24, Westland parents, neighbors and friends are invited to a PTSA-sponsored forum to learn about vaping devices, their use, the special risks for teens and tweens, new laws and the school's approach to students in possession or of using the devices.  Officer Derbyshire will lead the session.

Student Photos:  Students will take their ID and yearbook photos on Tuesday during PE and health classes.  For parents who wish to purchase photos, no payment is collected up front. Parents will be able to view photos online and make decisions about any purchases.

STAR Assembly on Vaping: Seventh graders will participate in STAR assembly on Tuesday also led by Officer Derbyshire.   

Activity Buses:  Activity buses will begin running on Tuesday.  The schedule is linked here. Parents, please review stops with your children before they stay after school. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/about/WESTLAND%20%20MIDDLE%20ACTIVITY%20%20STOPS%202018-19(2).pdf

Mix and Mingle Events:  We will be hosting two Mix and Mingle events this week for sixth graders on Wed and for seventh graders on Th.  Free of charge, students are invited to stay from 3:05-4:30 to hang with friends and make new friends. Sign up for your selected activity during lunches this week.  Sixth grade Mix and Mingle: arts/crafts, board/computer games, movies, sports (hockey or basketball and trivia. Seventh grade Mix and Mingle: arts/crafts, board/computer games, basketball, table tenni and an escape room simulation.  

MAP-M and MAP-R Tests:  On Wednesday, all students will take the Measures of Academic Progress in Math during an extended STAR period in the morning.  On Thursday, all students will take the parallel test in reading. Both days period 1 classes will begin at 10:15.

Cedar Ridge Team Building Activity:  Sixth grade students will participate in outdoor team-building activities designed by Cedar Ridge on Friday.  If the weather is good or even lightly sprinkling we will go according to plan. If it is raining we will need to cancel and will have classes as usual.

LOOKING AHEAD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Event planned for 8th Graders:  On Friday, October 5th, an early release day when students are dismissed at 12:30 pm, the PTSA is sponsoring an 8th grade party at Bowlero (formerly Bowlmor) at 5353 Westbard Ave, within a short walk of Westland.  The cost will be $20/student for unlimited bowling from 1:00-2:30 pm, shoe rental, two slices of pizza and water. Families will be able to pay through the ¨Pay for School Stuff¨ link soon.

New This Year- Photo Sessions for Sibling/Family Portraits:  New this year we have arranged for FreedSPIRIT photographers to take photos of siblings or families at Westland on Thursday, October 4 between 4:30-6:30.  There is a $35 session fee (donated to Westland) which includes a 5 x 7 photo. See attached flyer with details.

In brief, visit www.freedSPIRIT.com.  Login or create an account.  Click on the calendar. Select ¨Westland MS Family Portraits¨  Then select your preferred time. All ordering will be done online.

 

Three SUPER EASY Ways to Support Westland:

Box Tops:  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ and they add up! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to the main office. Over the years we have earned more than $1600 for our school.  Our goal is to earn $500 this year to be spent on flexible furniture and creative learning spaces. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sharon_J_Ringley@mcpsmd.org.

Giant Bonus Bucks: Register your Giant card for bonus bucks.  (Last year we received $3600!!!) Got to website https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/household-designation/  The Westland school ID is:  00660. You may be asked to sign into your account, or create an account. If you have an account but you lost that little card with the 12-digit Giant rewards number and you always just use your phone number at the store, call M-F from 8 am-7pm or Saturdays 8am-5 pm. The number is: 1-877-366-2668 and press 1. *

Harris Teeter ¨Together in Education¨:  Register your Harris Teeter card for the ¨Together in Education¨ program.. 1. Login at: www.HarrisTeeter.com.  (You may need to create and account).  2. On the middle of the homepage, click on the link to “Together in Education.”  3. Find the small green rectangle that says, “ Link Your School Today.” 4. Westland’s number is: #1557

 

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

Th 10/4- Girls Softball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Softball and Co-Ed cross country away

 at Silver Creek, 3:30 (no fans at away games)

Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography

F 10/5- Early Release- Students dismissed at 12:30 pm

F 10/5- Eighth Grade Party at Bowlero from 1:00- 2:30 pm

F 10/5- First Friday College/University Spirit Day- wear university/college gear

M 10/8- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee from

 8:15-8:43 am)

W 10/10- Boys Softball hosts Tilden, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts Tilden, Girls Softball

 away at Tilden 3:30

W 10/10- International Bike to School Day

Th 10/11- Outdoor Education Parent Chaperone Meeting/Training 7:00 pm

F 10/12- Student of the Month Celebration of Learner Profile Traits   

 

F 10/12- Seventh Grade Field Trip to National Zoo

Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball

 away at Pyle at 3:30

Tu 10/16- Study Skills Night

Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda,

 Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30

M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

Tu, 10/23- Make Up ID/Yearbook Photos during lunch

W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting

 “Creative Learning Spaces”

Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30

W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

NOVEMBER

Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

F 11/2- First Friday College/University Spirit Day

 

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

W 11/7- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

 

Th 11/8- First day of Marking Period 2, new arts rotation for 6th, possible health/PE

 rotation for 6th-8th

M 11/12- Veterans Day Celebrated, Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

M 11/12- Parent conferences, 1-7 pm (by Sign Up Genius)

Tu 11/13- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30

Tu 11/13- Select parent conferences, 1-4 pm

Tu 11/20-  Homeroom in place of STAR- report card and MCPS bullying form distribution

W 11/21- Early Release- Thanksgiving Eve, students dismissed at 12:30

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

M 11/26- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

 September 16, 2018 

Good evening families.  Only eight days in and it feels like we’ve been back in this routine for a while now.

THIS WEEK

 

Hispanic Heritage Month:  On Monday we begin our celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.  Follow our announcements and stay tuned for a lesson for students.

 

Personal Body Safety Lessons: On Tuesday, counselors will be delivering lessons on Personal Body Safety through health and PE classes.

 

No School on Sept 19: There is no school on Wednesday, September 19 during the Yom Kippur holiday.  We wish everyone an easy fast.

 

Health Curriculum Info:  This Thursday, just prior to Back to School Night health teachers will be presenting information about the 7th and 8th grade curriculum with a focus on the family life and human sexuality units on Sept 20 at 6:15 in the media center, just prior to Back to School Night.

 

Info Fair:  At the same time as the health info, the following topics will be presented in the cafeteria:  myMPCS parent portal help, our Parent Teacher Student Association, our Music Boosters (selling pizza), our counseling department, our media specialist and  magnet ($5) and agenda book ($5) sales.

 

Back to School Night:  At 7:00 on Thursday we will share an intro video to parents through STAR classes.  Then there will be nine-minute classes with a nine-minute “lunch break” in between.   Kids aged 4 to 14 may be dropped off to the media center starting at 6:00 for child minding (coloring, reading, legos, games, movies) by high school student volunteers.  

 

Back to School Night Shuttle Buses:  We will be running two shuttle buses on Thursday night. One departing Rock Creek Forest to Westland and the second departing BCC HS, stopping at Bethesda ES, stopping at Somerset ES to Westland.  A separate email will be sent with details to reserve a [FREE] seat through Eventbrite.

 

STAR Assembly on Vaping: Eighth graders will participate in an assembly on Friday during STAR regarding the health and legal risks of vaping.  Seventh graders will have the same assembly next Tuesday.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

Ally Week: Westland will be recognizing ally week the week of Sept 24 in support of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender peers.

 

Parent Vaping Forum: On Monday evening at 7:00 parents from Westland and elsewhere are invited to a forum on the health and legal risks of vaping presented.

 

Student Photos:  Student photos will be taken on Tuesday, Sept 25 during PE and health classes.

 

Activity Buses:  Activity buses will begin running on Tuesday.  The schedule is linked here. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/about/WESTLAND%20%20MIDDLE%20ACTIVITY%20%20STOPS%202018-19(2).pdf

 

Mix and Mingle Events:  Sixth graders are invited to a mix and mingle after school on Wed 9/26 and seventh graders on Th 9/27.

 

MAP-M and MAP-R Tests:  All students will take the Measures of Academic Progress in Math on Wed 9/26 in the morning.  All students will take the reading MAP on Th 9/27.

 

Cedar Ridge Team Building Activity:  Sixth grade students have an in school, team building activity on Friday 9/28.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Guest Bus Passes: If students wish to ride home with a friend they must bring a note from their parent to the main office IN THE MORNING to inquire about a pass.  If there is room on the bus, a pass will be issued. The following Westland buses are CLOSED TO FRIENDS: 1106, 1111, 1116 and 1128.

 

Enrichment Academies:  Some of the after school Enrichment Academies are already full but there are some spaces left.  Check out the programs at https://westland.enrichment-academies.com  The 8- week session of clubs begins October 2nd.

 

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR

 

SEPTEMBER

  • M 9/24- Parent Forum on vaping and other health risks 7:00 pm
  • Tu 9/25- STAR assembly for eighth graders on vaping
  • Tu 9/25- Student photos taken during health and physical education classes (makeups Oct 23)
  • Tu 9/25- First Day for Activity Buses to Run for all activities- depart at 4:35 Tu, Wed and Th
  • W 9/26- Fall MAP-M administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • W 9/26- Sixth Grade Mix and Mingle event after school- activity buses running at 4:30
  • Th 9/27- Fall MAP-R administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • Th 9/27- Seventh Grade Mix and Mingle event after school- activity buses running at 4:30
  • F 9/28- Team Building In School Field Trip for Sixth Graders

OCTOBER

  • Th 10/4- Girls Softball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Softball and Co-Ed cross country away at Silver Creek, 3:30 (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography
  • F 10/5- Early Release- Students dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 10/5- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 10/8- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee from 8:15-8:43 am)
  • W 10/10- Boys Softball hosts Tilden, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts Tilden, Girls Softball away at Tilden 3:30
  • W 10/10- International Bike to School Day
  • Th 10/11- Outdoor Education Parent Chaperone Meeting/Training 7:00 pm
  • F 10/12- Student of the Month Celebration of Learner Profile Traits
  • F 10/12- Seventh Grade Field Trip to National Zoo
  • Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball away at Pyle at 3:30
  • Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda, Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30
  • M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting “Creative Learning Spaces”
  • Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30
  • W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

KEY CONTACTS

MAIN OFFICE- 301.320.6515   ATTENDANCE LINE- 301.320.6534    MAIN OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7054

COUNSELING OFFICE- 301.320.6525   COUNSELING OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7053

HEALTH ROOM- 301.320.6533

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES- 301.320.6515

ATHLETICS- 7th and 8th graders (Cross Country & Softball (Fall), Basketball (Winter) and Soccer (Spring))- 301.320.6515

 

9/9/18

Sunday Call, September 9, 2018

Good evening families and thank you, all, for a wonderful first week.  Apologies for the background noise. I’m recording live from the Kid Museum, a great makerspace partner with Westland for four years!  If it were me, I would hang up on my voice call and just check the more detailed email.

Extra Curriculars:  Our long-awaited list of extracurricular activities (to date) is posted to our website. Other activities will be added in the next couple weeks but we wanted to get these details out for families.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/about/Westland%20Afterschool%20Activities%20and%20Clubs%202018.19%20docx.pdf

THIS WEEK

No School On Monday:  There is no school tomorrow, September 10th.  Happy new year to all celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Tryouts:  For 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in cross country or softball, tryouts begin on Tuesday. There will be a late bus running for students involved in try-outs only.  For questions, please contact our athletic coordinator Michelle_R_Clise@mcpsmd.org, our cross country coach Allyson_P_Swailles@mcpsmd.org, our girls softball coach Kristi_M_Licare@mcpsmd.org or our boys softball coach Christopher_G_Guerra@mcpsmd.org.

Outdoor Education Parent Meeting:  On Tuesday we invite parents of all sixth graders to a 7 pm meeting in the media center to learn the ins and outs of Outdoor Education-  a three day, two night experience where kids stay at the Summit Lake Camp in the Catoctin Mountains. Students will be going Oct 22-24 (Ms. Adler’s students) or Oct 24-26 (Ms. Marino’s students).  Please contact Natalie_Hsieh@mcpsmd.org.   

Directory Withholding Requests:  Parents who wish to withhold information from the student directory are asked to send their forms to the main office by Friday. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/281-13.pdf  

A to Z Directory: The PTSA works with A to Z directory to publish an online and paper copy of the school directory.  Look for an email asking you to update your information.

LOOKING AHEAD

Hispanic Heritage Month:  We begin our celebration of Hispanic Heritage month on Monday, September 17 through October 15.

Personal Body Safety Lessons: Counselors will be delivering lessons on Personal Body Safety Lessons through PE classes on Tuesday, September 18.  An electronic letter will be coming out next week to provide further details.

No School on Sept 19: There is no school on Wednesday, September 19 during the Yom Kippur holiday.

Health Curriculum Info:  Health teachers will be presenting information about the 7th and 8th grade curriculum with a focus on the family life and human sexuality units on Sept 20 at 6:15 in the media center, just prior to Back to School Night.

Back to School Night:  We invite all parents and guardians to Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Shuttle buses will run from a few local stops to help you with the concert-like parking challenges. In addition, kids over between four and fourteen may be dropped off to the media center at 6:45 for “Child Minding.”  We’ll show movies, put out coloring pages and encourage students to read or use their own devices.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career STAR Sessions:  Each year the counseling department taps the amazing talents of our parent community to feature monthly career speakers.  We would appreciate you volunteering to share your career journey. Provide our students with a firsthand look into the work world.  This is prime time for students to learn about options that exist and understanding the planning that is necessary. Please login to Sign Up Genius.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4BADAA2CA3F49-career1

PE Uniforms: For physical education, we do want students to change their clothing daily.  Westland imprinted clothing is available for purchase but not required.  Students may bring in cash or check to their PE teachers. You may supply your own:  shorts/sweatpants (Westland gear or dark blue) and shirts/sweatshirts (Westland gear, solid gray or solid white).  All clothing should be marked with the student's name.

Parent Drop Off:  If parents are dropping off students in their vehicles, they should move along the right curb to hug the building and stop short of the curve where I will be standing with a lollipop prop from our Willy Wonka show last spring.  If vehicles make the turn (past my lollipop) and pull over to unload it is nearly impossible for any vehicles to pass safely.

Cafeteria:  You may send your child with a check or cash to deposit into their cafeteria account or visit MySchoolBucks.com to load the account.  Visit https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/food-and-nutrition/meal-payments/ for more information about Free and Reduced-priced Meals forms and arrangements if your student is without funds.

Fire Evacuation:  We had a successful fire drill on Friday with 6th graders lining up with their STAR teachers in the parking lot by the bus lane markings, 7th graders on the left side of our field and 8th graders on the right.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

SEPTEMBER

  •  

S 9/15- 10/15- Hispanic Heritage Month

Tu 9/18 through W 9/26- Personal Body Safety Lessons delivered by counselors through health classes

W 9/19- No School for Students/Teachers- Yom Kippur

Th 9/20- Seventh/Eighth Grade Health Education Parent Info Session 6:15-6:45 pm

Th 9/20- Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians 7:00- 9:00 pm

F 9/21- STAR assembly for seventh graders on vaping

M 9/24- Parent Forum on vaping and other health risks 7:00 pm

Tu 9/25- STAR assembly for eighth graders on vaping

Tu 9/25- Student photos taken during health and physical education classes (makeups Oct 23)

Tu 9/25- First Day for Activity Buses to Run for all activities- depart at 4:35 Tu, Wed and Th

W 9/26- Fall MAP-M administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule

W 9/26- Sixth Grade Mix and Mingle event after school- activity buses running at 4:30

Th 9/27- Fall MAP-R administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule

Th 9/27- Seventh Grade Mix and Mingle event after school- activity buses running at 4:30

F 9/28- Team Building In School Field Trip for Sixth Graders

OCTOBER

Th 10/4- Girls Softball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Softball and Co-Ed cross country away at Silver Creek, 3:30 (no fans at away games)

Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography

F 10/5- Early Release- Students dismissed at 12:30 pm

F 10/5- First Friday College/University Spirit Day

M 10/8- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee from 8:15-8:43 am)

W 10/10- Boys Softball hosts Tilden, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts Tilden, Girls Softball away at Tilden 3:30

Th 10/11- Outdoor Education Parent Chaperone Meeting/Training 7:00 pm

F 10/12- Student of the Month Celebration of Learner Profile Traits

F 10/12- Seventh Grade Field Trip to National Zoo

Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball away at Pyle at 3:30

Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda, Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30

M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake

M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting “Creative Learning Spaces”

Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30

W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

KEY CONTACTS

MAIN OFFICE- 301.320.6515   ATTENDANCE LINE- 301.320.6534    MAIN OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7054

Principal- Alison Serino,  Alison_L_Serino@mcpsmd.org

 

Administrative Secretary- Maria Olego, Maria_A_Olego@mcpsmd.org

Asst Principal 6th- Yvonne Sanya, Yvonne_Sanya@mcpsmd.org

Asst Principal 7th (Last Name A-L)- Jason Jefferson, Jason_A_Jefferson@mcpsmd.org

Asst Principal 7th (Last Name M-Z)- Yvonne Sanya, Yvonne_Sanya@mcpsmd.org

Asst Principal 8th- Jason Jefferson, Jason_A_Jefferson@mcpsmd.org

Attendance Secretary- Rhonda Scholl, Rhonda_Scholl@mcpsmd.org

Main Office Secretary (morning)- Sharon Ringley, Sharon_J_Ringley@mcpsmd.org

Main Office Secretary (2:30-3:30)- LaTonya Abrom, Latonya_N_Abrom@mcpsmd.org

COUNSELING OFFICE- 301.320.6525   COUNSELING OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7053

6th Grade- Caryn Fischer, Caryn_Fischer@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade- Rita Gama, Rita_P_Gama@mcpsmd.org

8th Grade- Maria Kohlerman, Maria_F_Kohlerman@mcpsmd.org

Counseling Secretary- (Sara) Sally Belott,

Sara_A_Belott@mcpsmd.org

Pupil Personnel Worker (serving many schools)- Samantha Steinberg,

Samantha_H_Steinberg@mcpsmd.org

School Psychologist (part-time)- Emily Arker, Emily_E_Arker@mcpsmd.org

HEALTH ROOM- 301.320.6533

Health Technician- Jane Mangum, Jane_S_Mangum@mcpsmd.org

School Nurse- Heidi Weinberg, Heidi_M_Weinberg@mcpsmd.org

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES- 301.320.6515

Resource Teacher for Special Education- (Lawana) Nikia Mitchell-Lazarus, Lawana_Mitchell@mcpsmd.org

ATHLETICS- 7th and 8th graders (Cross Country & Softball (Fall), Basketball (Winter) and Soccer (Spring))- 301.320.6515

Athletic Coordinator- Michelle Clise, Michelle_R_Clise@mcpsmd.org

 

 9/4/18

Good afternoon, Westland families and Happy New Year.  This is Alison Serino, proud principal calling and emailing with a weekly update.  My third grade son and I dutifully recorded a SUNDAY call yesterday but then I made an error in scheduling it.  Here is take two! 

 

THIS WEEK

New Family Mix and Mingle:  TODAY from 3:00-5:00 drop in for 10 minutes or 120  to practice opening a locker, pick up pre-ordered PE clothes, buy PE clothes, walk the halls with a map and your student’s schedule of classes and get your last minute questions answered by the three administrators, a few teacher leaders and a few parents leaders.  Carmen’s Italian Ice will be for sale.

First Day of School:  Our first day is Tuesday, September 4th from 8:15 to 3:00.  Sixth and seventh graders will gather in the gym to the left of the main entrance and eighth graders will gather in the cafeteria to the right.  At 8:00 students will be escorted to their homerooms to receive many, many handouts, their logins and their cafeteria pin numbers. Then they are off to STAR and their seven classes.

Parent Drop Off:  If parents are dropping off students in their vehicles, they should move along the right curb to hug the building and stop where I will be standing with a lollipop prop from our Willy Wonka show last spring.  If vehicles make the turn (past my lollipop) and pull over to unload it is nearly impossible for any vehicles to pass safely.

Cafeteria:  You may send your child with a check or cash to deposit into their cafeteria account or visit MySchoolBucks.com to load the account.  Visithttps://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/food-and-nutrition/meal-payments/ for more information about Free and Reduced-priced Meals forms and arrangements if your student is without funds.

Lockers:  Students will not receive their hallway locker assignments until Wednesday so they will carry their backpacks with them on Tuesday.

ACT NOW

Label Everything:  Please, at the conclusion of the call or email, find everything your child owns that might come to school--notebook, lunch bag, backpack, calculator, glasses case and favorite sweatshirt--and attack it with a permanent marker and their name.  Too many items are never reunited with their rightful owners. If you want to be clever with your labeling efforts visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and select Westland MS. A portion of the profits come to us!

LOOKING AHEAD

Outdoor Education Meeting for Parents:  Parents of sixth graders are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 pm to learn the ins and outs of Outdoor Education- a three day, two night experience staying at the Summit Lake Camp in the Catoctin Mountains. Students will be going Oct 22-24 or Oct 24-26 based on their science teacher.

Please see the email version of this call for important dates and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

SEPTEMBER

  • M 9/3- Mix/Mingle for New Families 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Tu 9/4- First Day of School for Students 8:15- 3:00 pm
  • Tu 9/4- Due date for updated immunizations for 7th grade students
  • Fr 9/7- Forms for 7th and 8th grade softball and cross country tryouts due to Ms. Clise or main office
  • Fr 9/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 9/10- No School for Students/Teachers- Rosh Hashanah
  • Tu 9/11- Softball and Cross Country Tryouts Begin- activity buses begin for athletes only
  • Tu 9/11- Outdoor Ed Info Mtg for Parents of 6th Graders 7:00 pm
  • F 9/14- Due date to submit directory withholding information
  • S 9/15- 10/15- Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Tu 9/18 through W 9/26- Personal Body Safety Lessons delivered by counselors through health classes
  • W 9/19- No School for Students/Teachers- Yom Kippur
  • Th 9/20- Seventh/Eighth Grade Health Education Parent Info Session 6:15-6:45 pm
  • Th 9/20- Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians 7:00- 9:00 pm
  • F 9/21- STAR assembly for seventh graders on vaping
  • M 9/24- Parent Forum on vaping and other health risks 7:00 pm
  • Tu 9/25- STAR assembly for eighth graders on vaping
  • Tu 9/25- Student photos taken during health and physical education classes (makeups Oct 23)
  • Tu 9/25- First Day for Activity Buses to Run for all activities- depart at 4:35 Tu, Wed and Th
  • W 9/26- Fall MAP-M administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • Th 9/27- Fall MAP-R administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • F 9/28- Team Building In School Field Trip for Sixth Graders

OCTOBER

  • Th 10/4- Girls Softball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Softball and Co-Ed cross country away at Silver Creek, 3:30 (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography
  • F 10/5- Early Release- Students dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 10/5- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 10/8- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee from 8:15-8:43 am)
  • W 10/10- Boys Softball hosts Tilden, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts Tilden, Girls Softball away at Tilden 3:30
  • F 10/12- Student of the Month Celebration of Learner Profile Traits
  • F 10/12- Seventh Grade Field Trip to National Zoo
  • Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball away at Pyle at 3:30
  • Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda, Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30
  • M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting “Creative Learning Spaces”
  • Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30
  • W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

KEY CONTACTS

Main Office- 301.320.6515   Attendance Line- 301.320.6534    Fax- 301.320.7054

Counseling Office- 301.320.6525   Counseling Office Fax- 301.320.7053

Health Room- 301.320.6533

Special Education Services- 301.320.6515

Athletics (Cross Country, Softball, Basketball and Soccer)- 301.320.6515

 

 8/28/18

Good evening, families.  This is Ms. Serino, proud principal at Westland calling with a few updates.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION:  This Thursday, Aug 30 from 8:15 to 12:00 we will be hosting students who are new to Westland to visit with us, see your classrooms and meet your teachers.  Students will go to homeroom, STAR (Students and Teachers Achieving Results) and their seven classes in order.  MCPS school buses will be running. Students should bring a pen or pencil.

PARENT Q and A: On Thursday morning parents may swing by the media center from 8:15-9:00 or 11:00-11:45 to meet the principal and one another.  These will be informal Q and A sessions.

SUNDAY CALLS:  Each Sunday night beginning September 2nd I will place a weekly call with updates that is accompanied by a lengthier email of updates.

MIX and MINGLE: On Monday, September 3rd from 3:00-5:00 families can stop by to orient themselves to the school with a map, practice opening lockers and ask administrators and team leaders those last minute questions.  There will not be a formal presentation. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

  • Tu 9/4- First Day of School for Students 8:15- 3:00 pm
  • Tu 9/4- Due date for updated immunizations for 7th grade students
  • Fr 9/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 9/10- No School for Students/Teachers- Rosh Hashanah
  • Tu 9/11- Outdoor Ed Info Meeting for Parents of 6th Graders 7:00 pm
  • F 9/14- Due date to submit directory withholding information to office
  • S 9/15- 10/15- Hispanic Heritage Month
  • W 9/19- No School for Students/Teachers- Yom Kippur
  • Th 9/20- Seventh/Eighth Grade Health Education Parent Info Session 6:15-6:45 pm
  • Th 9/20- Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians 7:00- 9:00 pm
  • F 9/21- STAR assembly for seventh graders on vaping and other health risks
  • M 9/24- Parent Forum on vaping and other health risks 7:00 pm
  • Tu 9/25- STAR assembly for eighth graders on vaping and other health risks
  • Tu 9/25- Student photos taken during health and physical education classes (photo make ups Oct 23)
  • W 9/26- Fall MAP-M administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • Th 9/27- Fall MAP-R administration with 2 hour delay bell schedule
  • F 9/28- Team Building In-School Field Trip for Sixth Graders

OCTOBER

 

  • Th 10/4- Girls Softball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Softball and Co-Ed cross country away at Silver Creek, 3:30 (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography
  • F 10/5- Early Release- Students dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 10/5- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 10/8- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee from 8:15-8:43 am)
  • W 10/10- Boys Softball hosts Tilden, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts Tilden, Girls Softball away at Tilden 3:30
  • F 10/12- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 10/12- Seventh Grade Field Trip to National Zoo
  • Tu 10/16- Girls Softball hosts Pyle, Co-Ed Cross Country away at Pyle, Boys softball away at Pyle at 3:30
  • Th 10/18- Boys Softball hosts North Bethesda, Co-Ed Cross Country hosts North Bethesda, Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30
  • M 10/22- W 10/24- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • W 10/24- F 10/26- Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Session #1, Summit Lake
  • M 10/29 and Tu 10/30- Westland nights at Ledo’s on River Road, 5:00-close, Benefitting “Creative Learning Spaces”
  • Tu 10/30- Boys Softball hosts Cabin John, Girls softball away at 3:30
  • W 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school
 
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