Sunday Call, December 1, 2019  

 Good evening, Westland families.  I hope all of you have had a wonderful, long weekend with family and friends.  

We had a great day before our long weekend exploring access to education with our students.  We expanded what we learned from reading I Am Malala and other sources this summer.  Parents are encouraged to view the MYP lessons that teachers facilitated to further discussions at home.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IGAiNASdTckSKa-RN6vXY5L-DHMoUBAh4KEQMFD6hEc/edit?usp=sharing

THIS WEEK

Sixth Grade Arts Rotation: Tomorrow is the first day for sixth graders to begin their new arts/technology  trimester courses.  

Homework-free Weekend: This current weekend has been designated by Westland as a homework-free weekend.  No assignments (except reading) can be due tomorrow.

“New” Book Drive:  We are so close to our goal of 650 books to put a new book in the hands of EVERY child at a local elementary school.  With a few clicks you can order a book (or two) on our Amazon wishlist and have it (or them) shipped here.  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/KB8M8E85KQSL?ref_=wl_share

Choral Music Concert: We hope you will join our amazing choral musicians on Wednesday night at 7:00 at BCC HS.  

“I Hate Shakespeare” Fall Play: Join us Friday and Saturday for our fall play, I Hate Shakespeare.  (Dec 6 at 7 pm or Dec 7 at 2pm or 7 pm)  Come enjoy our talented actors and their comedic portrayals of zombies, talking cows and other characters in a fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare!

Another Way to Serve:  Our 7th annual Holiday House is just around the corner.  This is an opportunity for WESTLAND students to select gifts--free of charge--for their family members.   Donations may be left on the cart next to the counseling office.

Please see the note from our co-chairs.

“Dear Westland Families,

As Thanksgiving [draws to a close], we recognize that we have much to be thankful for in our community.  We also recognize that many people are ready to begin the holiday shopping frenzy!

While you are out (or online) shopping the sales, please purchase a gift or two for the Westland Holiday House.  The holiday house is an opportunity for Westland children whose families may not be able to purchase gifts, to go "shopping" at school. 

This year, we are asking for ONLY NEW gifts for children through adults.  Popular items are winter coats, fleece pullovers, jewelry (for adults and teens), purses, grilling or kitchen supplies, toys, books for adults and kids, small electronic gadgets, bath/spa items, stuffed animals and toys for pets.  We also need wrapping paper and gift bags!  Gift bags are always easier for our wrapping volunteers.  Grocery totes are useful while kids are shopping, so please donate in a bag if you can spare one.

 We are asking that you not donate holiday decorations, holiday kitchenware (like mugs and plates) or other glassware. These items tend not to be selected by the students and break in transport.

 There will be SSL opportunities for kids to help set up on December 18th.  Parents can volunteer to help set up and to help kids shop and wrap on Dec 19.”

LOOKING AHEAD

Instrumental Music Concert: Want a double dose of music?  Plan to join our instrumental students next Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm at BCC. 

Federal Impact Aid Surveys: When report cards were distributed we also sent home Federal Impact Aid surveys.  MCPS qualifies for Impact Aid ($) when a parent/ guardian works on a Federal Property in the State of Maryland or if the parent/guardian is a member of the uniformed services.  The Federal Impact Aid legislation was passed to assist school districts that lose property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt Federal Property.  

To qualify for the grant, MCPS asks you to submit a separate survey form for each school-aged student by December 10, 2019.  Once completed they can be emailed, faxed, mailed or brought to school.  

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/280-4.pdf

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of sixth grade arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play- 7 pm
  • S 12/7- Winter Play- 2 pm and 7 pm
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Tu 12/10- Deadline to return Federal Impact Aid Survey- https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/280-4.pdf
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register
  • Tu 12/17- STEM day with BCC staff/students for subset of 8th grade girls
  • W 12/18- Instrumental Music Students Travel to BCC  
  • Th 12/19- Holiday House Shopping (Rm 211)
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

JANUARY 2020

  • W 1/1- New Year’s Day Holiday- No School for Students
  • Th 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free weekend!
  • F 1/3- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date
  • W 1/8- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Frost
  • Th 1/9 - Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 1/10- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden 

 

Sunday Call, November 24, 2019  

Good evening, Westland families.

Attendance Reporting Link: My amazing main office colleagues want me to remind parents of our attendance report link on the left side of our webpage.  In addition to reporting absences, you can now submit documentation for late arrivals and early dismissals too.

Getting Items to Students: As a notice to parents, we are able to deliver the *occasional* lunch, homework assignment or message about change in dismissal plans during STAR or lunch. However, we are not able to deliver these items during classes because it causes a disruption to instruction- not just for your child but for all of the kids in the class.                             

THIS WEEK

STAR Circle: Tomorrow, STAR teachers will serve as circle-keepers in a class discussion about gratitude.  Get to know more about what your classmates and teachers value.  

No After School Activities: There are no after school activities this week.  All students should plan to head home when the school days end.

Day of Service/Awareness: Wednesday’s bell schedule will be 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 4 and 5 and students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.  During the day, teachers will facilitate lessons about access to education and steps we may take to improve educational outcomes for all.

Sixth Grade Arts Rotation: This Wednesday is the final day for our trimester arts rotation.

Homework-free Weekend: This weekend is a Westland-designated homework-free weekend.  No assignments (except reading) can be due on Monday.

“New” Book Drive: This week we continue a book drive for NEW books to benefit Small Things Matter, a local non-profit that provides new books for students in underserved communities around Montgomery County.  So far we have 236 books toward our 650 goal. Please send in new books with your child or use our Amazon wishlist to buy a new book and get it sent to Westland. (If you order online and ship directly to Westland, please include your child’s name and grade  in the note so we can credit their STAR class.) 

Thanksgiving Holidays: School will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.

LOOKING AHEAD

Music Concerts: Save the date to hear our talented musicians.  Choral students on December 4th and instrumental students on December 10.  Both concerts begin at 7 pm in the auditorium at BCC HS.  

“I Hate Shakespeare” Fall Play: Save the date for our fall play, I Hate Shakespeare, on Dec 6 at 7 pm or Dec 7 at 2pm or 7 pm.  Come enjoy our talented actors and their comedic portrayals of zombies, talking cows and other characters in a fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare!

As we get ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday I will offer that I am beyond grateful to serve the Westland community.  Truly, the best job in the world!

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold.  January dates have just been added!

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of sixth grade arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play- 7 pm
  • S 12/7- Winter Play- 2 pm and 7 pm
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register
  • Tu 12/17- STEM day with BCC staff/students for subset of 8th grade girls
  • W 12/18- Instrumental Music Students Travel to BCC  
  • Th 12/19- Holiday House Shopping (Rm 211)
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

JANUARY 2020

  • W 1/1- New Year’s Day Holiday- No School for Students
  • Th 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free weekend!
  • F 1/3- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date
  • W 1/8- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Frost
  • Th 1/9 - Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 1/10- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden 

 

 

Sunday Call, November 17, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.

THIS WEEK

New “New” Book Drive: On Monday, we will kick off our Middle Years Programme Service Project, a NEW book drive to benefit Small Things Matter, a local non-profit that provides new books for students in underserved communities around Montgomery County.  (Last year our parallel effort was our Walk for Water fundraiser for Amman Imman.)  Our school goal, in support of our focus on access to education, is to be able to provide a new book for every student at a local MCPS elementary school which would require a total of 650 books. Please send in new books with your child or use our Amazon wish list to buy a new book and get it sent to Westland. 

The drive will run from Monday, November 18th - Tuesday, November 26th. Thanks for supporting a great cause!  Amazon Wishlist Link (Please include your child's name and grade in the note on the gift receipt if you plan to ship directly to Westland) https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/KB8M8E85KQSL?ref_=wl_share

Report Cards Distributed:  On Wednesday, students will attend homeroom in place of STAR.  Students will receive their report cards, Federal Impact Aid surveys (blue handouts) and a copy of the bullying, harassment or intimidation report form.

Parent Forum on Vaping: Join Officer Jayme Derbyshire on Thursday evening at 7:00 to learn more about vaping and e-cigs.  Vaping not a problem in your household?  Why not attend BEFORE it has the potential to become a problem?  The session is focused on a parent audience but parents may opt to bring their school-aged kids to sit in the back of the media center with something to read or a personal device WITH headphones!

Student of the Month Celebration: On Friday, we will honor a group of students who epitomize our MYP learner profile traits including being knowledgeable, caring, balanced, as well as being inquirers and risk-takers.  

LOOKING AHEAD

Early Release Day: On Wednesday, November 27, students will be dismissed at 12:30.

Thanksgiving Holidays: School will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold.  January dates have just been added!

NOVEMBER 2019

  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of sixth grade arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

JANUARY 2020

  • W 1/1- New Year’s Day Holiday- No School for Students
  • Th 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free weekend!
  • F 1/3- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date
  • W 1/8- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Frost
  • Th 1/9 - Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 1/10- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden


Sunday Call, November 10, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.

THIS WEEK

Health Education Classes:  Beginning Monday, Nov 11, Mr. Crane’s students will attend health education in room 227 and Ms. Ferrigno’s students will attend health education in room 225.

Veterans Day: We remember and thank all who have served in the armed forces with special gratitude to our choral director, Mr. Guerra.

Early Release on Monday and Tuesday: On Monday, Nov 11 and Tuesday, Nov 12 students will be dismissed at 12:30.  (Yes, with Friday, this is three days in a row with early dismissals!)

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  The bulk of our parent/teacher conferences will occur tomorrow from  1:00-7:00 pm. If you know where you are headed, no need to check in.  

7th Grade Bowling Party: On Tuesday, 7th graders are invited to a bowling event at Bowlero from 1:00-2:30.   The cost of $20 covers shoe rental, bowling and pizza. Sign up at www.pay4schoolstuff.com Financial assistance is available; please contact 7th grade counselor Ms. Fischer at: caryn_fischer@mcpsmd.org or send your child to her office.  The PTSA leaders will also need a few chaperones, so please send an email to ericatuttlebrown@outlook.com if you can help out.

Photography Field Trip: On Wednesday, our photography students will be taking their skills to the National Mall. 

BCC  Cluster Parent Forum: Parents are invited to a Wednesday evening forum at 7:00 at BCC High School on Signs of Suicide.  The session is sponsored by the BCC HS Health and Wellness committee.

Prospective Parent/Student Information: Please encourage your neighbors to register for a preview event on Thursday morning, November 14.  https://forms.gle/BpsmnJf3wzfkrjF68

LOOKING AHEAD

Parent Forum on Vaping: Parents, save the date.  On Thursday, November 21, join Officer Jayme Derbyshire to learn about e-cigs and other drugs that students are exposed to far too young.  

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • F 11/22- Student of the Month Celebration
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of sixth grade arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School
 

 Sunday Call, November 3, 2019

 Good evening, Westland families.

Thank you to all who were instrumental in pulling off our 6th grade party Friday night!   

During the month of November we will be celebrating and learning more about Native Americans/ American Indians.  We will also focus on mental health as part of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Mental Health month.

Seeking Volunteers: We are starting to gear up for our No Place for Hate committee of students, staff and parents to plan events to help Westland be a more inclusive and respectful school community.  If your child is interested, please send an email to Ms. Derenberger at Caitlin_L_Derenberger@mcpsmd.org.

THIS WEEK

Field Trip to Gala Theater: On Thursday, students in our Spanish immersion program will be attending a performance at Gala Theater.

Early Release on Friday: The final day for marking period 1 is Friday.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 so teachers can complete grades.

MCPS Mental Health Fair: On Saturday, head to Gaithersburg HS for the MCPS Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Students, staff and the community will learn about resources to support physical, social and psychological well-being.  The keynote speaker is Howard University Associate Professor Celeste Malone on the topic, Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mainstory/story/612334/Mental-Health-Fair/

LOOKING AHEAD

Changing Classes:  Beginning Monday, Nov 11, select students taking physical education will shift to health education for marking period 2.  Sixth grade students taking the arts/tech rotation will NOT be shifting classes yet as those classes are designed as trimesters.

Early Release on Monday and Tuesday: On Monday, Nov 11 and Tuesday, Nov 12 students will be dismissed at 12:30.  (Yes, with Friday, this is three days in a row with early dismissals!)

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  The bulk of our parent/teacher conferences will occur on Monday, November 11 from 1:00-7:00 pm.  Please use the Sign Up Genius Link to register for no more than three conferences. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49afa92da2fc1-abwestland

New Event: 7th Grade Bowling Party: The PTSA is planning an event for 7th graders on the afternoon of November 12 from 1:00-2:30.  The cost is $20 for bowling and lunch. Stay tuned for information about signing up and to serve as a parent chaperone.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- 8th Grade Photography Class Trip to the Mall
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • F 11/22- Student of the Month Celebration
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

Sunday Call, October 27, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  

Cyber Sensible: Many thanks to the PTSA for bringing a Cyber Sensible speaker to our 6th graders on Friday.  Ms. DeRosa discussed privacy settings, geotags, the motivation by advertisers to get and keep our attention and our digital tattoos (once referred to as mere digital “footprints”.) 

Pantry Donations: Each week about 250 items (or more!) leave our pantry with kids to help families with food security concerns.  Please consider sending donations: reusable grocery bags/string bags, grocery gift cards (left with secretaries), tuna/canned protein, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, fruit, juice (especially mango), cereal (honey nut cheerios very popular!), snack bars/packs, toiletries, nutella and ramen (requested often!)  You can also ship to Westland Cares or Westland pantry, 5511 Massachusett Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816.

New Special Needs Google Group: Our special needs liaisons have formed a google group for discussions, ideas and suggestions about programs and supports for students with special needs.  Please send an email to Westland parent, Nora.dudwick@gmail.com and she will add you.  

THIS WEEK

Red Ribbon Week: Tomorrow our students will experience a Red Ribbon Star lesson for awareness regarding alcohol and other drug use.  Join our spirit week!

    • M 10/28- wear red
    • T 10/29- wear hats/caps
    • W 10/30- sports jerseys/gear
    • Th 10/31- wear costumes
    • F 11/1- wear orange and black

Make Up Photos:  Students who were absent on our first photo day in September or who wish to take make-up photos should will have an opportunity to take photos during their lunch period tomorrow.

Westland Nights at Ledos: Tomorrow and Tuesday, skip the cooking and dine in at the River Road Ledos from 5:00 to close.  Mention Westland and a percentage of the proceeds will help us update some of our furniture in the media center.

Athletics: On Wednesday, our boys softball and cross-country teams host Pyle.

Halloween Costumes: Halloween costumes are allowed and encouraged on Thursday.  No masks or look-alike weapons though. Get creative, Wildcats.  There are prizes to be won!

Sixth Grade Party:  Calling all sixth graders.  Join us Friday night for a party from 7:00-8:30.  Permission slips and $5 can be submitted during lunch.

LOOKING AHEAD

Mental Health Fair: Save the date! MCPS is hosting a Mental Health Fair on Saturday, Nov 9 at Gaithersburg HS from 10 AM to 2 PM. Students, staff and the community will learn about resources to support physical, social and psychological well-being.  The keynote speaker is Howard University Associate Professor Celeste Malone on the topic, Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- due date for high school magnet applications
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party-evening- 7-8:30
  • Th 11/7- Immersion Student Field Trip to the Gala Theater
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Fair at Gaithersburg HS 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- 8th Grade Photography Class Trip to the Mall
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • F 11/22- Student of the Month Celebration
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School
 

Sunday Call, October 20, 2019

Good evening, Westland families. Thank you to the many parent chaperones and staff members that enabled our financial literacy field trips to be so successful.   

THIS WEEK

STAR Lesson: The STAR lesson tomorrow will be focused on why we should mix up our seats in the cafeteria on Tuesday.  Be a risk-taker. Connect with someone new.

Athletics: On Tuesday, our boys softball team and cross country team host North Bethesda. On Thursday, our girls softball team hosts Tilden.

Study Skills Night: Our very popular Study Skills Night for students and parents is Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Register through Sign-Up Genius.

Cyber Sensibility: During STAR on Friday, sixth graders will experience an assembly with Cyber Sensible expert, Denise DeRosa.

Zoo Field Trip: Our seventh graders are on the road again--this Friday to the National Zoo!  

Million Misfit Sock March: This Friday, wear mismatched socks in support of the message- It’s not just OK to be different, it’s AWESOME to be different. 

NEXT WEEK

Halloween Costumes: Halloween costumes are allowed and encouraged on October 31.  No masks or look-alike weapons though. Get creative, Wildcats.

LOOKING AHEAD

Ledo’s Dine Out Nights:  Please, no cooking on Monday, October 28 AND Tuesday, October 29 so you can dine in (and even take home leftovers) at Ledo’s Pizza on River Road.  Mention Westland from 5:00 to close and fabulous cash and prizes will be bestowed upon us. (Well, more accurately, a portion will be donated to the school but every little bit helps.)

Mental Health Fair: Save the date! MCPS is hosting a Mental Health Fair on Saturday, Nov 9 at Gaithersburg HS from 10 AM to 2 PM. Students, staff and the community will learn about resources to support physical, social and psychological well-being.  The keynote speaker is Howard University Associate Professor Celeste Malone on the topic, Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week- Alcohol and Other Drug-free Week
    • M 10/28- wear red
    • T 10/29- wear hats/caps
    • W 10/30- sports jerseys/gear
    • Th 10/31- wear costumes
    • F 11/1- wear orange and black
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- due date for high school magnet applications
  • F 11/1- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party-evening- Time TBD
  • Th 11/7- Immersion Student Field Trip to the Gala Theater
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Due date for Naviance Lesson by counselors- 1 of 3
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Fair at Gaithersburg HS 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/15- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

 

 

Sunday Call, October 13, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  

Congratulations to our students recognized on Friday as students of the month for epitomizing our IB learner profile traits by being risk-takers, balanced, caring, inquirers, knowledgeable, principled, balanced, thinkers, open-minded and reflective.  

THIS WEEK

Parent Visitation/Open House: Current Westland parents are invited to visit part or all of our school day tomorrow from 8:15 to 2:30.  Counselors will present information about our counseling program during STAR (9:50-10:15) and administrators will speak with parents during the lunch breaks.  If you pre-registered at our link last week, look for the express line and pick up your nametag. Otherwise, please plan to check in with your photo ID. You may not park in the bus lane until 8:15 but you can park in the unmarked spaces near Rite Aid and walk across our field at any time.

Physical Education STAR: Mr. Crane encourages students to stop by before school on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday to get passes for PE STAR.  This week is badminton.

BREAKING NEWS- Blue/Gold School Spirit Day: On Tuesday, show your Wildcat-nation pride by wearing Westland gear, navy blue and gold to school.  As an added bonus you can pump up our softball players and cross country runners with your spirit! 

Athletics: On Tuesday, our girls softball and co-ed cross country teams host Silver Creek.  Fans are encouraged to stay for both athletic events at home and may ride the activity buses home.  (Student fans should not travel to away events unless with their parents.)

BCC Cluster Parent Forum:  School Safety and Security: From Active Shooter Drills to Every Day Safe Practices.  On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm parents are invited to a forum at BCC High School.  

7th Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park: On Thursday, seventh graders in Ms. Hopkins’ social studies classes will travel to Edison Center of Technology for hands-on learning.  Students in Ms. Barbaran, Ms. Simon and Ms. Guiley’s classes will attend on Friday. 

LOOKING AHEAD

Ledo’s Dine Out Nights:  Please, no cooking on Monday, October 28 AND Tuesday, October 29 so you can dine in (and even take home leftovers) at Ledo’s Pizza on River Road.  Mention Westland from 5:00 to close and fabulous cash and prizes will be bestowed upon us. (Well, more accurately, a portion will be donated to the school but every little bit helps.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • F 10/25- Million Misfit Sock March- Anti-bullying campaign- “It’s OK to be Different”
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week- Alcohol and Other Drug-free Week
    • M 10/28- wear red
    • T 10/29- wear hats/caps
    • W 10/30- sports jerseys/gear
    • Th 10/31- wear costumes
    • F 11/1- wear orange and black
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- due date for high school magnet applications
  • F 11/1- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party
  • Th 11/7- Immersion Student Field Trip to the Gala Theater
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Due date for Naviance Lesson by counselors- 1 of 3
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Kickoff Fair
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/15- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/2- First day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • M 12/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • W 12/4- Winter Choral Concert at BCC HS
  • F 12/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 12/6- Winter Play
  • S 12/7- Winter Play 
  • Tu 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC, 7 pm (Kids arrive at 6:15)
  • Th 12/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

 

 Sunday Call, October 6, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  Thank you to our parent volunteers for a wonderful bowling party last Friday.  A stellar event as usual!

THIS WEEK

STAR Circle: Tomorrow sixth graders will participate in a community circle about influential people and seventh and eighth graders will discuss tolerance.

October 9 School Holiday:  There is no school for students and teachers on Wednesday, October 9.  To our families celebrating Yom Kippur, we wish an easy fast.

PTSA Meeting/Cyber Sensible Workshop:  This Thursday, October 10th at 7 pm our stellar parent leaders will inform the crowd about their priorities and projects.  This is followed by a A MUST attend parent workshop featuring Denise DeRosa and uncanny expertise in social media. While the target audience is parents, feel free to bring your children to read books or listen (with headphones) to personal devices in the back of the media center. 

Another chance for coffee/conversation!: On Friday at 8:30 AM, join Resource Teacher for Special Education, Nikia Mitchell-Lazarus and principal, Alison Serino, for a coffee/conversation focused on students with special needs.

NEXT WEEK

Parent Visitation/Open House: All parents are invited to visit part or all of our school day from 8:15 to 2:30.  Counselors will present information about our counseling program during STAR (9:50-10:15) and administrators will speak with parents during the lunch breaks.  If you plan to come, please pre-register at this link.  Otherwise, please plan to check in with your photo ID. 

BCC Cluster Parent Forum on School Safety and Security: From Active Shooter Drills to Every DAy Safe Practices  On Tuesday, October 15th join other parents at a 7:00 pm forum at BCC High School.  

7th Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park: On Thursday, Oct 17th, seventh graders in Ms. Hopkins’ social studies classes will travel to Edison Center of Technology for hands-on learning.  Students in Ms. Barbaran, Ms. Simon and Ms. Guiley’s classes will attend on Friday, October 18th. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security: From Active Shooter Drills to Every Day Safe Practices at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th- 10/17- Side Door Bus Evacuation Drill during morning arrival
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS- Hopkins students
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS- Guiley/Simon/Barbaran students
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party
  • Th 11/7- Immersion Student Field Trip to the Gala Theater
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Due date for Naviance Lesson by counselors- 1 of 3
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Kickoff Fair
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee) 7 PM at BCC HS
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/15- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 11/21- Westland PTSA Parent Forum on Vaping, 7:00 PM at Westland
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

Sunday Call September 29, 2019 

 

 Good evening, Westland families.  Thank you to those who were able to join us for coffee/conversations this past week.  We often learn as much as the parents do!  Thanks also for the parent volunteers and all-hands-on-deck staff members for a wonderful Friday afternoon of 6th grade team building!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

8th Grade Bowling Event:  Hot off the presses, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is planning an event for THIS Friday for 8th graders.  All students are dismissed at 12:30 and 8th graders are invited to walk as a group to Bowlero, just a couple blocks from Westland.  The cost of the 1:00-2:30 event is $20 per student and covers unlimited bowling, rental shoes, pizza and beverages.  Everyone needs to sign up ahead of time.  Financial assistance is available; please contact 8th grade counselor Ms. Gama at: rita_p_gama@mcpsmd.org

Go to https://www.pay4schoolstuff.com and sign up and pay online.

We also need chaperones.  Hint hint!  The link to sign up to be a chaperone is:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A4A92A1-8thgrade

 

THIS WEEK

Sept 30  School Holiday: There is no school on Monday, September 30. We wish everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah, L'shanah tovah (a good year).

Girls Softball Game: On Tuesday the 1st, our girls’ softball team hosts Frost for the season opening game while the boys’ team plays away.

International Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Day: We encourage everyone to get to school on their own power on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Early Release: On Friday, October 4th, students will be dismissed at 12:30 for an early release day.  Friday marks the midway point of the first marking period so teachers will be updating grades that day.

First Friday College/University Day: Friday is the first Friday of the month.  Sport your Amherst, Alabama or Akron t-shirts!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

October 9 School Holiday:  There is no school for students and teachers on Wednesday, October 9.  We wish everyone celebrating Yom Kippur an easy fast.

PTSA Meeting/Cyber Sensible Workshop:  At 7:00 on Thursday, October 10th, our stellar parent leaders will inform the crowd about their priorities and projects.  This is followed by a A MUST attend parent workshop featuring Denise DeRosa and uncanny expertise in social media.  While the target audience is parents, feel free to bring your children to read books or listen (with headphones) to personal devices in the back of the room. 

Another chance for coffee/conversation!: On Friday, October 11th at 8:30 am, join Resource Teacher for Special Education, Nikia Mitchell-Lazarus and principal, Alison Serino, for a coffee/conversation focused on students with special needs.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Health and Wellness Sessions:  The Bethesda Chevy Chase High School PTSA has a robust Health and Wellness committee.  See below for the workshops--open to all--scheduled this school year.

  • School Safety Update: From Active Shooter Drills to Every Day Safe Practices – What you need to know – Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM
  • Signs of Suicide - Wednesday, November 13 at 7 PM
  • Anxiety: Coping and Understanding - Tuesday, January 21 at 7 PM
  • Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers - Tuesday, February 18t at 7 PM
  • Disability A to Z – IEPs and 504 Plans - Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM

Other sessions to be scheduled:

  • Healthy Sleep Habits
  • Bullying Movie
  • Talking about Sex, Health Relationships and Consent

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

  • Tu 10/1-Boys Softball at Frost, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/2- International Walk/Bike to School Day
  • F 10/4- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 10/4- Early Release Day for Interim Grades-  Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 10/4- PTSA-sponsored Bowlero event for 8th graders- 1:00- 2:30 pm
  • W 10/9- Yom Kippur- No School for Students/Teachers
  • Th 10/10- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 10/10- PTA General Membership Mtg 7:00/Cyber Sensible Workshop 7:30 pm
  • F 10/11- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 10/11- Principal/Parent Coffee for Parents of Students with Special Needs, 8:30 am
  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security: From Active Shooter Drills to Every Day Safe Practices at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Th- 10/17- Side Door Bus Evacuation Drill during morning arrival
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS- Hopkins students
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS- Guiley/Simon/Barbaran students
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party
  • Th 11/7- Immersion Student Field Trip to the Gala Theater
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Due date for Naviance Lesson by counselors- 1 of 3
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Kickoff Fair
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • W 11/13- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Signs of Suicide (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee) 7 PM at BCC HS
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/15- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
  • F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School 

 

 Sunday Call Sept 22, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families. 

We enjoyed sharing our home with you on Thursday.  Thank you to everyone for coming out to meet the teachers!  This week you have donated in such amazing ways to our food and toiletries pantry.  We are grateful for your generosity.

THIS WEEK

Parent Tech Session:  Tomorrow we offer two identical sessions to help parents navigate google classrooms and the myMCPS portal for assignments and grades.  Join MCPS technology specialist Ryan McNavage from 7:30-8:00 am or 7:00-7:30 pm in the media center for 

STAR Lesson:  Tomorrow we will share a Hispanic Heritage Month lesson with our students. They will view a clip about Disney stars who celebrate their heritage and discuss what is important about their own cultural identity.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Our trivia contest continues with clues about five authors.  Submit your responses on Friday.

Measures of Academic Progress in Reading: On Tuesday at 8:30 am students will take the fall administration of the Measures of Academic Progress in math assessment in assigned testing groups.  They will start their day in a brief STAR followed by testing. The schedule will then run 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6 and 7.

Parent Coffees:  We will host hour-long coffee conversations this week from 8:30-9:30 am in the media center.  Parents are invited to join administrators and counselors for any length of time- it’s up to you. Please plan to sign in to the main office with a drivers’ license or passport.

Wednesday- Sixth grade parents, Thursday- Seventh grade parents, and Friday- Eighth grade parents 

Cedar Ridge Team Building Extravaganza:  All sixth graders will be involved in team-building and problem solving games on Friday from 12:00-3:00.  Permission slips and money were due Friday. Please bring them to the main office on Monday morning if you haven’t done so.  

LOOKING AHEAD

Sept 30  School Holiday: There is no school on Monday, September 30. We wish everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah, L'shanah tovah (a good year).

Girls Softball Game: On Tuesday the 1st, our girls’ team hosts Frost for the season opening game while the boys’ team plays away.

International Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Day: We encourage everyone to get to school on their own power on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Early Release: On Friday, October 4th, students will be dismissed at 12:30 for an early release day.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • F 9/27- Due date for Student Service learning forms for service completed in the summer
  • M 9/30- Rosh Hashanah- No School for Students/Teachers

OCTOBER 2019

  • October- MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month
  • Tu 10/1-Boys Softball at Frost, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/2- International Walk/Bike to School Day
  • F 10/4- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 10/4- Early Release Day for Interim Grades-  Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • W 10/9- Yom Kippur- No School for Students/Teachers
  • Th 10/10- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 10/10- PTA General Membership Mtg 7:00/Cyber Sensible Workshop 7:30 pm
  • F 10/11- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 10/11- Principal/Parent Coffee for Parents of Students with Special Needs, 8:30 am
  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security- at BCC HS
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior. Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior. Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

NOVEMBER 2019

  • November- American Indian Heritage Month
  • November- MCPS Mental Health Month
  • F 11/1- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 11/1- Sixth Grade Party
  • F 11/8- Last day of marking period 1
  • F 11/8- Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Sa 11/9- MCPS Mental Health Kickoff Fair
  • Week of 11/11- School Psychologists Awareness Week
  • M 11/11- First day of Marking period 2, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 11/11- Veterans’ Day- Celebrated- school is in session
  • M 11/11- Early Release- students dismissed at 12:30
  • M 11/11- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 (by Sign Up Genius)
  • Tu 11/12- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • Tu 11/12- Select parent conferences, 1-4:00 pm (for teachers who cannot stay late on 11/11)
  • Th 11/14- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 11/15- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 11/19- Hispanic College Fair
  • W 11/20- Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • W 11/27- Westland day of service
  • W 11/27- Early release, students dismissed at 12:30
  • W 11/27- Last day for arts rotation 1st trimester
  • T 11/28- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School
F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

 Sunday Call Sept 15, 2019

Good evening, Westland families. 

Parent “Orientation”: We enjoyed hosting new parents last Tuesday to share some answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.  Please see the slides (attached) for some of the featured topics.

Extracurricular Activities: Our extracurricular activities are almost set for the fall.  Please see the attached document for details about our free activities.  Students may also register for fee-based activities, “Enrichment Academies” at https://westland.enrichment-academies.com.  Check out all of your options.

THIS WEEK

Community Circle:  Tomorrow we will have our second community circle focused on the theme of global access to education building upon the text I am Malala that we read this summer.

Hispanic Heritage Month: We begin our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept 16.  The month of learning runs through October 15. Students are encouraged to join our trivia contest prompted through STAR announcements.

Climate Action Discussion: Students interested in discussing climate action at school on September 20 are invited to a STAR discussion in the cafeteria on Tuesday.

Cross Country and Softball:  Tryouts begin after school on Tuesday.  An activity bus will run to take students to central stops.  Our coaches are: Mr. Maclay (cross country), Ms. Licare (girls softball) and Mr. Guerra (boys softball) 

Health Education Info:  On Thursday, Sept 19 from 6:15-6:45 the health teachers will provide an overview of the 7th and 8th grade health education curricula with particular focus on the “Family Life and Human Sexuality” and “Disease Prevention and Control” units.

Back to School Night: On Thursday, Sept 19 from 7:00-9:00 PM we invite all of our current parents to our house!  Parents are welcome to attend brief presentations by their childrens’ teachers. Child-minding will be available for school-aged children.  PLEASE take a screen shot or photo of your child’s schedule RIGHT NOW. We cannot bear to print or copy 1600 schedules (one set at each doorway).  

We will run a shuttle bus from BCC HS to Bethesda ES to Somerset ES to Westland MS (and back again at the end of the night).  A separate communication will come home with additional details. Should you wish to ride the bus solo or with your children, please reserve a seat(s) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westland-back-to-school-night-shuttle-bus-shuttle-bcc-to-be-to-se-to-wms-tickets-72430081323

Measures of Academic Progress in Reading: On Friday at 8:30 am students will take the fall administration of the Measures of Academic Progress in Reading assessment in assigned testing groups.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Riders on Buses:  Students should only ride the MCPS bus to which they are assigned.  For special exceptions, a student may be present a note from his/her parent to the main office for a bus pass in the morning. If a bus is at capacity, additional passes will not be issued.  The buses that can sometimes take a couple extra riders are:1106, 1111, 1113, 1114, 1124, 1127, 1128, 1129, 3998. The buses that are closed to other riders are 1116, 1117, 1119.

Westland Pantry: Now in its eighth year, the Westland pantry is a neighbor-to-neighbor initiative to support families experiencing food insecurity.  We welcome your donations to the cart in the main lobby at any time. We are ready to restock for the year and these are the staples we need:

pasta

canned tomato - paste, sauce, diced, stewed

canned veggies

canned soup

tuna

peanut butter

rice

canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo)

toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, soap, toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant)

fruit cups

snacks (individual packs of cookies, goldfish crackers, snack bars)

nutella

Grocery Gift Cards (so we can restock with the items we are running low)

Westland PTSA Listserv: We invite you to join the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) Listserv.  Get our morning announcements daily and correspond with other parents about Westland.

  1. Send an email to:  westland-net-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. You will receive an email confirming your request to join Westland-net
  3. You MUST respond to the Yahoo confirmation email by using the link, which will allow you to enter your child's name and grade into the "Comments to Owner" section.
  4. Please DO NOT use the option in the email to: "REPLY to this email by clicking "reply" and then "Send".  You can't provide your child's name and grade in this response and your membership will get rejected.
  5. Set your membership preferences (your public profile, email address, message delivery, etc.).
  6. The Moderator will get a notice that you would like to join and once your information is confirmed then you will receive an automated email that your request has been approved.

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • M 9/23- Beginning of Ally Week for LGBTQ youth
  • M 9/23- Parent Session 1 of 2- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:30 AM (was previously advertised as 9/26)
  • M 9/23- Parent Session 2 of 2- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:00 PM (was previously advertised as 9/26)
  • Tu 9/24- MAP-M testing with 2 hr delay bell schedule
  • Tu 9/24- First day for after school activity buses departing at 4:30 on Tu, W, Th
  • W 9/25- 8:30 am 6th Grade Parent Coffee
  • Th 9/26- 8:30 am 7th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- 8:30 am 8th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- Sixth Grade Cedar Ridge Team Building In-School Field Trip- 12:00- 3:00 pm
  • F 9/27- Due date for Student Service learning forms for service completed in the summer
  • M 9/30- Rosh Hashanah- No School for Students/Teachers

 

OCTOBER 2019

 

  • October- MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month
  • Tu 10/1-Boys Softball at Frost, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/2- International Walk/Bike to School Day
  • F 10/4- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 10/4- Early Release Day for Interim Grades-  Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • W 10/9- Yom Kippur- No School for Students/Teachers
  • Th 10/10- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 10/10- PTA General Membership Mtg 7:00/Cyber Sensible Workshop 7:30 pm
  • F 10/11- Student of the Month Celebration
  • F 10/11- Principal/Parent Coffee for Parents of Students with Special Needs, 8:30 am
  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security- at BCC HS
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior. Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior. Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

 

 Sunday Call Sept 8, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families, and thank you for a marvelous first week!

THIS WEEK

School Photos: Students will take their yearbook/ID photos tomorrow during their PE class period.  Ordering information will be shared after photo proofs come back.

STAR Community Circles:  On Monday our STAR classes will experience their first community circle.  The prompts will encourage students to get to know one anothers’ names and interests.

New Parent Orientation: On Tuesday night, Sept 10th at 7:00, parents new to Westland are invited to a Frequently Asked Question session hosted in the media center by Mr. Jefferson and me (Ms. Serino).  Please feel free to bring your kids and set them up in the back with books from our library or home or personal devices they bring from home. (Warning: If you came to a morning session on the student orientation day (8/29) the content will be similar if not identical!)

Directory Information Withholding form:  Please submit your directory information form by this Friday, September 13 ONLY IF there is information you do not want released. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/281-13.pdf

7th/8th Grade Cross Country and Softball: Forms to try-out for cross country or softball are due no later than Friday to PE teacher, Ms. Holtz.  (Feel free to drop them by the main office.)  Complete all the forms on the Athletics webpage. (Ms. Holtz teaches STAR in 225 if students wish to stop by with questions.) https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/westlandms/departments/athletics.aspx). Our coaches are: Mr. Maclay (cross country), Ms. Licare (girls softball) and Mr. Guerra (boys softball) 

LOOKING AHEAD

Hispanic Heritage Month: We begin our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept 16.  The month of learning runs through October 15.

Cross Country and Softball:  Tryouts begin after school on Tuesday, September 17.  An activity bus will run to take students to central stops.

Health Education Info:  On Thursday, Sept 19 from 6:15-6:45 the health teachers will provide an overview of the health education curriculum in 7th and 8th grade with particular focus on the “Family Life and Human Sexuality” and “Disease Prevention and Control” units.

Back to School Night: On Thursday, Sept 19 from 7:00-9:00 PM we invite parents to brief presentations by their childrens’ teachers.  Child-minding will be available for school-aged children.  We will run a shuttle bus from BCC HS to Bethesda ES to Somerset ES to Westland MS.  More information coming soon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Westland PTSA Listserv: We invite you to join the PTSA Listserv.  Get our morning announcements daily and correspond with other parents about Westland.

  1. Send an email to:  westland-net-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. You will receive an email confirming your request to join Westland-net
  3. You MUST respond to the Yahoo confirmation email by using the link, which will allow you to enter your child's name and grade into the "Comments to Owner" section.
  4. Please DO NOT use the option in the email to: "REPLY to this email by clicking "reply" and then "Send".  You can't provide your child's name and grade in this response and your membership will get rejected.
  5. Set your membership preferences (your public profile, email address, message delivery, etc.).
  6. The Moderator will get a notice that you would like to join and once your information is confirmed then you will receive an automated email that your request has been approved.

 

Ride On Bus:  Good News!  All Montgomery County youth ride free every day all day on all Ride On bus routes and select Metrobus routes within the County.  This became effective July 1, 2019. All Montgomery County youth ages 18 and under ride FREE all the time on Ride On buses.

* Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

* All children ride at the discretion of their parents or guardians. 

Go to YouthCruiser.com to learn how to ride free on Ride On buses. This program is for Montgomery County residents ages 5 to 18 (older if still in high school) To participate in the program, get a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card at any County library and select schools for FREE. The list of participating schools is also at YouthCruiser.comPlease bring proof of age and residency. A valid school ID is also acceptable through September 30, 2019. Effective October 1, 2019, all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card for free rides. Good News! Some Metrobus routes also participate in this program. The participating routes are: C2, C4, C8, D5, F4, J1, J2, J4, K6, K9, L8, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, T2, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8, and Z11 .

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • M 9/9- School photos taken during health and physical education classes (makeups Oct 28)
  • Th 9/10- New Parent Info Session, 7 pm
  • F 9/13- Family Directory Withholding form due
  • F 9/13- Forms for 7th and 8th grade softball and cross country due to Ms. Holtz (PE) or main office
  • M 9/16- Tu 10/15- Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Tu 9/17- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs- activity buses will run
  • W 9/18- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs activity buses will run
  • Th 9/19- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs activity buses will run
  • Th 9/19- Seventh/Eighth Grade Health Education Parent Info Session- 6:15-6:45 pm
  • Th 9/19- Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians- 7:00- 8:30 pm
  • M 9/23- Beginning of Ally Week for LGBTQ youth
  • M 9/23- Parent Session 1 of 2- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:30 AM (was previously advertised as 9/26)
  • M 9/23- Parent Session 2 of 2- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:00 PM (was previously advertised as 9/26)
  • Tu 9/24- MAP-M testing with 2 hr delay bell schedule
  • Tu 9/24- First day for after school activity buses departing at 4:30 on Tu, W, Th
  • W 9/25- 8:30 am 6th Grade Parent Coffee
  • Th 9/26- 8:30 am 7th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- 8:30 am 8th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- Sixth Grade Cedar Ridge Team Building In-School Field Trip- 12:00- 3:00 pm
  • F 9/27- Due date for Student Service learning forms for service completed in the summer
  • M 9/30- Rosh Hashanah- No School for Students/Teachers

OCTOBER 2019

 

  • October- MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month
  • Tu 10/1-Boys Softball at Frost, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/2- International Walk/Bike to School Day
  • F 10/4- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 10/4- Early Release Day for Interim Grades-  Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • W 10/9- Yom Kippur- No School for Students/Teachers
  • Th 10/10- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 10/10- PTA General Membership Mtg 7:00/Cyber Sensible Workshop 7:30 pm
  • F 10/11- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security- at BCC HS
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

 Sunday Update, September 1, 2019 

Sunday Call Sept 1

Good evening, Westland families, and welcome back to another fabulous school year.  It was great fun to see so many new students last Thursday.

THIS WEEK

New Family Mix/Mingle: Tomorrow we offer students and families a final chance to explore the school before opening day.  Join us on Monday, Sept 2 anytime between 3:00 and 5:00. Go on a scavenger hunt, practice opening a locker, purchase an agenda book ($5), car magnet (for $5), Westland socks ($10) or PE uniforms (various prices) and mingle with other families.

Carpool Drop Offs: Parents dropping off students should queue against the right curb coming up our driveway.  Please do not park any further than where Ms. Serino stands to greet cars because it is difficult to maneuver around others.

First Day of School:  School begins on Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:15.  Upon arrival, sixth and seventh grade students will gather in the gym and eighth grade students will gather in the cafeteria.  At 8:00 students will depart to their homerooms (alphabetical by last name) where they will receive their schedules, their cafeteria PIN numbers and their computer login information.

School Supplies:  Regarding school supplies and the first day, I would recommend their 3 ring binder, notebook paper, pens, pencils, dividers and pencil case.

Dismissal: Students will be dismissed at 3:00 and offered assistance finding their buses.

Lockers:  On Wednesday, students will be issued their hall lockers.  Once they have lockers, students will store their book bags and backpacks in their lockers during the day.  Students may carry purses and/or small bags with their PE clothes.

College/University Spirit Day:  On the first Friday of every month--including this Friday--we encourage students and staff to wear clothing representing a college or university.  Are you a Maryland Terp fan? A Howard Bison? A Towson Tiger?

PE Clothing: Beginning Friday, students taking physical education (PE) should plan to change their clothes.  Westland imprinted clothing is available for purchase but not required. The change in clothes must include 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. Students may purchase clothing during the first week of school. 

Fire Drill: On Friday, we will have an announced fire drill during 2nd period at approximately 9:10 am.  Students will evacuate from their 2nd period classes and assemble in the parking lot (6th grade) or on the upper field (7th and 8th graders) by STAR class.

Parent Visitors: Parents and guardians, please make sure to have your photo ID or passport when visiting Westland.  Montgomery County Public Schools requires that all visitors entering the building sign-in to the Visitor Management System.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

School Photos: Students will take their yearbook/ID photos on Monday, September 9th during their PE or health class.  Ordering information will be shared after photo proofs come back.

New Parent Orientation: On Tuesday night, Sept 10th at 7:00, parents new to Westland are invited to a Frequently Asked Question session hosted in the media center by Ms. Sanya, Mr. Jefferson and me (Ms. Serino).  Please feel free to bring your kids and set them up in the back with books from our library (or books from your home) or personal devices they bring from home. 

Directory Information Withholding form:  Please submit your directory information form by Friday, September 13 IF there is information you do not want released. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/281-13.pdf

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ride On Bus:  Good News!  All Montgomery County youth ride free every day all day on all Ride On bus routes and select Metrobus routes within the County.  This became effective July 1, 2019. All Montgomery County youth ages 18 and under ride FREE all the time on Ride On buses.

* Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

* All children ride at the discretion of their parents or guardians. 

Go to YouthCruiser.com to learn how to ride free on Ride On buses. This program is for Montgomery County residents ages 5 to 18 (older if still in high school) To participate in the program, get a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card at any County library and select schools for FREE. The list of participating schools is also at YouthCruiser.com.  Please bring proof of age and residency. A valid school ID is also acceptable through September 30, 2019. Effective October 1, 2019, all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card for free rides. Good News! Some Metrobus routes also participate in this program. The participating routes are: C2, C4, C8, D5, F4, J1, J2, J4, K6, K9, L8, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, T2, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8, and Z11 .

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR 

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • M 9/2- Labor Day- no school
  • M 9/2- “Mix, Mingle and Walk the Halls” Event for New Families 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Tu 9/3- First Day of School for Students 8:15- 3:00 pm
  • Tu 9/3- Due date for updated immunizations for 7th grade students
  • Fr 9/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • M 9/9- School photos taken during health and physical education classes (makeups Oct 28)
  • Th 9/10- New Parent Info Session, 7 pm
  • F 9/13- Directory Information Withholding form due
  • F 9/13- Forms for 7th and 8th grade softball and cross country due to Ms. Holtz (PE) or main office
  • M 9/16- Tu 9/15- Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Tu 9/17- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs- activity buses will run
  • W 9/18- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs activity buses will run
  • Th 9/19- Cross Country and Softball Try-outs activity buses will run
  • M 9/26- Parent Session- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:30 am
  • M 9/26- Parent Session- checking myMCPS grades/google classrooms- 7:00 pm
  • Tu 9/27- MAP-R testing with 2 hr delay bell schedule
  • Th 9/19- Seventh/Eighth Grade Health Education Parent Info Session- 6:15-6:45 pm
  • Th 9/19- Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians- 7:00- 8:30 pm
  • M 9/23- Beginning of Ally Week for LGBTQ youth
  • Tu 9/24- MAP-M testing with 2 hr delay bell schedule
  • Tu 9/24- First day for after school activity buses departing at 4:30 on Tu, W, Th
  • W 9/25- 8:30 am 6th Grade Parent Coffee
  • Th 9/26- 8:30 am 7th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- 8:30 am 8th Grade Parent Coffee
  • F 9/27- Sixth Grade Cedar Ridge Team Building In-School Field Trip- 12:00- 3:00 pm
  • F 9/27- Due date for Student Service learning forms for service completed in the summer
  • M 9/30- Rosh Hashanah- No School for Students/Teachers

OCTOBER 2019

  • October- MCPS Mental Health and Awareness Month
  • Tu 10/1-Boys Softball at Frost, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/2- International Walk/Bike to School Day
  • F 10/4- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 10/4- Early Release Day for Interim Grades-  Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • W 10/9- Yom Kippur- No School for Students/Teachers
  • Th 10/10- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 10/10- PTA General Membership Mtg 7:00/Cyber Sensible Workshop 7:30 pm
  • F 10/11- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Sa 10/12- Freed Photography Studio family portraits- 9 am to 12 pm
  • M 10/14- Parent Visitation/Open House from 8:15-2:11  (Parent/principal coffee during lunches)
  • Tu 10/15 - Boys Softball at Silver Creek, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/15- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- School Safety and Security- at BCC HS
  • Tu 10/15-  Coed-Cross Country home vs Silver Creek
  • Th 10/17- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • F 10/18- Seventh Grade Field Trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park/Edison HS
  • Week of 10/21- 10/26- Pyle Uses Cafeteria/Stage
  • Week of 10/21- National School Bus Safety Week- Theme: My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation
  • Tu 10/22- Mix It Up Day
  • Tu 10/22- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at North Bethesda (no fans at away games)
  • Tu 10/22- Coed-Cross Country at North Bethesda
  • W 10/23- Study Skills Night, 6-8 pm
  • Th 10/24- Boys Softball at Tilden, Girls Softball at Westland (no fans at away games)
  • Th 10/24- Coed-Cross Country home vs Tilden
  • F 10/25- 6th Grade STAR assembly- Cyber Sensibility
  • F 10/25- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 3/19)
  • F 10/25- 7th Grade Field Trip to Zoo
  • M 10/28- Photo Make Up Session during lunches
  • M 10/28- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 10/29- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Week of Oct 28- Red Ribbon Week (Monday-, Tuesday-, Wednesday-, Thursday- costumes, Friday-)
  • W 10/30- Boys Softball at Westland, Girls Softball at Pyle (no fans at away games)
  • W 10/30- Coed-Cross Country at Pyle
  • Th 10/31- (optional) Students/staff wear costumes to school

 

KEY CONTACTS

Main Office- 301.320.6515     

Main Office Fax- 301.320.7054

Attendance Line- 301.320.6534     

Counseling Office- 301.320.6525   

Counseling Office Fax- 301.320.7053

Departments

Health Room- 301.320.6533

 

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