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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