Sunday Update, December 9, 2018 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling.

Holiday House: I could not be more grateful for the dozens of volunteers and all of our donors who made our sixth annual holiday house as magical as ever.  Special thank you to co-chairs Ms. Garmendia and Ms. Fayed.

Active Assailant/Lockdown with Options: I am also grateful to the staff and students for the way they approached the active assailant discussions on Friday.  Though MCPS asked us to refer to the exercise as a drill, it was actually a teaching opportunity around situational awareness and responses to hypothetical scenarios.  Many questions were posed and answered on Friday. Should students or parents have additional questions, please submit them at the link here. https://goo.gl/forms/OuBGUJAaZwBk7YWB2  We will create a Frequently Asked Questions document as follow up.

THIS WEEK

Music Concerts: This week is music-full.  Join us tomorrow night for our band and orchestra concert or on Tuesday night to hear our choirs.  Both concerts occur at BCC at 7 pm.

Prospective Parent Coffee:  On Thursday morning we will host prospective parents and kids for a school tour, info session and student shadowing opportunity.  Please have your interested neighbors or friends RSVP to Maria_A_Olego@mcpsmd.org no later than Tuesday.

Student of the Month:  On Friday we will honor a group of caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, principled and balanced students during our monthly breakfast celebration.

Pajama Day: On Friday, staff and students are permitted to wear pajamas as a reward for exceeding our $9,500 fundraising goal for a borehole in Niger.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Support Westland:  We would appreciate your continued support through box tops as well as rewards programs at Giant and Harris Teeter.  

Box Tops: Please continue to send in your box tops to the main office.

For Giant:  Visit www.giantfood.com/aplus and select register your card, which is located in the red box on the right for customers.  Follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number.

OR…call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-Ask-Aplus (1-877-275-2758) they can register your card for you! You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR Giant Card NUMBER CALL 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1

For Harris Teeter:  Create an account at www.HarrisTeeter.com, and add Westland Middle School, #1557, under “Together in Education”.

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

DECEMBER

Tu 12/18- Parent Forum: Suicide Awareness and Prevention, 7 pm (BCC HS cafeteria)

Tu 12/18- STEM day with BCC at Westland

Tu 12/18- Snow date for Choral Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)

W 12/19- Cluster Schools Music Field Trip to BCC

W 12/19- Snow date for Instrumental Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)

Dec 24- Jan 1- Winter Break

Dec 27- Dec 31- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Registration Confirmation

JANUARY

Tu 1/1- No School for students- New Year’s Day holiday

W 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

Fr 1/4 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day

Fr 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date

M 1/7, Tu 1/8 or W 1/9- Seventh Grade Trip to Finance Park

Tu 1/8- Girls Basketball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Bball away

Tu 1/8 and Wed 1/9  Enrichment Academies Winter Session Begins

Th 1/10- Boys Basketball  hosts Tilden, Girls Bball away

F 1/11- School Play

Sa 1/12- School Play- matinee and evening

Tu 1/15- Parent Forum: Preventing and Managing a Crisis, 7 pm in BCC’s cafeteria

W 1/16- Girls Basketball  hosts Pyle, Boys Bball away

M 1/21- No School- MLK Day

Tu 1/22- Boys Basketball  hosts North Bethesda, Girls Bball away

W 1/23- Course Registration Info, 7 pm (Snow date Jan 30)

F 1/25- Early Release Day, End of MP2

M 1/28- Professional Day- no school for students

Tu 1/29- First Day of MP3, class switches

W 1/30- Boys Basketball  hosts Cabin John, Girls Bball away

 

W 1/30- Snow date for Course Registration Night scheduled for Jan 23

 Sunday Update, November 25, 2018 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update.  I hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend with family and friends.

Walk for Water: I want to thank all of our students, staff and parent volunteers for participating in our Walks for Water, our study of human rights and privileges and our remarkably generous fundraising.  As of 4:00 today we are just $44 short of our $9500 goal toward the construction of a bore hole in the Azwak Region in Niger. Shake those piggy banks and visit bit.ly/WestlandWalk2018

We are especially grateful to Rachel Johns, our MYP coordinator, for spearheading all of these efforts and to our partnering organization Amman Imman.

THIS WEEK

Monday STAR: Tomorrow’s STAR is available for reteach/reassess appointments.

No Homework (Except Reading) Due on Monday, November 26:  Because of the Westland-designated no homework weekend, no assignments (except reading) are due on Monday.

Signs of Suicide Lessons: On Monday and Tuesday our counselors begin to share the Signs of Suicide lessons with all students through math classes.

Parent Meeting about Active Assailant Drill:  On Tuesday, November 27th parents are invited to a 7 pm meeting about an upcoming Active Assailant Drill we will be conducting with students.  Representatives from Westland, MCPS security and the Montgomery County Police department will be present.

Family Reading Night/Dinner: On Wednesday, November 28th family members of all ages are invited to Family Reading Night from 6:30-7:30 for a free dinner and a celebration of books!  Reserve your spaces at https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

 

Hats2Help:  Let’s keep up our streak of activism and awareness.  Donate a dollar (or more) on Friday for the privilege of wearing a hat! All proceeds will go to disaster relief in areas such as California (wildfires), North Carolina (hurricanes) and Florida (hurricanes).

NEXT WEEK

Westland Gear: If you wish to purchase Westland gear please order online by December 3.   Though the online store is designated for “staff” we have opened it to everyone! Visit https://westlandstaff2018-winter.itemorder.com

 

Cyber Sensible Session for Parents, Dec 4th, 7pm:  Save the date for an Online Safety Workshop: Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age  ”Parents today face an enormous challenge as we raise kids who are more tech savvy and comfortable using digital communications and social media than we are. There has been a fundamental shift in the way kids communicate today that previous generations of parents have not had to cope with. The good news is that you do not need to be a tech expert to parent effectively and keep your kids safe online. I'll provide key tips and actionable advice to help parents manage tech use in their home. You will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers and search engines. I offer advice and strategies on encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology in meaningful, creative and positive ways.”

Cyber Sensible Assembly for Sixth Graders, Dec 5th:  During STAR on December 5th sixth grade students will practical advice about privacy settings and use of social media during an assembly on Wednesday the 5th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Enrichment Academies Winter Clubs: The schedule for Enrichment Academies Winter Clubs will be distributed via the PTSA listserv by December 3.  Early bird online registration runs Dec 7-11 with registration confirmation Dec 27-31. Clubs begin on Jan 8. Tuesdays: Debate, Pottery Around the World, Programming Thru Minecraft, Safe Sitters Babysitting. Wednesdays: Budding Entrepreneurs, Comedy Club, Jewelry Making and Lego Robotics.

Mabels Labels: Need a great holiday gift for your kids, nieces and nephews?  Might we suggest something from Mabels Labels. Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and select Westland before shopping.  

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

DECEMBER

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Sa 12/1- Testing for HS application programs at central locations

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M 12/3- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Catalog distributed via PTSA listserv

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M 12/3- Due date for Westland spirit wear orders

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media at Westland MS

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W 12/5- STAR assembly on social media for 6th graders (rescheduled from 11/15 snow

 day)

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Th 12/6- Set up for Holiday House

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F 12/7- Holiday House

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

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F 12-7- Tu 12/11- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Early Bird Registration

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M 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC (snow date- 12/19 at Westland)

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Tu 12/11- Choral Music Concert at BCC (snow date- 12/18 at Westland)

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Th 12/13- Prospective Parent Coffee- 8:15

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F 12/14- Student of the Month Breakfast Celebration

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Tu 12/18- Parent Forum: Suicide, 7 pm (BCC HS cafeteria)

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Tu 12/18- STEM day with BCC at Westland

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Tu 12/18- Snow date for Choral Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)

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W 12/19- Cluster Schools Music Field Trip to BCC ***** CORRECTED DATE ***** (had been

 advertised in error as 12/13)

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W 12/19- Snow date for Instrumental Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)

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Dec 24- Jan 1- Winter Break

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Dec 27- Dec 31- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Registration Confirmation

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JANUARY

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Tu 1/1- No School for students- New Year’s Day holiday

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W 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!

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Fr 1/4 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day

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Fr 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date

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M 1/7, Tu 1/8 or W 1/9- Seventh Grade Trip to Finance Park

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Tu 1/8- Girls Basketball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Bball away

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Tu 1/8 and Wed 1/9  Enrichment Academies Winter Session Begins

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Th 1/10- Boys Basketball  hosts Tilden, Girls Bball away

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F 1/11- School Play

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Sa 1/12- School Play- matinee and evening

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Tu 1/15- Parent Forum: Preventing and Managing a Crisis, 7 pm in BCC’s cafeteria

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W 1/16- Girls Basketball  hosts Pyle, Boys Bball away

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M 1/21- No School- MLK Day

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Tu 1/22- Boys Basketball  hosts North Bethesda, Girls Bball away

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W 1/23- Course Registration Info, 7 pm

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F 1/25- Early Release Day, End of MP2

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M 1/28- Professional Day- no school for students

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Tu 1/29- First Day of MP3, class switches

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W 1/30- Boys Basketball  hosts Cabin John, Girls Bball away

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Sunday Update, November 18, 2018 

 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update.  Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and teachers who met last week to discuss student progress during conferences.  

Congratulations to our October MYP students of the month recognized last Friday for their traits of being inquirers, caring, balanced, principled and knowledgeable (among others.)

 

THIS WEEK

 

Parent Sessions on myMCPS portal: Tomorrow, Monday the 19th at 8:00 am and again at 7:00 pm our MCPS instructional technology specialist, Ryan McNavage, will present a session for parents.  (If you come for the morning session please give yourself some lead time so we can check you in with your photo ID and generate a photo badge.)

 

Session Title: myMCPS Parent Portal Information Session

During this session, parents will learn about the Parent Portal and how MCPS and schools are using it to communicate important information to parents and students.  After this session, parents will be able to:

  • Log into the portal
  • Access current student grades, grade history, attendance data, and select assessment data
  • Navigate myMCPS Classroom to see course specific information
  • Locate and download the Parent Portal mobile app

STAR Community-Building Circles:  Students and staff will engage in a discussion about emotional safety at Westland, what students need from staff and what students need from each other.

 

Walk for Water Permission Slips: Walk for Water Permission slips are due to STAR teachers tomorrow. The permission slip is attached to the email version of this call.  

 

Homeroom on 11/20: On Tuesday students will attend homeroom in place of STAR to receive their quarter 1 report cards.  They can still make reteach/reassess appointments.

 

Walk for Water: Students and staff will participate in a Walk for Water day of action and learning on Wednesday.  Please dress for the weather! If parents plan to pick up their kids early from school please let us know in advance so they are not walking on the Crescent Trail when you arrive!

Students will be dismissed from school at 12:30.

 

Thanksgiving Holiday:  There is no school on Thursday 11/22 and Friday 11/23.  In addition, the Thanksgiving weekend is designated by Westland as a homework-free weekend. No work (with the exception of reading) will be due on Monday, 11/26.

 

NEXT WEEK

 

Parent Meeting about Active Assailant Drill:  On Tuesday, November 27th parents are invited to a 7 pm meeting about an upcoming Active Assailant Drill we will be conducting with students. Representatives from Westland, MCPS security and the Montgomery County Police department will be present.

 

Family Reading Night/Dinner: On Wednesday, November 28th family members of all ages are invited to Family Reading Night from 6:30-7:30 for a free dinner and a celebration of books!  Reserve your spaces at https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Enrichment Academies Winter Clubs: The schedule for Enrichment Academies Winter Clubs will be distributed via the PTSA listserv by December 3.  Early bird online registration runs Dec 7-11 with registration confirmation Dec 27-31. Clubs begin on Jan 8.  Tuesdays: Debate, Pottery Around the World, Programming Thru Minecraft, Safe Sitters Babysitting. Wednesdays: Budding Entrepreneurs, Comedy Club, Jewelry Making and Lego Robotics.

 

Mabels Labels: Need a great holiday gift for your kids, nieces and nephews?  Might we suggest something from Mabels Labels. Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and select Westland before shopping.  

 

Cyber Sensible Session for Parents, Dec 4th, 7 pm:  Save the date for an Online Safety Workshop: Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age  ”Parents today face an enormous challenge as we raise kids who are more tech savvy and comfortable using digital communications and social media than we are. There has been a fundamental shift in the way kids communicate today that previous generations of parents have not had to cope with. The good news is that you do not need to be a tech expert to parent effectively and keep your kids safe online. I'll provide key tips and actionable advice to help parents manage tech use in their home. You will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers and search engines. I offer advice and strategies on encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology in meaningful, creative and positive ways.”

 

Westland Spirit Wear: If you wish to purchase spirit wear please order online by December 3.   Thought the store is designated for “staff” we have opened it to everyone.  Visit https://westlandstaff2018-winter.itemorder.com

 

Please see the email version of the call for our running calendar and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

NOVEMBER

  • M 11/26- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • M 11/26- Th 11/29- Signs of Suicide Lessons in 7th and 8th grade math classes
  • Tu 11/27- Parent Meeting about Active Assailant Drill
  • W 11/28- Family Reading Night/Dinner- 6:30- 7:30 pm  Reserve space at https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

 

DECEMBER

  • Sa 12/1- Testing for HS application programs at central locations
  • M 12/3- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Catalog Distributed via listserv
  • Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media at Westland MS
  • W 12/5- STAR assembly on social media for 6th graders (rescheduled from 11/15 snow day)
  • Th 12/6- Set up for Holiday House
  • F 12/7- Holiday House
  • Fr 12/7 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 12-7- Tu 12/11- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Early Bird Registration
  • M 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC (snow date- 12/19 at Westland)
  • Tu 12/11- Choral Music Concert at BCC (snow date- 12/18 at Westland)
  • Th 12/13- Prospective Parent Coffee- 8:15
  • Th 12/13- Cluster Schools Music Field Trip to BCC
  • F 12/14- Student of the Month Breakfast Celebration
  • Tu 12/18- Parent Forum: Suicide, 7 pm (BCC HS cafeteria)
  • Tu 12/18- STEM day with BCC at Westland
  • Tu 12/18- Snow date for Choral Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)
  • W 12/19- Snow date for Instrumental Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Winter Break
  • Dec 27- Dec 31- Enrichment Academies Winter Session Registration Confirmation

 

JANUARY

 

  • Tu 1/1- No School for students- New Year’s Day holiday
  • W 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework free weekend!
  • Fr 1/4 - First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • Fr 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date
  • M 1/7, Tu 1/8 or W 1/9- Seventh Grade Trip to Finance Park
  • Tu 1/8- Girls Basketball hosts Silver Creek, Boys Bball away
  • Tu 1/8 and Wed 1/9  Enrichment Academies Winter Session Begins
  • Th 1/10- Boys Basketball  hosts Tilden, Girls Bball away
  • F 1/11- School Play
  • Sa 1/12- School Play- matinee and evening
  • Tu 1/15- Parent Forum: Preventing and Managing a Crisis, 7 pm in BCC’s cafeteria
  • W 1/16- Girls Basketball  hosts Pyle, Boys Bball away
  • M 1/21- No School- MLK Day
  • Tu 1/22- Boys Basketball  hosts North Bethesda, Girls Bball away
  • F 1/25- Early Release Day, End of MP2
  • M 1/28- Professional Day- no school for students
  • Tu 1/29- First Day of MP3, class switches

 

  • W 1/30- Boys Basketball  hosts Cabin John, Girls Bball away

Sunday Update, November 11, 2018

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

Thank you to all staff who were involved in securing our building and keeping our students safe and learning last week.  We are extremely grateful to the PTSA for hiring an off-duty officer on Friday and to the Montgomery County Police Department for their diligent work.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all students and social studies teachers and students who engaged in thoughtful dialogue on Thursday regarding hate speech.

THIS WEEK

Veterans’ Day Recognized:  On this, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we honor all of the veterans in our community with special recognition extended to Mr. Guerra, choral teacher and Ms. Mason, informational technology specialist.

Early Release Days:  On Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13 students will be dismissed at 12:30.  The order of class periods is 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 4 and 5.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: All of our parent/teacher conferences are pre-arranged and most occur on Monday, November 12th.  Signs up have closed. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eabab22a2fb6-wmsfall

·         1:00- 1:20 & 4:00-4:20- 6th grade parents with Ms. Sanya

·         1:30- 1:50 & 4:30-4:50- counseling services with Ms. Gama, Ms. Fischer and Ms. Kohlerman

·         2:00- 2:20 & 5:00-5:20- MYP presentation with Ms. Johns and Ms. Johnson

·         2:30- 2:50 & 5:30- 5:50- 7th grade parents with Ms. Sanya and Mr. Jefferson

·         3:00- 3:20 & 6:00- 6:20- special education with Ms. Mitchell-Lazarus

·         3:30- 3:50 & 6:30- 6:50- 8th grade parents with Mr. Jefferson

Walk for Water Permission Slips: Walk for Water Permission slips will be distributed through STAR this week.  The permission slip is also attached to the email version of this call.

Parent Forum:  On Wednesday at 7 pm Westland parents are invited to BCC for a forum with Dr. Erin Berman entitled, “Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression.”

Social Media Assembly: On Thursday during STAR our sixth grade students will attend an assembly with Denise DeRosa, founder of Cyber Sensible.  This is an encore presentation that our 7th and 8th graders experienced last year. (Ms. DeRosa will be speaking with parents on December 4th.)

Students of the Month: We will honor students for displaying IB learner profile traits at a breakfast celebration on Friday.

New Event: Hats2Help Fundraiser:  On Friday students and staff are encouraged to donate a dollar to get a wrist band so they can wear a hat--a top hat, cowboy hat, Dr. Seuss hat or baseball cap. Proceeds will go to local and international charities, disaster relief efforts, etc.

Photography Field Trip: On Friday eighth grade photography students will stretch their artistic skills during a field trip to the National Mall.

NEXT WEEK

Homeroom on 11/20: Students will attend homeroom in place of STAR to receive their quarter 1 report cards.

Walk for Water: Students and staff will participate in a Walk for Water day of action and learning on Wednesday, 11/21.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

Thanksgiving Holiday:  There is no school on Thursday 11/22 and Friday 11/23.  In addition, the Thanksgiving weekend is designated by Westland as a homework-free weekend. No work (with the exception of reading) will be due on Monday, 11/26.

SAVE THE DATE BUT ACT NOW!

Walk for Water on Nov 21:  Calling All Global Citizens!  Westland students will participate in a Walk for Water during the half day on November 21st to show our commitment to making sure all people have access to clean water and education. Parents, we need your help! Please register your child online. Once registered you will receive a fundraising link. We will work towards our school goal of $9500. If we can work together as a community and raise these funds it will help a community in the Azawak region of Niger and allow the children there the opportunity to go to school. Please see the attached documents for more information about the walk and how to register.

Want to help support our cause? We would love to have any parent volunteers come walk the Capital Crescent Trail with us on November 21st. 6th graders will walk from 9-10, 7th graders from 10-11, and 8th graders from 11-12. If you are available and can join us, please email our Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Rachel Johns (Rachel_L_Johns@mcpsmd.org).

 

Reserve Your Spot for Family Reading Night: Sign up now for Family Reading Night on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Share a love of books and a family-style dinner will be served so please reserve a spot by visiting the link https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

Cyber Sensible Session for Parents, Dec 4th, 7 pm:  Save the date for an Online Safety Workshop: Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age  ”Parents today face an enormous challenge as we raise kids who are more tech savvy and comfortable using digital communications and social media than we are. There has been a fundamental shift in the way kids communicate today that previous generations of parents have not had to cope with. The good news is that you do not need to be a tech expert to parent effectively and keep your kids safe online. I'll provide key tips and actionable advice to help parents manage tech use in their home. You will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers and search engines. I offer advice and strategies on encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology in meaningful, creative and positive ways.”

Please see the email version of the call for our running calendar and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

 Sunday Update, November 4, 2018 

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino calling with the weekly update. I hope everyone enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this morning.

YouTube Access:  As of November 1st, MCPS is blocking elementary and middle school students from accessing YouTube through school technology.   

Parent Meeting about Active Assailant Drill:  On Tuesday, November 27th at 7 pm join administrators, safety and security supervisors and police to discuss an upcoming “active assailant” drill that Westland students will experience in late November/early December.  The “drill” will involve teachers discussing several emergency scenarios with students. Through this drill we are working to build everyone’s situational awareness.

THIS WEEK

Reteach/Reassess on Monday: Tomorrow, during STAR, students may meet with teachers for reteaching and reassessing.  This is our final STAR in MP1. Students will receive new agenda packets for MP2.

Election Day:  There is no school on Tuesday because of Election Day. Please vote!  

Early Release: Wednesday is an early release day with students dismissed at 12:30 pm.  The order of class periods is 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 4 and 5. Wednesday is also the last day of marking period 1.  

Start of Marking Period 2: On Thursday all sixth grade students in arts rotation classes will begin a new course.  Many students in all grades will shift from PE to health. All health students from MP1 will shift to PE.

Schoolwide Community Building Lessons through Social Studies:  On Thursday, all social studies teachers will present a lesson about respecting all people in our community with a focus on embracing all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, genders and gender identities.

College/University Spirit Day:  Show us gear from your favorite college or university on Friday, November 9th.

NEXT WEEK

Veterans’ Day Recognized:  We honor all of the veterans in our community with special recognition extended to Mr. Guerra, choral teacher and Ms. Mason, informational technology specialist.

Early Release Days:  On Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13 students will be dismissed at 12:30.  The order of class periods is 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 4 and 5.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: All of our parent/teacher conferences are pre-arranged and most occur on Monday, November 12th.  Please check the Sign Up Genius links to see if there are any spaces that still work for you. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eabab22a2fb6-wmsfall


SAVE THE DATE BUT ACT NOW!

Walk for Water on Nov 21:  Calling All Global Citizens!  Westland students will participate in a Walk for Water during the half day on November 21st to show our commitment to making sure all people have access to clean water and education. Parents, we need your help! Please register your child online. Once registered you will receive a fundraising link. We will work towards our school goal of $9500. If we can work together as a community and raise these funds it will help a community in the Azawak region of Niger and allow the children there the opportunity to go to school. Please see the attached documents for more information about the walk and how to register.

Want to help support our cause? We would love to have any parent volunteers come walk the Capital Crescent Trail with us on November 21st. 6th graders will walk from 9-10, 7th graders from 10-11, and 8th graders from 11-12. If you are available and can join us, please email our Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Rachel Johns (Rachel_L_Johns@mcpsmd.org).

 

Reserve Your Spot for Family Reading Night: Sign up now for Family Reading Night on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Share a love of books and a family-style dinner will be served so please reserve a spot by visiting the link https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

Cyber Sensible Session for Parents, Dec 4th, 7 pm:  Save the date for an Online Safety Workshop: Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age  ”Parents today face an enormous challenge as we raise kids who are more tech savvy and comfortable using digital communications and social media than we are. There has been a fundamental shift in the way kids communicate today that previous generations of parents have not had to cope with. The good news is that you do not need to be a tech expert to parent effectively and keep your kids safe online. I'll provide key tips and actionable advice to help parents manage tech use in their home. You will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers and search engines. I offer advice and strategies on encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology in meaningful, creative and positive ways.”

 

Please see the email version of the call for our running calendar and key contact numbers. (New information is added in bold.)

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

NOVEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

 7 pm- BCC HS

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

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F 11/16- Student of the Month Breakfast Celebration

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F 11/16- 8th Grade Photography Field Trip to National Mall

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

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W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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

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Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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M 11/26- Th 11/29- Signs of Suicide Lessons in 7th and 8th grade math classes

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Tu 11/27- Parent Meeting about Active Assailant Drill

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W 11/28- Family Reading Night/Dinner- 6:30- 7:30 pm  Reserve space at https://goo.gl/forms/hMXxeXYBuZQ0VEdD3

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DECEMBER

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Sa 12/1- Testing for HS application programs at central locations

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media at Westland, 7 pm

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

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M 12/10- Instrumental Music Concert at BCC HS, 7 pm (snow date 12/19 AT WESTLAND)

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Tu 12/11- Choral Music Concert at BCC

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Th 12/13- Prospective Parent Tour/Coffee/Student Shadow, 8:15- 10:15

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F 12/14- Student of the Month Breakfast Celebration

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Tu 12/18- Parent Forum: Suicide, 7 pm (BCC HS cafeteria)

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W 12/19- Snow date for Instrumental Music Concert (Snow date held at WMS NOT at BCC)

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24- Jan 1- Winter Break

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Sunday Update, October 28, 2018 

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

Student Government Association: We would like to thank all of the students who were risk-takers running for student government office.  Congratulations to the officers selected by their peers: President- Sanjana Surendran, Treasurer- Cary Jalali, Secretary- Brooke Silver, 8th Grade Vice Presidents- Sophie Messinger and Aidan Lash, 7th Grade Vice Presidents- Emily Valeck and Ryan Maged and Sixth Grade Vice Presidents- Zola Welch and Giuliana Culzoni.

Outdoor Education: Thank you to all of the staff and parents who assisted with outdoor education last week with a very special shout out to our coordinator, Natalie Hsieh.  What a week to remember!

Box Tops: Put your box tops by your school bag or in your notebook right now and drop them to the main office tomorrow morning.  The fall submission date is quickly approaching.

THIS WEEK

Red Ribbon Week: This week our counselors help us raise awareness about alcohol and other drugs during Red Ribbon Spirit Week.  Students will be offered a chance to sign a pledge to stay safe and healthy.

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

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

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

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

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

MSDE Survey of Students:  Tomorrow morning students will report to HOMEROOM in place of STAR to complete a survey developed by the Maryland State Department of Education.  For more information about the survey visit this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cpEe4YycT9qLa2JKgNpc1vBrotdyqqBXfIwmhESGdFw/edit?usp=sharing

Make Up Photos:  Students who missed our first photo session or wish to sit for retakes will do so tomorrow between 12:15 and 1:15.  Please email Maria_A_Olego@mcpsmd.org if you wish for your child to sit for a retake.

Ledos’ Westland Dine In/Out Nights: Join us at Ledos  at 5245 River Road on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings- Oct 29 and 30 from 5 pm to close.  Dine in or take out to raise funds for Westland.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once started with work, has difficulty completing the tasks

Struggles to manage time effectively

Completes assignments but forgets to turn them in to the teacher

Needs help breaking down large or long-term assignments

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

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

Athletics:  On Tuesday afternoon our boys softball team hosts Cabin John at home while our girls play away for the last games of the season.  

American Indian Heritage Month:  On Thursday, with the start of November, we begin our recognition of American Indian Heritage Month.

Sixth Grade Party/Dance:  On Friday, November 2 our sixth graders are invited to our party/dance from 6:30-8:00.  Flyers are going home this week and can be accessed here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gM16Wu8vxZlGvIthTAVfs57Gxmchfn6sHKeRaxCu9tA/edit?usp=sharing

NEXT WEEK

Next week is a choppy week.  We have school on Monday, November 5th but no school on Tuesday due to the general elections.  

Early Release: Wednesday, November 7th is an early release day with students dismissed at 12:30 pm.  Wednesday is also the last day of marking period 1.  

Start of Marking Period 2: On Thursday all sixth grade students in arts rotation classes will begin a new course.  Many students will shift from PE to health.  All health students from MP1 will shift to PE.

College/University Spirit Day:  Show us gear from your favorite college or university on Friday, November 9th.

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

            NOVEMBER

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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

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

F 11/9- College/University Spirit Day

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

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

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

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

W 11/14- Parent Forum: Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression with Dr. Erin Berman, 7 pm- BCC HS

F 11/16- 8th Grade Photography Field Trip to National Mall

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

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

W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

DECEMBER

Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

 

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

 Sunday Update, October 21 

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 due for a class

 

 

 

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

 needed to complete the assignment

 

 

 

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

 is necessary

 

 

 

Once started with work, has difficulty completing the tasks

 

 

 

 

Struggles to manage time effectively

 

 

 

Completes assignments but forgets to turn them in to the teacher

 

 

 

Needs help breaking down large or long-term assignments

 

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NOVEMBER

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Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

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

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F 11/2- 6th Grade Party/Dance

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Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

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W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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

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

 rotation for 6th-8th

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

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

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

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

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

 7 pm- BCC HS?

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

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

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W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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

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Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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DECEMBER

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

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


October 14, 2018 

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

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

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THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westland Middle School: Teacher Conferences D-G

www.signupgenius.com

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

 

 

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

“Dear Westland Families —

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

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

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

Best, Lyric Winik, Westland PTSA President”

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

 

UPCOMING CLUSTER PARENT FORUMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

  •  

 

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

  •  
  •  

 

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

  •  
  •  

 

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

  •  
  •  

 

Once started with work, has difficulty completing the tasks

  •  
  •  
  •  

 

Struggles to manage time effectively

  •  
  •  

 

Completes assignments but forgets to turn them in to the teacher

  •  
  •  

 

Needs help breaking down large or long-term assignments

  •  

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

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

 

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of Oct 29- Red Ribbon Week

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

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

  •  
  •  

 

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

  •  

NOVEMBER

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Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

  •  
  •  

 

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

  •  
  •  

 

F 11/2- 6th Grade Party/Dance

  •  
  •  

 

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

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W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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

  •  
  •  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  •  
  •  

 

W 11/21- WMS Day of Service

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

  •  
  •  

 

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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DECEMBER

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Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

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

October 7, 2018 

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

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

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

TWO NEW PARENT OPPORTUNITIES MONDAY and TUESDAY:  

Parent Academy Workshop:  

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

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

Parent Forum- Helping Your Child Develop Emotional Building Blocks

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

 

THIS WEEK

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

OCTOBER

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

 away at Pyle at 3:30

Tu 10/16- Study Skills Night

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

 Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30

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

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

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

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

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

 “Creative Learning Spaces”

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

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

NOVEMBER

Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

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

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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

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

 rotation for 6th-8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

DECEMBER

Tu 12/4- Parent Forum on Social Media

 

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

September 30, 2018 

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

 

September 23, 2018 

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

 

Three SUPER EASY Ways to Support Westland:

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

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

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

 

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

OCTOBER

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

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

Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography

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

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

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

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

 8:15-8:43 am)

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

 away at Tilden 3:30

W 10/10- International Bike to School Day

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

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

 

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

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

 away at Pyle at 3:30

Tu 10/16- Study Skills Night

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

 Girls softball away at North Bethesda at 3:30

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

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

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

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

 “Creative Learning Spaces”

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

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

NOVEMBER

Th, 11/1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

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

 

Tu 11/6- Election Day- no school

W 11/7- Last day of marking period 1

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

 

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

 rotation for 6th-8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Th 11/22- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

F 11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

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

 September 16, 2018 

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

THIS WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR

 

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

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

KEY CONTACTS

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

COUNSELING OFFICE- 301.320.6525   COUNSELING OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7053

HEALTH ROOM- 301.320.6533

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES- 301.320.6515

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

 

9/9/18

Sunday Call, September 9, 2018

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

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

SEPTEMBER

  •  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER

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

Th 10/4- Family Portrait Night- Freed Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEY CONTACTS

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

Principal- Alison Serino,  Alison_L_Serino@mcpsmd.org

 

Administrative Secretary- Maria Olego, Maria_A_Olego@mcpsmd.org

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

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

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

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

Attendance Secretary- Rhonda Scholl, Rhonda_Scholl@mcpsmd.org

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

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

COUNSELING OFFICE- 301.320.6525   COUNSELING OFFICE FAX- 301.320.7053

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

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

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

Counseling Secretary- (Sara) Sally Belott,

Sara_A_Belott@mcpsmd.org

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

Samantha_H_Steinberg@mcpsmd.org

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

HEALTH ROOM- 301.320.6533

Health Technician- Jane Mangum, Jane_S_Mangum@mcpsmd.org

School Nurse- Heidi Weinberg, Heidi_M_Weinberg@mcpsmd.org

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES- 301.320.6515

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

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

Athletic Coordinator- Michelle Clise, Michelle_R_Clise@mcpsmd.org

 

 9/4/18

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

 

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

ACT NOW

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

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

KEY CONTACTS

Main Office- 301.320.6515   Attendance Line- 301.320.6534    Fax- 301.320.7054

Counseling Office- 301.320.6525   Counseling Office Fax- 301.320.7053

Health Room- 301.320.6533

Special Education Services- 301.320.6515

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

 

 8/28/18

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

 

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