Mrs. Serino's Weekly Message

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Sunday, October 11

 

 

Sunday, October 4

 

 

Sunday, September 20

 

 

Sunday, August 30

 

 

Thursday, August 27

Sunday, June 7

 

 

Sunday, May 31

 

 

Sunday, May 24

 

 

Sunday, May 17

 

 

Sunday, May 10

 

 

Sunday, May 3

 

 

Sunday, April 26

Good evening, Westland families.  I hope you and your family members are well and persevering through all of this.  It is said that April showers bring May flowers.  I am hoping that promise is both literal and figurative these days. 

THIS WEEK

Wildcat Day: 4/27 is a “Wildcat” day.  All teachers will push out learning schedules and material for the week by 10:00 AM.

Video with Tips for Organization: Monday would also be a wonderful day to view a new, 6-minute lesson by Ms. Johns. She guides us through an MYP “approaches to learning” or ATL skill on organizing our time and tasks. Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NQ_zj1xx4tHAV_Df5rRJ6IV6_OKNcQUp/view?usp=sharing

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10P9tGYNQE_Rw47mfncPpwgg2dwlctNhgXui8VB3Qj_Q/edit?usp=sharing

“Teacher” Days:  Tuesday through Friday are teacher days.   Tu and Th (prds 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Wed and Fri (prds 5, 6, 7 and your own STAR).

Parent/Staff Zooms: On Wednesday evening, Ms. Serino will be hosting two parent/staff Zoom calls.  From 6:30-7:00 pm the discussion will be in English and from 7:15-7:45 pm the discussion will be in Spanish (with some English interpretation.)  Parents do not need a Zoom account to join.  

We’ll use the same Zoom login so just join at the best time for you.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85910574376?pwd=UHU5QTNpOW9zc3p1eExPdlI4OW5kZz09 

  • Meeting ID: 859 1057 4376

  • Password: 795285

Wake Up Westland Returns: This Friday, Ms. Earley and her students will be sharing their first virtual version of the Westland television show.  We can’t wait! More information to follow.

LOOKING AHEAD

“Our World” Talent Show: The show must go on!  The Student Government Association will be producing a virtual talent show in late May!!!!  Consider participating by recording a video of your talent (2 minutes or less in duration.) Details coming soon.

 

Organizational Tools

Daily calendar through May 15

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11KDmqBnET-Asb9yleEQiDNoQnw-wU_JfgiTgKxERsTw/edit?usp=sharing

Weekly checklist

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FyltG9kmnTC-TrOtdRQOSyFfReowwHHYWGvzYjzMXU4/edit?usp=sharing

Paper agenda book.  (Please note that every date lists every class since students may have work to complete even without office hours occurring.)  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pk72soTstZbDtGDC8qUOmUGaxIwkLBAuh2dYHOYF0TA/edit?usp=sharing

 

CALENDAR: (new information added in bold)

APRIL

  • Tu 4/28- IS A SCHOOL DAY  (This was previously “no school” for the primary elections)

  • Tu 4/28- Marking Period 3 Report Cards Mailed home by MCPS

MAY

  • M 5/4- F 5/8- Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

  • W 5/20- Student Member of the Board of Education election

Have a good evening. Please, please, please practice safeguards.  And, as always, keep each other close.

 

Sunday, April 19

Good evening, Westland families. I want to thank those that were able to join in our parent/staff zooms last Friday.  It was great to see your faces and hear your suggestions.  

UPDATES

Parent/Staff Zooms:  Linked below are the slides which include information the school shared as well as pending requests/suggestions from parents.  I will be holding a Spanish-language parent/staff Zoom later this week. Information to follow.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FyD9P2axLHdGI70gCMhDLoUMSMuOlqsK62LBR1zl86g/edit?usp=sharing

Virtual Westland and Virtual MCPS through May 15:  If you have not read the message from MCPS from this morning, please do so here https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200418.html  It describes the extended school closure through May 15 and decisions that have been made for marking period 4 grading.

Organizational Tools

Ms. Hodkinson updated the daily calendar through May 15 to help students track their classes.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11KDmqBnET-Asb9yleEQiDNoQnw-wU_JfgiTgKxERsTw/edit?usp=sharing

Ms. Uzupis’ weekly checklist has been a fan favorite!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FyltG9kmnTC-TrOtdRQOSyFfReowwHHYWGvzYjzMXU4/edit?usp=sharing

Ms. Howell’s edited our paper agenda book.  (Please note that every date lists every class since students may have work to complete even without office hours occurring.)  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pk72soTstZbDtGDC8qUOmUGaxIwkLBAuh2dYHOYF0TA/edit?usp=sharing

“”No Caller ID?” Showing Up On Your Phone:   We are encouraging staff to make phone contact through google hangouts.  As a result, it is possible that “No Caller ID” is one of us!

Feedback about Distance Learning:  Please do let us know if something seems amiss--overlapping classes, confusing communications, assignments not published, etc.  I can assure you that Westland staff are working super hard and sometimes we don’t know our error until someone lets us know. I’ve certainly missed hitting “send” on one or two Sunday evening communications!

 

THIS WEEK

Wildcat Day: Tomorrow is a “Wildcat” day.  All teachers will push out learning schedules and material for the next week by 10:00 AM. 

“Teacher” Days:  Tuesday through Friday are teacher days.   Tu and Th (prds 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Wed and Fri (prds 5, 6, 7 and your own STAR).

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Secretary/Administrative Assistants’ Day: Wednesday is the annual day that we OFFICIALLY celebrate our amazing secretaries and assistants.  Please, won’t you send a note of thanks to:

Frozen Jr. Musical Production Canceled: Our cast and crew are already aware of this development but I wanted to share with the community at large.  We look forward to celebrating the talents of our cast and crew in other creative ways.

 

Significance of “4/20” to Some: This is my annual note to parents in advance of April 20 to please read up about how 4/20 is sometimes a day that people experiment with drugs for the first time.  https://time.com/4292844/420-april-20-marijuana-pot-holiday-history/

 

Looking Ahead: (new information added in bold)

  • Week of April 20- Secretaries’/Administrative Assistants’ Week

  • M, 4/20- First day of marking period 4, “Wildcat” day

  • Tu 4/28- IS A SCHOOL DAY  (This was previously “no school” for the primary elections)

  • Tu 4/28- Marking Period 3 Report Cards Mailed home by MCPS

Have a good evening.

Please, please, please practice safeguards. 

And, as always, keep each other close.

 

Sunday Call, April 12, 2020

Good evening, Westland families. 

Distance Learning:  We want to thank everyone for their patience as we navigated the new, distance learning landscape last week. We recognize that there are many challenges and kinks to work through on our end as kids’ try to track assignments and follow systems set up by seven different teachers.  We do hope to streamline the announcements over the course of the week so students can anticipate where to find zoom links and pending assignments.

Teachers are experimenting with a variety of technologies.  By accessing training and collaborating with other staff, they are figuring out the most effective way to reach students. 

Grocery Gift Cards: Thank you to the many families who donated generously to fund gift cards for over 70 families.  We mailed $60.00 gift cards to families last Thursday based on students’ status receiving Free and Reduced-priced meals.  We have additional gift cards on hand so if your family is in need, please let one of the counselors or administrators know.

THIS WEEK

Monday Holiday: There is no virtual school tomorrow as it is the final day of spring break.  Schoolwork from last week should be submitted by Tuesday at the latest.

Wildcat Day: Tuesday is a “Wildcat” day.  All teachers will push out learning schedules and material for the next few days by 10:00 AM. 

“Teacher” Days:  On Wednesday and Thursday, students will have live access or email interaction with their teachers starting at 1:00 each day.  This will take different forms and may consist of email exchanges, recurring questions answered through Google or myMCPS classroom materials or Zoom sessions.  

Wednesday:  Prd 1- 1:00-1:35, Prd 2- 1:45-2:20, Prd 3-2:30-3:05, Prd 4- 3:15-3:50

Thursday: Prd 5- 1:00-1:35, Prd 6- 1:45-2:20, Prd 7-2:30-3:05, Your own STAR- 3:15-3:50  

End of Marking Period 3: Friday is the last day of the 3rd marking period.  On this transition day, teachers will be completing MP3 grades and communicating with individual parents and students. (The new marking period begins on Monday, April 20 with a Wildcat day.)

Grade Level Parent Zooms: On Friday, April 17, parents are welcome to join administrators, counselors and parent leaders for a discussion via zoom.  6th grade: 9:00-9:30 AM, 7th grade 10:00-10:30 AM and 8th grade 11:00-11:30 AM. (Zoom login information will be sent by a separate email.)  Please submit questions in advance at this link https://forms.gle/Dw5Btv2W4yymwtBTA so we can anticipate your primary topics.

Announcements:

International Baccalaureate Award Opportunity:  Need something to do while at home, why not apply for the IB Excellence Award to be eligible to win $500. Are you a student of the month winner? Do you exhibit the learner profile traits at school, at home, and in your community? Are you actively involved in community service at school or in the community? If so you could  win the IB Excellence Award for the Mid-Atlantic region by sharing about the IB learner profiles you exhibit in the form of an essay, short story, poem, or visual and the work you do to serve others. See the application here. Applications have been extended to April 30th. Questions? Contact our IBMYP Coordinator, Rachel Johns (Rachel.L.Johns@mcpsmd.net).

CANCELED Instrument Pick Up:  I had hoped to be able to open the back door to the band/orchestra room on 4/18 for families to pick up instruments but I am not allowed to do that at this time.  Stay tuned for future announcements.

Looking Ahead: 

  • Week of April 20- Secretaries’/Administrative Assistants’ Week

  • M, 4/20- First day of marking period 4, “Wildcat” day

  • Tu, 4/21- period 1-4 starting at 1:00 PM

  • W, 4/22- period 5-your very own STAR starting at 1:00 PM

  • Th 4/23- period 1-4 starting at 1:00 PM

  • F 4/24- period 5-your very own STAR starting at 1:00 PM

Have a good evening.

Please, please, please practice safeguards. 

And, as always, keep each other close.

 

Sunday Call, April 5, 2020

Good evening Westland families. 

I do hope everyone of you found time to take a walk today to experience this glorious spring. I find myself discovering trees and flowers I barely ever noticed before! 

If you have not had a chance to review the schedule for the next three weeks that was emailed Saturday morning, please click here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IkikuonD5nmTA78lj67HI96XwLmcbxN3mrYJ-4f7XUQ/edit?usp=sharing or visit our main webpage.  

With gratitude to WMS parent, Rebecca Ferro, I also offer her makeover of our schedule--a cleaner, blackline set- up should you wish to print it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19jcLMtoTwde89CNroW8U_yyGgWT5UHRp/view?usp=sharing

School Building Closed: The Westland building is closed and our phones are not being answered (or forwarded) at this time.  However, we are checking email during business hours and can return a phone call to you if you leave us your info in an email message.  Please do reach out to us so we can help.  

THIS WEEK

“Wildcat” Day: Tomorrow is our first “Wildcat” day.  All teachers will push out learning schedules and material for the next three days by 10:00 AM. 

“Teacher” Days:  On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will have live access and interaction with their teachers starting at 1:00 each day.  This will take different forms and may consist of email exchanges, recurring questions answered through Google or myMCPS classroom materials or Zoom sessions.

Tuesday:  Prd 1- 1:00-1:35, Prd 2- 1:45-2:20, Prd 3-2:30-3:05, Prd 4- 3:15-3:50

Wednesday: Prd 5- 1:00-1:35, Prd 6- 1:45-2:20, Prd 7-2:30-3:05, Your own STAR- 3:15-3:50  

Spring Break: An abbreviated spring break runs from Thursday, April 9 through Monday, April 13.  Happy Passover and Happy Easter to those celebrating.

Heartfelt Thanks! Our health technician, Jane Mangum, had planned to retire as of March 27 after many years of service and then "Poof!" we were gone. She has helped so many in our community in such quiet ways.  Should you wish to celebrate her, please send a thank you or a corny joke (her specialty) to our administrative secretary, Ms. Howells at Mary_T_Howells@mcpsmd.org. 

Have a good evening.  Please, please, please practice safeguards. It could save one (or many) lives.  And, as always keep each other close (per CDC standards).

Looking Ahead: 

  • Tu, 4/14- “Wildcat” day

  • W, 4/15- period 1-4 starting at 1:00

  • Th, 4/16- period 5-your very own STAR starting at 1:00

  • F, 4/17- last day of the marking period

  • Sa, 4/18- 9:00-10:00 am- musical instrument pick up at WMS

  • Week of April 20- Secretaries’/Administrative Assistants’ Week

  • M, 4/20- First day of marking period 4, “Wildcat” day

  • Tu, 4/21- period 1-4 starting at 1:00

  • W, 4/22- period 5-your very own STAR starting at 1:00

  • Th 4/23- period 1-4 starting at 1:00

  • F 4/24- period 5-your very own STAR starting at 1:00

 

Sunday Update, March 30, 2020

Good evening, Westland families. It was wonderful to see many of you--from a distance--at the feeder elementary schools or at BCC as you were picking up Chromebooks on Thursday or Friday.

Tomorrow begins our first wave of online learning. This first week will look and feel different than the ones that follow but one thing is for certain--we will reconnect and be better for it!

 

This Week

On Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31,

  • Students and parents can explore online resources and tutorials on myMCPS Classroom and Google Classroom. Links will be posted at the MCPS Continuity of Learning website by tomorrow morning.

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/continuity-of-learning/

  • If a student is still in need of a Chromebook, please come to Westland between 9-12 (on Monday orTuesday only.)

On Wednesday, April 1 and/or Thursday, April 2,

  • Students will be contacted by their teachers to begin discussions about remaining assignments for the third marking period and to schedule a time to connect virtually for the first “check-in” the following week.

On Friday, April 3,

  • Students will be able to contact their teachers as needed regarding third marking period assignments and prepare for the following week.

 

This is NOT Social Distancing and Oh How I Miss It!

Big picture
 

Virtual Spirit Week

Virtual Spirit Week

Westland would like to celebrate our return to learning with a virtual spirit week. See the flyer linked here.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LlrijCP_2cR3gLtW9LLhp9loLBWvYgxEATyGLCEE_g8/edit?usp=sharing

In brief, be ready to post a mindful moment on Monday, a Tik Tok on Tuesday, a favorite pastime on Wednesday, a caring moment on Thursday and a memory on Friday. Tag us on Twitter at our newly launched handle @MiddleWestland or through #westlandspiritwk.

Have a good evening, take a deep breath and keep each other close-ish.

 

Sunday Call, March 23, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  I have been thinking of all of you an awful lot. 

On a typical Sunday evening I would be telling you about an upcoming STAR lesson, field trip, soccer game or concert; times when we learn in creative or daring ways and experience the gifts of our classmates and staff members.  This Sunday, being like no other, I think of all of those types of happenings with great sentimentality.  

I know that this week has challenged all of us to different degrees and that the weeks ahead will bring new obstacles.  I have faith, though, that learning and gift-sharing will continue in new and creative ways.  

While I have no updates, yet, about MCPS’s shift to more active teaching and learning, I can tell you that that is on the horizon.  In the meantime, read a book with your parents or create your own Madlib. See if you can teach your sibling about what you are learning in science or learn to juggle.  

When we return to school, I look forward to hearing about the new skills you explored and the family stories you inherited.  

Until then, have a good evening and keep each other close. (Per CDC guidelines, of course.)

 

Sunday Call, March 8, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  

THIS WEEK

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: If you thought it was tricky waking up this morning, wait until tomorrow comes.  Let’s do this! We will be grateful for the daylight in the evenings!

LAST TRIMESTER: Sixth graders in computers, art or musical theater will rotate to their last trimester course for the year starting tomorrow.

STAR: Tomorrow, during STAR, students will continue to work on their door decorating to highlight a person or people for Women’s Herstory month. In addition to featuring impressive traits and achievements, students will be highlighting at least one MYP trait- principled, knowledgeable, caring, etc.

Soccer Tryouts: Soccer tryouts for the boys continue on Tuesday following the first cuts.    Soccer tryouts for the girls team begin Tuesday, March 10.

Parent Forum on “Signs of Suicide” Program: On Wednesday evening at 7:00 join Westland counselors, psychologist and principal to discuss Westland’s implementation of the national “Signs of Suicide” Program.  While structured for parents, school-aged kids are welcome in the back of the media center with homework, a book or personal device.

Student of the Month Celebration: On Friday during STAR we will celebrate a group of students who epitomize the IB learner profile traits of being effective communicators, thinkers, balanced, and risk takers.

SAVE  THE DATE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bucket Hats: The Student Government Association (SGA) continues their bucket hat fundraiser.  All sales are online and the hats must be preordered. The sale closes March 15th.  https://stores.inksoft.com/westland/shop/home

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Tu 3/10- First day of Girls Soccer Tryouts
  • W 3/11- Parent Forum- MCPS Signs of Suicide Program- 7:00 pm WMS Media Center
  • Th 3/12- Morning bus evacuation drills- postponed- new date To Be Announced
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 3/12- Open House for Edison High School of Technology- 6-8 pm
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • W 3/18- Advanced Orchestra Adjudication at BCC HS
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Advanced Band Adjudication at Paint Branch HS


APRIL 2020

  • W 4/1- Day 1 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test- MISA
  • Th 4/2- Day 2 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test- MISA
  • Th 4/2- Boys Soccer at Silver Creek, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • Th 4/2- Choral Adjudication
  • Th 4/2- Photography Class Field Trip to the National Mall
  • F 4/3- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 4/6- M 4/13- Spring Break- No School
  • Tu 4/14- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free break!
  • W 4/15-Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 4/16- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register 
  • Th 4/16- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at North Bethesda
  • F 4/17- Day of Silence
  • W 4/22- Administrative Professionals/Secretaries’ Day
  • W 4/22- Student Member of the Board of Education Election through English/ESOL?
  • W 4/22- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at Pyle
  • W 4/22- Intermediate Band Adjudication at Clarksburg HS
  • Th 4/23- Take Your Child to Work Day
  • F 4/24- Spring Musical
  • S 4/25- Spring Musical
  • Tu 4/28- MD Primary Election Day- No School
  • W 4/29- Boys Soccer at Tilden, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • W 4/29- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 1 of 3
  • Th 5/30- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 2 of 3

 

Sunday Call, March 1, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  

THIS WEEK

STAR Lesson: Tomorrow, during STAR, students will experience a lesson about Herstory, the month dedicated to Women’s History. They will watch two videos- one by the Heritage Foundation  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzyHeQcFmvo and one by Kid President.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTezIzJW1No Each STAR class will compete in a door decorating contest..  

Soccer Tryouts: Soccer tryouts for the boys team begin Tuesday.  All forms must be submitted to Ms. Holtz before athletes can try out.  Soccer tryouts for the girls team begin NEXT Tuesday, March 10.

Arts Trimester Rotations:  Friday is the last day for sixth graders in their elective rotation classes.  They begin their final trimester on Monday. (And we do too!)

First Friday College Spirit Day: Sport your Shippensburg, St. Johns or South Carolina gear on Friday.  It’s our First Friday College Spirit Day.

BCC Used Book Fair: Visit BCC high school on Saturday and Sunday for the annual used book fair.  Reduce, REUSE and Recycle!

SAVE  THE DATE

Parent Forum on “Signs of Suicide” Program: Westland counselors and the principal will discuss Westland’s implementation of the “Signs of Suicide” Program on Wednesday, March 11 from 7:00- 8:00.  School-aged kids can join in the back of the media center with a book or personal device.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bucket Hats: The Student Government Association (SGA) continues their bucket hat fundraiser.  All sales are online and the hats must be preordered. The sale closes March 15th.  https://stores.inksoft.com/westland/shop/home

New Transportation Number: Parents, please note that the transportation department has a new phone number 240.740.6574.

Screening of “Angst”: Our neighbors at the Washington Waldorf School (4800 Sangamore Avenue) have extended an invitation to the screening of Angst on March 12 from 7:00- 8:15 pm. The screening is free but requires an RSVP.   (In the past, Westland has screened this 55 minute documentary film about anxiety and I highly recommend that parents and students watch and discuss it together.) https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-washington-waldorf-school

Movie trailer: https://angstmovie.com/trailer/

 

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

 

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • Tu 3/3- First day of Boys Soccer Tryouts
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Tu 3/10- First day of Girls Soccer Tryouts
  • W 3/11- Parent Forum- MCPS Signs of Suicide Program- 7:00 pm WMS Media Center
  • Th 3/12- Morning bus evacuation drills
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • W 3/18- Advanced Orchestra Adjudication at BCC HS
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Advanced Band Adjudication at Paint Branch HS


APRIL 2020

  • W 4/1- Last day of students visiting from France
  • W 4/1- Day 1 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test
  • Th 4/2- Day 2 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test
  • Th 4/2- Boys Soccer at Silver Creek, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • Th 4/2- Choral Adjudication
  • F 4/3- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 4/6- M 4/13- Spring Break- No School
  • Tu 4/14- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free break!
  • W 4/15-Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 4/16- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register 
  • Th 4/16- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at North Bethesda
  • F 4/17- Day of Silence
  • W 4/22- Administrative Professionals/Secretaries’ Day
  • W 4/22- Student Member of the Board of Education Election through English/ESOL?
  • W 4/22- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at Pyle
  • W 4/22- Intermediate Band Adjudication at Clarksburg HS
  • Th 4/23- Take Your Child to Work Day
  • F 4/24- Spring Musical
  • S 4/25- Spring Musical
  • Tu 4/28- MD Primary Election Day- No School
  • W 4/29- Boys Soccer at Tilden, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • W 4/29- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 1 of 3
  • Th 5/30- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 2 of 3

 

Sunday Call, February 23, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  

Udvar Hazy Field Trip: Thank you to all who made the field trip happen and brought our kids a little closer to the stars.  Special shout out to Ms. Tinney and Ms. Lappat.

Robotics State Competition: Our robotics team competed at the state level today but I don’t know the results yet.  We are super proud of their hard work and success thus far!

THIS WEEK

STAR Lesson: Tomorrow, during STAR, students will experience a lesson about the importance of seeing themselves in literature.  STAR teachers will be sharing children’s books focused on African Americans. Students will be responding to the Bradford quote, “For readers and viewers, seeing themselves represented on the page or screen can open them up to what’s possible.”

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/177lnFMeQE1yIcgKxA5yQF8wQW3yZOF8FckD4gQv3GwA/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00 

Early Release: Students will be dismissed early on Friday at 12:30 as it is the midpoint of third quarter and teachers will be completing interim grades.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bucket Hats: The Student Government Association is launching a new bucket hat fundraiser.  All sales are online and the hats must be preordered. The sale closes March 15th.  https://stores.inksoft.com/westland/shop/home

New Transportation Number: Parents, please note that the transportation department has a new phone number 240.740.6574.

Screening of “Angst”: Our neighbors at the Washington Waldorf School (4800 Sangamore Avenue) have extended an invitation to the screening of Angst on March 12 from 7:00- 8:15 pm. The screening is free but requires an RSVP.   (In the past, Westland has screened this 55 minute documentary film about anxiety and I highly recommend that parents and students watch and discuss it together.) https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-washington-waldorf-school

Movie trailer: https://angstmovie.com/trailer/

Our April calendar dates have been added below.

 

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

 

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • W 3/18- Advanced Orchestra Adjudication at BCC HS
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2
  • Tu 3/31- Advanced Band Adjudication at Paint Branch HS

APRIL 2020

  • W 4/1- Last day of students visiting from France
  • W 4/1- Day 1 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test
  • Th 4/2- Day 2 of 2 of 8th grade Science Test
  • Th 4/2- Boys Soccer at Silver Creek, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • F 4/3- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 4/6- M 4/13- Spring Break- No School
  • Tu 4/14- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free break!
  • W 4/15-Homeroom in place of STAR- report cards distributed
  • Th 4/16- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register 
  • Th 4/16- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at North Bethesda
  • F 4/17- Day of Silence
  • W 4/22- Administrative Professionals/Secretaries’ Day
  • W 4/22- Student Member of the Board of Education Election through English/ESOL?
  • W 4/22- Boys Soccer at Westland, Girls Soccer at Pyle
  • W 4/22- Intermediate Band Adjudication at Clarksburg HS
  • Th 4/23- Take Your Child to Work Day
  • F 4/24- Spring Musical
  • S 4/25- Spring Musical
  • Tu 4/28- MD Primary Election Day- No School
  • W 4/29- Boys Soccer at Tilden, Girls Soccer at Westland
  • W 4/29- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 1 of 3
  • Th 5/30- 6th grade Outdoor Education- Day 2 of 3

 

Sunday Call, February 16, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  I hope everyone is enjoying the three-day weekend.

THIS WEEK

President’s Day Holiday: There is no school on Monday.

Homework-free weekend: Because this is a Westland-designated no homework weekend, there are no assignments (except reading) due on Tuesday.   

Parent Forum: Parents members of the BCC Cluster Health and Wellness Committee invite all Westland parents to an important conversation on Tuesday, Feb 18 from 7-9 pm in the BCC cafeteria.  “There are many issues plaguing our country and county, and unfortunately, our school community is not immune to the experiences and conversations surrounding bigotry and hate.  The MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit along with BCC students and will be facilitating a conversation with parents and students on Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers. Through this meeting, we will provide tools for parents and students to talk together about the impact of these issues.” 

8th Grade Field Trip:  Our 8th graders will be exploring the collections at the Udvar Hazy museum on Friday.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MCPS Communications Survey: Montgomery County Public Schools is seeking parents’ input about the best ways to communicate.  Please complete the brief survey at the link here.

https://mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/2020-communication-survey/

 

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • F 2/21- 8th Grade Field Trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space 
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2

 

Sunday Call, February 9, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  Thanks to all who organized the 7th grade party last Friday.  Great fun was had by all.

THIS WEEK

STAR:  Tomorrow, during STAR, students will participate in a community circle discussion about Black History Month and our work toward racial equality.  Please ask your students about their discussions.

LOOKING AHEAD

Homework-free weekend: On Friday afternoon, February 14th, we begin a no homework weekend.  With schools closed on February 17th there will be no homework (except reading) due on Tuesday, February 18th.  

Parent Forum: Parents members of the BCC Cluster Health and Wellness Committee invite all Westland parents to an important conversation on Tuesday, Feb 18 from 7-9 pm in the BCC cafeteria.  “There are many issues plaguing our country and county, and unfortunately, our school community is not immune to the experiences and conversations surrounding bigotry and hate.  The MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit along with BCC students and will be facilitating a conversation with parents and students on Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers. Through this meeting, we will provide tools for parents and students to talk together about the impact of these issues.” 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MCPS Communications Survey: Montgomery County Public Schools is seeking parents’ input about the best ways to communicate.  Please complete the brief survey at the link here.

https://mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/2020-communication-survey/

 

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention (Watkins Mill HS)
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Online registration due for rising 9th graders for BCC HS
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • F 2/21- 8th Grade Field Trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space 
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2

 

Sunday Call, February 2, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  

THIS WEEK

STAR:  Tomorrow during STAR we will launch our focus on Black History month with a lesson on access to voting.

Homerooms: On Tuesday, students will get Marking Period 2 report cards, semester MYP progress reports, bullying/harassment/intimidation report forms and a flier about purchasing pianos!

Girls Basketball: Come support our girls basketball team on Wednesday after school.

Course Registration: All students should log into their portal to register for their classes next year.  Please complete no later than Friday, February 7. See you counselor during lunch for help.

National Counseling Week: Speaking of counselors, National counseling week is being celebrated across the US all week.  The theme is School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans.  We are so lucky to have Ms. Kohlerman, Ms. Fischer and Ms. Gama serving the Westland community.

First Friday College Day: On Friday, show us your college allegiances with a great t-shirt or sweatshirt!

Seventh Grade Party: This Friday evening at 7:00 we will be hosting a party for 7th graders.  Details coming soon!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Landscaping: We would like to thank Wheat’s Landscape for the early spring cleaning they provided for our grounds.  Please consider Wheats for your landscape needs.

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

Sunday Call, January 26, 2020

Good evening, Westland families.  I hope our students are enjoying the 3 ½ day weekend and are gearing up for a great second half of the school year.

THIS WEEK

No School Monday: There is no school tomorrow so teachers can plan for second semester.

MAP-R (Reading): We will administer the MAP-R online reading test to all students on Tuesday morning in testing groups.  Following the testing, students will attend class periods 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6 and 7.

Class Changes: Tuesday is the first day of marking period 3.  Select seventh and eighth grade students will start new elective classes.  Students in Mr. Obstgarten and Ms. Holtz’ physical education classes will begin their health unit.

Outdoor Education Parent Information Session: On Wednesday evening at 7:00 we invite parents of 6th graders to a session about outdoor education which will occur for our students April 29, 30 and 31. Feel free to bring school-aged children to read books or use personal devices in the back of the media center.  We will share our slide presentation following the session.

Course Registration: Our counselors visited with sixth and seventh graders this week to inform them about course registration.   Students should log into their portal to register for their classes next year. Please complete no later than February 7.

LOOKING AHEAD

National Counseling Week: National counseling week is being celebrated across the US Feb 3 through Feb 7.  The theme is School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans. We are so lucky to have Ms. Kohlerman, Ms. Fischer and Ms. Gama serving the Westland community.

Have a good weekend and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

JANUARY 2020

  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Measures of Academic Progress in Reading- testing in am followed by 1 2 4 5 3 6 7
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Outdoor Education Information Session for Parents of 6th graders, 7 pm
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden
  • Th 1/30- Westland Show Choir Auditions, 3:15 pm
  • F 1/31-2/29- Choose Respect contest window- Public Service Announcement submissions

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • M 2/3- 2/29- Choose Respect contest window- Public Service Announcement submissions
  • M 2/3- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • M 2/3- 2/7- National School Counseling Week- School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans
  • Tu 2/4- Homeroom in place of STAR report cards distributed, MYP Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wed 2/5- Boys Basketball at Julius West, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 2/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 2/7- Due Date for Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • F 2/7- Seventh Grade Party, 7 pm
  • F 2/7- F 3/13- Advertise Choose Respect Conference
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention (Watkins Mill HS)
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Online registration due for rising 9th graders for BCC HS
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • F 2/21- 8th Grade Field Trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space 
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 3/31 Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2

 

Sunday Call, January 19, 2020 

 

Good evening, Westland families.  I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend and is reflecting on King’s teachings with their families.  One of my favorite statements is “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

We would like to congratulate Ms. Hopkins and her global humanities students on their History Day projects based on the theme of Breaking Barriers.

 

THIS WEEK

School Holiday: There is no school tomorrow in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

Geography Bee: On Tuesday we host our school-wide geography bee featuring three finalists from each grade.  Join the fun and heated competition in the media center at 3:15.

STAR appointments: We finish the marking period this Friday.  Students should make STAR appointments in this home stretch.

BCC Cluster Parent Forum: We had previously advertised a Tuesday evening parent forum on anxiety in error.  The BCC wellness committee invites as Westland parents to a forum on WEDNESDAY evening at 7:00 in the BCC cafeteria.  Join sleep expert Dr. Daniel Lewin on the topic of “Better Sleep: Everything you want to know about adolescent sleep and how to help your tired student and yourself”

Course Registration: Counselors will visit sixth and seventh graders this week to help students prepare for online course registration.  Course registration for fifth, sixth and seventh graders is due on February 7. On Wednesday night at 7:00 we will be hosting parents of fifth graders to discuss middle school course registration.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Morning Announcements: If you are interested in receiving daily emails with Westland’s morning announcements you need to OPT IN through the Member Hub.  Click the link to join the specific Morning Announcements hub:  https://westlandms.memberhub.com/hub/Mornin33119  (If it's your first time actually logging in to the MemberHub site, you'll need to create a password associated with the email address currently on the westland-all list.) 

New Car Magnets:  Our Westland car magnets are now in stock.  Purchase one in the main office for $5.00. Checks or exact change is appreciated.  Let’s spread that Westland spirit.

Time to Restock our Pantry: Many thanks for the recent donations to our pantry.  The neighbor to neighbor generosity is beyond measure. Drop off of any donations to the main lobby or ship to Westland!

Outdoor Education Parent Information Session: All parents of sixth grade students should save the date--Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm.  Come learn about the 3 day/2 night outdoor education experience for our students occurring on April 29, April 30 and May 1. Feel free to bring school-aged children to read books or use personal devices in the back of the media center.  We will share our slide presentation following the session.

Winter Enrichment Academies: Registration for the Enrichment Academies winter after school club sessions is open.  (Sessions begin the week of Feb 4.) Go to https://westland.enrichment-academies.com/  Questions Contact erin@enrichment-academies.com.  

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

JANUARY 2020

  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- Westland Geography Bee 3:15 (media center)
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- Parent Forum at BCC High School cafeteria- Better Sleep: Everything you want to know about adolescent Sleep and how to help your tired student and yourself.  With Daniel Lewin, PhD, sleep specialist for Children’s National Medical Center, Associate Director of Sleep Medicine.   
  • W 1/22- Rising 9th graders submit course registration card to Westland counseling office
  • W 1/22- F 1/24- Westland counselors visit 6th and 7th graders regarding course registration
  • W 1/22- 2/7- Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Measures of Academic Progress in Reading- testing in am followed by 1 2 4 5 3 6 7
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Outdoor Education Information Session for Parents of 6th graders, 7 pm
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden
  • Th 1/30- Westland Show Choir Auditions, 3:15 pm
  • F 1/31-2/29- Choose Respect contest window- Public Service Announcement submissions

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • M 2/3- 2/29- Choose Respect contest window- Public Service Announcement submissions
  • M 2/3- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • Tu 2/4- Homeroom in place of STAR report cards distributed, MYP Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wed 2/5- Boys Basketball at Julius West, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 2/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 2/7- Due Date for Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • F 2/7- Seventh Grade Party, 7 pm
  • F 2/7- F 3/13- Advertise Choose Respect Conference
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention (Watkins Mill HS)
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Online registration due for rising 9th graders for BCC HS
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • F 2/21- 8th Grade Field Trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space 
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for PSAs during STAR 
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2

 

Sunday Call, January 12, 2020 

Good evening, Westland families.  

New Car Magnets:  Our Westland car magnets have been restocked.  Purchase one in the main office for $5.00. Checks or exact change is appreciated.  Let’s spread that Westland spirit.

Box Tops: We are grateful for our families who submitted Box Tops as our latest collection totaled $200.00 to support programs at Westland.  Keep 'em coming through cardboard clippings or digitally!

THIS WEEK

STAR Lesson: Tomorrow’s STAR lesson will be focused on being an ally.  

MAP Testing: The MAP-M (math) testing originally scheduled for Jan 10 has been postponed to this Thursday.  After testing in the morning, students will have shortened class periods. The MAP-R (reading) testing will occur on Jan 28.

High School Course Registration: Eighth graders should submit their course registration cards for BCC HS this week.  If students may be attending a different high school, please contact the school’s counseling office directly for information.

Basketball Games: Our boys team plays home on Thursday versus Silver Creek while our girls play away. 

LOOKING AHEAD

School Holiday: There is no school on Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

Geography Bee: Our school-wide geography bee will take place on Tuesday, Jan 21. Good luck to our 9 finalists.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Time to Restock our Pantry: In support of the adage, “Think Global, Act Local” our neighbor to neighbor pantry is an essential service for Westland families.  Please help us restock! Drop off in the main lobby or ship to Westland!

Reusable grocery bags/string bags (Students use them to carry donations home) 

 

  • Grocery gift cards (Can be dropped in the front office to Ms. Scholl or Ms. Strong)
  • Tuna
  • Pasta
  • Tomato sauce/canned tomatoes
  • Rice (any variety)
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit (peaches, applesauce)
  • Juice (mango juice is a favorite!)
  • Cereal
  •  Snacks (granola bars, goldfish, KIND/Z/Nutrigrain bars, popcorn, honey grahams, etc)
  • **Toiletries/Household items (Tide Pods, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, dish soap, kleenex, body lotion, shaving supplies, feminine products)
  •  Nutella (very popular!)
 

 

Outdoor Education Parent Information Session: All parents of sixth grade students should save the date--Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm.  Come learn about the 3 day/2 night outdoor education experience for our students. Feel free to bring school-aged children to read books or use personal devices in the back of the media center.  We will share our slide presentation following the session.

Winter Enrichment Academies: Registration for the Enrichment Academies winter after school club sessions opened last Friday with sessions beginning the week of February 4.  Go to https://westland.enrichment-academies.com/  Questions Contact erin@enrichment-academies.com.  Offerings include: 

  • TUESDAY: Creative Adventures in Art, Game Design/Production, Safe Sitters Babysitting, Tennis 
  • WEDNESDAY: Baking, Entrepreneurs, Poms Dance 
  • THURSDAY: Debate, Improv Comedy, Tennis and Yoga.  

 

March calendar dates added below!

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

JANUARY 2020

  • Th 1/16- Measures of Academic Progress in Math
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- Westland Geography Bee 3:15 (media center)
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- 2/7- Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Measures of Academic Progress in Reading
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Outdoor Education Information Session for Parents of 6th graders, 7 pm
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • M 2/3- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • Tu 2/4- Homeroom in place of STAR report cards distributed, MYP Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wed 2/5- Boys Basketball at Julius West, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 2/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 2/7- Due Date for Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • F 2/7- Seventh Grade Party, 7 pm
  • F 2/7- F 3/13- Advertise Choose Respect Conference
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • F 2/21- 8th Grade Field Trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space 
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades

MARCH 2020

  • March- Womens’ History Month
  • F 3/6- Last day of arts rotation 2nd trimester
  • F 3/6- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 3/6- Student of the Month Celebration
  • S 3/7- BCC Used Book Fair
  • Su 3/8- BCC Used Book Fair
  • W 3/8- First day of arts rotation last trimester
  • Th 3/12- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • S 3/14- Pi Day!
  • M 3/16- F 4/3- Choose Respect- vote for Public Service Announcements 
  • Th 3/19- Art Club Field Trip to Glenstone (and 10/25)
  • Sa 3/21- World Down Syndrome Awareness DAy (3 copies of the 21st chromosome)
  • Tu 3/24- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Disability A to Z- IEPs and 504 Plans, 7 pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 3/25- Boys Soccer at Frost, Girls at Home
  • Th 3/26- Westland Choir hosts Georgia Choir, evening concert
  • F 3/27- Early Release Day, Students Dismissed at 12:30
  • F 3/27- Last Day of Marking Period 3
  • M 3/27- W 4/1- Students visiting from France
  • M 3/30- First day of Marking period 4, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • M 3/30- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 1 of 2
  • T 3/31- Dine Out at Ledos, River Road- 5:00- close- night 2 of 2

 

Sunday Call, January 5, 2020 

Good evening, Westland families.  

A belated thank you to our parent and student volunteers who pulled off an AMAZING holiday house before the winter break and to all the families who donated.  We are grateful for such a beautiful act of kindness.  

Congratulations to the Westland robotics team for winning first place in their robotic design, first place for programming and second place for their robot.  They are on to the statewide competition!

THIS WEEK

STAR Lessons: Last Friday we had a STAR lesson on mindfulness.  Tomorrow’s lesson is focused on students maintaining a portfolio of work that demonstrates MYP (Middle Year Programme) principles.  

Spring Musical: On Tuesday and Wednesday, teaching artists from Round House Theatre will be holding auditions in the cafeteria for the musical Frozen, Jr. based on the Broadway show. Students should plan to attend both days. (Auditions will finish in time to take activity buses at 4:30.)  Students interested in crew should attend a meeting on Thursday, Jan 9 in the cafeteria after school. 

Basketball Season Opening Games: On Wednesday afternoon, our boys basketball team hosts Frost Middle School and our girls play away.  All Westland students are invited to attend home games but are not permitted at away games. There is no cost to attend the game.  Students must remain on campus--in other words, no Starbucks runs! Good luck to our athletes and coaches.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Outdoor Education Parent Information Session: All parents of sixth grade students should save the date--Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm.  Come learn about the 3 day/2 night outdoor education experience for our students. Feel free to bring school-aged children to read books or use personal devices in the back of the media center.

Winter Enrichment Academies: Registration for the Enrichment Academies winter after school club sessions will begin on Friday, January 10th at 9:00 AM.  The catalog for winter club offerings has been distributed on Westland’s MemberHub and is also in the main office. Contact Erin Harcourt with any questions at erin@enrichment-academies.com.  Sessions begin the week of February 4.  Offerings include: 

  • TUESDAY: Creative Adventures in Art, Game Design/Production, Safe Sitters Babysitting, Tennis 
  • WEDNESDAY: Baking, Entrepreneurs, Poms Dance 
  • THURSDAY: Debate, Improv Comedy, Tennis and Yoga.  

9th grade Incoming Parent Information Meeting: Parents of incoming 9th graders are invited to attend a course registration night at BCC High School on January 9th at 7:00pm. Come early for the electives fair at 6:30pm.

Homework Club is now Tuesday Tutoring.  From Mr. Scribner:  During the fall we ran Homework Help as a place for students to come and work on their schoolwork, but not many students took advantage of the opportunity. In January, several B-CC High School seniors will join to offer help to students in whatever areas they need- including French and Spanish!  If your child could benefit from this, have them come to room 222 after school on Tuesdays.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

JANUARY 2020

  • M 1/6- BCC HS counselors visit 8th graders through social studies classes
  • W 1/8- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Frost
  • W 1/8- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit 8th graders through social studies classes
  • Th 1/9 - Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • Th 1/9- BCC HS Course Registration Night for Parents of incoming 9th graders, 7 pm (Electives fair at 6:30 pm)
  • F 1/10- Measures of Academic Progress in Math
  • Th 1/16- Measures of Academic Progress in Reading
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- Westland Geography Bee 3:15 (media center)
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • W 1/22- 2/7- Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Outdoor Education Information Session for Parents of 6th graders, 7 pm
  • W 1/29- Snow Date for Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden

 

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • M 2/3- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • Tu 2/4- Homeroom in place of STAR report cards distributed, MYP Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wed 2/5- Boys Basketball at Julius West, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 2/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 2/7- Due Date for Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • F 2/7- Seventh Grade Party, 7 pm
  • F 2/7- F 3/13- Advertise Choose Respect Conference
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades
  •  

  Sunday Call, December 15, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  Congratulations to Ms. Licare and our instrumental musicians for their winter concert last week.  

We are in the home stretch before our winter vacation and each of these days counts!

THIS WEEK

STEM Day: On Tuesday we are excited to welcome Bethesda Chevy Chase HS teachers and students for a day of STEM-focused learning

Music Trip: On Wednesday our 8th grade music students will travel to BCC HS to experience the high school music program.  

Holiday House: We are excited to invite Westland students to shop at our 7th annual Holiday House this Thursday.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Homework Club is now Tuesday Tutoring.  From Mr. Scribner:  All fall we have run Homework Club as a place for students to come and work on their schoolwork, but not very many students have taken advantage of the opportunity. For the remainder of the quarter, several B-CC High School seniors have offered to come and help students in whatever areas they need.  These are all B-CC honors students who have studied Spanish or French and who want to come and help Westland students achieve success. If your child could benefit from this, have them come to room 222 after school on Tuesdays.

Information about Inclement Weather from MCPS

Winter weather emergencies, such as snow and ice, may cause disruptions in school operations, including school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals. This letter provides information about the procedures used when such disruptions occur. Also, information is provided about the weather contingency plan that would provide for makeup instructional days if the school year is disrupted by emergencies and schools are closed three or more days.

 

School Closing

When schools are closed system wide, all instructional programs and extracurricular activities in schools are cancelled. Private child-care providers in school buildings may elect to stay open if schools are closed but administrative offices are open. In extreme conditions, administrative offices also may be closed. If this occurs, private child-care programs located in school buildings are closed as well.

 

Delayed Opening

A delayed opening means that schools open 2 hours later than scheduled. All school buses operate on the same delayed schedule, and therefore, the pick-up times are 2 hours later than normal. When elementary schools open on a delayed schedule, the following programs are cancelled—morning sessions of Head Start, prekindergarten, and other specialized programs or field trips scheduled before 10:50 a.m. (e.g., the Thomas Edison High School of Technology morning session). Activities that begin after 10:50 a.m. will be held as scheduled. Afternoon sessions of prekindergarten begin at the regular time. Parents/guardians should continue to check radio, television, or web announcements in the event a decision to delay the opening of schools is reconsidered and a decision to close schools for the day is made (by 7:00 a.m.).

 

Early Dismissal

An early dismissal means that schools will close 2.5 hours earlier than scheduled. All school buses operate on that same early schedule, and therefore, drop-off times are 2.5 hours earlier than normal. When elementary schools close early, afternoon prekindergarten and other early childhood programs are cancelled, as well as any special programs or field trips scheduled after 10:50 a.m. Morning prekindergarten and morning half-day Head Start students will be dismissed at 10:50 a.m.

 

Public Announcements

Information about school operations is announced publicly as soon as possible on area radio and television stations, MCPS TV (Comcast Channel 34/998, Verizon Channel 36, and RCN Channel 89), on the Internet atwww.montgomeryschoolsmd.org, through the myMCPS mobile app, and on a recorded telephone message at 301-279-3673. Emergency announcements are available by signing up for Alert MCPS text and email notifications and on the MCPS Outlook, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. If schools are closed or delayed, the announcement is made no later than 5:00 a.m. (or the night before if possible). If schools are closing early, the announcement is made by 11:00 a.m.

 

Emergency Weather Contingency Plan

The current school year for students ends on Monday, June 15, 2020. However, an emergency weather contingency plan will add makeup instructional days if the school year is disrupted by weather emergencies and schools are closed three or more days. The first makeup instructional day will be used on June 16, 2020. Other dates in 2020 identified as possible makeup instructional days include: January 27, April 6 and 7, and June 17–22.

 

Weather Conditions and Decisions

The school system uses a variety of sources of information to determine whether to close schools, delay the opening of schools, or dismiss schools early. These sources include actual physical inspection of road and school conditions by transportation officials and other staff at areas throughout the county and an analysis of independent reports from the National Weather Service, Accu-Weather, and the news media. The most severe weather conditions within the county are used as the basis for decision making. Consistent procedures are maintained in order to respond quickly to emergency weather conditions and protect the safety and well-being of students.

 

All public schools within Montgomery County adhere to the same schedule relating to emergency weather conditions. The decision to change school operations is made by the superintendent of schools or his designee and affects all schools within the school system.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

DECEMBER 2019

  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

JANUARY 2020

  • W 1/1- New Year’s Day Holiday- No School for Students
  • Th 1/2- No homework due (except reading)- WMS-designated homework-free weekend!
  • F 1/3- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 1/4- Student Service Learning form submission date
  • M 1/6- BCC HS counselors visit 8th graders through social studies classes
  • W 1/8- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Frost
  • W 1/8- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit 8th graders through social studies classes
  • Th 1/9 - Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 1/10- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Th 1/16- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Silver Creek
  • M 1/20- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
  • Week of 1/20- MLK Week of Service- School-based service event
  • Tu 1/21- BCC Cluster Parent Forum at BCC High School- Anxiety: Coping and Understanding (sponsored by BCC Health and Wellness Committee)
  • Tu 1/21- Westland Geography Bee 3:15 (media center)
  • W 1/22- 2/7- Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • W 1/22- Westland Sixth Grade Course Registration Info, 7 pm (snow date Jan 29)
  • W 1/22- Boys Basketball at North Bethesda, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 1/24- BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • F 1/24- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
  • F 1/24- Last day of Marking Period 2
  • M 1/27- Professional Day for Teachers- No School for Students
  • Tu 1/28- First day of Marking period 3, possible class switches in health and physical education
  • Tu 1/28- Boys Basketball at Pyle, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • W 1/29- Snow date for WMS Course Registration Info, 7 pm (original date Jan 22)
  • Th 1/30- Boys Basketball at Westland, Girls Basketball at Tilden

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February- African American/Black History Month
  • February- Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month
  • M 2/3- (snow date) BCC HS counselors visit to answer 8th graders’ questions
  • Tu 2/4- Homeroom in place of STAR report cards distributed, MYP Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wed 2/5- Boys Basketball at Julius West, Girls Basketball at Westland
  • F 2/7- Due Date for Online Course Registration for 5th-7th graders
  • F 2/7- First Friday College/University Spirit Day
  • F 2/7- Seventh Grade Party, 7 pm
  • F 2/7- F 3/13- Advertise Choose Respect Conference
  • W 2/12- Student Member of the Board of Education Nominating Convention
  • Th 2/13- Prospective Family Tour/Coffee/Shadow- must pre-register  
  • F 2/14- Student of the Month Celebration
  • M 2/17- Schools Closed- Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Tu 2/18- BCC Cluster Parent Forum- Becoming A Better Community: How to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and inclusion with your kids and peers, 7pm at BCC HS
  • Tu 2/18- No homework (except reading) due today because of WMS-designated homework-free weekend
  • M 2/28- Early Release, Students Dismissed at 12:30, Teachers complete interim grades
 

Sunday Call, December 8, 2019

Good evening, Westland families.  Congratulations to our choral musicians, actors and crew members for a week of wonderful performances.  

Thanks to the TREMENDOUS generosity of our community we have surpassed our goal of 650 NEW books by gathering 705 books to be donated to Small Things Matter.  

Seeking Parent Volunteers for No Place for Hate committee:  Westland has just formed a No Place for Hate committee of students and is looking for parents to join. The goal of the No Place for Hate committee is to reduce bullying, bias, and hate in order to make the school and community a more welcoming and accepting space. While most of the No Place for Hate activities will take place during the school day, we would be grateful for parent input and support. If you are interested, please contact Caitlin Derenberger at Caitlin_L_Derenberger@mcpsmd.org. 

THIS WEEK

Instrumental Music Concert: Join us Tuesday evening for our instrumental music concert.  7 pm at BCC. 

Federal Impact Aid Surveys: By Tuesday, please submit any Federal Impact Aid Surveys.  MCPS qualifies for Impact Aid ($) when a parent/ guardian works on a Federal Property in the State of Maryland or if the parent/guardian is a member of the uniformed services.  The Federal Impact Aid legislation was passed to assist school districts that lose property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt Federal Property.  

To qualify for the grant, MCPS asks you to submit a separate survey form for each school-aged student by December 10, 2019.  Once completed they can be emailed, faxed, mailed or brought to school.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/280-4.pdf

ANNOUNCEMENTS

7th Annual Holiday House: Please see the important message from our Holiday House co-chairs, Ms. Akst and Ms. Trackman “We are getting ready for the 7th annual Westland Cares Holiday House, and we need your help!!  The holiday house is an opportunity for Westland students in need to select gifts for their families at no cost.

We need donations of NEW gifts for children through adults.  Donations can be dropped off on or next to the Westland Cares Market cart on the left side of the main lobby anytime between now and Tues 12/17. 

- Popular items are winter coats, fleece pullovers, jewelry (for adults and teens), purses, grilling or kitchen supplies, toys, books for adults and kids, small electronic gadgets, bath/spa items, stuffed animals and toys for pets. Students must carry their gifts home on the bus, so please consider the size of the gifts.  We also ask that you not donate holiday decorations, holiday kitchenware (like mugs and plates) or other glassware. These items tend not to be selected by the students and break in transport.

-  Donations of gift bags, some wrapping paper, small gift boxes, tape, ribbons/bows, and scissors are greatly appreciated! Gift bags are always easier for our wrapping volunteers. Grocery totes are very useful for kids to carry home their gifts, so please donate in a bag if you can spare one.

-  In the past, families have asked if they can have small gift items shipped directly to the school--YES!!  Please send them c/o Westland Cares, 5511 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816

We need volunteers to help set-up on Wed, 12/18, and during the event on Thurs, 12/19.  Please sign-up using the links below.  There is one for parents and students (who can earn SSL hours).

We are so lucky to have such a supportive and generous community, and we thank you for coming together to make this much-loved event an annual success!!

For Parents:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4CACA928A75-volunteer

For Students:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4CACA928A75-student

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

DECEMBER 2019

  • Tu 12/17- STEM day with BCC staff/students for subset of 8th grade girls
  • W 12/18- Instrumental Music Students Travel to BCC  
  • Th 12/19- Holiday House Shopping (Rm 211)
  • M 12/23- Wed 1/1- Winter Break- No School

JANUARY 2020

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

 

Sunday Call, December 1, 2019  

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the note from our co-chairs.

“Dear Westland Families,

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold. 

DECEMBER 2019

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

JANUARY 2020

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

 

 

Sunday Call, November 24, 2019  

Good evening, Westland families.

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

JANUARY 2020

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

 

 

Sunday Call, November 17, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

JANUARY 2020

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

 

Sunday Call, November 10, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

 Sunday Call, November 3, 2019

 Good evening, Westland families.

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

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

Sunday Call, October 27, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  

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

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

Sunday Call, October 20, 2019

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEXT WEEK

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

 

 

Sunday Call, October 13, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families.  

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

 

 Sunday Call, October 6, 2019 

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

NEXT WEEK

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

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

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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

Sunday Call September 29, 2019 

 

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

 

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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

Other sessions to be scheduled:

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

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

OCTOBER 2019

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

 

 Sunday Call Sept 22, 2019 

Good evening, Westland families. 

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

OCTOBER 2019

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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

F 11/29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

 Sunday Call Sept 15, 2019

Good evening, Westland families. 

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

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

pasta

canned tomato - paste, sauce, diced, stewed

canned veggies

canned soup

tuna

peanut butter

rice

canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo)

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

fruit cups

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

nutella

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

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

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

 

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

 

OCTOBER 2019

 

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

 

 Sunday Call Sept 8, 2019 

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR- changes or additions noted in bold

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

OCTOBER 2019

 

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

 Sunday Update, September 1, 2019 

Sunday Call Sept 1

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

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PE Clothing: Beginning Friday, students taking physical education (PE) should plan to change their clothes.  Westland imprinted clothing is available for purchase but not required. The change in clothes must include shorts/sweatpants (Westland gear or dark blue) and shirts/sweatshirts (Westland gear, solid gray, or solid white).  All clothing should be marked with the student’s name. Students may purchase clothing during the first week of school. 

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

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

RUNNING CALENDAR 

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

OCTOBER 2019

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

 

KEY CONTACTS

Main Office- 301.320.6515     

Main Office Fax- 301.320.7054

Attendance Line- 301.320.6534     

Counseling Office- 301.320.6525   

Counseling Office Fax- 301.320.7053

Departments

Health Room- 301.320.6533