Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:
Last week I was in a 7th grade Language Arts classroom and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to observe students involved in a mindfulness activity in preparation for mid-year MAPS assessment. I observed students set goals for themselves, selected a strategy for helping them achieve this goal, shared their goals with a classmates, and then spent a moment focusing on their environment in order to gain focus. From my perspective this mindfulness activity helped students to focus on the task at hand as well as to gain self-awareness around where they were headed. After the class was over I asked a few of the students if they felt this practice helped them. The students overwhelmingly shared they felt it did and hoped their goals they had set would also be reached.
Mindfulness is something we can all use a bit more of in our lives. This article from Parent Toolkit talks about how to bring home mindfulness for you and your children. I hope you enjoy this article!
PTO Dine Out @ Mod Market-
No need to make dinner plans on Wednesday….join us for the PTO Dine Out at Modern Market! Mention “Westlake” on Wednesday at Mod Market when ordering dinner and the Westlake PTO will receive 50% of the proceeds. Hope to see you all there.
School-wide Book- Clubs beginning!
As mentioned in previous weeks in this blog, one of the major areas of focus for the Westlake School community this year has been around literacy across all content areas. Being able to read, write, listen, and speak are critical elements to learning any content area and we are committed to supporting students in gaining these very important skills. One way to support this effort with your child is to engage in our school book. Please consider being a part of this effort.
Students, parents and community members, this year, we have selected Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (the young adult version) to be our all school book. This is the amazing story of Joe Rantz and the 1936 Olympic rowing team’s miraculous journey to win gold in Berlin. A story of courage, perseverance and the power of teamwork, this will be a text to connect our whole community with our vision, Dream, Risk, Achieve.
We are asking students and families to get involved by reading this exciting text. You may also think about organizing a book discussion with your own family or pull together other families you know to discuss the ideas in this book. We have discussion questions and you can use this book club guide for tips on how to facilitate your conversation.
Here at school in January, we will be hosting grade level book clubs run by our administrators, and teachers will have some activities and discussions they can use in their classrooms. This event will be culminated on February 22nd with a movie night when we will be showing The Boys of ‘36 the PBS documentary about this inspiring story.
The book is available for a discounted price from both Amazon and Walmart. Many teachers here at school have copies to loan to students and books will be provided for students who are participating in grade level book clubs.
New Year’s Around the World- Multicultural Event
Westlake’s Culture Club wants to learn more about how different cultures celebrate New Year’s. Please take a moment to share with us various traditions or cultural experiences you and your family are involved in to celebrate the new year through this survey.
Westlake’s Culture Club will be holding a cultural night on January 31st at 6:30pm to celebrate New Year’s around the world! Please join us for this fun and engaging event.
W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs) Go Fund Me Opportunity-
Our wonderful coordinators for the Westlake W.E.B. program which supports our incoming 6th graders as well as provides leadership opportunities for our 8th graders have an opportunity to gain more training and expand our program. There is still time to contribute if you’re interested! Please consider helping send out coordinators to this training by helping to support them through Go Fund Me.