February 19 2018

Week of 02.19.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Parent/Teacher Conferences were a major success this past week!  Thank you all so much for attending and sharing in this event.  As we near the end of February and head into March we begin to work on school registration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please look for information coming home with your children regarding next school year the elective course offerings for students.  As always, please feel free to reach out to the school with questions.

Below is information that has been shared previously.  Don’t miss out on Early Bird Registration for the Color Fun Run!  This event is going to be a lot fun and well worth participating in as it will be raising funds to support technology needs at our school.

Technology Task Force- We need you!

We are looking for a few parents to join a cohort of teachers, administrators, and students in order to look at technology in our classrooms. Many schools and districts across the nation are implementing and/or looking at different programs in which each individual student has their own device to utilize as a tool in each class. We would like to explore the options for Westlake.
After the cohort is formed, we will be meeting once a month after school @ 4pm to research technology in the classroom, and come up with a plan for Westlake’s futureOur first meeting will be this Thursday the 22nd at 4:00pm.
ALL perspectives are encouraged and welcome. If you believe strongly one way or the other, or just simply have an interest in moving Westlake down a new path, when it comes to technology in the classroom, please consider joining our group.  Please contact either Angie Lavasseur or Jon Novotny to express your interest or for any questions you may have.
angela.levasseur@adams12.org
jonathan.novotny@adams12.org

WLMS Color Fun Run!!

Please join us for the 1st Annual Color Fun Run in Honor of Devin Mack!

Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Registration:  Includes run entry and t-shirt

  • $20 (Early Bird)February 5th to March 5th
  • $25 – March 6th – April 4th
  • $30April 5th – May 9th – no t-shirt guarantee

Sign up on-line through the Google form link below or complete the attached form with a check made out to “Westlake PTO” and turn in to the main office.

February 12 2018

Week of 02.12.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This week is Parent/Teacher Conferences and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all.  You should have received prior communication about Parent/Teacher Conferences and if you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to the school so we can best answer your questions.

 

Technology Task Force

We are looking for a few parents to join a cohort of teachers, administrators, and students in order to look at technology in our classrooms. Many schools and districts across the nation are implementing and/or looking at different programs in which each individual student has their own device to utilize as a tool in each class. We would like to explore the options for Westlake.
After the cohort is formed, we will be meeting once a month after school @ 4pm to research technology in the classroom, and come up with a plan for Westlake’s future.
ALL perspectives are encouraged and welcome. If you believe strongly one way or the other, or just simply have an interest in moving Westlake down a new path, when it comes to technology in the classroom, please consider joining our group.  Please contact either Angie Lavasseur or Jon Novotny to express your interest or for any questions you may have.
angela.levasseur@adams12.org
jonathan.novotny@adams12.org

WLMS Color Fun Run!!

Please join us for the 1st Annual Color Fun Run in Honor of Devin Mack!

Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Registration:  Includes run entry and t-shirt

  • $20 (Early Bird)February 5th to March 5th
  • $25 – March 6th – April 4th
  • $30April 5th – May 9th – no t-shirt guarantee

Sign up on-line through the Google form link below or complete the attached form with a check made out to “Westlake PTO” and turn in to the main office.

https://goo.gl/6FJJVA

Proceeds from the run will go to new technology at WLMS as requested by staff.

 

 

 

 

T-shirt Logo Contest!

Your custom logo can be on the front of the Color Fun Run t-shirt.   Please see the attached form for details on logo specifications.  Forms are also available in the front office.

Deadline for logos:  Wednesday, February 21st

The winner will be announced Wednesday, March 7th and will receive free entry into the Fun Run and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Top ten contenders will be up for vote.  Voting will be done by Westlake students via online survey.

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February 4 2018

Week of 02.05.18

WLMS Color Fun Run!!

Please join us for the 1st Annual Color Fun Run in Honor of Devin Mack!

Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Registration:  Includes run entry and t-shirt

  • $20 (Early Bird)February 5th to March 5th
  • $25 – March 6th – April 4th
  • $30April 5th – May 9th – no t-shirt guarantee

Sign up on-line through the Google form link below or complete the attached form with a check made out to “Westlake PTO” and turn in to the main office.

https://goo.gl/6FJJVA

Proceeds from the run will go to new technology at WLMS as requested by staff.

 

 

 

 

T-shirt Logo Contest!

Your custom logo can be on the front of the Color Fun Run t-shirt.   Please see the attached form for details on logo specifications.  Forms are also available in the front office.

Deadline for logos:  Wednesday, February 21st

The winner will be announced Wednesday, March 7th and will receive free entry into the Fun Run and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Top ten contenders will be up for vote.  Voting will be done by Westlake students via online survey.

 

Donors Choose- Technology Teacher Project

Our very own Ms. Laura Harvey is raising money towards adding more engaging elements in the technology classroom.  If you’re interested in seeing more about this project and helping to support it please follow the link below.

Donors Choose

 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Opportunity for girls

Looking for a great opportunity for your daughter?  Check out this opportunity at DMNS!

DMNS

 

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January 29 2018

Week of 01.29.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

One of the many things I love about being a member of the Westlake community is how students and staff are constantly striving for continual improvement.  This past week, Westlake staff visited one another’s classrooms in order to gain ideas and insights to improve student learning outcomes as evidence of their commitment to our school wide vision:

Igniting a passion for learning and service: Dream, Risk, Achieve!

Not only were teachers engaged in learning, but students were engaged in high levels of learning.  It truly was magical to see!

Cultural Event- New Year’s Around the World- Cancelled

The Cultural Event for this week has been cancelled due to some conflicts in the schedule.  Please contact the school with any questions.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

PTC’s are just around the corner!  Please watch for a sign-up coming to you shortly.  Should you have any questions please contact the school.

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January 21 2018

Week of 01.22.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

In a few short months time the Westlake Middle School PTO will be sponsoring our Spring Fundraiser in order to raise money to support technology at our school.  The PTO is selling Sponsorship Opportunities for the event which will be a Color Run in May. This will be a fundraiser to raise money for technology.
There are several different levels of sponsorships available for local businesses and families:
If you are looking for preferred placement, we are asking for 2 – $400 donors – each one will get the sleeve placement. This is one logo only and will have high visibility on the shirts. Plus your logo will be posted on our website and Facebook group for one year.
The middle level – $325/$250, will also include your logo and link on our PTO website and Facebook Page for 1 full year. The difference is the logos are on the back of the shirt. We can only do 15 and have already sold 4!!
The family level is $100. This will be just your name on the back of the t-shirt in text. For example, a family would be “The Smith Family.”  The sponsorship opportunity starts as soon as you send us the donation and logo/link or text.
All donations are tax deductible.  The deadline to get in on this great deal is Feb 28th. But spots are selling fast.
If you are interested in participating in any of these opportunities, you can submit the following form along with payment to –  Follow this link to access the form
Westlake PTO
Attn: Rob Hicks
Westlake Middle School
2800 W 135th Avenue
Broomfield, CO 80020.
Or send email questions to westlakepto@yahoo.com or please call 408-316-5670.
Your support and partnership of our school community is invaluable.  Thank you for being a part of our community!

Upcoming Events

Please check out the yellow sticky note above to see what events are coming up this week.  Consider joining us for Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday morning and a new parent group, Padres Unidos, on Thursday evening.  In addition, Westlake Middle School will be hosting the district Hispanic Advisory Council on Monday evening.  All are welcome to attend every event this week!  Please feel free to reach out to the school with any questions on our upcoming events.  Thank you!

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January 15 2018

Week of 01.15.18

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!

Eight Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Family

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.

New Year’s Around the World 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.

https://www.gofundme.com/webtraining

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January 7 2018

Week of 01.08.18

Happy New Year Westlake!

Welcome back  and happy 2018!  As we end one year and begin another, we can reflect on the accomplishments of the year and set goals for the next.  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.

 

How do you celebrate New Year’s in your culture?

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.

New Year’s Around the World 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.  Please consider helping send out coordinators to this training by helping to support them through Go Fund Me.

https://www.gofundme.com/webtraining

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December 17 2017

Week of 12.18.17

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

As we look to end one year and begin another, we can reflect on the accomplishments of the year and set goals for the next.  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.

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Westlake Middle School staff, we want to wish you a very happy holiday season.  In whatever way your family celebrates the holidays, know we are grateful to be a part of your lives through educating your children.  Together, we are one community moving toward a common goal of creating pathways of success for the children of our community.  Happy Holidays!

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December 10 2017

Week of 12.11.17

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

The work we are so fortunate to do by educating young minds is the most rewarding work.  However, it is truly the partnerships with parents and guardians that gives this work the traction to be successful.  I want to take a moment to thank the Westlake PTO for their tireless support towards making significant contributions to our school community.  The parents and guardians who are a part of PTO are truly making a difference in our community by volunteering time and effort to support the goals of our school.  If you would like to be a part of this tremendous group please consider joining them for the next meeting on February 7th at 6:30pm.  Thank you, PTO, for all you are doing to support our school community towards achieving our hopes and dreams!

How do you celebrate New Year’s in your culture?

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.

New Year’s Around the World Survey

Westlake’s Culture Club will be holding a cultural night in January to celebrate New Year’s around the world so stay tuned for more information and let us know if you are interested in sharing your culture in our upcoming event.

School Community Book

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.

PTO Dine Out!  Come join us at ModMarket

The next PTO Dine Out is just around the corner.  Come join us for some great food and support the Westlake PTO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost and Found

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the lost and found as it is currently bursting with items.  Items that are not collected before break will be donated.

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December 3 2017

Week of 12.04.17

Dear Westlake School Community:

Happy December!  The year is flying by as students are working towards learning goals and preparing for their next school year and beyond.  If you are interested in seeing the classrooms in action I would encourage you to either join us for Coffee with the Principal where we talk about our school community and visit classrooms or schedule a time with one of the administrators to visit some classrooms individually.  We invite you to be a part of our school in this way to see and experience for yourself the daily experiences your child is having at Westlake Middle School.  Our next Coffee with the Principal is scheduled for January 23rd at 9:30am or feel free to call the office and request one of the administrators (Dr. Heide, Mr. Weisbart, or Mr. Novotny) to visit classrooms with you.    We hope to see you soon!

How do you celebrate New Year’s in your culture?

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.

New Year’s Around the World Survey

Westlake’s Culture Club will be holding a cultural night in January to celebrate New Year’s around the world so stay tuned for more information and let us know if you are interested in sharing your culture in our upcoming event.

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