Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:
As Winter Break approaches at the end of this week, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of this time “off” for our students. Westlake kiddos have been working really hard for several months now at the challenging and, sometimes, taxing work of learning. Winter Break is a great time for families to reconnect and for the learning to take on a different form. Check out this article from Parent Toolkit about what learning can look like over break.
On behalf of the staff at Westlake we thank you for a wonderful first half of the school year and wish you and your family the best in 2019. Take care and see you in the New Year!
2016 Bond Update
Over the past few months I have been working with the district to plan our 2016 Bond project for Westlake. There are essentially two parts of this bond project: 1.) Instructional Upgrades and 2.) Bond project- renovation. As part of the 2016 Bond we were allotted money towards “Instructional Upgrades.” Our school community, staff and parents/guardians, participated in providing feedback on how to prioritize spending for this money and determined the following three areas:
- Classroom technology
- Large outdoor spaces
Our budget dollars for Instructional Upgrades (IU) have gone far allowing us to upgrade technology in every classroom space and come in under budget! As such, I am looking at quotes for refreshing technology in the tech labs and furniture options based on the priorities identified through our 2016 Bond process.
In terms of the second part of the overall project we are rounding the corner on finalizing various elements of the renovation. There are a number of elements to the renovation. Based on the material samples and designs I’ve seen so far I do believe you will be pleased at the result. If you have any questions about either the IU or the larger bond project please let me know. This is a very exciting time for us at Westlake as our school receives upgrades and a face lift as a result of the 2016 Bond. Thank you, voters, for your support of our school in passing the 2016 Bond!
Save the Date!
WLMS 3v3 Basketball Tournament, Saturday, 2/9
WLMS PTO is sponsoring a 3v3 basketball tournament on Saturday, February 9th! There will be 6th, 7thand 8thgrade divisions for both boys and girls. Details and registration will be forthcoming upon return from winter break, so stay tuned and start planning your teams! Make sure you save the date for this fun event!
All proceeds from the event will go towards a new sound system in the WLMS gym.
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