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September 2017

Welcome! Westwood Families and Community -
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! These first few weeks have been full of excitement, energy and anticipation for all that the new school year will bring. On September 5, our hallways and classrooms were filled with 342 students eager to be back and learn. This year, we will continue to strive to provide the best educational experience possible for your child. Our goal is to create a school community that is fun, inviting and welcoming to all students. We will work to support and challenge your child to grow academically and also as friends, citizens and more. I would like to invite you to be an active participant in your child’s education. Westwood is our school and together, parent and educator; we can do amazing things for our kids. Thank you for continued support and involvement in your child’s education! This will be an amazing year!

Scott Meyer



9/20 - Picture Day
9/27 - Open House, 6:30- 7:45PM
9/29 - PTO Walk-a-thon
10/6 - No School
10/11 - Skate Night


Open House

Join us September 27th, from 6:30 -7:45 for Open House. Come hear about our vision and plans for the upcoming school year. Open House will start in the gym.


Dismissal Safety

  • Help keep our students safe by maintaining a constant routine for transportation home or by calling our office before 2:30 with changes.
  • Thank you for using our parent pick-up designated areas. These areas allow us to ensure a safe hand-off to parents.


School Hours

  • Drop off - 8:40 (*earliest supervision is provided)
  • Office - 8:30 - 4:30 PM
  • School Day - 9:00 -3:30 PM
  • Fridays - 9:00 -2:15 PM


Counseling Office

Dear Westwood Families,

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I am excited to be returning to Westwood for my third year as a school counselor. As an elementary school counselor, I teach guidance lessons in every classroom, lead small groups, and offer brief, short-term, individual counseling. Small groups are offered for students that need extra support with making and keeping friends, managing strong emotions, building selfesteem, problem solving, identifying and expressing feelings, or adjusting to transitions at home such as divorce or the loss of a loved one. If you would like your child to participate in a small group or meet with me individually, please contact me!

To kick-off our school year, students will be reviewing and/or learning about Kelso’s Choice, a conflict management skills program, in their class lessons. In this curriculum, Kelso the frog demonstrates how students can solve “small problems” on their own while taking “BIG problems” to an adult. Students will learn that small problems might cause them to feel annoyed or embarrassed whereas big problems are dangerous and scary. In “small problem” situations, students will learn Kelso’s choices to help them solve their problem. These choices include: go to another game, talk it out, share and take turns, ignore it, walk away, tell them to stop, apologize, make a deal, or wait and cool off.

If your child comes to you with a “small problem,” you can ask them to try two of Kelso’s choices first. Also, you can help review examples of “big problems” and talk to your kids about asking for an adult’s help in the event of “big problem” scenarios. For more information, please visit:


Jessica Kelly
School Counselor