Third grade had a ROARING good time at their Jurassic Park themed STEM Day yesterday!! Thank you to all the teachers (Jessica Moore and Ms. Starks especially), PTO members, Patti Kitts, Christine Harrell, the AJHS Robotics team, parents, and all other volunteers who came and made it such a success!! More pics on Facebook!!
PARENTS: While we have only had about one week of winter coat weather, our lost and found has accumulated approximately 50 coats. Some call to ask if their child's jacket has been turned in, and our first question is, "Did you put your child's name in the coat?" It is easier to get belongings returned to their rightful owner if the child's name is written somewhere in the coat, lunchbox, etc. Please take the time this weekend to label your child's winter gear and we will do our best to make sure it doesn't end up in the pile we currently have growing. :) Thank you!!
Our PTO ladies go ABOVE and beyond to make sure events at our school are decorative and fun. They spend countless hours making copies, selling beef sticks, cutting out pumpkins for fundraising, and decorating our halls (and sometimes painting a basketball court!!). We can't thank them enough for the time and energy they donate. They are always looking and NEEDING more volunteers so that it doesn't always fall on just a few. Please consider contacting our office or Amy Gustke to get more involved in our school. It benefits everyone! Last night, they were decorating for today's 3rd Grade STEM day and it looks marvelous!!
REMINDER: Yearbooks are on sale now for $25!! You may use this link (https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1131520/Westside-Elementary-School/) or you can look us up by city, state, and school name. You can also place a Student Celebration Ad in the yearbook by visiting jostensadservice.com by Nov. 22nd. Full page= $200, 1/2 page= $125, 1/4 page= $75, and 1/8 page= $40
Westside had a wonderful time celebrating and thanking Veterans from all branches at our Muffins for Military event Friday morning. Our 2nd graders, led by music instructor Leslie Cypert, did a fantastic job kicking off the patriotic festivities. Thank you to all who came!! (More pictures are on our Facebook page!)
HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS.....Westside had 4043 canned goods donated today (you read that right!!). We ended our food drive with a total of 6023 cans! In 1st place was a surprise coming up in the last lap....Ms.Schatzley's 3rd grade class won with a total of 2404 cans. Her class will get an extra recess and pizza party! Second place went to Ms. Cortes' kindergartners with 681 cans. Third place went to Ms. Shirley's 2nd graders with 641 cans. Because we met the 5,000 can goal, all students will get to watch a movie at lunch. We cannot thank the parents and our community enough for showing such generosity at the start of this holiday season. What an example we have set for these kiddos. #WeCare #WeLearn #WeLead #OurParentsRock #ThankYou
October feels like a really long month with no school breaks, but our teachers and students have remained dedicated and are here "getting it done!". So today, Westside teachers took to the driveway to high-five the kiddos on wrapping up October in spectacular fashion! Happy Halloween and we'll see a lot of you this afternoon as we have our Fall Parties at 1:30!! #WeCare #We Learn #WeLead
In art class, with Ms. Cheryl Simmons, Westside students are learning about the color wheel and observed a STEAM activity called The Walking Water Color Wheel. The water color wheel is complete when the 3 cups with primary colors have their colors travel up and through the paper towels known as “capillary action” (similar to the way plants draw water into their roots from the soil). The primary colors then drip into the corresponding cups creating the missing secondary colors. Such a fun way to learn!!
Westside school counselors arranged to have Harding Pharmacy students come and talk to our 2nd graders about medication safety this week. The students discussed only taking medication given by a trusted adult, taking medication just as the directions tell you, and that medication can sometimes look like candy and can be hard to tell the difference so ALWAYS ask a trusted adult before eating anything found.
Mrs. Mira Smith's kindergarten class participated in a Google Hangout with Professor John Hutchinson from the Royal Veterinary College in the UK yesterday. Professor Hutchinson is a biologist who is studying how animals such as dinosaurs move. He answered the students' many questions and told them about his work as a scientist! Super cool!!
We so appreciate Searcy Fire Dept. coming out each year to talk to our K-2 students!! October is Fire Prevention Month. The goal of having kids visit the Fire House is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure they are prepared in the event of an emergency. Check your smoke detectors, talk to your kids about how to evacuate at home, and choose a meeting place! Look for all our pictures on Facebook!! #WeCare #WeLearn #WeLead
Congratulations to Braiden in Mrs. Schowe's 1st grade class for being the winner of the Arctic Adventure Book Fair Prize Drawing!! Every child was entered but only one lucky winner took home the bucket full of goodies and a free Book Fair book. Thank you to all the students and parents and grandparents who shopped the Westside Fall Book Fair this week. We sold over $6650 in books and merchandise which means we made over $1300 in Scholastic Dollars and $1000 cash for our school library!! We appreciate every shopper!
PARENTS: Accidents and spills happen at school (more often than you think!). Getting clothes dirty or torn at recess has been known to happen on occasion as well. We are asking ALL parents to please send a change of clothes with your students to be kept at school. Our nurse's clothes cabinet is not large enough to house all sizes for all seasons... and most kiddos would prefer to change into their own clothing. Since it is almost fall weather, we ask that you send a shirt, pants, underwear, and clean socks. We appreciate your help....and we know your child will truly appreciate having them here if they are ever needed. Thank you!!
Parents want their children to do well in school but many don’t fully understand the connection between chronic absences and a student’s academic achievement. To combat this issue, Attendance Works declared September Attendance Awareness Month. Mayor Osbourne, with representatives from each school in attendance, signed a proclamation today that states Searcy will participate in Attendance Awareness this month to encourage school attendance, reduce the number of absences, and strengthen our communities' graduation rate. Westside's own Ms. Gardner and her daughter attended the signing.
Under the direction of our awesomely talented art teacher, Cheryl Simmons, Westside students created these beautiful feathered wings that are now hanging in our hallway. If you look closely, you'll see Ms. Simmons is wearing her Dot Day shirt. Dot Day is coming up next Friday!! For more information on what Dot Day is and why Westside participates, please see: http://www.searcyschools.org/article/130024
Thank you SO much to all the grandparents that helped make this week all the more special by coming yesterday and today to celebrate Grandparent's Day with our kindergartners! We had some cousins who dressed up as grandparents to do lunch with some littles AND we had some awesome Searcy firefighters come eat with some kiddos whose grandparents couldn't make it. Thanks for capturing these kids' hearts. #WeCare #WeLearn #WeLead *See Facebook for our picture album
Our school library encourages self-directed learning. Students get to choose two books each week that THEY feel are JUST RIGHT for them. Ideally, a fondness for books starts at home, but reading can become a habit through increased opportunities to read self-chosen books at school. So encourage your student to show you what they chose, tell you why they chose that particular book, and whether it challenges them without being "too hard" to read. Also, encourage them to return their books each library day so they can choose two new books!!☺️ #RISEArkansas
We would like to thank our AWESOME PTO for coming before the start of school and painting the court on our 2nd/3rd grade playground. They worked in the heat to make our kids' surroundings colorful and fun. They even put their own kiddos to work!! We can't thank you enough for all you do for Westside. You are so appreciated!!
A BIG SHOUT OUT to: the students, the parents, the Searcy Police and Fire Depts, our outstanding teachers, the principals, the secretaries, the janitors, the therapists, the daycare van drivers, the maintenance workers, the bus drivers, the cafeteria workers, and the nurse for making our first day smooth and successful. It takes EVERYONE to make a great first day!!! #DreamBig #AMillionDreams
REMINDER FOR TOMORROW: A law prohibiting use of cell phones in school zones took effect Oct. 1, 2011. State law prohibits all motorists from using a mobile phone while in a school zone or passing a school building when children are present. Act 288, passed in March 2019, makes the use of a handheld, wireless telephone in a school zone a PRIMARY offense with a $250 fine (first offense). For more information please visit http://handsfreeinfo.com/arkansas-cell-phone-laws-legislation/