Awards Assemblies for the 1st Nine Weeks will be held Friday, October 25th. To RSVP for this event and have a visitor tag waiting for you at the tables, please go to: https://forms.gle/jS6oJd7WaDQvSfXs8
If you plan to attend your student(s) Fall Party, please RSVP at https://forms.gle/J5fVcvw5nrxHK2idA to have a visitor badge waiting for you!!
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
REMINDER: Yearbooks are on sale now!! 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 (or a Business Ad) in the yearbook by visiting jostensadservice.com by Nov. 22.2019. Full page= $200 1/2 page= $125 1/4 page= $75 1/8 page= $40 *credit card installment plan is available on orders of $30 or more.
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/