As part of our Great Kindness Challenge 2020, Westside made cards to give to our community helpers. Kindergarten made cards for the Fire Department, 1st Grade made cards for the Searcy Sanitation Department, 2nd grade made a poster for the Searcy Police Department, and 3rd grade made cards for the Searcy Public Library. We so appreciate how our community serves us and we want to give back. #GreatKindnessChallenge
Today was the 100th Day of School!! Check out our Facebook page for more pics! https://www.facebook.com/westsideelem
To RSVP and have a name badge waiting for you on party day, please go to: https://forms.gle/uSkAMGCX3Jxg2U9M6
Ms. Davis' and Ms. Schatzley's classes earned good behavior rewards in Ms. Simmons' art class this week!! Ms. Simmons uses a point system with each class. Points can be given for entering the room quietly, being respectful, listening/following directions, giving best effort, and working well as a team. When a class reaches 10 points they earn a "good behavior day." The reward is given during the students' regular art activity time and students have fun building 3-D creations with Kinetic Sand, Mangnaforms, and Constructing with Straws and Connectors. Congrats to these students for showing how it's done!!! See Facebook for more pics
This month Westside will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. One of our goals this month will be to collect some needed items for the Searcy Humane Society. From now until the end of the month, we will be collecting small packages of dog/cat food as well as dog/cat toys. Students can bring these items to school and they will be picked up there. The Humane Society has an Amazon wish list that can be ordered from at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/BCJOVUTOQYQK Thanks for helping your kids help our community!! ~ Mr. Lincoln Dias #We Care #We Learn #We Lead #hss
We had a MAGICAL time today on Polar Express Day today complete with trains (thank you Mize and Kelly Robertson), All Aboard sign (thank you Sign Gypsies), bells (thank you Carrie Wells), classroom parties (thank you teachers, parents, PTO, and SANTA), hot cocoa (thank you Mr. Hunt and Ms. Starks), and guest reader (thank you Carla Fuller). We couldn't have pulled it off without all the help!! Checkout Facebook for LOTS of great pictures!! https://www.facebook.com/westsideelem
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities for kids. Educators believe every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week in December. A big thank you to Patti Kitts for coming to Westside to facilitate our Hour of Code with our kiddos! More pics are on Facebook!!
Instead of Elf on the Shelf, Ms. Heathscott's 2nd grade class has been invaded by the Grinch!! She is teaching the kiddos that the only way to offset the Grinch's negativity is to perform an act of kindness to cancel out each of his grumpy acts ....it's the only way to capture his heart. #CapturingKidsHearts
Mrs. Whillock's Class held their annual Thanksgiving Feast in their classroom today. Just like the first Thanksgiving, they invited friends (therapists,some of their police officer friends, and students from other classrooms). Checkout Facebook for more pics!! (www.facebook.com/westsideelem)
First Grade thoroughly enjoyed their Campfire Story time this morning reading to parents/grandparents campside, eating smores, and drinking hot cocoa. Check out our Facebook page for more pics!! (https://www.facebook.com/westsideelem)
In library, students are reading the biography of Sarah Hale. Sarah was a teacher and a writer (Mary Had a Little Lamb). She was the first female magazine editor in America. Her husband, a young lawyer named David, died when Sarah was pregnant with their 5th child. Sarah was an activist and when Americans began to forget about Thanksgiving, she wrote four presidents about making it a national holiday. They said no. But in the middle of the Civil War, Sarah wrote Abraham Lincoln. She pleaded that while Thanksgiving would not stop the war, it would be something to bring America together celebrating on the same day while the country was falling apart. Lincoln agreed and in 1863, he made Thanksgiving a national holiday. For that we say, THANK YOU SARAH!!
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!!
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!!
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/