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Principal's Message - October

Dear Families,

Wow! Where has the year gone. We have already passed out progress reports and the end of the 1st Trimester is at the end of the this month. I’m so proud of the work our students have staff are doing. They are working hard, but are eager to learn. This has been noticed by district personnel who have visited our school. We look forward to our first Lunch with a Loved One for this year.

October is a busy month.  Please be sure to check the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter.

Character Counts Award Recipients: Congratulations to the following students for demonstrating the character trait Respect during the month of September  

Primary:  Michelle Rodriguez, Jocelyn Eckert, Aleyah DeSouza, Aleczander Ruiz, Rain Moua, Maxwell Widman, Allison Akins and Fuechi Lor

Intermediate:  Andrew Villanueva Thomas, Joseph Hancock, Heaven Conner, Julie Chao,  Skyla Roberts and Jimmy Chao

Charter:  Lawrence Thao, Jackson Greer, Noah Hicks, Makayla Chao and Isabella Thordsen

 

 

October Character Counts Trait— Responsibility

What is Responsibility?

Being accountable for what you do, for your actions and behavior.

Doing the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you.

What are ways you can show Responsibility?

1. Complete your homework and chores on time without being reminded.

2. Follow through on your commitments, even when you don't feel like it.

3. Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Don't make excuses or blame others.

4. Take care of your things and those of other people. Return items you borrow.

5. Find out what needs to be done and do it.

6. Make wise choices, such as choosing to eat healthy foods and wearing a helmet.

7. Always do your very best. Others are counting on you!

 

Healthy and Drug Free:  As we celebrate Red Ribbon Week this month, here are some tips to keep your students healthy and drug free.

Keep stress at bay:  Sometimes young people turn to alcohol or other drugs when they are feeling overwhelmed. Being on top of their schedule will go along way to helping them feel in control such as, using a planner, establishing routines for morning, after school and bedtime.  Be sure to share with your child ways that you cope with stress. Ask your child what makes them feel relaxed and suggest that they do those activities each day.

Find healthy activities:  What extra-curricular activities is your child involved with?  Westside and the Parks and Recreation Department offer many opportunities to keep children involved in their free time. 

 

Keep communication lines open: Talking regularly with your child about drugs and alcohol is one of the best ways to keep him or her from experimenting. Be sure to also talk with your child about what they might say or do if a peer offers them drugs or alcohol.  Help them brainstorm responses.  Let them know that they can always call you for a ride or help getting out of an uncomfortable situation.

 

Volunteer and Field Trip Chaperones:  We welcome parents to serve as volunteers or field trip chaperones. All parents wishing to accompany students on a field trip as a chaperone or volunteer over 10 hours per week must be authorized by the district to do so. Fingerprinting is free, but the TB test is not.

 

The process is as follows:

Obtain a volunteer application from the school with the principal’s original signature on it.

Schedule an appointment by calling 916-566-1600 x50047  (Walk-ins are not accepted)

Bring to the appointment the following:

Proof of  TB test clearance is also required and should be obtained prior to having your fingerprints done.

Provide a current CA drivers license or Identification

Social Security number is required for fingerprinting

The address is 5115 Dudley Blvd. McClellan Park, 95652

Please allow at least 4 weeks for processing.  Your volunteer badge will be sent to the school.

Thank you for your willingness to support our students. The time you give is extremely important to the academic achievement of our students.

Attendance Matters: Westside held a poster contest to promote good attendance. Almost every student participated. Congratulations to Madison Supplee who won for the entire school. Her poster has been submitted to the district and may be part of the district calendar. Attendance does matter to Westside students as evidenced by the number of classrooms who met or exceeded the attendance goal of 96%. All classrooms that meet the monthly goal receive popcorn. Congratulations to Ms. Fontaine and Mr. Frankel and 7th grade whose classes had the highest attendance for the school.

 

Early Dismissal: Please try to plan doctor and dental appointments for after school, so that instructional time is not interrupted. If you do need to check your child out of school early, we request that it not be during the last 30 minutes of the day. Students are often receiving homework assignments and finishing up projects. It is especially difficult on Wednesdays as students are often a lunch recess and difficult to find.

 

Lost and Found:  The mornings are cool and the afternoons are warm so many items  are accumulating in the Lost and Found.  If your child is missing clothing, please check the cafeteria.  It may be hanging up in there.

 

Flag Salute:  Thank you parents for stopping and honoring our country by saying the flag salute with us.

 

Traffic:  Please be patient when dropping off and picking up students. We have over 500 students at Westside Elementary and Westside Charter.  Please drive slowly and refrain from using your cell phones.  When walking, please use the crosswalks, it may take a few extra minutes, but our children are worth it.  Be considerate of other drivers and our neighbors and park only in designated areas.  No double parking please.

 

Afternoon pick up:  Thank you to those parents who are waiting behind the fence during the afternoon pick up time.  It is safer and less chaotic for children and staff when parents wait behind the fence for their children.  Also, for your safety and the safety of our students, please use the crosswalks. We have staff available to help you cross.

 

School Site Council: Congratulations to the following parents who were elected to the Elementary and Charter School Site Councils:   Michelle Deleon, Amelia Stillwell, Julie Hintz, Brandon Hicks, Albert Farinias and Brian Thomas. Brian Thomas is on both elementary and charter.

 

Thanks for all you do,        

Laura Lofgren,

Principal

 

First Day of School Fun

6th Grade Promotion Video of Shady Creek

 

Congratulations to Westside for being a California Gold Ribbon School!

We are proud to receive this honor.

California Gold Ribbon Award

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Congratulations to Westside Elementary for receiving a California Gold Ribbon Award.  Westside was honored at an event sponsored by the California Department of Education held in June.  Pictured from left to right: Dr. Anne Zeman, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction; Tony Wood, Sixth Grade Teacher; Tracy Roberts, Kindergarten Teacher; State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson; Laura Lofgren, Principal; Cheri Rusch, RSP Teacher; Dr. Steve Martinez, TRUSD Superintendent. 

 

Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement

 

Twin Rivers  Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

 

Students

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Director of the Student Services (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Rudy Puente, at 916-566-1620 or rudy.puente@twinriversusd.org. A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.

 

Staff/Employees

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Superintendent of Human Resources/Labor Relations (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Dr. Jacqueline Perez, 916-566-1736 or Jacqueline.perez@twinriversusd.org . A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.

 

 

Mission Statement

 At Westside we believe in doing school activities together. Besides all school PE, we have all school Friday morning sing, and on Friday afternoons we all participate in a Friday activity. The sense of family and community is unmatched. If you take a walk around the campus, one of the things that will stand out the most is how recognizable the relationships are, the relationships between staff and students, staff and families, and staff with each other. For Westside staff and families, our school is their home away from home.

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Office Hours

M-F 7:15 - 3:45

School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 2:42 p.m.  M-T-Th-F

8:00 a.m. -12:42 p.m. W

Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten 11:00-11:45

First Grade 11:05-11:50

Second Grade 11:10-11:55

Third Grade 11:15-12:00

Fourth Grade 11:45-12:30

Fifth Grade 11:50-12:35

Sixth Grade 11:55-12:40

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Contact Us

address:  

Westside Elementary School

6537 West 2nd Street

Rio Linda, CA 95673

Office Phone:  (916) 566-1990

Fax:  (916) 566-1991

webmaster:  Christine Bellucci