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Spring Break
Twin Rivers’ schools are closed for spring break Monday, April 14—Monday, April 21. The District Office will be open to the public Monday, April 14—Wednesday, April 16 and closed Thursday, April 17—Monday, April 21. We will... Continue
Posted by: Charlene VanAllen
Published: 4/11/14

TR Launches Aggressive Plan for HVAC Installation
Twin Rivers Unified School District has unveiled an aggressive plan for installing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units in two schools—Grant Union High School and Harmon Johnson Elementary. T he new five-month effort is be... Continue
Posted by: Charlene VanAllen
Published: 4/10/14

Principal's Message

Dear Westside Families,

The year continues to fly-by.  The Kindergarten students just celebrated the 100th day of school and the end of February marks the end of the Second Trimester.  Although we will not be required to do STAR testing in the Spring, we will still be expected to take the new California Common Core State Standards Assessment.  The district, teachers and students are working hard to make sure that everyone is prepared to do their best on this new type of assessment.  Students will be required to take the assessment on computers and justify their answers in writing.  The entire district will be taking a test run of the new assessment this month to see if the computer system can handle all of the activity.  If you have any questions regarding this or any activities or events at Westside, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me. We are happy to help.  As always, thank you for all you do to help make your child’s school experience so successful.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

There are 8 math standards that are utilized by all K-12 grade students.  These standards are called Mathematical Practices.  These practices describe a variety of skills and strategies that students need to develop as they work with math throughout their educational careers and in their life.  Standard 1 asks students to Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them.  In this standard students are asked to monitor their progress and change the approach if necessary.  Standard 2 asks students to Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively.  Here students are asked to attend to the meaning of the problem, not just how to compute it.  In future editions of this newsletter, you will be introduced to the other 6 Mathematical Practices.

Congratulations to the following students for earning the Character Trait award for Trustworthiness. Inderkum/McBee: Alonso Solis, Viviana Medrano; Weber: Mya Araiza, Jason Huerta; Jurich: Aiden Hjorth, Brennyn Jones; Fletcher: Mariah Mendoza, Karina Chistyakova; Scherer: Bernice Iorga, Amaliya Chistyakova; Moshofsky: David Harrison, Jr,  Hope Kue; Strong: Celia Santana, Richard Chao; Hutchins: Anhadpratap Gill, Shayla Augustus; Van Cleef: Tyler Thomas, Alla Chistyakova; Karl: Annalise Wright, Christopher Lee; Planting: Andrea Medrano, Madison Smith; Wood: Eddie Rabuku, Aniya Hart; Cope: Lizeth Anguiano, Joshua Wheeler; Bradford: Andrea Anguiano, Aidan Van Cleef; Summers: Antonio Castellanos, Delayah McDonald; Ramirez: Autumn Morrell, Kurnalveer Singh

Our character trait for the month of  February is Caring.

What does it mean to be caring?

1. Showing concern for the well being of others.    

2. Using your words and actions to help someone.

3. Giving of yourself without expecting anything in return.

What are some words that describe the character trait of caring?

1. Kindness    2. Thoughtful    3. Sharing,     4. Helping       5. Understanding

What are some ways we can demonstrate caring?

1. Give to help others in need. For example: collect canned goods for local food pantries, donate gently used clothing and toys, send a card of encouragement to someone who is sick.

2. Show respect to people, property, animals, and the environment.

3. Be kind to everyone and do not exclude others from activities you are doing.

4. Listen to what other have to say.             

5. Be helpful in all situations, at school, home and in your community.

Why is it important to be caring towards others?

1. Makes someone else feel better.   

2. Helps us to feel good about ourselves.  

3. To learn compassion for others and to look beyond our own needs.

4. May inspire others to be caring too.     

5. Makes the world a better place.

Spelling Bee:

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the School Spelling Bee.  The school winners went on to compete in the Area Spelling Bee.  We are very proud of all of the participants.

Teacher of the Year Nominations:  We are currently soliciting nominations for Teacher of the Year.  There are many teachers at Westside and WPCS—Westside who are deserving of this recognition.  If you feel that one of the teachers has demonstrated excellence in professional skills, student progress, contributions and accomplishments in education, school/community involvement and other traits that make a teacher outstanding, feel free to nominate them.  The nomination must be submitted in writing by Thursday, February 6.  Forms are available on the district website or in the school office.

Lunch with Dads:  Our first Donuts with Dads was such a success, the Dads would like to do it again.  The Dads decided they wanted to come out at lunchtime, eat with their students and then help organize some lunchtime activities.  All dads, uncles and grandpas are welcome to join them.  The next meeting will be Friday, February 28 at 11:00.  JOIN US!

Cold and Flu SeasonDespite the beautiful weather, cold and flu  season is upon us.  Here are some tips to help you and your child(ren) stay healthy. 

1) If your child is sick, please keep them home.  If you are sick, please stay home.  2) Cover your cough and your sneezes.  3) Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.  4) Don’t share food, beverages, chap stick, etc.      5)Get a flu shot

Book Donations Requested:   PTA is accepting donations of children’s books.  The books will be distributed to students who attend the Family Literacy Night in March. If you have gently used or new books that you would like to donate, please bring them by the school office.

Cell PhonesFor the safety of our children, please turn off cell phones when picking up or dropping off students. 

Westside ParkSafety before and afterschool is very important to us here at Westside.  Please be sure that students are supervised if they are at the park.  Unsupervised students should not be at the park before school on late start Wednesdays.  After school, students should go directly home.

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder:  Bus riders and students who eat breakfast may arrive at 7:30 and enter the cafeteria.  All other students may arrive at 7:45. 

Laura Lofgren

Westside Principal


Project Dream - Shady Creek Outdoor School

We applied for a grant from Project Dream so we could make it possible for all of our 6th graders to have the opportunity to attend Shady Creek Outdoor School. We were able to lower the cost of each student's tuition thanks to Project Dream's generosity. It's very important to us that all of our 6th graders have the opportunity to experience this wonderful science camp so we can enrich their learning and lives. Project Dream helped us to make this dream a reality for more of our students.

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Star Awards 2013


STAR awards were given to students who scored Proficient and Advance on last year’s STAR test.  Awards were also given to students who moved up a proficiency level.  For example, if a student moved from Below Basic to Basic, then that student would receive an award.  Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and perseverance on the STAR test.  We hope to see more students receiving awards next year.

Grandparents' Day

Grandparent’s Day has been a long running, PTA sponsored tradition at Westside Elementary. This year's event began with a social gathering for grandparents and other guests, complete with pastries ...more


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.

Office Hours

M-F 7:30-4:00

School Hours

M,T,Th,F 8:00-2:35

W 9:25-2:35

Contact Us


Westside Elementary School

6537 West 2nd Street

Rio Linda, CA 95673

Office Phone:  (916) 566-1990

Fax:  (916) 566-1991

webmaster:  Christine Bellucci