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On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Twin Rivers school board met during regular session at the District Office on McClellan Park.


Please click HERE for meeting highlights.



Twin Rivers is ready for the new school year with a can-do attitude and we're happy to share the latest edition of We Are TR! The district newspaper focuses on district achievements and teacher-led initiatives. Twin Rivers is committed to supporting the education of all students in our mission to inspire each student to extraordinary achievement every day.


Click HERE to view the publication.


You are Invited to Westside School’s

Grandparents’ Day

Friday, September 9th, 2016


8:00-9:30 Students are in their classrooms.  No guests invited in classrooms at this time.


9:00-9:30 Grandparents’ Day Begins

    Sign in and get a visitors’ badge at the table at the front gate Grandparents’ Social in Quad.  Grandparents enjoy morning munchies provided         by our awesome Westside PTA.


9:30-10:15          Join us in the multipurpose room for Morning Sing.


10:15-10:35        Recess - Pictures, t-shirts and yearbooks will be sold during recess and lunch times


10:35- until lunch

                Grandparents invited to visit their grandchild/children’s classrooms  **Visit younger grandchildren first as they go to lunch earlier.**


10:40-11:00        Kindergarten students in the multipurpose room for a Grandparents’ Day performance for their grandparents. 


11:00-12:15        Lunchtime blocks begin

Kindergarten - 6th grade lunches staggered every 5 minutes

Grandparents are invited to have lunch with their student(s).  If grandparents have grandchildren in different lunch periods, they are invited to set up their picnic and have their students join them as they are dismissed for lunch.  Please bring your lunch to school, or you can purchase a school lunch for $3.50 at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Students must stay at school during the lunchtime block.  Due to the drought the grass area is not very grassy, picnic blankets or towels are recommended.

Lunch Schedule

11:00-11:45      Kindergarten

11:05-11:50      1st Grade

11:10-11:55      2nd Grade

11:15-12:00      3rd Grade

11:20-12:05      4th Grade

11:25-12:10      5th Grade

11:30-12:15      6th Grade

Principal's Message

Greetings Westside Families,


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.  If you are new to Westside, we hope that your will soon discover why Westside is such a great place for students to learn and grow.  If you are a returning family, thank you for your continued involvement and support.  You make a difference.


Westside Elementary accomplished a lot last year.  We exited Program Improvement and received a Gold Ribbon Award from the state of California.  This is the result of the hard work and dedication of our students, families and staff.  I am very proud of Westside.


We have new hours this year.

School begins at 8:00

Dismissal time is at 2:42

Every Wednesday, students will be dismissed at 12:42.


Back to School Night is Thursday, August 18, from 5:30-7:00. Here you will have an opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher and what your child will be learning this year.


At Westside, we are looking forward to another outstanding year of learning and fun.



Laura Lofgren


August Newsletter

Welcome Back:

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year. We are excited to welcome all of the new and returning students and families.  You may have noticed some new faces around the campus. We have some new teachers and staff members.  Mr. Eric Poole is our new 7th grade ELA/HSS teacher for Charter.  Mr. Robert Martinez comes to us from the Eastside Campus and will be teaching 8th grade Math and Science. Ms. Demiah Avara is our new RSP Aide. Mr. Julian Baldares is our new noon duty.  Jenelle Philyaw is our new ASES lead and Miss. Kaydi Gaston is our new ASES assistant. Mr. Rodney McClendon is currently serving as our night custodian.  We are happy to have them join us here a Westside.


Character Traits: Each month, during the school year, Westside and Westside Charter focus on different character traits.  For the month of August, students will be learning about what character is, what are the character traits and how these traits relate to their lives.  Throughout the year, students will learn how the character traits help them to make good decisions.  Be sure to talk to your child about what it means to have good character.

New School Hours: We have new school hours this year.  Charter begins school every day at 7:55.  Elementary begins school everyday at 8:00. Charter students are dismissed at 2:37 M, T, Th & F. Elementary students are dismissed at 2:42 M, T, Th & F.   On Wednesdays, Charter students are dismissed at  12:37 and TK-6 students are dismissed at 12:42.


Dress Code:  Please remember that students should dress in shorts that are fingertip length, pants with no holes, no sandals, no undergarments showing and clothing free from inappropriate language.  I am asking parents to consider similar guidelines when they visit school.  Clothing that displays undergarments and inappropriate language is not permitted by anyone at school. Thank you 


Sleep, How Much is Enough?  Sleep is a valuable resource for everyone.  It helps us grow, heal and learn, but how much is enough?  According to WebMD, a child ages 3-6 years old needs approximately 10-12 hours of sleep per day.  Children 7-12 years old need 10-11 hours of sleep per day.  Is your child getting enough sleep.  A regular bedtime and bedtime


Want to Get involved?  Join PTA for elementary, $5.50 per family.  Join Charter Boosters, $10 per family.  We have 1 vacancy on the Elementary School Site Council.  Watch for nomination forms to be coming out soon.  The English Learner Advisory Council  welcomes families of all our English Learners.


Congratulations to Westside for being a California Gold Ribbon School!

We are proud to receive this honor.

California Gold Ribbon Award

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. 

Grandparents' Day Video 2015

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Link to Grandparents' Day Video on Youtube

If you would prefer to view the Westside 2015 Grandparents' Day video on youtube, click here


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.



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.



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.


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


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