Newsletter

Westwood newsletters for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted below on most Wednesdays throughout the school year. Click through the categories below to read this week's newsletter.

Newsletters will also be sent via email to families. If you are not receiving these emails, please review your contact information in Campus Parent Portal. If you still do not receive newsletter emails, please contact Westwood at 763-600-5300.

In this week's newsletter...

A Message from Principal Larson - September 18, 2019

Curriculum Night

The Westwood Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 26 from 5–8 p.m. The purpose for the event is for parents to learn more about what the students will be learning this year, grading, Schoology, parent communication, and homework. The presentations will be by team and last around 30 – 45 minutes. There will also be time to connect with other members of the staff who work with your child. The times indicated are the times the presentation will start.

Schedule

Grade Level Team Presentations:

  • Grade 5 Teams: 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Grade 6 Teams: 5:45-6:30 p.m.
  • Grade 7 Teams: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Grade 8 Teams: 7:15-8 p.m.

Additional Presentations:

  • Grade 5 Math Pathways I and II: 5:50-6:10 p.m.
  • Grade 6 Math Pathways I and II: 5:20-5:40 p.m.
  • AVID Grade 7: 6-6:30 p.m. (Den)
  • AVID Grade 8: 6:45-7:15 p.m. (Den)

Specialists and Elective Teachers will be available from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the locker bay or hallway.

PTO 

Our first PTO meeting was on Monday night at 6 p.m. Our fundraiser will be starting on Friday, September 27 and the money supports enrichment activities for classrooms, one set of field trip busses for each team, and school community building events. 

Sign-up to donate Westwood Conference meals

The sign-up genius for conference meals for staff is ready to go: Here is the link if you would like to sign up to donate something for conference meals: If you would like to sign up to donate something for conference meals please click here.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Each year parents need to fill out the free and reduced lunch form for their family. The deadline for completing the application is Monday, October 21. Meals purchased prior to the application deadline are the responsibility of the parent to pay. If your child was receiving benefits last year the benefits end on October 18. Free and Reduced Meal Applications are available online and in the school office.

The Need to Know - September 18, 2019

Immunizations

Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will receive communication from our nurses in the near future. Minnesota School Immunization Laws require ALL students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, hepatitis B, meningococcal and varicella. 

The only exceptions are: 

  • A student has had the chickenpox virus
  • Medical exemption
  • Conscientious exemption
  • Physician statement contradicting a vaccine

If you believe your child's records need to be updated with proof of immunizations, please bring or send these to our nurses, Amanda Boss and Amy McDevitt or call for verification at 763-600-5304. 

Meal Benefits Applications

Families who received free/reduce priced meals during the 2018-2019 school year must re-apply by October 21st for the 2019-2020 school meals program otherwise, your student(s) will no longer receive free or reduced-priced meals. 

Meals will be charged at full price: 

  • Breakfast $1.30
  • Lunch $2.80

The application can be completed online through your Campus account or a paper application is available at any SLP school, the DSC and on the Nutrition Services website. 

Grades 7 and 8 Fall Play: The Little Princess

  • Auditions: Monday, September 30
  • Callbacks: Tuesday, October 1

The cast list will be posted on Wednesday, October 2. Audition packets will be available in our main office by Tuesday, September 24. 

Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 7 and they will be after school from 2:45-4:15 p.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Miller at tmille@district16.org.

ACT Aspire Testing

On Tuesday, October 29, 8th grade students will be taking the ACT® Aspire® assessments in the subjects of math, reading, writing, English and Science. As a district, we can gain data from these assessments that allow us to make evidence-based decisions. This can provide an indication of readiness for the future and providing time to address areas where improvement is needed.

The ACT® Aspire® assessments also provides students an opportunity to take a timed test. This will be a discussion point with students before and after the assessment with the Counselors for Personalized Learning. To learn more about the test, please visit the ACT Aspire Testing Website here, or take a look at the ACT Aspire Parent Information Sheet here.

Athletic and Activity Announcements - September 18, 2019

Westwood Middle school after school programs, including athletics, intramurals and clubs are coordinated by Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education. These activities are supervised and led by certified coaches, licensed teachers and/or knowledgeable staff who emphasize skill development, participation, teamwork, leadership, social growth, sportsmanship and respect for others. 

Most activities are available to all Westwood students. Activities will start after school (2:45 p.m. for 7th and 8th grades and 3:15 p.m. for 5th and 6th grades) and run until 4:30 p.m. Activity buses are available. 

Registration Open: 

Math League

The first practice is Monday, September 16 with Mr. Walsh. To register for the math league, please click here.  A few spots are still available!

Fall Intramurals

The first meeting is on Tuesday, September 24. Join Mr. Mandel every Tuesday and Thursday through October 31 for a different sport every class. Basketball, soccer, flag football, and ultimate frisbee are a few sports that will be played. Classes will focus on fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun! Every participant will get an Intramurals t-shirt. The program's total cost is $50. To register for fall intramural, please click here.

Currently Running: 

Grades 7/8 Girls Volleyball 

Volleyball practice is every day after school. Our game days are: 

  • Thursday, September 19 Home vs. Roseville Silver 
  • Tuesday, September 24 Away @ Roseville Silver
  • Wednesday, October 2 Away @ St. Anthony

Students who want to attend games need to register for “19-20 MS Athletic Events” on FeePay and see Mr. Lammers (office W103A or cafeteria after school) for the Weekly Game Pass.

Coming Soon: 

Knowledge Bowl 

  • October-March 

Grades 7/8 Girls Basketball 

  • November-December
  • Sports physical required 

Wrestling 

  • November-December
  • Sports physical required 

Grades 7/8 Boys Basketball 

  • January-February 
  • Sports physical required
Upcoming Events - September 18, 2019

September and October Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 23 - Math League Practice 2:30-4:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Intramurals start on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Wednesday, September 25 - Red Team Field Trip, All-day
  • Thursday, September 26 - Curriculum Night, 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28 - Panther Carnival and 2K, 9 a.m.-noon, SLPHS
  • Monday, September 30 - Spirit Week starts
  • Monday, September 30 - Fall Play auditions for grades 7 and 8
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Evening conferences 4:30-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 16 - Daytime conferences 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24 - Evening conferences 4:30-8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 25 - Picture Retake Day
PTO Corner - September 18, 2019

Westwood's first PTO meeting was on Monday night at 6 p.m. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m.

PTO Fundraiser

Our fundraiser will be starting Friday, September 27 and the money supports enrichment activities for classrooms, one set of field trip busses for each team, and school community building events. We are looking for volunteers for this fundraiser collection on October 8th, from 8 to 12 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please email Jacqui Smith at jsmith@district16.org.

We are looking forward to working with all of our parents and families this year to support the staff and students at Westwood. 

District Information - September 18, 2019

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Young People’s Concert

The SLPHS bands and jazz ensemble is bringing the R & B Hip Hop Revue to younger students and their families at the annual Young People’s Concert, October 8 at 6 p.m. in the high school’s Fine Art Center. The concert will offer pre-K through grade school students the opportunity to participate with a Hip Hop dance company, learn about musical instruments and hear and sing along with familiar music. 

Register for the Upcoming Panther Foundation Carnival & 2K

The 9th Annual Panther Foundation Carnival & 2K is on Saturday, September 28, at Spring Lake Park High School. Kids can enjoy inflatables, games, crafts, crazy hair and more. Runners, walkers or the entire family can lace up their shoes and enjoy the 2K run/walk! Register for this fun Carnival & 2K event