Westwood newsletters for the 2018-2019 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 - January 16, 2019

Review of our Behavior Expectation Plan for Students

After a winter break and January being a cold month where the kids tend to stay inside more, the result is often our students have some extra energy. We review our student expectations with the kids after break. It is also a good time to remind parents of our school expectations and responses for our students. The student expectations for Westwood are:

  1. I will treat others the way they want to be treated so that our school is safe for each student and adult.
  2. My words and actions will be inclusive of others so that each person has a sense of belonging at Westwood.
  3. I will be an owner of Westwood to create a school that we are proud of.
  4. I will use my voice to express what I need so that I am – We are – Successful at Westwood.
  5. I will use respectful words, and actions that align with situations and environments, and be open to feedback.

When students engage behaviors that do not align with the expectations we categorize the behaviors in two different ways:

  • Behaviors that result in a physical or emotionally unsafe environment – these behaviors result in immediate removal from class and may include an in school or out of school suspension
  • Behaviors that disrupt the learning environment – these behaviors are less severe and are dealt with in the moment of them happening.

Partnership and communication between home and school is important in our ability to provide safe, predictable and caring learning environments. I appreciate the support and communication that you give to both me and the staff at Westwood. 

Grade 5/6 Lock In

We are very excited for our fifth and sixth graders to have some fun at Westwood at our annual Lock In.  Students will enjoy the 40 foot obstacle course, Human Foosball, DJ, Bingo, Movies, pizza, popcorn, and “shaved ice snow cones”. The cost is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Parents can drop off students at Westwood starting at 5:20 with pick up at 8:00. 

If you would like to volunteer for the Lock In this Friday night, it's not too late to sign up! There are a variety of shifts available, either for all night or half the night. Click here to sign up to volunteer for the lock-in.

NAEP Testing

On January 30, randomly selected eighth students will be taking the the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers and the public. If your child was selected to take the NAEP assessment a parent notification went home with students on Monday of this week.

Spotlight On Student Learning - January 16, 2019

Ms. Ganske's 7th Grade science classes began their exploration of plant and animal cells by examining prepared slides under the microscopes. Students were able to get some awesome pictures of cells with their iPads and add important notes to their notebooks. 

Team 6A hosted an amazing Civil War Showcase this week. They worked very hard and it really showed. The Showcase was very well attended and the students had a lot of fun showing off all of their hard work!

Students working at table
Athletic and Activity Announcements - January 16, 2019

Westwood School has after-school programs, including athletics, intramurals and clubs which are coordinated by Spring Lake Park 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 begin after school starting at 2:45 p.m. for grades 7/8 and 3:15 p.m. for grades 5/6, and run until 4:30 p.m. Activity buses are available.

Girls Strength and Conditioning

Girls Strength and Conditioning Club will begin on January 22 and go through March 7. Click here to register for the Girls Strength and Conditioning Club. The club will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the weight room in the middle school. The club is open to all girls in grades 5 through 8. The focus will be on building strength and stamina for each participant. No experience is necessary. The cost to participate is $50. Contact Chris Lammers at if you have any questions.

Currently Running Activities:

Westwood Drop-In

The Westwood cafeteria Drop-In Center will be open Tuesday through Thursday for homework help and a daily activity. There is no fee to drop in and all students in grades 5-8 are welcome. Activity buses are available for those students who drop-in.

Math League

The Math League Season Recap and Celebration is January 17, 2019.

7/8 Middle School Boys Basketball

Registration is now closed for this activity. Practice is every day after school. Games start January 17.


  • 7th Grade - Ms. Eschrich and Ms. Kidd
  • 8th Grade - Mr. Fields and Mr. Waldon

5/6 Intramural Dance

Spots are still available for this activity. Registration is online. Student captains lead the team. Practice is Tuesday and Thursday in the Westwood Cafeteria.

The Need to Know - January 16, 2019

Grades 5-6 Lock-In

Attention grades 5-6 parents - volunteer opportunities are still available for the upcoming lock-in!!

The Grade 5/6 annual Lock-in is this Friday, January 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. We are still looking for volunteers for all of the Lock-In activities, food and refreshments, as well as set up. Click here if you are interested in volunteering for the lock-in. Thank you!

Students can get permission slips from their homeroom teacher or the main office. The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. There will be a DJ, Open Gym, Soccer Fever, Ninja Warrior Challenge, BINGO, Photo Booth and lots more for the kids to do! 

High School Information Night at Spring Lake Park High School

February 6 is the Spring Lake Park High School Information Night for our current 8th-grade students. At this event, you will learn about course offerings, graduation requirements and program options for your soon-to-be high school student. We will have a Dean from SLPHS at Westwood on February 4 to discuss high school registration with our 8th graders during their Language Arts classes. 

The High School Information Night will be held in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center from 4:30-7 p.m. The address is 1100 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park.

Registration Information Night at Westwood School

Information Night is scheduled for our current 4th- and 6th-grade parents on Tuesday, February 12, here at Westwood. This evening will provide the opportunity for families to hear about registration options and programming here at Westwood, as well as time for tours and questions. This evening is designed for parents/guardians only. Students will be given the opportunity to tour and ask questions later this spring.

  • Information Night for current 4th Grade - Tuesday, February 12 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Information Night for current 6th Grade - Tuesday, February 12 from 7-8 p.m.

Winter Conferences

Westwood School is hosting Parent-Teacher conferences on:

  • Grades 5 through 8 - Friday, February 15 - 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
  • Grades 5 and 6 - Tuesday, February 19 - 4-8 p.m.
  • Grades 5 through 8 - Thursday, February 21 - 4-8 p.m.

There are no scheduled conferences, you may drop in to meet with teachers on any of these dates/times. Conferences are a good time to connect with teachers to see how your child is doing at this point in time in the school year. 

Grade 7/8 Learner Showcase

Students in grades 7 and 8 will be hosting a Learner Showcase on Tuesday, February 19 from 4-6 p.m. here at Westwood. Staff and students have been working hard preparing lots of exciting different ways to show off their talents. We will have displays, interactive activities and much more! This is fun opportunity for our students to showcase the work that they have been doing all year. We hope to see you there!

PTO Corner - January 16, 2019
Upcoming Events - January 16, 2019


  • Friday, January 18 - Grades 5 and 6 Lock-In, 5:30-8 p.m., Westwood
  • Monday, January 28 - 8th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Wednesday, January 30 - NAEP Testing - 8th Grade
  • Tuesday, February 5 - 5th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Wednesday, February 6 - 8th Grade Information Night, 4:30-7 p.m., SLPHS Rotunda and Fine Arts Center
  • Monday, February 11 - PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Westwood Den 
  • Tuesday, February 12 - Westwood Information Night
    • Grades 4-5: 6-7 p.m.
    • Grades 6-7: 7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 15 - Grades 5-8 Conferences, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Westwood School
  • Tuesday, February 19 - Grades 5 and 6 Conferences, 4-8 p.m., Westwood School
  • Tuesday, February 19 - Grades 7 and 8 Learner Showcase, 4-6 p.m., Westwood School
  • Thursday, February 21 - Grades 5-8 Conferences, 4-8 p.m., Westwood School
Community Education - January 16, 2018

Featured Class: Great Minnesota Hot Dishes

The Minnesota hot dish (elsewhere called a casserole) is one-dish supper (or side dish) baked in your oven using a single piece of cookware. We will: use fresh ingredients (no canned soups) and do easy preparation for a family meal or make impressive elegant company fare for friends or crowd-pleasing recipes for pot luck. Many of these hot dishes can be made ahead, chilled then baked, and there is minimal dish-washing! You Betcha!

Register today for Great Minnesota Hot Dishes

Find other adult and youth community education classes here