Seattle Seahawk Spirit at Westside School continues!

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With their victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawk’s will host the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, January 19. Our Westside School community will be sporting the blue & green this Thursday in support!! GO HAWKS!!

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Westside School Athlete’s of the Week

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Athlete of the Week!

Congratulations to Athlete’s of the Week, Emma and Justin! Our 8th grade girls’ team has three wins in a row, with a current record of 4-1. Emma had her best game of the year in our 32-11 victory over Holy Family last Saturday. Emma always plays hard defense and rebounds well, but she rounded her game out with five points on Saturday, including a buzzer beater at the end of the first half!
Our 6th grade boys’ started the year with three consecutive wins. Last Saturday, we played a one loss Holy Family team, and ended up taking a 2 point loss. Justin’s game really stood out. Justin hit two big shots in the fourth that gave us the lead at the time, and he ran the floor well on offense all game. His biggest contribution came on the defensive end though. Justin applies great ball pressure, and always has active hands. He gets steals, and he hassles the point guard really well. Justin continues to scrap every second he’s on the floor, and he is definitely fun to watch. Great job Emma and Justin!!!

Seattle Seahawk’s Spirit at Westside School!

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Westside School has spirit! We’re showing off our pride and excitement for the NFL Playoff game this Saturday. Kick-off at 1:35 pm!!

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GO SEAHAWKS!!!

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25th Annual Westside School Spirit Auction

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25th Annual Westside School Spirit Auction

Auction Procurement for the 25th Annual Westside School spirit auction is underway! Come into school to see former auction catalogs for ideas. All donations submitted by Friday, January 24 will be submitted into our raffle to win Two Free Auction Tickets.

Insider newsletter, January 10, 2014

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January 10, 2014

Westside Insider Head of School

Dear Families,

On the last day of school prior to the Holiday Break, I received word from long time fourth grade teacher Linda Turner she would not return to school in January for personal reasons. After more than 17 years at Westside, Linda’s caring presence, love of children and learning, and joyful personality will be missed by us all.  In order to not further disrupt the learning environment for that class of fourth grade students, Arionda Feeney has taken over the classroom for the remainder of the year as the interim teacher. So far, the week in fourth grade is off to a wonderful start! We were lucky to have an enthusiastic, experienced fourth grade teacher ready to step in on short notice – one who knows and loves Westside kids. Throughout the spring, we will be working through an inclusive hiring process with the Lower School faculty team to find a permanent replacement for the fourth grade to start the 2014-2015 school year.

Ari will also remain in her current position as Lower School Division Head, and be available to parents and students as needed. She will have regular office hours for lower school parents. However, if at any time you need assistance, you may contact Kathy Winans, Jessica Butler or me, and we will be able to either help or get your message to Ari immediately. You may see some other faces during the morning greeting time, but you can stop in to say “hello” to Ari in her first floor classroom if you are missing her!

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Kate Mulligan, Head of School

Westside Insider Lower School

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, fun and at least a little relaxation. This has been a great week back at school. It has been so fun to see our students’ smiling faces as they return to their routines in the classroom. Please be sure to read updates from your classroom teacher on important information in the next few weeks.

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As Kate mentioned above, I will now be teaching fourth grade. I am happy to be back in the classroom and know I will enjoy this unique opportunity. Please know I am still very present in classrooms and will continue to work closely with my colleagues in the Lower School. If you need to meet with me, you’re welcome to make an appointment or visit me during my office hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. You can also e-mail me or call the office if you have a more pressing matter. And of course, my classroom is just around the corner from the front office – feel free to peek your head in to say hello!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ari Feeney, Lower School Division Head

Westside Insider Middle School

Welcome back Middle School families! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday season and break from school. As we begin the second semester of this academic year, students are beginning their next round of classes including their new exploritorities and flex Friday classes. Teachers are finalizing report cards from the first semester this week, and you will be receiving them in the mail next week.

Happy New Year,

Marc Saks, Middle School Division Head

Prospective high school students, please note you are invited to the Seattle Lutheran High School Open House scheduled for January 30, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information call Rachel Bigliardi at 206.937.7722 or visit http://www.seattlelutheran.org.

Westside School Insider Reminders

A reminder for all students to please be sure to dress appropriately, or bring proper outdoor attire, as snack and recess are outside activities. It’s winter and we want everyone to stay warm, and dry!

Westside Insider WPO

A WPO-sponsored Parent Education Event regarding Internet Safety is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22. Presented by Stephanie Thomas, Seattle Police Department, the presentation will cover cyber-bullying, social networking, sexting, teens as targets, and tips for monitoring.

Childcare drop-off: 6:30 p.m. (sign up will be provided soon)

Event time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

For questions, please contact Jeanne Bremer at 206.409.4632.

Westside Insider AUCTION

Auction Procurement Season has arrived! We are taking your auction donation ideas NOW through January 31.

All donations made by Friday, January 24 will be entered into our Raffle Drawing for two FREE tickets to attend the auction!

Just fill out the online donation form online or submit your paper procurement form at school in the front hallway. Extra copies are there as well.

If you need more ideas or would like to learn more about the auction, come for coffee and snacks on Thursday, January 23, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Should you have any questions please contact auction@westsideschool.org.

Westside Insider Extended Day

Registration is available now for full-day childcare during our upcoming teacher in-service day on January 17th. Visit the Westside School website to register. Stay tuned for more information coming soon about available childcare during our February mid-winter break.

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As a reminder, we have switched our e-mail communication platform from Outlook to Gmail. During this transition, we are working hard to fix any glitches though some still remain. As a reminder, if you are hoping to speak with someone about child care you may reach Josh Goodman at childcare@westsideschool.org. Should you have questions about the Westside School Spirit Auction, please email auction@westsideschool.org. Other contact information may be found in an updated version of the Westside Parent Handbook found on the Westside School website. If you are not receiving a response, please call us.

Westside Insider Athletics

Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week, Emma and Justin! Be sure to check out the Westside Facebook page to learn more about their success.

Volleyball season starts in February, and we need one more coach for the 5th grade girls team. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Mike Thomas at miket@westsideschool.org. There are two practices a week and games are on the weekends. The position also includes a stipend.

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Friday January 10

– Middle School Flex Friday, West Seattle Bowl (in lieu of The Summit in Snoqualmie)

– Spirit Wear & Pizza Day

– Family Movie Night, “Cars” (6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, January 11

ISEE Testing

Friday, January 17

NO SCHOOL, Teacher in-service day

Monday, January 20

NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Westside Insider Social Media

Have you “Liked” Westside School on Facebook yet? It’s also another way to keep up to date!

Coho salmon eggs arrive at Westside!

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Westside School received 200 eyed Coho salmon eggs that arrived from the Soos Creek Hatchery this week! This is the fifth year the second grade has raised salmon from January through April. Later this year, the salmon will be released in Fauntleroy Creek. Judy Pickens and Phil Sweetland delivered the eggs to us and other nearby schools as part of the Salmon in the Classroom program. Students will be in charge of maintaining the tank, cleaning it, and running chemical checks on the water. They will also be in charge of feeding the salmon. Stay tuned for updates!

Announcing the 25th Annual SPIRIT Auction Theme!

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Dear New Westside Family,

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By now you’ve probably heard that our 25th Annual SPIRIT Auction is right around the corner. Be sure you’ve marked your calendar for March 22, 2014, at the Seattle Design Center.

As a new family to Westside, it’s possible – even probable —  that you have some questions. To help navigate the event, the auction team has put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

In addition to being an important fundraising event, the auction is also a celebration of our school community. Whether you work on a committee, donate an item or attend the auction, you are supporting our great community and school.

We hope you find the following information helpful and not too overwhelming.  We encourage you to get involved in the auction in a way that makes sense for your family.

Q. What does the SPIRIT Auction support?

Funds raised from the auction support Westside’s program – our teachers, our campus, foreign language, music, art, technology – the entire Westside School experience.

Funds raised through our annual campaign for the Westside School Fund and the yearly SPIRIT Auction help to make up the difference between the cost of Westside’s program and tuition income.  Also, as Westside is a 501(C)3 non profit, a portion of every dollar raised goes into our vital tuition assistance fund.

Q. How can I support the Auction?

Donate an item by January 31, 2014. The best items are donated by our parents, teachers and staff. Our goal is that every family participates in the auction in a way that is meaningful to them.

Your options for submitting donations are:

  • Donate online HERE or turn in a hard copy procurement form. A form was

mailed to your home address in early January. Forms are also available in the early school classrooms or on the auction table in the front entrance of the main building.

  • Physical items are not due until March 3, 2014. If your donation is an experience, the auction team can create a certificate – just let us know on your donation form.

Q. I’ve never done this before, what should I donate?

Ask a business that you frequent – your favorite spa, salon, restaurant, gift shop, boutique, pet salon, window washer, car detailer etc. It never hurts to ask — many businesses have generous donation policies. If you can, it’s best to have businesses donate or discount items for donation rather than paying full price for the item.

Host an event/buy-in party on your own or partner with another family or families. Past favorites include Pinot on the Patio, Mama Mixer, Cinco de Mayo cocktail party, boat cocktail cruise, Bollywood Indian themed dinner, neighborhood progressive dinner.

Donate a vacation. Have a vacation home, cabin or timeshare? Get-a-ways are always popular and attract high bidding! Do you have a favorite hotel? Maybe the owners will donate a night.

Redeem Points. Are you sitting on more mileage or credit card points than you can ever use? Redeem points for gift cards, merchandise, hotel stays.

Share your time, talent, or special skill. Are you famous for your cookies or cake decorating skills? Donate a dozen cookies/dessert/pie once a month for 6 months. Are you an expert organizer? Love to work in a yard? Have a truck to hall a load to the dump? Do you make jewelry? Art? Sew a custom Halloween costume?

For more donation ideas, copies of prior catalogs are on the auction table in the main entrance at school.

Q. What do I need to know before auction night?

  1. Tickets will go on sale in early February. You’ll receive your invitation by email with a link to purchase tickets online. Act quick to get the early bird ticket price.
  2. There’s an online auction that goes live about a week before the actual event. This is a fun way to get into the spirit of the auction and give folks who may not make it to the actual event (like out-of-town grandparents) the opportunity to bid and purchase gifts. 3
  3. .Raffle tickets are sold prior to the event and the during the auction. Raffle tickets will be sent home with your student.
  4. The catalog (both online and hard copy) will be available the week before the auction.

Q. What is the night of the Auction like?

The Auction begins with the silent and almost live auctions when the doors open at 5 pm. This year we are using an electronic bidding service called Auctions by CellularYou will need to bring your own smartphone to bid in an eBay type bidding process for the silent items. Even folks at home can access our silent auction during the event. If you do not own a smart phone, there will be personal shoppers to assist you. Around 6:45 PM, the silent auction closes and dinner and the live auction begin.

You won’t have to sing for your supper, but you will have the chance to bid on dessert. The table with the highest total gets to pick and “dash” for their dessert first, followed by the second highest bidding table, etc. You’ll have the chance to sign up to donate (home made or from local bakery) a dessert to the Dessert Dash closer to the auction.

During the live auction there are opportunities to donate to Westside’s Fund-a-Need or Fund-a-Wish. Fund-a-Need donations support and supplement our Tuition Assistance Fund. Fund-a-Wish donations typically support our program or an element of our program. Donations to last year’s Fund-a-Wish enabled us to enhance our outdoor play spaces. This year’s Wish is to enhance our Performing Art Department with musical instruments and other items. Donations to these funds are tax deductible and eligible for company matching programs.

After the live auction wraps, change into your comfortable shoes! We have a DJ for some well deserved fun and dancing.

Q. Where Can I Find Up-to-Date Auction Information?

Auction info can be found on our website. This is where you find online donation forms and ticket RSVPs. Updates and info will also be shared by email in the weekly Westside Insider and special auction updates.

Q. Do you need volunteers? How can I get involved?

Parent volunteers are such an important part of what makes the auction a success, you get to meet other families, and it’s super fun! Click here to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

Have other questions? Email the auction team (auction@westsideschool.org.)

In advance, thanks for your support in making this year’s auction a huge success! We look forward to seeing you auction night!