News From the Principal
With the arrival of December almost here, many seasonal activities are well under way here at West. Our “Me and My Guy” dance is scheduled for the 10th and our Holiday Caring and Sharing Program is in full swing. Penny Wars are under way and have proved to be a heated battle. In case you are not familiar with this contest, grade levels compete against each other. Pennies are positive points and silver or paper cash are negative points. All proceeds are donated to help our own district students in need during Christmas. Classes also collect food donations, mittens and hats for the needy. These donations and the good will of our students provide a very teachable moment for our children and shed light on the meaning of this holiday season.
In spite of these many holiday activities, the teachers and staff continue to heavily focus on academics with our students. It is sometimes a challenging task with this age group of students, who often find it difficult to “switch gears” during the day, in order to accomplish all that we would like. Rest assured, however, that our highly professional and experienced staff is completely on top of this issue, and they have the strategies and expertise necessary to get the job done on a consistent basis. The students know that our main focus is always on academics, but these additional seasonal activities bring great enjoyment to both students and staff.
We would like to remind you to have your child dress appropriately for the temperature change. Please be sure to write your child’s name on clothing articles while you begin to store those flip-flops and shorts. The lost and found items are already beginning to accumulate!
Weather permitting we will go outside for recess. If a student is not dressed properly, they will not be able to go outside. Fresh air and movement are our main goals for our students at recess. Keeping them dressed properly will help in reaching our goals and keeping your child healthy and warm.
On behalf of the students and staff here at West, I want to extend to all of you a sincere wish for a Happy Holiday. We hope you enjoy the break, and I hope that it is quality time for you and your family!
Did You Know…
Our PTA helps in providing snacks for our after school tutoring program and snacks for each student during ISAT testing week. They also provide assemblies and financial support for our Fall Festivities and Field Day. From boots, mittens and hat drives to dances and assemblies, we appreciate all the little details our PTA does to make our school a special place to be!
Our local Target and SchoolStore.com will donate a percentage of all purchases back to our school. At Target, you must use your Target card and designate our school when checking out. At SchoolStore.net, follow the directions and put Bradley West in for the school you wish to receive funding from you purchase.
Our doors open at 8:30 a.m. Students dropped off before that time are unsupervised and not allowed in the building. At 8:30, breakfast is served and students can sit in the gym. Students are sent to classrooms at 8:45. Anyone arriving after that time can go directly to class. We begin school promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Mr. David Andriano