•  May 2018

      From the principal
                          Tim Stowe  


    School Supply Kits for Sale at http://www.schoolkitz.com

    Do you want to check one thing off the summer to-do list before school ends? Would you like to avoid the traffic, time, and hassle of buying school supplies at the store? Westwood is partnering with Bright School Kitz to provide school supply kits that are delivered directly to the school before the first day. The school supply kits will match the teacher supply lists by grade. The kits, filled with brand names (Crayola, Elmer’s, etc.) and quality products, are competitively priced with large retailers. You can also add kids-friendly accessories such as backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, and thermoses to your kit. Westwood will receive 4% cash back on all accessories sold!

    To order, go to www.schoolkitz.com and order on the secure website with your credit card or check. Hurry and order before they are sold out or order close on July 31, 2018. We are also offering a discount of $5 for each kit purchased by the last day of school of June 7, 2018! The Kits will be delivered directly to school for distribution and/or delivered to the classrooms before the first day of school.

    If you have any additional questions please contact info@schoolkitz.com or 1-844-937-5489.


    May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, the perfect time to communicate some important information about hearing and speech.  One in six Americans has a hearing, speech, or language problem -- a condition that makes it difficult to communicate with others.  Untreated, these problems can limit you at home, school, and work. Anyone, of any age, can have or develop an impairment of the ability to hear, speak, or understand effectively.

    Treatment to eliminate or minimize communication problems is available in the schools to those students who meet criteria.  If your child stutters, has problems pronouncing certain sounds, or doesn’t always understand what people say to him/her, it’s possible that a communication disorder is the issue.  If you suspect a hearing, speech, or language problem, talk to your child’s teacher to determine if a referral is appropriate.

    The link below provides more specific information on speech and language development for grades  K-5: Speech Link


    Students of the Month for May:

    Grade 3:

    Daisy Haney, Jameson Cox, Trigg Zincke, Mackenzie Zahler, Taylor Wenisch, Alec Soley, Dylan Dobosenski

    Grade 4:

    Madyson Becker, Thomas McDonald, Alaina Forland, Braelyn Oak, Eva DuPont, Madilyn Tucker, Nolan Wegner 

    Grade 5:

    Rebecca Spafford, Cayleb Keener, Elliana Lura, Corbin Vaale, Tyler Hawkins, DaShawn Sandoz, Michael Helmuth, Owen Oudekerk 


    Retiring Staff

    At the end of this school year, Westwood will say goodbye to two long-time teachers that have made a significant impact on our school and community. Music Teacher, Barb Ahner will retire at the end of this year following a career of 20 years with the district. 4th Grade Teacher, Steve Souther will also retire this year after his 31 year career. These teachers will be missed and we are thankful for having worked with, and learned from, educators like these. Good luck in your next chapter Steve and Barb!



    Westwood and Zimmerman Elementary will distribute pre-ordered yearbooks on Thursday, May 31st.

    Once all of our pre-ordered yearbooks have been delivered, we will begin selling extra yearbooks on Friday, June 1st in the office. These will be available until sold out on a first-come, first-served basis. Checks must be made out to Lifetouch.


    5th Grade Track and Field Day

    5th grade students will participate in the District Track and Field Day, on June 4th. Due to track conditions at Elk River High School, Westwood 5th graders will have a home field advantage as this year’s event will be held at Zimmerman High School. Volunteers are still needed. Please click here if your would like to help out. GO WILD!


    Activity Day

    The Westwood All-School Activity Day is planned for June 5th. Each grade level will have a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that help us celebrate a great year. Keep an eye out for information coming home from your child’s classroom teacher about this day.



    Thank you for all of your support for our Read-A-Thon this past March and April. We are thrilled with the results of raising more than $7,000 for our library! The proceeds from this event will be used to purchase new books and support school-wide literacy programming.


    Lost and Found

    Our lost and found has grown again! If you think your child is missing a few clothing items, check out our lost and found. Items not claimed by June 8th will be donated.


    Library Books Due

    All school library books are due Tuesday, May 29th!


    From the Health Office….

    Medical Action Plans

    Action plans (allergy, asthma, diabetes and seizures) allow school personnel to respond quickly to treat your child, minimize classroom disruption, potentially eliminate emergency room visits, and assist your child's quick return to the classroom.

    In preparing for the 2018-2019 school year, it is important to complete the appropriate medical information for your child prior to the school year starting. Each action plan must be signed by a physician and parent/guardian, and updated annually to ensure accurate information.

    For appropriate forms to be completed by your medical provider, please refer to the Health Services webpage.


    Tim Stowe
    Main Office
    Attendance Line

    Health Services
    District Office
    Vision Transportation

    Date Event
    May 21 2nd/3rd Grade Transition Day
    May 22 4th Grade - Cairns and Souther Field Trip to Feed My Starving Children 
    May 28 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
    May 31 5th Grade Field Trip to Princeton Thunder Blades
    June 4 5th Grade Track & Field Day @ ZHS
    June 5 Westwood Activity Day
    June 6 3rd Grade Field Trip to McPete's
    June 7 3rd Grade Field Trip to McPete's
    June 7 Last Day of School!


    Shoparoo is a hassle-free fundraising program. It is a mobile app that turns grocery receipts into cash donations for our school.  We can raise thousands dollars for our school with out buying, selling or collecting anything. Shop for groceries anywhere, buy anything. Take a picture of the receipt with the app. We earn money for each receipt image. Click here to learn how!  

    We are requesting that all parents observe the following expectations:
    • Put student and staff safety first when driving on or near school grounds.
    • Drive your vehicle to the farthest open slot around the circle to allow more parents to pick up and drop off their children at one time.
    • Pick up and drop off students within the designated area only.
    • Be aware of students and staff who are in the cross-walk areas at all times.
    • Do not drive through the cross-walk area when students and parents are crossing.
    • Park in the lot if you enter the building. (Do not park in the pick up/drop off area.)
    • Pick up students as they exit the building and walk with them if you park in the lot. (Do not have students walk to the parking lot alone to their vehicles.)
    • Observe all posted traffic signs and traffic laws.