Westwood News Oct 2018

  •  October 2018

      From the principal
                          Tim Stowe  

    October 2018-19




    The 5th Annual Walk-a-Thon was a big success! On October 5th, Westwood students walked to the Zimmerman Fire Station. While the weather didn't cooperate for us to meet students from Zimmerman Elementary, the ZHS Band, members of the Zimmerman American Legion were present to serve students water and a snack. This annual fundraising event is the source of funds which our PAC uses to enhance the learning and experiences at both schools. In the past, some of these funds have been used to provide planners and folders for each student, purchase additional technology equipment, and provide a 4th grade robotics camp. This year, our schools had a combined total of more than $36,000! Thank you for your support!


    WATCH D.O.G.S.  


    Attention all dads and father figures of WES students! Get involved by volunteering at Westwood as one of our Watch D.O.G.S. This is a volunteer program that focuses on increasing the involvement level of men in our school.  The program increases our Watch D.O.G.S. knowledge of what their child is doing at school and provides a great opportunity for our students to work with positive male role models. We would love to have you participate if you are able. Register online by clicking here.


    Math Fact Challenge          math

    Math Fact Challenge is on! Westwood Elementary and student leaders from Zimmerman High School are teaming up to offer your child a math challenge. This challenge is an opportunity to practice basic math facts at home while working to earn activity time with ZHS students at school. This challenge will run through October 31st, before we celebrate student accomplishments with our Incentive Day in early November. Click here to access web resources for practicing math facts with your child at home!


    Social and Emotional Learning at Westwood

    circle  .   As parents, you know there is much more that goes in to childhood development than math and reading growth. At Westwood, we have resources available to support your child in ways that complement their learning in academic areas. These areas include social and emotional learning. This video outlines this topic nicely.  An example of the resources we have at Westwood includes our counselors and social workers. They are active in classrooms by bringing lessons to classes, working with small groups, and supporting students 1 on 1 as needed. For more information, stop by the office, check with your child’s teacher, or give us a call at 763-274-3180.*********************************************************

    Attendance                     attendance

    Regular attendance is essential if students are to be successful in school. School personnel will make every effort to encourage regular attendance, but the ultimate responsibility lies with students and their parents/guardians. When reporting an absence, please include the following information:
    • Child’s name
    • Date of absence
    • Reason for absence
    • Name of person reporting the absence
    If an elementary student is absent three days within a single school year without a lawful excuse, that student is considered “continuing truant,” according to state law (statute 260A.02).  The school is required to notify a parent when a child is a continuing truant. If the child continues to be truant, schools are mandated to report the truant behavior to the county. A student is considered “educationally neglected” if he/she is absent from school seven or more days without lawful excuse. The complete Attendance Policy is available for your review at your school, the District Office and the District’s Website.



    Tim Stowe
    Main Office
    Attendance Line

    Health Services
    District Office
    Vision Transportation

    Date Event

    Oct 25

    5th Grade to Fort Snelling

    Nov 7

    LifeTouch Re-Take Picture Day

    Nov 12

    No School - Teacher Workshop


    Nov 19


    Nov 20


    Conferences 10 AM


    Conferences  1 PM


    Nov 21-23


    No School

    Dec 4

     District Geography Bowl


    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.