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Divisionwide Announcements
Our school recognized for helping PWCS save money and the environment.

Money not spent on energy costs can be better invested in the classroom. Read more.
 
Social Media Safety Night: May 28, 7 p.m., Benton Middle School
Learn What Parents and Students Need to Know to Avoid Online Dangers.  Get Details   -   Test Your Knowledge
 
Westridge Announcements
Attention 4th and 5th grade Parents:
As a part of the Prince William County Schools' Family Life Education (FLE) program fourth and fifth grade students will receive instruction that includes puberty, personal hygiene and human anatomy. Students will be viewing a PWCS approved video that covers these topics on Friday, June 5th. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, parents may opt-out of having their student view the video.
The link to the PWCS FLE Opt-Out form: http://science-6--20-p5b-yr6-m.woodbridgems.schools.pwcs.edu/modules/locker/files/get_group_file.phtml?gid=3516260&fid=12005117
The forms must be signed and returned to school before the viewing date in order for a student to be opt-out of viewing the video.

Additionally, parents have the option to preview the video prior to the showing. The date for previewing the video is: May 26 and May 29th at 8AM. Reservations are required to preview the video. All 4th and 5th grade students received an information form that provides instructions on how to make a reservation. You may also reserve a space by contacting Mrs. Fasana at fasanaca@pwcs.edu. If you are unable to attend the preview, you may contact Mrs. Sharma, school nurse.
UPDATED: Supply Lists for Next Year Now Available
The supply lists for the 2015-16 school year are available here.
 
We will also offer the option for families to purchase a pre-packaged set of all needed supplies which will be at the school for the beginning of the year. More information is on each grade level's list. 
Career Day Coming Soon!
Career Day 2015 will be held on Friday, June 12. Students will visit our career presenters during their regularly scheduled specials time. Career Day is such a highlight for our students. They enjoy communicating with our presenters and learning about a variety of careers. But Career Day can only happen with our volunteer presenters! Please consider presenting during this year's Career Day. Contact Mrs. Fasana at fasanaca@pwcs.edu if you are interested in presenting or you'd like to know more....
Cafeteria Update
Here is the winner of the book for the month of April. 

May's focus is on BERRIES! 
 

Here's what we are doing.... I have 4 little berry "stuffies" that I will  be giving out as prizes. One per week.

How to win one?

1. Draw & color any kind of berry

2. students will put their first & last name, on the back OR.....

3. students can get "strawberry" coloring sheets from Ms. Swink .( Color , first &last name on the back)

4. The cafeteria ladies will take their art work, and put it on the hallway bulletin board.

5. Once per week, we will "pick" a fruit from the "berry patch"

6. Whoever's name is on the back will win a stuffie.

Box Tops Winner & Next Contest
Congratulations to Mrs. Barr's fifth grade homeroom, who won the March-April Box Top contest! They collected over 450 Box Tops. In all, our students collected over 3500 Box Tops in just two months! Great job, Westridge!

Please turn in Box Tops by checking the expiration date and then gluing or taping them to a collection sheet or placing them in a baggie. Be sure to put your teacher's name on it so your class gets the credit!
Knightly News
Click here to view our most recent Knightly News of this school year. See the message from our Principal and Assistant Principal, read about recent happenings, and view upcoming events. 

Previous editions are available on the left sidebar. 
 
Westridge Artwork Honored at Festival
The arts festival on Saturday, April 18th was a success!

Ms. Hawkins was told, by one grandparent, that our display almost made her cry. She went on to say that she was just so amazed by the abilities of our students and explained how she wished she had had art class when she was in school. It was wonderful to see our students and parents beaming with pride at their artwork on display.
 
Only one artwork per school is honored with a white ribbon at the county-wide art exhibit. This means that the artwork is chosen out of over 90 pieces and all six grade levels!
 
This year 3rd grader Melani Melendez achieved that honor for her copper relief. After learning about the process of this type of art, Melani planned out a design, drew it on a piece of paper, taped the paper to the copper square, pressed in the design (working on the both sides of the image), and then used ink to finish it off. Her resulting piece is detailed, beautiful, and well-deserving of the white ribbon this year.
 
Melendez’s work will be framed and displayed at the Kelly Leadership Center for the 2015-2016 school year so that it may be enjoyed by all. Make sure to offer her your congratulations on this grand achievement!!
Aloha Knights!
Westridge is having a talent show on June 12th and you are invited to participate!  If you would like to perform in this year's talent show, please fill out the permission slip and return to school by Tuesday, May 5th.  Auditions will be Tuesday, May 12th, 4-6 pm for K-3 students and Wednesday, May 13th, 4-6pm for 4-5 students.  We can't wait to see your talents! 

 

Wall of Heroes for our Military Students
In honor of "Month of the Military Child" we are asking our military students to bring in a picture of their military family/parent to display on our Wall of Heroes.  Please send in pictures to Mrs. Fasana or Mrs. Hanger by Friday, April 10. Pictures may be a computer print-out as it will not be returned to the students.
Nurse's Notes
  From Mrs. Sharma  
                  
                                                               
 
Tdap Shot Required of Rising 6th Graders
All students entering 6th grade in September, 2015, are required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) booster.  Your child cannot start school in September without record of this immunization on file.  It is important to prepare for the Tdap vaccine now.  Documentation from the doctor or Health Department should be presented to the school nurse as soon after your child has received their immunization.  Make your appointment now to help your child be prepared for middle school!

 

 


 

 
     
2015-16 Transfer Requests
Westridge Elementary School is closed for transfer in grades 1-5 for the 2015-16 school year.
Change in Walker Dismissal Procedure
Starting on Monday, January 12, 2015, a new dismissal procedure and time will begin for all of our students who walk home from school each day. Due to concerns for the safety of all our Westridge students and families, walkers will now be dismissed at 4:00 p.m. from door 10. Several factors including the high volume of cars parked along Knightsbridge Drive, cars parked in the designated No Parking area, U-Turns, and the high volume of vehicles have made the conditions hazardous for our families who walk.

By dismissing the walker students at 4:00 p.m., it is my hope that the volume of vehicles will be significantly less, and therefore provide a safer environment for our families who walk home. I have also contacted the Prince William County Police and have asked that the area be patrolled during our dismissal time, again to ensure the safety of our families.

Please remember that the policy of Westridge is that students who are car riders are picked up inside the school parking lot in the designated areas. I realize that at times this line may move slowly, but our procedures are put in place to ensure the safety of all our families.

Laurence Khan
Principal
Westridge ES

 

Traffic Concerns on Knightsbridge Drive
To our Westridge Families:

Please remember to drive safely and watch out for our children during pick up and drop off. Please remember that all car riders should be picked up in the school parking lot and not on Knightsbridge Drive. The exit at door 10 is intended for walkers only. 

Thank you for ensuring the safety of all our children
Cafeteria Menu
Our cafeteria has a variety of menu options for our students each day. New this year, please see the Prince William County Schools calendar that came home on the first day of school. Behind each month is that month's menu. You can also view the menu online under our Cafeteria section to the left. 

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