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Upcoming Events
- WES Annual Blood Drive
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Running Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Repeating Event - GOTR practice
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
- PTA Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westridge Announcements
Spring Break
We hope you have a wonderful and safe Spring Break.  School will resume Monday, April 21. (Remember all of those snow days!)  We look forward to seeing you then.
Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten and new student registration for the 2014 - 2015 school year will be held again on April 24, at Westridge, from 9:30 AM - 3 PM.  The following documents are needed: proof of residence (Title,Contract,Deed or Rental/Lease), two forms of identification, a certified copy of the child's birth certificate, a copy of the child's social security number and a complete and comprehensive physical with immunization records. Please fill out these forms and bring them with you.  

24 Club
The school-wide tournaments have been completed. We are proud of all of those who participated! Here are the results.
3rd Grade: 1st- David Choi, 2nd-Hero Keophanboua, 3rd-Alex Vieaux, 4th-Abby Krause
4th Grade: 1st- Michelle Boisvert, 2nd- Kareem Abdul-Baki, 3rd-Giovanni Foster, 4th-Adam Amara
5th Grade: 1st- Braden Hussain, 2nd- Christopher Johnson, 3rd- Nahom Abebe, 4th-Casey Gibb
The top 2 finishers will compete at the County tournament on April 26.  In the event that a top 2 finisher can not attend, an alternate will take that person's place.
6th Annual Knights on the Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk
The 6th Annual Knights on the Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 26.  The 1 mile run/walk starts at 8:15 AM and the 5K starts at 8:45 AM.  Registration fees are $15 for students before April 19 and $20 April 19 - 26.  Registration fees for adults at $20 before April 19 and $25 April 19 - 26.  Registration fees include a t-shirt, snacks, refresments and a chance to win a medal!!  Go to www.KnightsOntheRun.com for more information and to sign up.  Follow us at www.Facebook.com/KOTR5K and contact us at KOTR5K@gmail.com
We hope to see you there!
Open House at Benton
Parents and Family of rising 6th graders based at Benton Middle School are invited to attend an Open House at Benton Middle School on April 29th from 6-7:15PM.  This program is only for adults.
The students are going to visit the school on May 8th, during school hours.  Transportation will be provided.
See What's Hatching!
 Our baby chicks are almost ready to hatch! Check on them here
It pays to eat in the cafeteria!
Our cafeteria serves delicious food every day, but now they've sweeten the pot!  They are giving prizes away dailly, and adults are included.  To qualify just eat breakfast or lunch from the cafeteria!  This is a win/win for everyone at Westridge.  See the daily menu in the side link to help you make a delicious choice!  Congratulations to our first winner!
Sigrest wins big at County Science Fair
Westridge's own Eleanor Sigrest won the grand prize in physics at the PWC-Manassas Regional Science Fair Junior Division for her project "Does Size Matter".  Her experiment involved the different sound qualities of different sized violins  We are so proud of her!

New Dismissal Time in Effect
Remember that due to our snowy winter,  all Prince William County elementary schools will dismiss 10 minutes later than their original time.  Westridge's new dismissal time is 3:50 PM.
Odyssey of the Mind

The Northern Virginia South Region 12 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament was held March 22nd.  Four Westridge teams competed in two problems, “It’s How We Rule” [Team Vitela, Team Venteicher, Team Mckeown]  and “The Not-So Haunted House” [Team Venturino].  All the teams performed exceptionally well.  This tournament was the culmination of over 5 months of hard work solving a very involved long-term problem and many sessions of spontaneous practice.

Team Venturino placed first in the Not-So Haunted House problem and will be moving on to the Virginia State tournament on April 26th.  The top two teams from VA States go on to World Finals in May. 

The Not-So Haunted House problem
 is to create and present an original performance that includes a “pop-up-style”not-so-haunted “house” where four special effects take place. The intent of the special effects were to scare others but, they produced a different result instead. The performance included at least one character that experienced the special effects and a narrator who relayed the experiences to the audience. It also included a surprise ending. 

We are so proud of all of our Odyssey of the Mind teams!



Artists and Authors lead to Excellence!
Dr. Walts presented Westridge with its 11th School of Excellence Award on March 20.  He attributed our success to a combination of our devoted parents, dedicated teachers and hardworking students.  Please check out the Latest News in Photos to see both the slideshow commemorating the year long efforts leading up to the award, and photos of our families as they enjoyed the Artists and Authors evening following the celebration. 
Summer PWCS Art Camp Registration Materials Now Available

Are you interested in participating in the 2014 PWCS summer art camp? Well don't hesitate! Registration is open from March 3rd until May 2nd. Registration will be closed as soon the classes fill up- so hurry and submit yours!

This camp is two weeks long for three hours a day. The students will be separated into classes based on their grade level. It is an amazing time filled with art making. All of the information you need can be found at the bottom of Mrs. Hawkins' School Fusion Art class page in a folder under the 'Files' section.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send an email to HawkinsJR@pwcs.edu.

Alternate Shelter
As we begin a new school year, please remember, in the unlikely event that there would be an emergency evacuation of Westridge, Beville Middle School at 4901 Dale Blvd, Dale City, is our alternate shelter.  This information can be found under the side link General Information, Closings and Emergency.  It is critical that we have updated phone numbers in case we need to contact you.  Thank you.

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