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We are currently experiencing phone issues and are working to resolve the issue. If a call is dropped, please call back. We apologize for this inconvenience. You can also email our office at carneykx@pwcs.edu or millerm@pwcs.edu. Thank you for your patience! 
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Divisionwide Announcements
Technology Changing This Year's Grade 6 Math SOL Test
Read more. La tecnología introduce cambios a los exámenes SOL de matemáticas de sexto grado para este año. Más información. Trắc nghiệm SOL Toán Học Lớp 6 Thay đổi theo Công nghệ. Hãy xem them.





 
Westridge Announcements
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!

 

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Thank You, Mrs. Pierce!
Mrs. Pierce has been recognized as an exemplary crossing guard by the Safe Routes to School program through the Virginia Department of Transportation for 2014. She has been serving the Westidge community for over a decade and we appreciate all she does for our students and families. See the full list here

This is the excerpt about Mrs. Pierce from their website: 
Mrs. Pierce is the model crossing guard and has been a beloved part of the Westridge community for 11 years! She executes her duties at such an exemplary level that her professional performance alone should merit recognition. However, Mrs. Pierce also manages to maintain a personal connection with the children that goes above and beyond the call of duty. For over a decade, Mrs. Pierce has served as a stalwart symbol within our community; safeguarding our children and our neighborhood, getting to know kindergarteners by name and easing their transition with a friendly and familiar face, and maintaining her unique relationship with the kids to their graduation and beyond. Mrs. Pierce's rare absence never goes without notice or concern, and her return is always warmly welcomed and appreciated by all.
Box Tops Winner & Next Contest
Congratulations to Ms. Abzhanova's class who won the latest Box Tops contest with a total of 309 Box Tops submitted! In all, our students collected and turned in over 3600 Box Tops and earned $360 for our school in only two months. The next contest ends April 30.

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!
SibShop
When a child has a disability, the entire family is affected. Sibshops provide support and guidance to siblings of children with disabilities. Siblings are encouraged to share the challenges and celebrate the joys with brothers and sisters in similar situations. Sibshops are lively, action packed, 4 hour workshops that reflect the belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another, if they are given a chance. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range). Sibshops are run by a team of adults who have professional and, in some cases, a personal understanding of the impact a child’s disability can have on brothers and sisters of that child.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

See this flier for more details for the event. 

Use this flier to register for this event. Registration is required. 
Summer Art Opportunity

Are you interested in a summer art opportunity?!?! The county hosts a WONDERFUL summer art program taught by Prince William County Art teachers!

It really does fill up fast- so sign up ASAP if you are interested!
It meets from July 6-17th from 9am-12pm. There are two locations to choose from- Marstellar Middle School or Benton Middle School.

The registration materials are attached under the files section of the Art school fusion page- or you can find them online! arts.departments@pwcs.edu or osmap.departments@pwcs.edu.

Express bus transportation is provided.
Don't delay! Sign up today :).

PTA's 7th Annual Knights on the Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Sign Up
The Westridge Elementary PTA is excited to host the 7th Annual Knights on the Run on April 25, 2015. As Westridge Elementary continues to promote Physical Fitness, Academic Excellence and School Spirit, this event brings the school and community together to engage in fun exercise. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund activities and purchase equipment to enrich the educational environment of the students.  Sign up NOW at www.knightsontherun.com. Prices go up after April 15th.  
Gifted Education Program Information
START Program serves Grades K-3
SIGNET Program serves Grades 4-5
 
Prince William County strives to provide a continuum of services for the learning needs of all students. Westridge Elementary is fortunate to have a Gifted Education Program on site to serve our students in grades K-5.  Each year the Gifted Education teacher reviews files, SOL scores, and talks with teachers and parents to create a pool of candidates to evaluate for possible Gifted Education services.  This type of evaluation is ongoing throughout the school year. 

Additionally, in the spring of every school year, following the formal aptitude testing completed in third grade, the Gifted Education teacher reviews the scores, talks with teachers and parents, and determines possible candidates for evaluation.  This is referred to as our “Third Grade Screening.” 

Students can be nominated by parents or teachers, community members or themselves.  Once nominated, school records, standardized test scores, grades, information from parents and teachers, additional testing and evaluations are completed by the Gifted Education teacher and samples of student work are reviewed by a school profile review committee and then submitted to the county identification/placement committee for a decision.  

The gifted education program is designed to offer a variety of educational opportunities that provide enrichment and extension of the county curriculum.  To be placed for services, students must demonstrate very strong verbal and/or quantitative aptitude and demonstrate a need for extension beyond what can be reasonably provided by the classroom teacher.  

If you would like to nominate your child, please contact Mrs. Mills-Lough, Gifted Education Teacher, at Westridge.  millslm@pwcs.edu or 703-590-3711.  

In order for evaluations to be completed during the 2014-2015 school year, please refer to the strict timelines below,
•3rd grade nominations must be received no later than February 20, 2015
•5th grade nominations must be received no later than April 30, 2015
•K, 1st, 2nd, 4th grade nominations must be received no later than April 23, 2015.

 
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

 

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. 
 
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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