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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! 
UPDATE - Friday, March 6, 2015

All Prince William County Public Schools closed due to inclement weather in certain areas. Code Red for employees. All school division activities including Professional Development sessions are cancelled. SACC will not open. Telework subject to policy.
 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William estarán cerradas debido al mal tiempo en ciertas zonas. Código Rojo para los empleados. Se cancelan todas las actividades de la división escolar incluyendo las sesiones de desarrollo profesional. SACC no abrirá. Teletrabajo sujeto a la política.

Tất cả các Trường Công lập Quận Prince William đóng cửa do thời tiết khắc nghiệt trong một số vùng. TÍN HIỆU ĐỎ cho các nhân viên. Tất cả mọi hoạt động hệ trường bao gồm cả các buổi thuyết trình Phát triển Chuyên nghiệp điều bị hủy bỏ. SACC sẽ không mở cửa. Chính sách nầy áp dụng cho mọi nhân viên và hoạt động từ xa.  
 
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Westridge Announcements
Read Across America Week
Help Westridge Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday and READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

To honor Dr. Seuss - whose birthday is March 2 - and observe the national event called Read Across America, Westridge Elementary School will celebrate by having a different theme each day during the first week of March.  It is a celebration with a purpose: to develop the joy of reading.
 
Themes for the week:
Monday, March 2nd - Wear-Red-and-White Day
Tuesday, March 3rd - D.E.A.R. Day-make sure to have a book ready to read
Wednesday, March 4th - Wacky Wednesday/Crazy Hair Day
Thursday, March 5th - Top Hat Thursday-wear a crazy hat
Friday, March 6th - Crazy Sock Day
A Seusstacular Used Book Fair & Celebration
On Friday, March 6th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., join the PTA for an evening of Dr. Seuss inspired activities and fun in the Westridge Elementary School Gym/Cafeteria. There will be a used book fair, photo ops, food, and plenty of fun to be had. You can even dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! 

This is a free event, but you should RSVP using the flier so the PTA knows how many people to plan for at the event. Your RSVP will also get you a chance to win a door prize. Children must be accompanied by parents. 

If you'd be willing to dontate either cupcakes or a case of water, please sign up via our Sign Up Genius page here. Thanks to all our volunteers and donors who make events like this possible! 
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.  
SCIENCE FAIR PARTICIPANTS
Due to the snow day, all science fair projects are due on Thursday, 2/19. Projects will be scored as soon as judges are available, which we hope will be early next week. We are looking forward to seeing all your hard work!
County Food Show 2015
The ​Prince William County Schools Food Show is will be Tuesday, March 3rd at Patriot High School.

Please see flier for details
Geographic Bee Winners
Congratualtions to Aiden Palo, who was our top contestant for our 2014-15 Westridge ES Geographic Bee! 

Also, congratulations to Ryan Farzan, our second place finalist, and Aubrey Shulman, our third place finalist. The students demonstrated impressive knowledge of national and international geography. In our rapidly changing global society, this awareness of the world will serve them well. 

Our top finisher, Aiden, also has the possibility to compete at the state Geographic Bee. We will keep you updated if he is selected. We are very proud of our students' abilities! 
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.
Multi-Cultural Assembly- We Need Help!!
The specialists are busy planning for the upcoming multicultural assemblies and food tasting. But we need your help! We are in need of the following: donations of cases of water, parents willing to bring in bite-size samples of food from their culture for students to try, and volunteers willing to display items from other countries. You can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aa8ab2fa4f58-multicultural. A letter will be coming home with further details. Email Mrs. Hawkins at HawkinsJR@pwcs.edu with any questions! Thanks :)
PTA Used Book Fair
The Westridge PTA is looking for donations of elementary level used books for our Used Book Fair and Seusstastic Celebration. We are in need of books for 5th graders and below. We need fiction, nonfiction, board books, craft books and cookbooks too.

Books can be dropped off in the box outside of the Library or in the Front Office.
More Information to follow! Email Questions to: Jen at jenianddan@aol.com or Adriane at ACEJA42@aol.com.

Please see the flier from our PTA for more details. 
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. 
 
Student Art to be Displayed in Richmond
Please join us in congratulating Kate H. and Stephen T, 4th graders in Hoyle and Dierlam's classes. Their Eagle collages were chosen to be displayed at the Virginia Capitol building. The exhibit for "Art Day at the Capitol" will be in Richmond. They will be invited to attend a reception, a tour of the Capitol, and view a session of the House in February 2015. If you see them, congratulate them!
 


 
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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