PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE FOR OCTOBER
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this message finds you well as we enter the month of October. As we continue our academic journey, I would like to emphasize the importance of having our students in their seats and ready to learn by 7:35 AM. This is particularly crucial because they either start their day with math or English Language Arts (ELA) class. Being punctual ensures that our scholars can maximize their learning time and start their day off on the right foot.
I kindly request that during drop-off, parents use the left lane only for parking their cars. If you need to exit the vehicle, please refrain from forming two lanes. Additionally, I urge you not to wait and watch your children walk all the way to the doors. This helps maintain a smooth flow of traffic and ensures the safety of all our students.
Dismissal time is at 1:55 PM, and we have noticed that it has been much smoother lately. With your cooperation in being on time, we can usually have all students out by 2:05 PM. Your punctuality greatly contributes to the efficiency of our dismissal process.
I would like to inform you that communication with teachers for students in grades K through 4 can be done through ClassDojo. Starting next week, grades 5 through 8 will also begin using ClassDojo as a means of communication. This platform enables parents and teachers to stay connected and collaborate effectively.
Regular attendance is of utmost importance for our scholars. We have identified students who require additional support in their learning and have created intervention groups to provide them with extra time in small group settings. This targeted intervention is designed to help them achieve proficiency according to the Ohio state standards. When students miss a day of school, they miss out on this invaluable time that can significantly impact their academic progress throughout their entire school career.
This year, we have introduced a new math program called Zearn. Students in grades 5 through 8 should aim to complete three lessons per week, totaling 90 minutes. Zearn is an online program that can also be accessed from home.
For grades 5 through 8, completion of these lessons will be graded, and students may lose points in math if they do not meet this requirement.
Now, let's take a look at some exciting upcoming events for the month of October:
Thursday, October 12: Produce Market from 12 PM to 2 PM
Friday, October 13: No school
Thursday, October 12: Produce Market from 12 PM to 2 PM
October 16-20: Third-grade Ohio State Test (OST) in the subject area of reading
Friday, October 20: Marking Period 1 ends
Tuesday, October 24: Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday, October 26: Trunk or Treat from 6 PM to 8 PM, Produce Market from 12 PM to 2 PM - Tuesday, October 31: Halloween festivities - students may wear costumes
We look forward to these events and hope they bring joy and excitement to our school community. As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we can make this a successful and memorable month for our students. Thank you for your continued support.
School Start and End Times
7:15-Door Open for Breakfast
2:05-End of the School Day
First Day of School: Monday, August 22, 2022
Arrival and Dismissal Details:
Arrival will continue at the front of the building. Please pull up in a single-file line. DO NOT PARK ALONG THE GRASS AREA OR BLOCK THE WALKWAY. Anyone needing to park will need to pull into a parking space.
If assistance is needed with getting Pre-K and Kindergarten students from cars, we will provide assistance.
This year, there have been a few changes:
Walkers- Will continue to be dismissed from the front of the building.
Daycare and Special education Vans- This year daycare and special education pick-up vans will pick up front the front of the school building on Puritas Ave. This is the same location the district school bus pick-up. Students for all busses and vans will be dismissed from the cafeteria and escorted to the front of the building by school staff.
Car Riders- All car riders will be dismissed to the back of the building, the same as previous years. However, this will look different to ensure student safety:
- There will only be 1 line for parents waiting in cars to pick up students.
- Parents who are NOT willing to wait in the car line MUST park in a parking space and walk to pick up their students from the waiting area (near the door).
- These changes have been made in response to concerns for students' safety in the back parking lot. We want to keep everyone's children safe. Please have patience as you are waiting for students in the car line.
We are using ClassDojo schoolwide as a way of connecting families and providing incentives to students. This is an EASY way to connect with your child's teacher and know how they are doing in class. Our goal is for 100% of Westropp families to have access to their students and their teachers through ClassDojo. Click the link below to join the Clara Westropp K-8 School ClassDojo page and be on the lookout for more information from classroom teachers.
Staff and students will continue using Schoology as our learning platform for the 2023-2024 school year. Students will be using Schoology in their classrooms to access learning activities and assignments. Students who miss school will be able to access their assignments from this platform as well. Parents are able to join Schoology and connect to their student's classrooms as well. This will allow you to see student grades and assignments, and send messages to teachers if needed. See the Schoology resource links below for additional information and be on the lookout for parent-access information from your child's homeroom teacher.
Additional supports, please use the following hotlines:
COVID-19 Health Hotline
Rapid Response Hotline for Social & Emotional supports
IT Computer support
School Choice & Enrollment
Family & Community Engagement
Multicultural Multilingual support
Special Education Office
Project ACT Foster & Homeless support
All other District supports