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Dear Westgate Families,

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year!  We are so excited to get our Roadrunners back to school August 16th and to begin another great year of learning and growth.  Our mission at Westgate is to “Lead, Love and Learn” and you can count on these three powerful words to guide our work with your children every day. 

As with every school year, we plan and prepare, read books and collaborate to bring you and your family a community based, authentic school experience.  This year we are digging deeper into The Leader in Me, refining our practices in writing instruction, designing flexible classrooms with student voice and choice, and inviting you, our community, into the school as often as possible to engage in the learning experience with your students. 

Right off the bat, many of you may note some changes in our calendar that are different from past school year.  For example, we have eliminated the traditional “Back to School Night” and replaced it with something called “Rise Night”.  Our school year will have three Rise Nights all together.  These nights are designed to help families support their students academically by teaching adults about the tools we use for data, assessment and teaching.  We hope these ongoing opportunities will connect us in a meaningful way. 

You will also note that we have eliminated flex-testing days from our schedule.  We know these have created a strain on families for childcare and we think this time is better served with instruction.  We will still assess and progress monitor our students regularly, but we will fit it into the school day and save families the need to find childcare. 

We are pleased to inform you of other great additions to our school this year, including the support of Title I.  Westgate serves a very diverse student population and many of our families experience needs beyond that of other Jeffco students.  As a result, our school will receive additional funding that helps us meet the various needs of our community.  We have added four positions to the school with this funding and we will also purchase new technology to increase access to many students.  One of the new positions is titled “Family Engagement Liaison” and we are pleased to introduce Cynthia Pacheco to you in this new role.  Furthermore, we have add a Dean of Student Culture, Reading Interventionist and Paraprofessional Interventionist. 

With our new technology, 5th graders will move to 1-to-1 Chromebooks and our school will begin using iStation for online interventions and progress monitoring.  iStation is a web-based blended learning and intervention tool that students can also use at home. 

As I stated at the beginning, we are excited to see our Roadrunners on the 16th but, we are really looking forward to seeing you all this week.  Please remember that registration is August 1st (12-7pm), August 2nd (8-noon) and August 3rd (8-noon).  We ask all families to personally come in to ensure Jeffco Connect is fully updated, to complete lunch forms,  pay fees, and sign the technology agreement.  Students will not have access to technology unless families sign this agreement.

The following dates are important:

August 1-3 – Registration

August 8-10 – Kindergarten Boot Camp (New Kinders Signup Here)

August 13 – Kindergarten Information Night (5-6pm)

August 14 – Open House Grades 1-5 (3:30-6pm) Meet teachers and drop off supplies

August 16 – First Day of School Grades 1-5

August 17 – Kindergarten Ice Cream Social (4-6pm)

August 20 – First Day of School Kinder

August 28 – Watch DOGS Pizza Night (5:30-7:00pm)

September 6 – PTA & Accountability (6:30-8pm)

Finally yet importantly, please remember to follow us on social media.  We share important updates, pictures and celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Links to all three can be found at the top right hand corner of our home page.  I can promise you will see content there that you will not find on our website.  I love seeing pictures of my sons on their school’s social media and I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do. 

Our calendars can be found on our website and when changes take place, we do our best to ensure it is noted in all of the appropriate places and posted on our social media.  Please never hesitate to reach out to the school with questions or concerns as we progress through the school year.  We want you to Lead, Love and Learn alongside us every day.  With your partnership, we can truly make this the best school year our students have experienced yet!

Have a great rest of your summer!

Mr. Weiss


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