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Westmore Oaks K-8 School

1100 Clarendon Street

West Sacramento, CA 95691

Phone:  916-375-7730

Fax:  916-375-0963

Winter Break!

Winter Break!

School is closed from December 19th to January 2nd for Winter Break!  We all wish you Wonderful Holidays with your families! Thanks, Mrs. Smith

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Combined Band Concert with Southport and Westmore Bands!

Combined Band Concert with Southport and Westmore Bands!

The Music Concert will be on Tuesday, January 13, at Westmore Oaks School.  This is a band concert with participation of all band students in grades 4th to 8th!  There will be over one hundred students participating in this event! The concert starts at promptly 6:00 p.m.  Band students need to be ready by 5:30 p.m.  There is a permission slip located in the locker on this home page for parents to fill out so Band students can be a part of the concert!  Hope to see you there.  Mrs. Smith, Principal

P.S.  Permission slip due to Mr. Pearsall by Friday, December 12th!

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Bowman, Jayne
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Burr, Jennifer
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Butler, Barbara
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Carpio, Monique
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Christie, Chris
Staff
Churchill, Carolee
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Cummings, Kevin
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Daykin, Willow
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Elfers, Deanea
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Fegan, Tim
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Garcia, Michelle
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Gregory, Naquiba
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Harrigan, Nicolas
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Honsal, Jeni
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Hooberry, Kelly
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Jackson, Sarah
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Loscotoff, Jennifer
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Mann, Samantha
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Marsh, Cynthia
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Matlock, Charlotte
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McCarthy, Jennifer
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McDaniel, Debbie
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Melton, Katherine
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Ofenham, Marty
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Olsen, Christopher
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Palamidessi, Mary
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Pearsall, Kurt
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Plascencia, Nellie
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Ramirez, Paula
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Rhinehart, Jennifer
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Rosales, Tina
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Samek, Elaine
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Schubot, Angela
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Scordakis, Wendy
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Shukuya, Anika
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Smith, Diane
Principal
Straws, Thea
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Utterback, Amy
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Yen, Shelly
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Zamboni, Barbara
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Zwerdling, Jillian
Science Teacher
Today: 12/19/14
All Day: Winter Break!

Spelling Bee Champion! Mattia Sayson

Student Scientists in Action!

Garden Update!

 

 

Garden Update 12/15/14   ~  Planning from the Ground Up!

Work Party Update:

~ Amazing work day on Saturday, December 13th!

Mrs. Straws and I were joined by our biggest turnout yet!

Jen and LaMonte Black are now 3 for 3, and they brought Derek tooJ

Other 4th graders joining us were: Madison Claude (and her mom), Emma, Aaron, Sabastian Stott and his dad Mark.

The upper grades were represented for the first time by J.J. Renfroe and her mom Nikki Holman and Suzanna Curtis.

 

~What we accomplished:

  • Completed the main walkway

  • Completed second side walkway

  • Jaelynn, Nikki, and Suzanna turned over a beautiful bed and planted carrots, radishes, and flower seeds and bulbs.

  • The 4th graders planted garlic bulbs, carrot seeds, and daffodil bulbs in the round raised bed.

  • Charlotte Matlock donated some bare root trees (dogwood, crepe myrtle, and red bud) which we will keep pruned as border shrubs. Thea and I planted them along the east fence.

 

4th Work Day Scheduled for Saturday, January 10th  10:00am-12:00pm

 (if weather allows)

~ Create new beds

~ Plant seeds in the greenhouse and in beds

~ Make planter boxes (if Lowe’s delivers by then*)

~ Make grade level signs from wood donated by Thea and picked up by Julie.

What we need moving forward~ Woodchips for the walkways! If anyone knows of a source, please let us know.


 
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Garden Pictures!

MARA Fun Run!

MARA Fun Run!

The MARA Fun Run took place on Sunday, December 7th in downtown Sacramento!  It is sponsored by the California International Marathon! They paid for our Westmore Oaks student 's fees to run in the race!  Fleet Feet also sponsored our students by paying for the curriculum and a T-shirt for each child.  Here are some pictures from the event and some pictures of our students in the Project Fit after school Club! Teacher sponsors of the Project Fit Club are Mrs. Shukuya, Mrs. Churchill and Ms. Daykin! 

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MARA Fun Run and Project Fit Students!

Garden Volunteers Hard at Work!

Collins Teen Center Cares Program!!

Collins Teen Center Cares Program!

The Collins Teen Center in West Sacramento had a wonderful turn out of Westmore Oaks Families at their Holiday Luncheon last Saturday.  The Westmror Oaks Staff would really like to say a special thanks to all of the people who helped make this luncheon a huge success.  Many of our families received lots of lovely holiday gifts and enjoyed a fabulous luncheon!  Thanks, Mrs. Smith

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Dinner with a Scientist!

Dinner With A Scientist!

             Our Scientist was Brian Scott.  He is from Ottawa and lives in West Sacramento, California.  Just a coincidence.  He graduated from The University of Ottawa with a Masters Degree in Biochemistry.  He develops and improves enzymes for degrading cellulose.  He has worked for two companies, Iogen Corporation and Novozymes.  He works at Novozymes in Davis, California.  He spent a lot of time with the students talking about his job and how it relates to science!
 

 
 
 

Dinner With A Scientist!

Designated Drop Off and Pick Up Area on Campus Revised!

Designated Drop Off and Pick Up Area on Campus Revised!

 

           

    

December 11, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year we are really trying to keep our campus safe for all students and staff and in order to do that we have revised our parent drop off and pick-up procedures.  Starting on Monday, December 15th the designated drop off and pick up area will be located between the parking lot and the cafeteria only.  Parents are welcome to stay in that area to pick up and drop off their children before and after school.  Westmore Oaks will be implementing new drop off and pick up procedures during school hours from 7:00 AM – 2:45 PM.

All parents and students must enter through the gate located by the office or the gate by the parking lot and bicycle racks.  After entering the campus, parents may wait with their children in the morning in the designated area.  When the bell rings at 7:55 a.m., the children can walk without parents to the playground to line up.  Parents and Guardians will not be able to go out on the playground or walk down the halls to the classrooms.   In the afternoon, parents are to wait at that same designated area until students are dismissed from school.

Parents and guardians who need to enter the campus for other reasons or need to stay for a longer period of time during the stated school hours, must continue to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s badge.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to keep your child and the Westmore Oaks staff as safe as possible.        

 

Sincerely,

Diane Tope Smith

Diane Tope Smith

Principal

Class Color Days and Other Spirit Dress Days!

Class Color Days & Spirit Days!

Last year, our Student Leadership Team started doing a few Class Color Days and some special Spirit Dress Days!  We have decided to continue to have these days.  The Student Leadership Team wanted to let you know ahead of time about these dress days so students can be prepared for the 2014-15 school year!  WUSD has a K-8 uniform policy which consists of white shirts or a school T-shirt, and navy blue, tan or black uniform bottoms.  We do expect all students to continue to wear a school uniform but we also will offer a few special dress days in the school year!  

The Special Class Color Days and Spirit Dress Days are the following:

 January 9=Career Day, January 30=Class Color Day, February 20=Pink Day, February 27=Class Color Day, March 13=Picture Day, March 20=70's Day, March 27=Class Colors Day, April 10=Twin or Triplet Day, April 24=Class Color Day, May 15=Western Day, May 29=Class Color Day!

Class Colors are:

 

Kindergarten:               GREEN

First Grade:                  ORANGE

Second Grade:             TEAL

Third Grade:                 PURPLE

Fourth Grade;               GREEN

Fifth Grade:                  ORANGE

Sixth Grade:                TEAL

Seventh Grade:            PURPLE

Eighth Grade:               GREEN

 

NEW Westmore Oaks T-Shirts!

New Westmore Oaks T-Shirts!

The Westmore PTSA is going to have Westmore T-Shirts in other assorted colors this year!  These shirts are inexpensive and can all be worn as an official school uniform.  Last year we introduced green and purple, which are class colors.  This year we want to also have orange and teal, which are also class colors!  The Westmore T-shirt will also be available in black, another popular color.  The T-shirt order form will be put on the website soon so you can order your T-shirts for school as early as August 12th in the office!!  Thanks to our wonderful PTSA!! 

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Westmore School APP

Parents and Students:  Remember to download the Westmore School APP so you can get all of the school information right on your smart phone.  You can access the school webpage, school Facebook, teacher emails and there is even a place on the app where students can write down their assignments and project due dates!  This APP is also FREE!  Go to schoolinfoapp to download the Westmore School APP! 

 

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Download the Westmore School APP!  Go to Schoolinfoapp or the APP Store to download your FREE APP onto your phone or IPad!!

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Santa Store!

Santa Store

The Santa Store is closed for the year!  Special thanks to our wonderful PTSA and all of our parent volunteers who helped make the Santa Store a huge success!  Thanks, Mrs. Smith

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Girls Basketball Going Strong!

Girls Basketball Going Strong!  Look for pictures soon!  The basketball schedule is located in the locker on this homepage. 

 

Barnes & Noble Book Store Book Fair!

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Barnes & Noble Book Store Book Fair!

Thanks so much to all of the parents who came out to support our school at the Barnes and Noble Book Store this week-end!  Thanks also to the PTSA members, parents and staff who came out to volunteer their time

 

Coat Drive and Canned Food DriveGoing on NOW!!

Coat Drive and Canned Food Drive Going on Now! 

Student Leadership Group is now collecting clean, gently used or new coats for all ages in the office.  Just drop off your donations in the collection bin located in the office.  Donations are being accepted until December 18th.  We are also collecting any canned goods and any new toys for students.  These items are being collected for the West Sacramento Christmas Basket program.  There is a canned food bin located in the main office.  Students who give two or more items will receive WOW tickets. 

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Geography Bee is coming!!

Geography Bee is coming!

Mrs. Marsh is getting ready for the Geography Bee.  All students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 will be participating.  Each class will be sending two to three finalists to compete in the main event coming soon in January!!  Stay tuned in for pictures coming up!!

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Class Color Day!

Friday, January 9th is Class Color Day and students can wear class colors!

Annual Notice to Parents Letter

Annual Notice to Parents Letter

The Annual Notice to Parents Letter from the Washington Unified School District is located in the locker on the homepage.  It is in English, Russian and Spanish! 

Thanks, Mrs. Smith

NEW Common Core Video!

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Common Core Corner!

Kid Version of the CCSS!

Check out the website below!

http://teachershero.com/html/california

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Common Core Corner!

Common Core Video!

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Music Is Language and More
We are learning how to play tunes and make music on instruments, but we are also learning language, math, and science.  Look over some the topics and terms we have been exposing so far this year in band class (mastery takes time):

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Posted by: Kurt Pearsall
Published: 11/12/14