• September 2018

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 9/3/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Greetings West Families! 

     

    School is off to a great start this year! We have many school and community events coming up that we hope you will attend and enjoy! 

    - Parent University "Hello" Neighbor Community Resource Night, Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 5:30-7:30

    - East and West Elementary Annual Family Movie Night, Friday, September 21st 6:00-8:00.  

    - Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, September 25th 4:00-7:00 and Thursday, September 27th 2:00-6:00. Please contact your child's teacher if you have not yet scheduled a conferece. 

    - Student Council Dress Up Day #1- Crazy Hair Day! Tuesday, September 25th! 

    - 5th Grade Camp: Tuesday, September 25th through Thursday, September 27th. 

    - No School: Friday, September 28th! 

     

    We hope you and your student(s) are having a wonderful year thus far! If there is anything we can do to make it even better, please let us know! 

     

     

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  • August 2018

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 8/9/2018 7:00:00 AM

    August 9, 2018
    Twas' the morning before the first day of school. The classrooms were ready, children's backpacks were packed, and the West staff was smiling with visions of a great year ahead! We can't wait to greet our students this morning. 


    This year West Elementary has some wonderful things in store, and we would love to have you partner with us. Here are just a few opportunities for our families to partner with us this year:

    • The East and West Elementary will be creating a planning committee to help improve the playgrounds on each campus. The group will meet regularly to discuss, design, and propose a playground for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Over the summer a study group started the process of researching the benefits of having a therapy dog on each of our elementary campuses. The group will continue their work into this school year and propose a possible plan in January 2019 to the Wright City School Board.

    As the new school year begins, I am filled with excitement, hope and dedication to making this a WONDERFUL school year for all our West Elementary students and families!

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  • Back to School!

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 7/1/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Wright City West Elementary Families,  

         We hope you are enjoying your summer and spending a few more weeks soaking up sun and making wonderful memories with your family. We are extremely excited about the upcoming year and know we are going to help our students succeed!  

         Please welcome some fantastic new staff that will be joining us this year:  

    Jackie Schroeder, Special Education Teacher

    Kelsi Spinka, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Melissa Maize, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Erin Hammel, Supplemental Reading Teacher

    Sara Salfrank, Special Education Process Coordinator

    Danielle Scott- Psychological Examiner

         We look forward to them becoming a part of our already wonderful wildcat family!

         Please remember to register your student(s) online. Detailed instructions on how to enroll online are included.  It is important that this process is completed as the enrollment includes important information about your student/family, transportation, health forms, and contact information. If you need assistance please contact Nancy Hale, Administrative Assistant at 636-745-7400.

         We also have some great events coming up that we want to be sure are on your calendars. Please join us for the following:

    • Monday, July 23rd, 9:00-3:00 p.m. - West Elementary will be open for online enrollment assistance. Spanish translator will be available from 9:30-12:00.
    • Monday, August 6th,, 5:00-7:00 p.m. - West Elementary’s Open House (Bring Your Supplies and Meet Your Teacher)
    • Thursday, August 9 - First Day of School!

         We can’t wait for the new school year to begin and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


    Pat Wallace                               Tina Kolarik
    Principal                                   Assistant Principal

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  • Sunday Scoop 1/28/18

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/28/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, January 28th, 2018

    Introducing another club to West Elementary, Girls on the Run! This club is for all girls in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th. If you are interested, please see our main office for more information! 

     

    ABCs of Student Success 

    R is for Reading!

    Simply put, reading to or with your children is one of the most effective ways to increase their learning and academic achievement. As parents and guardians, I would encourage you to read with your students for 20-30 minutes every night. The simple act of reading to or with your student for this amount of time daily has shown significant positive effects on students ability to read, speak, think, and learn. According to The University of Melbourne, Austrailia in their study Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life, the frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct effect on their schooling outcomes regardless of their family background and home environment.  Their study found:

    • Reading to children at age 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.
    • Reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.
    • Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.  
    • Children read to more frequently also achieve higher scores on national assessments.  

    Neuroscientist Sally Shaywitz form the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity presents statistics about the benefits of reading a minimum of 20 minutes/day in her book, Overcoming Dyslexia. Her case for why a child should read 20 minutes a day is outlined in the table below:

    This is what is referred to as The Cumulative Effect. By the end of sixth grade Student “A” reads the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student “B” reads only 12 school days. It takes Student “C” a year to read as many words as what another reader does in two days. Student “A” develops a wider reading vocabulary that continues to expand and improves comprehension skills. Books offer almost three times as many interesting or complicated words outside the general vocabulary. Simply relying on conversation to increase vocabulary falls short of what can be gained through reading.

    So in summary, reading to our children is incredibly important and there are great benefits to reading just 20 minutes a night!

     

    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.50%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.8%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    Save the Date!

    Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, February 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at West Elementary 

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  • Sunday Scoop 1/21/18

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/21/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, January 21st, 2018

     

    ABCs of Student Success 

    Q is for Questions!

    Asking questions is something students should do a lot of, but sometimes don’t as they get older. If we think back to their early years as infants, kids are born with a natural sense of curiosity. They question everything and ask for us as adults to constantly tell them what things are or what they do. They are in such a state of learning about the world around them, that their curiosity cannot be satisfied. We want our students to maintain that thirst for knowledge and continue to develop curiosity about the world around them. Curiosity fuels learning and helps students identify things they are passionate learning about.

    Research suggests that intellectual curiosity has as big of an effect on performance as hard work. When put together, curiosity and hard work account for success just as much as intelligence. Another study found that people who were curious about a topic retained what they learned for longer periods of time. And even more impressive, research has linked curiosity to a wide range of important adaptive behaviors, including tolerance of anxiety and uncertainty, positive emotions, humor, playfulness, out-of-box thinking, and a noncritical attitude -- all attributes associated with healthy social outcomes.

    So, how do we inspire our students to be curious? According to an article from the education website, Edutopia, here are nine ways to help develop students’ curiosity:

    1. Value and reward curiosity.

    Often, the temptation is to reward children when their curiosity leads to a desired outcome or good grade. But it's more important to notice and reinforce curiosity when you see it in action. When you praise children by describing how their questions, explorations, and investigations are contributing to their own learning, you let them know that they are valued for their motivation, regardless of the grade they achieve.

    2. Teach children how to ask quality questions.

    Quality questions are a vital medium for curiosity. Google is great at finding answers but doesn't stimulate the formation of questions. Good questions contain "why," "what if," and "how."

    3. Notice when kids feel puzzled or confused.

    Is there a "teachable moment" that will spark a desire to search for answers? How can you invite children to see problems as mysteries waiting to be solved?

    4. Encourage children to tinker.

    Tinkering might be constructive play with concepts, ideas, and materials. How can children create a new widget, essay, blog article, poem, science experiment, service, or product from their explorations? Tinkering with materials stimulates curiosity and leads to innovative outcomes.

    5. Spread the curiosity around.

    Create opportunities for more-curious and less-curious children to work together. Curiosity is contagious in groups working toward a real-world common goal, helping to cross-pollinate questions and new ideas.

    6. Use current events.

    News reports can lead children to ask purposeful questions that help unearth what's beneath the surface of societal problems. According to research, asking "why" is the critical ingredient in unraveling these difficult conflicts. This often gets to the fundamental reason for why people disagree about solutions.

    7. Teach children to be skeptics.

    The term skeptic is derived from the Greek skeptikos, meaning "to inquire" or "to look around." A skeptic requires additional evidence before accepting someone's claims as true. He or she is willing to challenge the status quo with open-minded, deep questioning.

    8. Explore a variety of cultures and societies.

    Seeing what else exists in the world around them helps spark children’s curiosity.

    9. Model curiosity.

    Let children see you ask questions, solve problems, seek solutions, or engage in a passion project that promotes your learning and encourage them to assist you in the process. This helps teach children what to do when they are curious about something.

     

    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.62%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.9%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

    The Weeks Ahead

    Save the Date!

    Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, February 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at West Elementary 

     

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  • Sunday Scoop 1/15/18

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/15/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Monday, January 15th, 2018

     

    ABCs of Student Success 

    P is for Parent Involvement!

    Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education their academic achievement increases. We appreciate how many of you are involved in your child’s education here at West Elementary, but if you are looking for ways to get involved here are a few:

    • Read with your child each night. Regular reading improves many skills and academic outcomes for our young students. It also helps establish reading is something your family values and that it is a fun activity.
    • Volunteer at school. We are happy to work with you on opportunities to volunteer at our school. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our main office.
    • Attend school activities. We are always so happy with how many people participate in our school activities. This is a great way to engage with the school. We have many great school events coming up this semester, including our Fathers and Fairytales Dance on February 9th!



    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.81%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.9%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    Save the Date!

    Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, February 9th 6:00-8:00 at West Elementary! 

     

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  • Sunday Scoop 1/7/18

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/7/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, January 7th, 2018

    Good Sunday afternoon!

    Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful break, holiday, and new year. We are thrilled to see our students again after the days away. The first week back was filled with smiles and excitement from everyone. It is hard to believe that we are past the halfway point in our school year. We have many fun things planned for your students this second half of the year and are excited to see their continued growth and development.

    We have continued to add clubs and activities here at West and this half of the year we are excited to be introducing Science Club, Spanish Club, and the 4th/5th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Team.  Your children should have or will be bringing home permission forms and more information. If you are interested in joining any of these clubs, please return that information to the club sponsor as soon as possible since space is limited.

    Have a great week! As always it’s great to be a Wildcat!

    Pat Wallace, Principal

     

    ABCs of Student Success

    O is for Overcoming obstacles!

    Information has been shared previously about Grit and Growth Mindset, but it is important to touch on the idea again. Our students will face many challenges, obstacles, and adversity in their lives and as they encounter these situations it is important to help them overcome them and persevere. Being able to think critically to solve complex problems and not giving up when confronted with challenges are some of the most desirable traits employers seek in employees. Teaching students to overcome obstacles with grit and a growth mindset will help them achieve great things in their lives!

    For more information,  you can visit the Mindset Works website ( www.mindsetworks.com ), the Mindset Kit website ( https://www.mindsetkit.org/ ), or read Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset to learn about ways to infuse the growth mindset into your parenting. They all come equipped with useful strategies and tools for parents!

     

    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.87%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.9%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    No School January 15th

    Martin Luther king Jr. Day!


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  • Sunday Scoop 12/10/17

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 12/10/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, December 10th, 2017

    Good Sunday afternoon!

    We are quickly approaching winter break and the conclusion of the first half of our school year. I hope everyone has had a great first part of the school year!  I just wanted to take a second to remind everyone that the Wright City West Elementary Student Council is conducting a food drive. It will last until this Thursday, December 14th. All donations will go to our backpack program which provides food to our families in need in our community. Items needed include: canned food, mac and cheese, chips/crackers, canned soup, oatmeal, granola bars, water bottles, etc. Students can bring in their supplies and turn them into their classroom teachers. Please consider donating to those in need in our community!

     

    Have a great week! As always it’s great to be a Wildcat!

    Pat Wallace, Principal

     

    ABCs of Student Success

    N is for “Nothing”!

    Has your child ever responded with saying “nothing” when you asked them what they did at school that day? As a parent, I’m sure you want to know what is going on in school and what your child is doing each day. Linked below is an article from Edutopia on how to engage with your students and talk about their day in a deeper way. We know that sometimes our kids won’t open up right away when we ask, “How was your day?” This article provides some great ideas on how to draw out more information from your students, so you will know what is going on in school! Take a look: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/parents-fifteen-questions-replace-how-was-school-today-elena-aguilar  

     

    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 95.2%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 87.12%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    Winter Break

    No School December 21st-January 2nd

    School Resumes on January 3rd!

     

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  • Sunday Scoop 12/3/17

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 12/3/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    Good Sunday afternoon!

    I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather. With how nice it is, it is hard to believe winter break is right around the corner!

    I just wanted to take a second to remind everyone that the Wright City West Elementary Student Council is conducting a food drive. It will last until Thursday, December 14th. All donations will go to our backpack program which provides food to our families in need in our community. Items needed include: canned food, mac and cheese, chips/crackers, canned soup, oatmeal, granola bars, water bottles, etc. Students can bring in their supplies and turn them into their classroom teachers. Please consider donating to those in need in our community!

    Have a great week! As always it’s great to be a Wildcat!

    Pat Wallace, Principal

     

    ABCs of Student Success 

    N is for “Nothing”!

    Has your child ever responded with saying “nothing” when you asked them what they did at school that day? As a parent, I’m sure you want to know what is going on in school and what your child is doing each day. Linked below is an article from Edutopia on how to engage with your students and talk about their day in a deeper way. We know that sometimes our kids won’t open up right away when we ask, “How was your day?” This article provides some great ideas on how to draw out more information from your students, so you will know what is going on in school! Take a look: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/parents-fifteen-questions-replace-how-was-school-today-elena-aguilar  

     

    Attendance Update

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 95.3%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 87.12%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    Upcoming Assembly

    We have a great experience for our students coming up that I am excited to share with you! The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird and Friends Elementary School Program is coming to our school on Thursday, December 7th! This is a great character education based program that Fredbird and former Cardinals pitcher, Kyle McClellan will present! They will guide students to think about the question, "what makes a good teammate?" and promote the key messages of Be Active! Be Responsible! and Be Yourself! They will also talk about the benefits of being physically active and participating in extracurricular clubs and activities; valuing what makes them unique as well as the contributions of others; working together with peers, teachers, and family members; and seeking out help from the adults in their lives who can help them achieve their goals.

     

    On this day let's show our Cardinals spirit, so please have your students wear St. Louis Cardinals or red shirts. And we apologize, but due to the capacity in our gym, this assembly is for our students and staff only. We will Facebook pictures and updates though!

     

    Parent-Teacher Committee meeting

    Our next Parent-Teacher Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 PM at West Elementary School. Please join us to learn about how we can work together to support our students’ success!

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  • Sunday Scoop 11/26/17

    Posted by Patrick Wallace on 11/26/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Sunday, November 26th, 2017

    Good Sunday evening!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and took some time to rest, relax, enjoy time together, and eat some great food. This is a great time of year to take a step back and just enjoy those special ones around you. I hope everyone had plenty of quality time together and is ready to come back to school tomorrow. We are excited to see everyone! There are only three and a half school weeks until winter break which begins on December 21st. It’s amazing how quickly this school year is going by! Let’s enjoy every last bit of those three and a half weeks and end the 2017 portion of this school year on a great note!

     

    Have a great week! As always it’s great to be a Wildcat!

    Pat Wallace, Principal

     

    ABCs of Student Success 

    M is for Mistakes and Mindset!

    Some of the best learning comes from fixing our mistakes, finding solutions to our errors, and analyzing problems to make them better. Not getting brought down by mistakes and helping our students develop a growth mindset where they believe their abilities are not limited and can be developed through dedication and hard work is essential to helping them achieve success.

    Growth Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success. Dr. Dweck identified two mindsets people can have: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them, and believe that talent alone creates success. In a growth mindset, people believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Research shows that people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity and increases achievement.

    So how can you teach growth mindset to your students?

    The most important thing you can do to help your child develop a growth mindset is to praise them for effort rather than for talent. Messages like “You learned that so quickly! You’re so smart!” teach the child that they either are or aren’t smart, and that they accomplished something because of something outside of their control. When they encounter difficulty in the future, they tend to then feel not smart and retreat. Instead, messages such as “I like the way you persevered through that problem”, or “Good job to hang in there and find a different strategy that did work,” or “Sorry, that seemed to be too easy for you, let’s do something more challenging,” teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully and taking on challenges in order to grow.

    How can you learn more?

    You can visit the Mindset Works website ( www.mindsetworks.com ), the Mindset Kit website ( https://www.mindsetkit.org/ ), or read Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset to learn about ways to infuse the growth mindset into your parenting. They all come equipped with useful strategies and tools for parents!

     

    Attendance Update

     

    Average Daily Attendance Data= 95.3%

    % of Students Present 90% of the Time= 87.12%

    Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

    We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

     

    The Weeks Ahead

    Upcoming Assembly

    We have a great experience for our students coming up that I am excited to share with you! The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird and Friends Elementary School Program is coming to our school on Thursday, December 7th! This is a great character education based program that Fredbird and a former player or announcer will present! They will guide students to think about the question, "what makes a good teammate?" and promote the key messages of Be Active! Be Responsible! and Be Yourself! They will also talk about the benefits of being physically active and participating in extracurricular clubs and activities; valuing what makes them unique as well as the contributions of others; working together with peers, teachers, and family members; and seeking out help from the adults in their lives who can help them achieve their goals.

     

    On this day let's show our Cardinals spirit, so please have your students wear St. Louis Cardinals or red shirts. And we apologize, but due to the capacity in our gym, this assembly is for our students and staff only. We will Facebook pictures and updates though!

    Parent-Teacher Committee meeting

    Our next Parent-Teacher Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at West Elementary School. Please join us to learn about how we can work together to support our students’ success!

     

    Quick Links

    To connect with us please like us on Facebook and for continuously updated information check our school and district websites!

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