Message from the Principal

Dear Families,


This past week, first grade listened and watched stories of families in South Africa, New York and China, and then thought about how those families were similar and different from their own families.  Second grade were introduced to the issue of importance of clean water and how water is a finite resource.  After the introduction, they realized water was a critical resource in their lives and made signs about not wasting water for our Lower School building.  In third grade, George Schaab, Head of Facilities, explained how their science study of circuits translates to how Westtown connects to the electrical grid and where the power comes into the building.


In each of these studies, the content was stretched out to beyond Westtown and then pulled back into the realm of children's lives.  One of the goals of learning in Lower School is widening the point of view of children to lives, challenges and information beyond their immediate world.  Going one step further, the faculty help children recognize how the content of the wider world connects to their lives.  It is in this connection that meaning is constructed.    


One of the reasons children rush off buses and vans and spill happily from cars each morning is because the work they do holds meaning.  It is not abstract.  It is personal and is one of the aspects that makes a Westtown education different.  As you talk to your children each afternoon or evening about their days, you can listen for the connections they are making between the world beyond and their everyday lives.





A little update:  After four weeks of not being able to stand or walk, I took my first steps again last week.  It was exhilarating and exhausting.  Still dependent on a wheelchair while rebuilding my physical stamina, I hope to return to school for very short periods, a couple of days a week, over the next few weeks.  There's a lot of physical therapy ahead for me as I learn to stand and walk; yet, I'm on the road.  I can't wait to see you soon.

Important Messages

From Teacher Lynn:  We will be having a Book Swap in Lower School to help ease the winter doldrums and to recycle books among our LS families.  As you are cleaning out bookshelves, please keep the swap in mind!  There will be a collection box in the LS lobby, and we are accepting books for Pre-K to 5th grade readers.  Please drop off your gently used books for the swap. The books will also be used to stock the Little Free Library that  third grade has been designing and will be building, later this year.  Please email T. Lynn if you have any questions at


Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Lower School Parent Council is planning a Parent Social in West Chester. We hope that you can join us. If you plan on attending, please click this link to RSVP.


Wednesday, November 15th, 11 a.m. - Middle School Sneak-A-Peek:  5th Grade families are invited to preview the Middle School.  The program will begin in the Middle School lobby. Parents will tour the Middle School, observe classes, and lunch with current Middle School parents and faculty. If you haven't already responded, please email your RSVP to the Admission Office.


All-School Information

Slow Down!

Please help us to keep students and adults on campus safe by not exceeding the campus speed limit of 15 mph! We appreciate your cooperation and support.

Turkey Palooza

The Campus Kitchen club at Westtown will be hosting the second annual Turkeypalooza, a drive to collect turkeys for our partners at CityTeam and the West Chester Senior Center. Join in the "Take Your Turkey to Work" days:  November 6th, 8th, and 10th. You can drop off 12- 15 pound turkeys at Westtown's Dining Room from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 - 2:00 p.m. on those days. See this flyer for more details, and if you have any questions, contact Mitch Bernstein. Help us fight hunger!


Annual Pie Sale

Once again the senior class will host a pie sale! This year new, locally sourced Amish pies will be available as well as gluten-free options! Pre-order by November 10th and pick them up right before Thanksgiving break. These delicious pies come to you unbaked and frozen, ready to be baked fresh in your home for the holiday or saved for another occasion. Don't need a pie? Perhaps you would consider supporting the Senior Class with a direct donation to the Senior Class Fund. Click here to order or donate online. Paper order/donation forms are available in each division office, or can be downloaded here. Order forms can be returned to division offices. Thank you for supporting the Senior Class!


Festival of Art - November 12

The 2017 Festival of Art will feature the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, the Upper School Chorus, Fall Dance Ensemble, and Elements Dance Ensemble in collaboration with Upper School drawing classes. Performances will take place in the Art Gallery, the Meeting House, Main Building, and Barton-Test Theater. The audience will travel around campus in groups to take in the various performances. The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. Join us for this unique evening of the arts!


Holiday Ornament

Thea 2017 edition of the Westtown ornament is now available in the School Store. The ornaments sell out quickly, so stop by soon!

Students Unite for HER

A group of Westtown students will continue their partnership with and support of the local organization of Unite for HER during this school year. Unite for HER is committed to helping women diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their way through treatment by providing complementary therapies designed to promote physical and emotional wellness. The students will sponsor a "pink" basketball game on January 6th and "pink games" during the spring. This year, students are selling t-shirts and sweatshirts! This online store will close November 30th Order shirts online to support this wonderful organization. For more information on the organization itself, please take a peek at their website. If you are interested in getting involved or talking to the student ambassador at Westtown, please contact senior Jane Abbott.



Westtown School
975‌ Westtown‌ Road, West Chester‌, PA 19382-5700
Phone: 610‌ 399‌ 0123

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