Message from the Principal

Dear Families,


The fall term reports are now online.  The faculty spend considerable time reflecting and evaluating each child as they write the reports.  Often as they write, there are conversations with other teachers and with me in thinking about the progress of the children they teach.  Each child deserves significant attention because they have put effort, knowingly and unknowingly, into growing and learning over the last several months.  We value both social-emotional and academic growth and, therefore, the reports capture how they learn in relation to each other and in relation to the content.   


The reports can be found by logging into your child's My Backpack Account found on the parent portal on the Westtown website.  Once you log in, reports can be found under the banner Academic Info and then clicking Marking Period Grades and Comments.  You can also view your child's progress report in a pdf format, located under the banner My Forms/Documents and then clicking My Documents.


For some of you, this is the first time receiving a report from Lower School and for others, this is a familiar form.


The first section of the report is an overview paragraph describing the curriculum covered since the beginning of the year. 


The next section is a checklist of the grade-level, foundational skills we expect children to develop throughout the course of the year.  We think of the skills on a continuum, in that students are working on developing the skills to an independent level, and this work can take all year until they use a new skill securely.   The skills are measured against three levels:  beginning, developing and secure.  Here is a description of the three levels:


  • Beginning means the child is practicing this skill with support.  Either the skill has just been introduced, and therefore, still needs support or the child is working hard over a period of time to gain independence. 
  • Developing means the child is making progress and growing toward the expectation.  Developing describes the span of most learning.  It is the range where teachers are coaching, nudging, helping children see how to improve and apply what they are learning.  It is expected that most skills are developing. 
  • Secure means the child is consistently and independently using or applying the skill.  Secure is the equivalent of "S/he's got this!"  Once they are secure with a skill, the teacher and child build and move toward the next skill or to a higher level.  Secure is what we hope for by the end of the year. 
  • N/A means the skill has not yet been introduced.


After the checklist section, there will be a child-specific comment for each area.  This comment describes how the child is in relation to the curriculum.  Where does s/he shine?  What are her/his areas of strength and growth?  What areas does s/he need to focus on?


If your child's report stimulates questions or the wish for further discussions, please reach out to the faculty.  We welcome the ongoing conversations.





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 is 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.  We can use adult books for the Little Free Library if you have any to donate.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 13th - Lower School Caroling 6 p.m. - Join us for a festive and fun evening filled with song. More information here. Festivities should be done by 7:30 p.m. Please register here.


Friday, December 15th - Lower School Holiday Concert - Get in the spirit before students head out on break. Concert begins at 10 a.m. in the Barton Test Theater. All are welcome.


All-School Information

International Festival

Westtown's Annual International Festival will be held Sunday, December 3rd, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the GCR (Main Hall West End). Please join us for this celebration of countries and cultures!  Most tables display photos and other memorabilia, and many prepare food items to share. We hope to see you there.


Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series
Join us on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater for our next Shoemaker speaker:  Westtown alumnus Daryl Shore '99. He will speak about his journey to Westtown and then from Westtown to his current work as an Investment Manager in Prudential's Impact Investments Division. His talk will also focus on social responsibility investing, as he has done throughout his career.

Holiday Plant Sale

Westtown Meeting Holiday Plant Sale is on! Consider purchasing your holiday plants to support Westtown Monthly Meeting.  All funds raised through this plant sale go to support their charitable outreach and their First Day School. They use all local nurseries to supply the plants, so you'll be supporting local businesses, too! Click here for an order form.

Westtown Golf & Tennis Outing

Interested in joining the Golf & Tennis Committee? Join us for the kickoff meeting Thursday, December 7  at 6 p.m. in the Athletic Center Conference Room. RSVP to Megan Schlickmann at


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