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Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

 

One week to go until winter break!

 

Our mitten tree is set up in the lobby ready to receive gifts of new mittens, gloves and hats for infants to teenagers. The donations will go to local children in West Chester who can use help staying warm this winter.

 

Songs and music-making will be a big part of the coming days.

 

To capture the building holiday spirit, we will start each morning next week with songs of the season in the Gathering Room. As children arrive between 7:45 and 8:00, they will head to the Gathering Room instead of the playground.

 

Parent Council has organized Lower School caroling for Wednesday night, starting at 6:00 in the Gathering Room with a quick pizza dinner.

 

Next Friday, December 15, at 10:00, we will celebrate the end of the first half of the school year with our winter concert. Each week in Gathering, the faculty have been amazed at how Teacher Lulu takes simple music and adds complexity with rounds and instruments. Throughout the fall, students engaged in many stages of music-making including assimilation, imitation, analysis and refinement. Their exploration and work will result in the last stage of music-making: performance! The concert should last 45 - 50 minutes.

 

In all our music-making, there is a mix of the English traditional songs and songs in different languages celebrating many faiths and traditions. Music is one of the ways we expand children's understanding of the world.

 

I look forward to seeing you next week. Weeks of physical therapy are paying off and I am dying to be back full time. Have a great weekend.

 

Happily hobbling onward,
Kristin

Important Messages

From Teacher Lynn: We continue to collect books for the 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.

 

Friday, December 15th dismissal at 11:30. Except for Great Valley School District, there will be school-district provided busing at the 11:30 a.m. dismissal for those students who normally ride home on the bus.  Wednesday, January 3rd, classes resume.  

 

Moosekids Winter Break Coverage (and beyond) Calendar - please contact Nicole Davidson at nicole.davidson@westtown.edu with any questions.

 

All-School Information

Holiday Sales!

The School Store's annual holiday sale begins this Friday, December 8th. All full-priced clothing will be 30% off, clearance items will be 80% off, and gifts will be 25% off. Stop by for some good deals...AND free coffee December 13th through the 15th! The School Store is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


If you'd like customizeable Westtown gear, there is also a holiday sale promotion with  our online partner BSN. Shop Westtown's store here. Purchases of $75 or more qualify for a 15% discount if you use the code HOLIDAY17.  


Financial Aid

The deadline for filing for need-based Financial Aid for the 2018-19 school year is January 15, 2018. Please click here for instructions and information. The Admission Office encourages you to submit your application online as soon as possible. They know that you will not have all of your tax documents by January 15th, so the application is to be completed by making your best estimates. If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at 610-399-7900.


International Festival

Thanks to all who supported Westtown's Annual International Festival last weekend! Please enjoy this gallery of photos of this fun event!


Invitations From Westtown Monthly Meeting

Westtown Monthly Meeting welcomes the Westtown community and all visitors to upcoming seasonal events being held in the Westtown Meeting House. On Sunday, December 24th from 4:30-5:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas Eve service consisting of Christmas scripture readings and singing Christmas carols. On Sunday, December 31st from 6:30-9:00 p.m. will be a New Year's Eve Labyrinth candle lit walk. This activity offers a quiet, reflective, and peaceful time to contemplate your hopes and dreams for 2018 and beyond. For more information about both of these opportunities, visit http://www.westtown.monthlymeeting.net.

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

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