Message from the Principal

Dear Families,


Where did you get the last good book you read?  A bookstore?  A friend?  A library?  Amazon?


Lower School has two places to add to the list.  Our Little Free Library and the book fair.


Third grade partnered with T. Lynn and T. Claire to create a Little Free Library which will be a free-standing structure, installed in front of Lower School.  A birdbath-type structure for books.  T. Claire is Quinlan McLear, a fourth grader's mother.  In library, the children researched libraries around the world while talking about how not all children have access to books.  In small groups, they sketched different structures.  T. Claire took the final design to the woodshop, over in the middle of campus, and turned the conceptual drawing into a reality – complete with fir salvaged from the basketball bleachers, walnut shelves from a Westtown tree and copper reused from the woodshop roof flashing.  This Little Free Library will be stocked with books to read and trade.  Look for the unveiling this month!


The book fair will be here soon, as another place to get the next good book for you and your children.  The books are provided by Children's Book World, in Haverford, and selected by T. Lynn and the knowledgeable store staff, to ensure a high quality fair.  We will feature recommended summer reading titles for grades 3-5, as well as popular adult titles.  The Fair will be open from Noon – 4:00 on Monday, May 21; 7:45 – 4:00, Tuesday, May 22; 8:00 - 6:00, Wednesday, May 23; and 8:00 -Noon, on Thursday, May 24.  The fair will be in the Gathering Room.  


Let's start stacking those piles of summer reading.  I will happily move over my current stack to make room for a new one!




Upcoming Events

Friday, May 18th, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Belfry lawn - Pack your blanket, dinner, and lawn games and come on out. Dessert will be provided...THINK ICE CREAM TRUCK! Please register here. 


All-School Information

Upper School Spring Play - THIS WEEKEND!

Join us for the Upper School Spring Play Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman. Performances are May 4th & 5th at 7:30 pm in the Barton-Test Theater. This performance is appropriate for 8th grade students and above and is free and open to all.


Host Family Program

The Host Family Program needs you! Join other Westtown families who host boarding student from afar. Thirty new international students and many American students from a distance will arrive next year, all of whom need host families. Host families offer some home-cooked meals, enjoy culture-crossing conversations, and often develop relationships that live on after a student's first year at Westtown. Host families are NOT responsible for boarding over breaks or transporting students. Contact to learn more.


LocalLive Reminder
As we enter the last entertainment and sports season of the year, we wanted to remind you that many events are broadcast live or can be watched on-demand through our partners at LocalLiveTV. Subscriptions are free to Westtown families. Check it out here!

Adult Mindfulness Series - Come learn about and practice mindfulness during the month of May! Mindfulness teacher Vicky Huestis will lead this four-week series on Tuesday mornings at 9 am in the Lower School. This is open to all so please feel free to spread the word to friends and family. If interested in joining, please register here.


Westtown Science Institute - Science Innovation Camp
What's your STEM-minded child doing this summer? The Science Innovation Camp offers students in 6th - 10th grades the opportunity to explore in an immersive, inquiry-driven learning environment. Ranging from the week-long Makerspace Intensive Workshop to half-day, one-week courses in programming, robotics, physics, and biology, a host of exciting choices are available. To learn more and to register for one (or many!) of the workshops, visit the WSI Science Innovation Camp website. Any questions? Contact Steve Compton, Director of WSI and Science Innovation Camp leader.

Tennis Anyone?
Calling all tennis players to come on out and Swing for the Students! Join us for an afternoon of fun on the Stadium Courts followed by cocktails, live music, dinner, and live and silent auction at Applebrook Golf Club. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by a rotating round robin. Players of all levels are encouraged to play! Register here.


New Exhibit in the Gallery
Please stop by the Art Gallery and check out the new photographic exhibit by Branden Eastwood '03 entitled Bridesburg: The Island in Frankford Creek!  The show will be up through May 13th.


Summer Academics

Along with summer camp options, our summer programming includes academic courses for Upper School students. Whether to open up the school-year schedule for flexibility, to deepen and enrich learning in a particular field of interest, or to accelerate advancement through the curriculum, summer academic courses are an opportunity to grow and learn. Check out the list of course offerings here.

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