Message from the Principal

Dear Families,


We are approaching the middle of May, with the disbelief that June is following. 


As we imagine what lies ahead in the coming year, thank you for your recognition of the faculty's dedication for the present year.  Wednesday, at the Faculty Appreciation Lunch, the food, space and implied respect meant an enormous amount to the faculty. It was clear from the abundance and the deliciousness (my word) how much effort all of you put into the food prep.  It's a feast to outdo any Thanksgiving table.  


Transitions mark the end of school, and we are thoughtfully planning for next year.  This spring, we celebrate Nancy Weigel's 30-plus-year dedication to growing readers.  A few words rush to mind when describing Nancy:  collaborator, sense of humor, continual learner, deeply caring, insightful.  Nancy holds the child at the heart of her work.  She gave each child her 100% focus, seeing the best in them.  Nancy grew a garden, maybe a farm, of readers in her career at Westtown – cultivating their love of reading, honoring the effort required to become a reader and rejoicing in their accomplishments as they unlock the mysteries of written word.  A relentless learner with a curious heart, Nancy has decided three decades is enough!  She is moving toward adventures unknown, and yet, treasuring our relationships, we will miss greatly her presence as a colleague.


Leavings lead to beginnings, and we are delighted Karyn Payton will take on helping children be invested readers as the LS Learning Specialist.  As a current first grade teacher, Karyn knows intimately what it takes to fully discover the joys of reading.    For over a decade, Karyn has stayed ahead of the research in the area of literacy remediation and support.   Her experience with dyslexia, language therapy and multi-sensory approaches to learning made her the resounding choice.  An announcement will come soon about who will join Colby on the first grade team. 


In the soggy weekend weather, I hope you find warmth and joy in your endeavors.  Or in other words, I hope the sidelines of the playing fields aren't too wet and your parent gear is warm.  Maybe you can finish up that chapter book with your child on a rainy afternoon and be ready to restock at the book fair next week!





Important Messages

Parent Council -  Believe it or not, we are gearing up for the 2018 -1019 school year. If you are interested in serving as a Parent Council grade clerk for the upcoming school year, please touch base with Ellen Songle. It is a great way to get involved and get to know the Lower School community.    

Thank You - A big thank you to all of the parents who contributed to make the Faculty Appreciation Lunch possible. It was a WONDERFUL and delicious treat for the Lower School faculty!

Upcoming Events

Lower School Family Picnic - Due to the weather forecast, we are cancelling the Lower School Family picnic this Friday. We hope you can organically meet with friends from LS later in the summer when the weather cooperates.

All-School Information

Lower School Book Fair

You are invited to shop at the Lower School Book Fair, May 21-24, 2018, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, in the LS Gathering Room! They will be selling a variety of books for infants through middle school, and will have some popular adult fiction for your summer reading as well. The books are provided by Children's Book World in Haverford, and proceeds from the sale help fund a visiting author/illustrator for Lower School each spring. Be sure to stop by!


Summer Is Almost Here!

Looking to fill a few weeks or days of summer with some fun for the kids? Westtown Summer Camps have new offerings and lots of activities including an hour of sports with Ball Beyond, Penn Oaks, or the Westtown Aquatics Program built into the day. Lunches are included and we offer sibling discounts! Look here for more information or feel free to contact Brian DeGroat or Nicole Davidson.


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.

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