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Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

 

Happy schools are filled with noise.  The conversations of collaborative learning.   The chatter of friendships.   The negotiations of sharing resources.  The asking of questions.  Kids rushing out the doors to recess.  The delight of discoveries.  Songs bubbling up in the hallway. This week the noise spilled out of art. 

 

Every year, two professional artists visit in T. Jeff and T. Jeanne's classes.  All week up over my head, children pounded away at metalsmithing with Martin Moon, the visiting artist for second to fifth grade.   When I stopped in to observe, the children were too engrossed with the tools and the creation of their pieces to look up or talk. Several children were hammering at their designs for one large collaborative piece. At another table, a group experimented with oxidizing the metal.  One child was sanding to change the texture.  Another one was in search of a different tool to create a curved arc.  One child was making a keychain with 76ers hammered into the metal; while, across the way, a child stamped L-O-V-E into her piece. 

 

Martin learned his metalsmithing by apprenticing with a master in Turkey.  At one point in the class, he called everyone over to Skype with this artist who still lives in Turkey and had taught him so much.  As the artist popped up on the screen, Martin began to converse in Turkish.  He gave the children the Turkish word for hello, which they tried as a greeting.  Soon, their own projects pulled them back.

 

We can now add conversations in Turkish to the sounds of the school.

 

May the sounds of your weekend be happy,

Kristin

Important Messages

A message from Teacher Lynn:  Thank you for your support of the LS Book Fair!  Under the skillful direction of chairperson Christine Hopf, many volunteers worked on Monday to transform the Gathering Room into a book shop.  The children especially enjoyed drawings on each table by LS parent, Frank Rupp. The week was busy with shoppers each day, and lots of volunteer parents to help them count money and make choices. Thank you to everyone who helped make the fair a huge success. We raised $1,780.00 for Lower School and the money will be used towards a visiting author and One Story Week next year.

 

A message from Nurse Bernadette:  If your child has an OTC medication (other than epi-pen or inhaler) being kept in my office, would you kindly, over the next few days, stop by and pick up your child's medication? If not picked up by the last day of school, June 7th, the medication will be disposed of. Feel free to email me with any questions at bernadette.driscoll@westtown.edu.  Thank you!

 

Kindness Rocks!     

 

Second grade has joined The Kindness Rocks Project, a movement to spread joy through one specific random act of kindness. They have painted rocks with bright colors and uplifting words and have hid them around campus. If you find one, you can keep it, or re-ride it for someone else to find.


The rules for hiding a kindness rock are simple:  Do not hide them where someone could trip or where they could damage a mower or similar piece of equipment. Where can you hide a rock?  Among the roots or branches of a tree, on benches, picnic tables, signposts, along a fence line, on a window sill, or any type of ledge where it may catch someone's eye.


Want some more information?  Visit The Kindness Rocks Project. For local information about the project, join the Kindness Rocks Chester and Montgomery County group on Facebook.  

 

The Middle School Summer Book Club is back! Details and registration available here

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 1st, 1:30 p.m. - Lower School Spring Concert, theater, grades 1 through 5.  Click here for a letter from Teacher Lulu for important details!

 

Wednesday, June 6th, 8:30 a.m., Gathering Room - Primary Circle End-of-Year Summer Celebration.  A performance of music and poems for families and fans of Primary Circle. After the music, Primary Circle will have refreshments before heading over to their own Brown and White Day on the track. Finish up your Primary Circle year with a whole Lower School picnic on the Raiford fields by the Belfry.  This is the last day of school for our Primary Circle friends.

 

Wednesday, June 6th - Brown & White Day.  At 11:30 a.m., pack up the picnic lunch and join first to fifth grades for a picnic lunch on Raiford field. At 12:15 p.m., the games and races start. After the culminating relay race, children are welcome to leave with their parents around 3:00 p.m. Moosekids will still be an option.

 

Thursday, June 7th, 10 a.m., Final Meeting for Worship and Fifth Grade Graduation - For first to fourth grade students and fifth graders and their families and friends. Summer vacation will start at the close of meeting, around 11:30. 

 

Thursday, June 7th, last day of school - 11:30 a.m. dismissal.  Bus and van service is provided.

All-School Information

ATM Relocation
Please note that the ATM that was in the Belfry is now located on the lower level of the Athletic Center near the vending machines.


Art Gallery
If you haven't been to the gallery lately, stop by and check out the student work! Next week, the Senior Show will be on display.

 

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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