Holiday Shoppe setup begins tomorrow evening and continues on Monday. Students get to shop next week on designated days. The remaining merchandise, along with spirit wear, will be for sale for parents and staff Thursday, December 11th from 4:15 - 5:15. Children may bring cash in an envelope or baggie on their shopping day. Most items are priced between $1 and $3 with nothing over $5. See the chart below for your child's teacher and shopping day.
Homeroom Shopping Days
- Thanks to Westowne families for sending in such wonderful donations for the Holiday Shoppe. Keep the donations coming! Our inventory goes quickly once shopping begins.
- Do you have folding tables or bookshelves that we could borrow? We need places to display our inventory. Bring them to the gym tomorrow after dismissal.
- Did you adopt a box of books after Fall Festival for us? Send them back to school after dismissal tomorrow. We'll set them up so the teachers can peruse the stacks for their classroom libraries and students can search for gift-worthy titles. Thanks for being a book foster parent.
PTA Meeting Guest Speaker
Join us for the upcoming meeting with special guest speaker neuropsychologist Dr. Kirk Griffith of Neurobehavioral Associates. Dr. Griffith will discuss organizing strategies and executive functioning in children, including how to promote these skills in elementary-aged students at home and in the classroom.
Tuesday, December 9th
6:30 - 7.30: Guest Speaker Dr. Griffith
7:30 - 8:15: PTA Meeting
Save the Date
Tomorrow, Friday, December 5th - Market Day Pickup from 5:00 - 6:00
Saturday, December 6th - Jingle Bell Run
If you haven't signed up, join us to cheer on our team, the Westowne Fitness Fowls!
Friday, December 12th - Pajama Day and three hour early dismissal
Our Grilled Cheese & Co. restaurant nights have been postponed until January. It is just too busy to squeeze in another activity in December, so mark your calendars and grab a meal any Thursday in January after New Year's Day.
Check out our calendar for other important dates.
Cookies & Cards
Help demonstrate our appreciation for Westowne's teachers and staff. On Monday, December 15th and 22nd, bring homemade baked goods. Drop of donations by 10:00 those mornings so we can set them up in the lounge. Sign up for baked goods to help us bring in enough quantity and variety. It's time to show off your baking skills, share your favorite holiday treats, and spread some cheer.
Not a baker? That's okay. Send in holiday cards from your families to help us decorate the teachers' lounge. Cards can be sent in your children's folders in envelopes addressed to the PTA.
"It's easy being green at Westowne!" Check out the new bulletin board in the lobby. A special thank you to Martha Montgomery for facilitating the creativity of Hazel, Charlotte, and Amy--Westowne alums and students.
If you have middle school or high school students who would like to give back to Westowne later this school year with a bulletin board update, let us know.
So far this year, we've received $353.25 in Giant A+ school rewards. If you haven't already, take a minute to register your card. Westowne's School Rewards number is 01581. Reward programs are simple ways your every day purchases can support our school.
Westowne families have been so generous during this season of giving. There are still a few mittens left on the Mitten Tree in the lobby. Make a choice from the tree, purchase the requested items, and bring the wrapped gifts back to schoo. Use the mitten label to make the gift so that school staff can assure the correct families receive them. All groups, troops, and individuals are invited to participate.
Share your favorite festive community events with Westowne via our Facebook group.
Holiday Train Gardens
The Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual Holiday Train Garden beginning this weekend through New Year's.
The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department also features a Train Garden and neighborhood visits from Santa.
See the websites for dates and times.
Local, free light displays:
- Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street
- The Daniels-Almand home at 5034 Durham Road East in Columbia