Grab a meal at Grilled Cheese & Co. any Thursday in January. Visit just today or visit weekly. Support a local restaurant and your PTA. The more business we bring in, the larger the contribution--as much as 25%! Just mention Westowne PTA when you place your order.
Pajama Day & Movie Night
November's combination was a hit, so we're doing it again tomorrow, January 16th. Everyone can wear their pajamas to school. Monetary donations are a welcome but optional way for us to raise funds. The class that raises the most funds this school year will win an end of the year party. The top classes are currently:
Ms. Murray - $96.46
Ms. Jones - $70.73
Ms. Connolly - $48.77
And tomorrow evening, bring your whole family. We'll be showing "The Lego Movie " (PG). Doors open at 6:00 for pizza, popcorn, candy, and drinks. The show starts at 6:30. We look forward to hanging out in the gym with the Westowne community!
Family Meal Donations
During the winter break, a Westowne student lost his mother in a car accident. Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for this family! They expressed their appreciation for the love and kindness of our community. If you weren't able to participate in the first round, we'll keep you posted for future opportunities to show your support.
After School Clubs
Thank you for all the interest in the clubs! Participants will receive a confirmation email prior to the start date. For those who were able to get a slot, Chess Club begins next Tuesday, January 20th. Lego Robotics will begin Monday, February 2. Pickup for after school clubs is promptly at 4:35 in the lobby.
Think Globally, Learn Locally: A Multicultural Literature Night
Save the date! Thursday evening, March 19th
Help us celebrate Westowne's diversity by sharing your cultural connections with us during our multicultural literature night. There are three ways in which you can be involved:
Host a Family Table
Are you from another country? Have you lived in or visited faraway places? Do you have a distinct ethnic or cultural heritage? Share your story with us by hosting a family table during our multicultural literature night. Family tables can display crafts, games, flags, packaged foods (unfortunately no homemade food), maps, clothing, pictures, books, music and more. Help us explore the world by knowing more about each other.
If you can host a family table, please email us with the following information:
* Parent/Guardian's and Student's Names
* Homeroom Teacher
* Contact Info
* Items for your table
Volunteer in the Classrooms
Like previous literature nights, we will also have stories and craft activities in the classrooms. We are hoping to have 10 classrooms staffed by volunteers (teachers and parents). You can be a lead volunteer: pick a story and craft with an international or multicultural theme. Too much responsibility for you? We also need classroom helpers. Email us if you want to lead or assist in the classroom.
Volunteer to be a Worker Bee
There will be other opportunities to help set-up, clean-up, staff Book Fair and everything else in between. We will advertise these spots closer to the date. Stay tuned.
Spring Spree - Craft & Vendor Fair
Calling all Westowne crafters and vendors. On Saturday, April 18, Westowne PTA will host a craft and vendor fair. Contact us for registration information. And tell your friends! We have space for 35 tables.
Thanks to everyone who stepped forward to fill our recent requests for volunteers. You guys are a pleasure to work with!
We also need a volunteer to help with data entry for My Coke Rewards. It is a low-stress job that can be done while vegging out in front of the TV. Drop us a line if entering codes that we exchange for classroom supplies sounds like the job for you.
Blue Jeans - Green School
The Green Thursday activity for January will be collecting gently used blue jeans in all sizes. The blue jeans drive will run from January 22nd - February 6th. Jeans will be donated to homeless shelters in our area. This collection is sponsored by www.dosomething.org.
As usual, the Green Team will have an exciting contest to keep everyone motivated. Keep your eyes open for the graph that will be in the hallway by Mrs. Ingle’s classroom to see how your child’s class is doing. The winning class will win an ice cream party, so be certain to turn in donations to your child's teacher.
Community Meetings Summary
Earlier this school year, BCPS hosted community input forums throughout the county. Our summary from the Southwest area meeting is available on our blog. The official summary from the complete series of forums is also on our blog for your review. Comments or questions may be directed to Kevin Smith, BCPS Chief Officer of Administration and Operations, who lead the forums.
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