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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Crawford Learning Center


March Madness Photo

March Madness

Extra! Extra!  March Madness Tournament of Books has come to a close.  Thanks to all the West School students who voted.  The competition was close, competitive, and exciting but only one book could win.  The 2019 March Madness champion is Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Author Visit- John David Anderson Photo

Author Visit- John David Anderson

Exciting news at West School! Critically acclaimed author, John David Anderson will visit with West School students on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Mr. Anderson is the author of the Bluestem nominated and very popular novel, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day Click here to learn more about Mr. Anderson (he seems very funny) and his books!  He will be happy to sign and personalize books for students.  Please click here to print out an order form and return to the West CLC by Thursday, April 18th.

STEAM Fair Photo


We are excited to announce the first annual West School STEAM Fair (in conjunction with the District 35 evening event We Care for our World: Designing a Better Future)! The event will take place on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00-6: 30 PM at Central School.  Please click here to read the STEAM Fair information letter.  If you would like to sign up, click here to fill in the STEAM fair interest form. 

While this is a voluntary, extra-curricular event, we encourage all third and fourth grade students to participate in the STEAM Fair.  Students may work individually or in pairs.

Hour of Code Photo

Hour of Code

West School students will participate in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9, 2018.  The Hour of Code is a global computer science initiative, designed to demystify “code” and show that anybody can learn the basics.  During library class, students will be given an introduction to computer programming and work with a variety of tools as they learn more about coding.  Please click here for more coding resources.

Election Day Photo

Election Day

To celebrate election day on November 6, 2018, West School students voted for their favorite Bluestem nominated book.  The polls have closed, the ballots have been counted, and the results are in!  The 2018 Bluestem winner for West School is…
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Innovation Station

The West School Innovation Station is a place for students to foster a disposition to creatively solve problems by making and inventing. Students are introduced to the engineering design process that involves asking questions, imagining possible solutions, planning, creating and improving on their plan. The maker movement is all about teaching our children to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions. We would love your help in gathering the following items for our Innovation Station: 

paper or plastic products (plates, cups, spoons, etc.)
glue or tape (duct, painter, Scotch, masking)
pipe cleaners
Please bring your donated items to the West School CLC.

If you have any questions please contact
Mary Kelly: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)