Summer Reading Groups: Sept. 24

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Good morning,

The first two partial weeks of school have been excellent, with the kids returning from summer with a great deal of positive energy. I look forward to settling into a more regular rhythm of school days next week.

One quick note, planning the date for convening summer reading book groups is always tricky, and we have pushed it out a little farther this year than in years' past. Summer reading book groups discussions will happen on Thursday, 9/24. See the adjusted schedule below for details:

Thursday, September 24th (Day 5)

7:25-7:30       Homeroom
7:34-8:10       E Block
8:14-8:51       F Block
8:55-9:32       G Block
9:36-10:13      H Block
10:17-10:54    A Block*
10:54-12:19    B Block (Lunch schedule as of day 5)*
12:23-1:10      C Block
1:14-2:02        X Block – Summer Reading Discussion

The summer reading groups can be found
here. Students will receive information about room assignments next week. 

Students should come to the book groups meetings with the following written work to help them contribute to the discussion:
  • at least two quotes, comments or questions to generate discussion. 
  • at least two reasons the student would recommend or not recommend the book to others. Students could consider how many stars you would give it from one (terrible) to 5 (excellent) and the reason why.

A reminder for AP students: students enrolled in reading-intensive AP classes for this year have already been contacted by their teacher about their summer reading expectations. These classes include European History, US History, Government, Psychology, Literature, and Language.

Questions or concerns: Don’t see your student’s name? Have a question about the book they were assigned to? Email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Details on Morning Drop-Off & Traffic Patterns

The fire lane, which loops around the building, is a key access point for many families during morning drop-off.
We strive to ensure that all students are able to arrive safely to school. It's critical that parents dropping students off observe the following rules, which we use to organize morning traffic:

If you arrive BEFORE 7:15 a.m.: please drop off your student(s) in the semi-circle on Nahatan Street.

If you arrive AFTER 7:15 a.m.: please observe the following rules:
  • Timing, limitations: Parents may enter the fire lane (the main, Pond-side loop that encircles the school) after 7:15 a.m., when the last bus has dropped off. 
  • Traffic through the fire lane: cars may enter from Nahatan Street through the entrance nearest the track and exit on the southeast exit nearest the softball field.
  • One lane, no passing: Traffic in the fire lane is limited to one lane so that students being dropped off may do so safely. Please do not pass.
  • Semi-circle drop-off: Parents may continue to drop off students in the semi-circle on Nahatan Street.
  • No through traffic in staff lot: To ensure the safety of our staff, parent traffic through the staff lot is prohibited.
Though these rules are designed to alleviate some of the congestion caused during morning arrival, the most efficient and timely way for a student to arrive to school is the school bus.

Bus Transportation Information

Picture Day - NEW DATE

School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 15. The make-up is scheduled for October 19. 

Westwood Cares - Speaker on October 14th

Westwood Cares is dedicated to providing information and resources to families of Westwood to support healthy and safe development of our youth.  Westwood Cares has an upcoming event  on October 14th.  The speaker will be Joani Geltman, author of A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out.

You are invited to join us on Wednesday,October 14th!  You can learn more about Westwood Cares by following them on Twitter @WestwoodCares
or emailing at

News from the School Psychologist, Ms. Cataldo

Welcome back!  To start the new academic year off on the right foot, begin establishing regular routines with your family now.  Get into a consistent schedule for sleeping, eating meals and doing homework.  The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website provides useful information about transitioning students back to school.  See the links below for practical tips and ideas:
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive school year!
Ms. Cataldo

Important Dates to Keep in Mind

  • September 15: Student Picture Day
  • September 23: Yom Kippur (School closed)
  • September 24: Activities Fair, 7:00 p.m. (NEW DATE)
  • October 1: Curriculum Night: Parents get a chance to visit their child's class for 5 minutes starting a 7:00, finishing at 9:00. Parents are welcome to arrive at 6:30 to get acclimated to the building and to visit the PTO booth.
  • October 12: Columbus Day (School closed)
  • October 19: Picture Day Make Up
  • October 21: PTO New Parent Forum, 7:00 p.m., Little Theater

Reports to Parents

TERM 1 (44 days):    Last day of term:  November 6
Portal opens to view Progress Reports: October 6
Portal opens to view Report Cards: November 13

TERM 2 (43 days):    Last day of term:  January 15            
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  December 15
    *Midyear Exams:  1/19, 1/20, 1/21, & 1/22
Portal opens to view Report Cards:  January 29

TERM 3 (44 days):    Last day of term:  April 1
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  March 1
Portal opens to view Report Cards:  April 8

TERM 4 (49 days):    Last day of term: June 13
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  May 17
    *Final Exams: 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, & 6/17
Portal opens to view Report Cards: June 21

Important Dates for Seniors

Last day of senior classes: May 24
Senior Exams: May 25-27
Senior Week: May 31-June 3   

Class Day:  June 3  – 4:00 pm
Graduation:  June 5  – 2:00 pm

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