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Westwood Elementary School

Santa Clara Unified School District 

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    October 3rd Newsletter Posted 10/4/18

    OCTOBER 3, 2018

    Principal Cori Ghaffari’s newsletter for families

    (Link to printable Newsletter)


    Important Dates

    Oct. 5 Walk-a-thon/School BBQ

    Oct. 9 Fall Festival Planning 6:30-7:30

    Oct. 10 District Measure BB Presentation

    Oct. 12 Temporary Office open (see note)

    Oct. 15 Prof. Dev. (no school for students)

    Oct. 10 District Measure BB Presentation

    Oct. 19 Walk-a-thon Money due!

    Oct. 22-26 PTA Red Ribbon Week

    Oct. 25 Make-Up Picture Day

    Oct. 26 PAW Pride Assemblies

    Oct. 27 Fall Festival and Silent Auction

    Oct. 31 Halloween Parade @ 9:00am


    School Playgrounds

    Please respect that our playgrounds are for student use during the day. They are closed before and after school.

    Our campus opens for breakfast at 7:50. Students who arrive between 7:50-8:10 should go to the cafeteria area to wait for the first morning bell. Students are released at 8:10 to either get to class (grades 3-5), go to the primary playground (grades 1-2), or play on the kinder yard (K). Please help our students to remember these rules!


    NEW! Westwood Office

    Our Westwood office will be undergoing a renovation from Oct 11-Oct 12. At 2:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 11, we will be temporarily relocating to the portable behind the office. If you need to find us during the renovation, look for the signs for the temporary office. We will re-open our regular office on Tuesday, Oct. 16!


    5th Grade Flag Football has started!

    5th graders are competing this season in four (4) games. Come out and support them at one of their games! Here is their schedule (all games are Thursday and begin as quickly as possible after school):

    October 11th @ Sutter

    October 18th Home vs.Ponderosa

    October 25th Home vs. Don Callejon

    November 1st @ Washington Open



    Retake Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday October 25th. If your child was absent for the first picture day, not enrolled yet, or you are unhappy with the first pictures, please plan on your child taking another picture on October 25th.


    Measure BB - Bond Initiative

    After over a year of thoughtful consideration, in August, the Board of trustees voted to place a bond on the November ballot. The $720 million bond will further work to meet the needs of our ever-growing student population.

    Here are some of the needs that the bond will address:

    • Replace portables with permanent buildings

    • Building out the planned 400 student high school on the Agnews campus to a 1600 student comprehensive high school

    • Building new schools on the Patrick Henry and Monticello sites to relieve overcrowding at Laurelwood Elementary and New Valley High School

    • Replace old roofs at some of our oldest sites

    • Replace playground structures, repave playground surfaces, and add shade structures

    • And much more!

    Measure BB would allow us to provide the high-quality facilities to support the success of all our students and meet the demands of a growing student population. To learn more, please visit the Measure BB webpage and join us in person for our community forums:


    October 10, 2018 | 6-7:30 p.m.

    Don Callejon K-8 School

    Multipurpose Room

    4176 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara


    October 15, 2018 | 6-7:30 p.m.

    Santa Clara High School Theatre

    3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara


    Walk-a-thon Notes!

    Our Walk-a-thon is THIS Friday from 8:45-11:15! We are still looking for parent volunteers (Walk-a-thon sign-ups can be accessed HERE) and water donations. At this time, we have our oranges covered!

    Remember….all pledge forms and money are due by Friday, October 19.


    Reflections – National PTA Arts Contest

    WHAT IS Reflections Art?

    2018 Theme “Heroes Around Me”

    Westwood Elementary


    Reflections is an art program created by National PTA to celebrate and promote art with students. We are holding workshops at Westwood in October to help you along the way.


    October “Workshops” - Wednesdays 1:30pm - 2:00pm - meet in room 13 teachers lounge

    • 10/03/18: Discuss Theme - bring in your ideas or inspiration stories or objects.

    • 10/10/18: Plan out / Start  - what category will you be working within? (Dance, Film, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts)

    • 10/17/18: Work on project / Start “Artist Statement” - why did you pick this subject/idea for your entry?

    • 10/24/18: Finish Statement / final touches

    Your entry is due Friday, November 2, 2018.



    Stacia Sarna (, Shruthi Devesh, and Natalie Hansen


    *This program is sponsored by the PTA. Please contact Stacia Sarna if you wish to help during the Fall Workshops with us!


    Fall Festival

    The Fall Festival is coming Saturday October 27th from 4-8pm. This is our PTA’s primary fundraiser to help support our students with Field Trips!! We greatly appreciate the support from our PTA for our grade level field trips! Come play fun games, eat yummy food, bid on awesome items, and listen to great music to help support our community.

    Ticket pre-sales begin October 3rd.

    Volunteer sign-ups for Fall Festival can be accessed HERE



    Fall Festival Planning Meeting

    We’re having a planning meeting next Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity for learn more about the upcoming event and how to get involved. If you’re a room parent and you missed the last PTA Association Meeting, this is highly recommended!


    Halloween Parade/Costume Info

    This year, Halloween will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31st at 9am. Here are some important guidelines as you plan your costumes:

    Costumes must be appropriate for school-aged children and easily put on by the students without much assistance – students are to come to school IN their costumes since the parade is in the morning.  Students should wear closed toed shoes.

    NO: swords/knives/weapons

    NO: exceedingly violent, frightening costumes.

    NO: blood or gory costumes.


    HELPFUL HINTS: Art and Your Child

    Art is more than a painting on the wall in the art museum of the strange sculpture on the Courthouse Lawn. Art is a visual picture of the world which represents history, individual expression, and creativity. Art is an important aspect of a child’s education both at school and in the home.


    Parents can support children’s artistic exploration in the home in many ways:

    1. Display enthusiasm about various types of art.

    2. Visit art fairs, museums, and children’s exhibits.

    3. Provide art materials for your child.

    4. Provide a special place to work where messiness is not a problem.

    5. Display finished artwork.

    6. Discuss possible ideas for future artwork.

    7. Praise your child for originality and creativity.

    8. Suggest experimenting with different art media.

    9. Enroll your child in art classes if he/she is interested.

    10. Relate art to a child’s experience. A child who loves the sea may enjoy paintings of seascapes.


    Art can help children become better learners by understanding the world around them. Encourage your child to enjoy art by expressing thoughts and feelings through the world of art!


    “Children may close their ears to advice, but they keep their eyes open to example.”


    Daily Schedule

    Kindergarten, First and Second Grades

    • Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri: 8:25am - 2:31pm
    • Wednesday/Minimum Days: 8:15am - 1:22pm 

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades

    • Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri: 8:15am - 2:31pm
    • Wednesday/Minimum Days: 8:15am - 1:22pm



    Attendance Line: (408) 423-4305

    Please keep your child at home if:
    • They do not feel well
    • Have a fever above 100° within last 24 hours
    • Have vomited or had diarrhea within last 24 hours
    • Have severe cough or cold symptoms
    Attendance Procedures


    Dedication plaque
    Dedication plaque

    About Us

    Westwood Elementary School is located in the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD).  It was established in 1957, and parent-involvement has always been a wonderful part of our school culture.  In 1961, the parents of Westwood planted a forest of native Californian trees and shrubs. The forest, like our school, is uniquely beautiful and still thriving today! Our campus also boasts beautiful school garden boxes, and themed flags.

    Westwood has a total of nineteen self-contained classrooms and currently is home to students from preschool through fifth grade.  Twelve of our classrooms support a learning environment of 26:1 ratio (grades K-3), and six classrooms support a learning environment of 28:1 ratio (grades 4 and 5). In addition there is one SAI classroom (K/1), a speech therapy room, a multi-purpose auditorium, a library, and two computer labs.