Advisory News


8/20/2018

Field Lessons and School Supplies: We are so excited to launch our new donations website! Click HERE to donate toward our school supply and field lesson campaigns. 

School Supplies: Families, this year each grade level has purchased all the school supplies that your students will need for the entire year. We get a great discount as a school, so we like to purchase everything in advance. We ask that if you would like to help out with school supplies, simply make a $25 donation to our School Supplies Campaign and we will take care of the rest. 

Field Lessons: Speaking of donations, each grade level is planning some incredible explorations this year! You can see a list of Field Lessons for each grade level. The school has already paid for these trips, and everyone is going whether we meet our donations goal or not, however, we have set our grade level Field Lessons Donation Goal and placed it on the website to help support these trips. You can help by donating to our Field Lessons Campaign on our donations website - the new website will even break up your donation into smaller monthly donations for you with just the click of a button.

Click HERE to donate today!

Explorer Athletics Coaches Needed: Click HERE to volunteer in our Explorer Athletics program! Volleyball and Flag Football in 6th-8th grades are launching in just a few weeks and we need 3 assistant coaches. No matter what grade level your students are in, we can use your help! It is only two hours a week, please sign up today!

Learning Lab:  This year the Learning Lab will be open for middle school students before school, during their lunch recess, and after school. The Learning Lab is staffed with an instructional aide who can provide guidance to students who need help with classwork or homework. 

Learning Lab Schedule
Before School: 7:45 - 8:15 Monday - Friday
Lunch Recess: 10:57 - 11:12 - Monday - Friday
After School: 3:15 - 3:45 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

If your middle school student is attending the Learning Lab after school, please click HERE to update School Dismissal Manager for your student by selecting Learning Lab. Only students who have Learning Lab selected in School Dismissal Manager can attend the Learning Lab after school.

8/17/2018

Back to School Night Details: We are looking forward to seeing all of our families at Back to School Night is this Wednesday, August 22nd!

  • Distraction Free: This is a parent-only event to allow for teachers and families to connect in a distraction-free environment. Our BASE program will be open for FREE for all WCS students during back to school night. Click HERE to RSVP for BASE at Back to School Night.
  • Food Trucks: Masa Taco and Good Dog food trucks will be at our covered dining area from 4:45-7:10 pm so families have a food option for this busy evening.  
  • Kinder through 5th grade families:  Both sessions are identical sessions, you only need to attend one per student. Session one is 6:00-6:30 pm, session two is 6:40-7:10 pm. Art and Spanish teachers will be in their classrooms, and PE will be on the field from 6:00-7:10pm – please stop by!
  • 6th-8th grade families: We have two identical sessions, you only need to attend one. Session one is 5:00-5:40 pm, session two is 6:00-6:40 pm. During these sessions, you will meet with your student’s core teachers and specialty teachers. Your students are creating your schedule for the evening.

Free and Reduced Meal Application: Each year, we ask families to complete a Free and Reduced Price School Meals (FRPSM) application. Please remember, we need every student to return the letter with a parent signature and the appropriate check-box selected. If you have not yet returned this letter, please return it by Back to School Night.  Even if you choose not to complete the FRPSM application, we still need a letter back for each student so that we can ensure every family had the opportunity to complete the application.

After School Enrichment: Westlake families, you asked for expanded enrichment opportunities and we found them for you! Click HERE to check out our fall 2018 enrichment package for what’s being offered and sign-up information. Email live@westlakecharter.com with questions or feedback.

Explorer Athletics: The inaugural Explorer Athletics season is upon us! Families, click HERE to sign up your middle school student for either co-ed FLAG FOOTBALL or co-ed VOLLEYBALL. Email live@westlakecharter.com with questions or feedback.

After-School Live: After-School Live Clubs are back this year, and easier to lead than ever! Earn volunteer hours by leading Explorers in joyful learning experiences after school. Click HERE for more information, and click HERE to show your interest. Email live@westlakecharter.com with questions.

Walking School Bus:  Meet new friends, get some exercise and fresh air, and save your time sitting in traffic by joining our daily Walking School Bus, in the morning and afternoons. This daily adult supervised walking group meets each morning and afternoon to walk kids to and from school.  Parents can join the group, or drop their students off to walk with the group.

  • The morning group meets at Burberry Park, (Northborough and Club Center drives) starting at 7:50 and leaves by 8am.
  • The afternoon group meets after school and goes to Burberry Park for parent pick up by 3:45 Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday, and 2pm on Wednesdays.  Be sure to set your preference on School Dismissal Manager.

Sign up in the office for your student to receive a free Trip Scanner Card for all the added benefits, including parent notifications, prizes and parties.


8/10/2018

Learning Lab
Exciting news!! This year, the Learning Lab will be open for middle school students after school (as well as before school and during lunch). It will be open starting Monday, August 13.

The Learning Lab will be open for middle school students from 3:15-3:45. In order to attend, the following must happen:
1. A parent must indicate in School Dismissal Manager (SDM) that their student is attending the Learning Lab AND they must indicate how the student will go home at 3:45. If SDM does not say "Learning Lab," the student may not attend.

2. Students who are marked as attending the Learning Lab in SDM will receive a pass from their advisory teacher at dismissal. Upon arriving at the Learning Lab, students must give the Instructional Aide their pass and sign in.

3. At 3:45, the Instructional Aide will walk students to the front of school for dismissal. Students who are not picked up by 3:50 will be checked in to BASE. (BASE fees will be the parent's responsibility.)

School Supplies and Field Lesson Donations Campaigns:

Families, this year we will be launching our School Supplies and Field Lesson donations campaigns on a new website. We will be launching this website next week.  Many families have asked where they can make their donation, we appreciate your patience while we put the finishing touches on our new site. Look for a link to our new donations site next week!


After-School Live: After-School Live Clubs are back this year, and easier to lead than ever! Earn volunteer hours by leading Explorers in joyful learning experiences after school. Click heref or more information, and Click HERE  to show your interest. Email live@westlakecharter.com with questions.

Free and Reduced Meal Application: Each year, we ask families to complete a Free and Reduced Price School Meals (FRPSM) application. Students received the application, as well as a cover letter in their backpacks on Friday. We need every student to return the letter with a parent signature and the appropriate check-box selected by Friday, August 17th. Even if you choose not to complete the FRPSM application, we still need a letter back for each student so that we can ensure every family had the opportunity to complete the application.


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