Monthly Update

 

August 2017

 

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the Name of the Lord is to be praised.

Psalm 113:3

Welcome to all of our families new to West-Mont for the 2017-18 school year! You will be receiving this Monthly Update throughout the summer, and then a Weekly Update during the school year to keep you informed of West-Mont events and other important school details, as well as missions, volunteer, and fundraising opportunities.

Students in grades 6-9 from both West-Mont and the community enjoyed our STEAM camp from July 31-August 4. 

Click here to view the entire Facebook album.

2017-18 AUCTION BROCHURE
Next Auction Committee Meeting August 16 at 10:00 AM

Please follow this link to a brochure detailing this upcoming event, and contact dayna.leiss@west-mont.org to get involved. The next Auction Committee Meeting is scheduled on August 16 at 10:00 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room.

2017-18 YEARLY FORMS

If you have not already done so, please turn in your yearly school forms (bus, emergency contact, textbook etc.) to the office as soon as possible. Busing forms are a priority at this point, as school districts are finalizing their routes. Please contact brittney.pettis@west-mont.org for more information.

All-SCHOOL PRAYER TIME

We are resuming our All-School Prayer Time on Thursday, August 17, at 8:00 a.m. in the MS/HS Lobby. Knowing that Prayer Warriors are needed to stand in the gap for West-Mont Christian Academy, we have implemented this time in which all families, students, staff, and board members are invited to participate. This meeting will be held on the remaining Thursdays before school begins, and will be a simple time of prayer in which the needs of our ministry are corporately lifted to the Lord. Please join us for this opportunity to fervently reach out to the heart of God for our school. See right for additional dates scheduled.

ATHLETICS

MS/HS Fall Sports Meeting • August 10 at 7:00 PM

On Thursday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Gym, we will kick off our athletic season with a Fall Sports Meeting and Rita's Italian Ice. This event is mandatory for all middle/high school fall athletes and one parent to meet coaches, as well as discuss the requirements and expectations for the season. Please contact our Athletic Director, Charis Felton, at charis.felton@west-mont.org regarding any scheduled vacations conflicting with this meeting.

  • Your Athletic Participation Agreement Form should be turned in to your child's coach ASAP. You may also bring it in to Mrs. Pettis.

  • Mr. Wynne will be holding a baseball/pitching clinic on August 21-24 at 5 PM. This is open to all middle and high school boys at WCA.

  • Please check the athletic portion of the website to keep up with your child's game schedules. You can also visit the ACCAC website to follow our results and the other schools results. https://accacsports.com/

  • There will be a need for volunteers to work the scorer's table for all home volleyball games, training will be provided.


Varsity Basketball, Breakfast, & Bible Study

Open to boys and girls varsity students as well as students entering 9th grade. Dates are June 27,  July 11, 18, and 25, and August 1, 8, and 15, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM.

Varsity Soccer

The Varsity Soccer Team will be having pick-up games and practices throughout the summer with Coach Smith. Follow this link for the schedule and please note that mandatory practices will begin on Thursday, August 17. 

Varsity Soccer Scrimmage

There will be a home scrimmage with Kings Academy & Valley Forge Baptist Academy on Friday, August 25 at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you all there!

Varsity Volleyball Summer Open Gym

Open gym volleyball for varsity girls will take place on July 13 and 27, and August 3 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM. Mandatory practices will begin on August 14.

Middle & High School Sports Practice & Game Schedules

Follow this link for information regarding Middle School & Varsity Soccer.

Follow this link for information regarding Middle School & Varsity Volleyball.

 

Booster Club Meeting - Date Change

August 15 at 10:00 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room

The Booster Club is an opportunity for families to support our student athletes and improve our athletic program. They do this by raising funds through concession sales and special events, as well as by planning low pressure, organized fundraising activities. The Booster Club meets several times a year, and would welcome you to be a part of this opportunity to be a blessing to our student athletes and the growing athletic program at WCA. 

GYM/PRACTICE UNIFORMS

New Uniforms

Gym uniforms are available at the MS/HS front desk Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If your student is taking P.E. or playing a sport, this uniform is required for class and/or practice. Uniform prices are as follows: shorts - $15, shirts – 1 for $13, 2 for $23, 3 for $34.

Pre-Owned Uniforms

If you have gym uniforms that your students have outgrown, consider donating them to our Pre-Owned Uniform Table, and as our supply increases, feel free to peruse the table to incorporate a few items in the sizes you need into your supply. If you have or know of a rolling clothing rack that could be donated or purchased, please contact brittney.pettis@west-mont.org.

West-Mont Spirit Wear is now available for purchase!

Follow this link to download the form, and remember that these items make great gifts for your family!

BEULAH LAND POOL PARTY • AUGUST 8

Please join us for a time of fellowship and swimming from 6:00 - 8:00 PM with our staff and students. Snacks will be available for purchase. Beulah Land Swim Club requests modest attire at all times; one-piece swim suits for women and girls; loose fitting swim trunks for men and boys. Follow this link to the invitation; we hope to see you there!

BIKE RIDES WITH MR. BOWMAN

Every summer, Mr. Bowman coordinates one or two bike rides per week with family and friends of WCA. Emails will go out regularly with times, dates, locations, and difficulty levels of the rides. The descriptions in these emails will allow each family to decide which rides they are able to attend. There will be rail-trail/road rides from 10-30 miles, and mountain bike rides from 5-12 miles, all at different paces. If you would like to be on the mailing list for ride information, email Mr. Bowman at phillip.bowman@west-mont.org. Being on the mailing list does not commit you to any rides.

BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED

The WCA MS/HS Library is in need of current autobiographies and biographies. Any autobiography or biography would be appreciated. We are also looking for copies of Soul Surfer, written by Bethany Hamilton. Please contact charity.wynne@west-mont.org with questions, and drop off to secretaries in both buildings.

 

DECORATING THINK TANK

Please follow this link for information regarding an upcoming opportunity to work toward updating our West-Mont hallways to bring more color into our atmosphere!  Please contact christie.werkheiser@west-mont.org if you are interested in joining this effort.   

DO YOU HAVE PAINTING NEEDS?

Large or Small

  • WCA high school teacher, Mr. Smith, has been painting during summers for 25 years in the Central and Lower Bucks County area, but is now moving to Birdsboro in two weeks.

  • Work will be neat, clean, and done right for less than hiring a contractor.

  • David Smith: 215-559-4376 or smittystele@gmail.com.

 

⚙ GIRLS STEM CAMP • August 7-11

Two Hill School students will run a free STEM Camp for girls ages 10-12 during the week of  August 7 - 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Follow this link for more information, and follow this link to register.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM

Spanish Group at West-Mont!

We partnered with an organization to bring a group of Spanish students to our area this summer for the opportunity to improve their English and learn more about American culture. The group attended regular ESL classes at West-Mont Christian Academy during the week, enjoyed frequent day trips to local and regional attractions, and spent quality time with their host family on the weekends. The program was a great success and a blessing to our school, as well as the visiting students.

Long Term Host Families Still Needed • 2017-18 School Year

($900 Monthly Stipend)

We are still looking for long term host families who are willing to bring the mission field into their home, and provide a loving, caring environment for international students as they study in the United States. At the current time we are seeking a host family specifically for two  high school boys.

If you are interested in hosting a short or long term student, please contact Beth Wisler at bethany.wisler@west-mont.org. We also value host family referrals, so please forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested in this opportunity.

MISSIONS

The WCA Mission Team had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala earlier this summer to venture out on the Great Commission! They had a successful and productive week of service; thank you to all who supported their efforts through prayer and donations. Follow this link to our Facebook posts detailing their trip, including many photos!

PARTNER PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Follow this link to our flyer detailing information about many preschools and camps West-Mont partners with throughout the year.

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS &

SUPPLY LISTS

Our summer reading requirement is designed to help your children bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one. It is also our hope that students will select summer reading books they are interested in and enjoy reading at a pace they can set. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often regress. Summer is a great time to encourage your children to remain active in learning in all areas through many creative outlets.  Follow this link to access grade specific, detailed information regarding our summer reading program. There are also supply lists for next school year included on the summer reading page.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Follow this link for more information about volunteer opportunities and required clearance paperwork.

Summer Weeding and Trimming 

We are in need of volunteers to assist our ground and maintenance staff with weeding and trimming our campus this spring. If you have a block of time in your schedule to lend to this project, please contact melissa.newton@west-mont.org to coordinate where and when to focus your efforts. We would like to keep our campus well maintained for our August events and the last leg of our enrollment season.

• Summer Needs

We are in need of volunteers to assist our ground and maintenance staff with a variety of tasks throughout the summer months. Please contact melissa.newton@west-mont.org if you are able to volunteer in the following areas:

 

- Skilled painters for outside elementary windows

- Automotive volunteers to assist w/ bus maintenance (oil changes, lube work)

- Mechanic to put a new transmission into our school pick-up truck

- Moving furniture inside buildings

- Laying down new carpet squares

- Simple cleaning projects

- Help with floor cleaning

- Seamstresses to replace back-drop curtain in gym/on stage

WEST-MONT PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETING

August 28 at 7:00 PM in the Elementary Gym

Our next Parent Association Meeting for the 2017 -18 school year is scheduled for Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. This meeting is important, so we encourage at least one parent from your family to be in attendance. It is a one hour commitment vital to your understanding of what is happening in your child's education, and it is a great opportunity to connect with administration and staff as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

WEST-MONT PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

August 14 at 10:30 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room

The West-Mont Parent Council (WPC) is an opportunity for WCA parents to bless our school. They do so by organizing special luncheons for teachers, beautifying our buildings and property, providing much-needed items for teachers and students, and much more. They raise money through low-pressure fundraisers, and have helped support the WCA Mission Team, contributed to a Gas Fund that helps defray the cost of field trips, and purchased items for teachers and staff that would not be covered by the budget. 

Meetings are held as needed during the school year in the MS/HS Conference Room for a time of devotion, prayer, fellowship, and business.  The WPC would love for you to be a part of this opportunity to be a blessing to our teachers and students.

WEST-MONT WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEETING

August 25 at 1:00 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room

Our next Wellness Committee Meeting for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Friday, August 25, at 1:00 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room. This committee is growing with new members, and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The purpose of these monthly meetings is to discuss ideas, goals, and events to incorporate and improve wellness efforts at WCA this year. We hope to see you there!

Many Blessings,

The Advancement Department

 Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 8

Beulah Land Swim Party from

6:00 - 8:00 PM. See left for details.

Thursday, August 10

MS/HS Library Cleaning Day at 8:30 AM.

See left for details. 

Thursday, August 10

MS/HS Fall Sports Meeting & Rita's Italian Ice at 7:00 PM in the MS/HS Gym. See left for details.

Monday, August 14

WPC Meeting at 10:30 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room. See left for details.

Monday, August 14

Varsity Volleyball practice begins.

Tuesday, August 15

Booster Club Meeting at 10:00 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room. See left for details.

Wednesday, August 16

Auction Committee Meeting Meeting at 10:00 AM in the MS/HS Conference Room.

Thursday, August 17

All-School Prayer at 8:00 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

Monday, August 21

Varsity Soccer practice begins.

Tuesday - Thursday, August 22 - 24

Kinder Camp from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Thursday, August 24

All-School Prayer at 8:00 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

Thursday, August 24

Campus Weeding Day from 9:30 AM -2:30 PM. See below for details.

Friday, August 25

Wellness Committee Meeting at 1:00 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room.

Friday, August 25
Varsity Soccer
home scrimmage with Kings Academy & Valley Forge Baptist Academy at 6:30 PM. 

Monday, August 28

Middle School sports practices begin.

Monday, August 28

Parent Association Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Elementary Gym.

Wednesday, August 30

WCA Mailing Day from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room. See below for details.

Thursday, August 31

All-School Prayer at 8:00 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

Thursday, August 31

Elementary Open House from 10:00 - 11:30 AM.

Wednesday, September 6

First Day of School.

Library
Cleaning Day
Please join us on Thursday, August 10, at 8:30 AM to prepare the MS/HS Library for the 2017-18 school year. Contact charity.wynne@west-mont.org to volunteer.

 

Campus
Weeding Day
Please join us on Thursday, August 24 between the hours of 9:30 Am and 2:30 PM for a Campus Weeding Day. Bring your gloves and tools, and help us with ground maintenance as we prepare for the start of the new school year! This is the last day of our Kinder Camp, so it may be a convenient time for parents dropping off their students to get involved. Contact melissa.newton@west-mont.org for more information or to volunteer.

 

WCA
Mailing Day
We are in need of volunteers to assist with our mailing efforts this month on Wednesday, August 30, from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room. We will work throughout the day, but any block of time you have available in your schedule would be appreciated. Please contact melissa.newton@west-mont.org for more information or to volunteer.

 

Tuesday/Thursday
Volunteer Nights

 

Our Facility Maintenance Director, Mr. Bill Kemner, will be working with volunteers throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. They will be focusing on lighting and painting projects during that time, so please respond to melissa.newton@west-mont.org to get involved.

 

Wellness Corner

Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is currently in season, so consider the many benefits of this tasty fruit, and serve some to your family today!

 

• Tastes delicious

• Low in calories

• High water content

• Excellent source of Vitamins A, C, and B6

• Rich in Lycopene (Antioxidant) and            

  Citrulline (Amino Acid)

• Helps boost immunity, form red blood        cells, and prevent cancer

   LIGHTING 
FUNDRAISER

HELP ILLUMINATE OUR STUDENTS’ EDUCATION! West-Mont will be replacing ALL fluorescent lighting with LED lighting, which is more cost and energy efficient.

 

To help make this a reality, you can sponsor a classroom, shared space, or individual outdoor lights! Follow this link for sponsorship pricing and levels of giving. We will also need skilled electricians to aid with installation. Email Christie.Werkheiser@west-mont.org with questions.

TRAVEL MUG - $15

 

There are a limited number of “West-Mont Wings” stainless steel travel mugs for sale! They are $15 each; connect with a school secretary in either building to purchase yours before they are gone!

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