September 1, 2017
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Welcome to all of our families new to West-Mont for the 2017-18 school year! You will be receiving this Weekly Update to keep you informed of West-Mont events and other important school details, as well as missions, volunteer, and fundraising opportunities.
Wednesday, September 6
First Day of School • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Friday, September 8
Middle School retreat to French Creek, and High School Retreat to Green Lane.
Monday, September 11
Back to School Night for parents at 7:00 PM in both buildings. See left for details.
Wednesday, September 13
MS/HS Student Led Chapel at 1:30 PM in the Middle School High School Gym.
Wednesday, September 13
Booster Club Meeting at 2:15 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room.
Monday, September 18
West-Mont Parent Council Meeting at 2:30 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room.
Thursday, September 21
Elementary Picture Day.
Friday, September 22
Elementary Chapel at 8:15 Am in the Elementary Gym.
Friday, September 22
MS/HS Picture Day.
Wednesday, September 27
See You at the Pole at 7:30 AM around the MS/HS flag pole.
Wednesday, September 27
Welcome Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
Wednesday, September 27
MS/HS Student Led Chapel at 1:30 PM in the MS/HS Gym.
Friday, September 29
Elementary Chapel at 8:15 AM in the Elementary Gym.
2017-18 AUCTION BROCHURE
2017-18 YEARLY FORMS
If you have not already done so, please turn in your yearly school forms to the office as soon as possible. Please contact for more information.
Your Athletic Participation Agreement Form should be turned in to your child's coach ASAP. You may also bring it in to Mrs. Pettis.
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.
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
September 13 at 2:15 PM 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 ARE IN!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Our Back to School Night is scheduled on Monday, September 11, at 7:00 PM. This is an opportunity for you to briefly meet teachers, visit classrooms, and review curriculum. We ask that if you would like to speak to your child’s teachers for a greater length of time than this night is designed for, that you set up a formal conference by e-mailing them directly; follow this link for contact information. Please bring any outstanding yearly forms to submit to the school office, and note that your child’s schedule will be provided for you upon arrival, per your request.
BACK TO SCHOOL RETREATS - MS/HS
Middle School Students will travel to French Creek and High School Students will travel to Green Lane for our Back to School Retreats! Please look for permission slips coming home next week, and be sure to return them so your students can be a part of this special time designed to help students and staff set their focus on the Lord for the 2017-18 school year.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in joining this effort.
DRESS CODE REMINDER
With the new school year comes a need to shop for school clothes, as children tend to grow considerably over the summer. Before you go shopping please take time to review the school's dress code. A few specific areas you will want to pay attention to for boys are properly fitting jeans, appropriate writing on t-shirts, and length of hair. For girls specific areas to watch are the length of skirts and dresses, tightness of jeans, and low front/sheer shirts. If you or your child has a specific dress code question please don't hesitate to contact us. Follow this link to our parent/student handbook, and refer to page 14.
DROP-OFF & PICK-UP PROCEDURES
Follow this link for detailed instructions for our drop-off and pick-up school safety procedures.
Follow this link for more information regarding low-pressure fundraising efforts you can participate in as you shop this school year including Amazon Smile, Boxtops for Education, Giant A+ Rewards, Redners’ Save-a-Tape, and Red Robin Loyalty Program.
LUNCH ACCOUNT PROCESS
Follow this link for instructions to pre-pay your lunch account. Lunch will be available for purchase daily at the cost of $3.50 per meal, and includes an entree, two sides and a drink. Please refer to the monthly calendar for daily offerings. Various snacks will be available during morning break as well, but MS/HS students should bring cash for these items (drinks -50¢ and snacks - 50¢ - $1.00).
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK &
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
Keep up to date with with the latest happenings at WCA by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram! Access all of our social media sites by clicking the icons at the bottom of this or any WCA web page.
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!
Follow this link for detailed information regarding first time Renweb account set-up.
Schedules for the upcoming school year are in Renweb. Please do not request schedules from Mrs. Pettis or Mrs. Zvodar (firstname.lastname@example.org); check Renweb to see classes. Scheduled classes may not be changed until the first week of school, and approval must be granted for those changes.
Follow this link for more information about volunteer opportunities and required clearance paperwork.
• Thank you so much for your hard work this last month in the MS/HS Library. Twenty volunteers attended our cleaning day and tackled every nook and cranny of our beloved library. Every shelf was cleaned and every book dusted! 😀 Thank you, parent volunteers for accomplishing in three hours the task that usually takes me one week of my summer! You were giant blessings!
Sincerely, Mrs. Wynne
• Thank you to the parent, grandparent, and student volunteers who attended our Campus Weeding Day and WCA Mailing Day last month. Much was accomplished during these efforts, and your assistance was greatly appreciated! Thank you also to the "mystery weeder" who tackled the areas around the Elementary Building over last month; you are a blessing!
• Assisted Test Readers
Our Exceptional Education Department is looking for volunteers to read tests to students. A weekly commitment would be helpful, but days and times will vary according to scheduled tests. Being an Assisted Test Reader allows some flexibility for volunteers to accept different time frames every week that fit their schedule. Contact email@example.com to volunteer.
• Club Hosts
In preparation for our school year, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share a skill or passion with our students by leading a club. The time commitment will be 45 minutes for one day a week. Clubs will take place during 7th and 8th periods from 1:30-2:15 PM and 2:15-3:00 PM for both middle school and high school. They can last for one or multiple quarters. You can choose the day and time slot that works best for you as well as the club theme that you enjoy. Feel free to be creative in what type of club you offer. Some ideas include: cooking, walking/running, soccer, frisbee, gardening, Pinterest, and card making, etc... All club hosts will need to have clearances on file in the school office and be a born again believer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
• Lunch & Recess Monitors
Our elementary staff is in need of volunteers to assist teachers with lunch and recess monitoring on a weekly basis. If you have availability during the day between the hours of 11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and are able to make a weekly commitment on Fridays, this would be a great opportunity for you to serve. Contact email@example.com to volunteer.
• Teacher’s Aides
We are in need of volunteers on a weekly basis to assist some of our teachers with grading and copying during the school day. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
• Fall Weeding and Trimming
We are in need of volunteers to assist our ground and maintenance staff with weeding and trimming our campus this fall. If you have a block of time in your schedule to lend to this project, please contact email@example.com to coordinate where and when to focus your efforts.
WEST-MONT PARENT COUNCIL MEETING
September 18 at 2:30 PM 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.
The Advancement Department
With our fall sports season underway, it is important to keep in mind the various signs of concussion including:
• Physical: Headache, neck pain, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, visual disturbances, sleep difficulties and balance issues.
• Cognitive: Problems with concentration, thinking clearly, and short term memory.
• Emotional/Behavioral: Feeling sad, irritable, anxious or nervous.
Be sure to call your doctor immediately if your child experiences any of these symptoms following a head injury or fall.
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.
Teachers completed their in-service training this week and are ready for your students! We will see you on the first day – Wednesday, September 6 at 8:00 AM!