Weekly Update

December 7, 2018

Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.

Isaiah 40:3-4

 

Our Annual Christmas Concert is Friday, December 14 at 7:00 PM. Get your tickets here, starting Friday, November 30.

2018-19 ANNUAL FUND

Please follow this link  to detailed information regarding how you can get involved with monthly giving. West-Mont Family business owners have stepped up and will match up to $310,000 of contributions given this year! If your company matches gifts, that could increase your donation as well! Please be in prayer about how your family can contribute, and follow this link to donate at any time!

2018-19 YEARBOOK ONLINE ORDERS - $45

Please follow this link to order your 2018-19 yearbook online; no orders should be sent to the school this year. Yearbooks make great Christmas gifts, so be sure to get your order in soon! Books are $45 until January 31, and $55 from February 1- May 5.

 

ATHLETICS

• Booster Club Cookie Walk Fundraiser - December 14

The Booster Club has coordinated a Cookie Walk on Friday, December 14, during our annual All-School Christmas Concert. Please consider donating a batch of your favorite recipe or your prettiest cookies, and purchasing from the variety of contributions that night at $5 per pound. We would love for each family to donate one batch. Please follow this link to sign up for donations, and be sure to have all cookies to the MS/HS Gym by December 14, at 3:00 PM. 

• Saturday Morning Soccer (Grades 3-5)

Expanding on our Elementary Learning in the SEA Program (Sports, Education, Arts), we are excited to offer Saturday Morning Soccer for grades 3-5. Coach Stephen Fitzmier will host sessions every Saturday from November 10 - December 15, excluding Thanksgiving weekend, from 9:00 -10:30 a.m., in the MS/HS Gym.

Grade 5 can also be involved in a more intense soccer league with Coaches Kathy and Craig Huey for Saturday and Sunday games, from November - March. For more details on that league, contact the Hueys at westickyou@aol.com.

• West-Mont Spirit Wear is now available for purchase!

Follow this link to our online store, and remember that these items make great gifts for your family!

BEAR CREEK DISCOUNT SEASON PASSES

West-Mont students, parents, and immediate family members have the opportunity to purchase discounted season or multi-session passes, as well as lesson packages from Bear Creek Mountain through November 30. Please contact phillip.bowman@west-mont.org if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

BOX TOP COLLECTION CONTEST - ELEMENTARY

Now through Wednesday, December 19

The West-Mont Parent Council has coordinated a Box Top Collection Contest this month through Wednesday, December 19! If a class brings in at least 100 Box Tops by December 19, then all students and teachers in that class will receive a packet of hot chocolate. The more Box Tops a class turns in will result in the following treats to fill their cups! Please see below for the levels of Box Tops to collect and yummy goodies to work toward while raising funds for WCA. Follow this link to the submission form to use for the collection, and look for a copy in Friday Folders this week!

 

150 - Mini Marshmallows

200 - M&M Candies

250 - Mini Candy Cane

300 - Fun Straw

350+ - Surprise

 

Every Box Top counts, as long as it is not expired!

FINE ARTS

• All School Christmas Concert - December 14 at 7:00 PM

 

Tickets for our upcoming All School Christmas Concert will go on sale on Friday, November 30, at 10:00 AM. Be sure to follow this link to purchase tickets for $2 each  up until four hours prior to the performance, after which they will be available at the door.

FOOD DRIVE THROUGH DECEMBER 20

West-Mont senior, Nic Collins, has coordinated a Christmas Food Drive here at West-Mont! All donations received at the MS/HS Building by Thursday, December 20 will go to the Coventry Food Pantry to serve those in need this Christmas season.

 

Here is a list of food pantry needs:

Canned Fruit
Canned Meats

Cleaning Supplies
Diapers and Wipes
Cereal and Oatmeal

Jelly (Plastic Container Preferred)
Rice and Side Dishes
Paper Products

Pasta

Pasta Sauce

Peanut Butter
Personal Supplies (Soap, Toothpaste, Laundry Detergent)
Tuna Fish Cans

 

Thank you so much to the donors who have already contributed!

FUNDRAISING

Follow this link for more information regarding low-pressure fundraising efforts you can participate in as you shop this Christmas season including Amazon Smile, Boxtops for Education, Giant A+ Rewards, and Redners’ Save-a-Tape.

GREEN CLEANING INITIATIVE 

West-Mont parent and registered nurse, Christine Russell, hosted a Norwex party last month led by a 1999 WCA graduate. This event was an effort to get as many EnviroCloths donated to the school as possible. If you were not able to attend the party, you are still welcome to place an order through the website. Please follow this link to browse the catalog, and follow this link to place an order.

HOST A STUDENT FROM JAPAN •  March 20 - 27

We are very excited to inform you that WCA has the opportunity to host a group of 36 8th and 9th grade students from Japan, on a short-term basis from March 20-27, 2019! Having international students in our student body provides a rich, cultural experience for our own students, and an opportunity for the international students to experience the love of Christ through our school family. In order to make our international program a success, we are looking for short-term host families who are willing to bring the mission field into their home, and provide a loving, caring environment for these students as they visit the United States. Qualified short-term host families will receive a stipend to offset the cost of meals and transportation, and school busing can be arranged in some districts along with carpooling assistance. If you have any questions or would like to host a student, please contact Rosanne Kelsall, Group Director of BWI, at rkelsallinternational@gmail.com or (215)206-9815.

JARED BOX TOY DRIVE •  December 3 - 21

The entire WCA community has a great opportunity to bless and encourage many children this December! Our National Honor Society invites everyone to participate by bringing small, inexpensive toys to contribute as part of the Jared Box Project. These donations provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter, and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.  

A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. The items can be geared toward various age groups from infant to teen. National Honor Society members will be sorting the toys and creating boxes of items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes will then be delivered to a local hospital. 

Please help our NHS by donating toys, activities, games, and other small goodies (nothing edible). Contributions can be placed in designated boxes in the Elementary lobby and MS/HS lobby. The more we collect, the more children we can uplift this Christmas season! 

Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve others; please have all donations to the school by Friday, December 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Follow this link to more information about the cause.  

Follow this link to a list of suggested items.

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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.

 

MISSIONS​

• Winterim Guatemala Trip

Our high school students will have the opportunity to hit the mission field in Guatemala during our Winterim Progam this school year! Please be in prayer for the team and the people they will serve and point to Jesus, and save the following dates to support the team in their fundraising efforts coming up soon.

Infinito's Fundraiser • January 10 from 4:00 - 9:00 PM

Please join us for a Mission Team Fundraiser at Infinito's Pizza, located at 222 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460. The pizza buffet prices are as follows:

Adults - $6.99, Children 6-10 - $5.99, Children 5 and under - $2.99, Drinks - $2.49

We hope to see you all there!

K-12 & Staff Talent Show • January 18 at 7:00 PM

Auditions - January 9 from 3:15 - 4:30 PM in the MS/HS Chapel

Auditions For the Mission Team Talent Show will be held on Wednesday, January 9 from 3:15 - 4:30 PM. Audition time slots will be five minutes, so students only need to prepare a portion of what they would like to perform at the show. Please contact Brittney Pettis at at (610)326-7690 brittney.pettis@west-mont.org to sign up for an audition.

The cost of admission for the event will be a donation to the Mission Team.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Follow this link for more information about volunteer opportunities and required clearance paperwork. Thank you for considering these opportunities to serve our school!

 

• Fall Weeding, Trimming, & Leaf Blowing

We are in need of volunteers to assist our ground and maintenance staff with weeding, trimming, and leaf blowing on our campus this fall. If you have a block of time in your schedule to lend to this project, please contact melissa.newton@west-mont.orgto coordinate where and when to focus your efforts.

WINTERIM SELECTION PACKETS

We are so excited to offer a variety of Winterim opportunities for our high school students to choose from. Please follow this link to reference information that was sent home recently, and note the submission deadline of December 14.

 Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 11

Choral and Instrumental Concert at BCS at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 12

Fish Hatchery Field Trip from 8:20 AM - 3:00 PM (Grade 6).

Wednesday, December 12

MS/HS Chapel at 2:15 PM in the MS/HS Gym.

Thursday, December 13

Hot Food Concession Sales at after school games.

Friday, December 14

Winterim Selection Packets Due.

 

Friday, December 14

Booster Club Cookie Walk donations due at 3:00 PM in the MS/HS Gym.

 

Friday, December 14

All-School Christmas Concert & Cookie Walk at 7:00 PM in the MS/HS Gym.

See left for ticket sales.

Wednesday, December 19

Elementary Box Tops due for contest. See left for details.

Wednesday, December 19

Philadelphia Field Trip from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (HS Civics).

Thursday, December 20

NHS Meeting at 7:30 AM.

Thursday, December 20

Food Drive donations due by 3:00 PM.

Thursday, December 20

Hot Food Concession Sales at after school games.

Friday, December 21

Elementary Chapel with Los Posadas at 8:15 AM in the Elementary Gym.

Friday, December 21

NHS Toy Drive donations due by 3:00 PM.

 

Monday - Wednesday,

December 24 - January 2

Christmas Break - No School!

 

Wellness Corner

Healthy Holiday Eating

Many would say that their favorite part of Thanksgiving and Christmas is the delicious food. As the holidays quickly approach, here are some small tips to help you eat healthier over the next month:

  • Eat breakfast – Eating a small meal in the morning gives you control over your appetite later in the day, and does not leave you starving by the time the big meal comes around.

  • Make at least one lighter dish – If you are hosting the meal or bringing a few dishes to share, make classic dishes with healthy substitutes. For example, use fat-free sour cream or yogurt in mashed potatoes and casseroles.

  • Fill your plate – Load your plate with dishes you may only get once a year, do not waste your appetite on foods you have all year around. Also, skip seconds; leftovers taste better the next day when you only had one plate the day before.

  • Drink water – Staying hydrated is especially important when eating large meals for a few days in a row.

 

Area Blood Drives

 

Please follow this link to more information about blood drives in our area. This is a way for us to serve our community, and partner with some of our business favorites!

 

 

Remember these ways that West-Mont receives funds back from your purchases! Shop Amazon Smile here for .5% back. Shop our business directory here, and view our other shopping fundraisers here. Thank you for your support!

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