Weekly Update

October 26, 2018

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

 Colossians 3:12b

 

The cast of our upcoming fall play, Pride & Prejudice, visited the elementary classes this week! You can spend time with the characters too at our Character Tea, before the Saturday, November 17, 2:00 PM performance. Get tickets to the tea and all 3 of our performances on November 16 & 17 here.

2018-19 ANNUAL FUND

Please follow this link  for 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 - $35

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 for the lowest price point this year! Books are $35 until November 30, $45 from December 1- January 31, and $55 from February 1- May 5.

 

ATHLETICS

• Sixers Night Out - November 30 (Orders Due November 2)

WCA families are invited to see the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Ten West-Mont students will get the opportunity to shake hands and high five the 76ers players and coaches at halftime in the tunnel! Tickets are only $35 each, and proceeds will benefit the Athletic Department. Follow this link to order them online; the deadline is Friday, November 2 and seats are limited. A West-Mont bus will be providing transportation, with a departure time of 4:00 PM. Contact Charis Felton with any questions at (267)977-8742 or email charis.felton@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!

BEAR CREEK DISCOUNT PASSES / RENTALS

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. Rentals are available at a discount as well. Please contact phillip.bowman@west-mont.org if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

CLAIRE'S GOURMET FUNDRAISER

The West-Mont Parent Council has coordinated a Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser to support the staff and students of our school. Packets were sent home this week, and orders are due by November 7. The pick-up day has been scheduled for November 19, just in time for Thanksgiving, so consider this opportunity to save time preparing for family gatherings while supporting our school. We will be hosting our Parent Teacher Conferences and Parent Association Meeting on that date to make pick-up convenient for many families. If you need an extra packet, please contact the school office and one will be sent home with your student. To order online, follow this link and use organization code 7210 to set up an account.

 

FINE ARTS

 

 • MS/HS Fall Play - Pride and Prejudice on November 16-17

Congratulations to the cast! Rehearsals are underway, and the event will take place on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 & 7:00 PM.

Follow this link to a Save the Date invitation and more information about our Character Tea. We hope to see you all there!

• Ticket Sales for Pride and Prejudice

Tickets for our upcoming fall play, Pride and Prejudice, are currently on sale. The cost for each show is $10, with a $15 Character Tea option (starting at 1:00 PM) for the 2:00 PM Matinee.

Production dates and times include the following:

Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 PM (Character Tea option available starting at 1:00 PM)
Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 PM

Be sure to follow this link to purchase tickets at that time, and click on the blue "Next Month" link for the November performances. Only select the $15 ticket price if you would like to attend the Character Tea at 1:00 PM on Saturday!

• Business Ads & Patron Opportunity

This year, the cast will be selling business advertisements and recognizing patrons in the printed playbill for the show. If you would like to participate, please follow this link to purchase advertisements, and follow this link to become a patron. Feel free to contact Aimee Fox at bandafox528@gmail.com with any questions.

 • Fall Play Friday Donut Fundraisers!

The Pride and Prejudice cast families have organized Donut Sales on Fridays, (October 26, November 2, November 9) at 7:30 AM in the MS/HS Lobby. These delicious confections, donated by WCA families, will be sold for $1 each, and proceeds will go to the production preparation effort underway for our Fall Play!

 

• Sound & Lighting Volunteers Needed

Our fall play production of Pride & Prejudice is quickly approaching, and we are in need of two volunteers to run sound and lighting for the event. If you are able to assist in this way, please contact Beth Lenko at beth.lenko@west-mont.org.

 

Music Lesson Opportunity

 

Please follow this link to more information regarding music lessons available this fall. 

FUNDRAISING

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, and Redners’ Save-a-Tape.

GREEN CLEANING INITIATIVE 

Norwex EnviroCloth Party - November 3 at 10:00 AM

WCA parent and registered nurse, Christine Russell, is hosting a Norwex party on Saturday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. in her home (290 Warwick Road; Elverson, PA 19520). The party will be led by a 1999 WCA graduate in an effort to get as many EnviroCloths donated to the school as possible. If you are able to attend the party, you will learn about many great products Norwex makes and participate in raffles to win free prizes. If you are not able to be there, you are welcome to place an order through the website. Please follow this link to browse the catalog, and follow this link to place an order. Please RSVP to cmr1120@gmail.com if you are planning to attend the party.

HIGH SCHOOL SEMI-FORMAL - November 10

Student Council has coordinated a High School Semi-Formal Event at the Pottstown Carousel on November 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Please follow this link to to the permission slip due back to Mrs. Pettis by November 1.

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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 next month.

• Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - November 2 at 4:30 PM

Our Mission Team will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, November 2, from 4:30 – 7:30 PM in the MS/HS Gym. All proceeds will support their efforts as they travel to Guatemala during Winterim this school year. Follow this link to purchase tickets; and look for a flyer in Friday Folders this week. We hope to see you all there!

Save th Date for these events as well:

Infinitos's Pizza Night - Thursday, November 29

Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, December 1

PARENT SHADOW DAY

We are hosting our Parent Shadow Day on Tuesday, November 20, from 8:00 - 11:30 AM. This is an opportunity for you to spend time with your children and experience a day in the life of a West-Mont student. Please follow this link to process and submit to the school office all of the required clearances to be able to participate in this fun event, and RSVP to eventswca@west-mont.org by Friday, November 16. Please indicate which child/children you would like to shadow, and note that if we do not have all three clearances on file by November 16, you will not be able to participate in the Parent Shadow Day this year. Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity; we look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE DAYS

Parent-Teacher Conference Days are coming up on Monday and Tuesday, November 19-20; please follow this link, and contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment during available time slots. This conference is for parents and teachers to connect after the first marking period, particularly if your child is struggling or you have specific questions, though we encourage communication at any time during the school year.

SUMMIT MINISTRIES EVENTS & INFORMATION

Informational Videos

Summit Ministries produces videos to answer the questions that you are asking, and addressing the difficulties you might be facing, and they are all from Summit's world-class faculty members. Join experts Sean McDowell, J. Warner Wallace, Mary Jo Sharp, John Stonestreet, Jennifer Marshall, and others as they address topics like doubt, the problem of evil, money and greed, Islam, and more. Follow this link to subscribe to the Summit Ministries YouYube Channel, follow this link to additional resources, and follow this link to their website for more information. The latest video adresses how many people in our society today claim that they don’t believe in the value of truth. Sean McDowell explains how the very way we live shows that, whether we want to admit it or not, we build our lives on truth at every turn. Follow this link to watch now. 

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.

• 2018-19 Serve Day Opportunities

We now have a Serve Day Parent Ambassador! Yvonne Westlake will be locating and assisting with the coordination of Serve Days for our West-Mont community. She will search for and develop service opportunities in the tri-county area that we can plug into as a school community. These opportunities will allow West-Mont to serve the surrounding area, and bless others as we are being greatly blessed; this is our responsibility as Christ-followers! Please keep your eyes open for more details to come on Serve Day opportunities! Please contact Yvonne directly at westlake6604@gmail.com if you have any ideas regarding how we might serve; this can be any free event that we can connect with that might be a local need, a church activity that could use more hands, or even a family that could use some assistance with something. We look forward to serving with you all soon!

 Upcoming Events

Friday, October 26

Fall Play Friday Donut Sale at 7:30 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

 

Friday, October 26

Elementary Chapel at 8:15 AM in the Elementary Gym. 

Friday, October 26

Field Trip to Fort McHenry (HS Civics Class).

Wednesday, October 31

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

Thursday, November 1

Hopewell Furnace Field Trip from 8:20 AM - 1:30 PM (Grade 8).

Thursday, November 1

HS Formal Permission Slip Due.

Friday, November 2

Fall Play Friday Donut Sale at 7:30 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

Friday, November 2

Wellness Council Meeting at 1:30 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room.

Friday, November 2

Mission Team Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30-7:30 PM in the MS/HS Gym.

Friday, November 2

Order Deadline for Sixers Night Out.

Saturday, November 3

Norwex Envirocloth Party at 10:00 AM. See left for details.

Monday, November 5

Picture Re-Take Day.

Monday, November 5

Booster Club Meeting at 1:30 PM in the MS/HS Gym.

Wednesday, November 7

End of First Marking Period.

Wednesday, November 7

Claire's Gourmet Orders Due.

Wednesday, November 7

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

Wednesday, November 7

End of First Marking Period.

Friday, November 9

Fall Play Friday Donut Sale at 7:30 AM in the MS/HS Lobby.

Friday, November 9

Elementary Chapel at 8:15 AM in the Elementary Gym. 

Saturday, November 10

HS Semi-Formal from 7:30 - 9:30 PM at Pottstown Carousel. 

Tuesday, November 6

Montco Blue Bell Field Trip from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (Grade 1).

Tuesday, November 13

WPC Meeting at 6:00 PM in the MS/HS Conference Room.

Wednesday, November 14

Museum of Archeology Field Trip from 8:20 AM - 2:45 PM (Grade 7). 

Thursday, November 15

NHS Meeting at 7:30 AM.

Friday, November 16

Elementary Chapel at 8:15 AM in the Elementary Gym.

Friday & Saturday, November 16-17

MS/HS Fall Play Pride & Prejudice Performances at 7:00 PM. Saturday at 2:00 PM. 

 

Monday, November 19

Claire's Order Pick-Up.

 

Monday, November 19

Parent Association Meeting - time TBD.

Evening Parent Teacher Conferences by appointment.

Tuesday, November 20

Half Day of School - 11:30 AM Dismissal!

Tuesday, November 20

Parent Shadow Day from 8:00 - 11:30 AM & Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences by appointment .

Wednesday - Friday, November 21-23

No School - Thanksgiving Break!

Tuesday, November 27

Moravian Museum Field Trip from 8:20 AM - 2:45 PM (Grade 8).

Wednesday, November 28

Keystone Villa Field Trip from 12:45 - 2:15 PM (Grades 1 & 2).

Wednesday, November 28

Martin Guitars Field Trip from 8:20 AM - 2:30 PM (Grades 3-5).

Wednesday, November 28

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

Thursday, November 29

Mission Team Infinitos's Pizza Night from 4:00 - 9:00 PM.

Friday, November 30

Night at the Sixers; bus leaves at 4:00 PM, game at 7:00 PM. See left to purchase tickets.

Saturday, December 1

Mission Team Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. 

Wellness Corner

Teen Exercise

Be sure to encourage your students to exercise on a regular basis, and make it part of their daily routine. The following are some interesting facts to motivate us as parents to do so:

  • Nearly half of teens ages 12-21 years are not vigorously active on a regular basis.

  • The number of overweight teens in America is increasing because they don't get enough exercise.

  • Overweight teens are more likely to be overweight adults, which makes them more likely to develop heart disease and high blood pressure.

  • Teens who are physically active have higher self-esteem and experience less anxiety and depression than inactive youth.

  • Even during physical education classes, students often spend more time standing around than exercising.

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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