Southern Kern Unified School District

Maintaining Excellence

February 2019

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February 2019
Please don't forget to visit our Westpark Elementary School Websiteto find important information about our school.
Upcoming Events at Westpark Elementary School:
  • Monday, February 4th: PTA meeting @ 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 6th: Minimum Day- dismissal at 12:10 PM
  • Friday, February 8th: ASB Sweetheart Parent/Student Dance from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM (See Flyer below)
  • Saturday, February 9th: Saturday School from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Monday, February 11th:
  • Student of the Month @ 7:30 AM
  • School Site Council @ 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 14th: February Birthday Celebration
  • Friday, February 15th: Perfect Attendance Lunch with the Principal @ 12:15PM
  • Monday, February 18: Holiday- No School
  • Tuesday, February 26th: Spring Photos
  • Thursday, February 28th: Box Tops are Due
Westpark Elementary has Monthly Character Traits that have student friendly definitions and "I" statements that personalize the value.
Student of the Month Winners!
The following Student of the Month Award Winners for December were celebrated at the Student of the Month Awards Assembly on January 4th: (Pictured on the left)
Kyler Huffman, Sophia Daily, Scarlett Smith, Justin Jimenez, Mariah Soliz, Brecken DeSantis, Deserey Gonzales, Kinsley Huffman, Ethan Aguilar, Madison Cherpin, Abram Martel, Athziri Aguilar-Serrano, Alexa Ubilus, Eliana Tarnoff, Eddie Ibarra-Norton, Payton Segale, Arooba Khan, Jenna Jones, Aarionna Kelly, Kyle Jimenez, Virginia Barnum, Isaiah Leonhardt, Jayden Shymansky, Melanie Kimble, Jocelyn Ruiz, Sophia Perez, Amy Amaya, Mae Brisco, Daniel Olascoaga, Connor Shevlin, Giuliana D'Ascenzo, Kyler Huffman, Deegan Farnsworth, Bella Medina, Gabriel Morfin, and Jonathan Cazares
All of our Wildcats were asked to show the character trait of Consideration during the month of January. A student was chosen from each class that showed this behavior the most. The students chosen will receive their awards at the Student of the Month Awards Assembly on February 11th at 7:30 AM. Names and a Picture of the February 11th award winners will be displayed in next months newsletter.
Congratulations to all of our wonderful Wildcats! Go Wildcats!
Owl Pellets in Mrs. D. Jones and Mrs. Paul's 3rd Grade Classes
Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Paul's classes were provided with a fun yet yucky hands-on experience. Each student was given an owl pellet to dissect. Yes, that is right an owl pellet...basically owl throw up.
After an  owl  eats the small rodents, birds, and bugs that are a part of its nightly diet, its stomach cannot digest the fur, bones, teeth, feathers, and insect shells from that food. These “extra” parts are formed into a tight  PELLET  inside the owl  and are then are later SPIT UP by the owl .
Students were tasked to dissect their owl pellet so that they could document the different things that the owls had eaten based on what they found in the pellet. They then used this information to complete different activities and to discuss the owls diet.
This was a great learning activity that was enjoyed by all!
5th Grade Global School Play Day
Today's many children are growing up playing video games and do not have many experiences playing outdoors or unstructured play. Researchers say that this has negatively impacted them in many ways .  
Several of our 5th grade classes planned an Unstructured Play Day on Friday, January 22nd in which they allowed their student to think outside the box and use their critical thinking skills for several hours. Students were provided with activities and games to play, as well as being able to bring some from home. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. They were given activities like: board games, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) Students were allowed out in the dirt outside the classrooms to dig, explore and get messy.
Students were able to spread their toys out around the room or take the kids outside and just PLAY!
Teachers followed these rules: 
Don't organize  anything for your students.
Don't tell them how to play  with the toys/games.
Don't interfere  with your students unless you see something that is against the school rules occurring or would physically hurt a child.
The 5th grade teachers that participated could see their students thinking and planning on their own. They can't wait for National Global Play Day for their students to have this experience again.
National Global Play Day is on Wednesday, February 6th. On this day your child's teacher may be holding a day or part of the day filled with unstructured play.
100th Day of School Activities
Classes all around Westpark celebrated the 100th day of school on January 30th. These are some pictures of the fun activities that our students participated in. OH MY....Look at how our teachers have aged this year!
Westpark PTA Corner
Our PTA will be helping out the ASB during the Sweetheart Dance. If you are a PTA member and would like to volunteer your time, please see the PTA and email. If you are not yet a member and would like to be, contact them and let them know that as well.
The next PTA meeting is scheduled for February 4th at 5:30 PM at Westpark (Specific location to be determined).
If you would like to contact the Westpark PTA send an email to
Westpark School Site Council & English Learner Advisory Council News
Westpark's Single Plan for Student Achievement was approved by the SKUSD Board at the 1st January School Board Meeting.
Our next SSC meeting will be held on Monday, February 11th at 3:30 PM in the school library. We will be continuing our discussion how our family engagement budget will be best spent. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Wildcat AVID Corner
AVID=Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.
Westpark After School Program
Our ASES Instructors worked together to develop Enrichment Classes, which were started in January. Grade level groups will meet on a Wednesday or Thursday each week.The classes will continue until May, 2019.
The following is a brief description of enrichment classes:
  • Ms. Fortson’s Kindergarten Class & Ms. Folck’s 2nd grade class will work together as a “Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club”. At the end of the Reading Club, student's will receive a Magic Mountain Pass. Some activities that they will do are Reading Buddies, crafts, and other reading activities.
  • Ms.Garrett’s 1st grade class & Ms.Turners 4th grade class will work together on “Space”: A Study of Planets. Some activities they will do are colored handouts to match planets, directed drawing, art activities and games.
  • Ms. Andreatta’s 3rd grade class & Ms. Briseno’s 5th grade class will work together on “Around the World.” to learn about family cultures. Some activities include cooking, fractions, learning about other cultures, and talking about student's own culture. Highlights are games, activities, crafts, and a potluck.
Happy Valentines Day!
All ASP classes will celebrate Valentines Day with valentine cards, candy, and making yummy snacks. We will also have a sweet treat for all of our wonderful parents.
A Message from Mr. Shevlin
"THANK YOU" to all our parents/guardians who place such a high regard on creating and molding our students into the tremendous students they are.  As we are now passed the 100th day of school I would like to take the time to mention how impressed we at Westpark are with our students meeting the high standards and expectations in regard to academic performance and responsible citizenship as they are the foundation of our school. It is with pride that we hold these high standards and ask each of our students to maintain the extraordinary record of achievement and contribution that has been the mark of Westpark Elementary. It is the contribution of our students to our school and community that makes our school an exceptional learning community. By showing up everyday and putting our best foot forward by exploring new avenues and creating new relationships our students can not only become well rounded academically but can become contributors to society as a whole. 
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is building solid relationships with students, families, and staff. It is a priority for me to be accessible to classrooms, on the playground, so I can am able to get to know your child. As Assistant Principal, my door is always open. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make Westpark more successful!  
Southern Kern has partnered with PSST World to help against bullying! PSST World is an online resource which allows kids to report safety concerns anonymously to their school. Click here to join the campaign against bullying!
Westpark Elementary School
3600 Imperial Avenue
Rosamond, CA. 93560 
Phone: (661)256-5030
Fax: (661) 256-8300