February 28, 2019
Hello Westfield families!
This week is one of the most special on our campus as we celebrate our 30th annual Grandparents' Day tomorrow. We also open our Lower School Book Fair today, and spring sports are in full swing!
It's great to be a Westfield Hornet! And, don't forget...
tomorrow is a school-wide noon dismissal!
Our 30th annual Grandparents' Day is tomorrow - Friday, March 1st, and we look forward to welcoming you to our campus! Grandparents' Day is one of the most special events of the school year, and it is truly a blessing to have so many grandparents, parents, and special friends join us for a great show by our Lower School students. It is also a special tradition to have our senior class join the Lower School students on stage for the finale.

We believe that fine arts programs such as Grandparents' Day are an essential part of our school mission, as they not only help students explore music, creativity, and self-expression, but also build self-control, confidence, leadership, and poise which are key in the growth and maturity for students of all ages. The students and their teachers have been working very hard, and we know this year's performance of "Georgia on My Mind..." will be outstanding!

Grandparents' Day will be held at 10 a.m. in our gymnatorium. The doors will open at 9 a.m. Our FLIK cafeteria staff will be serving complimentary coffee and pastries outside the gymnatorium before the performance. In order to help ensure that the day is special and memorable for all, we want to share some important information with you:

Parking :  There will be a special section for handicapped parking only in front of the gymnatorium via access through the Holly Hills gate (please see campus map attached). To park in the designated handicapped area, you must have a current handicapped tag or decal. We will have golf carts to help transport guests from all of our parking lots throughout campus. Overflow parking will be available on our varsity practice field near the front of campus and also across Highway 41 in the front of Hamby Chevrolet.

Seating The only reserved seating for guests in the gymnatorium will be for persons in wheelchairs and for families who purchased reserved seats at the Westfield auction. We ask that you reserve no more than four (4) seats so that adequate seating is available for all guests.

Video/Photography :   You are welcome to photograph and video the performance, however, we do not allow tripods to be set up on the gymnatorium floor before or during the performance. After the show, we will have several photo stations set up in the Lower School and Pre-School buildings, and we hope that you and your child will have a picture taken.

Book Fair and WFO Spirit Shop :  After the performance and a visit to your child's classroom, we hope you will stop by the Lower School Book Fair in the Recital Hall of the Arts & Sciences building. Our WFO Spirit Shop will also be open in the Quad.
Dismissal: All Lower School students may leave campus with a parent or grandparent after the performance by checking out with his or her homeroom teacher. All students in grades 6 - 12 will be dismissed at 12 noon. Please note that our buses will depart Westfield after the 12 noon dismissal, but there will be no After School Program.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Grandparents' Day! #westfieldgpd
It's time for our Spring  Scholastic  Book Fair! The book fair opens with our preview day on Thursday, February 28 and will be open daily from 8 am until 3:15 pm through March 6 in the Recital Hall of the Arts & Sciences building!
Help Westfield "Fight the Flu"

Unfortunately, the flu is continuing to affect many of our students. If your child experiences the flu or flu-like symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that he or she stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

All of our restrooms and buildings were given an extra cleaning and disinfecting over the winter break. To help us in preventing the flu, please discuss the preventive actions listed below with your children and remind them of these important everyday actions to help stop the spread of germs:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Junior-Senior Prom to be held March 16th

Westfield's Junior-Senior Prom is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The crowning of the prom king and queen will be held at 9 p.m., followed by the senior lead-out at 9:30 p.m. and the sophomore server dance at 10 p.m.

Prom is an event only for the members of the junior and senior classes and their dates. Please note that sophomores may attend as dates, but freshman (or younger) from Westfield or any other school may not attend. The prom is a formal event for the students. Young men should wear a tuxedo or dark suit, and young ladies should wear modest evening dresses.
Our school photographer, We Do Photography, will be taking pictures before the junior and senior class dinner and also at Westfield during the prom. Juniors and seniors (and their dates) will be able to view and order photos online via We Do Photography’s website. No pre-payment is needed. For convenience, students should schedule a time online for the pre-dinner pictures at  Appointments-We Do Photography
Second graders in Mrs. Shannon Reber’s class are learning map skills by Skyping with classes across the United States. Each class takes turn asking yes or no questions to try to guess which state they live in. Our second graders have Skyped with classes from Washington state, Kentucky, and now New York. What an interactive and interesting way to learn map skills!
Our Upper School foreign language students are incredibly talented not only in their linguistic skills but also on stage! Thank you to all of our students and foreign language faculty members, Mrs. Bowker, Mrs. Caulley, and Mrs. Pollock, and also Mrs. Mann and the Upper School chorus or a fun-filled night at this year’s Foreign Language Talent Show!
Registration is now open for the Perry Rotary Club Speech Contest. Any high school age student may compete by preparing and delivering a 3-4 minute speech on one of two Rotary topics. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 1st at 12 noon. The winner of the Perry contest wins $100, and the winner for the zone area wins a $1000 scholarship. Details available on Ms. Jackie Almand's (Director of College Counseling) office door.
Attention Class of 2019!

Applications and information for the following scholarships are now available outside Ms. Jackie Almand's office:

Mary Elizabeth Paris Scholarship (deadline March 1)
Balvaunuca Club Scholarship (deadline March 8)
Spillers Orthodontics Scholarship (deadline March 15)
Georgia Strawberry Festival Scholarship (deadline March 15)
Robins Financial Credit Union Scholarship (deadline March 29)
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (deadline June 14)
Congratulations to senior Addie Lee, first place winner and “Best of Show” winner, junior Lydia Hardy, honorable mention, and all of our incredibly talented Upper School art students for their art work in this year’s Houston County Student Art Show! Weswtfield was represented in this year's show by twenty Upper School students. Special thanks to Mrs.  Alisia Benavides , Upper School art teacher, for her wonderful work with these students! The show is open at the Perry Arts Center until 5 pm today!  #westfieldart #artinthecommunity
Pre-Tryout Cheer Clinic
Wednesday, March 6th 
3:30-5:30 pm - Gymnatorium

Our varsity cheerleaders will be hosting a pre-tryout cheer clinic for male and female students grades 8-11. The clinic will provide anyone interested in cheer the opportunity to see what we do and how the cheerleaders train for their routines and season. The clinic will cover basic fundamentals, as well as jumps, stunts and tumbling. The clinic is free to anyone interested. #westfieldcheer
New Dance Team
Interest Meeting Wednesday, March 6th
5 pm - Recital Hall
Westfield is organizing a Dance Team for girls in current grades 6th through 11th. The team will perform at various home football and basketball games, as well as represent Westiield in several community performances. Interested students and parents should attend the meeting on Wednesday, March 6th at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall. #westfielddance
Congratulations to our WFO Chili Cook Off winner...Jason Collins! Jason is pictured with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Caroline, who is a Westfield third grade student. Thank you to Jennifer Lewis, WFO president, for organizing this fun event, and to all of the Westfield families who helped, brought pots of chili,and participated! We look forward to next year's cook off!
Tomorrow is the Deadline for Box Tops!
It's Box Tops time again! Our final Box Tops submission for the year is March 1st. Please send your Box Tops with your child to his/her homeroom teacher before March 1st! Box Tops are a great way to earn dollars for Westfield! #boxtopsforeducation #westfieldfamilyorganization
March 1: Grandparents' Day, 10 a.m., Gymnatorium
Noon Dismissal for All Students Pre-K - 12 - No After School Program
Buses will depart from campus at approximately 12 noon

March 6: Pre-Tryout Cheer Clinic for Grades 8 - 11
3:30 - 5:30 pm, Gymnatorium

March 6: Interest Meeting for new Westfield Dance Team
5 pm, Recital Hall

March 12: Westfield Family Organization (WFO), 8:05 a.m., Recital Hall

March 16: Junior-Senior Prom

March 18 - 22: Westfield Senior Experience (WSE) Week

March 25 - 29: Spring Break

#It's Great to Be a Westfield Hornet!