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Weekly Family Update
February 23, 2017

Attendance Line 720.424.3168 |  WCE Website  |   WCE PTA Website

Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
School Hours 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Morning Bell: 8:55 AM | Late Bell 9:00 AM

Activities & Events
To see all upcoming events, click the calendar.   

Also, check out the News on our WCE website, where specific events are highlighted.

Also, the DPS 2017-18 school calendar is now available!
In This Issue
WCE Auction News
There's Still Time To Buy Early Bird Auction Tickets (But Not Much!)
Date : April 29, 2017
Place:  The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
There are six more days to purchase SOAR Soiree auction tickets  here  before the price increases on March 1st. Don't delay as you won't want to miss opportunity to socialize with WCE friends while enjoying heavy appetizers and complimentary beverages.  If you or someone you know wants to contribute an item to the auction, an online donation form is available  here . Also, please read (or watch for) the email from class parents about grade-level auction baskets. This is another great way to support the auction and help WCE students SOAR!

Thanks to all who have already volunteered, purchased tickets, made donations or just generally expressed enthusiasm for the SOAR Soiree. It will definitely be a first-class event!   

Upcoming Events
Specials Team Update 
First Grade Specials Informance | Tonight| 6:30- 7:30
Families and friends of first graders are welcome to join us for the First Grade Specials Informance starting at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

WCE Annual Variety Show Permission forms due no later than March 1st. Turn in box outside of library. Questions? Contact Mrs. Stacy, music teacher megan_stacy@dpsk12.org
ECE-5th Grade Artome' Art Show | 3/16-17 | 5-7 pm | Gym
Art Show Flier

Class picture day will be held on Tuesday, February 28th. 5th Grade Continuation Pictures will also be taken on this day. Please order online using the SCHOOL ID: CG94093G0 or send order form on the 28th. 
MNO MOVIE FUNDRAISER: Fifty Shades Darker | Feb 28 | Harkins | 5:30 pm | $20
Our Moms Movie Night fundraiser is on Tuesday and WE NEED YOU to buy tickets and support this fun event!  DETAILS:  Fifty Shades Darker at Harkins Theater; cost is $20; every attendee receives a SWAG BAG full of goodies; check-in begins at 4:50 pm; movie starts at 5:30 pm (there are no previews.)  Reserve your seat today:  www.momsnightout.buzz OR  www.facebook.com/WesterlyCreekMoms
Harkins Summer Movie Tickets | Order by March 3
Enjoy 10 family movies for just $5!  Orders MUST be turned in by Friday, March 3.  [No late orders can be accepted.]  Click here to download order form
SAVE THE DATE: Yellowbelly Restaurant Giveback | March 14
Our next restaurant giveback night will be Tuesday, March 14 at Yellowbelly Chicken at Stanley Marketplace.  More details to come.
PTA Accepting Nominations for 2017-18 Board
Are you invested in your child's education?  Want to have an impact like no other?  Run for office on the PTA! Nominations are now being accepted for all Board positions.  Nominate yourself or someone you think would provide amazing leadership to our school.  Nominees must be members of the PTA for the current school year and if elected, must be members for the year they would serve.   Elected positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising Chair, Membership Chair, Communications Chair, and Staff Support Chair.  Elections will take place at the March 7th general membership meeting.

For more information or to nominate please contact the Nominating Committee via info@thewcepta.com.
GIRLS ON THE RUN | 3-5th Girls | Starts March 6
Innovative program that inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle by combining training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan.

Enrichments & After School Activities
Enrichment Information can be found on the school website.  
Discovery Link Servive Project- 
Now until March 24th 
Join Discovery Link for a spring service project as they partner with a local agency that assists children in foster care. See the attached flier here for details or contact  Stephanie Hines.


I cannot believe it! The Spring session is about to begin.  If you have not already please click on the link below to enroll your student, space is limited.  Also below you may find a link giving you more information about the program. 

Everyday Safety around the School
Join the Safety Committee 
Please help us keep our school safe by joining the safety committee to address safety concerns at our school.  

Contact Maggie Broadrick for details.
School Funding & Direct Giving
School Funding Gaps in Colorado
Colorado is the 14th richest state in the nation, yet our state government gives $2500 per student LESS than the national average (ranking 43rd nationally).  Your direct giving to our school matters because our base budget is often lower than that of schools with greater numbers of students in need.  To put this in perspective, a school not far from WCE, that is half the size but has much larger enrollments of students in need, sees an additional $300,000 in their base budget.  All students are deserving of a great education.  That's why your direct giving to WCE makes a difference.  Consider making your donation today.
Direct Giving to WCE 
$250 per student per academic year is essential to providing our children with the type of education we expect. If you can't donate $250 all at once, you can divide the amount into monthly installments! Please visit this page on the PTA website to donate.  Also ask your employer if they do gift matching which can increase your donation dollars.
Take Note & WCE Fun Facts
When to Keep Kids Home for Illness
Parents often wonder when it's ok to send a child to school who shows signs of possible illnesss...or who has been ill but hasn't quite recovered.  Our School Nurse suggests using this guideline, created by Children's Hospital of Colorado.  

Additionally, hand washing is a necessary preventive measure against spreading illness.  Please encourage students to wash their hands often or use hand sanitizers located all around the school building and in classrooms.  
The Giving Tree
We love volunteers!
Parent/Family volunteers help make our school great! Opportunities exist   through PTA  and in the classroom (contact your child's teacher).
Food Pantry Needs Donations!
The food pantry would LOVE donations of canned chicken, soups, vegetables and fruit, as well as pasta.  We support our participating families year long with weekly food and school snacks.  Donations can be dropped off in the shopping cart inside the front (east end) doors. You can also help by volunteering to fill backpacks for about an hour on Friday mornings after drop off in the cafeteria.  Thank you!!
WCE PTA Food Pantry
The WCE Food Pantry sends home food each Friday to families of WCE students that need extra assistance. It  is easy to sign up--simply contact your teacher, the front desk, or our social worker Barbara Robinson if you want to receive a weekly food pantry backpack.
The food pantry is funded by PTA donations, individual direct donations of food or funds, and the annual food drive. Donations in our cart in the school lobby are always appreciated, especially: peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, canned chicken or tuna, pasta, and breakfast items. 
Want to be a Food Pantry Volunteer? Join us each Friday in the cafeteria immediately after drop off! For more information, contact Jo-Nell Herndon.
Got Clothes? 
The Clothes to Kids of Denver donation bins are located just inside the east/Akron entrance. Your gently-used clothing, shoes and books helps preschool-12th grade kids in need. Get more details here.
Quick Links
Spirit Merchandise - See New Items!
School Meetings
For details about all meetings view the calendar.

PTA General Membership
Meetings occur at 6:00 PM every other month throughout the school year. All members of PTA are invited to attend. Childcare and pizza will be provided.

Meetings Remaining:
Mar. 7, 2017 (Elections)
May 2, 2017

Collaborative School Committee (CSC) meetings take place quarterly at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month during the school year. To learn more about this important governing body of each DPS school please visit the DPS CSC website or use the Quick Link in this newsletter.  

Meetings Remaining:
Feb. 7, 2017
May 2, 2017
Our Sponsors
We love our sponsors!  Help us appreciate all their support.

If you'd like to be a sponsor contact the WCE PTA. 

Click on any logo below to learn more about each sponsor.

Community Events
Open House Sign Up for Dec. 15

Open Houses - Dec 8


Help the Urban Farm
So many in our community are saddened by the recent tragedy at the Urban Farm and the terrible loss of their sheep, goats, and rabbits. Learn how you can support their organization here.

DSA - Mar. 11 Character Breakfast
Support Denver School of the Arts and join them for their character breakfast. $15/person and space is limited. See this flier for details.
School Choice
Elementary & Middle School Choice
Round one is currently closed.  Families will be notified in mid-March about school assignments. Once those announcements have been made, Round 2 of the choice process will begin.  Visit the DPS School Choice and Enrollment office website for additional information.
Westerly Creek Elementary
Main Office (720) 424-3160  
Attendance Line (720) 424-3168
8800 East 28th Avenue
Denver, CO 80238