October 5, 2018
Welcome to this edition of The Westminster Weekly, where you will learn about what's been happening recently at Westminster School! We welcome story suggestions from parents, students, teachers, and alumni. Please email your news to Mrs. Nancy Schuler .
Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming Events

October 8
SCHOOL CLOSED for Columbus Day

October 11
In-House Event for 2nd-6th Grades
Author, J. H. Diel (B/T)

October 12-13
8th Grade Trip to Williamsburg

October 16
One-Day Griffin University for
K-4th Grade Parents
Westminster's Got Talent!
The first Talent Show of the year was one of the best yet! It was fantastic to see some of our third-graders step right up to perform the very first time they were eligible. We are consistently amazed and inspired by our students' bravery and incredible talent.

Some of our more seasoned performers just keep getting better and better. Please enjoy the highlight video for a peek at the performances. A video of the whole show will be posted on our YouTube channel.
Math Club
Math Club members recently came together for the first meeting of the year.

The students had a lot of fun exploring mathematical strategies involved of the game, Tic-Tac-Toe. They also played three other variations of the original version:

  • Misere Tic-Tac-Toe,
  • Wild Tic-Tac-Toe,
  • Wild SOS Tic-Tac-Toe.

They finished the meeting with this bear problem which was solved by most club members in less than a minute. How fast can you solve it?

The club meets on the last Wednesday of every month and is open to any math-loving student in grades 6-8.
1st Grade Explores the Meaning of Citizenship
In social studies class, the first graders have been discussing what it means to be a good American citizen. After sharing about all the different ways they can be good citizens, the first-graders were paired up to discuss and brainstorm and then write mini-essays about how they can be good citizens in their first grade class at Westminster School and in the bigger world. The world is in very good hands, we think!
Congratulations to the Patrols of the Month!
Trivia Night is Coming! Don't miss out!
One of the most anticipated events of the year is just around the corner. The WPC Trivia Night is October 20 . Last year, we had the biggest turnout ever. This year's event is likely to sell out; do not miss out on the fun! Sign up today! Reserve a whole table or join an existing one!
Preschool News
The Griffin Academy keeps growing. Over the past two weeks we have welcomed three new students to our school. They have been embraced by the classes are a quickly making friends.
Looking for a little pre-Halloween fun? Come visit the Spooky House in Miss Horner's room.
Among her many talents, Mrs. Guerra is known for her sense of fashion and her ability to accessorize-especially flowers in her hair. No flowers for these ladies today, but they do have something in common!
Which Griffin Will Win This Contest?
Is your child a future reporter? Does he/she have a radio voice? Check out the contest below! We can think of quite a few Griffins who would be contenders to win this! Please click here to enter!
Sign Up NOW for the Certified 5K Race on Nov. 3
Don't miss the chance to participate in this year's big 5K Race! Last year was a huge success and we expect an even bigger turnout this year. This event is open to the public, so bring your friends!All ages are welcomed as there will be a 1K and fun run for the younger participants.

Own a business? Consider being a sponsor! This is great advertising for your company and can be written off a a business expense. Help Westminster! Help your business! It's a "Win Win!"

We also need volunteers to help make this day a success! Please sign up to man the registration table, water station, or first aid station.
Cash Prizes
1st Place--$250
2nd Place --$150
3rd Place--$100
Alumni News
Y ou may or may not be aware that Dennis Miller, long-time PE teacher and coach at Westminster School has stepped into a new role this year. Mr. Miller has joined the administrative staff and is serving as the Alumni Outreach Coordinator and helping with Development.

A devoted griffin and proven "get-er-done man," the admin team welcomed Mr. Miller with open arms. He is working hard to locate our grads and reconnect. Please see the message below from Mr. Miller:

"The best advertisement that our school has is YOU! Each of you leaves Westminster well-educated, with excellent work habits, poised from experiences on the stage, and confident from sports and other activities. Mr. Glover receives e-mails yearly from other schools praising the quality of students educated in this building. In college, work, and life, our graduates excel and recognize that many of their values were established because Westminster and their parents worked together with a shared purpose……your best interest!

We would like to connect with each of you. Please send us your current address, e-mail, and phone number. This information may be sent to dmiller@westminsterschool.com or mailed to Mr. Dennis Miller 3819 Gallows Road, Annandale, VA 22003.

Westminster would also like to begin a class note section in the Westminster Weekly. This would be a quick line informing classmates of a significant event, such as acceptance into a school, marriage, birth of a child, and job related announcements. When sending Westminster an update, please confirm the year of your graduation."
Word of the Week
syc·o·phant
ˈsikəˌfant,ˈsikəfənt/

noun:  sycophant ; plural noun:  sycophants

  1. a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage
  2. synonyms: yes-man, bootlicker, flatterer, flunky, lackey, spaniel, doormat, stooge, suck-up

"I thought you wanted a competent assistant, not a nodding sycophant"

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting an informer): from French  sycophante , or via Latin from Greek  sukophantēs ‘informer,’ from  sukon  ‘fig’ +  phainein  ‘to show’; the association with informing against the illegal exportation of figs from ancient Athens (recorded by Plutarch) is not substantiated.
Food for Thought
In this article from the Washington Post: " Parents who possess the resolve to separate their children from their smartphones may be helping their kids' brainpower, a new study suggests."
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