September 14, 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

September 19
Bake Sale

WPC Gen. Meeting--6:00-8:00 PM

September 21-22
7th Grade--Sheridan

September 28
Headmaster's Talent Show
Back-to-School Picnic--Wet but Wonderful
With the wet weather, the moonbounce and obstacle course were moved inside the gym.
These 2nd graders take a brief rest from all all the activities.
8th graders were decked out in their new class shirts selling raffle tickets and spirit wear.
The WPC officers greeted families and signed up volunteers.
We were able to get most of the Class of 2019 together for a pic. Looking good!
Patriot Day Recognized in History Class
On September 11, the students in grades 3-8 spent some of their history class reflecting on the events of 9/11/01. They were reminded of the tragedy of that day and they discussed the Freedom Flag, which is a VA symbol of remembrance of Patriot Day. Westminster School flies the Freedom Flag every September 11 in honor of those lost that day. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders discussed what freedom means to them. Thank you to Mrs. O'Brien for providing a peek into her classroom.
Builders Club Induction
The Builders Club held its annual Induction Ceremony on Wednesday night. The Builders Club is the middle-school branch of the Kiwanis Club. Participation in the Builders Club is voluntary. We are pleased to announce that we have 100% participation from our 7th and 8th graders this year. The Builders Club pledge that our students took states, "Tonight we are taking on the responsibility of making our world a better place for one and all. It is our commitment to serve all those in need with enthusiasm, spirit, and pride."

Led by Mr. Dennis Miller, the Builders Club provides a variety of services to the community. The Westminster Builders Club has a relationship with Northern Virginia Family Services, for whom they provide diaper drives, clothing drives, and other services. The Builders Club also works closely with Timberlane Elementary, which is a Title One school. The Builders Club members sponsor school supply and book drives, as well as provide after-school tutoring to Timberlane students. In addition, the Builders Club makes sandwiches for Martha's Table and participates monthly in the "Meals for Young Minds" program. These are just a sampling of the many ways our students are serving the community.

Pictured above are: Front Row--the Builders Club officers, from left to right--Mealy--President, Owen--Treasurer, Helena-Secretary, and Nasim--Vice President. Back Row: Mr. Dennis Miller, Faculty Advisor, Ms. Susan Glazier, Assistant Head of School, Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Rich from the Kiwanis Club, Mrs. Whitney Richardson from Northern Virginia Family Services, and Mr. Ellis Glover, Head of School.
7th and 8th Grade Plays are Announced
Mr. Glover announced the Upper-School plays at the Builders Club Induction. Actually, Mr. Glover did not announce them. Brett Williams called in on Mr. Glover's phone to announce them to the students. Brett is a member of the Class of 2009 and his class did these two shows. What a coincidence that he happened to call just as Mr. Glover was about to make the announcement! Posters pictured here were created by 2009 grads, Ivel Lee Collins and Hannah Dobbs.

Both of these shows are staged as musicals at Westminster School. While still true to Shakespeare's language, The Taming of the Shrew is set in the 1950's and features an Elvis-like Petruccio as well as other pop stars of the era.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a musical at Westminster School, featuring standards from the 1920's and 1930'2. Both of these shows are big crowd-pleasers, so mark your calendars now!
First Fun Lunch of the Year
Once a month, the parents serve Fun Lunch to the students. It's a great opportunity to grab some pics of our beautiful families. Thanks to all the parents who helped out today and especially to Mrs. Lees, who organizes it all. The next Fun Lunch is October 19!
Alumni News
It was great to see so many grads at the Back-to-School Picnic! We didn't capture photos of all of them, but here are a few. Thank you all for coming! Hope to see you all at the 5K on November 3!
Class of 2018
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2015
Word of the Week
cy·clone
ˈsīˌklōn/
noun METEOROLOGY
noun:  cyclone ; plural noun:  cyclones
  1. a system of winds rotating inward to an area of low atmospheric pressure, with a counterclockwise (northern hemisphere) or clockwise (southern hemisphere) circulation; a depression.
  • another term for tropical storm.
Origin

mid 19th century: probably from Greek  kuklōma  ‘wheel, coil of a snake,’ from  kuklos  ‘circle.’ The change of spelling from  -m  to  -n  is unexplained.

What's the difference between a cyclone, a hurricane, and a typhoon? Just their location...

Hurricane is used in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, central and northeast Pacific. They are typhoons in the northwest Pacific. In the Bay of Bengal and the Arabia Sea, they are called cyclones. Tropical cyclone is used in the southwest India Ocean; in the southwestern Pacific and southeastern Indian Ocean, they are severe tropical cyclones.
Food for Thought
With the Builders Club Induction this week, we are reminded of the benefits of community service for children.
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