September 2, 2021
Hello, Westview families, 

We are so thankful to our Westview COVID-19 Medical Advisory Board. They have been and continue to be an invaluable resource to our school leadership team. The advisory board is comprised of Westview parents and former parents who are highly trained medical professionals with experience on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. These professionals work in many different fields of medicine, such as epidemiology, pulmonology, and critical care. This work group was assembled at the start of the 2020 school year to help guide Westview as we made protocol decisions and adapted to how to educate in-person during the pandemic.

As we begin the second school year of navigating a worldwide pandemic, we are so fortunate to have this group to rely on to help us share important information with our community in a factual and knowledgeable way. Our leadership team has leaned heavily on their expertise and guidance when creating and adapting our COVID-19 school protocols. We have created a two page Westview COVID-19 Protocols reference document to help our families easily access what to do and when to help protect our students and community from COVID-19. We encourage you to review it, save it, and use for reference.

We are also delighted to present the latest collaborative effort of our Medical Advisory Board in our most recent blog post on Staying Safe at COVID-19 Level 1 in Houston. This group has once again provided our community with some easy to digest and pertinent information with supporting links. We hope that this is a benefit to our community.

Stay safe, well, and Westview Strong,




Head of School
The Westview School
Stay Westview Strong
Westview COVID-19 Protocols Reference Document
Westview Blog: Staying Safe at COVID-19 Level 1 in Houston
It seems like déjà vu that we are starting this school year with masks and health screenings again, but we’ve had some noteworthy scientific progress compared to this time last year. Hopefully these changes will make life a little more manageable and get us closer to being done with COVID!

There are so many things we were doing last year that we no longer need to do, since we know more about COVID-19, but there are some important things we can do.

READ MORE in the latest post from The Westview Medical Advisory Board as our experts weigh in on Staying Safe at COVID-19 Level 1 in Houston.
Calendar at a Glance

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
  • Labor Day (No School)

SEPTEMBER 13-17
  • On-Campus Scholastic Book Fair

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
  • Virtual Westview Open House (ECD, PreK, K, MS @ 6:00PM and LE & UE @ 6:30PM)
Westview Welcomes Continue
Go Coogs! Our latest edition to the Upper Elementary team is Daisy Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez is a current student at the University of Houston studying Psychology. She considers herself to have a creative and fearless spirit, and when asked to share her favorite words of wisdom, Daisy quoted Lady Gaga, "You have to be unique, different, and shine in your own way." Westview is lucky to have Daisy as part of our staff.
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Guerra to our Support Specialist team. Ms. Jessica holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and her Masters in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Houston - Victoria. She has ample experience in dealing with behaviors and also parent coaching. Jessica is excited to join our team and has jumped right into the action in her first week on campus. Hooray for Ms. Jessica!
Westview EDU: How to Talk to Your Child and Others About Autism
Do you ask yourself, how and when do I talk to my child about his or her autism? Have you wondered if you should tell them about their diagnosis? Is it difficult for you to talk with grandparents and well-meaning friends and relatives about your child’s diagnosis?

Please join us on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 PM via ZOOM for our first Westview EDU of the school year. The Westview School welcomes Dr. Traci L. Jordan, Psy.D., LSSP, Clinical and School Psychologist, InBloom Autism Services. Dr. Jordan will offer parents and caregivers strategies for positive conversations about autism with their children and relatives.

Please RSVP and a ZOOM link will be emailed to you prior to the event. Have questions? Email Penelope Khuri.

Save the Date for Alex’s 5K Run/Walk & Kids' K
Save the date for the 11th Annual Alex's 5K Run/Walk & Kids K. This year's event will take place in-person on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at MacGregor Park. There will also be a virtual option for anyone wanting to participate at their own pace or from afar. Participants can run or walk the virtual 5k at any time or place between now and November 6, 2021.


The proceeds from Alex's 5K support three Autism-related charities: Autism Speaks,  Avondale House, and The Westview School. We are so thankful for their generosity.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the official Alex's 5K website.
Fall Tutoring at The Westview School
Did you know that the Westview School offers tutoring for most classes on all grade levels? Tutoring is offered throughout the school year to maintain the skills students learn and "keep up" during the school year if needed. Tutoring takes place is a fun, relaxed environment with highly-qualified teachers.

We currently have spots available for fall tutoring. Anyone interested in tutoring or learning more information on how this might fit into your child's schedule, please contact Teresa Taeger.

Tutoring is available both 1:1 or small group. Times vary based on each tutor's availability and schedule. Once you sign up, you will be contacted to discuss specific needs and requests. Please let us know if you prefer a specific teacher and we will see if they are available for tutoring this year. Visit our website to complete the application.
Group Therapy at The Stewart Center
The Stewart Center is excited to announce a new line-up of therapy and group programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

Looking to add to your child's therapy schedule? Are there certain skills your child needs to learn, improve, or get support. The Stewart Center can help! Find out more about 2021-2022 Group Therapy Programs online, and call 713-973-1842 for any questions and to register.
And remember, you don't have to be a student at The Westview School to participate in therapies at The Stewart Center; all groups are open to members of the community! Please share!
Message from POW
POW BACK TO SCHOOL T-SHIRT PREORDER
There is nothing POW loves more than a super cute, back-to-school t-shirt! This year POW is joining the Happy Birthday, Westview celebration with a Big Dreams and Bright Futures themed shirt. Preorders are available in the  POW Spirit Store, and the cost per shirt is $18. You also have the option to gift a teacher a tee. Teacher shirts are $15 each. 
 

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you this year in POW! If you have any questions, please email me at jange30@gmail.com.

Ang Jennings 
POW President
Simply Fresh Kitchen
Did you know that you can send a hot lunch to your child every day at The Westview School? The Simply Fresh Kitchen will send hot, nutritious meals as often as you like; all you need to do is register on their website, look at the menu and make your selections. It’s that simple. Visit the Simply Fresh Kitchen tab under Campus Life on The Westview School website for monthly menus and instructions on how to order.
Westview is Hiring
The Westview School is looking to increase our substitute teacher list. Applicants for a substitute teacher at Westview must be over the age of 18 and a high school graduate. Experience working with children is a plus. References are required. As a Westview substitute, you will primarily work as the class assistant for the day. If you or someone you know may be interested in substitute teaching on a preschool, elementary or middle school level, please email a resume to Candi Pettit.