August 19, 2021
Hello, Westview families, 

There is significant excitement on campus as we prepare to welcome our families for Meet the Teacher tomorrow. We have 32 new families who will be joining our Westview community this year. For the first time since the 2016 school year, our student population includes 140 children. It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the growth that Westview has seen in the past 40 years. The school began as a dream in the kitchen of Jane Stewart's home with just three small children and is now a thriving school community dedicated to helping students learn and grow in a nurturing, positive, and supportive environment that enhances their self-esteem.

Our success begins with our staff, who are dedicated to delivering our mission. They have spent the last two weeks participating in excellent training and collaborating to plan an exceptional educational experience for our students. Dr. Elizabeth Sylvester and Mr. Jeffrey Swan provided a refresher on the Nurtured Heart Approach. Since 2013, Nurtured Heart has guided our staff in shaping interactions with students and supporting them in ways that make them feel valuable, competent, motivated, and empowered. This week, Michael McKee trained all instructional staff and therapists in the Crisis Prevention Institute to ensure that we consistently respond appropriately in a crisis situation.

When our teachers and assistants weren't learning together, they have been hard at work to prepare their classrooms to welcome students back to school. Our staff is excited for the new year and for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside your children. There are so many good things going on at The Westview School, and we cannot wait to share it all with you in the coming months. 

Stay well, 




Head of School
The Westview School
Calendar at a Glance

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
  • Meet the Teacher

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
  • POW Back to School Event

MONDAY, AUGUST 23
  • First Day of School
Friday, August 20 - Meet the Teacher
We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to campus tomorrow, Friday, August 20, for our Meet the Teacher conferences. Your family should be signed up for either an in-person or via ZOOM conference with your child's teacher.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
A "NO" response is required for the following questions for both child and all parent attendees to participate in our on-campus conference for your student. If any questions have a "YES" response for any participant, your student's conference will need to be scheduled over ZOOM. 
 
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you recently tested for Covid-19 and are awaiting results?
  • Do you have a headache, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or an unusual cough?
  • Have you recently experienced a loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have any of the following GI symptoms: diarrhea, nausea?
  • Do you have a skin rash or bloodshot eyes?
  • Have you experienced any of the above symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had any contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you traveled by air, bus, or cruise ship in the last 14 days?

Our conferences will be limited to student and parent(s) only. No siblings allowed, please. Masks are required for all attendees of an in-person conference. 
MEET THE ANCILLARY TEAM
FACTS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS)
All families should have received an email from their child’s teacher with instructions for accessing our FACTS Learning Management System (LMS). This letter contains your child’s unique login credentials for the LMS. FACTS LMS is a private and secure student area that will allow students to connect with other students and teachers online, including accessing class materials, uploading assignments, participating in classroom discussions, and taking quizzes. 

FACTS has created a short LMS Overview Video to give families and students an introduction to the system. Click here to watch it at your convenience. The password to access the video is factslms (case sensitive).

IMPORTANT
You will need to use the FACTS LMS login to access the Health Screening Form through the Family Portal each Sunday before the school week.
BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION
For ease of access, you can find our previously posted Back to School information, plus COVID-19 school protocols here.
POW Popsicles on the Playground - Saturday, August 21
This Saturday, August 21, POW welcomes Westview back to school. We are excited to bring a slightly modified version of POW's annual event to campus for the 2021-2022 school year. 

POW will host the meet and greet. Make sure to check the schedule below for your class time. Come chill with POW for 45 minutes. Grab an icy treat and get to know your incoming classmates. Our event will be held outdoors. 

1900 Playground
9:00 - 9:45 AM - ECD & Prekindergarten
10:00 - 10:45 AM - Kindergarten
11:00 - 11:45 AM - Lower Elementary

1830 Playground
10:00 - 10:45 AM - Upper Elementary
11:00 - 11:45 AM - Middle School
IMPORTANT REMINDER
POW Popsicles on the Playground is an outdoor event on the Westview campus. All families should self screen using our Health Screening questions prior to attending the event.
Westview Welcomes Some New and Familiar Faces to Campus
We are delighted to welcome our new music and drama teacher, Geordie Alexander. Geordie, called Mr. A by our students, is from Rochester, New York. His music education is from SUNY Fredonia and Rice University. Mr. A is motivated by relationships and coffee and approaches life with a high level of curiosity. Westview is so excited to welcome Mr. A and his positive energy to campus, and we can't wait for him to meet our students and help them shine!
We are so excited to welcome back to campus, former parent Joni Garcia. Ms. Garcia is joining our Lower Elementary teaching team. A graduate of the University of Houston – Downton, Ms. Garcia has several years of special needs teaching experience in public school and firsthand knowledge raising three boys on the autism spectrum. She has a natural talent for finding the good in all things, and we cannot wait to have her positivity and energy brighten up our school and influence our students.
Local to the Houston area (Spring) and a graduate of Sam Houston State, Jackie Hampton joins Westview as the newest addition to our Kindergarten team. Ms. Jackie prides herself on her caring personality, and her teaching style focuses on building relationships with her students. She loves her family and her dog, and we know that she will love our Westview students. Welcome to Westview, Ms. Jackie! We are so happy you are here!
Westview is excited to welcome Chanmatty Harilall to our Lower Elementary team. Chanmatty, Ms. Shenny to her students, dreamed of being a teacher as a child. She was born in Guyana and lived in New York until 2019, when she moved to Texas. One strength she brings to her teaching style is showing kindness and empathy towards others and in situations. What a joy to have you join our Westview family, Ms. Shenny! We can't wait for you to meet our students!
A familiar face is joining us this year. Katie Hazeldine, a long-time parent and volunteer, will take on the role of our 1900 building Science and Technology teacher. As a child, Ms. Katie dreamed of being an archaeologist like Indiana Jones, but as an adult, she is motivated by working with other talented people. Ms. Katie exudes calmness under pressure, and we cannot be more excited for her to teach and guide our younger Wildcats.
Kashif Khan joins our Middle School staff as a teacher assistant for the 2021-2022 school year. Mr. Kash is a native of Houston and attended the University of Houston, Clear Lake. His laid-back attitude and love of basketball and SpongeBob make him an excellent fit for supporting our Middle School students in the 1900 building. We are so excited to have Kash join our team.
Westview is so excited to have Devin Prikryl-Martin join our Middle School team as an ELA assistant. Childhood dreams of being a novelist paired with an abundance of creativity and life goal of making the world a kinder place makes Ms. Martin an excellent match for The Westview School. We think Devin is a great addition to our team, and we are so happy she is here.
Brenna Smith joins our Middle School team as a math assistant. During the 2020 school year, Ms. Smith worked consistently at Westview as a substitute teacher, and we are so excited to welcome her full-time to campus. She is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, and the ability to create positive change is a big motivator for her. She has a talent for practicing mindfulness and an innate ability to see the good in people and various situations, we think she will be a great asset to our team!
Upper Elementary is gaining a new teacher assistant this year, McKenna Stran. Ms. Stran was born and raised in Friendswood, Texas, and attended the University of Houston. “Be kind to your mind” is a favorite inspirational quote of hers, and she constantly strives to be a better version of herself. Welcome to Westview, McKenna, we love your positivity and joy, and we are so excited for you to join our Westview team.
Message from POW: Back-to-School T-Shirts
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 for a teacher assistant for the 2021-2022 school year to assist the classroom teacher in providing a safe, enriching learning experience for our students. Qualified applicants must have a High School Diploma; Associate’s Degree preferred. Previous experience working with children with special needs is also preferred. For more details, visit the employment section on our website. To apply, send resume to Candi Pettit.

Any additional questions/inquiries regarding job opportunities at The Westview School can be directed to Candi Pettit.