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This Week at West Elementary School September 25, 2023

Picture Day - Rescheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Fall Picture Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023. We have confirmed November 7, 2023, as our Fall Individual Picture Day.

2nd Grade Library Books are due back to the West Elementary Library on Monday, October 2, 2023.

Fall Family Picnics for October 4 and October 5, 2023

Our Fall Family Picnics will be on Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5, 2023. Parents can meet their children at the designated area with their picnic lunch. The dates, times, and areas for each grade level are listed at the bottom of this newsletter. The Cullman City Football Field is across 3rd Street from West Elementary School. We will go inside the gate and have the picnic in the area under the trees. The NeSmith Pavillion area is beyond the fence behind our gym. We will spread out in the areas near the pavilion and in the areas where the playground equipment is located. This is always a great event and a fun time to connect with our families.

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - Remote Learning Day for 2nd Grade Students only

Our 2nd-grade students will have a Remote Learning Day on Thursday, October 5, 2023. 2nd-grade students will not report to school on this day. Students will have assignments to complete from home on this day. This day is a Remote Learning Day for 2nd-grade students only.

Friday, October 6, 2023 - Remote Learning Day for All West Elementary School Students and Parent Teacher Conference Day for 3rd - 6th Grade Parents and Teachers

On Friday, October 6, 2023, all West Elementary School students will have Remote Learning Day. Students will have assignments from their teachers to complete at home on this day and will not report to school. This day has been designated as a Parent Teacher Conference Day for 3rd Grade through 6th Grade parents and teachers. Teachers will send home a conference request form for parents to complete and return if they would like a conference with their child's teacher. 2nd-grade teachers will have their conferences at a later date.

Open House for 2nd Grade students at the New Addition to Cullman City Primary School

2nd Grade Parents, there will be an Open House for parents of 2nd Grade students on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Parents will be able to visit their child's classroom at the new addition to Cullman City Primary School. The Ribbon Cutting that I mentioned earlier is by invitation only. I apologize for the confusion. At 6:00 PM, the new addition will be open to the public. The first day of class for 2nd-grade students at the new addition at Cullman City Primary School will be Friday, October 13, 2023.

Attendance Incentive for Students

Cullman City Schools and Premier Bank are teaming up to provide a student attendance incentive for the first nine weeks of school. Students who have perfect attendance or no more than one absence (as long as it is not unexcused), have no early dismissals, and no tardies or no more than one tardy will have their name put into a drawing for a $50.00 gift card from Walmart. provided by Premier Bank. The contest dates are August 9 through October 6. West Elementary will have twenty (20) gift cards to distribute. We will have a small assembly to recognize the students who met the criteria and give out the gift cards.

Be a Champion and Read Contest

The Alabama Education Association is sponsoring the Be a Champion and Read contest through October 26, 2023. Students in K - 6 Alabama Public Schools who read six books are eligible to win a grand prize of two tickets to the Alabama vs. Auburn game. Details are at the West Elementary School website at this link: https://tinyurl.com/mr2v5hft

West Elementary School Yearbook Sales are open online

The West Elementary School 2023 - 24 Yearbooks are now on sale. You can purchase your yearbook online. The link is at the West Elementary School website under the "Announcements" tab. You can also access the site to purchase the yearbook at www.yearbookforever.com. The cost is $35.00 plus a $2.25 service fee.

6th Grade Honor Pages for 2023 - 24 Yearbook

6th Grade Parents, you can purchase a 1/4 page ad in the Yearbook to honor your 6th-grade child. The cost is $45.00 for the ad. Parents can put a picture and a quote or message for their child in the ad. The deadline to purchase the ad is December 1, 2023. We cannot take any late orders. More information is at the West Elementary School website under the "Announcements" tab. This will take you to a link to scan a QR code to purchase your ad.

Counseling Opt-In Forms sent by email

You should have received a Google Form asking you to Opt-In to counseling services for the 2023 - 24 school year. Parents must complete the form for their child to have the option of receiving counseling services at West Elementary School. Checking yes means that your student has these services available to them, not that they will automatically be provided without contacting you. We want you to be aware that school-based mental health services and weekly small group/individual services are not provided without additional parental consent. Please take a few minutes and complete the Opt-In form for our Counseling Staff. If you have questions about the form and counseling services at West Elementary, please email or call Dr. Page (jpage@cullmancats.net) or Mrs. Caldwell, West Elementary School Guidance Counselor (rcaldwell@cullmancats.net).

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinic

Parents, your child can take the flu vaccine at West Elementary on Wednesday, October 4. There was a permission form sent home on Monday, September 18 for parents to complete and return to school.

Monday, October 9, 2023 - Fair Day, No School for Students

School will not be in session on Monday, October 9, 2023. This is the traditional Cullman County Fair Day for students.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

Parents, please take a few minutes to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Form at the West Elementary School website (cullmancats.net/westelementary). The form can also be found at myschoolapps.com. We ask that all families complete the form. It is so important that we have an application from each student. Lunch prices for the 2023 - 24 school year are $1.50 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch, and $4.25 for a visitor.

Important Dates

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 2nd Grade Students return library books to the library.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinic for West Elementary Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2nd Grade Fall Family Picnic at City Football Field from 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 4th Grade Fall Family Picnic at NeSmith Playground Area from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 6th Grade Fall Family Picnic at City Football Field from 12:20 - 1:20 PM at City Football Field

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 3rd Grade Fall Family Picnic at City Football Field from 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 5th Grade Fall Family Picnic at NeSmith Playground Area from 12:05 - 1:05 PM

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 2nd Grade Remote Learning Day (This day is for 2nd grade students only in preparation for the move to Cullman City Primary School)

Friday, October 6, 2023 - Remote Learning Day for all students

Friday, October 6, 2023 - Parent Teacher Conference Day for 3rd through 6th Grade Parents

Monday, October 9, 2023 - Fair Day, No School for Students

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 3rd Grade at Moana Play at Cullman High School

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Open House for 2nd Grade Parents at the New Addition to Cullman City Primary School, 5:00 PM; New Addition at Cullman City Primary School open to the Public at 6:00 PM

Friday, October 13, 2023 - First Day for 2nd Grade students at Cullman City Primary School

West Elementary School Mission and Vision Statements

West Elementary School Website: wes.cullmancats.net

Email: Dr. Jay Page - jpage@cullmancats.net

Phone: (256) 734-4271

Follow Dr. Page on Twitter at @PrincipalPage and on Instagram at @pagejay002. Dr. Page will provide updates on our learning and events that occur at West Elementary School.