Weekly Update: September 13, 2021


Monday, September 13th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Battle of the Books Practice 3:45 PM- 4:15 PM
  • WSO Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library- masks must be worn in the building

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Board of Education Meeting at Southeast Elementary 7:00 PM 

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Thursday, September 16th

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30

Friday, September 17th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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Please do not park in the staff parking lot (behind the school) before or after school



Below is a link to sign up if you want to become a part of our WSO. Our WSO is an amazing group of people who do so much for our school. We are always very thankful as well as grateful for having such a great group of parents that help support as well as fund so many great things that happen here at West Elementary. A lot of people do not know this but our WSO funds all of our field trips here at West and we do not charge our students any extra fees for field trips. They also pay for fun assemblies we have, they do a lot with Family Reading Night, and a lot of things we have in our building is because of them. We have a great WSO and we are always looking for people to help.  

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Also, tonight is our WSO Culver’s fundraiser. Please join West School WSO & Culver’s of Sycamore on 9/13/21 from 5-8 PM for a drive through only fundraiser. Our WSO does so much for our students and staff here at West Elementary and this is a great opportunity to help support the WSO and West School. When you visit Culver's, please indicate you are there to support the West School PTO. 


2020/2021 YEARBOOKS

If you are interested in still purchasing last year’s yearbook we do still have some left. The cost is $10.95. 



In the next couple of weeks we will start using our Wow folders for all of our students here at West Elementary. These are the folders we send home weekly on Wednesdays with all students. Please make sure you go through these folders each week because they may have picture forms, field trip forms, things that need to be signed, informative community opportunities, or students' work. As we begin this process of sending them home and returning to school, please help your child remember to put it back into their backpack.



We finished up our Fall Benchmark testing last week with our MAP testing which is Math and Reading as well as MAP Fluency for our 1st-3rd Graders. Our Kindergarten students did their ISEL testing this past week with their kindergarten teachers as well.



5th Grade Parents, it's not too late to register your child for Band! Just click here and click on the "Register Here" link. We've extended the online registration through Wednesday, September 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to click on the "Band Handbook" link, or contact one of the band directors at the following e-mails: smertens@syc427.orgkgoodman@syc427.org, or icrawl@syc427.org. Also, if financial considerations are a concern, but you'd like for your child to have this opportunity, please let us know. Thank you!



In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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We will be playing recorder again this year during the 5th grade music special. All 5th grade students will need to bring their home recorder to class beginning the week of October 4th. We will begin with a review of recorder basics and then each child will be working on recorder music at their individual level and will each be setting goals for their progress. If you purchased a recorder last year, that recorder will still work for this year's music class.  

If you did not participate in music last year, you may use an older sibling’s recorder (they can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.)

If you are still in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th.

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  • Students will arrive at school between 8:30-8:45 AM
  • They will enter doors: W2 for K-2nd and W1 for 3rd-5th
  • Students will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or immediately to the classroom for morning work.
  • Bell at 8:45 AM  announcements and the start of our day.
  • There is not supervision on the playgrounds in the morning or after school


  • Students will be dismissed beginning at 3:25 PM.
  • Walkers and riders will be dismissed at 3:30 PM from doors W2, W1, E1, and N1. Kindergarten and 1st Grade E1, 2nd Grade- W-2, 3rd and 4th Grade W1, and 5th Grade N1. 
  • Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:25 PM from doors W2 and W1

The U shape parking in front of our school is for buses only. When dropping off or picking up please park in the front designated parking areas. 

Reminder: If you are going to pick your child up from school please notify the office before 2:00 PM



Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  

Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.

Internet Support


September Core Value:

Respect: thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.  When you respect someone you treat them kindly and use good manners.

Google Slide Respect Lesson

What is Respect? How do you show respect?

What can you do if you see someone not being respectful?


Books about Respect with video read alouds online:


Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

The Way I Act by Steve Metzger

What If Everybody Did that? By Ellen Javernick

My Mouth Is A Volcano! By Julia Cook

Know And Follow Rules by Cheri Meiners





September 27th

  • Battle of the Books Practice

September 28th

  • Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 PM 

October 3rd-9th

  • Fire Prevention Week

October 12th

  • School Pictures