The opening of school is just around the corner and West Elementary School would like to welcome each and every one of our students and their parents. Parents and students are invited to join them at an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Staff members will be in attendance so they can meet the parents they will be working with during the year. Remember this is not a conference night. It is an opportunity for each family to meet their teacher and to meet each other. That way everyone has the chance to introduce themselves. Students and parents are welcome to visit their room before school starts to ease the anxiety of a new class, building or teacher. Class lists were posted Aug. 3 on the Beaver Street main entrance windows.

Second graders are invited as part of open house to an Explore West on Aug. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. It is an activity for second grade students only and their parents for the opportunity to learn where their room is and more about our building.

Teachers have been in and out of the building since the beginning of August preparing their classrooms. Many of the teachers have also been involved in professional development opportunities in the summer and look forward to share their learning with each other and the students.

The custodial and maintenance staffs have worked hard this summer to prepare the building for the opening of school. They have done an outstanding job. The building always looks great at the start of school and their time and work is greatly appreciated.

The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 22. Students should arrive at the building between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Dismissal time for the East School Shuttle is 2:50 p.m., walkers will be released at 2:55 p.m. and students riding the bus will be picked up at 3:10 p.m. Any new student who will be entering grades 2 to 5 may register at the West School office. Parents need to bring copies of immunizations records, birth certificates, social security card, custody papers and special education records if applicable. Registration should be completed prior to the start of the school year.

The West Elementary Staff is looking forward to meeting each of our families and getting off to a great start for the school year.