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Welcome to Willow Elementary School!

As you know, our newly adopted mission at Willow Elementary School is to provide a rigorous, well-rounded program, which affords students an opportunity to reach their highest potential. At the core, Willow is committed to educating children through building cooperative and interdependent relationships, promoting positive self-esteem, modeling high standards and expectations, fostering effective communication and collaboration, providing relevant learning experiences, encouraging community and global outreach, and preparing students to become intelligent, concerned and caring citizens of today, working for a better tomorrow.

In the new year ahead, we will push educational experiences outside the walls of the classroom. Student learning will include not only academic skills, but also those skills needed to successfully navigate our 21st century world. Innovation, leadership, critical inquiry, technology, media literacy, global awareness, health literacy, arts, cross-cultural understanding, and self-reliance are all skills critical in the development of the whole child. We do not accept that children are intended to be passive learners, but rather should be fully engaged in relevant exchanges on a continuous basis. At the end of the day, a Willow student can ask, "What did I do today to improve, myself, my community or the world?" To which, an authentic, personal and meaningful answer would follow.

To these ends, our staff is committed to learning and growing as educational professionals, caring partners, and artful innovators.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jessica L. Kiernan
Principal

Greetings Willow Families!                                                                  November 2013

 

Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. There is a myriad of research to suggest that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the day; such activity may positively effect mood and academic performance as well as prevent obesity and obesity-related issues. “It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth,” according to a 2010 essay penned by Charles Basch of Columbia University. With this in mind, we will begin providing an option for morning play four days per week, following our fall break. While the number of minutes weekly may not be significant, they may provide participating students the opportunity to get their blood flowing, allowing for more oxygen to the brain. See below for expectations for this play period.

Willow Morning Play Procedures for Grades 1-5

(Monday through Thursday)

Timing

  • Students will be taught playground procedures prior to Morning Play’s start.
  • Students can arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 am.
  • Student play begins at 8:00 am, when the first campus supervisor arrives.
  • Student play ends at 8:10 am, when the first school bell rings.
  • Students line up promptly following the first school bell. 
  • Teachers walk students to classrooms between 8:10 am and 8:15 am.


Students

  • While students are at play, they are expected to follow the same rules and procedures as those required during regular recess periods.
  • Courts will be designated to grade range groups.
  • Outstanding sportsmanship is expected at all times.
  • Students may participate in the Morning Walking Club on the designated field area, as soccer will not be part of morning play.


Parents/guardians

  • Parents/guardians are expected not to approach campus supervisors/”teachers on duty” or interfere in any student games or activities during this period.
  • Parents/guardians (and students not attending Willow) who wish to stay, may do so, but for safety reasons, are limited to the grassy area in front of the school media center.
  • Parents are welcome to join students at line up on Fridays for our Spirit Assemblies.  
Willow Elementary School Campus Safety Reminders

As you know, your partnership in maintaining a mutually supportive and respectful school environment is essential. To continue to do this, knowledge and support of the following are fundamental.

During School Visiting Procedures
  • For safety and security reasons, all visitors and volunteers must sign-in and receive a visitor's sticker at the office before going to the classroom of destination. (Visitors may be asked for identification).
  • Any classroom volunteer period must also be cleared and calendared with a child's classroom teacher.
  • There should be no visitor or volunteer roaming the campus at any time. Each volunteer on campus is to be under direct supervision of the classroom teacher.
  • At the end of the day when picking up your child, please help us by not approaching the classroom building until after the bell rings. This will prevent distracting the children from instruction when they see adults congregating outside of the classroom.
  • In order to prevent supervision problems, parents/visitors will not be allowed on the playground while children are at recess. Campus supervisors must maintain focus on Willow students.
  • It is also important to refrain from approaching a child who is not your own.
  • Please also keep in mind that parent and visitor interactions should serve as positive models for Willow students.

Before and After School Guidelines
  • Please help us maintain a safe campus by reminding your children that there is no supervision before or after school.
  • The morning bell rings at 8:10 a.m. and students' instructional time starts at 8:15 a.m., therefore please do not send your children to school before 8:00 a.m.
  • All students who do not go to the YMCA should be picked up or go straight home after school and should not loiter on campus after dismissal.
  • During drop-off and pick-up times, be sure your student and their siblings are not climbing on tables or walls, and are keeping noise levels to a minimum as other classes may still be in session.
  • During the 31 Minute Club period, parents are responsible for full supervision of their own younger children unless those children are formally enrolled in the 31 Minute Club.
We at Willow appreciate your continued partnership in your adherence to these important processes designed for the welfare of all Willow students, parents and staff. Thank you!
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Do what you are supposed to do "· Plan ahead "· Persevere: keep on trying! "· Always do your best "· Use self-control "· Be self-disciplined "· Think before you act - consider the consequences "· Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes "· Set a good example for others

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Do your share to make your school and community better "· Cooperate "· Get involved in community affairs "· Stay informed; vote "· Be a good neighbor "· Obey laws and rules "· Respect authority "· Protect the environment "· Volunteer

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Welcome to the web page for the elementary school media centers.  The Media Specialists are responsible for coordinating the library services at each of the schools and providing technology support to teachers. 

The library media clerks at each of the elementary schools are responsible for the day-to-operation of the media centers.  Classes come to the library on a weekly basis to check out books, listen to stories, do  research and take Reading Counts quizzes.  The media centers are also open during recess and lunch.

If you do not have a public library card, I encourage you to stop at one of our local public libraries and sign-up.  The libraries have special programs and many useful databases online, which require a valid library card.  The LA County Public Library (Agoura and Westlake) has World Book online, Social Studies Fact Cards online (states, missions, explorers and presidents), and Kids Infobits (newspapers and magazines).  For younger children, there is Tumble Books, online audio version of popular picture books.  Click on the web site link to the right to access the LA County public library web site.

Click on the science and history tabs (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for additional web links. Click on the 4/5 Science tab (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for a list of suggested book titles that correlate with the science units.

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Library Services
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
The local public libraries of Agoura, Calabasas and Westlake Village all have summer reading programs and activities scheduled.  Agoura's program is scheduled for Tuesdays from June 28 - August 2.  Westlake's program is scheduled for Wednesdays from June 22 - August 3.  See attached flyers below.
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Dr Seuss Day - Read Across America
March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday and the Read Across America celebration.  Many of our elementary schools have special programs to honor Dr. Seuss.  One idea I came across is to have students read books that take place in one of the 50 states and to track the settings on a map. 

Below are links to 2 bibliographies that list the books by state or geographic region.  Many of the books are in our Media Center collections.
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General Information

Students and staff can access the online catalog from home to see what books we have.  Searching can be done by author, title, subject, series name and all words (keyword).  If you search by author, it is done by last name (Cleary) or last name, first name (Cleary, Beverly).  The specific web link (school's name + library catalog) for each school may be found in one of several locations: under classrooms/teachers, the school's media center web page or information/links. 

The media center is open to students, teachers and parents during school hours. Depending on the school and funding, the library clerks work 3 to 6 hours daily, Monday through Friday. Depending on the grade level, students may check out one to three books. We do not charge a fine for overdue books, but students are responsible for payment or replacement of lost library books. Parents are welcome to check out books.   

 We are very appreciative of our parent volunteers. If you would like to be a  volunteer for your child’s class or work on special  projects, please contact the library clerk at your child’s school.  Below is a volunteer sign-up form to complete and return to the library clerk. 

 For Reading Counts information and the link to a list of Reading Counts quizzes available at each school, click on the Reading Counts tab at the tob of this page (above the book logo).

 

 

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Library & Information Skills Lessons
The Media Specialists have created several library skills lessons and posted them to the Moodle site (Mrs. Folkeson's Library Skills).  See the link on Page Links "Library Skills Lessons".  Some of the topics are:  Library Orientation, how to search for books using the computer catalog, how to use an encyclopedia, and web site evaluation.  The lessons include power point slideshows, short video tutorials and activities.
Book Donations

We accept donated materials (both new and gently used). The donations are evaluated by the library clerk and Media Specialist for wear & tear, usefulness to the collection and in accordance with our district selection policy guidelines. If the books are not needed in the Media Center, they are given to the teachers for their classroom libraries.

Some schools have a Birthday Book program of pre-purchased books. Parents purchase one of the books in honor of their child’s birthday and a bookplate is placed inside the front cover of the book. The Media Centers also have a Wish List of needed books.
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