Mission Statement: West K-7 is committed to providing an education of excellence that meets each student’s interests, abilities, and needs within a common curricular framework. We believe all students can learn to communicate effectively, to think critically and creatively, and to solve problems cooperatively. Students will apply academic and social skills to become responsible lifelong learners and to appreciate uniqueness in self and others.

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Recess Supervisors

West is looking to hire for both morning and afternoon recess supervisors.  The hours are 7:25 am-8:15 am and 10:45 am-12:30 pm.  If you are looking to be on the school year schedule with flexible hours please connect with Miss Rhoda via phone 616-494-2420 or email

 

 

Thank you in many languages

The West PTO would like to thank the following businesses and people for supporting West Family Winter Carnival by donating fun and exciting prizes to our door raffle: Biggby Coffee, Holland Recreation, Mrs. Jasker & Mrs. Bert, Double Tree Inn,  the Legg family, the Ferguson & Timmer families, the Tatlock family, the Snyder family,  Dr. Ramirez, Mrs. Smith & class, City Vu, Bombshell Blow Dry Bar, Kelli Hulst from KRH Design, Rebounderz, Autobody Experts, Mrs. Ahearn, Mr. Demerest &  Mrs. Brenton, Mrs. Stark, Ms. Heilman & Ms. Holman, and Mrs.Kooyer. 
 

West is proud to announce:

 

Honor Roll Students from 2nd Quarter

The 5th grade Honor Roll Names on a bulletin board    The 6th-7th grade Honor Roll Names on a bulletin board

Jill Bert, a Kindergaten teacher at West, was nominated by the Holland Sentinel in their Amazing Teacher contest

A newspaper clipping of the amazing teacher award nominees from the Holland Sentinel

February 22 Newsletter

Recess Supervisors

West is looking to hire for both morning and afternoon recess supervisors.  The hours are 7:25 am-8:15 am and 10:45 am-12:30 pm.  If you are looking to be on the school year schedule with flexible hours please connect with Miss Rhoda via phone 616-494-2420 or email.

Student Learner Profiles

2018-2019 Student Learner Profiles are available in the office or online at the Holland Public Schools website under Our District and then Enrollment and Transfers tab. If you would like to share your child's unique learning style with the building principal prior to the classroom assignments. Please turn in the forms to the West office no later than May 1.

HPS Parent Meetings

Holland Public Schools and Superintendent Davis will be hosting two informational meetings for parents of Holland Public Schools on March 1 and March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the commons area of East K-7 located at 373 E. 24th Street. The purpose of these meetings is to share a "State of the District Address" on the current/future plans and needs of the district, and results of the most recent parent survey.

Spring Book Fair/Conferences

The Spring Book fair will be happening in the Media Center during our Spring Conference times.   

  • March 1- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          
  • March 6- Half Day- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair  12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
  • March 8- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          

Classroom Needs

All K-7 teachers try to supply Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, and Sanitizing Wipes for their classrooms.  Most classes are all out or low on all of these items due to the cold and flu season.  If you are able to send any of these items in the students and staff would be very appreciative!

Swim Lesson Schedule

Swimming lessons at the Holland Community Aquatic Center are happening until March 1for the classes listed below.  Students love when friends and family come and celebrate their accomplishments!  The class times are as follows: 

  • Mrs. Hildebrand and Mrs. Jasker 8:55 am- 9:30 am
  • Mrs. Witters and Mrs. Bert 9:55 am- 10:30 am
  • Ms. Kelly 10:55 am- 11:30 am
  • Mrs. Klawiter and Mr. Elenbaas 12:40 pm- 1:15 pm
  • Mrs. Van Dyke and Mrs. Kooyer 1:40 pm- 2:15 pm.                                           

West has been included the 2018 FROYO Spirit Challenge. This is a locally supported fundraiser at Orange Leaf. West will receive 20% of all Froyo sales receipts turned in our “bucket” during the week of March 11-17. If you are a Froyo fan, you are welcome to participate in this community fundraiser! Thanks to Orange Leaf for supporting our local schools with this challenge

Congratulations!  Mrs. Sligh and Mrs. Brenton received spring grants from HEF!  Mrs. Sligh will be able to purchase a printing press and Mrs. Brenton received money to begin a book club.  The book club will help combine social justice in a global learning sense in hopes to meet students needs and empower them as learners within a cooperative environment.

VIP day was a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures from the day, but make sure to check out our Holland West K-7 Connections Facebook page for more! 

A grandmother and student smiling for the camera

A mom and student reading a book together

A classroom of students working on projects with their VIP's

A father and student smiling for the camera

West is proud to celebrate our Wall Stars: John Anderson, Landen Butch, Kioko Carruthers, Israel Castro, Ambria DePoy, Kaleb Duch, Trabeon Earl, Aaron Hernandez, Emma Hulst, Joey Marques, Alexis McCoy, Dylan Morgan, Sam Sharp, Sophia Vazquez, Octavious Waldron, Ja’Nyah Weatherspoon, and Anthony Wroten. Not Pictured: River Sadoy-Holder, Jannette Salazar Lopez, and Simon VanHuis

West Wall Star Students holding their certificates

February 15 Newsletter

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

ALL K-7th grade students have outdoor recess during our school day.  If the wind chill is -10 degrees, the actual temperature is 10 degrees, or if it’s raining, the students will stay inside.  Please make sure your student has and wears proper outdoor clothing daily to ensure they stay warm and have fun!

Mid-Winter Break

There is no school Monday, February 19 for our Mid-Winter break.  We looking forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, February 20!

Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book fair will be happening in the Media Center during our Spring Conference times.   

  • March 1- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          
  • March 6- Half Day- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair  12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
  • March 8- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          

Path

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, February 20 regarding Hope College PATH program for next year.  All those interested or that have any questions are invited to go to the East K-7 media center at 6:00 pm.  Need more information?  Contact Mr. Cassidy via email or Lisa Frissora via email

Swim Lesson Schedule

Swimming lessons at the Holland Community Aquatic Center begin today Thursday, February 15 and end Thursday, March 1for the classes listed below.  Please remind students to eat a good breakfast and bring a hat for their wet heads when they leave the pool.  Also if your child has long hair, please pull it back in a pony tail or braids, as it makes it easier for them to manage during lessons. It is recommended that students wear clothes that are easy to change in and out of as well.   The class times are as follows: 

  • Mrs. Hildebrand and Mrs. Jasker 8:55 am- 9:30 am
  • Mrs. Witters and Mrs. Bert  9:55 am- 10:30 am
  • Ms. Kelly 10:55 am- 11:30 am
  • Mrs. Klawiter and Mr. Elenbaas 12:40 pm- 1:15 pm
  • Mrs. Van Dyke and Mrs. Kooyer 1:40 pm- 2:15 pm

There will not be lessons on Monday, February 19 due to our Winter Break Day.

 

Box Tops for EducationThe image of the Box tops for education logo

Please send in any box tops you have collected. They will be counted and clipped and prepped to turn in. Every little bit helps. We’ve earned $272 this year in box tops!

Stay Healthy!

Hand washing is an easy, inexpensive and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep people healthy. Keep your family healthy by:

  • Teaching good hand washing technique
  • Reminding your child to wash their hands
  • Wash your hands with your child
Source:  The CDC.GOV website

 

What’s Happening at West

Our 4th grade students had a GREAT time skiing at Bittersweet!

Three 4th grade boys on ski smiling for the camera

A fourth grade girl skiing down the slope

A row of 4th grade students lined up for ski lessons

2 fourth grade girls on skis smiling for the camera

February 8 Newsletter

Flu vs. Cold

The biggest difference between flu and cold is that with the flu there will usually be a fever (100.4 degrees or more) along with muscle pain and body aches, which can be severe.  With a cold, there will be more symptoms like sneezing, a cough and phlegm.  Colds normally don’t carry a fever and they don’t have the same level of aches and pains.  The flu has less nasal congestion, and more high fever and body aches.  If your child doesn’t have an appetite, is breathing rapidly, not urinating enough and not acting like themselves, that’s when you should take them to get checked out immediately.  The flu comes on abruptly; the cold is more gradual. The flu usually comes with a headache; headaches are rare with a cold, according to the CDC.  Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea with the flu; the cold doesn’t have these symptoms.                                                                                                               

Source Paraphrased from the Miami Herald.com        

 

How to stay healthy                                           

  • Wash hands: Do it thoroughly with soap and warm water. Washing hands often will help protect from flu germs.
  • Control stress level: Prolonged stress levels can affect your immune system. To manage stress, find balance between work, exercise, and personal time.
  • Get lots of rest: Make sure you are rested. Sleep deprivation may slow ability to stay alert and make you vulnerable to the flu and other viruses.
  • Cover your mouth, nose: When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue to help prevent passing the germs to those around you.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth: You can infect yourself by unknowingly touching something with flu germs and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid direct contact with sick people: Besides avoiding sick people, keep your distance from others if you are sick.
Source Paraphrased from Twiniversity.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

VIP Day

West V.I.P. day is coming!  February 14, 2018.  All V.I.P. guests MUST have a cleared volunteer form on file with HPS.   

  • 8:30-9:10 am Kindergarten and 3rd grade
  • 9:15-9:55 am 2nd and 1st grade
  • 10-10:40 am 6th and 7th grade (3rd hour class)
  • 10:45-11:25 am 4th and 5th grade

Cafeteria Request

We do have two microwaves available for student use in our cafeteria during the lunch time hours.  If possible please to do not send glass containers with your students.  We have had glass containers accidently break which is a safety concern.  Thanks for your consideration!

6th-7th Field Trip Fundraiser

If your student is participating in the Hungry Howie's fundraiser please have all forms and money turned in by February 16 to their first hour teacher. Families of 7th grade students: Please turn in the form for your field trip by February 23rd.  The form states if your student is planning on going to Chicago in June and how the trip will be paid for. 

PTO News

West Family Winter Carnival was a great success! Thanks to all the people that helped set up, decorate, bake, sell tickets, and clean up. Special thanks to Dria TerHaar and Sherry Mares who co-chaired this event!  Please see the West home page, on the HPS website, for all of the businesses and people who supported the West Family Winter Carnival.

West family members:  Are you interested in helping to kick off one of our biggest family events yet that celebrates fitness and health as well as raises money for our school?  Come TONIGHT, Feb 8 @ 6:30pm, to Biggby on S. Washington and 40th St. to help start the organization of this spring event. 

Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book fair will be happening in the Media Center during our Spring Conference times.   

  • March 1- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          
  • March 6- Half Day- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair  12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
  • March 8- Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm          

What’s Happening at West

Students in grades 1 -5 Physical Education have started their Bowling unit.  Oh what fun we are having!  Focusing on team work and math facts.

A West student rolling a bowling bowl toward the pins

2 West students putting the bowling pins back in place for the next bowler

West is proud to celebrate our Wall Stars: Lukas Assa, Anna Davelaar, Emma Deenik, Maia DeLaRosa, Anastasia Duong, Jiovani Guajardo, Jose Guerra-Huerta, Niah Martinez, Jacob Noguera, Kalyna Pyk, Bradley Stein, Mason Stricker, Chloe Sudinski   Not Pictured: Kandace Echols, Finn Galloway, Abby Herrmann, and Donovan Lewis

The West Wall Star students from 1-26-18

February 1 Newsletter

West Homepage at HPS Website

Congratulations to our 5th-7th grade Honor Roll students from 2nd Quarter! 

West is proud to announce that our Kindergarten teacher Jill Bert was nominated by the Holland Sentinel in their Amazing Teacher contest!

Make sure to check out the West home page at the Holland Public Schools website to see all of our honorees.  

PTO News

Carnival is tomorrow!  There are still places to volunteer and treats to donate!  It’s not too late to sign up!                 

West V.I.P. day is coming!  February 14, 2018.   The V.I.P. can be a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, or other special person.  This is a special, invite only opportunity for our students and teachers to showcase their classroom and learning with a chosen V.I.P.  All V.I.P. guests MUST have a cleared volunteer form on file with HPS.  The forms are available in the West office and will also be coming home with your student today along with the V.I.P. information.  Please turn them in ASAP as it takes time process each form.  Here is the schedule for the day.

  • 8:30-9:10 am Kindergarten and 3rd grade
  • 9:15-9:55 am 2nd and 1st grade
  • 10-10:40 am 6th and 7th grade (3rd hour class)
  • 10:45-11:25 am 4th and 5th grade

6th-7th Grade News

Calling All Colors is hosting a 6th-7th grade Winter Wonderland Dance on Friday, February 23.  The cost is $3 before and $5 at the door.  There will be food for sale so bring extra money.

Save the date for the Middle School field trips.  7th grade is going to the Chicago Field Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo on June 5. 6th grade will be at Camp Geneva on May 23.

If your student is participating in the Hungry Howie's fundraiser please have all forms and money turned in by February 16 to their first hour teacher.

5th Grade Orchestra Members

5th grade orchestra members will be traveling by bus to the high school on Tuesday, February 20 for a presentation by guest violinist Rodney Lamar Page from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm. Permission slips and medical information forms MUST be completed and returned to Ms. Mayer by February 15.  Extra forms will be available in the school office.  Ms. Mayer will need 2 parent volunteers to ride the bus to and from the high school.  If you are a family member of a 5th grade orchestra student that can help during this time please email her as soon as possible. 

What’s Happening at West

The West Spelling Bee Classroom Winners from 2018!  Congratulations to 7th grade Spelling Bee Winner Eva Whiteman and Runner-up Lilly Ryden 

All of the West 2018 classroom Winner's sitting in the library

Mrs. Bert’s Kindergarten class visited Mr. Ryzenga’s First grade class last week.  The First graders got to show how they are experts who read to learn and get super smart about the world!       

Mr. Ryzenga's and Mrs. Bert's Class reading together

Mrs. Bert's and Mr. Ryzenga's Class reading together                                                       

Our 5th grade students had fun skiing at Bittersweet last Friday

A West 5th grade student giving a thumbs up for skiing

A group of 5th grade students on their ski's at Bittersweet

Mrs. VanDyke’s 3rd grade class with all of the things donated by a Christ Memorial Church group that adopted them!

A third grade class standing by a table of donations from CMC

West Calendar

February 23
Middle School Dance
6:00 PM
Middle School Dance
Feb 23
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Calendar

Calling All Colors is hosting a dance for the 6th and 7th grade students in the West Cafeteria.  The theme is Winter Wonderland.  The cost is $3 before or $5 at the door.  There will be food for sale.

March 1
Parent Teacher Conferences
3:30 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences
Mar 1
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
West Calendar

Full Day of School for All Students.  Conferences will be held in the afternoon

March 6
Half Day for All Students-Parent Teacher Conferences
Half Day for All Students-Parent Teacher Conferences
Mar 6
West Calendar

Half Day for all students due to parent teacher conferences.  West Half Day Dismissal is 11:00 am. Conferences will be held from 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm

March 8
Parent Teacher Conferences
3:30 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences
Mar 8
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
West Calendar

Full Day of School for All Students.  Conferences will be held in the afternoon

March 12
6th and 7th Grade Orchestra Concert
7:00 PM
6th and 7th Grade Orchestra Concert
Mar 12
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Calendar

Middle School Orchestra Concert featuring solos, duets, trios and quartets

March 13
Kindergarten Literacy Night Session 3
5:15 PM
Kindergarten Literacy Night Session 3
Mar 13
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
West Calendar

If you have a student currently in kindergarten at West you are invited to attend free workshop nights centered on encouraging the love of reading!  This is session 3 of 5.  Games and activities from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm. Dinner is also provided for the entire family from 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm.  Please contact Katie Spoelman , School Psychologist, via email or call 616-494-2500 with any questions.  Transportation and child care are provided if needed.

March 15
6th/7th Grade Combined Choir Concert
7:00 PM
6th/7th Grade Combined Choir Concert
Mar 15
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Calendar

Combined 6-9 Choir Concert on Thursday, March 15 @ 7pm AT THE HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER! (PAC)
Students should report the the HS CHOIR ROOM by 6pm
Black shoes, black pants, red choir shirt
 

March 19
6th/7th Grade Spring Band Rehearsal
7:00 PM
6th/7th Grade Spring Band Rehearsal
Mar 19
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Calendar

6th/7th Grade Spring Band Rehearsal in the West Cafeteria from 7 pm- 8 pm

March 26
6th/7th Grade Spring Band Concert
7:00 PM
6th/7th Grade Spring Band Concert
Mar 26
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Calendar

6th/7th Grade Spring Band Concert in the West Cafeteria at 7 pm.  Band members report to band room at 6:30 pm

March 27
Kindergarten Literacy Night Session 4
5:15 PM
Kindergarten Literacy Night Session 4
Mar 27
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
West Calendar

If you have a student currently in kindergarten at West you are invited to attend free workshop nights centered on encouraging the love of reading!  This is session 4 of 5.  Games and activities from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm. Dinner is also provided for the entire family from 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm.  Please contact Katie Spoelman , School Psychologist, via email or call 616-494-2500 with any questions.  Transportation and child care are provided if needed.

Office Staff

West

500 W. 24th St
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2350
Fax: 616-393-7544
Kathleen Ramirez
Principal
616-494-2351
Stephanie Rhoda
Site Supervisor
616-494-2420
Liliana Figueroa
Secretary
616-494-2352
Melissa Tatlock
Secretary
616-494-2360
Jen Timmer
Office Assistant
616-494-2424