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Girls On The Run

There are still a few spots left for our West Girls on the Run team.  Late registration closes at the end of December.  GOTR is for girls in 3rd-5th grades. They will meet 2 times a week after school for 90 minutes.  The girls will be with a pair of coaches to work through a curriculum that focuses on improving emotional and physical health as well as train for an celebratory 5k.  There is $120 fee to participate which includes new running shoes, a t-shirt, water bottle, and entry into the 5k as well as 10 weeks of coaching. There are scholarships available.  The December registration will close on 12/31 at 11:59 pm.  As of January the season registration will be closed permanently with no exceptions.  GOTR is also in need of coaches for West.  If you have questions or are willing to coach visit the GOTR website.

December 7 Newsletter

Congratulations!                                           

This year’s middle school girls swimming and diving team finished their season 8-0! This is only the 2nd time in HPS history that our middle school girls’ team has gone undefeated! The girls move on to the Conference meets this week.  The diving meet will take place Thursday at Northview, and the swim meet will take place Friday at Northview. Come out and cheer on these fantastic students!       

GOTR Update

The November registration for Girls on the Run has closed.  West has 6 girls currently registered.  The GOTR committee did reopen up the online registration for the month of December for West because we have spots available yet.  December registration will close on 12/31 at 11:59 pm.  As of January the season registration will be closed permanently with no exceptions.  GOTR is also in need of coaches for West.  If you have questions or are willing to coach go to Girls on the Run website.

Crane’s in the City

Thank you to those who sold Crane’s in the City gift cards for the Orchestra program!  Cards were given to students on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Please assist your Orchestra members in distributing the cards to their customers as soon as possible.

Free Vitamins Every Month

The Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program offers each child in your family, ages 2-12, a FREE 30-day supply of Good Neighbor Pharmacy Children’s Chewables Complete Multi-Vitamins each month.   For more information visit Paul’s Pharmacy, located at 803 Lincoln Ave Holland, Mi. 49423.  Ask the pharmacist for an enrollment form to get started.

National Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Bee will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 1:00 in the Gymnasium instead of Tuesday, December 12th.

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

Please send your students with the proper outdoor recess attire.  There will be indoor recess only if the temperature outside is 10 degrees or below.  Every student should be prepared to have outdoor recess daily.

7th Grade Art Show

Our 7th grade West students have an Art Show that starts today and ends January 5, 2018.  There will be an opening reception tonight from 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm.  The show is at the Holland High School Art Center Gallery and can be toured on any school day from 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts is looking to form some troops with our West girls this school year.  We are looking for as many girls as possible to help get this going and also for parent involvement.  West moms -Amy Maatman, Allison Larsen, and Kelli Hulst would like to see what kind of interest there would be for girls to get involved.  Meeting times haven't been determined yet but looking at once a month.  Girls from all grades are welcome!  But need at least 3 girls per "level" to make it work, so the more the merrier.  If you are interested please contact Kelli Hulst.  This is a great opportunity to help girls grow and become strong leaders in our community and school, plus have lots of fun!  Thanks for your help!

What’s Happening at West

Our 2nd grade students had a great time at DeGraaf Nature Center.  They made candles, played with pioneer toys, sat in a real log cabin, and learned about pioneer life at Christmas.  Thank you to PTO for paying their admittance!

The middle school Calling All Colors group gave out different colored hands as students entered the cafeteria during a lunch period last week.  They wanted to encourage students to sit with people they might not normally sit by to get to know them better!       

Calling All Colors group at West in the cafeteria

In PE for the 6th grade students they have started the Ping Pong unit.  A big HIT!

Students playing ping pong in gym class

November 30 Newsletter

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts is looking to form some troops with our West girls this school year.  We are looking for as many girls as possible to help get this going and also for parent involvement.  West moms -Amy Maatman, Allison Larsen, and Kelli Hulst would like to see what kind of interest there would be for girls to get involved.  Meeting times haven't been determined yet but looking at once a month.  Girls from all grades are welcome!  But need at least 3 girls per "level" to make it work, so the more the merrier.  If you are interested please contact Kelli Hulst.  This is a great opportunity to help girls grow and become strong leaders in our community and school, plus have lots of fun!  Thanks for your help!

Middle School Softball Meeting

Coach John Anderson of the Holland High Varsity Softball team would like to make an announcement to your 6th and 7th grade girls:  There will be an informational meeting about softball at the Holland High D-Wing Amphitheater on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm or Wednesday, December 6 also at 6:30 pm. Any middle school girl interested in playing softball should attend with a parent or guardian.

Geography Bee

Holland West will be hosting its annual National Geographic Bee in December.   This is for students in fourth through seventh grade.  The competition begins in classrooms first and takes place before December 5th.  The winner of each classroom bee will advance to the next level, the school round.   The school round competition will take place on December 12th at 1:00pm in the Gym.  The winner of the school takes a test to qualify for the state level competition that is held on April 6, 2018.  

Bittersweet Ski Passes

There are forms in the West office for ski and snowboard cards for those families and friends who are interested in skiing or snowboarding at Bittersweet Ski Area.  The cards will enable you to purchase lift tickets and rental equipment at discounted rates and get two free lessons with a certified instructor.  Some restrictions do apply.  Please get the forms filled out and returned to Mr. Elenbaas as soon as possible!

7th Grade Art Show

Our 7th grade West students have an Art Show that starts on December 7, 2017 and ends January 5, 2018.  On December 7 there will be an opening reception from 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm.  The show is at the Holland High School Art Center Gallery and can be toured any school day from 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm.

7th grade Art show flyer

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The HHS Theatre is presenting Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  We are proud to have some West K-7 students on the cast and crew!  The shows are as follows:  November 30, December 1,2,7,8,9 at 7:00 p.m. or December 2,3,9,10 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 (students 18 and under) and $15 for adults.  Tickets do go up $5 if purchased at the door the night of show...so get them early!  

Music Notes

6th grade Concordia and 7th grade Cantus choirs have a concert on Tuesday, December 5 in the West cafeteria.  6th grade choir students should report to West at 6pm and will begin singing around 6:30pm.  7th grade choir students should report to West at 6:15pm and will begin singing around 6:45pm for a combined piece with the 6th grade students and then again at 7pm for their concert.  All students should all wear black shoes, black pants, black socks and their red choir shirt!  Orchestra rehearsal is Thursday, December 7 at West K-7. 7th graders are to report from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm and 6th graders are to report from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (students do not need to wear a uniform for this event, attendance is required and worth 75 points toward the grade)   The concert is Thursday, December 14 at West K-7.  All students report in uniform at 6:15 pm to the West orchestra room. Concert start time is 7:00 pm and will last approximately half an hour.  Boys need to be dressed in:  black dress pants, long-sleeved white button down shirt, all black shoes, black socks, and an all black or festive holiday tie. Girls need to turn in the $15 maintenance fee by December 12, for the uniform they have been fit to (long black skirt and black top).  Girls also need to provide their own black shoes (black socks/tights, leggings optional).  If families need assistance with obtaining pants, shoes or white shirts please contact Ms. Mayer as soon as possible.  Items will be loaned out from the lending closet.  Black socks can be purchased from Ms. Mayer for $5.

What’s Happening at West

Congratulations to our 5-7th grade Honor Roll Students!         

Middle School Honor Roll Names 5th grade honor roll names                                                                                                                                                   

November 21 Be Thankful Edition of the Newsletter

Snoopy and Woodstock with the words Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!  See you all back on Monday, November 27.

What’s Happening at West Be Thankful Edition

West is proud to celebrate our Wall Stars: Jesse Barlow, Miranda Blancas, Ben Boggiano, Emmett Bolks, Miles Bolks, McKenzie Danielczyk, Mariah Diaz, Aliyah Duenas, Alex French, Odis Fickel, Olive Fickel, Elizabeth Immormino, Izabellah Lawrence, Libby LeFebre, Marisol Moreno, Delanie Obaseki, Balazs Preston, and Kaden Quintero.  Not pictured: Jose Guerra-Huerta and Kayla Ung

West Wall Stars for November 16

I am so grateful to Candis for taking on this position as Resource Room Teacher and for loving our kids and holding them accountable!  I know it wasn't easy and she didn't really have a structure to follow, but she has serviced our students well and loved them as her own!  Thank you so much Mrs. Deboer for being part of our West Team and we appreciate you more than words can express!  -Dr. Ramirez

Thank you note to Mrs. Deboer

Last week Tuesday, West hosted their annual Math Night.  Thank you to our staff and all of the family’s that came out to have some positive (+) fun! We also had some friends from Grand Valley State University come out to help. Thank you GVSU!

Jellyfish game at Math Night  Michigan vs. Michigan State math game at math night

For the past year the boys in Ms. Constantino’s class have cut, sanded, drilled, stained, and finished everything needed to make 14 new lockers for our room! Every single piece of these has been done by the students and they are incredibly proud of the finished product.

Students showing off the wooden shelves they made

Our students from Mrs. Bert's kindergarten class celebrated on Monday, at Christ Memorial Church, for earning 10 marbles in their jar.  They had a lot of fun!  Way to go Kinders!! 

Second graders had a Thanksgiving Fest today.  Mrs. Smith's class prepared a song to sing about Thanksgiving. Mrs. Shearer's class did a reading about Thanksgiving.  Then they all had some pumpkin pie, popcorn, and apple juice.   

November 16 Newsletter

Geography Bee

Holland West will be hosting its annual National Geographic Bee in December.   This is for students in fourth through seventh grade.  The competition begins in classrooms first and takes place before December 5th.  The winner of each classroom bee will advance to the next level, the school round.   The school round competition will take place on December 12th at 1:00pm in the Gym.  The winner of the school takes a test to qualify for the state level competition that is held on April 6, 2018.  

Music Notes

6th grade Concordia and 7th grade Cantus choirs have a concert on Tuesday, December 5 in the West cafeteria.  6th grade choir students should report to West at 6pm and will begin singing around 6:30pm.  7th grade choir students should report to West at 6:15pm and will begin singing around 6:45pm for a combined piece with the 6th grade students and then again at 7pm for their concert.  All students should all wear black shoes, black pants, black socks and their red choir shirt!

5th grade orchestra students need to practice a minimum of 5 different times during the week at home.  It is recommended that each practice session last approximately 15-20 minutes.  Students have a list of songs/exercises they have been introduced to in class.  It is then their responsibility to learn the songs more in depth and work for perfection at home.  It is important that students have their instrument for each weekly class.  Please help to remind your child to bring their instrument on THURSDAY morning.  As the weather gets colder it is important to be mindful that instrument should not be left in places that are not heated such as cars, trucks, porches, or other areas.  Coldness can cause wood to crack, strings to loosen and then bridges to fall out.

The 6th/7th grade orchestra winter concert will be on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 pm at West K-7.  There will be an evening rehearsal on Thursday, December 7 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm at West K-7.  The following uniform items are required for the December concert: Boys: black dress pants; long-sleeved, white dress shirt; black socks; all black shoes; black tie (for the holiday concert boys may also wear a festive winter tie) Girls: a long, black skirt and black velvet top will be assigned.  They will need to provide their own black shoes.   

Swim Lesson Schedule

Swimming lessons at the Holland Community Aquatic Center will begin on Monday, December 4 and end Friday, December 15 for the students in 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:  Mr. Ryzenga and Mrs. Deenik from 12:40pm-1:15pm &  Mrs. Shearer and Mrs. Smith from 1:40pm-2:15pm.  The remaining K-5 students will begin in February.                                         

What’s Happening at West                                                                                                                                   A National Guardsman came to talk to our students about Veterans Day

Mrs. Kooyer’s third grade class had National Guardsman Travis Wilson come and talk to the students about Veteran’s Day which was November 11.  Did you know that 1% of the American population make up our military? They do a great job protecting us!  

Our 5th grade students are selling Hungry Howie Pizza certificates to fund their field trips this year. The certificates are only $8 and make great Christmas gifts!

Christmas Craft is coming back! Please look for info coming home soon from Christmas Craft co-chairs Sherry Mares and Kelli Hulst.  Students in grades K-5 will make a gift for only $1! We need volunteers to help coordinate this crafty activity on December 18 and 19.   Sherry and Kelli will be coordinating these individuals.  Lastly, we'd like to provide a treat for all our crafty students, so we need cookie bakers! If you can't come in to help make the Christmas Crafts, we can use your baking skills. 

West is proud of our students who are part of the cast and crew for the HPS musical production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Ambria DePoy, Libby LeFebre, Harrison Kooyer, Saige Moes, Sam Payne, Kaya Quinn, Adelle Snyder and Ruby VanHuis.  The shows are as follows: November 30, December 1,2,7,8,9 at 7:00 p.m. or December 2,3,9,10 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 (students 18 and under) and $15 for adults.  Tickets do go up $5 if purchased at the door the night of show...so get them early!  

Dr. Ramirez is celebrating with our West graduates from the HHS Men’s State Champion soccer team

Dr. Ramirez is celebrating with our West graduates from the HHS Men’s State Champion soccer team.  The entire team came to West and we celebrated their victory with them in the gym with an assembly.   

                                                       

November 9 Newsletter

Thank You Mr. Clegg!

Mr. Clegg has been student teaching in Mr. Ryzenga’s first grade class since the beginning of the school year. His last day of teaching is tomorrow. You will be missed Mr. Clegg!

Math Night

Did you know that the top ten highest paying jobs are math related?  It’s true!  Every math skill learned and mastered at elementary level is used the rest of your life.  Math skills are a basis for everyday living skills.  Playing math games can be a fun way to bolster your student’s interest and skills.  Join us at Math Night, Tuesday, 11/14, at 6:15-7:30.                                     

Bittersweet Ski Passes

Mr. Elenbaas will once again offer ski and snowboard cards for those families and friends who are interested in skiing or snowboarding at Bittersweet Ski Area.  The cards will enable you to purchase lift tickets and rental equipment at discounted rates and get two free lessons with a certified instructor.  Some restrictions do apply.  See Mr. Elenbaas for all the details. 

Concussion Forms

The state of Michigan requires every student and parent to read and sign a concussion form every year.  Even if the student does not participate in sports it is still an awareness form that is required to be on file with the school.   If your student brings a form home please sign it and return it to the office.

News from our PTO

Power H shirt order will arrive later this week. The PTO will sort orders for delivery by next week! The PTO is excited for the return of Christmas Craft for our K-5 students the last week of December before break. All K-5 students will be able to create a Christmas gift, and it only costs $1 per person. Forms will be going home in the coming week for the $1 donations, Christmas Craft volunteer sign up and cookie baker volunteers. Please partner with us to make this a fun activity for our K-5 students!

6th/7th Grade Orchestra 

6th/7th grade orchestra members are selling Crane's In The City gift cards now  thru November 12.  They can be used as a holiday present or to have on hand to use as a quick gift.  Cards can be used for dine in or take out and cost $15. Orders and money will be collected November 13-17 and cards will be distributed November 27.  Contact Kay Mayer with any questions you may have.

What’s Happening at West

Mrs. Deenik's first grade class had their THIRD marble celebration for good behavior where we made SLIME last week!  It was ooey and gooey!

The 6th graders recently finished the book, A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. It is a true story about one of the Lost Boys from Sudan in 1985 and it follows Nya, a girl in 2008.  The book showed two strong survivors and how they hoped and persevered.  Still today, many people in Africa will walk for hours to get fresh, clean water.  In gym class on Wednesday Mr. Shears had the kids walk or run with a gallon of water around the track the whole hour for the kids to begin to see what a difficult task this would be EVERYDAY!   Students walked over 30 gallons of water total!  Our third graders brought pumpkins in and used Math skills to measure the height of their pumpkins with both inches and centimeters and also measure the circumference.  The pumpkins were weighed and then students hit their pumpkins and counted the seeds in groups of tens. Delaney Wilson had the most seeds with a total of 960!  

Our PE teacher hold up a jug of water during the water walkMultiple jugs of water lined up along the building for our water walk

Our third graders brought pumpkins in and used Math skills to measure the height of their pumpkins with both inches and centimeters and also measure the circumference.  The pumpkins were weighed and then students hit their pumpkins and counted the seeds in groups of tens. Delaney Wilson had the most seeds with a total of 960!  Mrs. Brenton’s 6th/7th ELA classes had a gallery walk on Tuesday to celebrate their memoirs. Students read the memoirs and left positive notes to encourage their classmates to do their best work.        

Third grade students enjoying their pumpkin carving day A few 7th grade students reading each others pieces of literature                                                                                                                                                                                                 

West is proud to announce our Wall Stars: Marcel Bolks, Chase Bouwman, Alec Burgess, Viola Cassel, Alejandra Cruz, Gregory Davis, Fernando Evans, Rudy Garza, Taylor Heer, Mason Klingler, Alivia Knaack, Jayden Ky-DeLaRosa,  Madeline Pasatta,  Kaya Quinn, Brayden Snyder, Hayden Witters, and Kaydence Vesper Not pictured: Isabella Lewis-Serrato and Sage Little       

The West Wall stars from November 9                                                                                                                                                                                     

West Calendar

December 14
National Geographic Bee
1:00 PM
National Geographic Bee
Dec 14
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
West Calendar

The National Geographic Bee will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 1:00 in the West Gymnasium.

6th/7th Grade Orchestra Concert
7:00 PM
6th/7th Grade Orchestra Concert
Dec 14
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
West Calendar

6th/7th Orchestra concert will be held on December 14 in the West Cafeteria at 7 pm.

December 18
Christmas Craft Day
Christmas Craft Day
Dec 18
West Calendar

Christmas craft day for our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes 

December 19
Christmas Craft Day
Christmas Craft Day
Dec 19
West Calendar

Christmas Craft day for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

December 21
Holiday Break December 21, 2017- January 3, 2018
Holiday Break December 21, 2017- January 3, 2018
Dec 21
West Calendar

Holiday Break.  No school during the dates of December, 21 2017 - January 3, 2018

January 4
School Resumes
School Resumes
Jan 4
West Calendar

School Resumes after the Holiday Break

January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
Jan 15
West Calendar

No School! Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 2
Family Carnival Night
Family Carnival Night
Feb 2
West Calendar

Carnival Night

February 19
Mid-Winter Break Day
Mid-Winter Break Day
Feb 19
West Calendar

No School! Mid-Winter Break Day

March 30
Spring Break March 30- April 8
Spring Break March 30- April 8
Mar 30
West Calendar

Spring Break. No school during the dates of March 30- April 8

April 9
School Resumes
School Resumes
Apr 9
West Calendar

School Resumes after Spring Break

Office Staff

West

500 W. 24th St
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2350
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