There are many important ways to get involved in our school. Consider serving on a board or committee, helping in the classrooms, assisting during school activities and events, or fundraising. Your involvement will make a difference. Find a way to contribute to the West Side Community.
Parent Involvement And Volunteers
Parental involvement and participation is the cornerstone of West Side School’s success in meeting the needs of our students and their families. We believe that communication is the foundation for active parental involvement. Within the first few weeks of school the Parent Community Organization hosts the annual Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner Night. This is a free event that welcomes new families to West Side, and allows returning families to renew their school friendships. A weekly school newsletter is made available in English, and is translated into Spanish and made available by means of a telephone recording. Classroom teachers communicate frequently through the use of letters to families. For the second year in a row, an orientation for parent volunteers was conducted in the fall. Parent/teacher conferences are a great time for teachers and parents to further develop the partnership that is so vital to each students’ success. The annual Back-to-School Curriculum night is a time for parents and guardians to attend each classroom teacher’s orientation to grade-level curriculum. Parents/guardians are able to ask questions about the textbooks, curriculum, and classroom routines and activities. In the spring, Open House is a time for students and their families to see what is going on in all of the classrooms. The annual art show is exhibited in the school’s multi-purpose room, families go out to see what is growing in the school garden, and the school band performs.
Countless volunteer hours enrich the educational program that we offer to our students.