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School is in full swing and it has been exciting around West Jeff Elementary! I am have been fortunate this year to be in all classrooms several times in the first couple weeks of school. Our kids and teachers are simply amazing! You can feel the love of learning that is in the classroom. The excitement about toys, gardens, Esperanza Rising and poetry is contagious. Our students are building towers, using manipulatives in math, reading engaging books and learning so much in all our classes.

We are so grateful for all of the support we have gotten from our families and community. Just this year, we had a family with a business, 5280 Disaster Restoration Drywall & Repair, donate enough money to sponsor our weekly protein snack for the entire year! We have had several community members drop off school supplies for needy families. One very generous past educator donated $4000 to sponsor our Yoga and Mindfulness classes that each student gets monthly from a certified instructor. This also allows our teachers some extra team planning time. Our local VFW donated enough money for our Emergency Buckets for each classroom! IT really does take a village!

Last year our school adopted a new language arts curriculum called EL Education (see There was a lot to learn by all of us and the work load on teachers to learn, plan and implement a new lesson each day was daunting at times. Teachers modeled taking initiative, persevering, showing compassion for each other and much more as they took on the task of learning a new comprehensive curriculum. However, what we saw in our students was powerful and inspirational to say the least! Students' ability to collaborate, persevere, take initiative, support each other, and create high quality work grew throughout the year and resulted in great learning and development of character all year long. Our students showed increase growth scores in literacy as well! This year we are starting part two where teachers are digging deeper into the skills portion of our English Language Arts Curriculum.

We are continuing our focus on healthy choices. Our students benefit from two recesses, a morning movement opportunity everyday before school, weekly protein snack, monthly yoga/mindfulness lessons, Social Emotional Learning lessons 2-3 times a month, a healthy ZOO BREAK Running Fundraiser and much, much more thanks to our Healthy School supporters and sponsors!

I feel as if I could write forever about all of the amazing accomplishments seen at our school, but will stop for now. Please check out your teacher's website for more information about schedules, newsletters, homework and much more. I hope to see you all soon.

In Partnership,

Wendy Woodland
West Jefferson Elementary
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