REMINDER – EARLY RELEASE

This Friday, Dec. 19 is the last day of school for 2014, and it is Early Release! Neither Lunch Bunch nor After School Care will be provided this day, so please be sure to make arrangements for your student(s) to be picked up as follows:
– PK/K – dismissed at 10:45 a.m.
– 1st – 5th Grades – dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
– 6th – 12th Grades – dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

FRONT PAGE NEWS

2015-2016 Academic Calendar Released
Wondering when the first day of school is next year? Curious if your student will have an entire week off from school for Thanksgiving in 2016? (spoiler alert: you will).  All these questions and more are answered on the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar which you can access here.  If at any time you want to refer back to this document, it can be found on the website by clicking on “Forms & Lists” under the “Community” tab on the top navigation bar.

Pssst! Insider Information – Dates to know
Each school year provides new opportunities and experiences for students…and new questions for parents.  We believe it’s important to start talking about it now, especially for some of the key transition grades.  Stephanie Atkinson, our wonderful new Director of Admissions will host the following Coffee and Conversation sessions as part of our re-enrollment process.  She is thrilled to have time to spend with families more intimately and talk through some of the highlights of the school year ahead.  Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar now:

Parents of current 5th graders, Friday, Jan. 9 –  8:05 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
Parents of current 1st graders, Monday, Jan. 12 – 8:05 a.m. -8:35 a.m.
Parents of current 8th graders, Wednesday, Jan. 14 – 8:05 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Parents of current 3rd graders, Thursday, Jan. 15 – 8:05 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
Parents of current Preschoolers, Friday, Jan. 16 – 8:05 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

LOST and FOUND – Claim by Friday
Both the upper and lower school lost and founds are overflowing with items. All items remaining at the end of the day Friday, Dec. 19 will be donated to Goodwill.

CHRISTMAS SHIRT DAY – This Friday
Lower School children may wear Christmas shirts, sweaters, or sweatshirts on Friday, but be in uniform otherwise.

Students Celebrate Christmas by Serving Others
Westminster’s middle and high school students decided to change what celebrating Christmas at school looks like for them. In lieu of the typical class parties and gift exchanges among classmates, the classes chose to take the time as an opportunity to serve instead of being served.  In the process, some of the lower school classes decided to participate as well.  Please take a moment to read about the many ways our students have chosen to be the hands and feet of Christ this season.

YEARBOOK ORDERS – LAST CHANCE TO SAVE MONEY
Yearbooks are on sale now and are $50 until January 8th!  Hurry and order yours before the price is raised in January to $75! Order forms can be picked up from either school office, or found here.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
The fourth grade classes are collecting cans for needy families this Christmas.  The classes are building a Christmas tree out of cans and greatly appreciate any contributions from WCA students and parents. The students believe it is important to help assure that no one is hungry at Christmas. The cans will be delivered this Friday, Dec. 19 so please bring in cans by that day!

WCA Alumna Named Capital One Academic All-American for Second Straight Year
Congratulations to alumna Kaitlin Norman ’11 who was just named Capital One’s Academic All-American for the second straight year.  Read more about this impressive young lady here.

​Pick Up Your Jittery Joe’s Custom WCA Coffee
Thank you to everyone who ordered the Jittery Joe’s Custom WCA Coffee!  Orders are available for pick up in the main office.

​Jamaica Mission Trip Fundraiser
If you are interested in helping the WCA seniors raise money to help them go on their mission trip to Jamaica, here is another opportunity! The senior class is selling stainless steel wind spinners in the shape of the Westminster crest and logo for $25 each. There are samples in both school offices.

Merry Christmas to everyone! We pray you all have a blessed season, and we look forward to seeing you when students return to school Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015!