**REMINDER – Early Release**

Next Friday, Dec. 19 is Early Release and is the last day of school for 2014! There will not be Lunch Bunch or After School Care on this day, so please be sure to make plans for your student to be picked up at the appropriate time.

– PK&Kindergarten dismiss at 10:45 a.m.

– 1st-5th Grades dismiss at 11:00 a.m.

– 6th – 12th Grades dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

 

FRONT PAGE NEWS

 

Special Thanks to…

A huge thanks to all the parents, teachers, staff and students who volunteered and helped with the Westminster 5K! It was a success only because of the time and effort you each provided to the race and the participants! A special thanks to 5K Chair Elizabeth Earley who did a tremendous job leading the committee, the volunteers, and engaging and securing several school sponsors!

 

How can you bless our dear teachers at Christmas?? 
Individual gifts can be great, but often teachers receive items that are hard to use or keep. Many businesses do a financial gift this time of year—our tradition is to bless our teachers with a year-end gift. We take care of it as parents so the teacher receives the entire amount—nothing is taken out in taxes!! This is a parent initiative, please don’t feel obligated, but we love to get the majority of parents to participate. Thanks so much for blessing the teachers!! Click here to find out more and how you can contribute to this blessing.

 

Last Chance to Order Pictures 

Last chance to order! Friday, Dec. 12 is the absolute last day to turn in your picture orders.  You may turn in orders to either school office. This set of orders is not guaranteed for delivery before Christmas break.

 

DUE TOMORROW – Candy Cane Gram Orders

Send a Candy Cane with a message to friends and family!  For $1, students will receive a gift of 2 candy canes with your special message.  Money raised will help support the Yearbook.  Forms can be picked up in either office, or foundhere.  Orders are due to either office tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 11.

 

Order Your Yearbook Now

Yearbook orders are now being taken.  If you order your 2014-15 yearbook now, it is only $50.  If you wait until January, it will be the full price of $75.  Order forms can be found in either school office or simply click here.

 

Please Stay Off The Grass

Thanks for staying off the grass on the soccer fields and surrounding grassy areas.  The ground has recently been seeded and treated and really needs to be avoided.  Thanks for you help with taking care of our beautiful property.

 

December Lunches Needed for the Autrys

Thank you to the families of Liz and Katie’s classes who have provided lunches over the past several weeks.  There is a need for lunches for the month of December and we want to open this opportunity up to all at the school who have voiced a desire to help in some way. If you are able/willing to provide both girls a lunch, please sign up below. Access it directly by clicking here, or visit takethemameal.com and use password autrylunch.

 

Pick Up Your Jittery Joe’s Custom WCA Coffee 

Thank you to everyone who ordered the Jittery Joe’s Custom WCA Coffee!  Orders will be available for pick up in the main office after school starting this Friday, Dec. 12.

 

Let’s Wrap and Chat While Blessing WCA’s teachers!

Do you love Westminster’s teachers? Do you enjoy socializing with fellow moms? Do you have a desire to bless the teachers while hanging out with friends?

If you answered “Yes” to even just one of these questions, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.  Monday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 a.m., we will be wrapping Christmas presents for WCA teachers and need your help, and your company.  Bring your scissors, tape and holiday cheer to the Lions’ Den (the kitchen area of the gym), and let’s wrap and chat while blessing WCA’s teachers! If you are able to attend, please email Melanie Visser at preschool@beechhaven.org. Drop ins are welcome!

 

After School Coordinator Needed

Our wonderful After School Care Coordinator, Audrey Moore, will be moving to Savannah where her husband has accepted a position at a church there. Audrey’s last day is Thursday, Dec. 18. We need an energetic person to take on this role, M-F from about 2:30 – 5 pm.  If you or someone you know is interested, please email Mr. Armistead at jarmistead@wcalions.org.

 

**Long-Term Substitute Needed**

We are searching for a qualified substitute to serve on a long-term basis starting April 1, 2014 thru the end of the school year.  This sub will oversee the science classes of Alisa Ware who is scheduled to be out on maternity leave starting April 1.  If you or someone you know is interested in this and able to commit to the time frame, please contact Kelly Cole at kcole@wcalions.org.

 

Lunch Orders for January – Due Dec. 15.

Lunch orders for the month of January are due by midnight, Monday, Dec. 15.  Please note that Subway is new on the menu and has taken the place of Barberitos.  The menu and calendar for January can be easily accessed at any time, and for all future lunch orders, on the school website under the Community tab.  You can also access the page directly by clicking here.

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.

 

Special Guest from Jamaica
We have the wonderful opportunity to welcome Ms. Keshan Parkins from Operation Restoration Christian School, Trench Town, Jamaica, to Westminster! Keshan is a vetern teacher at ORCS and is thrilled to be visiting our school for two days, December 15-16.  This is her first experience traveling to a foreign county and she is hoping to learn as much as she can about our school and our teaching practices.Keshan’s main objective is to observe as many classes as she can, along with the opportunity to talk with you for a few minutes, after student dismissal each day. She will observe upper school classes on Monday and lower school classes on Tuesday.  Pray that this will be a fruitful visit for her, as she learns from you and takes back to her school ideas and strategies to positively impact both teachers and students in Trench Town.

 

 

PRAYERS & PRAISES

 

THE AUTRYS

Please continue to pray for John, Liz and Katie Autry as they navigate through this difficult time and struggle to define a new “normal”.  Their meal schedule has been extended and if you are interested in signing up to take the family a meal, you can do so by visitingwww.takethemameal.com, enter user name Autry and password Autry.

 

 

WAYS TO GROW

 

Georgia Natural Gas – True Blue School Program

Wanna give WCA money, just for staying warm this winter?? For each Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) customer who enrolls in the TrueBlue Schools Program at: www.trueblueschools.com, GNG will:

  • Contribute $5 per month to WCA for each month that the customer receives natural gas service from GNG.
  • Additionally, for each new GNG customer who enrolls in the Program, GNG will contribute a one-time $40 payment upon initial enrollment in the program

To Recap: GNG will give WCA: A $40 donation upon enrollment + $5 for each month you remain an active GNG customer = $100 the first year to WCA
LOWER SCHOOL NEWS

 

Chapel

Due to tomorrow’s concert and next week’s upper school final exams, chapel is not scheduled.  Regular chapel will resume upon our return to school in 2015!

 

Music Concert – TOMORROW NIGHT

Please join us for the lower school concert, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Briarwood Baptist Church. Students should arrive at the church between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. A letter from Mr. Rettew concerning what students should wear and other important information was sent home in each student’s folder yesterday.

 

Late Pickups

Sometimes it is hard to be on time for pickup, either at half-day dismissal at noon or LS dismissal at 2:20. While the handbook policy involves a $25 fine for late pickup, we would rather send the child to our existing extended care programs. Therefore, children at noon dismissal that are not picked up by 12:15 will be directed to our Lunch Bunch program where they will be cared for until picked up–this program lasts until 2:20 and involves a $10 daily charge per child. LS students that are not picked up at the end of the day by 2:45 will be directed to our After Care program–they can be picked up any time until 5 pm–the charge is $8 for the day per child. After Care meets in the Field House, and typically spends part of the afternoon on the playground as well. Thank you.

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL NEWS

Chapel

– Thursday, Dec. 4 at 11:55 a.m. @ WCA gym, Christmas Carols led and accompanied by John Autry

 

Lost and Found

All items in the upper school lost and found will be displayed in the gym from Tuesday, December 16th – Thursday, December 18th.  Afterwards, the school uniform items will be donated to the Uniform Resale, and the non-uniform items will be donated to a local charity.  At any time during the school year, please feel free to peruse the lost and found items located in the closet adjacent to the stage in the gym.

 

Upper School Exams

Exams for the high school will take place Tuesday, December 16th – Friday, December 19th.  You may click here for the schedule.  Although middle school students will not be taking exams, with the exception of 8th grade Algebra and Latin, they will follow the exam schedule. Below are a few details to keep in mind during exam week.

  • No exam exemptions are allowed for the first semester.
  • Attendance for review sessions is not optional.
  • As per school policy, students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch.

 

 

ATHLETICS

 

I say, it’s GREAT. To be. A ROARIN’ LION! Said, it’s GREAT! To be. A Roarin’ LION!!

Are you proud to be a roarin’ lion?? Whether your child is in PK or about to graduate, come out to any athletic event and show your school spirit! Let everyone know that, “It’s GREAT! To be. A ROARIN’ LION!”

 

Please visit the school calendar for sporting event, practice dates and times by clicking here