Walk Through Westminster Dates
Know families who may want more information about our wonderful school? We are excited to host one more tour for new families to “Walk Through Westminster” with our delightful Director of Admissions Stephanie Atkinson, and gather information about WCA, tour the campus and learn more about the admissions process.  Let your friends know to reserve their spot for one of the following dates/times by emailing admissions@wcalions.org

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.

FRONT PAGE NEWS

Valentine Carnations and Lollipops for Sale – DUE TODAY
Carnations and lollipops are on sale now!!  $2.00 for one carnation, $1.00 for a bundle of three lollipops!  Send a valentine to your son or daughter f0r Valentine’s Day! Valentines will be passed out Thursday, Feb. 12. Forms are in the office and can be printed here.  Sales benefit the school yearbook!

WCA Employees Extend Sincere Thanks to Parents
As is tradition each year at Westminster, the school’s families contribute a monetary gift to the “Christmas Fund” which is then divided amongst the school faculty and staff. Just prior to leaving for Christmas break, employees are delighted to find a small envelope in his/her school mail box containing a small token of love in the form of cash! This is always a tremendous blessing to faculty and staff, and never an expected gift. Several employees requested their notes of gratitude be shared with the community.  Please take a moment to read these heartfelt words here.

LOCAL RIVALRY BASKETBALL Night and Senior Recognition Night – TOMORROW
There are rivalries, and there are LOCAL RIVALRIES!  Come see the WCA Lions Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball duel it out with local high school Monsignor Donovan at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at WCA tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 5, 2015!  Come cheer and be a part of WCA School Spirit!  Seniors who have been a part of the Swim Team and Basketball Team will be recognized at Half Time.

WCA Student Art Exhibit at Jittery Joes
Artwork from 19 Westminster students is currently on display at the Jittery Joes off Epps Bridge Parkway. There will be a reception for the art exhibit Monday, Feb. 9 from 7 – 9:00p.m.  Please come out and enjoy drink specials and potentially musical entertainment from some of our talented WCA students.

Lunch Orders for March Open TOMORROW through Feb. 15
Lunch orders for the month of March will open tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 5 and remain open until Feb. 15 when all orders are due by midnight.  The menu and calendar for March 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.

And the Pizza Party Goes To….
Thank you so much for all of the lower school families who came out to support the upper school in the basketball games this past Monday evening. We had a wonderful turnout with 69 lower school students in attendance. Also, thanks to the intramural teams for providing wonderful entertainment at the halftime of the games. The class with the highest percentage was Mrs. Beck’s 2nd grade class with 83% attendance. They have won themselves a class pizza party!!

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, your Valentine Gift is Ready for You
Valentine’s Day is already around the corner. Do you need flowers for a special someone? Why not make flowers the easy part? The WCA Student Council is partnering with Ashlie Johnson of “Bud and Bloom” in Watkinsville for a flower fundraiser. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the WCA Student Council. Orders are due by Tuesday,Feb. 10, 2015, via the order form found here. Please print and return in an envelope to the upper school office. Contact Josh Roberts jroberts@wcalions.org or Ashlie Johnson with any questions.

WCA to Host GICAA Regional Basketball Tournament – Help Needed
We are thrilled to host the GICAA Regional Basketball Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 12.  There are several areas where help is needed to make this a success.  If you are able to help with any of the following, please contact Athletic Director Bob Jenkins at bjenkins@wcalions.org.

1 Gate workers (collect the money)
1 Reader of the GICAA Sportsmanship Statement before the game
1 Pray before the game
1 Announcer of team players
2 Concession workers
2 Greeters to direct the teams
2 Hospitality Host for Coaches and Referees
2 Official score book keeper for each team (Tollie) “need one more”

Parent Prayer Time
Join fellow friends for prayer each Tuesday morning from 8 – 8:15 in the Lower School art room.  This is a great time to drop in and pray for our school and our children.  For more information, please contact Debbie Vazquez at ogvaz@yahoo.com or 760.936.3409.

Long-Term Substitute Hired
Please join us in welcoming Shoan Greene as WCA’s long-term substitute for Alisa Ware starting in April when Alisa goes on maternity leave.  Shoan has her Masters degree in Education and has a great deal of experience in educating students in a variety of formats since 1997.  We are excited to have her join us here at Westminster.  Thank you to all those who submitted resumes and helped us look for a substitute. .

PRAISES & PRAYERS

WEATHERLY FAMILY
Brent and Kim head out to MD Anderson tomorrow late morning.  He gets a PET scan and MRI on Thursday, and they meet with his oncologist and surgeon on Friday.  They return late Friday night.  Kim’s parents will be staying with the kids while we are gone.

Please pray for:
Safe travels to and from Houston
Endurance and patience for Kim’s parents as they care for the kids
Kids to find comfort from and draw closer to the Lord
The PET scan to show that the cancer is nowhere else in his body
The MRI to give a very good image of the tumor (size, where it is)
Effective communication with the doctors as to what to expect for the future
Wisdom for the doctors and hope that surgery to remove the tumor is a viable option
A clear path to cure
Peace and comfort with whatever news they receive

Brent and Kim are ever grateful for your prayers and support.  They will update us when back.

Autry Family
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 visiting www.takethemameal.com, enter user name Autry and password Autry.

WAYS TO GROW

FREE LOGOS AT LANDS’ END!
February 6th-9th. Remember, Buy 3 or more Kid polos, save $3 each or Buy 3 or more Adult polos, save $5 each! And free shipping on orders of $50 or more!   Promo Code:  FREELOGO  PIN:  1005

LOWER SCHOOL NEWS

CHAPEL
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in the WCA Gym at 8:05 a.m.
The third grade class will lead chapel this week. Bell ringers will be Emma Greene, Carter Kirkpatrick, and Matthew Miller from Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade class.
Guest speaker is Mark McAndrew.

We are in great need of volunteer Chapel speakers.  If you or anyone you know is willing and available to speak at any chapel, please let Fran know.

Chess Club
Lower School Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Art room.

FUN FRIDAY
This Friday is Lower School’s Fun Friday! Grades 1st – 5th will enjoy Brett’s and Bowling. Students may wear jeans and uniform shirt.

Lower School Intramural Basketball Games
Saturday,Feb. 7, 2015
Junior League, 8:15 a.m. COURT ONE: Heat vs. Lakers ; COURT TWO: Bulls vs. Mavericks
Intermediate League, 9:45 a.m. (Trailblazers have a BYE) COURT ONE: Grizzlies vs. Celtics; COURT TWO: Spurs vs.Nuggets

UPPER SCHOOL NEWS

CHAPEL Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in the WCA Gym at 11:45 a.m.

SENIOR RETREAT
Students going on the senior retreat will leave at noon

Senior Caps, Gown and Announcements
A Balfour representative will be on campus on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 to meet with the seniors during lunch regarding ordering caps, gowns, and announcements.  Parents are welcome to attend, but their attendance is not required.  Orders should be collected the following week.

Free Trip to Washington, D.C.
Would your student like an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.?  Is he or she  in the 10th or 11th grade?  Tell them to see Mrs.Cole for an information form in the office by THIS Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

ACTIVITIES

Student Council
Meets every Monday, 11:25 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Mr. Klayman’s room

Chess Club
Lower School – after school until 3:30 p.m. in Art room with Mr. Armistead Upper School – after school until 3:30 p.m. in science lab with Dr. Wentworth