Curriculum Preview Night and Open House
Thursday, Jan. 22 is Westminster’s annual Curriculum Preview Night and Open House.  Join current and prospective families in the school gym at 6:30 p.m.

 

FRONT PAGE NEWS

Curriculum Preview Night & Open House: Rediscover Westminster
Remember when you first visited Westminster? Remember how excited you were about our school and how unique and wonderful it is?  Join us tomorrow night, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 in the gym, and rediscover the wonder and excitement that awaits your student as he or she advances in their spiritual growth and academic development next year. This is your chance to visit with teachers who your child will have next year, and ask about curriculum, learn about classroom expectations, and rediscover all the excitement Westminster has to offer.

6:30-6:55 p.m.  – Meet and greet the teachers while gathering information about your students’ next school year!  All teachers will be in the gym.
7:00-7:30 p.m. – Hear exciting updates on college admissions, the Head of School search, the school finances and re-enrollment.

Re-Enrollment: Jan. 20 – Jan. 30 
Re-Enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year is open for current Westminster families from Jan. 20 – Jan. 30, 2015. The regular re-enrollment fees are $175 per student ($450 maximum per family). Families turning in the re-enrollment forms before January 30, 2015 will receive discounted re-enrollment fees of $75 per student ($200 maximum per family). Enrollment will open to new families on February 1, 2015 and seats in each class will be filled as space allows. Instructions for completing your re-enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year are detailed here and, as always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Girls Varsity Soccer Meeting – Tomorrow Night
Mandatory meeting for parents of daughters who intend to play varsity soccer.  Coach Amanda Tingle is asking that at least one parent of each girl interested in playing varsity soccer this season attends a mandatory meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the school library.  Parents are asked to come prepared to discuss the season’s schedule, calendar and to bring their girl’s sizes for upcoming clothing orders.

5th Graders Dominate Oconee County  4-H Awards
A huge round of applause and cogratulations to Westminster’s 5th grade students who dominated last night’s awards for the Oconee County 4-H County Project Achievement (CPA). Students’ topics ranged from Gymnastics Safety to Raw Milk vs. Pasteurization, and Westminster students secured nine first place awards and two third place awards.  Congratulations to the following students!

Andrew Allen: Peafowl- 1st place
Peyton Deep:  Raw Milk vs. Pasteurization- 1st place
Sarah Donatelli: Gymnastics Safety- 1st place
Bella Haskell: Interior Design- 1st place
Kyle McCullough: Running Safety- 3rd place
Livy Mitchell: Crafts- Magnet Bulletin Board- 3rd place
Andrew Mulkey: Rotable Aircraft- 1st place
Mary Emma Norman: Rabbits- 1st place
Katherine Sutton: Archaeology- 1st place
Marisa Vazquez: Horses- 1st place
James Whitmire: Origami- 1st place

Chess Club Begins Next Week
Chess club starts next Wednesday, Jan. 28 immediately after school. Lower School students wanting to participate should meet in the Art room with Mr. Armistead. Upper School students will meet in the science lab with Dr. Wentworth. Students should be picked up at 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and Conversations – Let’s Chat!
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 8th graders, Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

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.

Girls MS Basketball WINS Against Varsity Team
In a tough match up between Westminster’s middle school girls’ basketball team and Shiloh Christian Academy’s varsity girls team, the Lions pulled out the 13-12 Tuesday, Jan. 12.  Read more about this triumph and stellar 9-1 season the MS girls Lions are having!

Long-Term Substitute Needed
We are searching for a qualified substitute to serve on a long-term basis starting April 1, 2014 until 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.

PRAISES & PRAYERS

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

PUBLIX PARTNER PROGRAM
We all have to buy groceries, right?  Well, did you know that when you shop at Publix, and swipe your Publix card, Publix credits our school’s account and awards our school with $250 for every $37,500 spent each quarter?  That is free money to Westminster, just because you have to feed your family.  If you do not have a Publix card, please stop by either school office, pick one up, place it on your key ring, and start swiping!

LOWER SCHOOL NEWS

CHAPEL
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in the WCA Gym at 8:05 a.m.

Lower School Intramural Basketball Games
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Junior League, 8:15 a.m. COURT ONE: Heat vs. Mavericks ; COURT TWO: Bulls vs. Lakers
Intermediate League, 9:45 a.m. (Spurs have a BYE) COURT ONE: Grizzlies vs. Nuggets; COURT TWO: Trailblazers vs. Celtics

UPPER SCHOOL NEWS

CHAPEL
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in the WCA Gym at 11:45 a.m.

Upper School Honor Roll Breakfast
The upper school honor roll breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th at 8:00 a.m. in the gym.  Invitations were emailed last week.  The Principal’s List and the Honor Roll List are both attached. Each family is asked to bring a breakfast food item.  According to the student handbook, the qualifications are as follows:
Students with an overall academic average of 89.5 or better in the standard curriculum and no individual course grade below an 80 will be placed on the Honor Roll List.  Students with a 90 or better in every academic course in the standard curriculum will be placed on the Principal’s List.  Academic averages are based on the following courses:  English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and Bible.
Please contact Tollie Ediger (tediger@wcalions.org) with any questions

Senior Yearbook Info DUE
Seniors must have all of his/her senior yearbook packet information in by Friday, Jan. 30.  This is the absolute last day.  If it is not turned it in by the 30th, it will not be included in the yearbook.

ACTIVITIES

Mock Trial
Practice Schedule:
-Wednesday, Jan.21 – Defense attorneys/witnesses only, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., @ Classroom C-1
-Saturday, Jan. 24 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Mrs. Stephens’ House
-Monday, Jan. 26 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ ACC Courthouse

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