Principal's Message

Dear West Mercer Families,
We are now nearly halfway through our school year and I am happy to report that all is well!  Our West Mercer community is bustling with the busyness of learning, growing, and playing. I am excited about the teaching and learning that is happening in the classrooms. Students are having rich discussions in their small reading groups, mathematicians are talking about various strategies for problem solving and writers are hard at work on a variety of writing projects.

In addition to the busyness of the school day, students are enriching their experience through many after school activities. Thank you PTA and WM teachers for helping to make these opportunities available to our students!

·      The Culture Fair was very well attended and was a big hit—thank you PTA and 3rd grade teachers for all of your hard work!

·      The bi-annual West Mercer Musical is well underway with near daily student practices. Thank you Mr. Baxter and Ms. Kurtenbach for your efforts! Mark your calendars for the big performance nights—Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th.

·      The 5th grade orchestra and band parent performance nights were quite inspiring—great work students—all your practice is paying off, you sound GREAT!

Please note the following important messages:

Diversity Initiatives

·      You will find a new link on the West Mercer website entitled, WM Commitment to Diversity. If you follow the links, you will discover a plethora of information including our school commitment, and current initiatives.  

Kindergarten Registration

·      We are now accepting kindergarten registration packets for next fall. Thank you for returning packets as soon as possible as it helps us determine kindergarten staffing and other program needs.

Before School Line Up

·      When students arrive at school they are to walk to their class line up area and wait to enter the classroom. Students are NOT to play at this time. We do not have supervision on the playground before school. Please help reinforce this message with your child(ren). Thank you!

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Routines

·      West Mercer is a crowded and busy school with many parents opting to drive their child(ren) to and from school. This backs up our driveway and parking lot.

·      It is important to NEVER drive the opposite way of the arrow on our driveway. Cars have been seen to drive down the hill on the up arrow side. This is a SAFETY hazard—students and walking parents will not expect this and may be hit.

·      It has also been reported that some parents have used the Homestead Park parking lot as a way to “jump” the line and get a few cars ahead of their spot in line. Please know that this causes hard feelings for those parents who are waiting appropriately in line and sets a bad example for our students.

·      To assure a SAFE and efficient process for our students it is vital that all families follow a few basic rules:

Morning drop off begins at 8:55 am. Do not drop your child off before 8:55 am.

In an effort to provide the safest and most efficient means of organizing students for after school car pick up, we ask that you observe the following safety guidelines.  We drop off and pick up in batches to make the process as quick and efficient as safely possible.  Everyone’s cooperation is needed to assure safety of all students.

1.     Wait in line on 81st until …

a.     In the morning the drop off zone is clear

b.     In the afternoon until dismissal and the pick up zone is clear.

2.     When the drop off / pick up zone is clear the front group of cars (approx. 7) will fill the drop zone.  Pull as far into the drop off/pick up zone as possible.

3.     Students exit/approach the car. 

4.     Once drop-off / loading is complete, then all seven cars exit in line.  Then the next seven cars enter the load zone.

If you are parked in the lot, please do not call your children to your car. Come to the car pick up waiting area and walk them to the car.

If possible, please have your students enter your car on the curbside. Vehicles sometimes pull around parked cars, and loading on the street side puts children in harm’s way unnecessarily.

Remind your students to look for your car when they are waiting in the car pick up area. If they are ready to get in when you arrive, the line will move much more quickly.

 Also remind your students to wait until the car comes to a complete stop before they step off the curb to enter the car.

For the safety of all please refrain from using your cell phone when driving in the lot.

A Final Thanks!

·     Thanks to everyone who left me holiday cards and treats before winter break. Your kindness and generosity made my December very special.  

As always, I am immensely proud to have the opportunity to work for the West Mercer community. You are awesome!


Carol Best


Latest West Mercer Headlines

  • Elementary School Visitation Days

    Mercer Island School District’s three elementary schools will host elementary visitation days twice in 2016, on January 28 and May 13.

    The visitation days are primarily for out-of district families thinking about moving to Mercer Island, or residents of Mercer Island considering enrolling their children in our school district. Visitation hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The district’s fourth elementary school, Northwood, will open by the start of the 2016-17 school year. Because Northwood is still under construction, its visitation day is planned for June, 2016.

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  • Kindergarten Round-Up January 19th 2016

    Mercer Island School District will begin accepting kindergarten registrations on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. For parents seeking information about the district’s kindergarten program and registration process, kindergarten information sessions will be held for each elementary school on Tuesday, January 19.

    District staff will be present at each school to answer questions, discuss educational programs available, and distribute registration packets. Families who cannot attend may pick up a registration packet at one of the schools or district office or visit thedistrict website. Additionally, families uncertain about their home school attendance area can find more information by visiting the district website or by calling Mary Newcomer at 206-230-6336.

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  • Winter weather is upon us!

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