Principal's Message

Dear West Mercer Families,

Hard to believe it, but here we are beginning our final month of school! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. This has been a learning year for me. Thank you for welcoming me and supporting me as I grow and learn about West Mercer and your children. I am looking forward to next year and hope that you are too!

While this is an exciting time of year, we need to keep in mind that class is in session until June 23rd and we still have learning happening in every classroom. At West Mercer, we are dedicated to making our learning days count. We are reminding our students of our PAWS commitments (Practice Kindness, Act Responsibly, Welcome Challenges, and Show Respect) as a way to proactively encourage positive student behavior throughout these exciting days. We appreciate your support as well, as you reinforce these guidelines for positive behavior with your children.

Throughout June, please maintain these important practices with your children:

·      Students are to keep their toys at home! We are having difficulty with Bey Blade toys and LEGO mini-figurines specifically. This policy       has been in place all year (it is detailed in our WM Handbook, page 14).

·      Attendance is still important, regular school attendance is one of the indicators most strongly linked to student success.

·      Arrive on time. When students arrive late they can often become anxious because they have missed the start of the day routine.


End of the Year activities and dates to note:


·      Principal’s Coffee: 6/3 CANCELLED

·      Islandwood (5th grade camp): June 6th – June 9th (4th graders, mark your calendars for next year’s Islandwood dates: June 5th – June       8th)

·      PTA sponsored Hoedown: Thursday, June 16th, 6:30-9:30pm (official good bye to students and families moving to new schools)

·      Noon Student Release (Report Card preparation): Friday, June 17th

·      Northwood Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 9:00-11:30 am

·      5th Grade Party: Monday, June 20th

·      5th Grade Slide Show: Tuesday, June 21st, 9:30-10:30 am

·      Field Day: Tuesday, June 21st (K-2 10:30-11:30 and 3-5 1:30-2:30)

·      Last Day of School: Thursday, June 23rd, 11:00 dismissal (no lunch served)

We have great news to share about the water quality at West Mercer: last month the District voluntarily tested all school facilities to verify water quality. No detectible levels of lead were found at West Mercer.

Looking ahead to next school year, here are additional staff hires to announce:

 ·      1st grade: Kathryn (Katy) Gibson, comes to us from St. Anne School where she has taught primary grade classrooms for over 10 years.          She is also an island resident and has children attending Lakeridge.

·      Spanish: Melissa Bennett, she is finishing up her teaching credential at WSU, with an elementary education certificate as well as a       Spanish education certificate. She is passionate about education and particularly Spanish education. She is an avid traveler having spent       time in Costa Rica, Peru, Europe, and Mexico.

·      We now have authorization for our 3rd kindergarten classroom. This means we are now searching for exceptional teachers for both       kindergarten and 5th grade.

Beginning of the Year activities and dates to note (School Hours will be 9:15-3:45 every day but Wednesday, which will have a 9:15-2:05 school day):

·      Meet Your Teacher Open House: Tuesday, August 30th 3:00-4:00

·      First Day of School (grades 1st-5th): Wednesday, August 31st 9:15-2:05

·      Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences: Wednesday, August 31st and Thursday, September 1st

·      Kindergarten rolling start for First Day of School (1/2 of each class): Friday, September 2nd

·      Labor Day (NO SCHOOL): Monday, September 5th

·      Kindergarten rolling start for 2nd half of each class: Tuesday, September 6th

·      Curriculum Night: Tuesday, September 13th (K-2: 5:00-6:00 & 3-5: 6:00-7:00)

In case you haven’t counted yet, there are only 9 weeks between the end of school and the beginning of school, be sure to make the most of them!


Carol Best

Principal, West Mercer Elementary


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