West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

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    January 6, 2021
    Dear West Mercer Families,

    Students Back in Class:
    It is my pleasure to announce that our Kindergarten students began in person learning this week! What a great start it was, students arrived on time with the normal mix of excitement and trepidation that comes with kindergarten. We were SO thrilled to have 100% of our families complete the health attestation—this allowed for a quick transition into class for all students! The students quickly settled into their classroom environment with smiles a plenty (visible even under their masks). We now move on to our planning for 1st grade to return on Tuesday, January 19th and further planning for 2nd through 5th to return in a hybrid model sometime soon.

    Dress for the Weather:
    Please be aware that during our return to in person learning, we are embracing the Scandinavian philosophy of friluftsliv (roughly translates to “free air life”). In this philosophy an outdoor life is embraced with a belief that the outdoors is a fixed part of everyday life. It is understood that being outdoors daily reduces stress, boosts creativity, and increases happiness. There are even studies that show that playing outside reduces ADHD symptoms. In addition, virus transmission is significantly minimized when outside. This means that students will be outside EVERY day for recess as well as arrival and dismissal. Please dress students appropriately for the weather—as they say “there is no bad weather, just bad clothing”.

    Student Pick Up:
    Now that we have students back on campus, please remember that we need to keep our driveway clear for any emergency vehicles that may be needed (certainly not a common occurrence but one we must always keep in mind). This means that cars need to wait in line at the top of the driveway (by the large yellow sign) until 5 minutes before the bell (12:25).

    CONTINUE READING THE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
    https://www.mercerislandschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=13640

     

About West Mercer Elementary

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    Mission Statement:
    West Mercer is a place of joy where all students, staff, and families commit to grow, empower and value each other. We believe that our capacity to learn is unlimited.

    Value, Belief  and Commitment Statements:

    • We believe in strong partnerships with families and our community. We commit to respecting their insights and opinions.
    • We believe that every student and family in our community belongs. We commit to foster and embrace all aspects of diversity and further commit to face and address areas of inequity.
    • We believe it is important that we (staff, students, and families) enjoy each other and our time together at school. We commit to building relationships.
    • We believe that West Mercer is a place of emotional and physical safety. We commit to developing social/emotional health in our students.
    • We believe that behavior expectations must be clearly communicated and that students’ should be celebrated for appropriate behavior, not just criticized when they fall below behavior expectations. We commit to providing a positive behavior intervention system (PAWS).
    • We believe that learning should be personalized to meet the needs of the students in our classrooms and school. We commit to providing differentiated instructional practice.
    • We believe that student learning is most likely to occur when we use consistent, research based instructional practices and curricula. We commit to provide the guaranteed and viable curriculum mandated by the District and approved through School Board vote.
    • We believe that critical thinking and analytical/processing skills are crucial for future global opportunities. We commit to culture and foster these important thinking and problem solving skills.
    • We believe that every child needs appropriate challenge. We commit to continually improving our instructional practice so that we can grow ALL students’ skill and understanding.
    • We believe that every person (including us adults) can learn. We commit to learn from each other and from experts in a variety of fields.
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