West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Dear West Mercer Families, 

    Wow, what a whirlwind week! West Mercer is definitely ending the year with a bang! 


    *Thank you to the PTA for hosting such a wonderful Spring Fling event on Wednesday evening, June 1st. The warm, tropical rain certainly did not deter us from enjoying the host of activities, food, and time with one another.

    *Thank you to Mr. Baxter, Ms. Kurtenbach, and all of our student actors for their incredible, dedicated work on the school play presented June 2nd and 3rd. It is evident we have a group of budding actors, set and prop designers, and sound technicians within our community. I hope our 5th grade scholars take advantage of the theater arts in their middle school years and our young scholars were inspired to join our theater team here at West Mercer in future years. 

    General Announcements
    *Lost & Found - Please collect any lost and found items before Tuesday, June 21st. We will be donating any remaining lost and found items to a local charity on June 22nd. 

    *Enrollment for 2022-2023 - You do not need to re-register each school year. If your child will not be returning to West Mercer next year, please let our office manager, Lynn Lawrence, know as soon as possible. She can be reached at lynn.lawrence@mercerislandschools.org. If you have an incoming Kindergarten student and have yet to enroll, please do so as soon as possible. It really helps with our staffing and class placement process to have accurate student numbers as early as possible.

    *West Mercer Weekly Wrap-Up and Isakson Reads - Our weekly wrap-up has been framed around general school announcements and a focus word, and shared as video links each Friday morning. The reading portion connects a read aloud text with the word of the week. These weekly episodes and readings are archived and posted on our school website

    Monthly Recognitions
    Many months throughout the year are designated as specific recognition months for various communities. Over the school year, we have represented and honored various communities within and beyond the designated month of recognition. For example, this past month was Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month. Throughout the month, classes incorporated texts, speakers, and/or activities to recognize the cultures and contributions of folks who identify as AAPI. 

    June is designated as “Pride Month” - a time to honor and celebrate the LGBT community past and present. For example, at the elementary level, learning about gender expression or diverse families can be connected through read aloud texts (such as  “Stella Brings the Family”) and classroom learning tied to our social studies/civics and health/physical education standards. 

    As I have continued to communicate throughout the year to our teachers, it is important we recognize and represent diverse communities, identities, and cultures in our literature and learning throughout the year -  not just during a singular recognition month. We are a beautifully diverse community here at West Mercer. It is so important we can learn together and provide space for all of our scholars and families to feel honored, seen, and valued.  

    Upcoming Events 

    *June 8th, 4:30-5:00 - Spring Family Connection for Incoming Kindergarten families 

    *June 10th, 4:30-5:30 - Innovation Learning Butterfly Release Party

    *June 13th - 8:30-9:10, PTA Volunteer Tea

    *June 13th - 12:40-3:30, 5th Grade Party

    *June 13th-June 17th - Classroom Parties 

    *June 16th - Field Day Activities 

    *June 17th - End-of-Year Celebration Assemblies and Last Day of School! 

    Principal Isakson


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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