West Mercer Elementary School

Absences: 206-236-3434 Phone:206-236-3430

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    October, 2020

    Dear West Mercer Families,

    We are now well into our school year and I hope you and your family are settled into a routine that provides some stability for your child(ren)’s learning. Our teachers and support staff continue to work hard but some are now reporting that it is all starting to feel a little bit more natural. I hope that is true for you as well!

    As we enter week 5, there are some changes on the horizon that all families should we aware of.

    1. This Friday, October 9th is a half day of school for students. This means that teachers will only be offering instruction for the morning instructional blocks (block 1—9:15-10:30 and block 2—10:45-11:45). This half day has been listed in our student calendar for more than a year and provides a professional learning afternoon that is vital for the continued exceptional instruction that our West Mercer teachers provide.

    2. Student attendance. Attendance is taken daily, as mandated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Our teachers record student attendance for each of the three instructional blocks in our current schedule. These blocks begin at 9:15am, 10:45am, and 12:45pm each day. Taking attendance is not only a state requirement but also an important fail safe to help us identify students who may need additional support to overcome any barriers that remote instruction may have put in their way.Like we’ve always done, please email your child’s teacher and call our ABSENTEE LINE at (206) 236-3434 if your child is going to be absent, late or leave early from any of the three synchronous instructional blocks/periods.

    3. Room parents work directly with classroom teachers to plan any Halloween events.  If the classroom teacher supports a party, then it should be limited to Friday, October 30 and during only 1 of the instructional blocks (preferably the final block of the day that begins at 12:45).  I've heard teachers talk about some games that can be played on Zoom and the like.  I advise against distributing any treat bags, as the issue of allergies arises, COVID concerns are heightened, and we can't supervise consumption of items.  Again, I would work with the teachers as to what, if anything, they want students eating at home during the celebration.  



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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