• Principal's Message Continued From The Home Page

    With all the excitement that comes with this time of year, we need to keep in mind that class is in session until June 21st and we still have learning happening in every classroom. At West Mercer, we are dedicated to making each of our learning days count and hope that your child will be here to learn along with us.

    If your child(ren) will be at West Mercer next school year:

    • We are going to use the same school supply ordering process as we did last year. The teachers loved it and we have heard only positives from families as well. It is now time to order your school supplies for next year. The last day to order is June 21st.
      • To order you will go to shopttkits.com and type in account #94221
      • Please order as soon as possible. If your order is not in by the end of the year we will not be able to order any for you. Please contact Lynn Lawrence if you have any questions
      • If your family is interested in a scholarship for these supplies, please contact Anna Orton at orton@mercerislandschools.org
    • You may be interested to know that we have now been given the “go ahead” to staff 4 classrooms for both Kindergarten and 2nd grade (this is added to the already staffed 4 1st grade classrooms). We are in the process of hiring and will announce any new teachers in our summer communication.

    Important Notes:
    Last Day of School
    Our last day of school will be Friday, June 21st. As always, this final day of school will dismiss at 11:00 and no lunch will be served.

    Final Report Card Preparation Day
    Friday, June 14th is the 3rd and final Report Card Preparation Day for the school year. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 on this day and no lunch will be served.

    Next School Year
    Please let us know if your students will not be attending West Mercer next school year. We make every attempt to proactively plan for the number of students who will attend next year so that we are staffed for each and every student. Conversely, if you know of families of kindergarteners or new families to the island, please encourage them to register at our front office ASAP. Thank you for your help making our student numbers as accurate as possible!

    • Dates of Note for June:

      June 6: PTSA sponsored “Spring Fling: Kidchella” 6-9pm
      June 7: Final Parent Playground of the year (12:20-1:00 K-2 and 12:45-1:25 3-5)
      June 14: Report Card prep for teachers, NOON DISMISSAL for students
      June 14: All Island Track Meet
      June 17: 5th Grade Party
      June 18: Field Day (9:45-10:45 for K-2, 11:00-12:00 for 3-5)
      June 19: Kindergarten End of the Year Celebration (9:30 MPR)
      June 21: Last day of School, 11:00 Student DISMISSAL
      June 21: Progress Reports available in Skyward at 5 PM

    Looking Ahead to Next School Year:
    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, September 3rd 3:00-4:00
    • First Day of School (grades 1st-5th): Wednesday, September 4th
    • PTSA sponsored “Welcome Coffee” and Membership meeting: Wednesday, September 4th
    • Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences: Wednesday, September 4th, Thursday, September 5th, and Friday, September 6th
    • Kindergarten First Day of School: Monday, September 9th
    • PTSA sponsored “Kindergarten Welcome Coffee“: September 9th
    • PTSA sponsored “Ice Cream Social”: Thursday, September 12th
    • Picture Day: Thursday, September 19th
    • Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 19th (grades 3-5: 5:00-5:45, Principal’s Message: 5:45-6:00 & grades K-2: 6:00-6:45)
    • PTSA sponsored “New Family Social”: Tuesday, September 24th
    • Principal’s Coffee—Welcome to New Families: Friday, September 27th

     In case you haven’t counted yet, there are only 10 and a half weeks between the end of this school year and the beginning of next school year, be sure to make the most of them!

    Warmest regards,

    Carol Best                                                           Melanie Ready
    Principal                                                             Associate Principal
    West Mercer Elementary                                 West Mercer Elementary & Northwood Elementary