Westside Parent Organization & Events
The Westside Parent Organization (WPO) is the community building, and parent and teacher support arm of Westside School. Lead by a team of officers and event chairs, the WPO plans and executes a full slate of activities and galvanizes volunteers. All Westside School parents are members of the WPO.
WPO funds events, including student assemblies and activities primarily from Pizza Day sales, Halloween Fest, event concessions, and revenue from Spirit Wear sales – all of which are lead by parent volunteers. WPO funds are also used to fund school needs. Last year, the WPO purchased athletic uniforms and equipment.
The WPO also supports teachers and school administration though organizing room parents, scholastic book orders, and library volunteers.
Contact the WPO HERE.
Learn about current WPO Volunteer Opportunities HERE.
WESTSIDE SCHOOL EVENT REQUEST FORM (REQUIRED FOR ANY EVENT HELD ON THE WESTSIDE SCHOOL CAMPUS)
Lower School Room Parent Coordinator
Middle School Room Parent Coordinator
Member at Large, Field Day Chair, Lower School
Member at Large, Field Day Chair, Middle School
New Parent Mentor Coordinator
New Parent Mentor Coord, Google group chair
Google Group Chair
Family Dance Chairs
Pizza Day Chairs
Kristin Mariani & April Sunderland
Aimee Kinney & Karen Leeds
Halloween Fest Chair
Movie Night Chair
Parent Education Chair
Quiz Night Chair
Scholastic Book Chair
Teacher Appreciation Chair
Lost & Found/SPIRIT Wear Sales
Jeni Bartell & Rene Hawkes
Admission Parent Ambassador(s)
WPO Sponsored Family Events
Quiz Night: Friday, November 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Quiz Night is a casual, friendly competition, with teams of parents and staff answering trivia questions which will be recorded on answer sheets. There will be the traditional chili dinner available and guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages. Wine and beer are permitted, as no children will be on the premises! Admission price of $10 per person will cover dinner, and any extra proceeds will go toward the WPO for funding of assemblies, family dance, field day, and more!
Family Movie Night
Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome, films are geared for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Family Movie Night: Next date, TBA.
Pack up your family and head to Cinema Westside (the gym) for Family Movie Night. A family friendly movie will be projected on the wall for everyone’s viewing. Bean bags, lawn chairs, etc. are welcome. Concessions, including pizza and popcorn will be for for sale. All ages welcome, see you at the movies!
Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome
Get out your fancy shoes, it’s time to dance! The Family Dance is a great community builder, and everyone who comes is sure to have a great time! Kids love it and adults have fun too! Every year, the theme will change, so save the date and twist, do the two-step or boogie-down! You may even want to show up in costume!
Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome; games geared to ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade; Haunted Hallway for ages elementary and up
Date: Thanks for a great event this year everyone! See you in October 2015!
This is one event you don't want to miss! Dress in your favorite costume and come join in the fun, along with your friends, neighbors and family! Everyone's invited! Westside School gets filled with ghosts and goblins, and kids participate in lots of fun activities, including the jumper slide, face painting, and many more ghouly activities. Nearly our entire parent community takes part to make this WPO event a favorite every year.
Family Summer Socials
Target Audience: All ages; incoming and existing Westside School families
Westside organizes monthly socials on the Westside playground for all current and future Westside students. This has been a great way for new families to begin to meet other Westside families.
Target Audience: Enrolled Westside Students
Under the direction of Westside's PE teacher, Donna Jornlin, the WPO sponsors this event each spring. In addition to funding the event, we help with the planning and organize the parent volunteers that make this a fun-filled afternoon that the whole Westside community enjoys.
WPO Meetings, Parent Education Series & More
WPO Parent Education Series
Target Audience: Adults
The WPO hosts one to three meetings a year, with various speakers that discuss a hot topic! These meetings are a great way to meet other parents and to learn what’s going on in the school. This year we will also have informal coffees a few mornings during the year.
Target Audience: Parents of Enrolled Westside School Students
A Google group allows you to interact with members from the entire community without having to make individual emails or phone calls. Google Groups are a great tool for sharing information, organizing events, and reaching out. Looking for a new nanny? Want to find out where other parents take their kids in West Seattle for haircuts? Just need some advice? Post your query on the Google group website!
To join, go to http://groups.google.com/group/westside-school-parents and click on “apply for group membership,” or email email@example.com with your name and email address for an invitation to be sent to you.
Target Audience: All Westside Staff
Dates: Monthly, September through May
Our Teacher Appreciation is a year-long event with monthly lunches provided to the teachers and staff and culminates in a special Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day in May. Each grade level takes a turn to host a luncheon during the school year. Contact your room parent or the WPO if you are interested in helping out!
Scholastic Book Orders
Books provides quality books for our children at extremely competitive prices. When we order books through Scholastic, we not only get a good deal, but the school earns credits with which to buy books for our classrooms and library. The WPO committee chair for Scholastics Book orders will work with a volunteer from each class to coordinate these monthly orders. Let your room parent know if you are interested in helping out!