Westview Elementary

Dear Westview Community,

How do we as parents and teachers help our students? Here are 10 specific things you as a parent can do to help your child.

1. Build relationships with your child’s teachers. Parents and teachers need to under-stand that they are partners with the common goal of helping students to succeed. Find out what the teachers’ expectations are and support your child to meet those expectations.

2. Read. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Reading is the foundation for all learning. Model reading and spend time as a family reading and talking about what you have read. Making reading a priority is one of the most important contributions you can make to your child’s education.

3. Practice writing at home. Show that writing clearly is important and that you write for a variety of purposes. Encourage journal writing and keep a journal yourself.

4. Make math part of everyday life. Demonstrate to your child how you use math in cooking, gardening, paying bills, etc. and encourage your child to explain her/his method for using math to solve problems.

5. Ask your child to explain her/his thinking. Students need to be able to explain how they came up with an answer and why they chose one method over another.

6. Expect that homework will be done. Encourage your child to keep track of assign-ments and tests. Set aside a specific time for your child to study each day. Even if there are not specific homework assignments, keep track of what your child is working on and ask questions.

7. Use the community as a classroom. Use our local library and visit our museums. Encourage your child to be curious about many things. Visit Earlham College and IU East. Make a date to go to Civic Theater and/or the symphony.

8. Encourage group study. Encourage your child to invite her/his friends over to study together and have fun while they are learning.

9. Help other parents understand academic expectations. Talk to other parents about learning and standards. When you are talking about academic standards and what they mean, you are helping the entire community understand the value of education. If you have questions about the standards call your child’s teachers or schedule a time to meet. Teams of teachers meet on a regular basis to assist your child.

10. Spend time in the classroom. It isn’t easy to get into school when most parents work full time jobs. However, just a few trips to school each year will help strengthen the bond between parents and teachers.

A reminder that you can access Richmond Community School board minutes, up-to- date information about Richmond Community Schools, and information about Westview Elementary and other schools in the district by visiting our web site at www.rcs.k12.in.us.

Respectfully,

Tammy Rhoades
Principal

 

 

A few general reminders about procedural items.

Students need to be in class and ready to begin their daily activities at 7:50. Our dismissal time is 2:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We dismiss at 1:40 on Tuesday. We need for all our students to be here daily and on time. Attendance is a priority at Westview. Please schedule all appointments after school hours.  

Please remember to drive safely especially during drop off and pick up times. We have many wonderful kids and we need your support to help keep our school safe. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to wait, I suggest that you do not pull into the circle drive. There are alternative drop-off locations available; these options include dropping off your child at the corner or on one of the side streets. If you need to come into the building to talk with one of us, please park your car in a parking spot.  

         When we have a two-hour delay, school will start at 9:50. Breakfast is not served when we are on a two-hour delay. You can access school closings/delays by going to the Richmond Community Schools web site, listening to the radio, or watching television.