Westview Elementary

Dear Westview Community,

One of our most valuable educational resources is the support of the wonderful parents in the Westview learning community. You, our parents, are truly our partners in your child’s education. We appreciate everything you do to make Westview a great place for kids. We value the contributions of parents who serve on committees and provide leadership for our PTO. We are blessed with parents and grandparents who volunteer to help out in classrooms. Most of all we appreciate the great job you do at home by making education a priority and doing a great job as parents. Your continued support and willingness to go the extra mile for our kids are to be commended.
I hope that you have a wonderful summer with your children. There are many things that you can do to make this summer a great experience for your child. Cook together, finger paint, take a walk, and go to the library. Remember to read good books with your children. Even though school is not in session, we appreciate your support by making learning a priority over the summer break.
As many of you know, we have been emphasizing literacy in Richmond Community Schools. We know that reading well is essential to success. We also know that as students read less and less in their free time, we must do more to help them discover the joy of reading. One of the best ways to help children learn or rediscover the joy of reading is reading aloud to them.

Reading aloud to children is essential to their growth as readers. Reading aloud to children of all ages is one of the best ways to help them develop a love of books. In addition, reading together is a special time to spend with your child. Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook says that there are five things that you shouldn’t do:

1. Don’t read stories that you don’t enjoy yourself. Your dislike will show in the reading.

2. Don’t get too comfortable. If you lie down while reading aloud, you’re likely to get drowsy. If you slouch, your voice will lose its energy.

3. Don’t be surprised if your child interrupts with a lot of questions. Answer those questions right away. There is no time limit for reading a book; there may be a time limit on your child’s curiosity. Answer the questions and move on.

4. Don’t confuse quality with quantity. Your child will remember 10 minutes of reading far longer than s/he will remember two hours of television.

5. Don’t try to compete with the television. Tell your child the television will be turned off at a certain time every evening whether you have read-aloud time or not. Ask if they want to hear you read. If they don’t that is fine, but the television does not come back on.

I am passionate about reading. My husband and I spend much leisure time reading. I hope you enjoy a book with someone you care about soon. Have a great summer. It has been a great year at Westview and I look forward to retirement.

Happy Reading-

Tammy Rhoades

Important Dates and Information:

4-22 to 5-17 ILEARN

Test Taking Tips for Students:

* Read the question before you look at the answers.

* Eliminate answers you know aren't right.

* If you do not know the answer, make a smart guess and select an answer.

* Mark your answers carefully.

* Make sure you work at a pace that will give you enough time to finish the test. If you get stuck on a question, move on and come back to it later. Never leave anything blank.

If you have time left, go back and check your answers. Reread the question and ask yourself the following things:

  • “Did I give evidence from the text?”
  • “Does my answer make sense?”
  • “Did I show my work?"
  • “Did I put the answer in the answer blank?”

Test Taking Tips for Parents/Guardians:

* Praise your child for the things he or she does well, and be supportive of his or her efforts, especially in are-as or activities that are challenging. Kids who feel good about themselves and their abilities - and who aren't fearful about making mistakes - will feel more confident and less anxious when taking the test.

* Talk with your child about what they're doing in class and ask what he or she is reading. Studies show that kids who talk with their families on a weekly basis about school and what they read score higher on the national standardized reading test than kids who talk about these things with their families less often.

* Limit your child's TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.

* Express a positive attitude about the test and confidence in your child's ability to do well on it. Research shows that parents' and teachers' attitudes influence children's attitudes. So if you're upbeat and encouraging about the test, your child is likely to feel good about it.

* Encourage your child to read-newspapers, magazines, food labels, recipes, letters, and instructions, in addition to fiction and non-fiction books. Test makers draw on a wide variety of formats when choosing items to evaluate reading comprehension skills.

* Reassure your child that test scores are only one measure of his or her abilities, not the whole picture. Don't judge your child on the basis of his or her test score.

* Ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep the night before the test and eats a nutritious breakfast the day of the test. 8-10 hours of sleep is recommended.


New ILEARN Assessment Information



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.