Registering for Fall
Due Dates

After the deadlines, registration is open to outside applicants and families already on the waitlist. Register by the deadline to guarantee a space!
DUE Registration For
March 4  Fall 2019
 All Preschool & 1st-5th Grade
March 4  Summer 2019 Preschool
April 12  Summer 2019 Camp Woodland Hills
Children going into TK-6th Grade
 
School Tours
In the winter and spring, we offer school tours for prospective preschool and elementary families. If you know someone who is interested, please have them contact the school to RSVP for a tour.

Elementary & Preschool Tours (10-11 AM)
Tuesday, March 5
Tuesday, March 12
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, march 26

Camp Woodland Hills
June 10 through August 14, 2019
For children entering TK through 6th Grade


with the Camp Directors, Ms. Rubi and Ms. Patty

Arts & Crafts with Ms. Maxie!
 
Animal Encounters @ the Science & Nature Center

Camp Brochure & Enrollment Forms

Enrollment due by April 12, 2019.
For more information, visit us at: camp.woodlandhillsprivateschool.com
 
Donations & Birthday Books
Your donations are appreciated. Thank you for thinking of WHPS and helping to make a difference!
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Stolarz Family - Sets of Pencils, Crayons & Markers
Krauss Family - Lincoln Logs, Blocks & Books
Dexter Family - Life Size Stuffed Fox

 
Upcoming | Parent Ed. & Workshops

Preschool: Your Child's Progress Report
March 13 @ 8:30 AM

Preschool Progress Reports just went home. Join our Preschool Directors for a Coffee & Conversation session on making sense of the preschool progress reports. 


Elementary: What Makes a Quality Math Program?
NEW WHPS MATH CURRICULUM - PARENT WORKSHOP
March 18 @ 8:30 AM

Join us to learn about the new WHPS math curriculum, launching in fall 2019. Hosted by Elementary Principal, Jacey Dexter.


Elementary: Grade-Level Orientations
April 1-5 @ 3:15 PM

ALL PARENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND FOR THE GRADE YOUR CHILD WILL ATTEND IN THE FALL!

April 1 - A Taste of 1st Grade
April 2 - A Taste of 2nd Grade
April 3 - A Taste of 3rd Grade
April 4 - A Taste of 4th Grade
April 5 - A Taste of 5th Grade

 

Special Edition | Seth Pozzi -  Head of School

A Fresh Look at Parent-School Partnerships
How powerful would it be if we were all speaking the same language?

I would like to be transparent with you about some of the strategies our staff have been working on to further strengthen parent partnerships. As a staff, we are striving to use these strategies with families, especially when we encounter a tricky issue. My hope in sharing these strategies is that, together, we can use them as tools for partnering effectively on our children’s success.

Effective parent-school partnerships come from:

  • Proactive and open communication with the right person(s)
  • Using an Advocacy Approach to tricky issues (explained below)
  • Finding the right “protected time” to talk about tricky issues
  • Remembering we are all on the same team
  • Getting comfortable being uncomfortable (uncomfortable conversations breed progress)

Proactive Communication
Sometimes parents may feel reluctant to share information with the school. We may find out well after the fact that a child is taking a new medication or has experienced a serious transition, such as a move, divorce, or death in the family. The more information and insights we can have from you in real-time, the better our teachers can help your child.

Raising Kids is Messy!
Even under the best of circumstances, two happily married spouses or co-parents often don’t agree about every aspect of child-rearing. Parents and teachers come into situations with their own hopes/goals and special insights about each child. There are going to be days when children:

  • Break down in tears the moment they get in the car
  • Come home with an empty water bottle and you wonder...how long was it empty
  • Are extremely anxious about a grade, a test or situation with a peer or adult at school
  • Tell you math is too easy and they are #BORED!
  • Complain that a friend pushed them or called them a name
Advocacy Approach
Well-intentioned adults jump to conclusions when tricky situations occur, something we affectionately refer to as the mama bear response. In these cases, our natural knee-jerk reaction is to defend our child from injustice. While this is a noble cause, and we do indeed want to prevent or right injustices, these situations can be most productive when we...pause...and try to use the Advocacy Approach to tackle the question or concern together.

A FEW ADDITIONAL TIPS

Speak With the Right Person
Our admin team is here for you! But, we encourage you to start with the staff member who can be of the most assistance in a given situation. Think about which teacher(s) or staff member(s) would have the most information about this issue or situation.

Protected Time to Talk

Pick up and drop off are not generally the best time to discuss a tricky issue. If you have a pressing issue that you really want to discuss, consider emailing the teacher(s) the day before to identify a good time to talk by phone or in person. 

We Really Are on the Same Team

Remember that we really are all here for your child's best interest. Teachers will not take it personally or be offended by your questions, concerns or issues, especially if you try the Advocacy Approach. We are trying our very best to use this same approach with you.

There are not a lot of schools like WHPS. This community is made up of passionate, educators, staff, families, and there's even an occasional mama bear sighting. If we can commit to keeping these strategies in mind, it will help us make the most of our precious time together.

 
Preschool News
Collins Campus
Robin & Ms. Ailin
Oxnard Campus
Dr. Tracy  Ewing & Ms. Christine

Understanding Your Child's Progress Report
I got the progress report. Now what?

It’s that time of the year again. Preschool progress reports are going home and we want to make sure you are getting the most from your child’s report. Below are some guidelines to help you understand your child’s preschool progress report.

Review the Rating System
Be sure to review the Legend for Observations to better understand what the ratings mean before looking at your child’s report. We can have a natural tendency to think about ratings in an ‘A’ to ‘F’ gradient, often associated with the K-12 system. This does not at all match up to the preschool system. In fact, letter grades do not appear here at WHPS until 4th grade.

Comments
The comment section can help to build home school cooperation.  Look for ways to help your child at home. This is also an area where you may find more information about social-emotional growth or challenges.

It’s a Communication Tool
Teachers and parents are in a constant state of communication. Daily check-ins are common but don’t generally allow time to get into each child’s unique strengths and tricky areas. The progress report is one of many tools teachers have for communicating this with you.

Nothing should be a surprise - if you’re seeing a rating or comment as a bad thing, then you may not be interpreting it correctly. If we have concerns about the development of your child, we will reach out to you and chat or schedule a conference. If you have concerns or questions and you haven’t reached out, please do. We are always happy to schedule a protected time to talk when there are questions or concerns about your child’s growth and development.

Avoid Making Comparisons
It is important to understand that children are in the middle of a developmental progression. Children makes leaps and bounds at different times. You do not need to worry that your friend’s child knows how to write their name or count to 100 and yours doesn’t. Focus instead on what your child does well. Research shows early academic gains often wash out by 4th grade.

Look at the Big Picture
Remember what kindergarten readiness looks like (see below). If your child still has 2 or 3 years before starting kindergarten, don’t worry so much about whether they know their alphabet. Keep in mind the alphabet (and shapes, colors, etc.) is taught in kindergarten!

WHPS Kindergarten Readiness
LAUSD Kindergarten Readiness

Progress report standards are not based on what your child SHOULD be able to do but rather what your child MAY be able to do! Although our progress reports are based on generally age-appropriate measures, it is important to keep in mind that our preschool program is academically advanced. Many of our children graduate from Pre-K at or above Kindergarten grade level. Our unique, research-based curriculum provides children opportunities to stretch their cognitive skills while supporting critically important social and emotional learning (SEL).

Is your child a good human being?
Don’t let progress reports deter you from staying focused on what’s really important. Your child’s success will depend on a lot more than whether or not they can “recognize daily weather conditions.” In fact, research has shown that assets in social development are better predictors of school success (and adult success) than early academic strengths.

What's the Most FAQ?
Q: Why does my child do everything at home when I ask, but the teacher rates them as E, R or NS?
A: There are several possibilities for this. First, children are not always interested in proving themselves at school. Second, teachers rely on observational methods and your child may not be displaying those characteristics/skills at the time of the observations. Third, some children behave differently in a group setting. Fourth, children can be different at home than they are at school. This is the same reason teachers can get children to do some things at school that they may not do at home, for example, we often hear from parents that only at school do the children use the potty, nap, eat different foods, clean up their toys, follow directions, etc.


On March 13, our Preschool Directors are holding a Coffee & Conversation at the Oxnard St. Campus Art Studio to answer any questions you have about the progress reports. We also want to hear from you:

  • What information do you wish was on the progress reports?
  • What areas are confusing for you as a parent?
 
Elementary News | Jacey Dexter - Elementary Principal

What Makes a Quality Math Program?
New WHPS math curriculum launches - Fall 2019

For many of us, math class conjures memories of flashcards, timed tests, and repeatedly reproducing formulas that were directly instructed (drill and kill). Perhaps we had a teacher who tried to go easy on us and only asked us to do the “evens” or “odds.” Unfortunately, this approach leaves many students with a poor conceptual understanding of math, and worse yet can create an “I’m just not good at math” attitude. The good news is as education has evolved, so has our understanding of the best instructional methods and practices to develop a strong foundation for problem solving, critical thinking, and fluency.

With this in mind, our teaching staff and administration have spent the past 6-8 months engaged in an an evaluation process for several math curricula, with the goal of equipping our students with the strongest possible foundation in critical thinking, reasoning, and mathematics. Below are some of the criteria we identified as components of a quality math program.

Less is More
The practice of having children complete large numbers of practice problems each night is not supported by current educational research. A quality math program should focus on fewer problems, but ones that allow students an opportunity to think deeply and critically about what they are learning. Indicators we looked at in reviewing math programs for WHPS included the amount of challenge and rigor in lessons and homework, pacing and complexity of lessons, as well as the volume of problems and layout.

Engagement & Connection
It is our strong belief here at WHPS that students should be empowered in their learning. This holds true for math. Students should feel connected and engaged in the instruction. Current research shows that the best teaching for deep understanding of mathematics begins with the concrete approach (items we can see, touch and manipulate), moves to the pictorial approach, and finally allows children to use the abstract (algorithmic) approach. Many math programs have constructivist elements, integrating two of these approaches. The highest quality programs leverage all three approaches.

Fluency
A quality math program includes lots of emphasis on fluency, but not in the way you might think. We often equate fluency with flash cards (+, -, x, ÷). The kind of fluency we looked for in a math curriculum is more about promoting children’s ability to efficiently manipulate numbers as well as develop fluency in the unique language of mathematics.

Differentiation
As one of the only elementary schools in Los Angeles that builds an Individualized Learning Profile and plan for each student, we wanted to ensure that any new curriculum we adopt provides superior opportunities for deeper learning and advanced pacing, as well as strong tools for remediation.

Now that we have done a lot of this work behind the scenes, I am incredibly excited to explain and demonstrate how the program we selected works and how it will roll out to students. Parents, please mark your calendars for the New WHPS Math Curriculum Parent Workshop: Monday, March 18. Immediately following Morning Assembly, we will be meeting in the Library to provide a program overview and answer all your burning questions. I hope to see you all there!

 
"Our Barnyard" News | WHPS Science & Nature Center

Hello Barnyard Friends!

We have had some fun-filled weeks in Animal & Nature Studies this month. One of our most notable topics of study in elementary included the evolution of flight in animals. We discussed how flying came about, including the two top theories; Top-Down and Bottom-Up Evolution. We looked at different traits needed in order to fly, including how the smallest change to the wing can change how animals can fly. We made a variety of paper airplanes to demonstrate how each one will fly differently, even if you made them the same way as your friends.

Looking ahead, 2nd and 5th grade will also be learning about how sight evolved and why it is such a common trait, and then moving into human evolution and our amazing evolutionary history. Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade will discover how and why animals live in groups and some group defense mechanisms. As the weather warms up, we then move into planting and ecology. Finally, our 3rd grade will continue to work on their animal care research, looking at how their animal is impacted by weather and how to provide proper enrichment to their animal.  

In preschool, all of our little ones had a chance to walk one of our hoofstock around all on their own! They got to walk either Gracie, our Miniature Horse, or Quito, our Miniature Donkey. Inside many of our classrooms, we made spider webs out of string, and pretended we were little bugs trying to get through without being caught. It was fun to watch the children try many different paths to get through, all while trying to avoid the sticky web.  With March already here, spring is just around the corner. We get to start planting herbs, and eventually, we get to share them with our animal friends!

To all our Barnyard friends who like to come visit us before drop off or after pick up, we would like you to know we are no longer feeding the animals treats from home. We know feeding is a lot of fun, but some of our animal friends have been getting upset tummies. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Mr. Matthew or Mrs. Tanja.
 
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March Events - 2019
Check out our Google Calendar for all upcoming events!
March Collins Oxnard
4 Fall Registration Due: Preschool & 1st-5th Grade
Summer Registration Due: Preschool
4 Elementary & Preschool Tours @ 10am
5-7 Spring Picture Day(s)  
6   PAWS Meeting @ 6:30pm
8   Farmer's Market - Hosted by Rm. 11 & 12
10
Summer Camp Open House
Daylight Savings Begins
11   PAWS: Laser Show (Upper Elementary)
12 Elementary & Preschool Tours @ 10am
Restaurant Night @ Chili's (Sponsored by PAG)
12 Speech Screenings  
13 Coffee & Conversation: Understanding Your Child's Preschool Progress Report 8:30-9:30am (Oxnard Campus Library)
Restaurant Night @ The Stand (sponsored by PAWS)
14 PAG: Mad Science  
15 ALL Preschool Professional Development 
SCHOOL CLOSED @ 4pm (NO EXTENDED CARE)
Winter Extra-Curriculars End
15   PAWS: Bagpipers
16 PAG: Kids Night Out 5:30-9:30pm  
17 St. Patrick's Day
18 Elementary Math Program - Parent Workshop @ 8:30am
Spring Extra-Curriculars Begin
19 Elementary & Preschool Tours @ 10am
19 PAG Meeting @ 6pm  
20-22   4th & 5th Grade Astrocamp Trip
20 Farmer's Market - Hosted by Rm. 9  
21 Cystic Fibrosis Mini-March @ 10am
23   PAWS Gala & Auction @ Braemar Country Club
26 Elementary & Preschool Tours @ 10am
31 Summer Camp Open House
   
April Orientation Meetings:
All parents are expected to attend for grade child will attend in fall.
Please mark on your calendar.
1   A Taste of 1st Grade @ 3:15pm
2   A Taste of 2nd Grade @ 3:15pm
3   A Taste of 3rd Grade @ 3:15pm
4   A Taste of 4th Grade @ 3:15pm
5   A Taste of 5th Grade @ 3:15pm
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