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Information Day
2018 - 2019

for TK-5th Grade

Saturday, November 4, 2017  |  10 AM - Noon
Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  10 AM - Noon

Come learn about our school's award-winning program, which is rooted in the belief that the social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.

Applications due December 1st
Winter Show
December 2, 2017
Come join us for our 2017 Winter Show, a performing arts showcase filled with song and dance, as our WHPS students showcase their talents!

Ticket sales open November 8th at 12:00pm.
(Please note the specific show time for your child's class.)
Oxnard Campus
Rooms 8, 9, 14-19
@ 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Rooms 3-7, 10, 12
@ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Collins Campus
Rooms 2, 4-10
@ 10:30am - 12:00pm
Purchase Tickets
November Events - 2017
Both Campuses  |  Collins  | Oxnard
1 PAWS Meeting
4 Elementary Information Day (TK - 5th grade) @ 10am
5 PAWS Fall Festival (Both Campuses Welcome!) @ 11am-2pm
7 Lockdown/Evacuation Drill
8 Winter Show Ticket Sales Open @ 12pm
8 Collins Pre-K Barnyard Visit (Rooms 7 & 9)
8 Farmer's Market hosted by Room 9 & 12
9 Preschool Professional Development (Preschool CLOSED at 4pm)
9 Collins Pre-K Baryard Visit (Room 10)
9 PAG Restaurant Night - Maggie's Kitchen
10 Veteran's Day Observed - SCHOOL CLOSED
13 Lockdown/Evacuation Drill
14 PAWS Restaurant Night - McDonalds
15 Elementary Information Tea (TK - 5th grade) @ 10am
15 PAG Event - Beat Buds
16 Farmer's Market hosted by Room 6
17 PAWS Babysitting Night @ 6-10pm
18 PAG Event - Kids Night Out @ 5-9pm
22 Elementary Thanksgiving Feast
23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
Donations & Birthday Books
Your donations are appreciated. Thank you for thinking of WHPS and helping to make a difference!

Barker-Homek Family - 80 Pumpkins & Kitchen Supplies
Beirnat Family - Ave's Birthday Book
Moas Family - Our Barnyard Donation (read more about it in the "Our Barnyard News" section)
Zafrani Family - Books
If you have any of these items lying around the house, we are collecting them in the bins by the sign in/out sheets
Keys    Tiles    Bolts and washers    Reflective Items

Special Edition | Seth Pozzi - Asst. Head of School



Technology-Integration is a hot topic in education at the moment. Many of the top schools are shifting away from teaching “computers” as a separate class, but are instead integrating technology more meaningfully and seamlessly into the classroom, just as we do in a modern workplace and in everyday life. When technology is integrated properly, students use technology to learn, synthesize, and demonstrate their understanding of content, not just their expertise with a tool (such as PowerPoint or Word).

Here are some key differences between traditional computer class and Technology-Integration:

Traditional Computer Class


Go to computer class at set times (1-2 times/week)

Technology is a routine part of the classroom environment

Technology is used for the sake of using technology

Technology is seamlessly used to support teaching and learning

Technology is mostly used by the teacher

Technology is mostly used by the students

More time is spent learning how to use technology

More time is spent using technology to learn

Technology is used to deliver information

Technology is used to construct knowledge

Technology supplants paper and pencil activities

Technology is used in ways that would otherwise be difficult or impossible


As part of our schools long-term Technology-Integration plans, WHPS hired Dr. Gina Amenta-Shin this year. Dr. Amenta-Shin, a nationally recognized educational technology expert, conducted focus groups comprised of administration, WHPS elementary staff and parents. Based on input from the focus groups, several areas of focus were identified for us to work on with staff and students this year: research skills, presentation of information, active engagement, communication, learning without borders (collaboration outside the classroom walls), and creation and design. Dr. Amenta-Shin has already begun working with teachers to develop content-rich experiences for students that integrate many of these focus areas.


Because excessive screen time is shown to hamper children’s creativity, we believe in providing quality experiences with technology over quantity. In preschool, you might see a teacher pull out an iPad to facilitate inquiry-based learning, researching a topic of interest or finding the answer to a burning question. In lower elementary (TK-1st grade), the children are able to record audio, video, and photographs to document their brainstorming, thinking, or learning without solely relying on paper and pencil. In upper elementary (2nd-5th grade), students are creating and printing 3D models of Native American canoes and Morse Code devices. They are also learning to use GoogleDocs as a tool for conducting research and BookCreator to collaborate on E-book publishing. We are just a couple months into the school year, and already some exciting work has begun. Please continue to stay tuned for more information as we continue our school’s Technology-Integration journey this year.


It’s not just about providing our students meaningful application of the latest and greatest technology, we also need to understand how to help children build a safe, healthy digital life. It can be difficult to supervise children when we aren’t always fully familiar with the apps and sites they are interested in. Our third and final Parent Speaker this year, Lori Getz, is one of the top experts on Internet safety, security, and ethics. This January, Lori will be at WHPS to discuss a wide range of issues, from how technology affects brain development in very young children to digital drama among tweens.


Parent Speaker # 3 | Lori Getz

"What Parents NEED to Know about Technology"

January 31, 2018
Lori Getz’ workshops are FREE (co-sponsored by PAWS and WHPS).

Lori Getz - through her organization Cyber Education Consultants - provides workshops, professional development, and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country. Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert. She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew,” and other news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM). Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com, and was most recently featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out,” and “Parenting a Teen Girl,” by Lucie Hemmen, Ph.D.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens, and teens.

Workshop Schedule on January 31, 2018

3:30-5:00 PM
Joint Parent, Student & Teacher Session
For 4th & 5th Grade Families

This program is designed to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers and facilitate meaningful conversations regarding:

  • Screen time
  • Gaming
  • Texting
  • Social networking interactions
  • Digital footprint
  • Safety
6:30-8:00 PM - Parent Speaker #3: What Parents NEED to Know about Technology
Open to ALL families and the community
This program will focus on:
  • Brain development and screen time
  • Tools to create good habits from the onset
  • Practical tips - where to keep technology and how to manage it
  • New information from American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Role modeling
  • Redefining internet safety - a full explanation of how kids use technology, how to keep them safe; rules and guidelines worth implementing
Preschool News
Collins Campus
Robin & Ms. Ailin
Oxnard Campus
Ms. Tracy & Ms. Christine
Wow! November is here!! We have already seen so much growth, independence and comfort in the classroom routine. Some of the interests & skills that have sparked in the classrooms have been the Fall season, pumpkins, weather changes, our bodies, community helpers, pirates/mummies, colors, and of course, Halloween. Gardening, small group projects, and building friendships have also been a focus. We would also like to thank everyone who joined us for the Halloween day parades and parties. It's always such a fun holiday for the children!

Restaurant nights, Kids night out/Babysitting nights, field trips, Farmer’s market and parent workshops have begun. Birthday books are also a great addition to our classroom libraries. There are so many ways in which parents can and have been getting involved! Thank you in advance for all your support to these events. We truly appreciate and value your participation and hope it continues throughout the year. Our extracurricular activities have begun so if your child is not signed up yet, please come by the office and take a look at the information.  Space is still available.

During the week of November 20th, we will be sending home your child’s first progress report. Please keep in mind that these progress reports are observations only. We strive to properly assess their progress throughout the year as another meaningful communication tool between the school and home, in addition to our classroom pages, day-to-day conversations, etc.

As we lead up to the Thanksgiving holiday let us remember to be THANKFUL for all that we have. It is a time of GIVING so let’s educate our children and bring forth to those who are less fortunate.
Happy Turkey Day!
Elementary News | Jacey Dexter - Elementary Principal
Fall has arrived at WHPS, our first trimester is coming to a close, and we completed our first round of Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)! I’m so proud of our students for being able to share their progress with their parents and take ownership of all their hard work. SLCs are an excellent exercise in student empowerment and communication. Student motivation has never been higher. The end of the first trimester is Friday, November 10th.  
October kept us very busy with Bubble Mania, field trips to Underwood Farms and the California Science Center, BEARS soccer games, and, of course, our annual Halloween parades & parties. Thank you to our 5th grade Spirit student-leadership committee members for helping out at the Collins Campus celebrations.
As we go into November, the Helping Hands student-leadership committee will handle the accounting for all the donations collected through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. I hope to see everyone at our annual Fall Festival on Sunday, November 5th. Thank you to the Parents who have worked tirelessly to put this wonderful event together.
Thanksgiving is approaching and that means it is time for our Thanksgiving Feast, a wonderful WHPS tradition. Our entire elementary division will celebrate together on Wednesday, November 22nd. Please keep an eye out for more information from your classroom teachers on what you can do to help.  
Save the date! We will be holding our first Awards Assembly on Friday, December 1st. These awards will honor our 4th and 5th grade students who have attained high academic achievement in core subjects and any elementary student who had perfect attendance in the first trimester. It is a great time to reflect on everything that all students have accomplished in the first part of the year.
We will also be holding our annual holiday food drive, which will support the West Valley Food Pantry. Boxes will be placed by the main office at both campuses all month long. Your canned food donations will help feed families during this festive holiday season! Happy fall!
"Our Barnyard" News | The WHPS Science and Nature Center
Everyone at "Our Barnyard" would like to wish you Happy Fall and Thanksgiving!

We did have one sad day in the Barnyard this month. Elsa, one of our Flemish Giant Rabbits, passed away suddenly. However, thanks to an amazing donation from the Moas Family, a new friend will be joining Ana soon. We will also be able to do some remodeling of our Rabbitat, giving the animals more fun activities to enjoy. Thanks Moas Family!

In October, we delved further into Animal Care, Ecology, and Evolution. We also learned about Animal Communication and General Intelligence. We discovered which animals can communicate and how they do so, as well as how to properly test for animal intelligence. We even performed one such test on our students!

Our younger students are still focusing on the basics, gaining building blocks to one day hopefully go through our elementary program. We finished our lessons on birds at the beginning of the month and have now moved on to Mammals. Our students should be able to tell the difference between fur/hair and feathers, and know that if an animal has Fur/Hair, it has to be a Mammal (that means us too!).

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