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Promotions & Culmination

5th Grade Culmination and Pre-K Promotion times are listed below. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

5th Grade Culmination
Tuesday, May 31
Students Arrive @ 5:30pm
Culmination @ 6pm

Oxnard Pre-K Promotions
Tuesday, May 24
Room 7 @ 10am
Room 6 @ 1pm

Wednesday, May 25
Room 5 @ 1pm

Thursday, May 26
Room 12 @ 10am
Room 10 @ 1pm

Collins Pre-K Promotions
Tuesday, May 31
Room 10 @ 9:30am
Room 9 @ 10:30am

Wednesday, June 1
Room 7 @ 9:45am

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6, 2022

We are grateful to our wonderful, professional, loving and dedicated staff. Thank you for all your service to the WHPS community this year! See what's in store at each campus thanks to the generosity of our families through PAWS & PAG.



Special Edition | Seth Pozzi -  Head of School

Goal 100% participation. Takes as little as 5-10 minutes.
If you fill out one survey this year, let it be this one! 

You have already made an investment in WHPS. Help us continue to strengthen the school as we head into the future!

We’ve been through a lot together this year, and even in a year that wasn’t without its challenges, our goal is always to provide a world-class educational experience. Whether our staff did something this year that wowed you (and thus we hope to keep it up), you have some constructive feedback for us, or there is something you wish we would do, I hope every family will take a few minutes to complete the End-of-Year Parent Survey. This survey is part of our ongoing accreditation, and it’s one way for parents to contribute to the future direction of our school.

The survey looks at:

  • Community demographics
  • Opportunities for parent involvement
  • Why families chose WHPS
  • What you see as our greatest strengths
  • Where there are opportunities for further improvement

I want you to know I read every survey and note every comment and suggestion. Learn more about how the survey impacts our long-range planning in our 2020 State of the School update (part of our most recent accreditation cycle). 

Thank you for helping to sustain our truly unique and special program!

Elementary News | Melanie Henson & Jacey Dexter

Preparing for a Smooth Start 

to the New School Year

The partnership between home and school is one of the most impactful relationships on our children’s education and social-emotional development. We strive to partner with families to focus on one goal: your child's success. Starting with a shared understanding of the end goals and some of the potential tricky spots along the way ultimately helps children reach their full potential. There is so much information to share; we like to get a running start now before the current year ends. Please plan to take advantage of these upcoming events: 

These are a great opportunity to meet with the school leadership team and learn more about the developmental expectations for your child’s age group, general school year information, as well as some of the best ways to support your child in the upcoming school year. (Zoom link

  • TK & Kindergarten - Monday, May 16 @ 2:00
  • 1st Grade - Tuesday, May 17 @ 2:00 
  • 2nd/3rd Grade - Monday, May 23 @ 2:00 
  • 4th/5th Grade - Tuesday, May 24 @ 2:00

Open House is a great opportunity to celebrate your child’s current school year and to check out what next year's grade level will hold. Please plan to take a sneak peek at the next year after checking out your child’s current classroom. (detailed schedule) 

Intake Conferences are parent-teacher conferences the week before school starts in the fall. They are designed to provide an opportunity for you to discuss any individual hopes/goals, questions, concerns, or suggestions you have for the year ahead. An email with a link to select your conference time is sent out two weeks prior to the conference dates. We plan for in-person conferences this year, with a Zoom option.

Preschool News
Collins Campus
Robin & Ailin
Oxnard Campus
Christine & Vivien

Preparing for a Smooth Start 

to the New School Year

We invite preschool families to join us for our Meet and Greet! Families and children will get to meet the teachers, explore the classroom, and meet their peers. Teachers will provide helpful tips to ensure a smooth transition on the first day of school. An email with more details will be sent in July. We also encourage you to show your child the virtual tour to get acquainted with the campus: Collins Campus & Oxnard Campus.

We encourage families to exchange information during the Meet and Greet to plan for playdates. Beginning friendships before school can be helpful for your child’s first day of school. If you are not able to do so, don't panic! We spend a great deal of time building classroom community and friendships in the first six weeks of school.

Reading books is a wonderful way to introduce new ideas and changes to children. Some suggestions: The Kissing Hand, Preschool, Here I Come!, Pete the Kitty's First Day of Preschool (Pete the Cat), Daniel Goes to School, and The Night Before Kindergarten.

Children enjoy hearing stories about mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brother or sisters. Tell them about your first experience with school! Remind them that you will always come back and the fun they will have.

Take your child to pick out their backpack, lunch box, thermos, or nap mat. Have them pick out their first day of school outfit. This experience not only promotes independence but it gives them autonomy over their experience.

WHPS is proud of our unique Play-Based Emergent Curriculum inspired by Reggio Emelia. We teach our developmentally appropriate objectives at children's highest level of interest through thematic lessons based on the interests of the children. You can read more about our curriculum here.

Routines provide children with a sense of security and safety. Routines help children to know what to expect at different times of the day. While implementing new routines, continually provide your child with reminders of what the next step is. Create a bedtime and morning routine that works for your family.
FUN TIPRead more about perfecting preschool drop-off.

Before school starts, you will be invited to join the class webpage, a private page that shares reminders as well as pictures of the learning experiences. This is a great tool to stay connected. We also encourage you to join our school FacebookYouTube, and Instagram.

Children can sense when parents are feeling anxious or upset. Feel confident in your decision and know your child is in loving and dedicated hands. 

"Our Barnyard" News | WHPS Science & Nature Center

Hi Barnyard Friends!

May is the last month of Barnyard classes for the school year, and we are excited to have a stong finish to our time learning together.

Kindergarten and third grade have been studying nutrition. We started this unit by learning about human nutrition. The students had so many great questions that we were able to discuss and debate. Considering this is topic that not even the experts all agree on, it’s not a surprise. Our end of year project will include drawing upon everything we learned this year and creating a care plan for an animal. Our second grade evolution simulation has come to the point where each student's creature has evolved; now our young scientists will learn how to classify their brand new species. We will also learn about binomial nomenclature, how scientists name new species, and give our creatures their new scientific name. Finally, our ecology classes (first, fourth and fifth grade) have been learning about how senses, particularly vision, affect the lives a different animals. We will be using the scientific knowledge we've learned about traits of different animals to determine how and where they could live.

This month, we will be interacting with the animals a lot. We will spend some time with the baby chicks (already teenagers according to Mr. Matthew) and playing a game to see the difference between mammal mommas and reptile mommas. Mammals spend far more time with their babies than reptiles do. To find out just how much, ask your preschooler! The students will also be providing enrichment to the animals. Finally, at the end of the year, we will spend a day that’s all about petting as many animals as we can. It's for our own enjoyment and the animals' too!

Everyone at the barnyard is doing what they can to beat the heat, and we hope you do as well.

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May & June Events - 2022
Check out our Google Calendar for all upcoming events!
May Collins Oxnard
2-5 Teacher Appreciation Week
2   4th & 5th Grade Science Fair Presentations/Judging
4   PAWS Meeting @ 6:30pm
5   Cinco de Mayo Performance, Sponsored by PAWS
9   Book Fair Opens
10 PAG Meeting @ 1pm  
12   Pick Up 2:30-3pm
Open House @ 4:15-8pm
12 Elementary Virtual Tour @ 10 am
13   Last Day of Book Fair
16 Book Fair Opens in "Our Forest" TK & K Orientation @ 2-3pm
16-20   3rd-5th Grade ERB Testing
17   1st Grade Orientation @ 2-3pm
19 Pick Up 2:30-3pm
Open House @ 4:15-7pm
20 Last Day of Book Fair 2nd-5th Grade Second City Workshop, Sponsored by PAWS
21 Restaurant Night @ The Stand, Sponsored by PAG
23 PAG Silent Auction Launches 2nd & 3rd Grade Orientation @ 2-3pm
24   Rm. 7 Promotion @ 10am
Rm 6 Promotion @ 1pm

4th & 5th Grade Orientation @ 2-3pm
24 Elementary Small Group Tour @ 10 am
25   Rm. 5 Promotion @ 1pm
26   Rm. 12 Promotion @ 10am
Rm 10 Promotion @ 1pm
27 Foam Party Event, Sponsored by PAG
PAG Silent Auction Closes
27 Restaurant Night @ The Stand, Sponsored by PAWS
30 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
31 Rm. 10 Promotion @ 9:30am
Rm. 9 Promotion @ 10:30am
5th Grade Culmination @ 6pm
Students arrive by 5:30pm
1 Rm. 7 Promotion @ 9:45am Elementary Zuma Beach Trip
NO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Extended Care Available 3-6pm)
2   Kindergarten Stepping Up Assembly @ 8am
Bagel Brunch for Mrs. Dexter
3 Teacher Prep Day - NO SCHOOL
4 All-School Picnic @ 10am-1pm
(at Oxnard St. campus)
6 Summer Program Begins
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