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Special Edition  |  Elementary  |  Preschool  |  Barnyard  |  This Month's Calendar
Registration Deadlines

Spring Break  •  Summer  •  Fall


In order to guarantee space for your child, please note the due dates for each program.  You can also download registration forms below or pick up a copy in the front office.

DUE REGISTRATION FOR
Mar. 2
 
Elementary Fall 2020
Registration FormTuition
Mar. 2 Preschool Summer 2020
Registration Form
Mar. 30 Elementary Spring Camp
Registration Form
Apr. 20 Camp Woodland Hills (Elementary)
Brochure & Registration Form
Was due Jan. 17 Preschool Fall 2020
Registration FormTuition
 
Health & Safety Update

Coronavirus • Flu • Norovirus

 

 

WHPS prevention efforts:


WHPS is participating in weekly CDC school briefings on prevention and containment of coronavirus. Current preventions steps include:

  • Disinfecting classrooms with bleach solution, as prescribed by California DSS and CDC.
  • Extra sanitizing of equipment, toys and manipulatives.
  • Teaching and monitoring proper hand washing according to CDC guidelines.
  • Following and strictly enforcing our sick policy for students and staff (see graphic above).
  • Stocking up on all necessary supplies to maintain safe facilities.

We need your help: 


  • Follow Sick Policy
    • After being sick, children must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • We ask families to exercise extra caution in keeping children home if they are exhibiting any symptoms to keep our school community healthy.
  • Reinforce proper hand washing with your child at home.
  • Coughs and sneezes
    • Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their arm.
    • Remind your child to wash hands any time they cough or sneeze.
    • Remind your child to avoid touching their face.
  • Travel: If returning from other impacted areas/countries, please keep us informed and consider monitoring symptoms at home prior to returning to school.

Boost your immune system and avoid illness:


  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and vitamin D.
  • Hot showers are recommended.

We are taking all possible precautions and will continue to share relevant updates with the community.

Here is a video that can help parents talk about coronavirus with children (parents' discretion).
Camp Woodland Hills


Join us for our upcoming

Camp enrollment is due Monday, April 20, 2020.

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Spring Preschool PD Day
Preschool CLOSES @ 4 PM March 27

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Our Spring All-Preschool professional development (PD) is focused on understanding sensory processing and integration, including recognizing sensory challenges in children and how to best address them in the classroom. 


▶  Teachers are engaged in PD all year long.

▶  WHPS Preschool closes early twice a year (Fall & Spring) for an All-Preschool PD.

 
Support WHPS
Is your name on the tree yet?
 

Thank you to the following families for your gift:
 

Apploff • Azmery • Booth
Oberholzer • O'Donnell • Stratton
Krauss • Lamattina • Dang
Kebodeaux • Ponce


BECOME A PAWS ANGEL



Annual Giving & Special Funds

Partner with WHPS on some of the exciting projects coming in 2020 and beyond. These include:

  • Campus Improvement - Several new facility projects are in the planning phase
  • Professional Development - Supporting teachers' continuing education
  • Science & Nature Center - Expansion of the Animal & Nature Studies Program
  • Financial Aid - Making a WHPS education possible for a family that would not otherwise be able to afford it

Speak with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more. Maybe even add your family's name to part of the facility or program!
 

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Special Edition | Seth Pozzi -  Head of School

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our our recent State of the School talk and preview of our 2020 Action Plan. This event was live-streamed on Facebook, but not all of the presentation was visible in the video.

I am sharing a screencast below so everyone can access this information. After viewing the screencast, I hope you will feel inspired to get involved while the Visiting Committee is on campus March 8-11 (and as we go into 2020 and beyond). RSVP for Sunday's parent focus group below. Your continued engagement and support is critical to the future of WHPS.

 
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Elementary News | Melanie Henson - Upper Elementary Lead

Persuasive Writing:
Student Letters to the Government


One of the greatest parts of teaching is that often the best lessons aren’t planned. One of the many reasons I love working at WHPS is because I not only have the freedom to explore a topic the students are passionate about, but I am encouraged to take these opportunities when they come up. We adapt the curriculum to explore topics that are meaningful in the lives of our students. I am excited to share a recent example of this that culminated with our class sending letters to various government officials. In Upper Elementary classes, we often discuss current events. This year we’ve touched on topics such as climate change, gun control, feminism, and discrimination. We don’t teach the kids what to think, but we do learn how to engage in respectful discourse about important issues.

Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve been discussing the importance of climate change and how it’s affecting all of us. Room 19 watched Greta Thunberg’s speech to the world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit. We discussed how strong and brave she was at merely 16 years old.  We talked about what it means to be an activist and how important it is to have a voice, no matter how old we are. Shortly after that, one of our WHPS parents came in to read a chapter from her new book about helping kids make a difference in the world. She also shared some of her personal activism experiences with the students, which inspired even more students to want to make their voices heard. That spark led us to viewing Meghan Markle’s 2015 speech at the UN Women Conference. In her speech, she spoke about a letter she wrote to a variety of government officials addressing a sexist advertisement when she was 11 years old. After that, we had no choice, we decided as a class that we would be writing letters to our government. Our class decided on five possible topics to address: animal rights, climate change, gun control, discrimination, and bullying. 

First, the students conducted research in groups based on their choice of topic because we knew we needed to gain some knowledge and facts. No fake news here! 

Here’s where Writer’s Workshop comes in. We were able to align this project with our already-planned persuasive writing unit. Below, you can see some of the skills we taught as part of this unit that ultimately went into the students’ letters.

Once the students developed strong arguments for their cause, it was time to decide where to send them. But, who was the best government official to receive our letters? This took a little bit more research and some lessons on how the government works. Finally, after each student found the appropriate official to receive their letter, the addresses were written on the envelopes, and the stamps were placed. The students were very excited to finally send their letters and to have their voices heard. At our publishing celebration, we also brought in parents to hear the published letters. Now, we’re patiently waiting for responses from the officials we wrote to.

Besides the student-driven nature of this project, one of the things I loved about it is that this is a beginning step of these children becoming active in their government. A step that many adults don’t take until later in life; a step some never take. With a presidential election around the corner and many pressing issues in the news everyday, it’s so important to get kids interested and involved in government early. No matter their view, it’s how our democracy works the best, with informed and involved citizens. As their teacher, it’s fun for me to see their passion each and every day, but, as a citizen, it’s even more exciting to see them speaking up and advocating for the world they want to live in. I hope for them, and for all of us, that this project was just the beginning.

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

Anti-Bias Education


The WHPS philosophy states in part: “Our program is designed to provide children with the opportunity to develop self-reliance, gain pride in their abilities and unique traits, maximize their creative potential, and to learn to appreciate the world around them.” 

Recently our teachers attended anti-bias training during their staff meeting. In our training, we learned that providing an anti-bias curriculum lends itself nicely to fulfilling our school’s philosophy. What is anti-bias curriculum, and how does it relate to the WHPS community? 

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) there are four core goals of anti-bias education:

  1. Identity:  Teachers will nurture each child’s construction of knowledgeable, confident, individual personal and social identities. Children will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
  2. Diversity:  Teachers will promote each child’s comfortable, empathetic interaction with people from diverse backgrounds. Children will express comfort and joy with human diversity, use accurate language for human differences, and form deep, caring connections across all dimensions of human diversity.
  3. Justice:  Teachers will foster each child’s capacity to critically identify bias and will nurture each child’s empathy for the hurt bias causes. Children will increasingly recognize unfairness (injustice), have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
  4. Activism:  Teachers will cultivate each child’s ability and confidence to stand up for oneself and for others in the face of bias. Children will demonstrate a sense of empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

While these are some of the goals we strive to embed in our program, we know that our families enjoy being able to promote these same attitudes at home. We encourage you to be on the lookout for the many teachable moments you encounter everyday. The most important thing to remember is children are wired to notice differences and ignoring them (or pretending to) leads to the development of biased thinking. How we respond to differences will set the stage for children’s interactions with those who may be different from themselves. So don’t shy away from those awkward conversations. Be brave and if you’re just not sure what to say or how to have a conversation with your young child please stop by your preschool directors’ office. We are always happy to be your sounding board. Being able to talk with your child about their identity, diversity, justice (fairness), and activism (empowerment) will help your child develop positive habits and attitudes that will last a lifetime.

 
"Our Barnyard" News | WHPS Science & Nature Center

Hello Barnyard Friends!

Last month we spoke about our Rainforest Tortoise Titus moving to a new home. He has since left Our Barnyard and is doing great in his new environment. He has made some new friends and is getting along with them amazingly. His shell and scales look better than ever, and Mrs. Tanja and Mr. Matthew are very happy for him.

We have also been training Pig Pig to go for walks on a harness.  In the process, we found he knew some old tricks from when he was a piglet!  Click here to watch the video.

Elementary


Windy days have tried to disrupt our Elementary classes, but we won't let them! Evolution has begun using Phylogenetic trees, graphs that help visualize the evolutionary relationships between animals, to see how closely different animals are related to each other. Soon, we will be able to use our understanding of these trees to build one specific to our barnyard animals. In Ecology, we have discussed the different senses animals have in general, and learned about some senses that are unique to specific animals. Bats have their echolocation to “see” without light, while sharks can “feel” the small amount of electricity all animals give off in the water. We even played a fan-favorite game of “hide and seek” where the seeker could only use echolocation to find the hiders. Next, we will investigate how these senses affect our ecology. Animal Care is continuing their hands-on look into the day-to-day life in Our Barnyard. We will be feeding each animal and seeing how different each can be. Next, we will be learning what it really takes to clean up after the animals. Trust me, there's a lot more to it than just picking up poop!

Preschool


Our Preschool friends have been learning some new terms in Our Barnyard: domestic, wild, and native. Our friends think "wild" means when you act silly or crazy, because that's what we call them when they are energetic. When it comes to animals, "wild" refers to animals that do not need humans to help them survive, as opposed to "domestic" animals. You would be surprised how many animals people keep as pets that are still considered wild animals, such as parrots and reptiles. We also have wild animals in Our Barnyard, fan favorites like Colonel Sanders the Peacock or Stanley the Bearded Dragon. "Native" means where an animal originally comes from. Titus the Tortoise may have spent much of his life in Our Barnyard, but he was "native" to the rainforests of South America. We also used animal toys to take a trip around the whole world and see where many popular animals are "native" to. Spring seems to have come early this year, so next month we will begin learning about baby animals and all the different things we call them. On top of that we will begin our yearly attempt at growing plants in Our Barnyard!

-Mr. Matthew & Mrs. Tanja

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March Events - 2020
Check out our Google Calendar for all upcoming events!
March Collins Oxnard
2 2020-2021 Registration Forms & Preschool Summer Registration Forms Due
4   PAWS Meeting @ 6:30pm
2-6 Dr. Seuss' Birthday Week (check with teachers for special events)
5 Bubblemania  
6   Elementary Awards Assembly
Farmers Market - Hosted by Rm. 5 & 6
8 Daylight Saving Time
10-12 Spring Pictures
Restaurant Night @ El Pollo Loco (on Platt)
 
13 Winter Extracurricular Classes End
14 Spring Yard Sale @ 7am-12pm  
16 Spring Extracurricular Classes Begin
17   Bagpipers (PAWS Event)
Gold Hunt and Festivities
18 Farmers Market - Hosted by Rm. 1 & 3  
19 Preschool Mini March for Cystic Fibrosis
21 Kids Night Out @ 5-9pm  
22   Camp Woodland Hills Open House & Carnival @ 1-3 pm
(open to the community)
24 PAG Meeting @ 5:30 pm  
27 Preschool Professional Development
PRESCHOOL CLOSES AT 4 pm - NO EXTENDED CARE
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