WHPS Newsletter


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Registration Information coming soon!
Brochures and registration forms will be sent out by email.  You can also pick up a copy at the office.
DUE Registration For
March 5  2018-2019 School Year
 Preschool and 1st-5th Grade
March 5  2018 Summer Preschool
April 16  2018 Camp Woodland Hills
TK-6th Grade

Tuesdays @ 10am
Starting in February, we will be conducting group tours for prospective preschool and elementary families.  If you know someone who is interested, please have them contact the school to RSVP for a school tour.
Collins Campus
Toddler • Preschool
Oxnard Campus
Preschool • Elementary
February Events - 2018
Both Campuses  |  Collins  | Oxnard
5 2018-2019 Registration Forms sent home
6 PAG Event - Animal Tracks

Farmer's Market hosted by Room 8
PAWS Meeting @ 6:30-7:30pm
School-Wide Spelling Bee @ 10am
9 WHPS Barnyard Visit - Rooms 5 & 6
PAWS Babysitting Night @ 6-10pm
Farmer's Market hosted by Rooms 4 & 6
14 Elementary Jump for Heart
Bears Basketball home game @ 3:15pm
16 Kids Night Out @ 6-10pm
19 President's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
PAG Restaurant Night - Giggles & Hugs @ 10am-8pm
20 PAG Meeting @ 7-8pm
PAWS Restaurant Night - CPK
21 Picture Make-up Day
PAWS Event - Lion Dance
PAWS Restaurant Night - CPK
22-23 Elementary Student-Led Conferences (NO CLASS - Childcare Available
28 PAWS Meeting @ 6:30-7:30pm
Donations & Birthday Books
Your donations are appreciated. Thank you for thinking of WHPS and helping to make a difference!

Eisenberg Family - Puzzle
Grossman Family - Books and puzzles
Neiviller Family - Play cube
If you have any of these items lying around the house, we are collecting them in the bins by the sign in/out sheets
Wire    Washi Tape    Canvases    Reflective Items

Special Edition | Seth Pozzi - Asst. Head of School

WHPS Selected to Pilot New SEL Program

Everyone is talking about non-cognitive skills. Do you have a growth or a fixed mindset? Are you a gritty person?

The growth mindset concept stems from the pioneering research of Carol Dweck at Stanford, which began in the 1970s. In the past decade, the conversation around child development shifted to include grit, which was the mind-child of Dr. Angela Duckworth. In her research at the University of Pennsylvania and in her work with KIPP, a now infamous charter school system whose mission is to educate underprivileged and socio-economically disadvantaged children and give them a leg up into college. In the early 2000s, KIPP was graduating kids were academically advanced and were accepted into college; then failed or dropped out before graduating.
KIPP had a problem and Duckworth thought she had answers. In working with KIPP, Duckworth and several of her contemporaries developed a program for teaching character strengths such as growth mindset, grit, resilience, curiosity, and optimism. By developing these character strengths in children, KIPP was able to significantly improve on its mission of helping its graduates achieve a college education.
By all accounts, Duckworth and her colleagues’ work at KIPP proved quite effective. This got a lot of parents and educators wondering: What would happen if we applied similar character strengths education principles to children who already have many of life’s advantages? For instance, what if elite private schools did this? There is a wonderful case study about this very idea in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. This book is a great read if you are curious about how this work and research might apply to our school!
Up until now, experts and even common sense tells us that it is a good practice to teach these skills to children. Many of these skills are embedded in The Leader in Me and Responsive Classroom, which are core beliefs that underpin our program at WHPS.
So we can all agree that these are vital skills for success. What’s been difficult for us—in a school that’s known for building each child’s individual learning profile—is figuring out how to assess the skills in our kids and knowing what to do next. Until now! WHPS was selected as one of 10 schools in the U.S., Italy, and Brazil, to participate in a pilot study with Tessera Research, designed to evaluate children on six domains: Tenacity/Grit, Organization/Responsibility, Teamwork/Cooperation, Composure/Resilience, Curiosity/Ingenuity and Leadership/Communication. When it’s fully operational, the program will provide us with individual strengths reports for each student and specific activities we can use to support continued growth and development.
We are fortunate and excited to be on the forefront of this emerging area of education. A huge thanks to Mrs. Jacey Dexter, our Elementary Principal, who has been leading the partnership with Tessera Research since first learning about the program last year. Mrs. Dexter insisted that our school was the perfect platform to test and implement these new ideas to enable our graduates to become even more well-rounded. Students in grades 3-5 will be able to participate in the Tessera program this March. Parents of those students, please stay tuned for more information about the program in the weeks ahead!
Preschool News
Collins Campus
Robin & Ms. Ailin
Oxnard Campus
Ms. Tracy & Ms. Christine
We hope your New Year is off to a great start! This past month, we enjoyed hitting the slopes on our “Snow Day”. A huge shout out to our parent associations and all the parent volunteers that came out to make this special day possible. The children have been exploring and studying a variety of topics, including ocean and arctic animals, dinosaurs, architecture and building, community helpers, volcanoes, and much, much more. We love walking through each class and seeing all of these different interests being studied in depth! Meaningful learning is visible in every classroom. Be sure to look around your child’s classroom to identify the subjects the children are intently researching.

We cannot wait to see where the children’s interests and discoveries will lead us throughout February. You may see children exploring dental health and hygiene, and you will definitely hear how your children are learning about being kind and careful.

Speaking of February, it’s that time of year again! Please be sure to turn in your registration forms by their respective deadlines to secure your child’s place for summer camp and the upcoming school year. Fall and summer enrollment paperwork will be going out the first week of February, and are due back no later than March 5th. Lastly, second progress reports will be sent home the week of February 26th. We continue to be so proud of the tremendous learning taking place here in preschool!
Elementary News | Jacey Dexter - Elementary Principal
We have been very busy around campus as we kicked off the New Year! There was a renewed vigor as the students dove right into the academic curriculum, specialist classes, and all the excitement of the school activities. Students took time in each class to revisit goals and set new ones as we approach the end of our 2nd trimester.

We had a wonderful start with our “Snow Day” sponsored by PAWS. This is always a family favorite! January was also filled with field trips. Students went to Tumbleweed, The Griffith Observatory, Shanghai Acrobats, and Shrek the Musical. The BEARS basketball season is also in full swing! Please come support the team at our first home game on Valentine’s Day at 3:30pm. We also held our third annual spelling bee with in-class competitions. The classroom winners will compete with the entire student body cheering in support on February 8th @ 10:00am.

Registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year will be sent home on February 5th for all of our current kindergarten through 4th grade students. These are due back by March 5th in order to secure your child’s spot for the next school year.

In the month of February, we look forward to many exciting events, like Jump for Heart, as well as our second round of Student-Led Conferences on February 22nd and 23rd. As we head into the last third of the school year, please know that we continue to encourage open communication between home and school. It is important that you check your child’s folder regularly and watch for weekly classroom newsletters. We appreciate your continued support in your child’s educational experience. Be sure to save the date for our next Awards Assembly held on Friday, March 2nd.
"Our Barnyard" News | The WHPS Science and Nature Center
Brrrr, it’s cold outside! Well, it was briefly cold outside. But don’t worry, all our friends in the Barnyard are doing well! The Donkeys, Gracie the Miniature Horse, Shamrock the Cow, and all the goats are growing thick fur to help them get through this time of year. All the birds are growing extra feathers, and everyone else who needs them gets special lamps to keep them warm.

This coming month we will be focusing on Animal Behavior for all the Elementary classes. We will be learning how to record our animal behaviors properly and then how to interpret those recordings. Then we will learn how to modify those behaviors, in other words how to train our animals. Soon, we might be able to teach them some fun behaviors like walk on two legs or jump when we ask!

With February comes Valentine's Day. This year we are offering special animal valentines from our Barnyard friends to give out. Each purchase will get you 10 different valentines, 2 of each animal, for a total of 20 different cards with envelopes at $8. If you are interested and would like us to make you a pack or two, please email Mrs. Tanja at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Everyone at “Our Barnyard” is wishing you a happy Valentine's Day!
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