On November 13 the students at Westside had a fantastic time participating in our school's Fun Run. For the week leading up to it, we had a special visitor, Hurricane Hayden. He came to Westside to work with the kids, get them excited about the run, and teach character traits. Among these, the students learned about commitment, elevating others, and having positive attitudes. On the day of the run, classes took turns running laps around the courses on the field, with kids running at least 25 laps, and some many more!
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Recently, some of the fifth grade classes were treated to a visit from the fire department. The kids were reminded to practice fire drills both at school and at home, to be careful with fire, and to make sure smoke detectors are always functioning. They were excited to find out more about the job of firemen and loved having him at our shcool!
This week's Staff Spotlight is our awesome art teacher, Miss Dibble! Miss Dibble is from Salt Lake City. She has four sisters and a dog named Minnie. In her spare time Miss Dibble likes to read, play the piano, travel, visit art museums, and pretty much do anything outdoors. She's a huge University of Utah fan, and she hopes some day to visit every continent on earth. Thanks Miss Dibble, for all that you do!
The Westside Student Council enjoyed going to the BYU leadership conference on Monday, November 9th. Each speaker was inspiring and motivating. One common theme was to think about the students you are serving, not about yourself. A good leader knows, "It's not about me, it's about them". Students participated in some team building games where they learned about leading by example and thinking outside the box. Our student council is eager to make a difference at Westside by stopping bullies and helping others. Way to go student council!
Once a month the third grade gets together to learn all about the culture of another country. In September Mr. Blaser came to teach the kids about life in the Ukraine, and in October they had the chance to learn about Brazil from Mr. Hammer. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful Westside parents who give their time to come and help our children learn!
Members present: Spencer Sainsbury, Heather Balli, Shea Wimmer, Ginger Whitney, Jenny Fowler, Melissa Franklin, Hannah Watabe, and Brandy Duvall
Excused member: Kari Kieffer