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WELCOME TO WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
4700 River Road
Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Phone: 513-868-3021
Fax: 513-868-3624
 
Principal: Kim Wotring
Assistant Principal: Mark Rice
  
School Hours:
9:15 - 3:45
Preschool and kindergarten AM session: 9:15-11:55 a.m.
Preschool and kindergarten PM session: 1:05-3:45 p.m.
Office Hours:
8:15 - 4:15 (School Year)
7:00 - 3:00 (Summer)
 
 ANNOUNCEMENTS

WEST WALK-A-THON INFORMATION
We are VERY excited about this year’s PTC fundraiser, the Walk-A-Thon, to take place for all students Grades K-4 during your child’s recess time.   Kindergartners walk-a-thon is Friday, October 28.  First through fourth  grade students will have their walk-a-thon on Monday, October 31st.  We want this event to be a fun and rewarding time for all of our students.  We know that children love to dress up, expel energy, and feel like they are contributing to the school.  The Walk-A-Thon will be a benefit to our West students on many levels.
I would like to address the issues surrounding students wearing costumes to school and give guidelines to ensure this day is safe, fun, and goes smoothly.  All students in Grades K-4 that would like to dress up will need to wear their costumes to school.  Remember, if your child chooses to wear a costume, they will be in this costume all day so it needs to be something they will be comfortable in.   The following rules must apply to costumes worn at school:
1. ALL students must wear gym shoes with their costumes.  Students will be participating in the Walk-A-Thon and must have appropriate shoes.  No “costume” shoes will be permitted.
2. NO PROPS may accompany the costume (PLEASE REMEMBER- Per district policy if your child brings a toy weapon of any kind they will be suspended from school with a recommendation for expulsion)
3. Your child must be able to use the restroom easily while wearing their costume.
4.  No inappropriate costumes will be permitted.  This includes any costume of a “scary” nature:  blood, gore, gross, etc.
5.  Masks will be permitted ONLY during the walk.  No face paint.
 
 *The bottom line for costumes if you choose to wear one is… tasteful and school appropriate!
 
Help West Win
West has the opportunity to win $2,500, and we need your help! West is participating in an energy conservation program from Duke Energy, and through this program, our families and staff can request a FREE Energy Kit to be delivered to their homes. These FREE kits from Duke Energy contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators, and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. For every 100 kit requests from our school, we’ll automatically win $250, and the school that requests the most kits will win $2,500! Please help us out and request your FREE kit! Go to https://myenergykit.org/ or call 1-855-386-9548.
 
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The cost of a school lunch is $2.75 per day ($13.75 per week). If you purchase items separately, milk will be $.50 and juice will be $.50. If your child plans to purchase lunches, please consider paying in advance. Whether you send in a check or use the EZ Pay system it reduces the opportunity for lost lunch money. Our Café Terminal keeps track of each student's account balance. 

School fees are $60 per child ($40 per child for kindergarten). This amount is due by September 9, 2016. If you have questions regarding the payment of this fee, please contact Brenda Scheidt, the school secretary.  You may stop by the school to pay your fees during regular office hours, mail the money to us, or send it to school with your child in the clearly marked envelope which we will provide. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, & Discover only) may be used to pay school fees as well as online EZ Pay. If you would like to set up a payment plan for your fees, please stop by the office and speak with Brenda. We would be happy to help.

If your child will be absent from school, send an e-mail to westattendance@fairfieldcityschools.com by 9:15 AM (1:05 for PM preschool and kindergarten). This will notify us and count as your written note for your child’s return! If you are unable to email us, please call the office by 9:15 AM on the morning of the absence (1:05 PM for PM preschool and kindergarten) to let us know, along with sending in a note with your child when he/she returns. If we do not hear from you each day of an absence, we will call you and let you know that your child is missing from school.
Here is a reminder concerning the Board policy regarding “Student Absences and Excuses:” Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence. If a child is absent from school, we must receive an absence note from the parent/custodian no more than three days after the student’s return. If no documentation is received, the absence will be deemed unexcused.

We strongly encourage children to ride the bus to and from school each day. Our front drop-off area is congested and causes traffic to back up on River Road. If you do need to drop your child off, please note the sign as you leave the front drive. A left turn in the morning from 8:30 – 9:30 is not permitted. Morning drop-off time is 9:05 – 9:15 AM. We let students in the building at 9:10. For our afternoon preschool and kindergarten friends, the drop off time is 1:05. Thank you in advance for your patience as we get students into the building in a safe and efficient manner.

Kindergarten Parent Letter for 2016-2017 is listed in the files at the bottom of this page.
 
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