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    Husky News November 2020
    Posted on 11/06/2020
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    West Seattle Elementary Husky News November 2020

    Our Vision: The West Seattle Elementary community envisions a school in which students are empowered to be inquisitive and versatile thinkers who value diversity, pursue their passions, reach their potential, and become advocates for their world.

    Schoolwide Goal #1: All students will read at grade level by the end of third grade, especially those furthest away from educational justice – black males.

    School-Wide Expectations:

    Prompt & Prepared
    Always Respectful
    Working Hard

    Principal's Corner

    Sahnica Washington
    Assistant Principal, West Seattle Elementary

    Ms. Pamela McCowan-Conyers
    Principal, West Seattle Elementary

    Dear Families,

    We are excited to say that soon we will be sharing some information regarding the performance of our school. The Center for Educational Excellence has been gathering details and conducted a process of interviews with admin, teachers, parents and students to share with the community. Read more about why we were picked below:


    Through a deep analysis of all Washington schools across the 295 districts, West Seattle Elementary School has demonstrated continuous improvement in a number of areas for all students, especially Black and Low-Income students. As such, the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) would like to invite you to share your story to benefit other students across the state and potentially the Nation.

    What is this study all about?
    This study, funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, seeks to identify impactful programs and strategies to improve learning for our state’s Black, Latinx, and low-income students.

    Parent Meeting

    November 19th at 5 p.m.

    Clover Codd the director of Human Resources and JoLynn Berge, Chief Financial Officer will join our parent meeting on  November 19 to introduce themselves, present information about the district’s strategic plan and to hear from our families.

    November 2 Día de los Muertos

    dia de los muertas shrineAncient Mesoamericans believed that death was part of the journey of life. Rather than death ending life, they believed that new life came from death.

    This day, in my culture, is special because we remember our loved ones that have died. The spirits of those who have died come back to be with us, so we remember them by cooking their favorite foods and doing all their favorite things when they were alive. I invite you to celebrate your deceased loved ones.

    Ms. Lisa

    New Behavioral Therapist!

    Morgan Oakes is WSE new behavioral therapist contracted to us through Atlantic Street Center. Morgan has been working with children and families for over 15 years in a variety of capacities and specializes in providing parent coaching and working with children on behavioral problems, anxiety, trauma, grief, and social skills. Morgan understands that each child is unique and is trained to utilize a variety of techniques to meet the specific needs of each individual child and family. It is often hard for children to understand and express their emotions. Morgan utilizes play and art therapy techniques to ensure that therapy is fun, engaging, and enjoyable for each child. 

    Morgan will be providing one-on-one counseling services, small group counseling sessions, and open office hours for as needed check-ins with parents and families. One-on-one sessions will offer children the opportunity to meet weekly with Morgan to focus on predetermined goals and needs. Small group counseling sessions will be offered by grade level and offer students the opportunity to work together, understand others perspectives, and recognize their own strengths and abilities to encourage positive growth with a focus on common grade level needs. Open office hours will provide the opportunity for students and parents to “pop-in” for support as needed. Morgan is excited to be part of the amazing team at West Seattle Elementary and is available to all students and families in need! You can reach out to your classroom teacher if you feel that your child could benefit from meeting with our new behavioral health therapist in any capacity.

    Morgan Oakes, MA, LMHCA, MHP, AAC
    Phone: 206-945-8890

    Community News

    Virtual Tutoring

    Free virtual tutoring for Seattle students is now offered by the Seattle Public Library. Learn more about virtual tutoring.

    Title 1/ Non-Discrimination Clause

    To get involved, attend a Parent Booster meeting, or volunteer for one of our special events. Ask your child’s teacher or stop in the office! We’d love to see more parents in the school. Students do better when their parents are involved!

    A copy of the Title I Parent Involvement Plan is always available for review on our website, under the T1 section of the handbook, or on the bulletin board upon entrance into WSE.  It is translated in English, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese. A copy of our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is available.

    SPS Non Discrimination Statement


    Essential Learning Skill

    Our Essential Learning Skill this Month is Collaborative Learning. Please ask your child about it.

    Technology Help

    Seattle Public Schools Family Technology Resource Center at 206-252-0100 or email

    Technology Resource Center Locations

    Please voice your technology issues with the district- they take actions based upon parent input.

    P.A.W.S. Expectations Online

    Prompt and Prepared

    • Log in on time
    • Have materials ready
    • Sit in a space best for learning

    Always Respectful

    • Turn camera ON
    • Keep yourself muted
    • Raise your hand to talk

    Working Hard

    • Participate
    • Complete all work
    • Stay focused


    • Stay in your learning spot
    • Ask an adult for help
    • Background must remain clear

    Financial Support

    City of Seattle financial aid for immigrants shut out of federal COVID-19 financial assistance!

    Disaster Distress Helpline Information

    The US Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) offers 24 hour support to any citizen affected by natural disasters.  The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.