Volume 19, Number 1
Food Audit leads to composting our waste!WMES is paricipating in World Wildlife Fund Food Audit. Two years ago we participated in a food audit which resulted in the students asking what they could do with the perfectly good food that was going to waste. Because they wanted to do something to help their world, they began collecting uneaten food and taking it to the only place large enough to accept it, the Nashville Rescue Mission.
It didn't hurt that we had a parent who worked there. We diverted 4,000 lobs of fruit, packaged sandwiches, milk, juice, yogurt, and other sealed foods to the Mision.
We will host 5 more audits of our food waste. Compost Nashville is picking up our compost and we will keep close track of the amount of compost material we produce as we begin our composting efforts. Urban Green Lab is overseeing this grant from the World Wildlife fund which is funded through the Kroger Foundation. Nashville is one of nine cities participating and we haave taken it one more step thanks to our partners. We and two other schools (Hill Middle and Warner Elementary). This year we hope to be able to begin composting the rest of the student food waste. To understand more about composting go to our http://www. Westmeade.net and click on the link to Recycling, Food Diversion and Composting to read more!
Second grade students experimented with worms, and various food combinations to observe composting right at their desks! Because we produce too much waste to compost on site, the waste produced will be composted off site at the Compost Company in Ashland City.
Vice Mayor Jim Shulman brought together parties that share an interest in waste reduction. Urban Green Lab is working with him on short term goals.
Even a USN student is involved having written a grant for the funds for this initiative. We hope that the data collected in the audit coupled with the experience we gain this spring will allow us to propose a continuation of composting. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s also cost effective!
Westmeade Warriors Take on Plastic Bags!
The single biggest contaminant in the recycling stream in Nashville is the plastic bag. Only 1 in 100 is ever recycled. Westmeade began recycling of plastic film and bags with an exciting event ending with Mr. Breese being featured on Channel 5 news. Follow the link to see Mr. Breese on T.V. https://www.newschannel5.com/news/mnps-students-participate-in-recycling-competition We had 104 lbs. of plastic bags and film to recycle. Dottie Critchlow represented the Central Office and our Metro Councilwoman, Mina Johnson and MNPS Board member, Amy Frogge, the Westmeade Neighborhood Association, attended along with special guests from Washington, D.C. and Florida! n the book One Plastic Bag about the recycling efforts of the women of the Gambia. Students made plarn (plastic bag yarn) and worked to crochet it into useful items. There are groups making mats for the homeless.
Dino-Mite Book Fair coming Feb. 25th – March 2nd
Our book fair is always a great way to get books into student hands and make money for our Accelerated Reader Programs.
As we get closer to the date you will have details as we’ll be celebrating reading all week long with activities and guest
This year you can even use an e-wallet so you don’t have to send cash with our student! Check out the website!
What a marvelous day it was on Dec. 1st. Who thought we could compete with the Christmas Parade? I learned that people are hungry for good shared times with conversation and appreciating each others cultural roots! Our families are the best!
Many ways to help your students keep up!
With Family Portal (www.mnps.org/familyportal.) families can see real-time class and assignment grades, homework, test scores, upcoming due dates, attendance information, discipline incidents and more. Click on the link to register and use! It allows for better communication between teachers and families through emails and mobile alerts. Teachers can send messages to parents and they can post important news and announcements for families to see.
If you need assistance creating an account, contact your school’s front office or Anna King, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat Out Sept. 13th and give a GREEN double blessing!
On Wednesday, September 13th you can help protect Tennessee land by dining at one of your favorite restaurants with friends and family. The Land Trust protects Tennessee land for you and your family to have places to bike, hike, fish, farm, eat locally, play, relax, be healthy and breathe deeply… forever. Click here to see all participating restaurants!
Ellingtown delights Westmeade Students
Ellingtown used African American Music and folktales to delight and educate! The kids enjoy these performances from Nashville Public Library's internationally known puppetry program, Wishing Chair Productions.
Scary Story Day - October 31st!
Students at Westmeade will again be treated to scary stories brought to you by the library. These are traditional mostly southern stories which have been handed down over generations. Some came through the slave traditions, while others are from Northern European sources.
There are many great Halloween tales to share and students can check them out. Here is a link to a list of some of these stories.
Take the Eco Challenge 2017!
Bluebirding at Westmeade
There are now 4 eggs in the Bluebird nest. Students learn to quietly check the nest with a teacher. They feed the parents and wait for the hatching.in 12 to 14 days from the last egg. Bluebirds usually lay 3-5 eggs and incubation doesn't begin until all the eggs are laid. Ms. Langan's boys and girls were the first this year to experience the nest. The male was sitting on the nest when we opened the box. He flew away and after each student observed the nest we put down a birdie buffet of delicious meal worms. Usually it doesn't take long to build trust and the birds get so they realize the children will feed them and they fly right down within just a few feet of them to eat. If you would like to build your own bluebird box. Contact Ms. McIntyre at Karen.email@example.com
Jungle book production inspires bustle of preparation and actvity
AR party makes big mess!
3rd & 4th grade students who met their goals made stress balls for the upcoming TCAP tests out of cornstarch and balloons. It took teamwork and careful coordination to keep from getting the cornstarch everywhere.
Well maybe we weren't coordinated or perhaps we just thought it was fun to watch the powder fly!
We've had more students make their goals and historic numbers hit 25 points this year. When you realize that for a 1st grader to make 25 points means they have read 50 books, you know how cool this is! Students are now earning their points for the last party of the year. It is our Beach Party and if you are a 3rd grader to come to this party you must make at least three of the parties during the year. If you are a 4th grader you must make all four of your goals.
K-2nd graders make Reading Castles and bookmarks featuring jewels and colorful stick-ons! All students who come to the party get to make something special, gets treats to eat and choose from among a lot of prizes. AR is an independent reading program that kids participate in. They earn prizes as they reach and surpass goals that they set with their teachers at the beginning of each quarter.
You and your student can spend as little as 15 minutes observing birds in your backyard and then reporting them on the website to help scientists get a snapshot of what birds are doing, and how the populations are changing. For help learning how to identify birds go to our Celebrate Winter Link and
Check out our Celebrate Winter Website! http://westmeade.symbaloo.com/mix/wmcelebratewinter
AR party celebrates winter.
Students will make birdfeeders to help tide our feathered friends over this winter! We will share cocoa and popcorn and enjoy making something to help nature. Students will enjoy hot cocoa, fresh made popcorn, and PRIZES
Message from the Principal
Bookaneer Bookfair -- Nov. 14 - 19th
Click on the image and visit our Webpage for details. Open late Monday the 14th after the 4th grade music program. Tuesday is Special Person Day, bring your special someone to the book fair to shop for great holiday gifts and books.
Thursday join us before work for Donuts for Dads and Moms at 7:00 a.m.
Friday is late open night. Stop by until 6:30pm
Saturday is our Community Book Fair. We will be open from 9:00 until Noon. It is not too late to sign up to work the fair. All volunteers will receive 20% Off all purchases.
Lunch Bunch Selection Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his mother wants him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else.
When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process.
But is doubling down on moviemaking a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?Copies are available in the book fair. Every November we look forward to the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. This year's book is Double Down.
Pizza with the Principal
Saddle Up a place where our kids can help and serve….
Saddle Up! is a year-round program that serves nearly 180 children/youth with disabilities of all kinds. It is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the region, and the only one exclusively serving children and youth who have disabilities. They are accredited by PATH An International, the organization that sets the standards for safety and quality in equine assisted programs.
Children will be introduced to the program using a book narrated by Hershey the Horse (one of the therapy animals).You will hear more about this from your students as we approach the time when we begin this project.
The Nature Academy @ Westmeade Expands
The heart of Westmeade is the magnificent setting of woodlands around our campus and the opportunity to learn from it. Warner Parks Nature Center has been our partner in this and provides great experiences to expand your students' ability to observe, process and be curious about the world around them.
We are expanding our Young Naturalists Academy as students in 3rd & 4th grade are added to the program. Under the leadership of the center's trained naturalists our children learn about the natural world around them in the seasons bring changes to the plants, animals and land..
These trips are called journeys and students practice "sauntering" and being Quiet Coyotes so that they can observe all the beauty of nature.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next PTA meeting, There is a place for you to participate! The Board members for this year are Jennifer Yoder, President, Devyn Parkinson, : Jennifer Gray, is secretary PTA board meets once a month on the first Tuesday at 5:30 pm. There are many ways to help out at school