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Staff Profile

This is my second year here at Westgate, and I am very excited to be a part of your Community.  I am entering into my 15th year of teaching, spanning from 2nd to 8th grade.  I hope to spark curiosity and encourage academic risk taking as we look to Learn to Grow and Grow to Learn.  I look forward to getting to all of you and working alongside all stake holders to build life long learners.


October Advocacy Update 10/16

Bully Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention Month and we have the honor of doing a virtual screening of the documentary The Upstanders. Being an upstander is being someone who takes action when you see someone being bullied. You are bound to see some familiar faces as the documentary was filmed at Westgate.

On Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00pm there will be a virtual screening of the documentary as well as a panelists discussion of the film. These panelists include our very own Ms. Washington, Mrs. Novak, and Mrs. Collins as well as the director, Scilla Andreen. The link will be available through the newsletter in coming weeks. Email [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

MAP Reports

MAP reports will be sent out by Friday, October 23rd.  Please look for this email.  

Office Hours

Office Hours will be held every Friday from 2:30 - 3:30pm.  Please join the Zoom link if you have any questions!


Students can wear costumes on Thursday, October 29th in honor of Halloween. Students can only wear their COVID mask (no Halloween masks or full painted faces). We will not have a class party and students cannot bring snacks to share. Students must also wear their costumes to school.  There will be no opportunity to change into a costume.

Spirit Week:

Monday, Oct 26th Pajama Day

Tuesday, Oct 27th Crazy hair day

Wednesday. Oct 28th School Spirit: Wear your Westgate gear!

Thursday, Oct 29th wear your Halloween costume. The only mask your student can wear is the Covid face covering.

Original Works: 

It is that time of year for our annual ‘Original Works’ fundraiser. For those who are new to the school or for those who have forgotten – because of all the things we have to remember these days – this is a fundraiser where kids create artwork in the “classroom”, and families have an opportunity to purchase products with their creative artwork on them. The school gets a percentage of all sales. This is typically our 3rd largest single fundraiser of the year, but with things being so different, it has the potential to be one of our largest fundraisers for the current school year. 

Important Original Works Dates: 

Now until October 16th – Kids will create their artwork. They may continue to work on this at home!

October 19th through November 2nd – Families will be able to order products on the Original Works website. 

November 2nd – Order deadline date to guarantee all orders are turned around quickly and in plenty of time for the holidays. 

Late November to Early December – Products will be delivered directly to families’ homes. 

Important Dates for the Month: 

Oct. 21st- Spirit Night at Freddy’s 4 PM – 8 PM (14255 Lincoln Street, Thornton, CO 80023

Oct. 27th- Board of Directors Meeting 

Oct. 28th and 29th- Picture Retakes 

Office hours during Distance Learning

Hello All
I am going to set my office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  I will be available to answer email directly during those times.  Feel free to email at anytime however and I will answer as soon as possible outside of those times.

Distance Learning

 have compiled an outline of what is the minimum expectations for this time during distance learning.   School Code Co1797
Student username and password sent in individual email
(These are suggested Minimum Expected Times)
Moby Max Modules
     Math-- 45 minutes a day
     (take the Quick placement test first)
The program will assign  skills as needed (75% needed to pass)
     Fact Fluency work on as needed or wanted
     Reading -- 45 minutes a day
      ( take the Reading Level Assessment first)
      Reading skills Literature
      Reading skills Informational
     Writing -- 20 minutes a day
       Writing Workshops
       Writing Assignments
    Science/Social Studies -- 25 minutes a day 
Weekly Advocacy Meetings  
We will be meeting weekly as an Advocacy on Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 am.
Jeff Hepner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 671 776 7216
Password: 249317

11-4 to 11-8

All classes are finishing up our Bully Prevention focus from last month as well as moving on to our new focus for November, which is Optimism & Gratitude. We will focus on ways to think more positively, as well as ways in which we can show who and what we are grateful for.


The 2nd annual D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read Fundraiser is coming up during the week of November 4th - November 8th.

See the link below for additional information:

Students may ask for a flat dollar amount to be sponsored for the dedicated hour of reading from anyone. All forms and money must be turned in by Friday, November 8th. If Westgate meets their $10,000 goal, the entire school will earn a dance party!

Kids who turn in a sponsor form will be entered in a prize drawing. Winners will be announced November 13th.

DEAR Events

Our Book Fair is going on all week. There is a book drive going on in the lobby. Students can donate new or used books.

On Friday, the whole school will have a dedicated hour of reading from 10:15 to 11:15. Students can wear pajamas, or dress like their favorite book character.

Upcoming Field Trip

Our K-8 field trip to experience Drums Around the World at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd. Permission slips will be sent home within the next few weeks.

Service Learning

Our service learning is up and running! Service learning takes place every other Friday from 10:15 - 11:15. Our upcoming dates for service learning are November 15th & December 6th.


It is starting to get colder! Students will need to bring jackets outside for recess. Each student is responsible for bringing their jacket outside. Students will not be allowed to reenter the building to get their jackets if they forget. Please reinforce this responsibility with your child at home.

Important Dates

Monday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day - No School

Happy Thanksgiving Break! No School - November 25 - 29

K-8 Field Trip: Drums of the World – December 3rd