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Westgate Enrichment Communities! 

Fall 2020 - Quarter 1


Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the recommendation for Distance Learning during Quarter 1, we will not be offering extracurricular options (clubs and activities including Thespian Society, Odyssey of the Mind, etc.) in the traditional format that we have previously offered, but we are VERY excited to offer various Enrichment Communities for our students, along with Social Hours throughout the week. 


A complete list of Enrichment Communities is posted below. 

We are finalizing the details of some of these, so check back prior to August 24th. 


There is NO monetary fee or registration process for Enrichment Communities, you just need to log in to your Enrichment Community via the Zoom link that will be provided. Some Enrichments may recommend consistent participation, while others take more of a "drop in" format. 


All Enrichment Communities will begin the week of August 24th (unless there are limited meeting dates, in which case the exact dates will be listed below).


If you are interested in joining an Enrichment, please email the teacher sponsor by 9am on the morning of the Enrichment. That teacher will respond with the Zoom information (link/meeting ID and password). You only need to request this information once, as the Zoom ID and password will remain live throughout the quarter. Please do not share the information with others.

Type of Enrichment




Teacher Sponsor




Lunch Bunch

K – 2nd


11:30am – 12:00pm

Morgan Matthews


We will eat together, talk, share and just enjoy being together. 



Coloring, Creativity and Conversation 

K - 1st 


3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Laura Chalstrom

 Students will be sent a coloring sheet and we will color and chat about our weekend, class or anything! This should be a relaxing time and a great way to get to know each other! 

1st and 2nd Grade Lunch Bunch

1st - 2nd

Monday - Thursday 

11:30am - 12:00pm

Kris Hamilton 


Hamilton/Foley host on Monday!

Gale hosts on Tuesday!

Elwood hosts on Wednesday!

Gale hosts on Thursday! 



Plant Lovers

1st – 5th


3:00pm – 3:30pm

Chandra Valenza


Join Mrs. Valenza to talk and learn about plants – houseplants, garden plants, the tree in your backyard – any kind of plant!



Helping Hands – Service Enrichment

2nd – 6th


3:00pm – 3:30pm

Jasmine Ross


Empowering students to become active members in their community and providing opportunities to improve and meet the needs of those around them. 





Online Games

3rd – 4th


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Lora Maslen


Online games have player limits, so it will be first come first serve. There is also a spectator mode. Students will need access to a cell phone with internet access for this enrichment.






Spanish Introduction Club

3rd – 6th



Jason Brinkley


This year I will offer a Spanish Enrichment for grades 3-6 to introduce them to Spanish vocabulary and culture. We will practice vocabulary using online games like quizlet and kahoot. We will learn basic conversations and practice collaboratively online. We will research and present online projects about other places, foods, and customs around the world. I look forward to seeing you there!

Chess Enrichment

4th – 8th


 3:30pm - 4:40pm

Jeff Hepner


We will be joining to play chess together on



Slam Poetry

5th – 8th


4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ashley Cooper


Calling all creatives! Join our slam poetry club! We will spend time listening, writing, and sharing captivating slam poetry written by kids and adults of all ages across the world. Each week we will watch a poet, talk about a topic, and then be released to write. At the end of every session, we will share our poems with each other. This enrichment opportunity will create an environment of love, understanding, and exploration into the wonderful world of poetry. This enrichment opportunity is offered to 5th grade through 8th grade at Westgate.



Storybook Math Enrichment

5th – 8th


3:00pm – 4:00pm

Jasmine Ross


Each meeting we will read a storybook that sparks a math discussion and experiment that applies that math



4th – 12th


3:30pm – 4:00pm

Amy Kaplan


Crochet is similar to knitting, but one hook is used instead of two needles. We will join together virtually to learn several stitches and hopefully complete a small project. 



Young Author’s Club

4th – 12th


3:00pm – 4:00pm

Jasmine Ross


Students will create a narrative short story and publish it online using book creator

Read Aloud for Lunch

7th – 12th



Andrea Nieto


Join Miss Nieto and other students each week for a lunch time read aloud. We will listen  to an audio book specifically chosen and curated by Miss Nieto for the students in 7th-12th grades. Heat up your lunch and tune in!







9th – 12th


4:00pm – 5:00pm

Tim Cuevas


D&D works best if you have a group of 4-5 you can join with that already has a player who can serve as Dungeon Master. The group Cuevas runs is currently almost full, but he is welcome to helping facilitate other groups if they can provide a Dungeon Master.


HS Lunch Bunch

9th – 12th


12:00pm – 12:30pm

Amanda Matthews


Stop by for a conversation over lunch, just to say hello!  



 5th - 12th 



Bea Elwood and Amy Schneider

Westgate's PLUS enrichment will help students see how diversity in a community can add value and positive change that benefit everyone. Because of the variety in people's abilities, identities, cultures, and beliefs communities can learn to strive and survive together by celebrating all of who were are and sharing our true selves with others.


HS Debate

9th – 12th


 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Amy Schneider


 HS Debate! 


Virtual Walk

K – 12th

Specific Dates and Times TBD

Specific Dates and Times TBD

Phil Wise


 Join Mr. Wise on a virtual walk throughout the quarter!