Today was Health & Fitness Day at Westlake. Each class came up with a different presentation to show their schoolmates. The creativity and excitement that occurred throughout our halls were incredible.
Take a few moments and spread some Christmas cheer! Each year, as part of the fundraising for our Senior Mission Trip, we offer our Merry Messages to our students and families. For just $0.50 per message, you can write a sweet tiding to that special someone and we’ll include a candy cane to be delivered on Tuesday, December 18th throughout the school day. These Merry Messages are only able to be delivered to Kindergarten – 12th grade (sorry, we can’t accommodate Pre-S/K).
Just below are the order forms and the Merry Message sheets. You’ll need to download the attachment, print it up, then bring it all with you to the office with your payment. If you’d like the ease of filling out the order form online instead of hand-writing your note, please feel free to do so, just remember you still need to stop in to pay for your messages.
All payments need to be made to the office by the beginning of the day on Friday, December 14. Feel free to pay by cash or check, but bring exact change if you’re paying by cash – our elves don’t carry change.
If you’re wanting to print and hand-write your order, please print one of each of the attachments, fill them out, and bring the completed order and message to the office along with your payment:
MERRY MESSAGES ORDER FORM 2018
If you’d like to do your ordering online, please fill out the form below completely, then be sure to bring in your payment (your message will not be delivered if payment is not received by Friday, December 14th before school). If you’d like to send more than one Merry Message, you’ll need to fill out the form multiple times. (Only one message per entry).
Wednesday, November 15th through Tuesday, November 21st
(Scroll to the bottom for information on Homecoming)
WED 11/15 SPIRIT WEEK BEGINS (grades 7-12)
Decade Day: Each class chooses one decade to represent.
Squad Day: Define your own squad within your class — groups of 3 or 4, or your whole class!
Senior Citizen Day: What will you look like in 60 years? Show off your best “senior citizen” attire – raid your grandparent’s closet.
Pajama Day: The comfiest day of the year! Bring a stuffed animal or ”blankie,” but be sure to stay awake in class!
ALL-SCHOOL Blue and Gold Day! Dress in your favorite WCA spirit wear – be creative with accessories! Elementary
students are welcome to participate on Friday, too.
(Just a reminder – if you’re not planning on participating in Spirit Week, normal dress code rules do apply!)
Tuesday 11/21 – All-School Homecoming Pep Rally, 2:25 – 3:05, in the gym
Bring your Family & Friends on Tuesday, November 21
to celebrate our Homecoming Games!
Westlake Christian Academy vs. Home Run Kids
Junior Varsity Boys Game @ 4:30 pm
Varsity Girls Game @ 5:30pm
Varsity Boys Game @ 7:00pm
WCA students: free
Kids 5 & under: free
The Lake County Health Department will conduct Vision and Hearing Screenings at Westlake Christian Academy the morning of Tuesday, November 14, 2017. This is to follow up on the communication sent home with your child.
The Health Department does charge for this service, but it is the most cost-effective way to meet the IL state requirement that hearing and vision screening be provided annually for children:
|PS/PK||$4||Hearing & Vision ($2 each hearing & vision screen)|
|2nd||$10||Hearing & Vision ($5 each hearing & vision screen)|
|Students with an IEP||$10||Hearing & Vision ($5 each hearing & vision screen – All students must receive screenings|
We are asking parents to send in payment for this mandatory screening by Friday, November 10 or Monday, November 13, in an envelope with your child’s name and grade.
Note: students who wear glasses are exempted from vision screening.
A Myriad of Thanks
In the recent email from our Board of Trustees, we asked that our Westlake Family — our Board, Faculty, Staff, and Parents — take a day to bring the school before the Lord in prayer and with fasting. We will have a prayer focus throughout the day for our students as well.
The school will be open on Tuesday, October 24th during our normal hours from 7 am – 4 pm, and we invite you to come and pray in our conference room; guided prayer requests will be provided. We will then open the entire school from 4 pm – 8 pm so you may walk the halls of the school and pray for our students, teachers, and the whole Westlake family.
If you would like some suggestions for prayer, here are some that have been supplied in the latest Administrator Update and Board Update:
- Pray for the financial health of the school.
- Pray for the success of the steps we are taking to adjust our budget.
- Pray for the spiritual health of Westlake, the teachers, the students, and their families.
- Pray that Satan’s influence will be totally defeated, as much as he would desire to destroy this work.
- Pray that the Lord would bring people to mind who would want to partner with the good things God is doing here.
- Pray that the Lord’s will would be accomplished and that we would not lean on our own understanding, always acknowledging God, and trusting that He will direct our paths.
- Pray for spiritual growth among our students.
- Pray for God’s gracious supply for the Hutchinson family.
- Pray for His providential care for the needs of this ministry.
- Pray for the students as they work hard to produce a play for God’s glory and the adult leaders who are involved in that as well.
- Pray for the wisdom for the teachers and aids who work in our Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten program.
One of our dads, Mr. John Ahn, has offered to teach a course in computer coding. The eight-week course will be taught on Saturday mornings beginning April 14. Mr. Ahn will be using an online programming resource called “Scratch” [link https://scratch.mit.edu/about/], a project developed by the MIT Media Lab. The students will use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they will learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.
Mr. Ahn is a senior professional with over 17 years of experience in the field of finance as a trader, strategist, and system developer. He has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University. He has had extensive experience teaching and tutoring high school and college students in computer programming courses. He is also the father of three, which is his greatest challenge.
We are offering this opportunity to students in grades 3 through 8. The classes will be held at 10:00-10:45 a.m. in Room 3 (Computer Room), and if there are enough students interested, we will divide the class into two sections, with the older students meeting at 11:00-11:45 a.m. We can also offer a level 2 course for students who already enrolled in the fall version of this course. We can take a maximum of 15 students in each section.
Here are the details
Dates: April 14 through May 26
Times: Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 (with a tentative second class 11:00-11:45)
Cost: $10 per student
Space is limited; the first 30 students to sign up will be accepted. Sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/d5kl5ulLTUkQgH0h1
Grandparents’ Day was just last week Friday and by the looks of it, it went quite well. This day is to celebrate all of our grandparents and all they have done for us through the years; it is to show them that we love them immensely.
We started this very hot day by welcoming all of the lovely grandparents into Westlake’s building. Juniors and Seniors such as Hope Perry and Eli Sensenig, acted as guides for grandparents so that they could find their grandchild’s classes. After each grandparent got settled in, the teacher started class and included the grandparents in either quizzes or discussion, etc. It’s quite creative!
After some time in the classrooms, grandparents were called to the gym where we provided morning snacks and coffee for them to munch on. We received many comments on the great food.
After a short introductory speech from Dr. Healan in the gymnasium, Westlake students filed in and the program for the Grandparents’ Day commenced. This program includes different grades either singing, praying, or giving speeches on what grandparents are and mean to them.
During the program, the High School choir sang and there were many comments from different grandparents about how moving and beautiful the performance was. This is quite a compliment and definitely makes us proud of our new choir teacher, Mrs. Culbertson.
Though the day was hot and everyone was very sweaty in the gym, no one heard any complaints from grandparents on our program. We would like to thank all the lovely grandparents who traveled to come to this program so that we could show you how much we appreciate you. Westlake hopes that you truly enjoyed the program and will never forget how much you mean to each and every student here.
Westlake’s first color yearbook was launched! And guess who it was dedicated to? Both Mr. Naegele and Ms. Snow (now Mrs. Van Ryn), two very beloved and definitely missed teachers at Westlake.
Our yearbook, Color Our World (pictured below), is dedicated to Mr. Michael Naegele for not only how beloved he was, but also because he devoted 30 years of his life to teaching at Westlake Christian Academy. Students at Westlake looked to Mr. Naegele for many things: a tutor, a guidance counselor, a reference, and even a friend. He was a teacher, a friend, a parent and even a grandparent to students at Westlake and he will be greatly missed. However, we are grateful for him serving outside of Westlake in the Christian community and how he can now focus on his life, his time with his family and his ongoing walk with God.
The yearbook is also dedicated to our dear Ms. Snow. Ms. Snow, now Mrs. Van Ryn, got married this summer. She planned to not come back to Westlake to teach, which saddened everyone who knew her or had her as a teacher. Ms. Snow is an amazing person and so fun to have as a teacher and as a friend. She was patient with us and loved all of us in every way she could, but now it is time for her to direct that love towards her husband. No, she won’t stop caring and missing us, but she is on to a new chapter in her life.
Mr. Naegele, Ms. Snow, you both will be missed and we love and adore you both dearly.
By Nikita Pratt, Communications TA
We are back from high school retreat and all I can wonder is, did what happened there shape us for the rest of the school year?
This year’s high school retreat was rainy and sunny, both in the weather and with the people. As teenagers, we’re still in the process of metamorphosis; we’re still trying to figure out who we are and where we are at in our walk with Jesus. So, at the retreat, both conflict and love were apparent. Through competition, many of us struggled with love for each other. However, as the days progressed and with the wisdom of our speaker, Aaron Cramer, love and friendship began to triumph over bitterness and conflict. From my eyes, I noticed God beginning to shine through more and more of our words, our laughter, and our smiles. So, though it was evident on the retreat that we’re all still in metamorphosis, God is guiding us through. He is helping to block the rain so that we have some time to let the light shine through.
To see more pictures from our high school retreat, visit our Westlake Facebook page.