Giving Tree

Westwood is participating in the Sponsor a Family program run by the Geauga County Job and Family Services department this holiday season.  We are sponsoring two local families in need.  Donations will be accepted through December 14 — no need to wrap the gifts, Student Council will be helping with that!  Please visit the SignUp Genius to see the specific needs of our families:

Thank you to Michelle DeNigris and Pam Obratil for spearheading this project, and to Mr. Reich and the Student Council for your terrific support!

Cool School

Westwood won the Fox 8 Cool School contest this week!  Thank you to Mrs. Cunningham for nominating us, and to everyone who voted and spread the word.

Holiday Shop

Holiday Shop banner

The Holiday Shop offers students the opportunity to shop during school for their loved ones.  All items are priced $1-$5 so that students can check everyone off their shopping list.

We sent home a flyer in your student’s backpack.  Did it go missing?  Click these links for PDF copies of the Flyer and the Shopping List Envelope.

Please help your student plan their shopping — on the envelope we’ve got a few suggested recipients, with room to add others.  We have gifts in all price ranges for moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, pets, and more!  Send the envelope and money back into school with your student, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Your student will have a scheduled time to shop with their class.  The class schedule is here:

Volunteers help students shop and wrap the gifts so they’re ready to go under the tree.  This is one of the most fun volunteer gigs of the whole year, and you don’t have to be a highly skilled gift wrapper to join in — though those of you with that talent are very needed!  Younger students need help picking gifts, volunteers run the cash registers, and we are always busy restocking the tables.  The volunteer SignUp Genius is here:


How much money should I send in?

All items are priced $1 – $5, and we don’t mark items way up or treat this as a big fundraiser, so $2 or $3 per gift can go a long way.  $15-$20 can easily take care of a whole list of gift recipients.  In our experience, students often struggle to shop for more than 6 people and/or spend more than $25 — it’s just hard to make that many selections and get everything wrapped in the time frame they’re given.

Can my student spend money on themself?

That’s your call.  We’ve put a spot on the envelope to hopefully prompt this discussion.  Volunteers try to guide students to good decisions, but we don’t expect them to hold students to the exact amounts on the envelope.  Please talk with your student about whether they’re supposed to bring home change or if they’re allowed to spend 100% of the money.

What if my student doesn’t want to shop?

Shopping is optional and we will have some simple crafts/activities available for students who do not participate when their classmates shop.

Can adults shop?

We can’t open the shopping up to parents/adults until all the students have had a chance to shop, as we offer this event as a service to students and have limited stock based on student shopping patterns.  We will send out an email via the school if we are able to open up a shopping opportunity for parents, which would only be at the end of the school day on the last day of the Holiday Shop (December 14).

Do I need a background check to volunteer?

Not for this!  The teacher and other adults will be in the Shop at all times, so you will not be one-on-one with any students.  So now that you don’t have that reason to say no,  here’s that volunteer link one more time: