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Read Across America Spirit Days

Monday, February 27th

"Kick Off!" Read Across America -- Wear mismatched shoes and socks


Tuesday, February 28th

"Twin Day"  -- Find your twin


Wednesday, March 1st

"Crazy About Reading!" -- Wear a crazy Hat


Thursday, March 2

"Red, White, and Read"  -- Wear as much red and white as possible


**Family Literacy Night is tonight from 6:30-7:45 p.m. **


Friday, March 3rd

"Cozy up to a good Book" -- Wear your pajamas to school (Pajamas must be appropriate for school, no stuffed animals and no slippers)


** Each day, two student council members will come around to the classrooms to tally the number of students who are dressed up for the day.  


** The top primary and intermediate class will receive a treat.

February Newsletter


Dear Westside Families,

Be sure to check the upcoming events section of the newsletter for important dates.

School Goals: At Westside and WPCS-Westside, we developed three goals to focus on for the school year. Everything we do here at Westside supports one of the three goals.  We want to be sure you know what the goals are too.

1) Provide a positive, friendly, welcoming environment

2) Improve achievement for ALL students

3) Prepare students to be college and career ready through consistent implementation of the CCSS


Congratulations to the following students for earning the Character Trait award for Trustworthiness.

Primary/Intermediate:  Christopher Gutierrez, Aleya DeSouza, Alexa Valdivia, Curtis Thao, Kaden Burdan, Fuechi Lor, Joanna Tinoco, Joey Hancock, Josh Hancock, Viviana Medrano, Braulio Reyo-Meza, Brennyn Jones and Steven Chavez

Charter:  Paige Caton, Jenna Morrell, Tyler Thomas, Angelo Boldridge, Victor Moreno Rachel Gomes, Lucas Watts and Cristian Gutierrez

Our character trait for the month of  February is Caring.

What does it mean to be caring?

1. Showing concern for the well being of others.     2. Using your words and actions to help someone.

3. Giving of yourself without expecting anything in return.

What are some words that describe the character trait of caring?

1. Kindness   

2. Thoughtful   

3. Sharing,    

4. Helping      

5. Understanding


What are some ways we can demonstrate caring?

1. Give to help others in need. For example: collect canned goods for local food pantries, donate gently used clothing and toys, send a card of encouragement to someone who is sick.

2. Show respect to people, property, animals, and the environment.

3. donate gently used clothing and toys, send a card of encouragement to someone who is sick.

4. Listen to what other have to say.             

5. Be helpful in all situations, at school, home and in your community.


Why is it important to be caring towards others?

1. To make someone else feel better.    2. Helps us to feel good about ourselves.   3. We learn compassion for other and to look beyond our own needs.   4. May inspire others to be caring too.      5. Makes the world a better place.


6th Graders at Shady Creek:

The 6th graders had a terrific week at Shady Creek. They worked

hard every day learning about nature and the environment. They came home wet, dirty and tired. That’s the sign of a great time.


Assemblies: We’ve had three assemblies recently. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students were treated to the Theater of Possibilities, where some of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer were reenacted for them.  The TK-5 students were treated to the Sacramento Ballet.  They learned about respect for themselves and others through dance.  The TK-6 students listened to some of the players from the Sacramento Philharmonic.  The 8th graders also got to see the movie Hidden Figures about the three women who worked for NASA. It was a movie that incorporated history, math and science.


Cold and Flu Season:

Cold and flu  season is upon us.  Here are some tips to help you and your child(ren) stay healthy.

1) If your child is sick, please keep them home.  If you are sick, please stay home.

2) Cover your cough and your sneezes.  3)Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

4)    Don’t share food, beverages, chap stick, etc.  5)Get a flu shot

If your child is absent due to illness, or any other reason, please be sure to call the office.  Thank you.

Cell Phones: 

For the safety of our children, please remember to turn off cell phones when picking up or dropping off students. 

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder: 

Students who eat breakfast may arrive at 7:30 and enter the cafeteria.  All other students may arrive at 7:45.  Please remember there is no supervision for any student prior to 7:30.

Dress Code:

This is a gentle reminder about the dress code for both campuses.  Please no jeans with holes. If the jeans have holes, then leggings, tights or compression shorts must be worn underneath.

Lost and Found:

This is my trimesterly plea for parents to drop by the cafeteria to retrieve items from the Lost and Found. It is “full to bursting” with jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters and other clothing items. We will hold all clothing items until Friday, April 7. After that, they will be donated to charity.





Grandparents' Day 2016

Grandparents' Day video created by our awesome PTA.  Click here

Congratulations to Westside for being a California Gold Ribbon School!

We are proud to receive this honor.

California Gold Ribbon Award

Congratulations to Westside Elementary for receiving a California Gold Ribbon Award.  Westside was honored at an event sponsored by the California Department of Education held in June.  Pictured from left to right: Dr. Anne Zeman, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction; Tony Wood, Sixth Grade Teacher; Tracy Roberts, Kindergarten Teacher; State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson; Laura Lofgren, Principal; Cheri Rusch, RSP Teacher; Dr. Steve Martinez, TRUSD Superintendent. 


Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement


Twin Rivers  Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Director of the Student Services (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Rudy Puente, at 916-566-1620 or rudy.puente@twinriversusd.org. A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Superintendent of Human Resources/Labor Relations (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Dr. Jacqueline Perez, 916-566-1736 or Jacqueline.perez@twinriversusd.org . A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



Principal's Message

Dear Westside Families,

The year is flying by quickly. Where does it go? The holiday season is here and a new year is on it’s way.

Thank you to all of the parents/families who attended parent/teacher conferences. It means so much to your child to have you there.  I was privileged to get to sit in on a number of conferences. I enjoyed getting to know families and students a little better. Your child’s teacher will continue to check in with you regarding his/her progress, but please don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or concerns.  The teachers and staff are committed to supporting your child while they are here at Westside and Westside Charter.


Be sure to check the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter for important dates.


We continue focusing on our the character trait Thankfulness for the month of


What is Thankfulness?

Being Thankful means feeling or showing gratitude.

What are ways you can show Thankfulness?

1. Use polite words such as “Please” and “Thank You”.

2. Recognize when others are being kind and complimenting them.

3. Smiling when someone gives you something.

4. Doing something nice for someone to show your appreciation.

5. Doing something for someone, just because.

How does your family show thankfulness?


Ruby’s Baskets:  Every year Westside Charter has supported the Rio Linda Elverta Lions Club by collecting nonperishable donations  and put donations together to support Ruby’s Baskets.  This year is no different. Donations of canned goods, pasta, sugar, four, rice, beans and toys for boys and girls, infant to 12 years old are being collected at  school.  There are boxes in the office and in classrooms.  Your donation to Ruby’s Community Christmas Baskets stays in the Rio Linda/Elverta community.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 


Literacy Backpacks: We are excited to extend our school focus on literacy to your home.  Your child has the honor of getting to take home the backpack for this week.  The backpack goes home on Friday and must be returned be returned on the following Thursday.  Inside this backpack you will find literature books for you and your child to read together.  Also, included in the backpack is a journal and writing supplies. Reading and writing go hand in hand, therefore, please have your child write in the journal.  Here are some ideas of what they could write about:

¨ Favorite book

¨ Favorite character

¨ Favorite part

¨ The experience of reading together as a family

Books in Spanish will be coming home as well.  We want every child in the school to be able to share this experience with their family.


Lost and FoundThank you to all of the parents who went through the lost and found during parent/teacher conference time. There are still many jackets and sweaters left, so we will be putting them out every day after school between now and Winter Break.  We will also put the lost and found out during awards ceremonies. Please stop by and look through it.  It is so helpful if your child’s name is in their jacket.  We do look through them for names and return them to the child.  We also remind children that if they take their jacket off during recess, they should tie it around their waist to be sure it doesn’t get lost.


 Westside ParkSafety before and after school is very important to us here at Westside.  Please be sure that students are supervised if they are at the park.  Unsupervised students should not be at the park after school.  After school, students should go directly home.

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder:  Bus riders and students who eat breakfast may arrive at 7:30 and enter the cafeteria.  All other students may arrive at 7:45. 


As we wind up our focus on the character trait Thankfulness. I want to express my gratitude to you for trusting your children with us every day.  Thank you for your participation in your child’s education, whether through PTA, SSC, ELAC, volunteering in your child’s classroom or communicating on a regular basis with your child’s teacher. We couldn’t do it without you. 

Thank you for all you do.

Laura Lofgren




Mission Statement

 At Westside we believe in doing school activities together. Besides all school PE, we have all school Friday morning sing, and on Friday afternoons we all participate in a Friday activity. The sense of family and community is unmatched. If you take a walk around the campus, one of the things that will stand out the most is how recognizable the relationships are, the relationships between staff and students, staff and families, and staff with each other. For Westside staff and families, our school is their home away from home.


Office Hours

M-F 7:15 - 3:45

School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 2:42 p.m.  M-T-Th-F

8:00 a.m. -12:42 p.m. W

Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten 11:00-11:45

First Grade 11:05-11:50

Second Grade 11:10-11:55

Third Grade 11:15-12:00

Fourth Grade 11:45-12:30

Fifth Grade 11:50-12:35

Sixth Grade 11:55-12:40


Contact Us


Westside Elementary School

6537 West 2nd Street

Rio Linda, CA 95673

Office Phone:  (916) 566-1990

Fax:  (916) 566-1991

webmaster:  Christine Bellucci