Westchester Lutheran School


SCROLL DOWN

Westchester Lutheran School


 

About Us

Our school is a mission of Westchester Lutheran Church and we welcome students of all faiths.  Our goal is that all students are inspired and equipped to believe in themselves, be responsible citizens and achieve their greatest potential.

Our students are educated from preschool through eighth grade. Through their educational years at WLS, students delve into a rigorous academic program with outstanding results. On average, they score two and a half years above grade level on Standardized Testing.  Over ninety percent of our eighth grade graduates are accepted by their first-choice private high school.

What sets us apart is the joy of our students discovering their strengths and talents in a nurturing environment where their individual achievements are celebrates.

 
 
Middle School Student.jpg

Curriculum

Westchester Lutheran's Curriculum blends classic and contemporary learning with cutting-edge technology.  In addition to core subjects, we believe the Arts are an important part of our program, instilling confidence in performance and public speaking.  Our faculty shares a passion for teaching and is dedicated to building character and leadership in our students.


Extracurricular programs

WLS extracurricular programs encourage exploration, study and expression.  Featuring the competition cheerleading squads, award-winning sports teams, children's choirs, science and computer clubs, bands, theatrical presentations and many different enrichment classes, every student should find an opportunity to participate!

IMG_0035.jpg

School-Pink.jpg

Community Impact

Westchester Lutheran students devote many hours to community service each year.  Annual events include raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, collecting canned goods for Thanksgiving food Drive and local food pantries, Christmas Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. Students also participate in Service projects throughout the community. We support Children around the world through World impact. 


Office


Office


CONTACT NUMBERS

Main Office:  310.670.5422 

Preschool:  310.670.6093 

Daycare: 310.670.1963 

Fax: 310.670.1476

OFFICE HOURS

School Year: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Summer/Vacation Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

CHAPEL

Every Friday unless otherwise noted:

Jr. K - 2nd - 9:15 a.m.

3rd - 5th 10:00 a.m.

6th-8th 11:15 a.m.

 

 

SCHOOL HOURS

8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.   6th-8th 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.   3rd, 4th & 5th 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Jr.K - 2nd Students should be on campus 10 minutes prior to the start of school in order to be in their seats ready to begin the school day at the start time

CHAPEL Every Friday unless otherwise noted: 3rd - 5th 10:00 a.m. •  6th-8th 9:15 a.m. • Jr. K - 2nd - 10:45 a.m.

DAY CARE HOUrs

Before School:  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

After School: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Daycare Director: Jamaal Browne - jbrowne@wlcs.org

Assistant Director: Jennifer Hernandez - jhernandez@wlcs.org

Daycare: 310.670.1963 

Daycare


Daycare


Westchester Lutheran School offers a before and after school program geared exclusively for WLS students.  Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for our students. Daycare is available year round with special emphasis on holidays, spring, and summer. During the school year students enjoy a wide range of activities under the supervision of our Daycare Staff.

Morning care provides the students with an opportunity to enjoy quiet time by playing board games, watching educational television and videos, and getting some exercise and fresh air before school starts. Afternoon care is designed to give students a break from their academically demanding school day.  The lower campus playground is available for students to get some fresh air, exercise and visit with friends.  A light snack is provided to satisfy their hunger without spoiling the dinner-time appetite.  Parents are welcome to send snacks in addition to the ones provided by our staff.  After the break, students are required to participate in our homework time to help ease their evening load at home.  A supervised classroom is used to help students complete their work in a quiet and comfortable environment.

Before School:  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 

After School: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

 

HOLIDAY CAMP AT WESTCHESTER LUTHERAN 

(PRE-REGISTRATION BY MON DEC 12 REQUIRED)

 

Monday, Dec 19, Tuesday, Dec 20, Wednesday, Dec 21,

Thursday, Dec 22, Friday, Dec 23

NO camp Dec. 26-30

HOLIDAY CAMP is planned for those needing day care during the first week of school vacation Dec. 19, 20,21,22, & 23.  Advance registration is required by MONDAY, DEC. 12TH.  If you would like to register your child for any  of the days of Holiday Camp, please complete the registration form linked below and return with payment to the office no later than MONDAY, DEC. 12TH. It is important that you register by the deadline as Holiday Camp will be cancelled if we do not have sufficient enrollment.   All forms turned in after the Dec. 12th deadline will be charged a $10 late fee.    If cancellation becomes necessary, we will inform any that have registered by Tuesday, December 13th so that you can make alternate plans.  So get those registrations in!  A schedule of activities will be sent to all who register. 

The fee for Holiday Camp is $40.00 per day.  On movie day there will be an additional charge for the ticket.  Our staff is planning days full of fun and activities.  A complete schedule will be sent home with all who register.   

download the registration form

Athletics


Athletics


Westchester Lutheran Athletics Program is designed to help our young athletics to develop physically & Mentally.  Students learn teamwork, sportsmanship, character, and leadership skills.  Our coaches are committed to providing students with the skills needed to improve individually and as a team.   Time management, responsibility and respect for hard work is achieve. Practices are held after school and are designed to effectively prepare students to achieve their goals.

Our athletics program includes Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ & Girls’ Volleyball, Cross Country, Track & Golf .

Westchester Lutheran Athletic Program is a proud member of the Pacific Basin League.  Our teams place well in our league and are consistently recognized for their exemplary sportsmanship.


coaches 2
coaches 2

The following students medaled at the finals:

Richie Moreno • Robert Pitts • Davis Cleveland • Scott Yontez • Ryan Nelson • Ben Romero Amy McClune • Kendra Teraoka • Kate Kirkland • Paisley Epps • Taylor Jamison

medalist 3
medalist 3
tem photo 3
tem photo 3

Parent Support Organization


Parent Support Organization


PARENT SUPPORT ORGANIZATION (PSO)

The purpose of the PSO is to build a strong relationship between the staff, the parents and WLS. The objective is to promote social activities for the school families, plan informative meetings, assist our teachers and staff, and to organize fund raisers. All parents of children attending WLS are automatically members of the PSO. PSO Board meetings are held once a month. All are invited to attend.

 

2016/2017 PSO Board

President: Lory Sarlo

Board Members:

Danelle Gordon

Tracy Hurst

Lisa O’Leary

Heather Barnhart

Cyndi Widmer

Karen Sosa

Stacie Loaiza

Amie Lucas

Heather Alvarez

Tiffany Hathaway

Allison Pascola

Andrea Norcross

Lucinda Zimmerman

Marie Thomas

Shauna Gerhold

 

PSO BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Date of Meeting: February 15, 2017

Attending: Sanrda, Lory, Lucinda, Danelle, Heather, Stacie, Amie, Karen S.

 

Upcoming Events:

February 24, 2017 – Used Uniform/Book Sale

March 11, 2017 Race for Success – Goal is 500 sign ups

March 18, 2017 – Luau – Jodi Clancy to chair

May 6, 2017 – Bingo and Gateway to Art Show – Marie Thomas to chair

BJ’s Restaurant Night to be scheduled

 

Upcoming Projects:

Design/Create a public art piece to be installed on campus

Schedule an evening event for families to contribute to the artwork

Business Directory

Contact parents with businesses to participate in the directory

Install completed “Thank you” tiles in the Prayer Garden

Reach out to alumni to add to alumni section of website

Schedule a coffee delivery to teachers in March

 

Next Meeting: March 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM in the Fireside Room

All are welcome to attend

 

 

Traffic & Campus Rules


Traffic & Campus Rules


The following traffic procedures have been established for the safety and security of our students and employees.

Gate Times 77th Street Gate - Open: 7:45am - 8:50am and 2:50pm - 7:00pm. Extended hours for special events Sepulveda Gate - Open: 8:50am - 7:00pm

Gates Leading to the Yard and Campus Gate 1 (North) 77th Street leading to the playground - Open: 7:45am - 8:45am and 2:50pm - 3:30pm Gate 2 (North) 77th Street leading to the driveway - Closed at all times Gate 3 (West) Daycare Gate next to boys restroom - Open: 7:00am - 7:45am Gate 4 (West) Lunch Area Gate at 1st drop off - Open: 7:45am - 8:50am Gate 5 (South) Staircase Gate at 2nd drop off - Open: 7:45am - 8:50am Gate 6 (East) Walk-in Gate on Sepulveda Boulevard - Closed at all times

Q. What if the gates are locked when I arrive? A. You must go to the office and sign in your child as tardy.

Q. Can the WLCS staff open a gate for me? A. No, WLCS employees have been instructed not to open gates to parents or guests. There are no exceptions.

Five Simple Steps for Dropping Off and Picking Up Your Child 1. Have your child ready (Backpacks in the car next to your child) 2. Pull all the way to the front of the drop off area 3. Do not get out of your car 4. Let the staff do their job 5. Park if your child is not ready (Spaces may be available in front of the Fellowship Hall, or go to the Preschool parking lot where you can prep your child for drop off before driving through)

Students Arriving Early or Late Students Arriving Early All students coming before 7:45am MUST go to Gate 3. All other gates will be locked. Do not drop off your child anywhere else on campus unsupervised.

Late Drop Offs for JK-5th You must enter the campus on Sepulveda Blvd, park, and go to the office to sign in and drop off your child. The office will ensure that your child gets to his or her classroom safely.

6th-8th Grade Entrance Drive through will be closed at 8:00am. Cones will block the driveway at the bridge way entrance at 8:00am.

Late Drop Offs for 6th-8th You must drop off your child at GATE 5 ONLY. Students will go upstairs, over the bridge, sign in at the main office, and proceed to class.

Do not drop off your child in an area that is not designated as a drop off point.

Dismissal and Pick Up Time *Younger siblings will always be picked up with the older siblings at the older sibling's gate and time.

Gate 4 - JK, 2nd, 3rd pick up gate JK & 2nd - 3:00pm 3rd - 3:15pm *JK, 2nd, & 3rd grade students with siblings in K, 1st, 4th, and 5th must be picked up at 3:15pm at Gate 5

Gate 5 - Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, 5th pick up gate K & 1st - 3:00pm 4th & 5th - 3:15pm *K & 1st grade students with siblings in JK & 2nd must be picked up at 3:00pm at Gate 4 *K & 1st grade students with siblings in 3rd grade must be picked up at 3:15pm at Gate 4

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents - Do not pick up earlier than 3:15pm to avoid waiting in the drive through line, and to help us keep traffic flowing smoothly. If you come earlier than your child's dismissal time, you will be asked to park or return at the correct time.

Upper Campus - 6th-8th grade pick up begins at 3:15pm *JK-5th grade students with siblings in 6th-8th must be picked up at Gate 4 at 3:15pm, then proceed to the upper campus pick up line

Parking on Campus There will be no guest and/or parent parking behind the buildings as these are assigned parking spots for WLCS employees only. All parents and guests MUST park in front of the Fellowship Hall. Parking along the driveway wall behind the buildings is NOT permitted at any time; the wall is a fire lane and MUST remain clear for emergencies at all times. PARKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON ALVERSTONE OR 77TH STREET WEST OF THE WLS DRIVEWAY.

Q. Where do I park for school events? A. You can park at the following locations: Arizona Avenue on the east side, 77th Street by the Mormon Church playground, Preschool lot at the south side of the parking dirt section, and any street east of Sepulveda Boulevard. Please make sure to comply with the traffic signs when parking in the neighborhood.

Visiting Campus All parents and guests MUST sign in and sign out at the school main office when visiting campus at any time for any reason.

Playground Fence For the protection of students DO NOT approach them through the playground fence at any time. Students should not get comfortable talking to or receiving items from anyone through the fence.

Signing Your Child Out Early (All Grades) All students leaving campus early for any reason MUST be signed out at the main office.

Q. Who is a guest? A. If you are not an employee of WLCS, you are considered a guest.

Q. Do I have to sign out when I am done? A. Yes, you will need to come to the main office and sign out. We must keep track of all parents and guests for emergency purposes.

Visitor Tags All visitors and parents MUST wear a visitor's tag at all times when visiting campus. These will indicate that you have signed in at the main office and have permission to be on campus.

Q. What if I don't get a tag? A. You will be asked by WLCS employees to go to the office and sign in as a guest or you will be asked to leave campus.

Q. Where do I wear my tag? A. Tags must be worn on your chest and be visible to WLCS employees.

Q. What if my child forgets something? A. All items MUST be brought to the office. The office will notify the teacher for pick up. This includes things such as: lunch, classwork, clothing, etc.

Q. Can I visit the classroom? A. Visiting the classroom requires an appointment.

Useful Information


Useful Information


School Days 6th-8th 8:00am - 3:15pm 3rd-5th 8:30am - 3:15pm JK-2nd 8:45am - 3:00pm

Absences Call the school office each day a student is absent. Send a note with the student upon return giving name, dates, and reason for absence.

Leaving School Early A written note should be sent to your child's teacher giving name, time, and reason for early leave. Student should be picked up in the office, not the classroom.

Illness During School Day If a student becomes ill during the day, parents will be contacted to pick up the student as soon as possible. Be sure your emergency phone numbers are current.

Visiting Campus Every time you visit the campus, you must sign in at the main school office, where you will be given a badge identifying you as a campus visitor. This procedure must be followed any time you are on campus throughout the day. Contact the office or a teacher if you wish to visit the classroom. Read more about visiting campus here.

Lunch WLS is a peanut-free school. Lunch may be purchased online at: www.choicelunch.com. Our school registration code is: Westchester. If you choose to send lunch from home, please keep in mind that lunches are not refrigerated. Do not send candy or soda.

Emergency Forms Up-to-date emergency forms are required. They are our means of contacting you in case of an emergency. Contact the office immediately with any changes that may occur.

Uniforms All students are required to wear WLS uniforms. Uniforms may be purchased at Michael's Uniform, 215 S. Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301. You can also purchase uniforms at the beginning of the year, and the end of the year at our Used Uniform sale. Check school calendar for dates.

Monday Envelopes THESE ARE IMPORTANT FOR COMMUNICATION! Go through this envelope carefully each week. It will contain homework sheets, completed papers, sign-up information, notices of events, and more!

Email Email is used for as many announcements as possible. If you are not receiving emails, please contact the office to ensure we have the correct contact information for you.

Parent Student Handbook These are given to each family the first day of school to keep for reference throughout the year. Parents should review it carefully and return the necessary signed forms.

Website WLS's website has links to each teacher's page with weekly class letters from teachers, activity sign-up forms, up-to-date monthly calendars, and other important information.

Gradelink This is a tool for parents to access grade information for their child. Codes are provided for each student grades K-8th. You can access Gradelink here.

Chapel Every Friday unless otherwise announced: JK-2nd at 9:15am, 3rd-5th at 10am, 6th-8th at 11:15am.

Daycare Child care is available before and after school 7am - 6pm. Registration is required.

Parent Volunteers Parent involvement is very important to the success of our programs at WLS. Each family is required to serve 30 hours during the school year and one 3-hour shift at the annual spring carnival, which does not count for service hours. Read more about volunteer opportunities here.

Parent Support Organization Informational and educational meetings are scheduled throughout the school year. Earn 1 service hour each meeting and become an involved and informed parent! Read more about PSO here.

SCRIP Each school family is required to purchase $1,500 of scrip during the school year. Register your Ralph's and Von's cards for school credit. Shop at smile.amazon.com and make us your charity! A variety of scrip is available in the school office or can be obtained by special order. Read more about scrip here.

 

 

Middle School


Middle School


Congratulations to our 8th grade boys basketball team! Last night they were victorious in the semi-finals and will move on to playing in the Pacific Basin League Championship. The big game is scheduled for 6:00PM on Friday, February 3 at Windward School in Culver City (directions attached). You and your students are invited to cheer on our team. We would love to see you there!

The WLS athletic program has seen quite a bit of success in past years. Our staff, Mrs. Barbara Wittner (Athletic Director and girls coach), Mr. John Susich (boys coach) and Mr. Mark Tennyson (Golf) are incredibly committed to the program and to our student athletes. We are blessed to have such wonderful adults leading our Wolfpack Athletics. In the last 20 years these coaches and Wolfpack teams have been awarded roughly 40 championships, 20 second place trophies, and 18 sportsmanship awards. 

The 8th grade boys basketball team members are:

Eric Alvarez, Bryce Barber, Emani Carter, Kevin Demedio, Joe Flanigan, Cole Quirarte, Joseph Reamer, Hunter Richardson, Jake Rogers, Riley Udagawa

The team is coached by Mr. John Susich, Zachary Lillie-Liberto (WLS Class of 2007), and Cameron Richardson (WLS Class of 2013). Six of the boys on this team played for the Wolfpack in 5th grade when the team came in 2nd place to Calvary Christian. Their 6th grade year the team played in the semi-finals against Crossroads. Last year, in a repeat game against Crossroads, they were victorious with a championship win. This brings their overall record is 57-11. Tomorrow evening they will be defending their title against a formidable Crossroads team. 

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that eight of these ten young men have been students at WLS since preschool or kindergarten, and all of them are Honor Roll or Dean’s List recipients this quarter. 

GO WOLFPACK!!

January 31 - February 3 – Basketball playoffs  - TBA

February 7 - Parent/Teacher conferences  - 6-8 students will be dismissed at 12:00PM
If you have any questions regarding conferences please feel free to contact me at elillie@wlcs.org.

February 8 – Shakey’s Night for winter sports.
5-8PM with awards starting at 6. Proceeds benefit the athletic program

February 10 – Chapel at 8:35AM- 2nd quarter awards will be given.
All parents, family, and friends are invited!

February 10 - Movie Day - Students must qualify to attend. Qualifications are listed on
page 11 of the Parent/Student handbook. There will be classes and a normal middle school
schedule this day for students on campus.

February 14 – Red, White and/or Pink shirt day at Middle School
(Students must wear uniform shorts/pants)

February 16 –MS Dance in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-10:00PM Teachers to chaperone.

February 17 – School starts at 9:00AM

February 20 – President’s Holiday

February 23 - 7th GRADE FIELD TRIP – Whale Watching

February 28 – Mardi Gras - Celebration at the end of the school day. Students may dress in green, gold, and violet for our school parade at the lower campus

January Snowflake.jpg

May your New Year be

full of many blessings from above!

 

January 9, Sunday - OPEN HOUSE from 11:30AM -1:00PM

 

January 11 - 5th grade will be at the upper campus to join us for a

day of junior high classes.

  

January 13, Friday - TRADE SHOW in the Fellowship Hall from 12-2:30

All are invited to join the fun and check out the "virtual businesses" the

8th grade students have created this year:)

 

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holliday

 

January 27 - End of the 2nd quarter/semester

6-8 grades dismissed at 12:00PM

merry-christmas-png-11.png

December! What a wonderful and festive time of the year. Let us all rejoice as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

December 2 - Christmas Tree Lighting 7:00PM

December 4 - 'The Messiah' at Westchester Lutheran Church - 4:00PM

 December 14 - All day practice for middle school Christmas Program

December 15 - Christmas Program - 7:00PM

'Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Manger'
Written by the Class of 2017

Soloists and Cast arrive at 6:15PM

Everyone else by 6:30PM

December 16 - School starts at 9:00AM

9:15AM - Full School Chapel

11:00AM - Middle School Christmas sing-a-long

12:00PM - School dismissed

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!