District Information

Principal's Corner

Welcome to WVES
Winds of Change
 The seasons and children are in a state of change. As we begin a new year, students (and adults) are beginning to get back into the groove of school. The district itself continues to look at the changing world and community around us. We are stewards for just a short time of the students you give us each day. Thank you for your ongoing trust and support.

Dates ahead
10/10: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
10/12: School Council: 4:00pm in the school office
PTO Meeting 6:30pm in the school cafeteria
10/22: PTO Fall Festival 2:00-3:00pm at the school cafeteria

Wellness Practices
This is a quick review of our district wellness practices. These are the same from school to school:
  1. Students may bring a lunch and snack to school for themselves, and will not share their food with other students.
  2. Food for student celebrations and events will be provided through the district’s food service provider.
  3. Student birthday celebrations will take place monthly.
The following items are the practices at WVES that those who have attended our forums have agreed to. These are the practices for our school:
  1. We will celebrate birthdays with alternative activities other than food.
  2. Should the school or class have an event that appropriately uses food, the Teacher, Principal, and parent volunteers will work with food service to follow appropriate catering processes.
  3. For instructional purposes, teachers may schedule particular activities that include food. These activities will be looked at on a case by case basis.
Attendance and Dismissal
Please make sure to have your students at school prior to 9:00. Starting the day off on time helps children to feel in control and a part of the group. This makes it much easier for a child to be emotionally available for learning.

Please make sure that your teacher has your child’s dismissal plan in advance and we stick to it. In addition, please know that early dismissal should only be reserved for those instances of true emergencies and not for convenience or a regular plan. We use all of our time for instruction and we really do need the children here “on time, every day, all day”.

We will begin our perfect attendance program this month. Students who have no absences, no tardies, and no early dismissals earn a collectable charm each month. Our first distribution will be the first week in October.

Free Fruit
I received a flyer this week that let us know that kids under 10 may take a free fruit from the Free Fruit Basket at Stop and Shop. What a great thing!

A few reminders
  • Please remember to send your child with a snack. Several children this week have come to get graham crackers from me. I am happy to help, but cannot do so on an ongoing basis. Please remember to send a healthy snack for the long day.
  • If a child is ill, please call the school and dial 1 for the attendance voice mail. Leave the child’s name and why they are out. If you would like our nurse to call you, please also leave your name and a number.
  • PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE IN CAR LINE. Sorry for the caps but this is so important. Moving cars and moving kids require our full attention.
  • Due to safety procedures we cannot ask parents to walk their students to class. Thank you for helping keep our building safe.
  • When you enter the front of the building, please turn left and come to the front office first.
  • Thank you for taking time to review this note. Have a great weekend, and we will see you next week!
Mr. Gibbons

Our Mission


West Villages Elementary School

Promotes academic excellence and develops independent problem solvers who will be prepared to be our future leaders.  We strive to nurture and celebrate the diversity of our students, staff, and community by providing a positive and peaceful environment of safety, responsibility and respect for all.  We are a community of learners, teachers, and volunteers devoted to compassion, empathy, social awareness and an enthusiastic love of learning and the arts.