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Message from the West Parish Staff

posted Mar 26, 2020, 1:56 PM by Emily Bishop

We miss you guys!!

West Parish Misses You!

Bedtime Stories with Miss B!

posted Mar 21, 2020, 8:45 AM by Emily Bishop

Miss Biggar is reading a bedtime story each night on her new Youtube Channel!  Click this link to subscribe to her channel and start enjoying these great stories each evening: Bedtime Stories with Miss B

Here is her latest video:

Bedtime Stories with Miss B!

Covid 19- Information for parents

posted Mar 18, 2020, 8:52 AM by Telena Imel

Information for parents

  1. Daily updated information about the coronavirus

CDC information about coronavirus updated daily

  1. How to help children during this stressful time, this site gives coping skills for parents both in English and Spanish

Coping with the Covid-19 from National ChildTraumatic Stress Network

Coping with Covid-19 (in Spanish)

  1. What to say to our children about Covid-19 by National Association of School Psychologist in English and Spanish

Talking to children about covid 19 

  1. PBS kids (Public Broadcasting Service) for parents offers talking points about the coronavirus with videos and activities 

How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus 

  1. Hand washing How to and why by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Hand washing pdf by CDC

Hand washing video by CDC

How to use hand sanitizer video by CDC

The science behind hand washing by CDC - in English

The science behind hand washing by CDC in Spanish

The science behind hand sanitizers by CDC - in English

The science behind hand sanitizers by CDC in Spanish

And just for fun, when the ABC or the happy birthday songs are too boring

parody songs for 20 second hand washing video

  1. What to do if you are sick? A great site by the CDC

  1. “Social distancing” is a term used to describe infection control actions taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.

Social distancing - poster like presentation what social distancing means

What is Social distancing an article by


posted Feb 27, 2020, 1:21 PM by Emily Bishop

February 4, 5 & 6th the entire West Parish fifth grade, 58 students, performed Cinderella.  All 5th graders participated in some way demonstrating their strengths and creativity! This year’s performance demonstrated an interconnectedness of the cast and crew, unlike any other year! The reliance on each other to make the “magic” happen was visible to the audience and made the experience of those watching richer.  Each night the cast did warmups and envisioned a successful performance with the assistance of GHS students. There are many who contributed to the success of the play. Special Thanks to the 5th-grade committee and all 5th-grade families, Heidi Dallin, Marian Wolter, Paula Morgan, the 5th-Grade team, and specialists for their support over the last 5 months. 

5th Grade Performs Cinderella at West Parish

The students worked so hard on their performance and it was even published in the Gloucester Daily Times:

Positive Happenings at West Parish!

posted Feb 27, 2020, 1:19 PM by Emily Bishop

Friday, January 17th, West Parish had our PBIS Kick-Off Assembly where we celebrated the work of our school community in demonstrating Respect, Responsibility, and Safety throughout the school common areas. At this assembly, we taught Assembly expectations and kicked off the Hallway Expectations challenge.  Classes earn “fish” for demonstrating hallway expectations when walking through the building, the class with the most fish on each floor at the end of the week, earn the trophy! The class with the most trophies at the end of the month earns a whole class reward.   

Third Graders worked with Maritime Gloucester this week.  They learned how changes in a habitat affect the survival of living things. Students discussed possible natural changes and human-caused changes. They were able to observe fish while learning about what resources the fish need to survive. To end the lesson, students participated in a game to show how many resources are needed for a certain amount of fish to survive.

Jan Brett Celebration

posted Jan 8, 2020, 12:33 PM by Emily Bishop   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 1:17 PM ]

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On December 19th West Parish first graders had a Jan Brett Celebration!  Everyone had a great time. Parent volunteers and teachers facilitated 9 stations across the three classrooms. 

#1—Mitten Cookie—The kids decorated a delicious mitten cookie.

#2—Festive Pattern Block—The kids got a mitten pattern block outline and filled in the shape with hexagons, trapezoids, rhombus, and triangles.

#3—Do you want to make a snowman?—Everyone enjoyed experimenting with fake Science snow!  It was so cool to see the snow grow out of just a small bit of powder.  We challenged them to see if they could make a snowman out of it.


#4—Mitten Math—The kids matched up mittens with number bonds, tens and ones and related addition and subtraction number sentences.

#5—Ornaments—To preview our measurement unit, the students measured their height and cut a ribbon to go in their ornament.

#6—Gingerbread Smell Test—The kids put their nose to the test!  They had to decide which ingredients had a scent.

#7—Mitten Bingo—The kids played an exciting game of bingo using our sight words.


#8—Holiday Expanders—Continuing our work with written expression, the kids selected a holiday barebone sentence and then chose a starter word for their where expander. 


#9—Pinecone Birdfeeder—Going along with the book Annie and the Wild Animals, the kids made birdfeeders out of pinecones to hang on a tree in your neighborhood to help animals that do not hibernate or migrate for the winter.Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:j4:79v317l13sd8md7x9vw68ggw4hx7cc:T:TemporaryItems:download.jpg

West Parish Pajama Sing Along

posted Dec 20, 2019, 9:44 AM by Emily Bishop

This is always one of the best days of the year!  Everyone looked great in their pajamas and we had a wonderful time singing together.  This year we also had a few surprises throughout the sing along!

Holiday Sing Along

Surprise Dances!

West Parish Winter Concert 2019

posted Dec 18, 2019, 9:58 AM by Emily Bishop   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 10:31 AM ]

The West Parish Winter Concert was a wonderful time last night with our Kindergarten through Fourth Graders!  These grade levels came together to share some beautiful holiday songs with their friends and families.  They all did such a wonderful job!!  This performance could not have been possible without the help of our wonderful music teacher, Ms. Wolter!  Watch each grade levels performance below!


Kindergarten Performance


First Grade Performance


Second Grade Performance


Third Grade Performance


Fourth Grade Performance

Last, but not least, we had a beautiful performance of "The Christmas Song" by Ms. Wolter herself!  Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this concert together!  You did an amazing job!

Ms. Wolter's Performance

Kindergarten's Thanksgiving Feast

posted Dec 2, 2019, 12:44 PM by Emily Bishop

Our West Parish Kindergarteners had a wonderful time at their Thanksgiving Feast this year!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Kindergarten's Thanksgiving Day Feast

Mrs. Morgan's Art Blog!

posted Dec 2, 2019, 10:22 AM by Emily Bishop

Mrs. Morgan has set up a blog to feature all the amazing Art Work the students at West Parish are creating!  

Please check it out at this link:

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