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Westside Weekly is our weekly newsletter providing the latest updated regarding academics, athletics, events, and other information for our students and their families. Below you will find our archived Westside Weeklies newsletters from the current academic year. 
 
 
Some information may be omitted from the online version of Westside Weekly to protect the privacy of our families and students. If necessary, you can find additional information in your emailed Westside Weekly or in WCHS' Family Portal (for current families only). 

Academics 

Back to School Night Relaunch 
This is a reminder that we have relaunched our Back to School Night video webpage. Each teacher has put together a new 3-minute or less video to explain what is different this semester with in-person learning. Please take a moment to view these videos and learn more about the teachers’ expectations online here: Back to School Night
 

Athletics 

Sports Updates 
All of today’s games are canceled. Please continue to check the WCHS calendar for the latest updates: Westside Christian High School Calendar
  • Girls’ Soccer vs OES, Monday, March 1st - Canceled 
  • Boys’ Soccer vs OES, Monday, March 1st - Canceled 
  • Volleyball at Catlin Gabel, Monday, March 1st - Canceled

Spiritual Life

Assembly: 
We will be holding an assembly on Wednesday with Holly Migas to debrief the events of last week and equip our community with some tools for the grieving process. Below is a schedule for Wednesday, March 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact John Hynes, Head of School, or Cindy Striemer, Dean of Students. See your email for the schedule change.
 
 
Chapel: 
Ben Courson -  Joy and peace in relationships. Prayer list vs. Hit list.
 
Ben Courson is a bestselling author, a TV and radio personality, an international speaker, founder of Hope Generation, and the senior pastor at Applegate Christian Fellowship. He has been featured on Fox, Hallmark Channel, TBN, ABC family, as well as featured in Psychology Today and Christianity Today, and many other mainstream media outlets. His TV show is broadcast in 180 countries, and his national radio show airs on over 480 stations. He travels the globe speaking of God’s hope and igniting revival in the hearts of his listeners.
 
Stemming from his own bout with suicidal thoughts and depression, Ben created Hope generation, aiming to help those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts to those who’ve lost hope and meaning amid their success. The ministry is shouting about the God of Hope from the mountaintops to help people rise out of despair.
 
Ben’s high energy, humor, and deep Biblical understanding has impacted people from all walks of life. He sincerely shares his own struggles, heartbreak, being diagnosed with complex PTSD, and the devastating losses of his brother and sister. As a social media influencer, millions of YouTube subscribers have tuned in to watch and listen to Hope Generation. Ben is infiltrating old and new media alike and spreading God’s message of hope like fire.
 
Hope Generation is a play on words that suggests both a personal and collective appeal: Generating hope in God and building a generation of hope. That is the mission of Hope Generation.
 
The Nest: 
Last week, we announced that WCHS has contracted with two highly trained experts, both with a deep love for Christ, who have agreed to be a presence on campus for the rest of the year.  Holly Migas and Delia Coker are trained Chaplains with Tualatin Valley Search and Rescue, and specialize in trauma and grief counseling. They will provide biblically sound advice to students who need a place to further navigate through their emotional and mental distress, whatever it may be. They are also mandated reporters with the state of Oregon, just as all educators, and should the need arise for continued, regular professional care, they will contact the parents and offer some referrals.
 
We have prepared a space on campus, which we will refer to as THE NEST, where these two women will be available from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM each Monday and Friday.  The Nest is located behind the senior art wall. Students will be free to come and go as they please, no sign up is necessary, and teachers will be informed that students may leave class should they desire to visit with a chaplain. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact John Hynes. For more information about Holly and Delia, please refer to last Friday’s email or find more information in Family Portal. 
 

Student Life

Sadie Hawkins 
It's that time of year again - our annual Sadie Hawkins is right around the corner! We are excited to announce that Sadie's WILL be happening this year on Friday, March 12th (Freshmen and Sophomores) Saturday, March 13th (Juniors and Seniors)!
 
WHO: In order to keep in line with the guidelines set by the county, there will be two separate events (see above).
WHAT: There will be a wide array of events, each specifically tailored to fit the COVID-19 guidelines. More information will be coming soon!
WHEN & WHERE: The event for Juniors and Seniors will take place at Westside on the evening of March 13th. The Freshman/Sophomore event will take place on March 12th at Bullwinkle's Family Fun Center preceded by a dinner which will be hosted by WCHS parents in their homes. 
 
An official announcement of the event and theme along with more information on activities and safety protocol will be headed your way soon. We can't wait to see you all there!
 

Student Council

All Community Giving Campaign 

We have completed and exceeded in our All Community Giving Campaign. Your generosity has provided $175,000 in funds. These funds will go towards financial aid for our students, a perimeter fence, and optimizing our technology. Thank you for your donations. If you did not get a chance to give, and still want to, you have time as these needs will inevitably require further resources going forward. Donations can be made by clicking here.
 

MOD Pizza Fundraiser 

The Parent-Teacher Fellowship is hosting their second MOD Pizza Fundraiser at Lake Oswego Meadows location on Saturday, March 6th. Last time, we raised more than $200. Thank you for everyone who supported this event. 
 
More information and a link to commit to participating will be sent out later this week. 
 
If you plan on participating in person, make sure to use the code: GR178121W
 
20% of your order value is contributed to the fundraising effort.
  • Customers must present RSVP page, or mention the fundraiser at the register
  • Supporters can participate in this fundraiser by Take out, Delivery, and Pick up
  • Gift-cards are excluded from the donation
  • The coupon code to count your fundraiser meal for online orders will only be accepted through the MOD website and the MOD app.
  • Third-party app orders are not included in fundraiser sales.
  • Phone orders will not be counted towards fundraiser events.
 

PTF Meeting 

The Parent-Teacher Fellowship meeting will be virtual this Thursday, March 4th at 6:30 PM. A link will be sent to all families and an announcement will be available on Family Portal. Email ptf@wchsonline.org with questions. 
 
 
 

Back to School Night Relaunch 

In the fall, Westside Christian High School launched a virtual back to school night to explain the flipped classroom model. Teachers have since created brief updated videos to explain how they are transitioning into full-time in-person classes. You can view these videos at the link provided in your email. 
 

Athletics

Sports Updates 
Official practice for OSAA’s season 2 begins today. This season includes soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Please check Family Portal for the latest updates on times for matches and meets, as there may be changes. Below are the next upcoming events for our teams: 
  • Girls’ Soccer vs OES, Monday, March 1st at 4:15 PM
  • Boys’ Soccer vs OES, Monday, March 1st at 6:15 PM
  • Volleyball at Catlin Gabel, Monday, March 1st at 6:00 PM
  • Cross Country at Valley Catholic, Saturday, March 6th, at 10:00 AM 
Soccer - Girls 
Our girls’ soccer team is coming together tremendously! I love seeing them bond and interact while respecting the COVID guidelines. They are putting in tons of hard work and encouraging one another along the way. This week we had our “Galentine’s Day” practice (see picture below) since school was canceled on Friday. We did a dance workout and followed it up by affirming one another and engaging in awesome conversation. Coach Kayla and I absolutely love seeing them laugh together and become closer as teammates and sisters in Christ. Our first game is quickly approaching on March 1st! We are excited to get the season going and see these girls playing...FINALLY! 
 

Spiritual Life

Chapel: 
This week’s chapel speaker is Jarin Oda, Director of Middle School at Bridgetown Church. Jarin is one of the many wonderful speakers who shared last spring during our virtual chapel series for our community. We look forward to welcoming him to Westside and hearing his message.
 
Day of Prayer: 

Reminder tomorrow morning is National Day of Prayer. Join Westside students and staff on the soccer field at 8:15 am for prayer.

Student life

Class Parties
All students will be required to wear face masks to all events and abide by the COVID guidelines at each location.
 
Freshmen: Sherwood Ice Arena Saturday, February 27th from 2:30-4:30 PM. 
 
Freshmen will be having a Broomball competition followed by a time of open ice skating.  There will also be pizza, drinks, and snacks. We hope to see all the Freshmen there. A waiver is required for each participant that must be signed by a parent or guardian. The waiver has been sent to each parent and a paper copy has been given to each student. Please make sure this waiver is given to Mr. Rose this week.
Students should wear tennis shoes and warm clothing.
 
Sophomore: Please note a DATE CHANGE. Ski Bowl for a day of tubing on Saturday, March 6th.  
 
All parents should have received an email from PTF representative Wendy Pringle. We will be leaving WCHS at 12:30 with parent drivers and returning around 6:00.  Students should bring a dinner or money to purchase dinner on the way home.  
 
Juniors: Bullwinkle's Family Fun Center in Wilsonville Friday, February 26 from 6:00-8:00.  
 
Come join your classmates for an evening of FUN!
 
Seniors: Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center in Wilsonville on Saturday, February 27 from 4:00-6:00. 
 
Enjoy go karts, bumper boats, a zipline and more!
 
Please check your email for more details and complete any waivers prior to the event. 
 

Operations updates 

Drop-Off Reminder:
There are two entrances for students arriving on campus. Those with the last name beginning with A-M should enter through the main entrance and students with the last name beginning with L-Z should use the Science Entrance. This is only for students arriving during the first period. Those with a late start may come through the main entrance.  The reminder “A” frame signs will no longer be outside, but please still follow this protocol.
 
Lunch Containers Lost & Found:
Here is a picture of all the lunch containers left recently. Lunch Containers left on site will be placed in the Lost & Found shelf in the science hallway each Friday. If they are there for more than a week, we will not be opening them and cleaning them out.  They will be disposed of or donated to science, whichever is more appropriate.
 
 
COVID Reporting:
If a student or someone in the student’s household has tested positive OR been informed by a healthcare professional that they are presumed COVID positive, please report this to the school as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to complete the COVID exposure reporting form on our COVID landing page: https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm .
 
You can also call in to the office (503-697-4711) and we will take the necessary information.  
 
Information Technology TA:  
Mr. Cox is looking for an IT “teacher’s assistant” to be trained and work with us in IT Support.  You must be a Junior or a Senior, already have an open period or study hall) that you can use to serve in (or be willing to come early before school).  If interested email Mr. Cox at cox@wchsonline.org. 
 
 

 

Back to School Night Relaunch

In the fall, Westside Christian High School launched a virtual back-to-school night to share how teachers would be managing their hybrid and flipped classrooms. Teachers are creating additional videos to explain the updates for this semester. 
 
This page will include their previous videos from the first semester to provide an overview for new families and a refresher for others. We will provide a link to this video later this week. 
 
After viewing the videos, if you or your student has a specific question regarding a class, please contact the teacher directly.
 

Class parties

The Student Council is so excited to be hosting class parties this month. These events provide opportunities to connect with your classmates and engage in the community. Each class will receive additional event details. Below are the outlines of each student’s party. 
 
Friday, February 26th
Juniors: Bullwinkles: 6:00-8:00
 
Saturday, February 27th
Freshmen: Sherwood Ice Arena-for Broomball and Open Ice Skating
Sophomores: Tubing at Ski Bowl. Leave WCHS at 8:30 and return by 3:30
Seniors: Bullwinkles 4:00-6:00
 

Chapel 

Westside’s Chapel will be our rescheduled conversation with the 423 Communities International team, David Scriven and Lilly Tams. They will be sharing about finding ways out of sexual sin. We recognize the importance and sensitivity of this topic for our students and families. You can learn more about this organization here: https://www.423communities.org/about
 
On January 14th, we hosted a Community Speaker event for our parents in preparation for this chapel. We had 18 parents in attendance.
 
Please email Cindy Streimer and John Flores with any questions.
 

Student Ministry Team 

Westside students, do you want to be involved with Westside Christian’s spiritual life? Students can apply to be a Student Ministry Team Representative. These students work with student chaplains and staff to create opportunities for the community to pray, serve, and lead in faith. 

If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please contact Mrs. Rose at rose@wchsonline.org.
 

Host Family

There is a need for a host family for a current female international student from Vietnam. If you are interested in being a host family, please contact Caroline Hottmann to learn more about the opportunity and next steps.
 

Lunch Update 

We have reevaluated our lunch offerings and costs. The lunch offerings will be as follows:
  • MONDAY: Casa del Pollo. Choice of chicken burrito or three chicken tacos - $12.00
  • TUESDAY: Bento. Choice of two salads or Chicken teriyaki and white rice - $8.00
  • WEDNESDAY: Costco Pizza. Choice of cheese, pepperoni, or combo - $2.50 per slice.
  • THURSDAY: House of Teriyaki. Choice of chicken and Yakisoba noodles, or vegetables and noodles. $11.00 for a full, $8.00 for a half.
  • FRIDAY: Jimmy John's. Choice of Turkey or Ham, both with double meat - $11.00 for a full, $8.00 for a half. 
Please use the following link to place lunch orders.
If you have any questions regarding lunch, please contact us at 503.697.4711.
 

Sports Update  

Parent Meeting for Boys and Girls Soccer and Girls Volleyball will be on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 PM. This event will be virtual. See your email or Family Portal for the link to this event. 
 

Parent Teacher Fellowship

Thank you to all who participated in last month’s MOD Pizza fundraiser. Westside Christian High School raised $241 from this event. Stay tuned for more opportunities to support WCHS.  
 

Westside Wear 

Westside Christian High School is launching its second Westside Wear store this month. Stay tuned for the official launch date. Some of the school’s favorite products will be back in stock, and new items will be available for purchase.
 

Admission Updates

New student interviews begin this week for our 2021-2022 applicants. Thank you to all the volunteers who are assisting with this event, especially Minnie Bautista. 
 
Westside is continuing to accept applicants for next fall. If you know of anyone interested in attending Westside Christian next year, please encourage them to start an application online here as soon as possible this will help them reserve their spot. Or they can contact Mrs. Amanda Howard at howard@wchsonline.org to schedule a tour. 

Returning students do not need to complete an admissions application. An email regarding re-enrollment will be available later this spring.
 
 
 

Welcome Back 

Welcome back to school!  It is so thrilling to have students here all day, and the energy on campus is electrifying.  We even have morning announcements, how normal is that?  I want to thank all of you who attended the Town Hall Zoom we conducted regarding opening procedures.   It was well attended and hopefully answered all of your questions.  If you missed it the recording can be accessed on Family Portal or in the emailed version of the Westside Weekly. 
 
As we get through these first weeks, we will be evaluating all of our protocols.  Should we change anything that impacts parental involvement, such as lunch procedures, we will certainly be updating you.  In the meantime, all past COVID related communication is always available on our website at this link.
 
Stay blessed,
John Hynes
 

Student Life 

Hey Westside! In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, we will be having a spirit week! ⁠

The themes are:⁠
  • MONDAY: Pajama Day! Roll straight out of bed and come to school in the outfit you love the most: your coziest PJs.⁠ Thanks to all who participated today! 
  • TUESDAY: Dress to impress! Dress up for a Valentine's day date - wear your classiest formal attire.⁠
  • WEDNESDAY: Twin/multitude day! Dress the same as one (or a few!) of your closest friends.⁠
  • THURSDAY: Love your school day! Wear your Westside gear - there will be a prize for the student with the most school spirit.⁠
  • FRIDAY: Valentine’s colors! Come to school dressed in as much red, pink, and white as you can.⁠

Academics 

The last day to add a class for the second semester has been extended to Friday, February 12th. 
 

Little Family Update

The Little family will head overseas next school year. Mrs. Little will be working at Yongsan International School of Seoul in South Korea. This school is one of several schools under the Network of International Christian Schools umbrella. Mrs. Little has been at Westside for nearly 12 years. She will be greatly missed! Her family would greatly appreciate your prayer and support as they prepare for this big adventure.
 

Lunch Update 

We have several updates regarding lunch. Please review the information below, and we will continue to provide the latest updates online here:COVID Updates (including lunch protocols)
  • Seniors now have off-campus lunch privilege Monday through Thursday. There will be room in the commons for Seniors when they return to campus or if they stay onsite.  You must have a submitted form through Family Portal to go off-campus. 
  • The other three grade levels will continue to be rotated through the commons every week
  • We have limited the number of students in each classroom for lunch from 16 to 12. You must sign-up for your room each week. 
  • We are working with vendors to change our lunch offerings to Jimmy Johns on Fridays and Pizza on Wednesdays
  • You can continue to sign-up for lunch here: Lunch Order Sign Up
If you have any questions regarding lunch, please contact us at 503.697.4711.
 

Music Department Update 

If you are interested in participating and were unable to attend this week's drumline meeting, please connect with Mr. Fox for additional information. 
 
 

Variable Tuition for 2021-2022 

Families seeking Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 Academic year need to apply for Variable Tuition by Monday, February 15th.  If you received variable tuition this year, you will still need to submit a new application. 
 
The primary purpose of Westside Christian’s Variable Tuition Program is to provide tuition assistance to families who, without such assistance, would be unable to enroll their students at Westside Christian. For the 2020-2021 academic year, WCHS students and families received $280,000 in variable tuition.
 
To apply go visit the link in Family Portal or the emailed version of this week's Westside Weekly. 
 
If you have questions regarding Variable Tuition, please contact Cassandra Tyner, tyner@wchsonline.org and 503-697-4711 x1240.
 

New Student Admissions 2021-2022 

New student applications for Westside 2021-2022 are still available. The admissions office has received a great deal of interest for the next year and is excited for the incoming class and transfers of 2021. We have increased interest for next year. If you know of anyone interested in attending Westside Christian next year, please encourage them to start an application online here as soon as possible. Or they can contact Mrs. Amanda Howard at howard@wchsonline.org to schedule a tour. 
 
Returning students do not need to complete an admissions application. An email regarding re-enrollment for 21-22 will be available later this spring. 
 

Inclement Weather Policy 

The forecast for this week predicts some snow and winter weather. This is a reminder that if inclement weather prohibits in-person cohort meetings, students are still responsible for all other class requirements. 
 
Families will be notified of inclement weather changes the following ways:  
  • A site wide alert will be placed on our website.
  • You will receive an email sent to the community.
  • A Flash Alert will be posted (which you can subscribe to and get automatic notifications with this app). Flash Alert also sends the information to all the local news stations. 

Virtual Town Hall Meeting - February 1st at 7:00 PM 

Mr. John Hynes will be hosting a parent and guardian meeting Tonight - Monday, February 1st at 7:00 PM to discuss Semester 2 updates regarding schedule and COVID-19 protocol. We hope you will join us to learn more and ask any questions, you may have about WCHS COVID safety and mitigation. 

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions. 

Contact howard@wchsonline.org, if you would like to view the recording. 

More information regarding COVID safety plans will be sent out this week from Jeff Cox, Campus Operations. 

Westside will continue to update information online at: https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm

Inclement Weather Policy

It is that time of year with uncertain weather changes. If inclement weather prohibits in-person cohort meetings, students are still responsible for all other class requirements. 
 
Families will be notified of inclement weather changes the following ways:  
  • A sitewide alert will be placed on our website (wchsonline.org).
  • You will receive an email sent to the community.
  • A Flash Alert will be posted (which you can subscribe to and get automatic notifications with this app). Flash Alert also sends the information to all the local news stations.  
If you have any questions please let me know. 
 

Virtual Parent Meeting 

Mr. John Hynes will be hosting a parent and guardian meeting on Monday, February 1st at 7:00 PM to discuss Semester 2 updates regarding schedule and COVID-19 protocol. We hope you will join us to learn more. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. A link to the webinar will be sent out the day of the event. 
 

Second Semester 

First Semester finals are being completed this week. Students do not have school on January 28th, January 29th, February 1st, and February 2nd. Second semester will begin on Wednesday, February 3rd.  There is no chapel on Friday, January 29th. 
 
Lunch information will be available soon. Please continue to check for updates in ParentsWeb and online at https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm. 

 

Red and Black Block Schedule for Spring 2021  

In order to best know which days are Red and Black, we recommend you subscribe to the WCHS calendar online. To do this go to https://www.wchsonline.org/calendar.cfm and then click the calendar icon in the upper right (as shown below) and subscribe to your calendar app or device. 
 

COVID-19 Updates

Westside Christian High School staff are working diligently to continue to provide updates for second semester and COVID-19 protocols for our families and community. You can find the latest emails and updates regarding COVID-19, ODE Blueprint, OSAA updates, and more online here: https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm.
 

Movie Night 

We are having a student movie night on Wednesday, January 27th from 7-9 PM! Slots are limited per movie to ensure social distancing, so be sure to sign-up quickly! You can sign-up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0848A8A72FA4FD0-westside.
 

Sports Update  

Parent Meeting for Boys and Girls Cross Country will be held on Monday, February 1st at 7 PM. If your student has signed-up for Cross Country they will receive a link from Coach Ball. If your student is interested in Cross Country and has not yet signed-up, they should do so by emailing ball@wchsonline.org
 
Parent Meeting for Boys and Girls Soccer and Girls Volleyball will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual event. Families will receive in the February 15th Westside Weekly. 
 
If your student is interested in participating in the fall sports an OSAA Physical Form must be completed and submitted by February 22nd. Physicals are good for two years. You can complete the form online here. 
 

Parent Prayer

All Westside Christian High School parents and guardians are invited to Westside Christian High School Parent Prayer each Monday at 10:15 AM in the WCHS Library. These take place on campus and are led by WCHS Parent and Tennis Coach, Cindy Nordlund. If you have any questions please email her at nordlund@wchsonline.org. We would love for you to join in prayer for our students, community, and staff. 
 
Art Show 
Westside Christian High School Art Students have their semester one work on display online here! If you have not already, please take some time to view and celebrate our student artists. Thank you to WCHS Art Teacher, Mrs. Wicks, for her dedication to creating a virtual show for our community! 
 

Music Update

 
Students,
 
At the beginning of the year before day one, we had good numbers in our choir and band classes. The unknown factors of whether music classes would do any singing or playing resulted in several people getting into other classes. Our music groups miss your presence! We want to keep music at Westside growing.
 
So, if you enjoy singing (experienced or not) or have played an instrument in a band (including piano and percussion), we would love to invite you into choir and/or band for the second semester. As you know, we did end up singing and playing, although we're following safety protocols. We were able to record a really good Christmas Concert! Westside has a strong musical heritage, and our groups are highly respected throughout our state. Of course, we want that to continue, and our wish is to keep developing students' abilities in singing or playing an instrument to instill a lifelong love of and involvement in music. Everyone needs some stress relief in these times. The research on students who are involved in music having better grades, better mental health, and less stress is really compelling.
 
I hope you'll consider joining in on the fun of singing in choir or playing in the band at Westside. Contact Mr. Fox or Mr. Ball with your interest in joining a music class for the second semester.
 

New Student Admissions 2021-2022 

All new student applications for Westside 2021-2022 are due on January 31st. The admission's office has received a great deal of interest for the next year and is excited for the incoming class and transfers of 2021. If you know of anyone interested in joining WCHS, please encourage them to start an application online here. Or they can contact, Mrs. Amanda Howard at howard@wchsonline.org to schedule a tour. 
 
Returning students do not need to complete an application. An email regarding next year's re-enrollment will be available later this spring. 
 

Student Opportunities 

Part-Time Job: There is a Westside family involved in an HVAC business who has the possibility of a part-time position for students interested in this area of the construction trades. If you are interested, contact Mr. Ball and he'll get you connected.

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year Westside Christian High School Community! We hope these last two weeks were restful and you enjoyed the spirit of Christmas. 
 
There will be more communication in the coming days about Semester 2 and additional information from Mr. John Hynes. Please continue to check your email and Family Portal for the latest updates. 
 

Academics 

Concurrent Credit Program 
I’m pleased to share that all 11 WCHS courses which generated college credit through Warner Pacific University will now earn credit through George Fox University. The change is effective for this school year, and students will register for the courses later this month. The change was precipitated by WPU’s decision not to offer credit for our 4 Concurrent Credit Science classes this year. The move to GFU creates a partnership with a stronger post-secondary institution and reduces the cost of these courses for our students. Instead of $65 per credit hour, GFU will only charge $50 per credit hour. Everything else about our program, including the number of college credits for each WCHS course, remains the same as it has been over the past 7 years.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at ball@wcshonline.org. 
 
Scott Ball, Academic Counselor 
 

Semester 1 Final Schedule 

Please review the attached grid outlining the 2020-2021 Final Schedule. 

Admission Events 

Westside Christian High School admissions office is excited to host a four series “Get to Know Westside” panel discussion. This is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about Westside’s programs, academics, and community. Please feel free to share with your community and networks. 
  • Westside Christian Overview: Tuesday, January 12th | 7:00 PM 
  • Westside Christian Academics: Thursday, January 14th | 7:00 PM 
  • Westside Christian Student Panel: Tuesday, January 19th | 7:00 PM
  • Westside Christian Parent Panel: Thursday, January 21st | 7:00 PM
New student applications are due on January 31st. If you have any questions contact Amanda Howard. 
 

Spiritual & Community Life Update 

Chapel
This Friday’s chapel, we enter the next section regarding our overall theme of peace - peace in relationships.
To kick off this series, we have our annual Senior Chapel. Westside Seniors will share their hearts on the topic of relational peace, their experiences, and how we can practically implement peace into our own lives and relationships. 
 
You can watch Westside’s Chapel on Facebook. Please arrive at your Focus Groups at 9:00 AM. Seniors please go to the Auditorium for chapel on this day. If you have any questions about chapel, contact John Flores.   
 
Community Speaker Series Event 2 
Westside’s Student Chapel on January 15th will be on the topic of finding ways out of sexual sin. We recognize the importance and sensitivity of this topic for our students and families. The speakers will be from the organization 423 Communities International. You can learn more about this organization here: https://www.423communities.org/about. The chapel speakers will be David Scriven and Lilly Tams. WCHS Alumni Chris Cervetto, Class of 2017, will be sharing and introducing the speakers. 
As a community, we would like to invite our parents and guardians to hear from our speakers prior to the student chapel. Westside will be hosting a Community Speaker event on January 14th at 7:00 PM. This event will be in-person in our auditorium.
Please email Cindy Streimer and John Flores with any questions. 

 

MOD Pizza Fundraiser 

PTF will be hosting a fundraiser at MOD Pizza in Lake Oswego on Saturday, January 23rd. This event will be 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM. 20% of sales will go to PTF. You must use the below code in order for Westside to receive any financial contributions. We will send out reminders in the coming weeks. 
 
Follow this link to pre-commit to ordering: https://www.groupraise.com/events/172741-westside-christian-high-school-at-mod-pizza 
If you plan on participating in person, make sure to use the code: GR172741W 
MOD PIZZA - January 23rd  
10:30 AM to 11:00 PM
4811 Meadows Rd, Suite 115
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

 

Next PTF meeting 

Save the date and join us on January 7th, 2021.

Inclement Weather Policy 

It is that time of year with uncertain weather changes. If inclement weather prohibits in-person cohort meetings, students are still responsible for all other class requirements. 
 
Families will be notified the following ways:  
  • Post a sitewide alert on the website (wchsonline.org).
  • Send an email to the community.
  • Post it to Flash Alert (which you can subscribe to and get automatic notifications). Flash Alert also sends the information to all the local news stations. 
If you have any questions regarding our inclement weather policy please call 503.697.4711. 

 

This is our last Westside Weekly before Christmas Break! There will be additional emails coming out this week, as well. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy a safe and wonderful holiday with your families! 
 

Music 

Christmas Concert 
Tomorrow, Westside Christian High School’s music department will be hosting our Annual Christmas Concert. 
 
Enjoy an evening of Christmas music as Westside's Music Department presents a YouTube Live Premiere of "A Westside
 
The concert will feature live recorded footage of this year’s Concert Choir, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, and Ignite Worship Team,
singing, and playing selected Christmas favorites, as well as a few other selections.
 
We hope you will join us to celebrate these students and this season. 

 

Student Council

Hey Westside! Here are some upcoming activities this week: 

SPIRIT WEEK: Spirit week will happen all this week: 
  • MONDAY: Christmas sock day! Wear your loudest holiday socks to school. Thanks to everyone who participated!
  • TUESDAY: Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater!
  • WEDNESDAY: Decorate your masks for the holidays!
  • THURSDAY: Snow day! Wear your snow gear (hats, scarves, coats) to school.
  • FRIDAY: Pajama Day! Wear your coziest PJs, and get to school early for a sweet treat before chapel!
 
CANDY GRAMS: Send some candy grams to your friends! Simply fill out a card with the recipients first and last name and a special message. The baskets with the tags are in Ms. Rose, Mrs. Galloway, Mr. Flores, Ms. Ames, Mrs. Little, or Tag's room. Once you have filled out the tag you can place it in the special basket at the front desk. Candy grams are completely free to send and will be distributed Friday (12/18) in focus groups. 
 
HOT CHOCOLATE will be served before Chapel on Friday, December 18. Stop by the table inside the front entry to get your special treat.
 
Merry Christmas!
Student Council
Spiritual & Community Life Update 
 

Chapel

We are privileged to have Bailey McKay 2018 and Lilie (de la Motte) Matia 2017 as our alum chapel speakers sharing from their hearts. They will share about their experiences at WCHS and how God prepared them as graduates. 
 
You can watch live on Westside’s Facebook Page.  

 

Parent-Teacher Fellowship

WCHS Staff & Teacher Christmas Celebration 2020 
Again, thank you to ALL the Parents who contributed time, energy, food, supplies, and gift card donations to this year's Christmas Party for the staff and teachers.
 
It is pure JOY to see and hear how blessed they are by the opportunity to come together and eat yumminess, laugh, talk, and enjoy little Christmas activities. It is nothing short of a Christmas miracle how God has been using all of the pieces that the parents provided to paint a very big picture in each of their hearts of the GIFT that they are to the Westside community.
 
We will be wrapping up our celebration of "The 12 Days of Christmas" with a lunch/party for them this Friday, Dec. 18th. If you want to contribute, a few food items are still open at the signup here.
 
Staff Gingerbread House Contest - STUDENT VOTING!
Students, expect an email this Thursday evening (12/17) with pictures of the gingerbread houses that have been decorated by our own Westside staff and teachers! YOU will get to vote on your favorite and one winning house will get the honor of the "Westside Students Choice Award." Voting will open Friday after chapel, via a Google form link in your email.
 
Next PTF  meeting 

Save the date and join us on January 7th, 2021. 

Spain and France Trip

If anyone missed last week’s informational meeting about the 2022 trip to Spain and France, you can access the recorded Zoom call in Family Portal. 

 

Music

Christmas Concert 

Next week Westside Christian High School’s music department will be hosting our Annual Christmas Concert. 

Enjoy an evening of Christmas music as Westside's Music Department presents a YouTube Live Premiere of "A Westside Christian Christmas: Christ is Coming to the Earth this Night" on Tuesday, December 15th, at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will feature live recorded footage of this year’s Concert Choir, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, and Ignite Worship Team, singing and playing selected Christmas favorites, as well as a few other selections.

We hope you will join us to celebrate these students and this season. You will be able to access the link on the day of the event (Tuesday, December 15th) at wchsonline.org and Westside Christian’s Facebook page. 

Elf on the Shelf

Thank you to the WCHS Cheer team for putting together the fun Elf on the Shelf event this week. Ginger the elf will hide throughout the school each day. The first student to take a photo with Ginger the Elf and show it to the front office will win a prize. Play each day this week. 

Athletics

The OSAA Executive Board voted to extend Season 1 through February 21, 2021 to allow training, workouts, and even competitions to occur in those areas of the state that are allowed per the Governor’s Office, OHA guidance, and local school district policy. 

Fall sports moved to Season 2, which begins on February 22nd and ends April 11th with multiple activities permitted by state guidance. This change allows time for case counts to decrease in the new year and for counties to subsequently move out of the Extreme Risk category. Cross Country and Soccer, like outdoor sports, are permitted by the Governor’s Office and OHA in all counties. As an indoor activity, Volleyball is tied to the Governor’s County Risk Level Guidance and only allowed in counties deemed as Lower, Moderate, or High Risk. 

 Season 3 will take place from April 5th to May 23rd and feature the traditional Spring activities, which include WCHS’ Baseball, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field. All of these activities are permitted by state guidance as outdoor activities. 

The sports calendar wraps up with Season 4 from May 10th to June 27th. This shifts WCHS Basketball to the end of the calendar and provides the most runway for their prohibition to be lifted by the state. The OSAA has given no indication that a change will be made in this designation but remains hopeful that a change could occur prior to Season 4.

For questions regarding Athletics, please contact casteel@wchsonline.org.

Spiritual & Community Life Update 

Chapel

Visit https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/spiritual-life.cfm to learn more about this week’s chapel speaker later this week. 

As always, Chapel will be available at the following link live on Friday, December 11th: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideChristianHighSchool.

Parent-Teacher Fellowship

WCHS Staff & Teacher Christmas Celebration 2020 

We are grateful and amazed by the generosity of our Westside families. Thank you so much for continuing to bring in those food and gift card items. 

There are a couple of additional food items left to contribute. If you can, signup here. 

Please know that the staff and teachers are being blessed by it as we celebrate them each day during our "12 Days of Christmas." To quote several happy faces, they are "loving it!"  

France & Spain Trip 

Join Mr. Normansen this Wednesday, December 9th at 6 PM for an informational meeting on this trip. The 2021 spring break France and Spain trip has been postponed to 2022. This means there are opportunities for community members to join in on this unique opportunity. 

Please RSVP for the virtual meeting here: https://bit.ly/371GMmj

Feel free to explore more details of the tour here: www.eftours.com/2436954xz

Senior Graduation Announcements

Parents of Seniors:

Your student should have come home with a packet to order their cap and gown & graduation announcements. If not, they are available at the front desk.  Each student must order a cap and gown, but the rest of the ordering is optional. If you do order announcements, make sure that your order includes name cards or the people who receive the announcement will only know that there is a graduation at Westside Christian High School, but not who is graduating. If you have any questions, please email rose@wchsonline.org.

The representative from Jostens will be at Westside Christian on Friday, December 11 after Chapel to pick up the orders. Please make sure that your Senior turns the form in on that day.

Graduation will be on Saturday, June 12th at 2 p.m. The exact type of celebration will be dictated by the mandates of the State at that time.

Baccalaureate is scheduled for Saturday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. It is held at Westside Christian High School in the auditorium. This event is usually attended by immediate family and grandparents.

Senior Trip is scheduled for June 7th through 10th at Washington Family Ranch.  Stay tuned for information about this event.

Senior sweats are currently being designed and should be available in the near future.

TECH TIP 

Tech Tip: Be Careful what you put in the trash!
Google has been changing their trash retention policies over the past several months. They are now fully implemented so you should be aware of the following:
 
Email: Any deleted email will remain in your trash for ONLY 30 days and then be deleted  FOREVER.
 
TIP: Use the Archive button instead (it looks like a folder with a down arrow on it), it will hide the email, but keep it. You can find the message later by searching under All Mail on the left-hand list. Or create a label (like a sub folder) and file it away for safekeeping. You can learn how to create labels in Gmail here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/118708?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
 
Docs, Sheets, Drive etc: Anything you remove or delete will only be kept in the trash for 30 days and then deleted FOREVER.  
 
TIP: Create a folder in your Google Drive and call it Archive and use the “Move” feature to place an item in your Archive folder if you think you may want that item again.
 
In summary, there is no backup or recovery option for any email, contacts, for files in the Google trash. After 30 days, all deleted items are gone forever.
 
Support Options:
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Academics

PSAT Scores
We should be receiving PSAT scores for our juniors by the middle of next week. Mr. Ball will get them to you as soon as we receive them.  
 

For questions regarding academics, contact Mr. Scott Ball at ball@wchsonline.org

Music 

Christmas Concert 
We hope you will join us on December 15th for Westside Christian High School’s Annual Christmas Concert. 
 
Enjoy an evening of Christmas music as Westside's Music Department presents a YouTube Live Premiere of "A Westside Christian Christmas: Christ is Coming to the Earth this Night" on Tuesday, December 15th, at 7:00 p.m.
 
The concert will feature live recorded footage of this year’s Concert Choir, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, and Ignite Worship Team, singing and playing selected Christmas favorites, as well as a few other selections.
 
We hope you will join us to celebrate these students and this season. If you have any questions regarding music, please contact Mr. Will Fox.
 

Spiritual & Community Life Update 

Chapel
 
Chapel this Friday will be led by our Student Ministries Team! 
 
One of the senior SMT representatives, Annika Prange, will be continuing our theme of inner peace. She will share her heart on discovering peace in regards to body image. This will be the first SMT chapel of the year and most of the students are new to this group. They are very excited to share what they have been working on and engage with the community.
 
Chapel will be available at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideChristianHighSchool.

 

Parent-Teacher Fellowship

WCHS Staff & Teacher Christmas Celebration 2020 
For all the staff and teachers do for our students and school community every day, we want to make sure they feel the love right back this Christmas season! 
 
Please help the PTF bless the WCHS staff by signing up to donate items, you can find the sign-up genius link in your recent Westside Weekly email or in Family Portal. 
 
If you are curious about the plans or want to help by giving of your time, please text Leesa Michael (contact infromation can be found in Westside Weekly or Family Portal). 
 
PTF Meeting
The next PTF meeting will be on December 3rd at 6:30pm in the School Library.  If you have questions about the PTF or would like to get involved, please reach out to Teresa Boyanovsky at 503.515.3821.

 

France & Spain Trip 

This upcoming spring break of 2021, a group of 20 or so travelers from among Westside students and their families were intending to travel to France and Spain. This trip has now been postponed until Spring Break of 2022. 
 
This means that the invitation to come along with us has just been reopened. As the group leader, I would therefore like to invite anyone interested in learning more to join me on Wednesday, December 9th at 6 PM for an informational meeting via Zoom. Come listen in and take time to ask any questions you might have.
 
Please RSVP for the virtual meeting here: https://bit.ly/371GMmj

As well, feel free to explore more details of the tour here: www.eftours.com/2436954xz

I look forward to seeing you.

Jason Normansen | Spanish and French Teacher at Westside

With Love Fundraiser

All donations for the With Love fundraiser are due this week on December 5th. With Love has made it simple for WCHS families to donate, all you have to do is click on the link below and choose the gift(s) you would like to purchase. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2GE6OC35R9ZS6?ref_=wl_share

For the mailing address, simply click on the With Love address and it will go directly to them.  They will then deliver your donated gift to a child in foster care for Christmas. This list has been especially populated for the WCHS community, so let’s work together to bless these children by clearing the entire list

Email Denise Rose with any questions.

 

Westside Christian High School will continue to provide updates regarding COVID-19 updates and processes. Mr. Hynes sent out a letter on November 12th with the latest information regarding the 2-week Pause. You can view his letter and any recent updates online at https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm

Thank you for continuing to keep Westside Christian High School a safe place to learn. 

There will be no school or cohorts the week of November 23rd for Thanksgiving Break. We hope you enjoy your time together with your families and look forward to seeing you on November 30th.  We are thankful for all  the families of the WCHS community! 

Academics

College Fair
The NACCAP Christian College Fair we typically host each fall is now holding a series of virtual fairs and there’s a group of them this week. They’ve separated the fairs by the location of the COLLEGE. See the links below to register and attend any of them: 
  • Monday, November 16 (7 - 10 PM ET) - Virtual Fair Northeast Colleges (schools in CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT) 
  • Tuesday, November 17 (7 - 10 PM ET) - Virtual Fair Colleges in FL, GA, NC, SC, VA
  • Wednesday, November 18 (7 - 10 PM CT) - Virtual Fair Colleges in AL, KY, LA, MS, TN, WV
  • Thursday, November 19 (7 - 10 PM PT) - Virtual Fair Northwest Colleges (schools in AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
Going to College
Tonight is the last of our Going to College series for the fall. It is a presentation from Ian Rice of Rice Financial Services titled “How to Pay for College with Other People’s Money.”
 
You must register ahead of time. Follow this link Https://financialguide.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__IvyM5RcSA2-nMjFS9thOw
ASAP to register for the 7-8pm event.
 
For questions regarding academics, contact Mr. Scott Ball at ball@wchsonline.org.
 

Parent-Teacher Fellowship

PTF Meeting
The next PTF meeting will be on December 3rd at 6:30pm in the School Library.  If you have questions about the PTF or would like to get involved, please reach out to Teresa Boyanovsky at ptf@wchsoline.org or 503.515.3821.
 

Music

Christmas Concert 
Save the Date for Westside Christian High School’s Annual Christmas Concert, December 15th 2020, 7:00 p.m.
 
Enjoy an evening of refreshing Christmas music as Westside's Music Department presents a YouTube Live Premiere of "A Westside Christian Christmas: Christ is Coming to the Earth this Night" on Tuesday, December 15th, at 7:00 p.m.
 
The concert will feature live recorded footage of this year’s Concert Choir, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, and Ignite Worship Team, singing and playing selected Christmas favorites, as well as a few other selections.
Please mark your calendar for this event amid these trying times. You’ll hardly hear of a Christmas Concert anywhere this year. At Westside, we have worked diligently to allow our students to safely sing and to play. Come experience what good things our students have been able to accomplish under some adverse circumstances and without a fall full of regular rehearsals. You'll be blessed and amazed at what they’ve achieved. Join us on December 15th! 
 
David Dugan named to the Oregon All-State Wind Ensemble!
Congratulations to David Dugan (pictured left) for his inclusion in the Oregon All-State Wind Ensemble, the highest form of honor band recognized in the state! David auditioned in October and received his acceptance to the band over the weekend. He works very diligently on playing the trumpet with consistency and excellent tone. A junior at Westside, David is now recognized as a one of the finer trumpet players in Oregon.
 

For questions regarding WCHS music programs, contact Mr. Will Fox at fox@wchsonline.org. 

In the Classroom 

 
WCHS teachers are continuing to adapt to provide exceptional education. Below Mrs. Little shares some of the fun activities from her recent science cohorts.
 
AP Biology
AP Biology students have been learning about how proteins are created and transported in cells. This image shows students studying a watercolor painting of the interior of a cell. Everything in the painting is to scale and drawn from images taken with electron microscopes and other scientific imaging techniques.
 

Anatomy & Physiology 
Anatomy & Physiology students are currently learning about the skeletal system. Students got to sort through a box of plastic bones and assemble a life-size skeleton during a recent cohort. This week they will be using white clay to sculpt different types of vertebrae. They will then take these home to label and use them to learn specific vertebrae terminology. 
 
 

Spiritual & Community Life Update 

Chapel
This week’s chapel speaker is Dan Jocoy. Dan will continue to share on this year’s topic of peace. Dan will share what he has done, in recent months, to keep anxiety at an arm’s distance. He hopes that these suggestions may be useful to our community. 
 
Dan is a long time coworker and friend of our very own, Will Fox. For over 30 years Dan has served Douglas County in Southern Oregon as a pastor, mentor & friend. A year ago Dan was privileged to be in Guatemala serving in a clinic, and Wendi, his wife, serves each year at an orphanage in Haiti. For fun, Dan plays guitar, banjo, enjoys surfing, cycling and being with people. 
 
We look forward to hearing from Dan and hope you will join us in hearing his message. Chapel will be available at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideChristianHighSchool.
 
Community Speaker Series 
Thank you to those who attended our first Community Speaker event of 2020-2021. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a recording of the event on vimeo. Please check your email or family portal for the link and password. 
 

For questions regarding WCHS Spiritual Life & Chapel, contact Mrs. Cindy Streimer at streimer@wchsonline.org

With Love Fundraiser

There is still time to help Oregon youth in Foster Care. With Love has made it simple for WCHS families to donate, all you have to do is click on the link below and choose the gift(s) you would like to purchase. 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2GE6OC35R9ZS6?ref_=wl_share

For the mailing address, simply click on the With Love address and it will go directly to them.  They will then deliver your donated gift to a child in foster care for Christmas. This list has been especially populated for the WCHS community, so let’s work together to bless these children by clearing the entire list.

Tech Tip 

Google Classroom Tech Tip: Unable to load a website or link?
  • Try pausing the ad blocker for that site
  • Red stop sign icon in the upper right corner of browser windows
  • Select pause for this website
  • If it's a YouTube video, the video might not be approved for the WCHS network.  Contact your teacher if it was part of an assignment, they can approve the video.
  • If the GoGuardian content filter was blocked, and you are searching for something that is a legitimate need to access for a class, contact your teacher and ask them to coordinate with the help desk to have it unblocked.  Unblock requests must come from a staff or faculty member.
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