Welcome to Westover Hills Elementary School, home of the Eager Beaver Leaders!
At WHES, we are committed to creating, developing, and sustaining a welcoming community of passionate learners and caring leaders. We believe in the power of our teachers, students, and their families dreaming big about what will be #MissionPossible this year. We continue to be focused on nurturing and developing the whole person:
- taking care of emotional & mental health
- supporting academic achievement & growth
- practicing physical well-being
- becoming life-long readers
- encouraging artistic expression
- building strong relationships between and among children and adults
- providing authentic leadership opportunities
Without doubt, last year was an extremely challenging year. However, we are so proud that our WHES community didn’t just survive the year of virtual instruction, but rather thrived! This happened because we were #StrongerTogether, both as a school team and with our collaboration with our students and their families, which have laid a strong foundation for our re-opening this fall. We are so excited to launch our #MissionPossible theme to ignite our students’ passion, curiosity, and tenacity to soar to new heights!
Our Beaver Boosters (PTA) will build on last year’s #StrongerTogther theme to reflect the stronger partnerships we built between school and home. We could not have done virtual instruction without the significant support of our students’ parents, grandparents, and other caregivers. On the other hand, our families gained a deeper appreciation and understanding for the incredible work that our teachers and staff do every day with their children. #TogetherWeRise will be a rallying cry for all stakeholders in our school community with students, teachers, staff, parents, family members, and community partners all working together to prove what is #MissionPossible for our students every day!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.780-5002.
With great appreciation,
Principal Allison El Koubi
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's updates: Mask Reminders – Parents and caregivers, please be sure students have their masks on when approaching and boarding the school bus. This helps ensure a safe and speedy boarding process. Please also make sure to send your students with a mask that fits their face. Adult size masks are not appropriate for small children, as they do not fit tightly (see CDC graphic below). If you need pediatric masks, your school can provide them. Thank you for helping keep RPS safe! COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate – RPS employees, please be reminded that you have until October 1 to submit full proof of vaccination or obtain a religious/medical exemption. Though I pray it doesn't come to this, please understand that any employee who does not meet the requirements of the mandate will face progressive discipline, including loss of employment.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, While we've been overjoyed to return to school despite COVID, we've also been heartbroken by another pandemic that plagues our community – gun violence. I'm devastated to share that, in the past 48 hours, five RPS students have been shot. We've also lost two students to other causes (unrelated to gun violence or COVID). These tragic events remind us of the grief and trauma that so many RPS students, families, and staff face daily. The RPS family is hurting tonight. Let us all pause this evening to check on one another, support one another, and extend grace and love to one another.