West Clay Weekly December 7, 2018


  • 12/11 - Winter Choir Concert - 6:30pm
  • 12/22 - 1/7 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
  • 1/8 - School Resumes

You may have seen the notices that have been sent out regarding the upcoming switch from myCCS to PowerSchool Parent Portal. Now is the time to make that transition and switch over.

In just 4 short weeks, myCCS will no longer be active. Please do not wait until it’s turned off to make the switch. This will be the one place where you will be able to access grades, lunch accounts, bus info, etc. It is vital that you set up an account so that you don’t miss out on important school information.

Please see the links below for more information about the new Power School Parent Portal.

STOPit app

STOPit is a mobile app that empowers any student to anonymously report school safety issues and reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing situations such as bullying, theft, mental health concerns, violence, sexual harassment, substance abuse or any other student safety concern. This app is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This new tool will replace Carmel Clay Schools’ Anonymous Alert System.

How it works: The STOPit app has two important features: Report can be used by students to report incidents to school administrators, SROs and the Director of Student Services anonymously. Students can report as much detail as they would like and can even include photos, screenshots and videos.

The report is received in real-time, allowing school personnel to quickly respond and begin taking the appropriate action. Get Help can be used to access local resources such as law enforcement, mental health centers, crisis hotlines and additional resources. No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message. Each school has a unique code for students to enter to ensure their anonymous report is instantly delivered to the appropriate school administrators and SROs.

Your student's West Clay Elementary School code is: More information and resources about the STOPit app can be found on our FAQ page and by watching this informational video.


Share the holiday spirit and thank the staff for all that they do! The PTO is looking for volunteers to provide soups, salads and desserts for the Staff Holiday Luncheon. Both homemade and purchased items are appreciated! Please click HERE to sign up. If you have questions, contact Lynn Perkins (lmperkins4@yahoo.com).


Wondering what to get your teacher for the holidays? Check out our "Staff Favorites" list on the PTO website to learn more about your what your teacher likes -- including favorite foods, favorite places to shop, classroom wish list and more.

To view the file, click on "Staff Favorites" located along the right column of the website and ask for permission to view. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response. Click HERE to access the PTO website.


Did you know that you can support the PTO while shopping on Amazon? Please visit http://smile.amazon.com and designate West Clay Elementary PTO as the organization you would like to support. After that, remember to check out through http://smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. It adds up quickly!


Continue saving your Box Tops for Education. The winter contest will end Friday, February 22, 2018.

Each Box Top turned in is equal to $.10 so we would like to encourage every family to participate.No need to wait until the deadline, you can send in your Box Tops at any time and as many times as you wish. The teacher that brings in the most Box Tops for Education will receive a $30 gift card to spend on the class. Your child’s teacher’s name needs to be with the Box Top submission to count towards the class totals. Please confirm the Box Top is not expired and the four letter product code is present. Otherwise, the Box Top will not count towards our goal. To learn more click on the link: Box Tops for Education. Thank you in advance for your support!


Carnival is in March, and we are looking for volunteers to help with planning. We need volunteers for carnival event planning, marketing/promotions and to help with baskets. Please email westclaypto@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.


You can still order Spirit Wear online at www.lmspiritgear.com. There are cozy sweatshirts, leggings, and t-shirts available.



  2. Please have your child prepared to exit the vehicle quickly to help speed the unloading process. Please have your child exit the vehicle only on the sidewalk side of the car for safety.
  3. Students should begin to exit their cars at 8:00. Please DO NOT drop your children off earlier.
  4. The first car in line should pull up north of the main entrance by the orange cone. This will allow room for others behind you. Please drop off anywhere in the Drop Off Zone. You do not have to be directly in front of the doors.
  5. After unloading children, please follow the car in front of you and stay in line as you drive around the parking lot to exit. Pay attention to allow the right-of-way for incoming busses as you exit. Others in line should then pull up to allow for others just arriving.
  6. DO NOT PULL OUT OF LINE TO GO AROUND OTHER CARS. We want to make sure that all children are safe and there are no accidents in the parking lot. Only one line of traffic should be entering and leaving the parking lot, paying special attention to incoming busses. We may have some visitors walking in the parking lot and we care about their safety, too.
  7. Once out of the car, students will wait outside the doors, or in inclement weather, in the vestibule, until 8:05, when the bell sounds and students may walk to their rooms.
  8. Please make sure your child is here on time each day. If you arrive after 8:10 you will need to park in the parking lot, escort your child to the office, and sign your child in for the day. Please minimize late arrivals as every minute of classroom time is important.
  9. In the afternoon we will dismiss after the final bell at 2:35. Again, the first person to arrive should pull up to the sign and orange cones. Please pull forward and make one single row. This is a no idling zone. Please turn off your car and wait until you see your child. Once loaded, do not proceed forward until directed to do so by a staff member. Please remain in the line until you reach the exit. Only one line of moving traffic will keep our students and visitors safe. Please be patient as we continue this process for the safety of our students.


The staff at West Clay would like to thank the PTO for their generous support throughout the year. Because of your awesome support, we were able to recently purchase additional safety radios for our school. This purchase allowed us to give each teacher their own safety radio.

PICS from the Week

Check out the wellness fun with the students doing Drum Fit.


Created with images by Daria-Yakovleva - "christmas new year's eve postcard"

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