Parent partnership is one of the many strengths of Westridge. Parents add a vibrant sense of family to the Westridge community. There are many opportunities for involvement, both great and small - from driving field trips in the Lower School, attending athletic events, to serving as a member of the WPA Executive Board.
Supporting an inclusive community is a priority for Westridge and the WPA. All families are welcomed and valued in our Westridge community.
Parents are valuable sources of wisdom and talent who serve the school in many ways. There are many ways to become involved, including serving as grade level representatives, organizing the Yam Festival and Summer Opportunities Fair, chaperoning Lower School field trips or Middle School dances, or sharing areas of expertise as a guest speaker. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend school events, including athletic events, musical and drama performances, and parent gatherings.
Building community and communication through involvement
The Westridge Parent Association (WPA) provides volunteer opportunities where parents can share their talents and expertise and support school activities. The Parent Association promotes a sense of community among parents, students, and the school.
Parents of all enrolled Westridge students are members of the Westridge Parent Association and are welcome at all meetings. The WPA meetings take place on campus throughout the school year and feature speakers who provide a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to the education and parenting of young women.
Through Parent Association activities, parents provide valuable support of annual events such as the Summer Opportunities Fair, Yam Festival, and other school activities supporting athletics, drama, and music. The parent-run Tiger Tail Boutique, Used Uniform Sales, and Lower and Middle School Parent-Daughter events remain favorites among parents.
The Westridge Parent Association has an Executive Board that meets monthly. Grade level representatives and committee chairs make up the core of the leadership team. Parent volunteers are needed throughout the year to support various events and activities.
Prospective families, if you’re interested in learning more about parent involvement in the school, you’re welcome to visit the Parent Association section of the Parent Portal, Westridge’s online community. This resource includes the mission of the Parent Association, information on Westridge traditions, and various parent resources. Portions of the site are password protected.
To learn more about the parent role in the Westridge community, please review the Student/Parent Handbook.
The WPA has established a Multicultural Parent Collaborative (MPC) and a Dads’ Club to further inclusivity. The MPC addresses issues within a diverse community, establishing greater communication and understanding among our families and the school. One of the special objectives of the MPC is to provide parents of different cultural backgrounds and native languages with a supportive community to help them understand and support their daughter’s Westridge experience and to engage in school life. The goal of the Dads’ Club is to enhance the involvement of fathers in their daughter’s school life and provide a comfortable environment for dads to connect with one another and find a place in our community.
Westridge provides educational opportunities for parents to explore their daughter’s relationship with learning and to better understand their developmental growth. Through the Let’s Talk meetings in Lower School, and through Middle and Upper School parent evenings, the division directors and student support team discuss the developmental stages and needs of girls, the academic and extracurricular programs, and the social and emotional lives of pre-teen and teenage girls.
Suggested Reading and Viewing
Our first WPA Meeting of the 2015-2016 school year was themed around Creating a Culture of Thinking. You'll find resources for 8 Cultural Forces that Define Our Classrooms, Defining Thinking Routines, and Making Thinking Visible: 10 Apps for Parents.
Berger, Warren. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Bloomsbury, New York, 2014.
Bloom, Lisa. Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed‐Down World. Vanguard Press, New York, 2011.
Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2013.
Collins, Jim and Hansen, Morton T. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck: Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. Harper Collins, New York, 2011.
Common Sense Media
Diamandis, Peter and Kotler, Steven. Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think. Free Press, New York, 2012.
Dougherty, Dale. Makers.
Dudley, Drew. Everyday Leadership.
Dweck, Carol. Developing a Growth Mindset.
Getz, Lori. Top 10 List - A Must Read!
Grant, Adam. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Viking, New York, 2013.
Martinez, Sylvia Libow and Stager, Gary. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, Torrance, CA., 2013.
Robinson, Ken and Aronica, Lou. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. Viking, New York, 2015.
Robinson, Sir Ken. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life. Viking, New York 2013
Ritchhart, Ron. Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform our Schools. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2015.
Other Ken Robinson Resources:
Rose, Todd. The Myth of Average.
Siegel, Dan and Payne‐Bryson, Tina. The Whole‐Brain Child. Bantam Books, New York, 2012.
Seligman, Martin E. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. Vintage Books, New York, 2006.
Simmons, Rachel. Resilience.
Streight, David. Breaking into the Heart of Character: Self-Determined Moral Action and Academic Motivation. CSEE, Third Edition, 2015.
Benjamin Zander: A World of Possibility
Zakaria, Fareed. In Defense of a Liberal Education. W. H. Norton and Company, London, 2015.
And just for fun ...
Parry, Leslie, Westridge Class of ’97. Church of Marvels. Harper Collins, New York, 2015.