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  • September 20, 2013 9:05 AM | Anonymous
    The Citizens for Westlake Schools will host two Levy Information Nights to inform the community about facts regarding the Westlake City Schools’ 5.4-mill operating levy – Issue 88 – on the Nov. 5 ballot.

    Levy Information Nights will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, from 7 to 8 p.m. on:
    Monday, Sept. 23, in the Porter Room
    Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Porter Room

    The presentation will be given by Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr., Westlake City Schools Superintendent, and Cris Kennedy, Chairperson for Citizens for Westlake Schools. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions after the presentation.

    For additional information please visit
  • September 11, 2013 9:14 PM | Anonymous

    A Bloomin' Affair Fall Flower Sale is now open! 

    We have a large selection of decorative instant fall flower gardens for sale (colorful mums, pansies, kale and greenery), as well as "drop in" pots...just drop them into your decorative planter or directly into your garden! Take the stress out of cleaning up (and out) your summer arrangements and beds by supporting our 2nd annual fall flower sale! Plants and flowers are from Dean's Nursery and Greenhouse of Westlake; prices are the same or LESS than at the nursery!

    All orders are due to any Westlake City School by Friday, September 27.

    Pick up your order on Thursday, October 10 at Parkside Intermediate School front bus loop. See the attached order form for details!

  • April 29, 2013 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    Show your support for our schools & our community by participating at a

    Support Our Schools Walk

    Saturday, May 4, 2013


    Select your start site:
    1. Westlake High School - East to Dover Center Road and return to WHS (WHS & LBMS students) 
    2. Parkside Intermediate School – West to Columbia Rd., east to Clague Rd. and return to Parkside (Parkside, Holly Lane & Hilliard Students)
    3. Crocker Park/Promenade – Start at the grassy area west of Trader Joes, walk along Crocker Road through Promenade/Crocker Park and return to grassy area (Bassett, Dover and WECPTA) 

    All walks run concurrently. Poster making, stickers and balloons for participants available at all sites from 1:00 – 1:30 pm.

    Wear your Westlake spirit wear, bring a sign and join in the fun to SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS!
  • April 10, 2013 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    North Ridgeville Green Team is coordinating a Living Green Education Series at the North Ridgeville library during the month of April

    The series will consist of 3 sessions, each on a specific topic, and will be conducted by local businesses and organizations.

    The following sessions are open to attend, each beginning at 6:30pm:

    · April 15: “Green Basics” - Information on recycling and eating healthy local produce. Presented by Lorain County Solid Waste and Fresh Fork Market.

    · April 22: “Green Yards and Gardens” – Maintain a yard or raise a garden in an environmentally friendly manner with organic lawn options, composting and rain barrels. Presented by Good Nature Lawn Care and Rain Barrels N’ More.

    · April 29: “Green Baby and Kids” – Information on cloth diapers, homemade baby food, and general tips for reducing your carbon footprint while raising a family. Presented by Westside Green Baby and Lil Steps.

    Please attend these free presentations to educate yourself and start living green! Visit our website at to learn more.
  • April 08, 2013 10:43 PM | Anonymous


    Thursdays, March through May
    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits. 

    Join us on our next walk. We'd love to see you there! Questions? Contact Bernadette Kronz

    4/11 - Rec center parking near gazebo/pond
    4/18 - St. ladislas parking lot (2345 Bassett Road)
    4/25 - Holly Lane school Parking Lot
    5/2 - Westlake Porter public library parking lot
  • March 26, 2013 9:09 PM | Anonymous

    A Bloomin' Affair Plant Sale

    Westlake Council of PTAs Annual Flower and Plant Sale is now in Progress!

    Partnering with Dean’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Westlake Council of PTAs is offering beautiful flats of blooming annuals, individual specialty annuals, herbs and greenery, hanging plants, and porch and patio baskets for your spring and summer garden needs. 

    NEW THIS YEAR: tomatoes and peppers!

    There are 2 pickup dates for your convenience:

    • Thursday, May 9 for all hanging plants, Westlake Spirit Pots, 6” combos and Container Gardens (this is in time for MOTHER’s DAY!)
    • Thursday, May 16 for all flats, herbs, greenery, vegetables and individual specialty annuals

    We have many new items this year! Among them are…

    • Torenia (pink, blue or mix)
    • Browallia (blue, white)
    • Zinnia (short; mixed colors)

    Hanging Baskets:
    • New Guinea Imaptiens (for shade; pink, purple, red, salmon)
    • Specialty Annual Combo now comes in 5 different color combos!
    • 10” Container Garden in 5 different color combinations
    • 6” Annual Combo Pot in 5 different color combos for grouping

    Orders are due to any Westlake City School building by Friday, April 12. Plant pick-up will be at Parkside Intermediate School front bus loop from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on both delivery dates. Contact Barbara Hall, Chairperson, at 440.899.0742 for more information. Proceeds benefit Westlake Council of PTAs and the many parent and student programs that it provides.

    Downey Mildew has been identified in Ohio and 31 other states, affecting only bedding Impatiens and Double Impatiens (NOT New Guinea Impatiens). Spores travel on the breeze and can travel up to 300 miles in one day. Once a plant is infected, there is no cure. It does not affect any other blooming annual. The disease can be controlled with a fungicide, but it is only available to persons with a pesticide license. For this reason, Dean’s and most retailers will not be selling these two varities of impatiens until proper development of a mildew-resistent impatien stock can be bred. Dean’s recommends planting alyssum, begonias, browallia (NEW), coleus, lobelia, torenia (NEW), New Guinea impatiens, and tuberous begonias instead…all these flowers will do very well in your shady spots!
  • March 26, 2013 9:03 PM | Anonymous
    This is VERY IMPORTANT and concerns HB 59 which favors a voucher system. WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD!!! It just takes a moment to log on to the Ohio PTA website (click on link) to send a message to Rep. Nan Baker. The message is already composed (but editable). You just have to add your name and address. It takes 30 secs (really)!

    Richard Ross was just announced this afternoon as the new State Superintendent of Schools. He was previously Governor Kasich's "Education Czar" and is the former superintendent of Reynoldsburg Schools. Ross has been a big proponent of Kasich's education plan, and he is one of the primary architects of the current education budget bill embodied in House Bill (HB) 59.

    Hearings continue as Ohio House Education Committee members consider the Governor's budget bill (HB 59). The Ohio PTA testified at the beginning the month and has since reiterated their strong opposition to the voucher and "parent trigger" provisions in the bill. In the testimony, Gloria Cazan (Ohio PTA President) stated:

    Ohio PTA supports legislation that empowers parents to be engaged in their child's education, is reflective of community interests, prioritizes student achievement and builds systemic and sustainable family-school partnerships. We feel HB 59 falls short of this.

    In addition, throughout HB 59, there are troublesome indications that some students will benefit to improvements in funding while others will not. Increasing private funding with public monies negates why representatives have been elected to oversee our coffers. Public education must remain under the control and accountability of elected officials.
    While it may be attractive to parents to have a choice and the ability to empower parents to change schools, the for-profit management and private tuition that erodes public education is NOT the answer for parents trying to change failing schools.

    The Ohio PTA is urging all members to contact their state legislators to urge them to vote NO for HB 59. From their email:
    Please take a few moments to use CAPWIZ to send a message to your state Representative, asking him/her to vote against HB 59. The bill favors two voucher systems. Ohio PTA does not support voucher systems that continue to divert public tax dollars away from the dollars available for public education funding - with no accountability for how the money will be spent or whether or not the student will have a quality "choice."

    You can log on to the Ohio PTA website to send a quick message to your Representative or contact Rep. Nan Baker 614-466-0961 and Senator Tom Patton 614-466-8056 directly.
  • March 21, 2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous
    Connecting for Kids April Parent Discussion Groups

    All events are free and open to the public. Free childcare is available, but you must RSVP.

    Connecting the Dots: How to Discuss Your Child’s Diagnosis
    Saturday, April 6, 2013, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room

    A diagnosis can be a confusing thing for many families. After getting the news, many parents struggle with sharing the results -- when, how, and who should share this information? Also, how do you discuss the diagnosis with the child? Michelle Matzke, Psy.D., and Jennifer Klepner, M.A., of Daily Behavioral Health, will discuss the basic aspects of sharing a diagnosis with family, friends, grandparents, and siblings.

    Connecting for Kids and the Westlake Porter Public Library are co-sponsoring this event. Childcare is provided but space is limited. To reserve a spot for your child, visit or email

    Big Problem/Little Problem: Helping Your Preschooler Manage Emotions
    Friday, April 26, 2013, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room

    “You are being unreasonable!” Have you ever been tempted to just scream that at your toddler or preschooler as they are rolling on the floor having a tantrum? This presentation will look at helping young children identify and manage their emotions from a developmental perspective. Presented by Kristen Bergmann, MSSA, LISW-S, this parent discuss group will tackle ways to handle the intense emotions of toddlers and preschoolers.

    Connecting for Kids and the Westlake Porter Public Library are co-sponsoring this event. Childcare is provided but space is limited. To reserve a spot for your child, visit or email

    Connecting for Kids
    Connecting for Kids is a nonprofit, networking organization that connects parents to resources in the community and supports parents as they help their child grow and develop. Whether a child has a formal diagnosis or if parents are just questioning if their child’s development is typical compared to same-aged peers, the group serves families concerned about physical, emotional, social/language, adaptive or cognitive development.

    For more details on Connecting for Kids or its events, visit or contact Sarah Rintamaki 440-250-5563 or Connecting for Kids: “For families with questions and concerns about childhood development.”
  • March 20, 2013 10:01 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to all who are stepping up to help keep our organization running smoothly!

    Position (# of people needed) 2013-2014 Board
    President Sarah Camden
    1st VP Rachel Jewell
    2nd VP (Fundraising) Holly Taylor
    3rd VP (Kiddie Kloset) Marie Novak
    Secretary Molly Gamiere
    Treasurer Bonnie Cybulko
    Council Delegate (2) Hind Simonetti & Julie Huck
    Adult Activities (2) Amy Fedor & Gwen Sanchez
    Audit RaeAnne Stock
    Babysitting Co-op Kristen Pugh
    Children's Crafts (2) Molly Gamiere & Andrea Navratil
    Children's Parties (2) Erin Baesel & Missy Laux
    Community Service (2) Mary Macias & Leila Daiuto
    Field Trips (2) Megan Navratil & Julie Jacono
    Fundraising - Kalahari Andrea Navratil
    Fundraising - Breakfast With Santa Jenn Hill & Jenn Richards
    Fundraising - Spring Fundraiser Marti Callahan & Jennifer Zimmer
    Health and Safety Vicki Barone
    Hospitality Connie Shaver
    Advocacy Delicia Ostrowski
    Membership Elizabeth Szabo
    Membership Database Gwen Sanchez
    Newsletter Editor Betsy King
    Playgroups (2) Sheila Kohuth
    Preschool Fair (2) Michelle Baker & Kristen Pugh
    Preschool Vision Screening (2) Sarah Raousch & Paula Kneisley
    Publicity Christine Jurik
    Refreshments (2) Patti Cervenka & Carla Regener
    Social Media Athena Bedell
    Sunshine Megan Tomsik
    Website Jen Grimes
    Kiddie Kloset (2) Niki Arkwright & RaeAnne Stock

  • March 20, 2013 9:57 PM | Anonymous
    To: Westlake School Parents,

    The Love and Logic Institute has updated their parenting program with new videos and it is now called "Parenting the Love and Logic Way" instead of "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent". Ron Chidsey would like to "test drive" this new program with some parents who have taken the previous class along with some parents that have not taken the class before. Ron will be teaching one module of this program (two hours in length), free of charge at the Westlake High School Lecture Room 109 on:

    Monday, April 15, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 P.M.
    Class title: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk and Begging

    Ron is now opening registration to the general population of Wesstlake Schools until April 5 at which time he will put the following link on his Website and open it to the general public. At the end of the class, he will be asking for some feedback by way of an evaluation form to help him evaluate this new curriculum.

    To register, simply click on the link below, and provide your name(s), phone number, email address, and city/Zip.

    Class size will be limited to the first 40 participants and there are already over 20 registered. The link will be deactivated as soon as that limit has been reached so that no more registrations will be accepted.

    Ron Chidsey

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