June 2012





 and the winners are...

Fourth Grade and their teachers, latest recipients of...

the Westtown School Sustainability Award - The Greenleaf Bowl

The Fourth Grade class and their classroom teachers, Bonnie Michael and Hilary Simons, with help from other Lower School teachers, created a stunning musical, “Westtown Goes Green” for their play this spring which highlighted all the ways that we as individuals and as a school can create a more sustainable society. Adapting a script from Bad Wolf Press, the class added several original songs and up-to-date information about Westtown’s efforts: energy conservation, bringing more local food to the dining room, recycling and composting systems, to name a few. One song had a verse in Spanish, exemplifying the innovative curriculum in Lower School that combines language instruction with organic gardening.

Students created inventive scenery and costumes to create the roles of human-sized fast food items, various electrical appliances, talking bananas and plastic water bottle giants, to name a few. The brilliant staging included rows of actors playing growing plants, a rap song, 36 air guitars in action at once, a three-part round, and other musical wonders. The humor throughout made it easy to embrace the powerful, essential message that we need to tread lightly on the earth and that we can still have fun doing so.

Fourth Grade is also working on a project to help reduce unwanted mail and paper waste on campus through the Catalog Canceling Campaign. Thank you, Fourth Grade students and faculty for making the green life compelling, joyful, and achievable.

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challenge accepted... and achieved

150 in 50 Westtown Fund Challenge Achieved!

701 members of our community made a donation during the challenge helping us raise more than $158,000 in 50 days. The goal: raise $50,000 between April 1 and May 20th, and upon successful completion a group of generous donors gives an additional $50,000. Thank you to the 701 donors and to the funders of the challenge.

There is less than one month left in our fiscal year (ends June 30th) and we are now less than $100,000 from the overall goal of $1,200,000. We are 300 donors away from our participation goal of 2,915 donors. To support Westtown and join all our donors this year visit www.westtown.edu/wfdonate.


 fresh from the farm

Are you hankering for a Westtown student-grown tomato this summer-- or basil, chard, lettuce, peppers, etc. etc? Well, lucky for you the Westtown Student Mini-Farm will be selling produce, weekly, throughout the summer.

On Wednesdays, 10-2 pm, out in front of the Meeting House, beginning June 13.
On Saturdays at the Thornton Farmer's Market (across the street from the post office) from 9-1, beginning June 16. Come on down and support student growing and local, chemical-free agriculture!

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green report

From Judy Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator:
Where we started: 20-25% of our campus waste was recycled in 2010.
Goal for 2012: 50% recycling rate
Progress to date (May): 40% recycling rate. We’re almost there!

The new sets of recycling/trash cans on campus, made from 100% recycled plastic lumber and recycled aluminum from a local PA company, will make it even easier to recycle. Please note we have SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING: all paper, plastic, glass, and metal can go into any recycling bin - even paper cups and paper plates (but not the hotdogs on them!)

Read all about sustainability at Westtown in Judy's blog, new this spring.

Bonus question: Not only is our recycling good for the environment, but guess how much we have saved since we started composting our food waste? $9,000 per year.


p-club at work

Upper School Youth Philanthropy Club Awards $3,400 in grants

Last week, the Philanthropy Club met to decide which organizations would benefit from their fundraising. Similarly to what others face when deciding where to give money, the Club had some difficult choices to make. The Club narrowed their choices to non-profits in areas of the environment, animals and human aid and then researched organizations. It took several meetings with excellent discussions to narrow the list down. This year’s worthy recipients are:

Heritage Academy

Main Line Animal Rescue

Rainforest Alliance

Plastic Pollution Coalition

For more on the Philanthropy Club and past recipients please visit www.westtown.edu/pclub. Email Johanna Coyle, Director of Annual Giving/Co-Faculty Advisor, with any questions or if you know of a non-profit that you think the Club should research.

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more honors for emily

Director of Instrumental Music Robert Frazier writes with an update: “Great news- we’ve been informed that Emily Blackman is the #1 clarinet player in the state of PA as a junior! She was first chair clarinetist in the All-State Wind Ensemble and among 665 students who participated in the All State Festival in Lancaster, PA in late April. Top students from every corner of PA are placed into Jazz Ensemble, Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble under the direction of professional conductors. Congratulations, Emily!”

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spring season's notable athletes

FSL all-league selections - Congratulations, Westtown athletes!

Golf: Liam Fahey '12, Nic Pavao '14; Honorable Mention: Tommy Connors '13, Jake Fertell '13.

Girls’ Track & Field: Taylor Griffith '14, Natalie McLaughlin '13.

Boys’ Track & Field: Habib N’Garnim '14, Alden Tyler '13.

Boys’ Tennis: Nick Carnes '12, Alo Ceccarelli-Hodel '14.

Softball: Honorable Mention, Katherina Naham '14.

Baseball: Honorable Mention, Lenny Klein '12.

Boys’ Lacrosse: Evan Mok-Lamme '13; Honorable Mention: Zach Cope '12, Clay McKee '14.

Girls’ Lacrosse: Charlotte Wagner '13; Honorable Mention: Lucy Maguire '13.


 photos galore

Every week at Westtown we take a lot of photos – plays, concerts, festivals, fairs, athletic events, the daily life of the school, the seasons of our beautiful campus – the total at the end of the school year is in the thousands! They're shared with you via our SmugMug site.

Here are links to a few of our more recent galleries – remember, downloads are free, and you can order prints in various sizes, or merchandise such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, jigsaw puzzles from the SmugMug site.

Lower School Spring Concert      Alumni Weekend

Middle School Spring Concert     Golf & Tennis Outing

Upper School Finale Concert       Lower School Brown & White Day

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check your entry

By the time we see you in September, the 2012-13 directory will be almost ready to go to print. Get a jump on the new school year NOW by making sure your family's information is accurate: go into your profile in MyBackPack and update anything that's changed or needs correcting - address, phone, email or family status. Thanks for your help.

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keep up with our 'town

Stay connected to Westtown all summer long by coming to "Our 'Town." And what's hotter than the temperature outside? The "Green Scene," Sustainability Coordinator Judy Asselin's new blog about environmental initiatives here at the school. Follow other Westtown teachers - and some students - through the blog portal, also on Our 'Town. We'll see you in September!



alumni weekend 2012

What a glorious weekend, filled with indoor and outdoor activities, parties and reconnecting with old friends! Alumni traveled from near and far to join their classmates and to experience how the school has changed and the very important ways that it remains the same. Garrick Utley '57 gave a fascinating Keynote Speech and Eddie Montilla '77 performed a special musical piece (written just for the day!) at the Alumni Annual Meeting.

Photos from Alumni Weekend 2012


calling all 3s and 8s!

Does your class year end in a 3 or an 8? Save the date for next year’s Alumni Weekend: May 10 - 13, 2013. Reunion Planning Committees are already being formed. To get involved, please email alumni@westtown.edu or call 610-399-7941.

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thank you for joining us!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 8th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing at White Manor Country Club on Monday, May 21st. Despite the threat of rain, we were able to finish both the tennis round robin and golf activities without a hitch, have a fabulous dinner, and exciting auction. This year’s event brought together 140 alumni, parents, staff, and friends for the benefit of financial aid and faculty support.

For more information about our fabulous day, including information about our sponsors and the winners of the tournament and its various contests, please visit www.westtown.edu/golf.

A extra special thank you to our Event Sponsors - GMH Mortgage Services LLC and Otto's BMW and Mini who have supported this event for 8 years in a row!

Lots of photos - golf and tennis action, foursomes, evening - on our photosharing site, SmugMug.




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