Here’s a quick look at some of the details of daily life on our campus. Current parents may refer to the WHCS Parent and Student Handbook for more info on these topics and other school policies.

When your child is absent, please send an email both to your child’s teacher and to the front desk staff in charge of attendance.

After School All-Stars is offered every school day from 3:30-5:30 pm. It is a structured program and is available at an additional cost. Healthy snacks and homework time are provided. Please direct questions to Jeff Trinci, the ASA Coordinator.

Each teacher approaches birthdays a little differently. Please check with your child’s teacher to learn how birthdays are celebrated in his or her specific classroom. Food allergies will be accommodated.

You will find a general WHCS calendar on our website. Current parents may refer to the West Hills App, FACTS or weekly all-school online newsletter for more detailed information about important events coming up.

While West Hills does not provide a daily bus service, many families make their own carpool arrangements and share the driving duties. For a zip code listing of current families who live near you, a map is available for current parents on the West Hills App.

Before school, please drop off your students in the carpool line around the track. Staff members are on duty to welcome them before school each day. During the first week (or more if your child prefers), parents may park their cars, walk children to the covered play area, and wait with them in line near the double red doors. (If your child arrives after 8:13am, please park your car and check in at the front office to pick up a tardy slip before walking your child to class.)

All early dismissals must be prior to 2:45pm per school policy. If there is a need to pick up your student early, please send your teacher an email and personally check in at the front desk.  The front desk staff will then contact the classroom teacher, and your child will be dismissed to meet you at the front desk.

“Enrichment” refers to the contingent of special subjects taught beyond our core curriculum. Our Enrichment classes include Art, Computer Lab, Library, Music, P.E., and Science Lab.

FACTS is our online communication tool for current families. You can use the website or our West Hills App to update personal information, check grades, access the family directory, find school forms, and more. For assistance logging into FACTS, current parents may contact our Registrar.

The major fundraisers at WHCS are the Back to School Auction in September, Benefit Auction Dinner in October, Annual Fund in December, Hoop-a-Thon in March, and the Golf Tournament in May. See Giving with Purchase for more simple ways to support WHCS throughout the year.

Chances are, you’ll often hear from your child about the five principles of the Knight’s Code. At West Hills we teach all of our students to be “Responsible, Respectful, Honest, Safe and Kind.”

Any items left at school are placed on the Lost & Found shelves and coat rack located in the hallway near the cafeteria. Items that go unclaimed are donated to charity periodically throughout the year.

Feel free to over-pack your child’s lunchbox with lots of healthy items. Please provide your student with two snacks in addition to their lunch; every student has two breaks, which generally coincide with morning and afternoon recesses.

If you would rather not pack a lunchbox, we are currently offering lunch service Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from Fresh ‘n’ Local Foods. On Thursdays we serve pizza from Bellagio’s. You can find the menu and ordering options on FACTS both online and with the West Hills App.

Questions? Contact lunch@whcs.org.

A classroom newsletter and all-school newsletter are emailed to parents each week. Middle School News is emailed at the first of each month.

West Hills is staffed daily with a registered nurse providing TLC for our students (see “School Nurse”).

Classroom parties will be coordinated by teachers and Room Parents.

If possible, we encourage parents to find a time to volunteer at school that doesn’t conflict with the schedule of a younger sibling (one who is not in school). Exceptions include birthday celebrations, lunch time, visiting chapel, and school-wide events.

If you would like to visit the school to volunteer, enjoy a Chapel, etc., please check in through the main doors by the front desk. You will be asked to sign in and print a visitor badge when you enter the building. When leaving, please remember to sign out at the front desk. For everyone’s safety, we appreciate your cooperation. Parent volunteer hours are tracked, though not mandatory.

If parents, grandparents, etc. have a heart to serve, they can learn more about our volunteer policies and get plugged in. Contact volunteer@whcs.org with any questions.