We ask that you and your student(s) review this handbook and become familiar with the policies and procedures that will guide our year together. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Morning Drop-Off and After-School Pick-Up
We encourage parents to study the parking and traffic diagram to understand how to navigate the lot to ensure proper traffic flow and to know which parking spaces are designated for students, faculty/staff, and visitors.Learn more about Parking & Traffic
Important Carpool Protocol
Westminster’s two-lane carpool system is designed for efficient drop-off procedures. Because we have two separate entrances to our building, the left lane is designed to allow traffic to bypass the middle school entrance and proceed directly to the upper school entrance.
Please remember to drive slowly through the carpool lanes in front of the building, and please use caution when merging into or out of the drop-off/pick-up lane (the right lane). If you are using the left lane to proceed to a spot farther up in the drop-off/pick-up lane, please use extreme caution when pulling into an open spot, as other vehicles may also be in the process of changing lanes or pulling farther up the drop-off/pick-up lane.
If you are using the parking lot to drop off or pick up your student, you must pull into a parking space to do so. You are not allowed to stop or wait in the drive lanes.
All drivers are encouraged to drive slowly on campus and refrain from being distracted by the use of cell phones.
PAW is designed to bring Westminster parents together to use their combined gifts, talents, and ideas to serve the school, build Christian community, and further the Westminster vision. If you have a student or have had a student at Westminster, you are PAW!Learn more about PAW
1. I am a Westminster parent and would like to participate in activities at the school, but I am not exactly sure how to go about connecting. Can you help?
You bet! As a parent at Westminster, you have many opportunities to volunteer for and participate in various school activities. The best way to connect is to contact Lisa Rupprecht in the Advancement Office or a PAW volunteer, who would be happy to discuss how to plug you in at Westminster.
2. I am a parent at Westminster and have heard about PAW. What is it?
Great question! PAW is an acronym for Parents Advancing Westminster. You might think of it as a traditional school’s PTO, though we spend more time and effort serving the school and its many activities, from academics to athletics and the arts. You likely see members of PAW serving at Westminster every time you’re there.
3. I work full-time and have three kids at school. I would like to serve but am not available during the day. So is it impossible for me to get involved?
No! Most activities, including athletics or arts events, happen after business hours; we would love you to join our army of volunteers! There is absolutely a way for you to serve at Westminster even if you have a busy schedule.
4. Our family has been at Westminster for a number of years, but I do not feel particularly connected with the school. Do you have any ideas?
Absolutely! Because you are a Westminster family, you are already a member of PAW. Volunteering your time and God-given talents is a great way to meet other families and confirm that we are all a part of God’s Kingdom! With that understanding, volunteering becomes easy!
5. I am neither crafty nor gifted in the kitchen, and my student is not interested in athletics. How can I become involved with PAW?
Easy! PAW is present in many ways at Westminster, whether at Concessions or in the Bookstore; in prayer groups or at the Coffee Bar; from picture-taking to providing support in the testing center. If you have a willing heart, we can find a way to plug you in!
If you have any additional questions or are interested in serving, email PAW Presidents Tim and Susan Andrews.
PAW Board 2016-17
Presidents: Tim and Susan Andrews
Vice Presidents: Rich and Diane Barthelmass
Secretaries: Mike and Shari Radloff
Treasurers: Tim and Kathy Scharr
Past Presidents: Scott and Ann McCall
Chairs of Class Activities: Linda Trost / Lisa Rupprecht
Chairs of Parent-Supported Programs: Sam and Anita Chimento
Chair of Parent-Supported Events: Kelly Beat
Chairs of Parent-Led Events: Amy Siebenman / Jeff and Janeane Lang
Chairs of Fine Arts: Doug and Lynne Pogue / Kevin and Loren Wilson
Chairs of Athletics: Maurice and Sonya Burns
Campus Cuisine is now offering highly nutritional snacks from its new After School Fuel menu.
Menu items are categorized in the following areas:
Whether you’ve taken photos at an athletic event, PAW event, or arts showcase, we want to see them! Upload them to Shutterfly so you can share them with others in the Westminster community, or download photos that others have taken!
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Activities vary from coordinating parent and student socials to chaperoning field trips, coordinating Spirit Week activities, hosting book clubs, and much more!
Head Class Moms 2016-17
12th Grade – Kelly Mathews
11th Grade – Janeane Lang
10th Grade – Julie Sturr
9th Grade – Heidi Ottsen
8th Grade – Beth Andrews
No matter what you find on Ditto’s well-stocked shelves and racks, you can know that your dollars are going to a good cause. Ditto is a 10,000-square-foot family resale store established and run by Westminster and its feeder schools as an alternative revenue source to offset rising tuition costs and assist families who could otherwise not afford a Christian education.Learn more about Ditto
Ninety percent of Ditto’s profits go toward tuition remission at Ditto’s founding schools; the remaining ten percent goes back into the neighboring community.
Ditto recently completed its first fiscal year of operation and management, and board members were pleased with its better-than-budgeted results. As noted in Ditto’s annual report, “We thank and praise the Lord for the generous support of our member schools, volunteers, donors, and customers. Each group plays a unique and needed role in the life of the store. We cannot adequately thank the many who give of their time and energy on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.”
One of the most surprising things learned this year? There is a noticeable correlation between monthly volunteer hours worked and monthly store sales. Volunteers are key to achieving sales increases by processing the generous donations and pushing them to the sales floor. Plus, volunteers get an extra 20% off of items purchased on their workday and get first dibs on some prize donations (e.g., new-with-tags Vera Bradley bag, Ugg boots, and North Face jackets). Furniture sales are also a strong profit category, and the upcoming furniture pickup dates through year end are 10/12, and 12/7.
It is through a trust and steadfastness of hope in the Lord that Ditto believes they are poised to accomplish their mission to create an alternative revenue source for member schools and, ultimately, to further the gospel through Christian education in St. Louis.
Contact Anita Chimento if you have larger furniture pieces to donate, and Ditto will coordinate a furniture pickup.
Ditto | 10027 Manchester Road | St. Louis, MO 63122 | Phone: 314.394.2026
You may deposit money to use at Campus Cuisine into your student’s Café & Bookstore Account.
Learn More Hollyberry Catering is one of St. Louis’ premier catering companies, owned by 1991 Westminster graduate Holly Cunningham. Holly has a passion for healthy food choices and is thrilled to partner with Westminster to create a school lunch program like no other in St. Louis. Campus Cuisine by Hollyberry provides:
Hollyberry Catering is one of St. Louis’ premier catering companies, owned by 1991 Westminster graduate Holly Cunningham. Holly has a passion for healthy food choices and is thrilled to partner with Westminster to create a school lunch program like no other in St. Louis.
Campus Cuisine by Hollyberry provides: