A Closer Look

Posting Date: March 04, 2014
Expires 9/24/14

Parents and ADHD

Dr. Dale Wisely, Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools, presented at the Brown Bag Lunch at the Vestavia BOE successful strategies for parents of children with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Wisely is a highly sought-after presenter with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch please click on the following link to view his presentation.

Parents and ADHD




Posting Date: September 11, 2014
Expires 9/30/14

Patriot Gym

Patriot Gym

September 11, 2014

The VHEW P.E. Department celebrates Patriot’s Day by incorporating American History into each physical activity. The P.E. teachers decorate the gym with posters of National Monuments, American past times, and American Flags. The Promethean Board is set up with a presentation of American Landmarks cycling through a video. Patriotic music is played throughout the class period.

The activities for Patriots Day are:

  •  Mount Rushmore: The climbing wall is transformed into Mount Rushmore with the four Presidents faces around the climbing wall. Concept...teach the names of the four presidents carved into the mountain and also that Mt. Rushmore is in South Dakota.
  • Bowling with the Presidents: Two bowling mats are set up with pictures of US Presidents bowling. Concept…there is a bowling alley in The White House.
  • Army Crawl: Two tumbling mats are set up with ropes going across them so the children will correctly perform an Army crawl. Concept…our nation’s military protects it’s citizens.
  • Statue of Liberty: Students stand on our balancers and hold torches high in recognition of the Statue of Liberty. Concept…Statue of Liberty is in New York, was given to us by France, and she represents freedom.
  • General Washington crosses the Delaware: Three scooters are used with paddles to scoot across the Delaware River mimicking General Washington. Concept…George Washington was more than a president; he was a general in the Army.
  • Pull Ups: Children work at doing pull ups on our pull up bars. Concept…our nation’s military has to be in excellent physical condition in order to protect our country.

The American Flag is placed in the middle of the gym and flag facts are reviewed.

Incorporating patriotism into Physical Activities is a fun way for us to teach the students facts about our country. Our hope is that every student learned what patriotism means and will apply it in their lives. 

Click here to watch the Patriot Gym Video.



Posting Date: August 25, 2014
Expires 9/30/14

Gift Wrap Sales

Every purchase makes a difference!

The annual Gift Wrap Sales at VHEW will be from August 27th until September 10th. Please click on the link below to order and help raise money for VHEW!


Innisbrook Gifts







Posting Date: August 23, 2014
Expires 9/30/14

Extended Day Program Registration Underway

Registration for the 2014-15 Extended Day Program (EDP) with Vestavia Hills City Schools has begun. We’re looking forward to providing afternoons of fun and education for every child who enrolls.

Go to the Extended Day Website and click “2014-2015 Registration” to download the registration form. This form can be returned to your school’s registrar during the summer or returned to your EDP site manager after school has begun.

— Dr. Rosalyn Spivey, Director of Student Services and Federal Programs



Posting Date: September 12, 2014
Expires 10/01/14

Writing Instruction at VHEW

Writing instruction has been greatly enhanced at Vestavia Hills Elementary West for teachers and students!  Upon receiving the VHCS Foundation grant to purchase the Lucy Calkins Units of Writing, each teacher at West received her own grade level copy.  Teachers eagerly began working on grade level teams to improve writing instruction for their students.  For instance, Calkins references teaching “small moments” to build a strong narrative, which helps students focus on a specific event within their writing.  Included in the Calkins resource are rubrics students use as a reference to build strong writing skills and develop new strategies they need to meet current grade level expectations.  “It is exciting to see teachers actively engaged and excitedly planning writing lessons together with a highly acclaimed resource such of the Lucy Calkins Units of Study,” commented Kim Hauser, principal at West.

In addition, at the district level, a Writing Continuum Committee comprised of teachers from all eight schools and all grade levels K – 12 are developing a writing continuum to align writing instruction with the College and Career Readiness Standards.  Seven West teachers are a part of this district endeavor.  The Lucy Calkins Units of Study have been a major resource as these teachers diligently work to align writing objectives and lessons K- 12.

Receiving this grant has allowed us to impact writing instruction at West!

Here are a few student responses when asked about their writing time:

"I always thought that writing was just coming up with a story. I love that we learn different strategies for writing in the lesson and then we have time to write everyday." - Katelyn

"I like having a choice about what I write ." - Lankford

"I love to get my thoughts out on paper." -Annemarie

"All the methods and strategies make it easier to write lots of stories."- Matthew

"I'm just thinking deep. The lessons help me come up with ideas, not just copying others." -Parker

Writing Instruction at VHEW



Posting Date: August 27, 2014
Expires 10/03/14

Best-Selling Author - Rosalind Wiseman

Please join PNC and the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation on Thursday, October 2nd for a special luncheon featuring best-selling author and parent educator Rosalind Wiseman.


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Vestavia Hills Country Club

Proceeds from the luncheon will go directly to the Foundation’s endowment to help fund grants for Vestavia Hills City Schools, and ultimately support the foundation's mission to provide perpetual financial support to our schools and protect and foster the standard of academic excellence, the cornerstone of our community.

Rosalind Wiseman is the best-selling author of:

  • ·Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World and
  • · Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, which was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

“PNC’s support has been instrumental to our efforts in bringing a nationally-acclaimed thought leader in education and parenting to the Vestavia community” said Ashley Thompson, VHCSF Executive Director. 

“We are very committed to thoughtful engagement of the communities we serve,” said Brian Bucher, PNC regional president. “PNC is pleased to collaborate with The Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation as they work to bring impactful programming to the area for the benefit of children, parents and families.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to www.vestaviafoundation.org

For a sneak peak of Rosalind’s work, please check out the following videos:






Posting Date: September 05, 2014
Expires 10/31/14

West Carnival is Coming!

Mark your calendar for Vestavia West Theatre Presents: A Night at the Carnival. Do not miss this opportunity to have a fun-filled night and raise money for our school! There will be good food, fun and games, prizes and lots more!


There are many opportunities for your to help with this fun school fundraiser!

We will need:

  • Parents to dress up in movie themed costumesd (costume donations as well)
  • Classroom helpers
  • Donations for candy and prizes
  • Volunteers to help deocrate, set up, and clean up
  • Individual and businesses to be classroom sponsors

Please contact Ashley Goetz or Chrystal Kracke if you are interested in giving your time and resources to help make this year's Carnival a success!



Posting Date: August 05, 2014
Expires 5/25/15

VHEW and Ronald McDonald House

VHEW will be collecting pop tabs (from cans) all year long to donate to the Ronald McDonald House downtown (Children Hospital). Every classroom will be collecting them. Please save your pop tabs and bring them to VHEW. Tell Your family, friends, and neighbors. This is a great way for VHEW to help others!


Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier.  The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children. 


If your local Ronald McDonald House participates in the program, it’s likely cardboard collection containers in the shape of a house have been distributed to schools, community and civic groups and other organizations in your area. Collect pop tabs to drop off at one of these areas, or contact your local House about getting a collection container that you can be responsible for filling through one of your own groups.

How much?

After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly).  The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.