A Closer Look

Posting Date: August 10, 2014
Expires 9/10/14

New Faculty/Staff at VHEW

New faculty/staff members at VHEW for the 2014-15 school year include:

Megan Johnson, third grade teacher, replacing Libby Simon who moved to Texas.

Abigale Watkins, third grade teacher, was added as a new unit.

Kaitlyn Pierce, second grade teacher, replacing Krista Welford who retired in May.

Krista Bender, Instructional Coach, replaces Lorie Johnson that resigned to return to the classroom.

Ashley Chambliss, kindergarten teacher, replaces Jennifer Ratliff, who is moving to Seattle, Washington.

New Instructional Paras include Maggie Carmichael as kindergarten para, Jessica Dyess and Jennifer Bourland as special ed paras.

Michelle Bostic will be joining our team as part-time additional speech teacher.

We are excited about these new faces at Vestavia Hills Elementary West!



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: 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: August 10, 2014
Expires 9/30/14

West Way Week August 25-29

"The West Way" is the way students are expected to behave at school every day and focus on three character traits: courtesy, respect, and responsiblity. Throughtout the week, the children will learn about these traits while doing some fun activities.

West Way Week will take place from Monday, August 25th to Friday, August 29th.

Monday, August 25th - All students at VHEW will receive a special "West Way" souvenir. Each student will be asked to sign "The West Way" classroom pledge, which will be displayed in their classrooms.

Tuesday, August 26th - The character focus for today will be Courtesy.

Wednesday, August 27th - The character focus for will be Respect.

Thursday, August 28th - The character focus for today will be Responsibility.

**Teachers will read books, share videos and complete activities each day based on the character trait.**

Friday, August 29th "Team Up at West" All students are encouraged to wear their favorite team T-shirt because WE ARE A TEAM AT WEST!



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: 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.