launching into the future! weekly west updates

February 21, 2024

Unity West will dismiss at 11:15 on Thursday morning.  Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 3:00-9:30.  Please see below to sign up for a conference if you have not done so already.  There will be no school on Friday, February 23rd.  

Upcoming Events

Parent-Teacher Conference SIgn Up-Tomorrow night (February 22nd) we will have Parent-Teacher Conferences at Unity West..  Please click here to sign up now!

Yearbooks-Yearbooks are now available to be ordered until March 4th. The cost of the yearbook is $18.  There will not be a paper form sent home, all yearbooks must be purchased online. 

To order your yearbook visit: and enter code: 84269H

Kindergarten Orientation-March 25th at 6pm will be our annual Kindergarten Orientation Night for families with a kindergartener entering school in August of 2024.  Please click here for more information and to sign up.

Read Across America Week-Unity West will celebrate Read Across America Week from March 4-8.  Please watch for more information on opportunities to come and read to classes during that week.

Dental Clinic-The School Smiles on-site dental clinic will be March 6th (Wed)   You don't need to do anything if you already signed up 

Dental Forms-Dental forms are due to the school for all Kindergarteners and 2nd graders by May 15th.

PE With Coach Vetter-We are kicking off our Kids Heart Challenge, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The program has various prizes that can be earned based on criteria set by the American Heart Association.   

We also have a challenge here at school; If 50% of each class signs up for the Kids Heart Challenge and completes the Hands-only CPR Video they will receive a Popcorn party and a choice of PE activities for the day!

There are lots of chances to earn prizes and benefit heart research!

News from PTO

Calling ALL Unity West Supporters! The book fair is underway and approaching the most popular sales times. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO WORK THURSDAY night from 3-5pm during parent teacher conferences!! If you can only work part of the time listed, we'll take it. If you don't have a Unity West student currently but still love West, sign up! This is a great experience for older students (jr high/ high school) or West Alumni to give back! For working you receive $15 toward your order! We can't keep the book fair open for students without your help. Proceeds from the book fair fund projects for our school!

Ready to shop?? Remaining book fair hours:
Wednesday- 2:45 - 6:30 pm
Thursday - 7:45-8:15 am, 11am- 12:15pm, 3-9pm
Friday - 9am-noon
Saturday 9am-noon

Let Monical’s cook for you Thursday! Unity West PTO is partnering with Monical’s of Tolono on February 22, Parent Teacher Conference Night, to raise money for Unity West. A portion of your bill will help raise money for our school. The flyer is coming soon in a backpack near you!

Still Accepting Sponsors - Annual shirt sponsorships allow end-of-the-year shirts for field trips and Fun Day to be free of charge to participants. In exchange, your name or logo is displayed on the back of the shirt that will appear in the community long after this school year. We hope you'll consider supporting this fun Unity West tradition by sponsoring today!

PTO Meeting TIME CHANGE – The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the Unity West library. A google meet link will be available for those who need to attend remotely.

Community Opportunities

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby-The Pinewood Derby is coming soon!  Please click here for more information.

Insect Film Festival-The U of I will be hosting an Insect Film Festival.  Please click here for more information.

Children’s Orthopedic Clinic-The Elks Lodge will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic clinic on February 28th.  Please click here for more information.

Tolono Public Library-The Tolono Public Library has many events coming in January and February.  Please click here to view the calendar.