Social Worker & Family Network

The School Social Worker provides proactive educational support, as well as individual and group supportive services, to help students overcome barriers to learning. The School Social Worker works directly with individual students, small groups of students and in the classroom settings to:

  • enhance social and emotional skills
  • teach problem solving skills
  • help children cope with family changes and loss
  • teach anger management coping strategies
  • present harassment and bully curriculum
  • help students respect themselves and others

The overall goal is to work directly with students and their families, teachers, and other support staff to provide the guidance, support and nurturance so essential to academic success. The School Social Worker also consults and advocates for families regarding parenting strategies, connects families with community resources and assists in times of crisis

Westview Family Network :

The Family Network is unique to Westview Elementary and provides support

and opportunities that enable children for success.

When a child's basic needs are met:

  • they are better able to stay on task
  • they have stronger self-esteem
  • they are more successful students, classmates and friends.

Today, almost 2 in 4 Westview families struggle to meet their basic needs. Many families are just one unexpected expense or lost job away form the same struggle.

Family Network includes:

Steps-to-Respect curriculum and anti-bullying lessons to all grades

Free clothing swaps during conferences

Panera Bread over-bake weekly giveaway

Holiday Food Event - Gobble, Gobble, Give

School food shelf serving families



Family Network Sponsorship

Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Westview Official Peace Site: Peace Pole

Anti-bullying curriculum support

Winter hat/mittens collection

Thanksgiving Dinner support

Connecting families and the community

Community partners: Valley Natural Foods, Grace Lutheran Church, Restoration Church, Dairy Queen, Panera Bread and more!

Get involved!

The Family Network Committee meets on

the third Tuesday of each month at 8:15 am at Westview

Call Patsy Ryan at 952-431-8386 to learn more, make a donation, join the committee and see how you can help!

Westview Elementary School, 225 Garden View Drive, Apple Valley, Minnesota, Phone: 952-431-8380

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