Panther Press

Summer Edition - 2022

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Meet Our 2022 - 2023 Prairie Lane Staff

Principal - Belinda Westfall

Secretary - Janis Thompson

Health Assistant - Carole Anderson

Certified Staff

KDG - Sarah Schuppan, Molly Seals

Gr 1 - Sandy Fey, Karen Neuman

Gr 2 - Taylor Wilken, Alexa Thielen

Gr 3 - DeAnne Stroud, Sarah Clark

Gr 4 - Jill Langhorst, Leon Micek

Gr 5 - Claire Hofmann, Stephanie Sinnott

Gr 6 - April Bridwell, Richard Christie

TLC - Jordan Carmichael, Michele Marino

Library/Media - Molly Matheson

PE - Alex Steele

Art - Melisa Brezina

Music - Madeline Henecke

Band - Mike Freeman

Strings - Viktoria Matheson

EY - Megan Thompson

ELL - Hillary Haddix

Reading - Jenelle Strecker

Speech - Claudia Kinnaman

Psychologist - Meghan Morrissey

Behavioral Interventionist - Jennifer Borges

Classified Staff

Educational Assistants - Nancy Epstein, Betty Johnson, Trudy Foster, Amanda Kidder, Reggie, Schmidt, Hannah Carr, Mary Bain, Alexis Jeungst

Day Custodian - Andrew Larson

Evening Custodian - Cory Brown

Food Service - Kathy Hayford, Rosa Cora

Start-Up Calendar


11 Sneak-a-Peek 5:30 - 6:30pm

16 First Day of School

23 PL Curriculum Night 5:30 & 6:00

23 PL Community Club Meeting 6:30 pm

30 Elementary Instrumental Curriculum Night

WMS 6:30 - 7:30pm


2 Professional Learning - No School

5 No School

13 Step It Up Fundraiser Kickoff

21 School Picture Day

23-27 PL Book Fair

23 PLCC K-6 Outdoor Movie Night 7:00 pm

27 PL Community Club Meeting 6:30 pm

You can link to the calendar at

Quick Links

School Supply List

We understand this list is long. Thank you for purchasing what you can during this time. You may bring your student's school supplies with you at Sneak-A-Peek or send with students over the first few days of school.

Check your email in early August for classroom placement letters!

School Arrival Time

8:00-8:20 am Staff Planning

8:20 am First Bell

8:30 am Classes Begin

3:30 pm M, T, Th, F Dismissal

3:00 pm W Dismissal

Our school day begins at 8:30 am. Students may enter the building at 8:20 am. We ask that students not arrive before 8:10 am, unless:

  • Participating in a school activity
  • Serving on Safety Patrol Working with a teacher
  • Attending Club 66 Before & After Care program

Teachers are involved in team meetings, staff meetings and individual planning from 8:00-8:20 am. There is no supervision before 8:10 am.
Thanks for your continued cooperation.

Absences, Tardies

  • If your child will be absent or late for school please notify the office. If we have not heard from you, it is our policy to call.
  • Students arriving after 8:30 am are considered tardy and must come to the office to check in.

Meet the Teacher / Sneak-A-Peek is Thursday, August 11th.

Classrooms will be open from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Come join us!

5th Grade Music Note

You are invited to BE A PART OF THE MUSIC!This fall, you will have the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before you by being a part of Band and Strings! In the first three weeks of school we will be visiting all the buildings, demonstrating the instruments, and giving students the opportunity to select an instrument of their choice. We will have a parent meeting about our program on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Westside Middle School. All are welcome to attend to learn about elementary instrumental music and meet the teachers. We are excited to introduce your child to the world of instrumental music!

The Elementary Instrumental Music Staff

Gail Carpenter-Johnson, Michael Freeman, Viktoria Matheson and Jennifer Johansen

Returning Student Registration

Returning Student Registrations for 2022-2023 MUST be completed for each currently enrolled student returning to Westside in August. Thank you to all of our families who have already completed this important process!


  1. Log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal. (CLICK HERE)
  2. Select the student you wish to register along the top.
  3. Select the Student Registration icon on the left side for 2022-2023.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Click Begin Forms.


  • If you aren't able to retrieve your log in credentials using the Having Trouble Signing In link on the Sign In page, please email for assistance.

Information On-Line

All Westside Community Schools communicate news and information via our school and district websites as well as email. Please update your Returning Student Registration to make sure we have your most current email address.

• Monthly Panther Press Newsletter and Panther Weekly News - These will be sent to you via email and are filled with important information for you about current events. You will also find these on the Prairie Lane website.

• Parent-Student Handbook and other important district information can be found at

Download the Westside Community Schools App

The Westside Community Schools APP is now available in the Apple Store and Google Play! Search Westside Community Schools, and you will see the Starman logo, signifying our app!

This is a free download for anyone with a smart phone or device. It draws data directly from Powerschool and our new websites, to compile all kinds of information for our families from lunch menus to news items and information, to calendars and posts from our social media.

Please Keep Us Informed

If you know that your child will not be attending Prairie Lane in the Fall, please call the ABC Welcome Center at 402-390-2603 as soon as possible.

Additionally, the Prairie Lane office must be updated on any legal documentation concerning your child, including restraining orders, custody changes or address changes.

2022 - 2023 Meal Information

Charges for all meals will resume this year. Prices are listed below. Please note there is an additional charge for any extra items not included in a full meal.

Student Prices:

Breakfast $1.70

Lunch $2.95

Extra Lunch Main: $1.20

Water or Extra Milk* $0.50

*Meals includes one milk.

Water bottles are always extra. Cups are available for filling from the fountain.

BREAKFAST PROGRAM - Breakfast is served from 8:10 - 8:30 daily. Our breakfast program will be available beginning August 16, the first day of school.


  • CASH OR CHECK - Breakfast and lunch charges come out of the same account. Each student in your family has a separate account, but you may send one check to be divided. Please make checks out to “Prairie Lane.” You may also drop lunch money in the “lunchbox” at the office during our Sneak-A-Peek night or anytime. Be sure to include your child's NAME.

Free/Reduced Applications - For the 2022-23 school year, the federal government has elected to NOT continue the universal free meal program, which means Westside Community Schools’ students will transition back to a traditional model with paid lunches. If applicable, families in each household will need to apply for free and reduced meal benefits (which carry over to other opportunities including technology, camps, etc.)

Health Information

School Nurse

Lynette Mullins will be the district nurse assigned to our school. She visits us regularly, once a week but is available to us at anytime if needed.

Carole Anderson, our Health Assistant, will be in the office everyday for daily health matters.

Medication Administration Policy

Medication should be brought to school only when it is not possible to arrange administration outside of school hours. All prescription and over-the-counter medications, including medicated creams, eye drops, ear-drops, herbal products, and cough drops, must be provided to the school by the parent/guardian in the pharmacy- or manufacturer- labeled container. Repackaged and expired medications will not be accepted.

• A Medication Authorization form must be completed for any medication taken at school. These forms may be obtained from the Health Office or on the school website. The physician portion of the medication form must be signed by your doctor for any prescription medication. Non-prescription medicines can only be kept at school for two weeks at a time. If more time is needed, the form must be updated by a parent.

• Students are not permitted to keep any type of medication with them; all medication must be kept in the health office. The only exception is for students who must carry an inhaler for asthma, in which case a parent/guardian must submit written verification from a physician that the student is able to self-carry and self-manage.

Student Illness Guidelines

• Office personnel will notify parents/guardian when a student needs to be sent home from school due to illness. Conditions requiring a student be sent home include: temperature greater than 100.0°F, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rashes, or on determination by the school nurse that the child’s condition prevents meaningful participation in the educational program, presents a health risk to the child or others, or that medical consultation is warranted unless the condition resolves. Before allowing a child exhibiting any of these symptoms to return to school, parents should be sure that the child has been symptom- and fever-free for 24 hours without the assistance of medication.

• Parents should complete the online Returning Student Registration each year to verify that all emergency daytime phone numbers are current, so that parents can be reached if their child becomes ill or is injured while at school. Parents should also inform the School Nurse or Health Assistant of health-related information they feel is important for each child’s safety and success at school.

Prairie Lane Community Club Welcomes You

We are a parent teacher association involved in the betterment of the school for its students, teachers and support staff. Throughout the school year, Community Club provides fun activities and fundraising events for the betterment of our school. As a self-sustaining organization, the Prairie Lane Community Club relies on parent and teacher volunteers to coordinate and run all the activities and fundraising events.

The 2022-23 PLCC Board :

President - Kara Covrig

Vice President - Carrie Bailey

Treasurer - Ellen Sonnleitner

Secretary - Stacey Bryant

Suggestions or comments can be directed to

Prairie Lane Community Club Online Directory

Welcome to the Prairie Lane Online Family Directory!

Hello Prairie Lane Families

Our NEW WEBSITE is up and running! Visit to see everything your Prairie Lane Community Club has to offer this year. On our NEW site, you can see upcoming calendar events and sign up for the online school directory.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to

  • Click on the Login button or the Registration button.

  • If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.

  • Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information.

  • Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.

  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.

    • Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information forms.

    • Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.

Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can "invite" other email addresses to access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account. There is also a free Membership Toolkit app that can be used once an account has been set up, found on the Apple store or Google Play store.

Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at

Student Dress Code - From the Student Handbook

Students in the Westside Community Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for the school setting. Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes with the learning environment or teaching process in our school. Following is a list of examples of attire that will not be considered appropriate; this list is not exclusive, and other forms of attire may be deemed by the Principal to be inappropriate for the school setting:

  1. Clothing that shows an inappropriate amount of bare skin or underwear (midriffs, spaghetti straps, sagging pants) or clothing that is too tight, revealing or baggy, or tops and bottoms that do not overlap or any material that is sheer or lightweight enough to be seen through, or otherwise of an appropriate size and fit so as to be revealing or drag on the ground.
  2. Shorts, skirts, etc. that do not extend downward at least as far as the student’s fingertips when the student is standing fully upright with arms relaxed at his or her side.
  3. Sleepwear and slippers, including pajama bottoms, blankets and costumes, unless part of a school-sponsored activity.
  4. Clothing or jewelry that advertises or promotes beer, alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.
  5. Clothing or jewelry that could be used as a weapon (chains, spiked apparel) or that would encourage “horseplay” or that would damage property (e.g. cleats).
  6. Head wear including hats, caps, bandannas, scarves and hoods worn over the head.
  7. Clothing or jewelry which exhibits nudity, profanity, sexual references or lewd, indecent, or vulgar double meaning.
  8. Clothing or jewelry that is gang related.
  9. Heavy coats and jackets.

Violations of dress code will expose the student to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

Personal Property Reminders

Students are reminded that all personal items, such as skateboards, ipods, toys, footballs, basketballs, etc., are not to be brought to school unless specifically requested by the classroom teacher. These items could be damaged or lost.

Club 66

Our Before and After Care and Early Child Care programs are currently full for fall enrollment. You may contact Stephanie if you would like to be placed on the wait list. 402-390-8209
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Have a Safe, Respectful, Responsible Summer!