Westside Pack Post

September 2022

Principal's Message

What a great start to the school year it has been at Westside! Thank you for sharing your students with us each day. We have loved getting to know them better and look forward to an amazing year.


In September, our students will take their beginning of the year assessments. These assessments in reading and math help us know where a child is currently in their learning and how we can better assist them moving forward. With the assessment data, our teachers will be able to better tailor the learning to their specific students. Remind your students to do their best, but it is okay if they don't know something yet!


Kelsey Anderson

Principal at Westside Elementary

September Dates to Remember

September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 - Late Start Fridays (see below)

September 5 - No School for Labor Day

September 16 - Skyline Homecoming Parade

Late Start Fridays

Every Friday in District 91 is late start. This gives our teachers time to collaborate and plan for students. The first bell will ring at 9:15 am and the dismissal bell rings at 2:25 pm.

Breakfast and Lunch

School breakfast and lunch are NOT free this year. We are highly encouraging everyone to fill out the free and reduced lunch application. You may be surprised that you qualify! This form is also how we receive funding for programs such as Title 1 and All Day Kindergarten. The form only needs to be filled out once per family. Fill out the form here:

English - https://family.titank12.com/application/new?lang=English&identifier=738XVG

Spanish - https://family.titank12.com/application/new?lang=Spanish&identifier=738XVG

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Title 1 at Westside

Westside is a schoolwide Title 1 school. Wondering what that means? All students have the opportunity to receive Title 1 services such as interventions in subjects they may struggle with and/or enrichment in subjects they excel with. Check out these PowerPoints for more information:


English

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tjroTAvktrpIN4F3xLp-jWjVf3Ihjm7X/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108139177252455257680&rtpof=true&sd=true


Spanish

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hcd3d76fRDO_5aaOalNrSStHC0yTdJlf/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108139177252455257680&rtpof=true&sd=true

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Red - no drop off or pick-up (other than those using the handicap parking spot located in the staff parking lot)

Blue - drop off and pick-up zone

Yellow - crosswalks

Green - park and walk your student to their door

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Bus Students

Students who ride the bus will picked up and dropped off at common bus stops throughout our school boundaries. Bus stops can be found here: https://trans.d91.k12.id.us/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx


If you live in the country, you need to call transportation at (208) 525-7580 to give them your address. They will tell you where your child will be picked up. Please do this ASAP!


We highly recommend that parents of students without siblings meet their child at the bus stop after school. Kindergarten students will no longer be dropped off at their door. Please teach your child where to get on and off the bus and how to get home independently or meet them at the bus stop each afternoon.

Employment Opportunities at Westside

We have several paraprofessional positions we are looking to fill this year. If you or someone you know are interested, please apply here:

http://www.generalasp.com/d91/onlineapp/default.aspx?AppliTrackPostingSearch=location:%22Westside+Elementary%22

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back! I am so excited to introduce a new program at Westside that I will be using for counselor lessons. I get to visit each of our classrooms twice a month to support and encourage students. This year, we will be using the Second Step Elementary program, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children's social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units spread throughout the school year will cover the following:


  • Growth Mindset and Goal-Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
  • Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion-management strategies (including stress management for older students) to calm strong feelings.
  • Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.
  • Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process (say the problem, think of solutions, explore the outcomes, pick a solution).

If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary, please don't hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community.


Amy Gallagher - Westside Counselor

gallamy@sd91.org

District 91 Newsletter

Check out District 91's most recent parent newsletter here: https://www.smore.com/7w0by

Questions, Comments, and Concerns

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