Westside Pack Post

October 2021

A Message From Mrs. Anderson

September was a wonderful month at Westside! A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and attended the fall carnival. I know our students had a wonderful time and I enjoyed getting to talk with many of you. We have a wonderful community at Westside and I feel lucky to be a part of that community!

October Dates to Remember

October 1, 15, 22, and 29 - Late Start Fridays

October 7 and 8 - No School (faculty and staff professional development days)

October 29 - Halloween Celebrations at School

Late Start Fridays

This year our late start has been moved to Fridays. This gives our teachers time to collaborate and plan for students.

  • The first bell rings at 9:15 am and the dismissal bell rings at 2:25 pm.
  • AM Kindergarten is from 9:15 am to 11:32 am
  • PM Kindergarten is from 12:13 pm to 2:25 pm

Dr. Shank's State of the District Address

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 5th. Dr. Shank will be giving a state of the district address at 7:00 pm at IFHS's Little Theater. The State of the District will provide parents and patrons with clarity on the district’s direction, its goals and initiatives. They will learn about D91’s plans to improve student performance, the district’s new targets for growth and achievement and how the district will accomplish goals. In addition, Dr. Shank will highlight the growing needs for facility improvements including new construction. Parents and patrons also have a chance to ask questions and learn more about how school districts operate. A few weeks following the state of the district address, Dr. Shank will do a Facebook live sharing some of the same information.

Halloween Celebrations

Classrooms will be having Halloween parties on Friday, October 29th. Parties go from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm. AM Kindergarten will also have a celebration. The teachers will reach out to those individual parents. We will not be having a parade this year due to time restraints. Students are welcome to wear their costumes for their class parties.

Here are the costume guidelines while at school:

  • Students should choose costumes that will have minimal interference with their ability to participate in their education.
  • Students should not bring masks or use excessive blood or gore.
  • Students may not bring makeup to share with others or costume accessories such as weapons, brooms, etc.
  • Students who do no adhere to these guidelines will be asked to change into their regular school clothing.

If you have questions about these guidelines or questions about your child's Halloween party, please reach out to their teacher. Teachers will be sharing more information with their classes individually.

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:





Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Remember: Areas marked in red are NOT to be used as drop off or pick up zones as they aren't safe areas for students before and after school. Drop off and pick up should only occur in the blue zones. The green zone is for parents who park and walk their kids to the building. Areas marked in yellow are crosswalks.
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Employment Opportunities at Westside

Westside is looking for in-house substitutes! If you are interesting in substituting at Westside, please reach out to our office staff for more information. You can apply at


Westside also has an Inclusion Support Paraprofessional position available! This position is 29 hours a week and you would be working in the classroom to support student learning. More information and the application can be found at


Counselor's Corner

Hello Westside, my name is Mrs. Gallagher and I’m the new school counselor. I thought I would share a little about myself since I get to spend the majority of my day with your children. I am married with 2 children and 1 grandchild. I love being outdoors and fishing. I have been working in District 91 for about 17 years. I started my career as a school companion, where I would travel around to different schools and help with behavior plans. Then, I worked in a self contained classroom, at our Elementary Day Treatment Program where students learn new behavioral skills so they can be successful in the classroom. Since then, I have been the counselor at 3 other elementary schools, and now I feel very lucky to be at Westside. I love working with children and watching them grow. There is nothing better than showing a child what they are capable of.

Each month we will have a theme that we focus on at school. For the month of September our focus was on Grit and Success. We learned that if we have GRIT and we don’t quit, we will be SUCCESSFUL! We also learned that it’s okay to make mistakes and that mistakes are proof you are trying. We talked about our thoughts, both positive and negative, and how they can affect our feelings and actions. As a school, we are working on recognizing those thoughts that keep us from being our best or doing the things we want to do. Please take some time to review with your child, what they have learned and give them the opportunity to teach you.