Loveland Leader

February 2020


The mission of Loveland elementary school, in partnership with our actively involved community, is to promote excellence and instill a desire for learning by challenging each individual within a safe, supportive environment.

Loveland's Expectations

Be Safe

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

What makes the difference in how your child performs in school? The answer might surprise you. It’s not your child’s IQ, the school, or your educational level. Although all of these play a part, study after study tells the same story. Children who do best in school have parents who are actively involved in their child’s education. One of the best ways to get involved is to continue building a strong parent-teacher partnership.

I ask that you come prepared to the conference with questions and information that will help both you and the teacher strengthen the team effort you share educating your child. I hope to see you all at Parent/Teacher conferences.

Ms. Hornung

Calendar Reminders

Feb. 13 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Parties 2:15 pm

Feb. 17 Presidents' Day - No School

Feb. 20 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

Feb. 28 6th Gr. Field Trip/The Rose 9:15-11:30 am

March 2 CC Mtg. 7 pm

March 3 Kdg. & 1st Gr. Music Concert/WMS 7 pm

March 4 Variety Show Auditions/LL Gym 6-7:30 pm

March 5 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

March 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

March 9 Loveland Art Walk 4-8 pm

March 11 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

March 13 Intersession No School

March 16 Staff Appreciation Week

March 16 6th Gr. Orchestra Solo Group & Ensemble Night/WMS 6:30 pm

March 19 Student Council Mtg./Library 8 am

March 19 Variety Show Practice/LL Gym 6-8 pm

March 26 Band-O-Rama/WHS 7 pm

March 26 Band-O-Rama Rehearsal/WHS (5th Gr.) 9:30-11:10 am (6th) 1-2:45 pm

March 26 Variety Show Rehearsal/WMS 6-8 pm

March 27 Fun Run 2:35 pm

March 27 Variety Show/WMS 7 pm

March 31 6th Gr. Vocal Music Festival/WHS 7 pm

Conference Invites

Please look for conference invites in your child's backpack! Please return the invites back to classroom teachers by 2-14-20.

Valentine's Day Parties

Valentine parties will be held on Friday, February 14th from 2:15-3:15 pm.

Approved District Candy List

District Approved items do not contain peanuts or tree nuts, and were not produced in facilities that use peanuts or tree nuts. Gluten-Free options are noted with **GF.

• DumDum Pops

• Jolly Ranchers

• Junior Caramels

• Junior Mints

• Lifesavers Gummies

• Nerds

• Skittles

• Smarties

• Spangler Candy Canes

• Starburst Jelly Beans — all flavors

• Sour Patch Kids

• Surf Sweet Candies **GF — Fruity Bears, Fruity Hearts, Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms,

Peach Rings, Sour Berry Bears, Sour Worms, Spooky Spiders, Watermelon Rings

• Surf Sweet Jelly Beans – original and spring mix **GF

• Tootsie Pops/Rolls

• Whoppers — original only

EY Digital Dozen Recipient

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce that Timothy Ricks is the first Loveland student during the 2019-2020 school year to receive the Digital Dozen award! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog ( It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of Timothy's accomplishment.

The Results Are In...

“To dam, or not to dam” that was the question. Our 4th graders eagerly prepared for the class debate, where each student took on the role of a citizen from Rocksburg. Rocksburg, a

community with a population of 900, had to decide whether or not to build a dam two miles

upstream. Our students learned about the benefits and implications of building dams. They

looked at the situation from political, economical, historical, and geographical angles.

Our townspeople debated the issue on Tuesday, February 4, in front of the Rocksburg City Council. The Council decided it was in the best interest of Rocksburg to NOT build the dam.

Thanks to all of the parents who helped in the classroom and who attended the debate.

Band and Strings Announcements

Sixth Grade String Concert Date Change:
Sixth Grade String Parents - please note that the date of our Solo and Small Ensemble performance opportunity has been changed from Feb. 18 to Monday, March 16. The event will be held at Westside Middle School at 6:30. More information from your strings teachers will be emailed to you. Please let your strings teacher know if you have any questions!

Strike up the band because our BAND-O-RAMA EXTRAVAGANZA is quickly approaching! Band-o-rama will feature our district wide fifth grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade band students as well as our award winning WHS Concert Jazz Band! Students will have a rehearsal during the school day for this event on March 26 and the concert will be the same day at 7:00 pm at Westside High School. Detailed information will be sent home about this concert as the date approaches. For now, please mark your calendars and make this evening a priority for your entire family. Please let your child's band teacher know if you have any questions!

Loveland Yearbook

Loveland Yearbook needs your pictures! We are looking for photos from school events, field trips, concerts and clubs. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please email photos to or share via google drive to

Morning Drop Off

Please remember to be courteous to other drivers as you drop off students in the morning. The drop off system works great and it works best when you pull forward. Please take care of other concerns before you get to the drop off lane. Thank you!

Loveland Community Club

We can’t believe we are halfway through the school year! It feels like things are just starting to

wind up. Some events on the horizon are the variety show, art walk, ArtSmart, and the ice cream

social. Join us at the next Community Club meeting on March 2nd at 7:00 for more information

on any of these events.

Unified Activities-Unified Bowling

What Are Unified Activities?

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together.

Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our next Unified Activity this year, Unified Bowling.

Where: Mockingbird Lanes, 4870 S 96th St, Omaha, NE 68127

When: Feb 24th, 2020 - 4pm-6pm

What: A bowling event unlike any other! Come and enjoy a free game and shoes sponsored by Westside Unified Special Olympics.

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please complete the RSVP Form. This helps us plan for how many to expect at the event.

Cold and Flu Season

With being in the heart of cold and flu season, we’re writing to share some proactive reminders with your family. The Douglas County Health Department reports high levels of flu-like illness across the area, so it is helpful to be aware and prepared. Our goal is healthy students and staff and strong attendance in the new year.

Wash your hands: Children and adults with the flu can infect others before their symptoms even show up. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water helps prevent the spread of germs.

Cover your cough and sneeze: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, this helps stop the spread of germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Doing so can spread germs from your hands.

Practice healthy habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Having a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to fight illness.

If your child is feeling sick, here’s some information to help you decide whether they’re up for going to school:

Thank you for your partnership and support for a healthy start to 2020.

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Information Needed

If your child will not be coming back to Loveland next fall because you are moving or transferring to another school, please let our office know as soon as possible. This information is very important to us as we prepare for fall 2020 classes.

Enrollment Information

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2020-2021 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-6 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.

The District gives priority to families living within the District prior to placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2020, for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.

IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and our District website. Click here to complete the form electronically. An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in-district transfer process, please call the Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: February 15th - March 15th

Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?

Kindergarten enrollment for 2020-2021 begins February 15th, 2020. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after February 15th.

Students entering kindergarten for 2020-2021 must be five years old by July 31, 2020. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.

If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for admission of children residing in the District as early entrance kindergarteners through a locally designed testing program. Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance must turn five between August 1 and October 15, 2020. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. Westside’s Office of Student Services must receive Option Enrollment Applications no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2020. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website. Click here to complete the form electronically.

Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 and provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level. If you have questions, you may call Julie Fumagalli at 402-390-2107.

2020 Kindergarten Round Up is May 1st!

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