Loveland Leader

February 2019


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

Message From the Principal

Dear Loveland Families,

Who is coming to Loveland? That is the big question everyone has been asking! We are once

again participating in the “One Book One School” event. The idea is that every family at

Loveland reads the same book at the same time! According to the founders of this program,

“the benefits of reading aloud are remarkable - studies have shown that reading to children

helps them to listen better and longer, build bigger vocabularies, understand concepts better,

feel positive about both books and learning, and more. When an entire school reads the same

book, the buzz and excitement around the book being read increases these benefits, and there is the added joy of building community in the school family”.

Here is how it works! On Monday, February 4th, we will have a special assembly announcing our selected book. Each evening (Monday through Thursday) you are invited to read aloud a

designated chapter in the book to/with your child/ren. The next morning over our school

intercom, we will ask a trivia question over the previous evening’s chapter. Students can

answer the question and we will have daily drawings from the correct responses for prizes! In

addition to the nightly read aloud, we will have a writing contest and other fun activities all

centered around our chosen book!

A calendar of assigned reading will be sent home with each student on February 6th, along with a copy of our book.

Calendar Reminders

Feb. 4 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 5 Fourth Gr. Debate/Gym 9 am

Feb. 5 2nd & 3rd Gr. Music Concert/WMS 7 pm

Feb. 6 Variety Show Auditions/Gym 6-7:30 pm

Feb. 7 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

Feb. 7 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 11 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 11 6th Gr. Gallup Parent Met./WMS 6 pm

Feb. 12 District Strings Solo/Ensemble Concert/WMS 6:30 pm

Feb. 14 Valentine Parties 2:15 pm

Feb. 14 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 15 3rd Kueny Field Trip/DLR Group 12:45 pm

Feb. 18 Professional Learning for Teachers/No School for Students

Feb. 19 Variety Show Practice/Gym 6-8 pm

Feb. 21 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

Feb. 21 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 25 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

Feb. 28 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

March 4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

March 4 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

March 4 CC Mtg. 7 pm

March 5 Kdg. & 1st Gr. Music Concert/WMS 7:15 pm

March 6 Variety Show Rehearsal/WMS 6-8 pm

March 7 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

March 7 Art Show 4-8 pm

March 7 Variety Show Final Rehearsal/WMS 6-8 pm

March 8 Variety Show/WMS 7 pm

March 11 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

March 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

March 12 Art Show 4-8 pm

March 14 Student Co. Mtg./Library 8 am

March 14 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

March 18-22 Spring Break No School

March 25 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm

March 28 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30

March 28 Band O Rama/WHS 7 pm

March 29 Fun Run 2:35 pm

The Great Kindness Challenge

This week students participated in The Great Kindness Challenge. Mrs. Lane and classroom teachers taught lessons about being kind and showing kindness to others. The students did a great job completing as many kindness tasks as possible. Be sure to ask your child to share what acts of kindness they displayed this week.

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Conference Invites

Please look for conference invites in backpacks today! Please return the invites back to

classroom teachers by 2-19-19.

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 2019 classes.

Staff Appreciation Week, March 4th-8th

Let your Loveland staff know how much you appreciate them with a note or word of thanks.

2019 Kindergarten Round Up!

We have a list of children who will be eligible for kindergarten next year. If you have a child who will be turning five years old on or before July 31, 2019 but haven’t received a call, or if you know of someone new to the neighborhood, please let Mrs. Carlson know. Soon she will be sending out important information about our parent meeting as well as Round Up Day for the children.

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2019-20 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-5 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, 2019, for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.

IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and on the District website. 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 402-343-2603.

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: January 10th - February 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 2019-20 begins January 10, 2019. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible.

Students entering kindergarten for 2019-20 must be five years old by July 31, 2019. 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 402-343-2603.

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, 2019. 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. Option Enrollment Applications must be received by Westside’s Office of Student Services no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and at

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.

Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days of School

Valentine's Day Parties

Valentine parties will be held on February 14th from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. All candy/Valentines will

be sent home with each child on 2/14/19.

Approved District Candy List

District Approved Candies Included 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

Sixth Grade Solo/Group Night

Please join us for the 6th Grade Solo/Group Night, February 12th at 6:30 pm in the Westside Middle School Auditorium. This concert is for 6th grade string students only.

Show Your Love For Box Tops

Who will show the most love for our Box Tops program in February? The student bringing in the most Box Tops this month wins a gift card. Make sure to include your name and your teacher's name to get credit. Box Tops must be TRIMMED and UNEXPIRED to count. Put them on the collection sheet or in a baggie. Show the Love!!

Elementary Unified Activities - Unified Floor Hockey

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 11am

Sunset Hills Elementary School

What Are Unified Activities?

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Floor Hockey opportunity to our schools.

Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our fourth Unified Activity this year.

Where: Sunset Hills Elementary School 9503 Walnut St., Omaha, NE 68124

When: Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 am

What: Come enjoy a variety of hockey activities. You can try shooting, dress like a goalie, play tabletop hockey, play a game of floor hockey, or do a craft.

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend.

2019 Loveland Variety Show

The Loveland Variety Show is Friday, March 8th. Now is the time to get your act together for the show!

Due to the "cold day", Variety Show auditions will be held on Wednesday, February 6th from 6-7:30 pm.

Be Safe...

Loveland students and staff are constantly working on being safe, one of our school-wide expectations. You can help us be safe by remembering to check in at the office every time you come to school between 8:40AM-3:30PM. Students and staff have been trained to keep the doors closed during the school day. We appreciate your support in helping us keep our school safe.

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Consider being a TeamMates Mentor

This past month was Mentor Recognition month with TeamMates of Nebraska. The positive impact of TeamMates Mentoring on a student/mentees’ levels of hope, engagement in school, and well-being has been well researched. In a recent school year,

§ 75 percent of TeamMates mentees had fewer unexcused absences

§ 84 percent of TeamMates mentees experienced fewer disciplinary referrals

§ 55 percent of TeamMates mentees improved their academic performance

Please consider making a 1-hour a week commitment (meeting at school, only during school calendar) to make an incredible difference in a child’s life. TeamMates prefers mentors to be able to commit to the program for at least 3 years to make a lasting impression. If you are interested in learning more about TeamMates Mentoring, contact Mrs. Lane (402-408-8784). The comments below from mentees reveal how this touches a child’s life:

"Thank you so much for coming and seeing me each week. I'm so happy that you're my mentor. I love spending time with you. I will do anything to make you proud. I won't ever let you down.” - TeamMate Mentee

“"Thank you for being a teammate of mine. I enjoy spending my time every week to talk about how I am. You're like a pal to me.” - TeamMate Mentee

Battle of the Books Update

The Battle of the Books is less than 2 months away! We are looking forward to seeing all of the teams on the morning of Saturday, March 30th at the Westside Middle School!

We have sent out a couple communications in the last few weeks. If you are a team parent and did not receive them, please be sure to check your spam folder and mark us as a "safe sender."

Wondering what the battle will be like? There is a lot of information on our website. We will be updating this information as the event gets closer. If you have a question that is not answered, please send us an email.



Loveland Sings! Good Luck Westside Connection!

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