Message From the Principal
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It is exciting to be back with our students as we begin the second semester.
All students can benefit from setting a goal for continuous improvement as the New Year begins. In addition, a good goal to set for the New Year is to help your child achieve to their highest potential. Some great ways to do this are to check for homework every day, ask them about school, and read each evening.
Jan. 11 Report cards go home in student backpacks
Jan. 14 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Jan. 14 5th & 6th Band Concert/WMS 7 pm
Jan. 17 Aladdin at The Orpheum for Actors 1-4:30 pm
Jan. 17 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School for Students
Jan. 24 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Jan. 25 6th Gr. Field Trip/The Rose 9:15 am-11:30 am
Jan. 28 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Jan. 30 5th Gr. Concert For Youth/The Holland 9 am-10:30 am
Jan. 30 Variety Show Auditions/Gym 6-7:30 pm
Jan. 31 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb. 4 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb. 4 CC Mtg. 7 pm
Feb. 5 Fifth Gr. Debate/Gym 9 am
Feb. 5 2nd & 3rd Gr. Music Concert/WMS 7 pm
Feb. 7 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb. 11 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb. 12 District Strings Solo/Ensemble Concert/WMS 7 pm
Feb. 14 Valentine Parties 2:15 pm
Feb. 14 Aladdin Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb. 18 Professional Learning for Teachers/No School for Students
Feb. 19 Variety Show Practice/Gym 6-8 pm
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
Report Cards Went Home Today
Your child brought home his/her report card today. We hope you will take the time to sit down with your child and talk about what growth and learning has occurred since the beginning of this school year. We have much to celebrate when it comes to good work and effort. We will continue to have high expectations for all of our students. Just this week we discussed the importance of continuing to hold our students to high standards in all areas. Likewise, we are all committed to holding ourselves to high standards and expectations as we support our students’ learning in every way. If you have questions about your child’s progress and achievement, please feel free to contact us. Remember that we are your partners when it comes to your child’s education!
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, 2014 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 westside66.org 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 westside66.org.
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.
Funky Sock Friday
Fifth & Sixth Grade Band Concert
Attention Fifth and Sixth Grade Band Parents - Concerts are a musicians reward for hard work and effort on their instrument. Please help reward your child by making their first concert a priority for your entire family! We can't wait to see you at this event to celebrate your child's accomplishments! The Instrumental Music Staff
5th and 6th grade Band students: Monday, January 14
6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside Middle School Auditorium
*Please note date change due to Mr. Freeman's absence.
The Winter parties were a terrific event to end the first semester. Each room parent went overboard creating an afternoon full of fun! Thank you to all the parents who volunteered and joined the parties.
The Hy-Vee receipts program was officially over on December 31, for this school year. Thank you to everyone who donated Hy-Vee receipts.
Stay Warm By Clipping Box Tops
All cooped up during the cold winter months? Spend time clipping Box Tops for our school. Simply trim unexpired Box Tops coupons and submit them to Loveland in a baggie or on the collection sheet. Remember to include your name and your teacher's name. Individual prizes will be given.
Elementary Unified Activities - Unified Carnival
Thursday, Jan. 31st, 6pm
9801 West Center Road
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 STEAM Night opportunity to our schools.
Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our fourth Unified Activity this year.
Where: Oakdale Elementary School 9801 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
When: Thursday, January 31st at 6:00
What: S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Join us for a fun evening of activities highlighting these key educational areas!
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
Details are attached.
Before and after school, the streets are filled with students walking, biking, and waiting for rides. Please be extremely careful while driving in the neighborhood, as the streets are snowy and icy. As the snow begins to pile, up please drive extremely cautious in and out of the Loveland neighborhood. Please communicate with your child about the importance of safely walking to and from school during these winter months.
Snow Days Information
Nebraska winters can get pretty tough at times. When snow accumulates and the bitter wind blows, Westside Community Schools share with parents a concern for the safety for their children. Here are a few guidelines that should help us in working together to assure the safety of students, no matter how bad the weather.
- If bad weather occurs you will receive a phone/text message from the District either the night before or that morning.
- We will also ask the local radio and television stations to make an announcement.
- You may also call the Information Line, 402-390-2299 for information about closings.
Snow gear for Recess
Students will be going outside as long as the temperature or the wind chill is not below ten degrees. Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for the colder weather. Students will not be allowed to play in the snow without snow boots and snow pants. Please make sure that all outer clothing items are marked with your child’s name. If a child brings home an article of
clothing that is not his/hers, please return it to the office.
Cub Scout Pack 366 Bell Ringing
Cub Scout Pack 366 had a chance to participate in the Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army by ringing bells at Nebraska Furniture Mart on December 14th and 15th. The pack was helping to raise money for the less fortunate. The donations that were raised help with programs and services that are needed around the Omaha area. Scouts were able to greet customers and spread some holiday cheer.