WESTBROOK NEWS & UPDATES
Greetings From Mr. Hottovy.....
It seems as though COVID has thrown us another uptick in cases! Our number one priority is to keep kids in school. To do so, we will continue to limit visitors inside our school, allow for extra space between students when possible, and we will still require masks of everyone regardless of vaccination status until at least January 21. If your student is not feeling well or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you can help stop the spread by reporting this to us right away at 402.390.6490. If we can all do the right thing, we can keep COVID out and kids in school.
I am extremely proud of the work that our staff is doing day in and day out to keep kids safe and learning. Please help me in recognizing staff members that have gone above and beyond for our students. Use the form below to nominate a staff member for the "Staff Member of the Week". Each week two staff members will be chosen from your nominations.
Lastly, everyone is welcome to join us for our January Community Club Meeting next Tuesday night at 6:30 in the Library. Masks will be required and we hope to see many of you there.
Mr. Hottovy, Westbrook Principal
Winter Weather Reminder...
Our caring team of school social workers are here to support your child and family! If you need food, clothing, utilities, or other support, contact your principal, or click above for our latest Social Worker newsletter!
A WORD FROM THE BUFFETT EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
Greetings Westbrook Families,
Westbrook, along with other area schools, has been a part of a partnership with The Buffett
Institute and The University of Nebraska for several years. The purpose of this joint effort is
to reach children before they come to kindergarten, even before they are born, to help
increase school readiness and confidence, to create schools as a connection point for
Westbrook students and families, and to strengthen and support families and whatever
needs they may have. There are 3 components in this birth- grade 3 continuum: home
visitation for prenatal-age 3 children, quality preschool for 3-4 year olds, and aligned
Kindergarten-Grade 3 curriculum, instruction, and assessment for 5- through 8-year-olds.
If you are, or know of a Westbrook family with younger children, we want you to be aware of
the free Home Visitation program here at Westbrook to support our families with children
from pregnancy to preschool age. Eileen Britton, Westbrook’s Home Visitor, provides
weekly, curriculum-based visits with families of children under age 3, and assists with the
transition to preschool. She would be happy to talk with you about this wonderful program
with the goal of ensuring our children and families have the tools for the best start possible!
This link shares some specifics about the purpose of this program
Westbrook Office: 402-390-6490
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ENROLLMENT!!!
Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2022-23 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 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 402-390-2107.
Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents
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 2022-23 school year begins January 24. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after January 24.
Students entering kindergarten for 2022-23 must be five years old by July 31, 2022. 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, 2022. 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. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website or 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. In you have questions, please call 402-390-2107.