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Paddock Road Monthly Newsletter

April 5, 2019

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Calendar Happenings

April 9 - 4-9pm - Planet Sub Night

April 8 - 14th - B & G Week! 25% goes to Paddock Road Community Club!

April 9 - 6:30pm - PR Community Club Meeting.

April 16 - Unified Basketball Event 5:30-7:00pm

April 19 - GOOD FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day

April 22 - New Kindergarten Parent Meeting 6:00pm

April 23 - 4-9pm Don & Millies Night

April 23 - 7pm - K-2nd Grade Music Concert @ WMS

April 25 - 5:30 - 7pm Art Show & Learning Celebration

May 3rd - 9am - 11:15am Kindergarten Roundup - No School for current kindergarteners!

Returning Student Registration

Be on the lookout in April for our Returning Student Registration process for current Westside students. Starting in mid-April, parents will be asked to login to their parent PowerSchool account and update information and permission forms for the 2019-2020 school year.


Completing these forms now will reduce—at least a little bit—the information overload parents face when school starts in August. Once you're finished, your child will be registered for the 2019-2020 school year. and we will have up-to-date contact information for back-to-school communication this summer.

7th Grade Requirements

7th Grade Requirements:

Physicals and Immunizations

From our Middle School Nurse:

Nebraska law requires all students entering 7th grade to have a complete physical (also fulfills the requirements for a sports physical).

• For those playing sports, physicals must be performed after May 1st; for all others, examinations must be performed after March 1st.

• A Tdap booster given after 10 years of age prior to entering 7th grade is also required.

Please call your health care provider to schedule your child's physical and immunizations (call now—appointments fill up fast). Once completed, we ask that you turn in your completed physical, along with immunizations,

to the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) before August 1st.


Please email questions to smith.melissaa@westside66.net.

Melissa Smith, RN, BSN, BS

Westside Middle School

Phone: 402-408-8652

Fax: 402-390-6454

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Family Engagement Survey

About this time last year, the leadership team at Paddock invited families to fill out an online survey asking for input about family engagement and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). The survey was available as a link and computers/iPads were set up during spring conferences. Thank you again to all the families who were able to participate in the survey! The leadership team has used this data in multiple ways - information was shared with the Community Club, the core PBIS team (which includes two parent representatives), and the WebMaster (the staff member who manages our website and social media platforms). Our PBIS team has implemented new incentives for thumbs up and a consistent check-in time for positive office referrals. The Community Club continues to provide information to families in the monthly newsletter, and is always looking for new members and volunteers. Please continue to provide us with your feedback and/or any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for your dedication to our school, kids, and community!

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Paddock Road Community Club Announcement

Please join us for our April PRCC meeting on 04/09 at 6:30pm in the Paddock Media Center. We will be selecting the Paddock Road scholarship recipient as well as filling activity/fundraising chairs for the upcoming school year 2019/2020! Interested in taking on a role with the Community Club? Please email Rachel.mesenbrink@jetlinx.com and we will talk!

Counselor's Corner

In classroom group guidance, students will be studying ways for children to stay safe. Along with the teachers, I will be teaching 1-2 lessons in the classrooms from HealthTeacher.com, curriculum provided to us by Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Kindergarten and 1st grade- Our objectives are to help students differentiate between a stranger and trusted adults, understand the importance of trusting their feelings when a situation isn’t right, and identify ways to communicate to protect personal safety.

2nd -4th grade- Our objectives are to help students identify strangers and trusted adults, describe feelings that may signal a danger situation, and identify ways to keep themselves safe.

5th and 6th grade- Students will review a fact sheet about child abuse and identify abusive situations and refusal techniques to help protect themselves.

I will begin teaching the lessons in April. Please call or email if you have any questions.

Sarah Lieske, NCC, LMHP

School Counselor

402-408-8836

lieske.sarah@westside66.net

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5th & 6th Grade Band Members!!!

CONGRATULATIONS 5th and 6th grade Band students on a great job at Band-o-rama! Paddock Road students did an amazing job during the rehearsal and represented our school with awesome attitudes and positive choices all day. A special thank you as well to all the families who attended our musical extravaganza! Way to go PADDOCK ROAD!!!!!!!!


Thanks to all who participated and your amazing talents!

Box Top Contest Winners!

We have an official winner for the spring box tops competition! 6th grade! Details to come soon on the day and the time for the Oreo/pajama party! We had many classes with a great turnout...thank you all so much! Because of all of you, our Paddock Road Community Club was able to raise $682.80 which will go back to helping the kids and teachers! Thank you all again for your participation....and start saving now for next year!

Battle of the Books Results and Pictures

Congratulations to the three teams from Paddock Road that participated in this year's Battle of the Books. The three teams were: The Smarty Pants made up of Lily Hoffman, Evlyn Jasa and Erin Fast; The Bookworms made up of TreVon Robinson, Willow Ronk-Oliver, Anthony Eccleston, and Syanne Reynolds; The Speed Readers who have placed in the last three years is made up of Piper Zatechka, Kaden Shepherd, Joe Simon, Drew Longmeyer and Anthony Barone. Congratulations to all on all your hard work.
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Speech Contest Winners

The Kiwanis Elementary Speech Contest was held Friday, March 8th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. Sixth graders from across the district prepared speeches on the topic, "Tragedy and Triumph" and each school selected one student to attend the district contest. The first, second, and third place winners will attend a luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis on March 13th along with their classroom teacher and families. Congratulations to all students!


  • 1st Place: Elaina K., Prairie Lane

  • 2nd Place: Marina D., Oakdale

  • 3rd Place: Joe Simon, Paddock Road

  • Bella G., Hillside

  • Violet C., Loveland

  • Cora S., Rockbrook

  • Alex I., Sunset Hills

  • Travis A., Swanson

  • Lisa F., Westbrook

  • Josie C., Westgate

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Digital Dozen Award

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Roe Battershell and Alex Christiansen as the most recent recipients of the Digital Dozen award! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of their accomplishment!


Congratulations Roe and Alex!

~The EY Team

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Athlete Waiver - Little Warrior


~I acknowledge that participation of my son or daughter in a track event can be a dangerous activity. I understand that risks include injury/death from such hazards as weather conditions, falls, contact with other participants, and other potential hazards.

~I acknowledge that the Little Warrior Track Meet involves strenuous physical activity and that my son or daughter is in the physical condition necessary to participate in each event.

~In consideration of allowing my son or daughter to participate in this event, I hereby release, on
my own behalf and on behalf of my son or daughter, and forever discharge Westside Community Schools, along with its employees, agents and board members, from any and all liability (except liability for injuries which arising out of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct) resulting from, or in any way connected with my son or daughters participation in this event.

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