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Westgate Elementary Monthly Newsletter

May 3, 2019

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10 - Kindergarten Round-up 9:30-11:00 am

14 - 5th/6th gr. Strings West /Fest @ WHS 7pm

14 - CC Mtg. & Parent Advisory 6pm

17 - Godfather's Slice of the Pie 5-9pm

24 - Last Day of School - 1:00pm Dismissal


August - 14 First Day of School - 8:40 am

Monthy Reminders

Returning Student Registration

Middle School Health Physical/Immunization Requirements

By law, all incoming 7th graders must present evidence of having a complete physical examination, updated immunizations (Tdap is required by state law), and a dental exam prior to entering school. For missing immunizations, state law allows us to accept only valid medical exemption forms, signed by a physician or notarized religious exemption forms. A signed waiver form from parents/guardian refusing to provide physical exam documentation is also required. All forms are available from the District’s ABC Welcome Center.

Physicians may print out results of the physical exam and immunizations on their forms, or parents may print the 7th grade health physical exam form from the WMS website found in the “Health Information” area. Exams must be completed anytime after March 1, 2019, and before school starts in the Fall. Students planning to participate in sports must have a physical dated after May 1, 2019.

If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, a health action plan is required. Asthma action plans must be completed and signed by a doctor and may be found on the WMS website in the “Health Information” area or picked up from the WMS main office. I will be checking my email periodically during the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, or contact the main office at WMS for general information.

Melissa Smith, BSN, BS, RN

Westside Middle School Nurse

Direct (402) 408-8652

Main Office (402) 390-6464

Fax (402) 390-6454

Email: smith.melissaa@westside66.net

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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. Mininni know. Soon she will be sending out important information about our parent meeting as well as Round Up Day for the children.

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Severe Weather Procedures

Severe weather season is here. Your child’s safety is always our first concern. If school is in session at the time a tornado warning is issued, students and staff will immediately relocate to their designated shelter. Should a tornado warning occur after school has dismissed and children are still on the school grounds, staff are instructed to bring students inside and to a designated shelter. If students are on a bus, bus drivers are instructed to return the students to school or take them to the nearest school building. We strongly encourage parents not to pick up their children from school if a warning is in effect as students have already taken shelter. If you have questions, please contact the office at 402-390-6495.

Student Dress Code

Students in the Westside Community Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for the school setting.

Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes with the learning environment or teaching process in our school. Following is a list of examples of attire that will not be considered appropriate; this list is not exclusive, and other forms of attire may be deemed by the Principal to be inappropriate for the school setting:

1. Clothing that shows an inappropriate amount of bare skin or underwear (midriffs,

spaghetti straps, sagging pants) or clothing that is too tight, revealing or baggy, or tops

and bottoms that do not overlap or any material that is sheer or lightweight enough to

be seen through, or otherwise of an appropriate size and fit so as to be revealing or

drag on the ground;

2. Shorts, skirts, etc. that do not reach mid-thigh or longer;

3. Sleepwear and slippers, including pajama bottoms, and costumes, unless part of a

school-sponsored activity;

4. Clothing or jewelry that advertises or promotes beer, alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs;

5. Clothing or jewelry that could be used as a weapon (chains, spiked apparel) or that

would encourage “horse-play” or that would damage property (e.g. cleats);

6. Head wear including hats, caps, bandannas, and scarves;

7. Clothing or jewelry which exhibits nudity, makes sexual references or carries lewd,

indecent, or vulgar double meaning;

8. Clothing or jewelry that is gang related.

Consideration will be made for students who wear special clothing as required by

religious beliefs, disability, or to convey a particularized message protected by law.

The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by the Principal. In the

event a student is uncertain as to whether a particular item or method of grooming is

consistent with the school’s guidelines, the student or student’s parent/guardian should

contact the Principal for approval.

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Little Warrior Track Meet

Online pre-registration for the Little Warrior Track Meet closes this Wednesday.


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Notice of Nondiscrimination

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Are Prohibited

Westside Community Schools prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital, parental or pregnancy status, military status and any other basis protected by law in its programs and activities or in admission or access to, or treatment in, hiring and employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Retaliation for reporting discrimination or harassment or for participating in an investigation is also prohibited and will not be tolerated.

If you have concerns SHARE them with the building principal, a dean, counselor or any other building administrator or teacher or the Title IX Coordinator listed below. You may, but are not required to, fill out a Report of Concern Form, which is available on our website: www.westside66.org, in the main office or from the Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX coordinator can also answer questions about our nondiscrimination policies and procedures. The designated Title Coordinator for students, parents, and others is

Director of Student Services Westside Community Schools 909 S 76th ST
Omaha, NE 68114 402-390-2100

Board Policy 5330 “Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination” has information for students and parents about harassment and discrimination. For further information about anti-discrimination laws or to file a complaint of discrimination you may also contact

Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Dept. of Education
One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 320 Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 268-0550, Fax (816) 268-0599, (TDD) (800) 877- 8339, or ocr.kansascity@ed.gov.

Westside Unified Activity

Dear Westside Elementary Families,

You are receiving this message as a prior attendee for a Westside Unified Activity. We are excited for the success that Unified Activities are having in bringing students with and without intellectual disabilities together for fun and friendship.

Our May event will be a Field Games activity on May 13, 2019. Please find the link below for our flyer.

Unified Field Games Participation Flyer

While you can still turn in a copy of the flyer to your building, we would greatly appreciate if you would make your reservation online using our reservation form. This provides us with your updated contact information directly as we plan for this event.

Unified Activity Reservation Form - https://tinyurl.com/WCSUAR1819

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mr. Higginbotham, Principal - Rockbrook Elementary