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Westgate Elementary Monthly Newsletter

April 9, 2021

Westgate Elementary, Westside Community Schools
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April

3- 402 BBQ Day 11am- 4pm

7 - Scooter's Day for Westgate @84th and F

17 - Don & Millies Caring and Sharing 11am-9pm

23 - Host District Music - NO SCHOOL

27- Kindergarten Parent Meeting 6pm-7pm

May

7- Kindergarten Round Up 9:30am-11:30am

18 - Band Concert (5th grade) 6pm, Westside High School Gym

18 - Band Concert (6th grade) 7:30pm, Westside High School Gym

20 - Strings Concert (5th grade) 6pm, Westside High School Gym

20 - Strings Concert (6th grade) 7:30pm, Westside High School Gym

6th Grade Parent Information Night!

Come learn all about Westside Middle School. Parents will walk away learning about general expectations, schedules, grading and different activities that are offered to students.


Tuesday, April 13th 6:00 pm or 7:15 pm

Thursday, April 15th 6:00 pm or 7:15 pm


We will practice social distancing protocols by only allowing two people (Students will be getting this information at the Walkabout). Please sign up using this link 6th Grade Parent Information Night. You only need to sign up for one of the sessions.

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Elementary Instrumental Music Celebration Concerts!


Band and String Families, we are excited to announce our district wide end of the year celebration concerts! Each performer may have 4 guests in attendance with them at these events! Info about safety requirements and practices will be sent home as the dates approach. Please add the appropriate date and time for your student to your family calendars and reserve the night for this event! We can not wait to gather together for a live performance to celebrate all that these students have accomplished as musicians throughout this unprecedented year!

Mrs. CJ, Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Matheson and Dr. Meints


Fifth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym


Sixth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym


Fifth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym


Sixth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Coming soon!


We will be having a virtual concert this year for each of our music classes! The students are very excited to share with you what we have been doing this year. Each class has picked their favorite songs, games and activities to share with you! You will be receiving an email with a concert link in the near future, where you will be able to view, share and congratulate your students on the GREAT job they have been doing in music this year. We are looking forward to sharing our favorite activities with you soon!


~Mrs. Bosworth

Vocal Music Teacher


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Symptoms Tracker

Children’s COVID-19 Help Line

402-955-3200

Visit ChildrensOmaha.org/Symptoms to access Children’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online assessment tool developed by Children’s to help parents and supplement our 24/7 COVID-19 Help Line.

TO REPORT ABSENCES...

CALL:

Office - 402-390-6495

(Available 24 hours a day)

You are welcome to leave a message with your child’s name and reason for the absence

START TIME: 8:30 A.M.


Our instructional school day will start at 8:30 a.m. Doors will be opened at 8:20 a.m. allowing students plenty of time to walk to classrooms, hang up backpacks, check in with teachers and peers, and be ready for those first important words of the day at 8:30 a.m. Give your students every advantage of a successful day by having them here at 8:20 a.m.!

Social Skills for April

Accepting Compliments

Asking for Help

Showing Self-Control

Showing Respect



Expectations for April

Bus/Transportation

Hallway

Bathroom

Playground/Indoor Recess

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Due to a grant, school breakfast and lunch are FREE. If you would like your child(ren) to eat a grab and go breakfast, they may arrive at 8:20


•Please note: If your child orders extra of the entree or anything a la carte there WILL be a charge for those items.


Online lunch menu may be viewed here:

https://schools.mealviewer.com/school/WestgateElementarySchool


Free/Reduced Application available here: http://wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com

Applications must be completed every year regardless of whether you have qualified in the past.

MySchoolBucks

Advantages of using MySchoolBucks:

  • View your student's meal purchases
  • See current account balance at a glance
  • Automatic reminders when student or staff balance gets low
  • Schedule recurring payments and never worry about lunch money again

Click on the link to access: www.myschoolbucks.com

Getting started is a simple three-step process!

1. Download the app or visit the MySchoolBucks homepage and click on “Sign Up Free”.

2.Create a user profile with your email address, establish a password, and set up your security questions.

3.Add a Student to your account using the student’s name, date of birth, and/or student ID number. (Some schools and districts may require either the student’s date of birth or student ID number. If you need assistance with your student's ID, please contact their school.)

Now you’re ready to make payments!

MySchoolBucks Parent Support
1-855-832-5226
support@myschoolbucks.com

CHECK OUT THE NEW WESTGATE WEBSITE!!!!

Be sure to bookmark this site for upcoming events and other school-related information.


https://www.westside66.org/westgate

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KEEP US FROM GETTING LOST!

Please make sure to mark all jackets, coats, hats, gloves, lunch pails, backpacks and other student items with their NAME in case they are left around the building or out at recess. This helps us get them back to the right owner.

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Free After School Club @ Do Space!

This is a brand new, virtual After School Club we've recently launched at Do Space for elementary and middle school kids. Each session explores STEAM activities with kids -- including coding tutorials, engineering and making, design, and digital art. This program is totally free and hosted on Zoom every weekday afternoon except Fridays. Do Space is located in Omaha, but it's our hope this program benefits kids across Nebraska. You can find more information here: https://dospace.org/afterschool/.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for the 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, 2021. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.