Tiger Times

Sunset Hills Monthly Newsletter

January 6, 2023

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January

5-Classes Resume

10-Community Club Meeting, Library, 6:30 pm

16-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-NO SCHOOL-Professional Learning Day

17-Don & Millie's Night, 4:00-9:00 pm

27-Spirit Day

February

7-Community Club, Library, 6:30 pm

10-NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day

20-NO SCHOOL-President's Day

21-Don & Millie's Night, 4:00-9:00 pm

24-Spirit Day & Adult Trivia Night

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Morning Arrival

Our school day begins at 8:30 am. Drop off time for breakfast is 8:10 am. All other students will be able to enter the building at 8:20 am. As long as the temperature is not below a "feels like" temperature of 10 degrees, your student will be asked to wait outside. Please make sure they are dressed accordingly.

Wednesday Dismissal

Every Wednesday we will end the school day at 3:00 pm instead of 3:30 pm. This gives our teachers throughout the District collaboration time by attending weekly professional learning communities.

Attendance

In addition to the classroom teacher, please also contact the main office at (402) 390-6480 or drelicharz.cristina@westside66.net with any information related to your child's attendance.


This includes:

•Late Arrival-include lunch preference

•Absence-include reason for absence

•Early pick up/appointments

•Change of pick up arrangements


If your student is not in their classroom by 8:30 am they must come to the main office to sign in or they will be counted absent. Students coming or going during the day for appointments, illness, etc also must sign in and out through the main office.

After School Plans

Please remember that after school plans should be made in the morning. Students are expected to be off school grounds by 3:45 pm (3:15 pm on Wednesdays). Each child should know what the after school plan is. Students going home with another child after school should make plans ahead of time.



Please remember to notify the school if there is an unexpected change of after school plans for your child. If you know in the morning, a note to the teacher and main office is always appreciated. We appreciate your cooperation in making sure your child is safe.

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT 2023-2024

Kindergarten enrollment for District residents for the 2023-24 school year begins approximately Feb 1, 2023. Please check our website at westside66.org as soon as possible after Feb 1st to start your enrollment online. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2023. Parents may wait to enroll their child(ren) in kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska law requires that child(ren) who reach the age of six prior to Jan 1st of the then current school year must be enrolled in school. For questions about enrollment, please contact the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100 or enrollment@westside66.net


KINDERGARTEN OPTION ENROLLMENT

If you live outside of the Westside district and have a child eligible for kindergarten in 2023-24 who has a sibling attending our schools through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an option application for your kindergartener. The deadline to apply for Option Enrollment is 4:00 pm on March 15th. In addition to kindergarten, you can apply for any other grade level by the same deadline, 4:00 pm on March 15th. Option Enrollment forms can be completed using this link: https://forms.gle/FvsmAEBqRpcePEKg9 Questions about Option Enrollment, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.


IN-DISTRICT TRANSFERS FOR 2023-24

Are you a District resident and would like your K-6 grade child(ren) to attend an elementary school in Westside other than the area where you live? The deadline to submit an In-District Transfer request for the upcoming school year is 4:00 pm on March 15th. An In-District Transfer request form must also be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has a sibling attending an elementary school outside of their home attendance area.. The deadline to submit this request is also 4:00 pm on March 15th. In district transfer forms can be completed using this link: https://forms.gle/EHgruZWb9MH1UBtH8 Questions about In-District Transfers, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.


EARLY ADMISSION FOR KINDERGARTEN

Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance to kindergarten must turn 5 years old between August 1 and October 15, 2023. For further information regarding early entrance testing, please contact Early Admissions at 402-390-3303.

Digital Dozen Award Winners

Sunset Student Poem Published

Several students from Westside Community Schools took the prompt of peculiar pets and created fabulous poems! The poems were entered in the Young Writers poetry contest along with thousands of other entries from around the nation. The poems were selected for publishing based on imagination, creativity, and use of language. The favorites have been named. Congratulations to Sunset 6th grader Aya, who had a poem chosen to be published in the 2022 Peculiar Pets-Around the USA.
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A Helpful Parent Resource regarding Bullying & Cyberbullying

The National Institutes of Health recognizes bullying as a significant public health problem. In the social media era, harassment and intimidation take place both offline and on, which amplifies the severity of aggression and stress in children and their parents. Children’s Hospital has made available this 15 minute “Just Kids Health” episode on Bullying & Cyberbullying to help parents understand bullying behaviors and how to address signs of bullying and prevent it. To best support our students, Westside is pleased to provide system-wide, bullying prevention programming to tackle bullying behavior.


Sunset Hills Community Club

The Sunset Hills Community Club Website is a tool for parents to access information about Sunset Hills. You can sign up to volunteer, purchase spirit wear, access the school calendar and family directory and more!

If you had signed up last year you will need to review and update your account to re-activate it, you will be able to use the same login.


Access the site here & be sure to bookmark it:

www.sunsethillscommunityclub.com

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Student Calendars

Breakfast/Lunch Information

Free Meals, Free/Reduced Applications Available


CLICK HERE to fill out your application.


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

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

Need Additional Support?

Westside has a team of School Social Workers who function as a link between the home, school and community. They can assist families who are experiencing social, familial and/or economic challenges that impact the learning process. This includes helping to pay utility bills and access to our Westside Family Resource Center.
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DON & MILLIE'S NIGHT

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Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 4-9pm

10727 West Center Road

Omaha, NE

Bring your family and friends. Dine in or drive through. 20% of every purchase made between 4-9 pm, is donated back to Sunset Hills!


•Please mention Sunset Hills when ordering.

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Download the Westside Community Schools App!

The Westside Community Schools App is now available in the Apple Store and Google Play! Search Westside Community Schools, and you will see the Starman logo, signifying our app!



This is a free download for anyone with a smart phone or device. It draws data directly from Powerschool and our new websites, to compile all kinds of information for our families from lunch menus to news items and information, to calendars and posts from our social media.

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QUICK LINKS