Panther Press

August 2021

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All are welcome to an Open House to celebrate the NEW Prairie Lane Elementary School! This Westside Community Schools learning center, located at 11444 Hascall Street, was renovated/rebuilt thanks to the investment of District 66 stakeholders. Come in and see our beautiful new school!

Note From Mrs. Westfall

Hello Prairie Lane Families!

I am so excited to start another new school year with our WONDERFUL Prairie Lane students, families and staff. It is also exciting to begin the year in our beautiful new school. Thank you for all of your concern, support and kind words last year! We certainly appreciate each of you and look forward to seeing you “in person” in the new building soon! We cannot wait to share this beautiful building with all of you, and we especially look forward to our students returning on August 17th for the first day of school!

Enjoy your last full week of summer break, and we will see all of you on August 12th for “Meet Your Teacher,” AKA: Sneak a Peek!

Mrs. Westfall

Welcome Back, Panthers!

Look for Classroom Placement Letters coming in early August!

Check your email for this exciting announcement!

School starts on Tuesday, August 17th at 8:30 a.m. for all 1st - 6th graders and Group One Kindergarteners. Group Two Kindergarteners start on Thursday, August 19th at 8:30 a.m.

Card My Yard

To welcome students back to school, there will be a Card My Yard display set up near the main entrance of Prairie Lane Elementary School for families to take NEW SCHOOL YEAR photos, if you wish to take photos on school grounds. We will have this display set up ONLY on the DAY BEFORE school starts - MONDAY, AUGUST 16th from dawn to dusk.

Meet the Teacher/Sneak-A-Peek Night August 12th!

All Prairie Lane families are invited to come to Sneak-A-Peek open house from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th. This fun night provides students and parents with the opportunity to meet their teachers and see where classrooms are located before the first day of school. Feel free to bring school supplies with you!

We'd like to stagger times if possible, but if the assigned time is not convenient, please use the time that works for you!

5:30 - 6:00 PM - Family Last Names A-K

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Family Last Names L-Z

Arrival and Dismissal

Dear Prairie Lane Families,

Welcome to a new school year! We are excited to see everyone. Below you will find the explanation for arrival and dismissal along with a map. There will be many adults assisting so we will help with the procedures!


Supervision and breakfast begins at 8:10 am with the first bell for students to enter the building at 8:20 am. The second bell rings at 8:30 am and students are considered tardy after the second bell. All students will enter DOOR 1.

  • Walkers:

    • Students walking will be directed to cross at the crosswalks where designated staff and safety patrol students will assist.

  • Car Drop off:

    • Use the new dropoff lane and stay in the left lane.

    • Stay in the line and do not pass other cars

    • Follow the lead of the staff and safety patrol

    • Keep crosswalks clear for crossing

  • No parking along Hascall Street

  • No parking in the Prairie Lane Parking Lot during arrival except for ECC families

  • You will be directed to drive straight or turn right out of the parking lot.


We will dismiss Walkers and bus students at 3:25. Club66 and car riders will dismiss at the 3:30 bell.

  • Students are considered "Walkers" if they are meeting their ride parked along side streets

    • We will have many crossing guards and staff to assist walkers

    • We ask parents picking up walkers to wait along the sidewalk next to Hascall Street at the parking lot entrance or along 114th St.

    • Students will be walking to those areas to alleviate congestion at the car and bus loading zone.

  • Dismissal is at 3:30 M, T, Th, F and 3:00 on Wednesday

    • Please do not arrive before 3:25 (2:55 on Wednesday)

  • No parking along Hascall Street

  • No parking in the Prairie Lane Parking Lot during dismissal except for ECC families

  • You will be directed to go straight or turn right out of the parking lot.

  • See the attached map for loading/unloading zones, crosswalks and marked areas for students walking to/from school.

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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.

The Returning Student Registration

Online enrollment for the upcoming school year is now available! This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Registration.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get started?
Login into your PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to register along the top
  2. Select the Student Registration Icon on the left side for 2021-2022.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions
  4. Click Begin Forms

I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the “Having trouble signing in?” link on the Sign In page, please contact for assistance logging in to the Parent Portal. Please supply the name(s) of child(ren).

Do I have to answer all the questions?
Required questions are marked as "Required".

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change, click on the underlined field or click “Prev” to return to a previous page.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
When you have finished entering your information, click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button, you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

What if I have more than one student at *is*Customer:Name*is*?
Do I need to do this for each child? Yes, because you’ll need to provide information that is specific for each child. We recommend that you submit one *is*Action:Title*is* and then start another – this will allow you to “snap over” shared family information, which will save you time. Go back to your PowerSchool Parent Portal, click on next child's name, then click on the icon again.

2021- 2022 Breakfast/Lunch Information

Free Meals, Free/Reduced Applications Available

ALL Westside Community Schools students will receive FREE meals (breakfast & lunch) for the 21/22 school year. Meals are funded by the US Department of Agriculture, as an extension of waivers issued to provide safe, healthy food for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An important note: if you qualify for Free or Reduced Meals, please fill out an application with Westside Community Schools! While meals are free for all students this school year, your application will ensure student benefits including discounts on computers, transportation, summer camps and more.

CLICK HERE to fill out your application.

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Club 66 is currently FULL for Fall Enrollment. You may contact Stephanie if you would like to be placed on the wait list. 402-390-8209

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Be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible!