Paddock Road Newsletter
September 8th 2023
Calendar September, October 2023
October 3 - Family Engagement Night - 5:30-7:00pm Fall Festival
October 5 - School Pictures
October 11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8pm
October 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8am-4pm No School
October 13 - No School
October 16 - Teacher Professional Learning Day - No School
Paddock Road Calendar 2023-2024
Staff Member of the Month - Hannah Poth
Ms. Poth has quickly shown her high expectations for all students at Paddock Road by working hard to ensure that each of her students is included in all Paddock activities She has been eating lunch with her students each day in order to get to know them better so as to ensure they will get the best support possible, whether it be from her or from someone else she has trained to work with her students. Ms. Poth carries herself with a smile on her face and you can hear the passion for her job in her voice when she talks about her students. She goes above and beyond to learn about the students and how to best support them in the classroom. She has shown up each day with a willingness to be creative, demonstrate flexibility, share her knowledge, and exude positivity. Her room is an inviting space for both learning and collaboration. This teacher has experienced such growth and success already! She is phenomenal.
Ms. Poth has been an incredible addition to Paddock Road and we are lucky to have her!
FALL FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NIGHT
Student Reading Challenge
All students are invited to participate in Paddock's monthly reading challenge. Although it is voluntary, we hope that we can get all our students to join in the fun!
A calendar was sent home with students this week to start logging their daily minutes. Students should record how many minutes they read or are read to (outside of school hours) each day. The goal is for grades K-2 to read or be read to for 300 minutes total in the month, and for grades 3-6 to read or be read to for 500 minutes.
The last day of the month, participating students should turn in their calendars to the teachers. Parents will need to sign the calendar before it is turned in. Students who met the monthly goal will be entered into a raffle to win a gold coin for the book vending machine - we’ll pick a few each month. We hope your child will participate and join this opportunity to grow as Paddock readers!
Morning Drop Off PROCEDURES
Arrival begins at 8:10. There are no adults outside supervising students prior to 8:10. We currently have a number of students arriving before 8:00 a.m. This poses a safety and security concern for our students. We will begin to call the families of students arriving prior to 8:00 to discuss barriers to arriving around 8:10.
There are eight cones indicating drop-off positions. When you drop your children off, once you are inside the coned area, your kids may exit your vehicle. Pull forward until traffic has stopped and allow your children to exit your vehicle. Please do not wait until cone one (the cone closest to the front door) to drop off your students. Waiting will slow down the flow of traffic and parents and students run the risk of being tardy to school and work.
Thank you so much for your assistance with starting the school day off on a positive note.
MTSS - MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT
Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. MTSS in Westside assures that we regularly monitor student skills and follow-up with providing students what they need to be successful in learning. Beginning in August, this means that we first screen all students to determine their current skill levels and plan our instruction to meet their needs.
What is MTSS?
MTSS is a framework for providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress & skills are measured, and these results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and allows for a continuum of supports designed to meet the needs of individual students. This support may be provided in a large or small group by the classroom teacher or other support staff, either within or outside the classroom.
What does this mean for my child?
A key component of the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings are brief tests used to measure the progress of all students and are given three times per year. As a result of the screenings, students may be identified as needing some degree of supplemental intervention in addition to the instruction they are receiving in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will be notified. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.
Nebraska Reading Improvement Act: The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act went into effect at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is that all Nebraska students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This is accomplished by ensuring all students have access to high-quality instruction and for struggling readers to receive targeted support (intervention). Our current MTSS framework in Westside Community Schools already allows for us to meet these state requirements. Also, the more students continue to read, review math facts, and write/journal each day at home, in addition to their instruction from school, the more secure their
MAP Testing - That's a wrap
Throughout our school year students take periodic assessments to help teachers plan, prepare, and instruct for student success. This week, students participated in our fall round of assessments. All students were screened using assessments from our FastBridge system. Each grade level is tested on different skills to see their current level of understanding. For grades 3-6 students also take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth Assessments. Some tests are administered individually and others as a class, students completing them, individually, on their iPads. Both assessment suites are aligned with Nebraska State Standards and also provide early projections for academic readiness.
BOOK VENDING MACHINE
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COMMUNITY CLUB CORNER
We are currently looking for volunteers to help organize and run the Halloween and Valentine’s Day parties for each classroom for this school year. Room parents should be ready to help coordinate with teachers and set up and run games/activities for the parties
If you are interested, please sign up at:
Please sign up by September 10th
Dance marathon fundraising
Returning Student Registration
All families of returning students must complete Returning Student Registration prior to the start of the 2023-24 school year. This needs to be completed for each returning student in your family in order for your student to attend field trips, allow Paddock Road staff permission to take photos of your child/ren, update contacts, etc.
If you have not done so already, please CLICK HERE to complete this important process.
Enter your PowerSchool parent portal information to log in
Click Returning Student Registration near the bottom left side
If you have problems logging in, please email email@example.com.
Visitors at Breakfast and Lunch
Absences and Tardies
We want to know that all our students are safe. Please notify the office at 402-390-6465 (available 24 hours a day) or email our Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Kathy Cordes (firstname.lastname@example.org) when your student is not coming to school or will be late for school. If we have not heard from you, it is our policy to call.
Students arriving after 8:30 am must come to the office and check in. Parents picking up or dropping off their students during the day for appointments, illness, etc., must sign them in and out through the office.
We are lucky in Nebraska to get to enjoy all four seasons. This also means that at times the weather gets in the way of our fun and plans. Below is a brief description of our procedures when the weather is not cooperating:
Warm Weather: We will stay indoors for recess and safety patrol if the air temperature or heat index is 95° or higher.
Cold Weather: So long as the air temperature or wind chill factor is 10° or warmer, students will be outside for recess and safety patrol.
Air Quality: If the air quality index (AQI) is 101 or higher, we will remain indoors for recess.
Rain: When rain is heavy enough that students would get considerably wet, or when there is thunder or lightning, students will be kept inside or brought inside. In addition, if conditions have been such that fields are muddy, access to dirt and grass areas may be restricted as well as playground equipment if it is deemed too slick for safe play.
Severe Weather: If the National Weather Service issues a Thunderstorm Warning students are kept inside. In the event of a Tornado Warning, students are moved to our area of refuge in the shelters on the East side of the building. Families coming to the school during this time are encouraged to take shelter with us until the warning has passed.
Step up for down syndrome
UNO MIGHTY MAVS
Mark your calendars for this FREE event!!
Join UNO Athletic Department and United Cerebral Palsy as they host
2023 Mighty Mavs on Saturday, September 16.
This is a FREE event open to families in the community of individuals with special needs.
Our student-athletes look forward to having a fun morning with everyone!
***More information and a registration link will be emailed out in the coming weeks!
OPERATION SCHOOL BELL
Kindergarten through eighth grade students from ten public and parochial school districts in the greater Omaha community are served through Assistance League of Omaha’s lighthouse philanthropic program Operation School Bell. By partnering with JCPenney, 4000+ children shop each fall for new school appropriate clothing, and may choose a brand new book. Follow-up data indicates that participation in Operation School Bell has a positive effect on student self-confidence, attendance, behavior and peer relations.
If financial circumstances find your family in need of this or similar supports, please contact your child's teacher, our Counselor, Ms. O'Brien, or our School Soclal Worker, Ms. Cushing.