SEPTEMBER - 2020
7 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
18 - Group B Picture Day
(29 - Group A Picture Day)
21 - Professional Learning - NO SCHOOL
You can link to the calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/r/month?tab=mc.
At home or at school, wear RED, WHITE and BLUE on Friday, September 11th for PATRIOT'S DAY!
Online Classroom Etiquette
Thank you for all your assistance throughout the start of this school year. We continue to problem solve best practice within a new format of in person and virtual learning. Overall, everyone is doing quite well. A few reminders to assist students and teachers to optimize teaching and learning.
- ALL Extended Campus Learners must be ready for instruction at 8:45. The expectations for students to demonstrate responsible, respectful and safe behavior is as follows:
- There is an established work area clear of distraction with a hard surface for writing (preferably a table/desk)
- Be on time
- Mute Yourself
- Turn on video
- No food or drinks (The student is finished with breakfast)
- The student is dressed for school (school clothes based on Westside Dress Code)
- Raise your hand to talk
- Be prepared (materials are ready)
- No toys or distractions
- Be in a quiet room
- Students engage in lessons and complete assignments
- Please bring ipads to school fully charged
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Mrs. Westfall and Staff
Yellow or Green Mode School Picture Plan
If we are in Yellow Mode, our School Picture schedule is as follows:
September 18 - Group B Picture Day
September 29 - Group A Picture Day
October 27 - Retake Day
If we are in Green Mode, our School Picture schedule is as follows:
September 18 - All School Picture Day
October 27 - Retake Day
100% EC learners will be invited to choose a time via email to participate in school picture day.
Calling all Westside 5th Graders
The Returning Student Registration
All returning students must have their information updated so we have current contact information for the safety of your child. If you haven't completed your Returning Student Registration, you should do so as soon as possible.
- How do I get started?
- What if I forgot my PowerSchool account login information?
You can reset your password using the “Forgot Username or Password?” link on the login page (ps.westside66.org). Please be aware that the recovery email will be sent to the email address you used to create the account, which may not be your current email address.
If you need further assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 402-390-2100.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This year more than ever, due to the effects of COVID on education and instruction over these past 5 months, MTSS in Westside assures that we regularly monitor student skills and progress and follow-up with providing students what they need to be successful in learning. Right away in August and September this means that we first assess all students to determine their current skill levels, group students, 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.
*We understand the disruption COVID has caused in the educational system. We continue to use research-based high quality instructional practices to meet the needs of all students to as great of an extent as the current pandemic situation allows. We are adapting as we progress throughout the year. 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 skills may become.
*All meals will now be served as stated on calendar days*
2020 - 2021 Meal Information
Breakfast: $1.60 (Reduced: $0.30)
Lunch: $2.50 (Reduced: $0.40)
Extra Main: $1.20
Bottled Water or Extra Milk* $0.50
*Cost of lunch includes one milk. Bottled water is always extra.
Breakfast is served from 8:10 - 8:30 daily.
- CASH OR CHECK - Breakfast and lunch charges come out of the same account. Each student in your family has a separate account, but you may send one check to be divided. Please make checks out to “Prairie Lane.” You may drop lunch money in the “lunchbox” at the office during our Sneak-A-Peek night or anytime. Be sure to include your child's NAME.
- PAY On-Line - Our on-line payment website is www.myschoolbucks.com. If you are setting up a new myschoolbucks account, you will need your student's ID numbers available from Mrs. Thompson at the office. For additional support or questions, please contact Michele Divoky at email@example.com or 402-390-3382, or you can go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free/Reduced Applications - Applications for free/reduced meals must be completed every year regardless of whether you qualified in the past. Forms are available on-line now and anytime at wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com .
Here is the link to the Prairie Lane Community Club sign-ups, information and directory forms. You MUST CONSENT to be included in the directory. PLEASE NOTE due to privacy laws, only those who sign up to be in the directory will receive access to directory information.
If you are interested in being a room parent for your child’s classroom or being a room parent chair please email Nichole Trovato at email@example.com
In the next month we will be beginning our newest fundraiser “Step it Up” with this fundraiser you will send emails to family and friends across the country in hopes for support. You child will have various opportunities to win some awesome prizes. Be on the lookout for additional information!
Please make sure to review the schools calendar frequently as we will update any events including meetings on the calendar.
If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to reach out to Nichole Trovato.
The 2020-21 PLCC Board :
President - Nichole Trovoto
Vice President - Megan McCall
Secretary - Kelley Meyers
Treasurer - Anna Lehotyak
Due to COVID-19 PLCC will not host any on campus events sponsored by Prairie Lane or PLCC during the first quarter. Decisions about events after this timeframe will be made several weeks after school begins. All WCS Elementaries will follow these guidelines.
Have a Safe, Respectful, Responsible!
# BE KIND
SEE YOU SOON!