9503 Walnut St Omaha NE 68124 402-390-6480

Sunset Hills Elementary Newsletter

Summer 2019

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Mission Statement

The mission of Sunset Hills School, as part of a cohesive, involved community, is to provide a quality, well-rounded education by maximizing opportunities for each learner in a safe and caring environment.

Dear Families

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying yoursummer and staying cool.

I would like to welcome our new families and teachers! We are excited to meet you and welcome you into the Sunset family. It is truly a great place to be.

We will miss Mrs. Schutte, Mrs. Bivens, Mrs. Cole and Mr. Huntley as they pursue new adventures. We welcome Mrs. Schnase, Ms. James, Ms. Shea, Mrs. Cordle and Mrs.

Fuller as they join our ever-growing team!

On Aug. 12th, from 6:00-7:00pm, we will have our traditional Back

to School Family Picnic/Sneak a Peek night. Please bring a dinner and chairs/blanket to sit on.

Enjoy your last weeks of summer. I look forward to seeing you all and hearing about your adventures!

Ms. Patterson

Calendar Reminder


12 Sneak-A-Peek/Back to School Picnic 6 -7 pm


20 Don & Millie’s Night 4 -9pm

29 6th Grade Outdoor Ed Parent Mtg

6:30pm @ WMS Performing Arts


2 Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

3 Curriculum Night for Band & Strings

5/6 Gr. @ WMS 6:00pm

3 Comm. Club Mtg, Media 6:30pm

12 Curriculum Night 6 -7 pm

17 Don & Millie’s Night 4 -9pm

20 Spirit Day

23 Picture Day


1 Comm. Club Mtg, Media 6:30pm

7-8 6th Grade Outdoor Ed

11-16 Book Fair

14,16 Conferences 4-8pm

15 Don & Millie’s Night 4 -9pm


21 Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

25 Spirit Day

25 Halloween Parade & Parties 2:20pm

Returning Student Registration

To get started, login to your parent PowerSchool account at ps.westside66.org. Then click on the Returning Student Registration button. Remember that the registration must be completed for each returning Westside student in your home.

Once you're finished, your child will be registered for the 2019-2020 school year, and we will have up-to-date contact information for back-to-school communication this summer.

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 with your account, please email powerschool.support@westside66.net or call 402-390-2100.


Please join us for a "Back to School Picnic", and Sneak-a-Peek of your classrooms at Sunset Hills on Monday, August 12, from 6 - 7 pm. Bring your own picnic dinner and join us for a night of fun.

School Lunch Accounts

Myschoolbucks.com is available for your convenience. This allows you to deposit money into your child's lunch account and receive notifications when the balance is low. You may alson send money to the school office for deposit. Please be sure to include your child's name on the envelope or check.

The Free and Reduced Lunch Application is located on your returning student registration. This application needs to be submitted every year for those who are eligible. Until your are approved you are responsible for any lunches or breakfasts your child may take.

Click here for free and reduced lunch application

2019-2020 Meal Prices

Student Hot Lunch = $2.40

Student Reduced Lunch = $.40

Milk Only = $.50

Student Breakfast = $1.50

Reduced Breakfast = $.30

School Attendance

Each school day begins with taking attendance. It is very important that students are in their classrooms by 8:40 am so they are not missed during this procedure.

Attendance is also taken immediately following lunch and/or recess. If students leave campus for lunch with a parent, they need to be back when attendance is taken.

The school secretary will call the home or work of parents who have not called in and reported their child(ren)’s absence. Please help us with this by calling the office at 402-390-6480. Safety is our focus in making this request.

Students coming in after 8:40 am, or after attendance is taken in the afternoon, must come to the office and sign in. Students coming or going during the day for appointments, illness, etc., must also sign in and out through the office.

Please call the school office at 402 390-6480, before 9:00a.m., if:

•Your child will be absent from school for any reason.

•Your child will be late for school.

•You would like to join your child for lunch and need to order a tray for yourself.

Often times parents will tell the teacher when their children are going to be gone, but the office needs to know as well. We would appreciate your help with this anytime you know your child will be out of school. Also, please let the office know if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your children. In the case of an emergency, we don’t want to waste precious time trying to get in touch with someone.


3 pm dismissal every Wednesday of the school year

Early School Arrival

Our school day begins at 8:40 am. Students may only enter the front of the building, starting at 8:30 am. We ask that students not arrive before 8:20 am, unless:

• Participating in a school activity

• Serving on Safety Patrol

• Eating a school breakfast

• Attending Club 66 Before & After Care program


There is not supervision, as teachers are involved in team meetings, staff meetings and individual planning from 8:00-8:30 am.

School Supplies

Kdg Carroll: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

Kdg Gillespie: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

1st Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

2nd Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

3rd Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

4th Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

5th Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list

6th Grade: Please click here for a copy of the supply list


The art room is looking for supplies to help fill our choice studios so we are reaching out to you! These may be items you have laying around the house and would like to donate. Below is a list of items we are in need of. If you don’t see it on the list but think it may work we would love to try it! Thank you supporting art at Sunset Hills! - Jennifer Jurgensen

Drawing Still Life objects

-Small toys - Animals - Fake plants - Glass vases/bottles

Fiber Arts Fabric, Yarn, Buttons, Fabric glue, Thread, Embroidery floss, Crochet Thread, Beads, Crochet hooks, Knitting needles, Pins and Pincushion, Sewing basket (for storage), Safety pins, Burlap, Plastic canvas, Pinking shears, Ribbon, Lace

Collage Scrapbooking paper, Scrapbooking stickers, Stamps ,Shaped hole punches ,Tissue Paper, Puffy paint

Sculpture All Purpose Standard Hot Glue Sticks, Toilet paper tubes, Paper towel tubes, Scrap cardboard, Bottle caps, Plastic containers, Popsicle sticks, Pipe cleaners, Duct tape (any color), Blocks or Legos, Wooden dowels, Wood Scraps, Tooth picks, Q-tips

Battle of the Books

Westside Community Council will once again

sponsor the Battle of the Books for the 2019-2020

school year.

The event will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020 at

Westside Middle School and is open to all 4th-6th

graders in the district.

For more information including the list of next

year’s books, please visit our website.


Personal Property Reminder

All personal items, such as skateboards, ipods, toys, footballs, basketballs, etc., should not be brought to school unless
specifically requested by the classroom teacher. These items are costly and could be damaged or lost. The school will not be responsible for personal items.

Medications At School

Please click here for medication guidelines.
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click here for a copy of the 2019-2020 calendar