Dear Loveland Families,
I hope you had a wonderful summer filled with memories spent with family and friends. My husband and I spent ten days with my family on Woman Lake in northern Minnesota. Lake life gave us an opportunity to see the family and friends we had not seen in over a year. My favorite part of the trip was when my entire family participated in a nightly fishing tournament. My dad selected the captains for the three teams/boats and I was selected the captain of the family ski boat. My dad “forgot” to give my team (my husband and brother-in-law) bait or working fishing poles. He did throw us a bucket and told us to put our fish in the bucket since we did not have a live well in our boat. Needless to say, my team did not do well in our nightly family fishing tournaments. I can say we had tons of laughs and will never forget the memories we made over the summer. I hope your families created some great memories this summer.
My hope for the 2021-2022 school year is to create amazing memories and opportunities for ALL of our Loveland learners. We will continue to focus on the safety and well being of our learners throughout the school year. Loveland will continue to have some COVID protocols in place to help ensure the safety of our learners. We will continue to have our Drop Zone at the front door if your child forgets something at home. Please ring the front door bell and let Mrs. Carlson know your child’s name and the item you are dropping off and we will take care of the rest for you. We will continue to spread students out over the lunch period. We will not be using plexi-glass at lunch but we will reduce the number of students at each lunch room table. Finally, classrooms will continue to use a line order when moving from place to place within the building. We will continue to provide updates on the procedures we put in place to help keep all Loveland learners safe and healthy.
Finally, I hope to see you all on August 12th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for the Sneak-A-Peek event at Loveland. Hope you have a great remainder of summer and see you all very soon.
12 Sneak-A-Peek 5:30-6:30 pm
17 First Day of School
26 Curriculum Night 6-7:15 pm
31 District Wide Elementary Instrumental Curriculum Night, WMS 6:00 -7:30 pm
3 Professional Learning - No School
6 Labor Day - No school
13 Community Club Mtg. 7 pm
21 School Picture Day 8:45 am
2021-22 New Loveland Staff
Please help me welcome our newest staff member to the Loveland team. She is very excited to get started and is looking forward to being part of our Loveland community.
Ms. Ashlyn Dipple 1st grade teacher
All Loveland families are invited to come to Sneak-A-Peek open house from 5:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, August 12th. Sneak -A- Peek provides students and parents with the opportunity to meet their teachers and see where classrooms are located before the first day of school. You are welcome to bring school supplies with you. Come join us!
Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox as we near the beginning of August. Class assignments will again be sent to each family via email. If for any reason you have not received your child's placement notice prior to Sneak-A-Peek Night on the 12th, please feel free to call the office.
Headphones and Water Bottle
We recommend that all students have a durable set of headphones for the school year. We use them daily in our classrooms. We also recommend a water bottle for students that can be refilled each day.
Beginning of the Year Kindergarten Schedule
Incoming kindergarten students will come to school during the week of August 17th according to the Kindergarten Group 1 or 2 letter that was sent to families. Please come to school on the days you were assigned according to the letter:
Group 1: August 17th and 18th
Group 2: August 19th and 20th
Wednesday Early 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 or PLC’s.
School Arrival Time
All students will enter the building at the Ridgewood Avenue entrance.
8:30 am Classes Begin
3:30 pm M, T, Th, F Dismissal
3:00 pm W Dismissal
We will have supervision outside the building starting at 8:10 am. We ask that students not arrive before 8:10 am unless:
Participating in a school activity
Serving on Safety Patrol
Working with a teacher
Attending Club 66 Before Care program
Why can’t we arrive early?
Teachers are involved in team meetings, staff meetings and individual planning from 8:00-8:20 am. Students may enter the building when the first bell rings at 8:20 am. Our school day begins promptly at 8:30 am. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
We want to know that all our students are safe. Please notify the office at 402-390-6455, 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.
Morning and Afternoon Drop-Off/Pick Up Procedures
Students may NOT be dropped off before 8:10 am. Students needing to be dropped off before 8:10 am, must enroll in the morning Club 66 Program. We ask all parents please stay in their cars and use the drop-off lane in the morning. The 6th grade safety patrol, Mrs. Streff, and Mrs. Sloup will be outside on Ridgewood Avenue helping children out of their cars and they will be keeping traffic moving safely. Please have your child get out on the passenger side of the car. Remember, we have these procedures in place to ensure the safety of all students.
Drop Off/Pick Up Tips
- When dropping off your child in the morning, pull forward as much as you are able to allow more than one car to drop off at the same time.
- Please DO NOT park in the handicap spaces unless you are entitled to do so by having a sticker or a placard visible.
- When picking up at the end of the day, stay in your car and pull forward as much as possible. Your child will then be permitted to enter your car with a teacher escort.
- Staff will be on duty before and after school to assist your child in any way.
- Vehicles should never be parked and left unattended.
Dismissal - One way south, 8:00 am-4:00 pm - Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th
There are two lanes of moving traffic. All students waiting for rides will wait at the far end of Ridgewood Avenue (near the storm shelter). Teachers will be there to help get students into cars and on their way. We will also have staff helping with the traffic. We ask for your help and support, please be patient as you slowly approach the area for student pick up.
Loveland Drive - One way north, Grades K - 1st & siblings
Teachers will accompany all kindergarten and first grade students to Loveland Drive. All siblings will join them on loveland Drive. Parents are to drive through and wait for teachers to help students get into the cars. Parents, we ask that you do not park on both sides of Loveland Drive or in private driveways, and that you never leave your car unattended to walk down to the playground.
* Please do not enter the parking lot for drop off. At 8:10 am cones are put across the entrance to block traffic from entering. This allows staff to find a parking place and keeps the parking lot safe from moving traffic.
Student Dress Code - From the Student Handbook
Students in the Westside Community Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for the school setting. Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes with the learning environment or teaching process in our school. Violations of dress code will expose the student to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
Flip-Flops and Recess/Gym A Dangerous Combination!
Attention Fifth Grade Students and Parents - You are invited to BE A PART OF THE MUSIC! This fall, you will have the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before you by being a part of Band and Strings! In the first three weeks of school we will be visiting all the buildings, demonstrating the instruments, and giving students the opportunity to select an instrument of their choice. We will have a parent meeting about our program on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00 pm at Westside Middle School. All are welcome to attend to learn about elementary instrumental music and meet the teachers. We are excited to introduce your child to the world of instrumental music!
The Elementary Instrumental Music Staff
Gail Carpenter-Johnson, Michael Freeman, Viktoria Matheson and Ken Meints
Returning Student Registration
All returning students must have their information updated so we have current contact information on file. Starting August 3rd the returning student registration will open for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete your returning student registration as soon as possible.
How do I get started?
Login to your parent PowerSchool account at ps.westside66.org. 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 2020-2021 school year.
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.
Meals & Applications
A reminder for all Westside students and families for the 2021-22 school year: ALL Westside Community Schools students will receive FREE meals (breakfast & lunch) during the upcoming 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 and resulting closures of schools.
You can always view school menus by visiting our website www.westside66.org and clicking on ‘meals’ in the black menu bar under the main picture.
We still ask parents & guardians to fill out a Free or Reduced Meals application if they would typically qualify. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify to receive discounted fees for other district expenses such as bussing or activities. All children in the district benefit in areas beyond the lunch program when qualified applications exceed a certain percentage of the district’s enrollment.
All of the information included above is also available in the Westside Community Schools APP – available for free in the Apple Store and Google Play.
Please note there is an additional charge for any extra items not included in a full meal scanned for your student
Extra Main: $1.20
Water or Extra Milk* $0.50
*Meals include one milk. Water is always extra.
BREAKFAST PROGRAM - Breakfast is served from 8:10 - 8:30 daily. Our breakfast program will be available beginning August 17, the first day of school.
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 “Lovleand.” You may also 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. Carlson 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.
Please Keep Us Informed
If you know that your child will not be attending Loveland in the Fall, please call the ABC Welcome Center at 402-390-2603 as soon as possible.
Additionally, the Loveland office must be updated on any legal documentation concerning your child, including restraining orders, custody changes or address changes.
We know it is important to consider both the physical and social-emotional wellbeing of our students, families, and staff. We continue to be committed to providing regular instruction and support for studying in managing thoughts and feelings.
If your child is experiencing particular difficulties (whether related to the pandemic or other life circumstances) and you would like to explore options for additional support we encourage you to contact our School Psychologist, Mrs. Gnader (Gnader.email@example.com) who can help in coordinating additional support and resources.
- Inform the teacher you would like to receive progress reports (this may be electronic), conference schedules (when appropriate), and notices about school activities.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences to show your child that both parents are behind him/her - acting as a team.
- Provide your child with a special folder to save school papers for you. That way, you'll see your child's finished work as well as the teacher's comments.
All Westside Community Schools will communicate news and information via our school and district websites as well as email. Please update your Returning Student Registration to make sure we have your most current email address.
- Monthly Loveland Newsletters and Weekly Updates - will be sent to you via email and are filled with important information for you about current events.
- Parent-Student Handbook and other important district information can be found at westside66.org.
There's an App for That! - Westside Community Schools App
We're excited to share that you can now keep your important Westside and Loveland information right at your fingertips. The Westside Community Schools App is available for both iPhone and Android in the App Store. Using this app allows you to follow important information for our school and district, access calendars, and links to important resources. Be sure to download it and check it out!
- All medication must be brought to school and taken home from school by a parent. It must be in the original container, labeled with the child's name, date prescribed, name of medication, directions for use, dosage information and the time the medication is to be given.
- Cough drops and any over-the counter medication must be in the original box/package, and a Medication Authorization form must be filled out. These medications are kept in the health office.
- Scrapes and cuts are washed and bandaged, if needed. We do not and cannot use any ointment or cleaning product on an individual. If an injury is severe or questionable, a parent will be contacted.
- All medication, including cough drops, must be picked up by a parent at the end of the duration. We will not send any medication home with a child.
Birthday Treats are a special way to celebrate your child with his/her classroom. Birthday treats are not required. They can be consumable or non-consumable. If you choose to bring in food, it must be an approved treat or snack from our District's Healthy Snack List.
Use of Telephone and Cell Phone Procedures
If cell phones are brought to school, they are to be kept in backpacks with ringers turned off during the school day. They may only be used by students outside of the school building prior to 8:20 am or after 3:30 pm dismissal. If the need arises, school phones are always available.
After School Plans
Please remember after school plans should be made in the morning. Students are expected to go directly home and be off school grounds by 3:45 pm. 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 is always appreciated. We appreciate your cooperation in making sure your child is safe.