Panther Press

MARCH 2021

Prairie Lane Elementary

(West Campus)

3534 South 108 Street

Office 402-390-6470

Day Care/Club 66 402-390-8209

Spring Calendar


11 Parent/Teacher Conf. - No School

12 No School

18 Spring Picture Day


23 PL Community Club Meeting 6:30 pm


29 - 4/2 Spring Break


6 First Student Day at the NEW Prairie Lane School

5-9 Prairie Lane All Staff Appreciation Week

You can link to the calendar at:

Conference Note

Students will bring their fully charged iPads home on Wednesday evening without chargers. The iPads are for parents to use for virtual parent/teacher conferences on March 11, 2021.
I'd like to help with CONFERENCE donations!

Click here to sign up for Parent Teacher Conference dinner donations! The teachers appreciate you! Thanks, Kari Pokorski

6th Grade Speech Contest

We are very proud of all the 6th graders for working so hard to write, practice and perform their speeches! The top three winners are

1. Maahum Siddiqui

2. Pearson Kratky

3. Tyler Hanna

Maahum will move on to the district level contest. Congratulations!

New Building News

We are excited to share that plans are still on track for an April 6 Grand Opening of the new Prairie Lane Elementary! We are so grateful to you, our community members and Prairie Lane family, for your team work, vision and support in making this dream a reality. Crews will continue their hard work inside and outside our school over the next month (new drone photo is attached!) Thursday, March 25 will be our final school day at the Swing School campus, and students/staff will begin classes at 11444 Hascall on Tuesday, April 6.

As we plan our official Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of our new school, we also continue to be vigilant about COVID-19. With that, please note the following:

  • We will host a modified Ribbon Cutting and Dedication on Monday, April 5 at 2pm for 6th grade students and their families and a limited number of District guests. As our eldest learners will only get to enjoy this building for a few months, they will be our special guests of honor at this event. This will allow us to maintain social distancing in person, and we will share the event LIVE online with all of our Prairie Lane family.

  • We will host a more traditional ceremony and Open House in August for all students, families, and staff, prior to the start of the 21/22 school year. Our hope is that as vaccines are distributed in the coming weeks and months, this will be a much safer environment/time for all to check out our new school.

With that, here is a reminder of our timeline in the coming weeks for Prairie Lane staff and students:

  • NO SCHOOL for Prairie Lane students on Friday, March 19th

    • All other district schools will be in session

    • Prairie Lane teachers and staff will be working on the move

  • NO SCHOOL for Prairie Lane students on Friday, March 26th

    • All other district schools will be in session

    • Prairie Lane teachers and staff will be working on the move


  • NO SCHOOL for Prairie Lane students on Monday, April 5th

    • All other district schools will be in session

    • Prairie Lane teachers and staff will be working on the move

    • Modified Ribbon Cutting, 2pm

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 6th will be the first day of school in the NEW Prairie Lane

THANK YOU for your understanding and support. We are so excited to welcome all learners and staff - now and in the future - to this amazing new school!

Belinda Westftall

Principal, Prairie Lane Elementary

Dr. Mike Lucas


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Reusable Grocery Bags Needed!

We are looking for donations of strong, reusable grocery bags (not paper) to help students more easily tote their belongings to the new school. Please send any extra bags that you can to the office would as soon as possible. Please note that these bags would not be returned to you. Thank you!

Please take 10 seconds and watch our Lost and Found Video to see what belongs to you!

Prairie Lane Lost and Found
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If you'd like your child to eat breakfast at school, we ask that they be here between 8:10 - 8:15 am, so they do not miss out on important school time.

  • All Meals Are Currently Free of Charge.
  • Please note: There is a charge for EXTRAS, WATERS and second MILKS
  • Below is next week's Breakfast menu. A new Breakfast Menu coming soon!
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Spring Has Sprung!

Be sure students bring appropriate layers of clothing/jackets as the weather fluctuates so they are comfortable outside at recess!

Remember, the temperature must be above 55* in order for them to take coats off outside.

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Westside SOCCER is BACK!

We are so EXCITED to get the season started and could use a little help from our fellow westside students!

The JV and Varsity soccer teams are looking for ball boys and girls, grades 4th and up to shag balls at each of our HOME JV and Varsity games. We would like 2 volunteers at each game. Grab a friend and let’s start shagging balls!


Free admission, T-shirt and hot dog for each volunteer! Plus, you will get to meet the players and coaches!

Click Here to sign up.

Questions: email Gabby Mormino at or call/text (402) 681-3917

We're Here For You

Dear Families,

We realize many families might be facing stressful situations financially as a result of the global pandemic. Our social worker, April Anderson, has many resources available to families including assistance for the internet or a hot spot, food bank information and more.

Please click HERE to find valuable information and resource links:

Please do not hesitate to reach out to her if you feel you could use some assistance.

Mrs. Westfall

April Anderson, LCSW

School Social Worker

Westside Community Schools

402-408-8914 office

402-680-2409 cell

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Have a Safe, Respectful, Responsible!


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