GATOR GAZETTE

Westgate Elementary Monthly Newsletter

January 8, 2021

Westgate Elementary, Westside Community Schools
Big picture

January

4 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL for students

5 - School Resumes

5 - 5 and 6 - A-K students in school, L-Z learn from home

7 - and 8 - L-Z students in school, A-K learn from home

11 - CC Meeting & Parent Advisory 6pm (Virtual)

18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL for Students/In-Service

for Staff

February

6 - CC Meeting & Parent Advisory 6pm (virtual)

12 - Spring Parties 2:30pm

15 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Symptoms Tracker

Children’s COVID-19 Help Line

402-955-3200

Visit ChildrensOmaha.org/Symptoms to access Children’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online assessment tool developed by Children’s to help parents and supplement our 24/7 COVID-19 Help Line.

TO REPORT ABSENCES...

CALL:

Office - 402-390-6495

(Available 24 hours a day)

You are welcome to leave a message with your child’s name and reason for the absence

START TIME: 8:30 A.M.


Our instructional school day will start at 8:30 a.m. Doors will be opened at 8:20 a.m. allowing students plenty of time to walk to classrooms, hang up backpacks, check in with teachers and peers, and be ready for those first important words of the day at 8:30 a.m. Give your students every advantage of a successful day by having them here at 8:20 a.m.!

Social Skills for January

Appropriate Voice Tone

Greeting Others

Following Instructions

Accepting Feedback



Expectations for January

Classroom

Classroom

Arrival/Dismissal

Bus/Transportation

Big picture

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Due to a grant, school breakfast and lunch are FREE. If you would like your child(ren) to eat a grab and go breakfast, they may arrive at 8:20


•Please note: If your child orders extra of the entree or anything a la carte there WILL be a charge for those items.


Online lunch menu may be viewed here:

https://schools.mealviewer.com/school/WestgateElementarySchool


Free/Reduced Application available here: http://wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com

Applications must be completed every year regardless of whether you have qualified in the past.

CHECK OUT THE NEW WESTGATE WEBSITE!!!!

Be sure to bookmark this site for upcoming events and other school-related information.


https://www.westside66.org/westgate

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

KEEP US FROM GETTING LOST!

Please make sure to mark all jackets, coats, hats, gloves, lunch pails, backpacks and other student items with their NAME in case they are left around the building or out at recess. This helps us get them back to the right owner.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Free After School Club @ Do Space!

This is a brand new, virtual After School Club we've recently launched at Do Space for elementary and middle school kids. Each session explores STEAM activities with kids -- including coding tutorials, engineering and making, design, and digital art. This program is totally free and hosted on Zoom every weekday afternoon except Fridays. Do Space is located in Omaha, but it's our hope this program benefits kids across Nebraska. You can find more information here: https://dospace.org/afterschool/.

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2021-22 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-6 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.


The District gives priority to families living within the District prior to placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15 for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.


IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and our District website. Click here to complete the form electronically. An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in-district transfer process, please call 402-390-2107.

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: February 1 - March 5

Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?

Kindergarten enrollment for 2021-22 begins February 1. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after February 1st.

Students entering kindergarten for 2021-22 must be five years old by July 31, 2021. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.


If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for the admission of children residing in the District as early entrance kindergarteners through a locally designed testing program. Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance must turn five between August 1 and October 15, 2021. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. Westside’s Office of Student Services must receive Option Enrollment Applications no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website.

Click here to complete the form electronically.



Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 and provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level. If you have questions, you may call Julie at 402-390-2107.