Panda Press

Paddock Road Monthly Newsletter

January 7, 2022

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January 11 - PRCC Meeting 6:30 pm

January 17 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18 - Board of Education Mtg.

January 20 - Family Engagement Night 5:30

January 25 - Don & Millies Night

Enrollment Information

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2022-23 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

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 2022-23 school year begins January 24. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after January 24.

Students entering kindergarten for 2022-23 must be five years old by July 31, 2022. 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 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, 2022. 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 or 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. In you have questions, please call 402-390-2107.


The lost and found has been temporarily moved up to the front office. Families are welcome to stop by and see if any missing items can be claimed. We will keep all items until next Friday, January 14th. After then, all remaining items will be donated to the Westside clothing closet.
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Message From PRCC (Paddock Road Community Club)

Happy New Year!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we are looking for another room parent for your child's classroom to help plan the Valentine's Day Party. If you are interested in volunteering or want to get more information about what is involved, please contact Jenn Kozisek at: Thank you so much!


Jenn Kozisek

News from the Counselor

Happy 2022 Panda Families! I am so excited to be back from break and enter a new year all together!

During the month of December during our class counseling times we talked about refusing bullying and bystander power. Our students all practice scenarios where they could be a part of putting a stop to bullying. During the month of January we are spending time talking about differences and how we can respect and learn from each other's differences.

Be sure to ask your learner to tell you about all the cross-age buddy activities they have gotten to do! They have a learner from a different grade paired with them, and once a month they get together to do an activity focused on diversity and inclusion. Last month, they made bodies and labeled them with positive things about themselves. It has been so fun to watch our learners make strong relationships with their peers of different ages!

Please look later in the Panda Press for BackPack Program information. And as always, if you have any questions or need anything I would love to hear from you!

Mrs. Halvorsen
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Considering donating one lunch time each week to be a TeamMates Mentor?

Paddock is looking to expand our TeamMates program. Mentors are matched with a student, and “matches” meet once a week (usually during lunch/recess) in school during the academic year. Mentors and mentees usually play board games, shoot hoops, do a craft, or just talk. Each mentor has shared how the experience has changed THEM. To learn more about TeamMates, contact Mrs. Halvorsen. Here are some thoughts on mentoring from a mentor who has been coming to Oakdale weekly for over two years:

Mentoring a young boy has provided me with the opportunity to appreciate how blessed I was to be the beneficiary of the thoughtful kindness and guidance I received from my own father and a singularly influential coach, both of whom were instrumental in influencing the man I was to become. Inspired by the impact these two men had on my life, I’m determined to emulate their example through my interactions with my mentee. My mentee, in turn, is blessing me with his youthful exuberance and innocent perspective as a creative and energetic young boy.

Please consider giving your time to impact Paddock student lives! If you are interested please reach out to Mrs. Halvorsen at
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Food Bank for the Heartland

Paddock Road is extremely lucky to participate in the BackPack program through Food Bank for the Heartland, which provides weekend food packs for chronically hungry children. We know that many children don't have other resources available over the weekend due to their parents working two jobs, family finances, and inability to get to a food pantry. Qualifying for free and reduced lunch is not a requirement for participation in this program. The packs are kid-friendly and easy-to-prepare. If this is a program that your family is in need of or interested in participating in, please fill out the below link. Your student will begin to receive a pack in their backpacks on Fridays, or the last day before a break. If you have any questions please contact our school's BackPack Coordinator, Mrs. Halvorsen.

Panda Families!

Are you looking for a way you can give back to Paddock? I am currently looking to have a stocked cupboard of snacks in my office. Sometimes students get hungry throughout the day and access to a quick, nutritional snack, without worry of cost or fear of judgement, can make a huge impact on continuing the success of their day. If any families are willing to donate snacks to my pantry we would greatly appreciate it! Below is the approved snack list for the district.

Thanks for all you do for our Paddock students! We are very lucky to have such supportive families for our building!

  • Mrs. Halvorsen

Family Engagement and Other PBIS Fun

January 2022

A special thank you to Miss Daisy Sudderth who reigns as Miss Nebraska Teen USA. She came and spoke to our students before winter break about the importance of representation. Her message is to accept people for who they are, and how to be a respectful, responsible, and safe member of any community. Be on the lookout for a signed picture of Miss Daisy coming home with EVERY Panda this week!

Our PBIS team has been working hard to kick off another fun-filled Family Engagement Night and our next event is right around the corner. Please join us on Thursday, January 20 as we host the Omaha Children’s Museum and their Freezing Cold Science Show! Doors open at 5:30 and the 45-minute science show begins at 5:45. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Finally, as we come back from break and work hard to get our students into our school routines and expectations, please join us at home as we focus on new social skills every week. Attached, you’ll find the links to each of these social skills posters. Help your child(ren) make connections to these social skills around the house!

January 5-7 Greeting Others

January 10-14 Following Instructions

January 18-21 Accepting Feedback

January 24-28 Disagreeing Appropriately

January 31-February 4 Making an Apology

Happy New Year Pandas! We missed you!

Sarah Rozniecki

School Psychologist

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Paddock Road Elementary

The mission of Paddock Road Elementary is to ensure a program of academic excellence that serves the unique needs of all learners in a positive instructional atmosphere where students are actively involved and supported by staff, family and the community.