Westgate Elementary Monthly Newsletter
February 1, 2019
5 - Kdg./1st Vocal Music Concert @ WMS 6pm
7 - Spring Pictures 9am
7-12 - Scholastic Book Fair
8 - Book Fair and Make and Take Art Fair/Pancake Man Time: TBD
7 & 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thurs & Tues. 4-8pm
15 - Godfather's Slice of the Pie 5-9pm
18-22 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
26 - Planet Sub Night 3-8pm
28 - Band - o - rama WHS Main Gym 7pm
Sign up for the Spring Parties
Upcoming 2019-2020 Kindergarten Class Information
2019 Kindergarten Round Up!
We have a list of children who will be eligible for kindergarten next year. If you have a child who will be turning five years old on or before July 31, 2014 but haven’t received a call, or if you know of someone new to the neighborhood, please let Mrs. Mininni know. Soon she will be sending out important information about our parent meeting as well as Round Up Day for the children.
Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2019-20 School Year
If you are a District resident who would like your K-5 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, 2019, for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.
IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and on the District website. 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 402-343-2603.
Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: January 10th - February 15th
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 2019-20 begins January 10, 2019. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible.
Students entering kindergarten for 2019-20 must be five years old by July 31, 2019. 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 402-343-2603.
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, 2019. 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. Option Enrollment Applications must be received by Westside’s Office of Student Services no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and at westside66.org.
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.
SIXTH GRADE PARENTS - Gallup Parent/Child Nights
As you know, your sixth grade student had the opportunity to take the Gallup Strengths Explorer tool during first semester. You may have discussed their three strengths and heard about how they are learning more about these at school.
You and your child are invited to an interactive evening to further explore this tool and your child’s strengths. A Gallup representative will facilitate this event, and you will receive your child’s full report along with your Parent Playbook. You and your child can enjoy discussing the report together. If your child is unable to attend, you are welcome to come on your own.
The Gallup Parent/Child Nights will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Westside Middle School cafeteria. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, February 7th
Sunset Hills Elementary
Monday, February 11th
Paddock Road Elementary
Prairie Lane Elementary
Battle of the Books Update
The Battle of the Books is less than 2 months away! We are looking forward to seeing all of the teams on the morning of Saturday, March 30th at the Westside Middle School!
We have sent out a couple communications in the last few weeks. If you are a team parent and did not receive them, please be sure to check your spam folder and mark us as a "safe sender."
Wondering what the battle will be like? There is a lot of information on our website. We will be updating this information as the event gets closer. If you have a question that is not answered, please send us an email.
Elementary Unified Activities - Unified Floor Hockey
What Are Unified Activities?
The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast growing initiative that brings students with and without
intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Floor Hockey opportunity to our
Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our fourth Unified Activity this year.
Where: Sunset Hills Elementary 9503 Walnut St, Omaha, NE 68124
When: Saturday, February 9th at 11:00am
What: Come enjoy a variety of hockey activities. You can try shooting, dress like a goalie, play tabletop hockey, play a game of floor hockey, or do a craft.
RSVP Needed for Participation
If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend.