Weekly Update

10/23/20

Halloween

Families,


I just wanted to remind families of some key points and safety procedures for Friday's parade. Please contact me if you have any questions.


1. Please send costumes to school that your child can put on independently or slide over clothing.


2. Costumes must be school appropriate. No gore, blood, hair paint, face paint, or weapons.


3. The parade will begin at 2:20. (see map below)


4. If it is raining or the weather is below 20 degrees, the parade will be cancelled.


5. I have attached a map outlining the parade route. Please follow these safety guidelines:

*2 adults per family

*All parade spectators must wear masks

*Please stay socially distanced from other families --and there will be a 6 ft. barrier away from the parade route for the safety of staff and students


6. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please let me know through an email before October 30th.


**One CHANGE from the previous communication is that we will dismiss at 3:06 from your child's normal exit and entry door.




Mrs. Brittany Sidders

West Dodge Station Principal

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Pick-Up, Drop-Off, and Traffic Tips

*For the safety of staff, students, and other families--please do not bring pets on campus.


*If you are going to be within 6 feet of students or staff- please wear a mask.

WDS Dropoff Pickup Directions

Important Dates

October 28th and 29th - WDS Building Spelling Bee (3rd-5th grade students)


October 29th - Remote Learner Supply Pick-Up


October 30th - Report Cards

Fall Festival Parties in classrooms

Halloween Parade (2 adults per family) 2:20


November 3rd - NO SCHOOL (calendar change)


November 9th - PTO Meeting (6:30)

Yearbook Cover Contest

All WDS students are invited to participate in the West Dodge Station Yearbook Cover Contest. The document with directions is attached below. Entries are due back to school on or before November 6th.

Virtual Show Choir (opportunity for 5th graders)

Elkhorn South Show Choirs are excited to announce our virtual show choir clinic on Saturday, November 7! We are partnering with our friends at ShowUp (check out their website here to see how cool this team is) to create a fun and educational workshop to benefit show choir students of all ages, regardless of experience. This workshop will enhance and improve your students' dance and performance skills, and prepare them to take the stage in middle and high school show choir.


What: Virtual Show Choir Clinic/Workshop with top industry professionals.

When: Saturday, November 7; 10:00am-1:00pm

Who: Any student in grades 5-8

Where: Anywhere with a zoom-compatible computer and reliable internet! Does your student have a friend or family member in another city/state/country that wants to participate? No problem! The more the merrier!


Please use this form to register your student. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday, November 6. This form includes a link to make registration payments online.


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the workshop or the registration process! We're looking forward to creating an A+ experience for your students!

Counselor Corner

The holiday and winter seasons are fast approaching, and Womenade of Elkhorn is sponsoring the Celebration of Giving Project for Elkhorn Public School District families. This program provides holiday gifts for families with children birth-18 who have limited financial abilities and would like assistance in providing gifts for their children.

In order to participate in this project, we ask that you completely fill out the attached paperwork and return it to school before November 5, 2020. It may be returned in person, by mail or electronically. Unfortunately if the paperwork is not returned by the deadline, Womenade will not have time to process your requests. If you are not interested in the program for your family, do not return the forms.

Further information about pick up dates and locations will be shared at a later time. If you have any questions, please contact me using the information below.


Mrs. Jean Herold

jherold@epsne.org


402.289.2773

District Information


In collaboration with the Omaha Police Department, EPS will begin utilizing Safe2Help to ensure students and families have an anonymous way to report safety concerns.


Students, parents, staff, or community members can report safety concerns through Safe2Help via any of the following channels:


(531) 299-SAFE (7233)

www.Safe2HelpNE.org

Download the “Safe2Help” app from your app store

Found on individual building homepages

Please know that we believe that Elkhorn Public Schools are safe places for students and we work diligently to that end. Furthermore, parents, students and community members are an important aspect of our safety and security plan. We need your help to keep our schools safe. If you see something that concerns you, report it immediately.


Please contact Brittany Sidders (402) 289-2773 with questions regarding the Safe2Help reporting system. We appreciate your continued partnership in helping keep Elkhorn Public Schools safe for all.


October Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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PTO News

New WDS PTO Website:
Please visit our new website to create your families account and review your directory information and publish preferences. Once you have created an account, you will have full access to our new website and the ability to purchase access to the online directory, spirit store and much more. If you haven’t yet created an account, please take just a few minutes to do so at this link: https://westdodgestationpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home.

Purchase Your WDS Yearbook:
Yearbook Prices:
$20- Early bird pricing through 11/1/2020
$25- Purchases made 11/2/2020 - 2/226/2021
Place Your Order Here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01122087.

November Nurse Newsletter

As the cold and flu season begins, please continue to make sure that you and your children are practicing healthy habits like getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, good hand washing/sanitizing techniques, social distancing, and wearing a clean face mask. Thank you for screening your children daily and keeping them home when they don’t feel well. Here is the link to the updated screening tool from the Douglas County Health Department for symptomatic students: https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/images/COVID-19/Screening_and_Exclusion_and_re-Admittance_DCHD.pdf

Here is a great link with some tips on how to have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#thanksgiving


We were given the green light to begin doing annual health screens. The health screens done are height, weight, vision, hearing, and dental. VNA nurses will do these screens at West Dodge Station on Monday, October 26th and Thursday, October 29th. Parents will be notified of any concerns.


Sara Bird, RN, BSN


Contact Information



Please feel free to contact me any time if you have questions, concerns, feedback, or want to share your great news. ~Mrs. Sidders