WESTBROOK NEWS & UPDATES!

May 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Hottovy

Greetings Westbrook Families!


I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your patience and grace during this difficult year. We know that it has not been easy with all of the schedule changes, quarantines, canceled events, and the limiting of visitors and volunteers, and your support through it all has been amazing.


At this point, we are anticipating that the start of the 2021-2022 school year will look closer to 2019 than 2020. We are planning on a traditional open house night on August 12th from 6-7 pm and a traditional first day of school on August 17th. We will be sure to notify you via email and text message. If you have not updated your email or phone number with us this year, please call us at 402.390.6490 so that we can make sure you have all of the up-to-date information.


Our last day of school is May 27th and we will dismiss at 1:00 pm.


Again, thank you all for your partnership throughout a very trying year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on August 17th.


Tyler R. Hottovy, Westbrook Principal

Announcement From Community Club

Dear Westbrook Parents/Guardians,


Some of you may or may not know this, but YOU are automatically a member of the Westbrook Community Club! While you may not be a board member holding an office position like President or Vice President, you are a VOTING member of the Community Club. If you don't know what the Community Club does, here is a short and sweet description.


Every year, we help to oversee the needs and development of the entire school. We help to raise funds to provide a wide range of educational enrichment programs to our students. The money we raise help to fund class activities, books, classroom supplies, and a lot more. During the past years, our CC has provided learning opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable to our children. As the new school year begins, we would once again ask for your support so that we can continue making resource and learning opportunities available to our children. Part of that support is with the need for new Community Club Board Members

for the 2021/2022 school year!


Each year the Board Positions held for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each school year, these positions are filled by nominating a parent or sets of parents to help the communication between the school and the parents of the school district! Nominations are to be announced at BINGO Night and the positions are voted on to fill the Officer/Board Member positions. At this time, we do not have any nominations for parents to fill these board positions; President, Vice President, we would like to have nominees for Secretary and Treasurer as well!


Our ask of you is that if you ever wanted to be involved, becoming a board member is one of the best things that you could do not only for you as a parent, but for the school and for your kids! If you would like to become a board member, please send an email to WestbrookCC66@outlook.com with your name/phone # and Email address with your interest! If you have questions, please reach out to a current board member or Mr. Hottovy!


Sincerely,

2020/2021 Westbrook Community Club

Westbrook Bingo Night

Friday, May 14th, 6-8pm

1312 Robertson Drive

Omaha, NE

Westbrook Community Club is hosting a Drive-In BINGO Night on Friday night, May 14th from 6-8pm. Please stay in your car or bring a radio as we will broadcast the numbers over an FM station in the parking lot off of Western. Refreshments are free and BINGO cards are $1. Please sign up on this form if you plan on attending so that we can plan accordingly.

Medication Pick-up

If your child has medication in the health office, please pick it up on or before the last day of school. We will be dismissing at 1pm on May 27th. If you need to make arrangements, please call the health office and speak to Mrs. Beatty.

YEARBOOKS ARE STILL FOR SALE!!!!

We still have yearbooks for sale. They are $14 and can be purchased in the office! These are available on a first come first serve basis.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH PHYSICAL/IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

By law, all incoming 7th graders must present evidence of having a complete physical examination, updated immunizations (Tdap is required by state law), and a dental exam prior to entering school. For missing immunizations, state law allows us to accept only valid medical exemption forms, signed by a physician or notarized religious exemption forms. A signed waiver form from parents/guardian refusing to provide physical exam documentation is also required. All forms are available from the District’s ABC Welcome Center on the westside66.net website under the Departments tab > Student Services > Health Forms section.


Physicians may print out results of the physical exam and immunizations on their forms (must have a MD signature) or you may print off a form on the Westside Middle School Website under Health Forms, a visit summary is not a physical form. Exams must be completed anytime after March 1, 2021, and before school starts in the Fall. Students planning to participate in sports must have a physical dated after May 1, 2021.


If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, allergy, diabetes, or epilepsy, a health action plan is required. All action plans must be completed and signed by a doctor and may be found on the westside66.net website under the Departments Tab > Student Services> Health Forms section or can be picked up from the WMS main office. I will be checking my email periodically during the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or contact the main office at WMS for general information.


Robin R. Newcomer, RN

Westside Middle School Nurse

phone 402-408-8652

fax 402-390-6454

newcomer.robin@westside66.net

Kim Eymann

Westside Middle School

Principal

402-390-8211

Summer Learning Opportunities

Throughout the school year, as part of Westside’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process, students are assessed in reading and provided with strong instruction to support their needs. To engage families and extend the learning for students, we are sharing ways in which you can support your child with their reading. As we enter into summer, it is important to encourage practice in the area of reading so that students maintain the skills they learned this year.

This link: https://tinyurl.com/ue2tbc6v outlines opportunities to continue learning with and without technology. Included are links to various activities you can do with your child, as well as reading programs available in the community and some website/app recommendations. The top priority this summer is simply having your child read every day. This can include times when someone reads to or with them.

Championship Martial Arts

Championship Martial Arts is holding another great fundraiser for our school. In your child's backpack they should be bringing home a card that gets them a 2 week trial and uniform for $25. All of the money is donated back to our school! Please contact Sensei Todd at Championship Martial Arts if you have any questions.


Sensei Todd

402-932-2999

A Word From the Buffett Early Childhood Foundation



Greetings Westbrook Families,


For the past few years, Westbrook has been a part of a partnership including The Buffett Institute, The University of Nebraska, and well as area school districts. The goal of this joint effort is to reach children before they come to Kindergarten, even before they are born, to help strengthen their families, increase school readiness and confidence, and create schools as a connection point to meet the needs of Westbrook students and families.

As a family with younger children, Westbrook wants you to be well aware of the free program here at Westbrook to support our families with preschool aged children. The birth through Grade 3 continuum includes three components: weekly home visiting for children birth to age 3, high-quality preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, and aligned Kindergarten through Grade 3 curriculum, instruction, and assessment for 5- through 8-year-olds.

Please connect with our specialists to learn more about this program and assure you that your little one is on track for the best school experience possible and to increase your confidence in parenting successful students.


This link shares some specifics about the purpose of this program

https://buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/our-work/childhood-plan

Eileen and Melba would be happy to talk to you and meet your preschooler. We are glad these ladies are here to help Westbrook students be their very best.


Please contact:

Gaters.eileen@westside66.net

Hooker.melba@westside66.net

Westbrook Office: 402-390-6490

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES PLEASE CLICK HERE...

Attached is community resources provided by our school social worker April Anderson.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS MAY 27!

We will have early dismissal on the last day at 1pm.

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