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Oakdale's Monthly Newsletter - October 2, 2020

The mission of the Westside Community School District, as an innovative educational system, is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all of our learners.

Oakdale Elementary’s mission is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners.

Message from the Principal:

Parent-Teacher Communication Conferences the Week of October 11th

Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Partnership

As a reminder, these meetings will not be held in-person at school. Rather, teachers will communicate with parents via a Webex meeting, phone call, or email.

What makes the difference in how your child performs in school? The answer might surprise you. It’s not your child’s IQ, the teacher, the school, or your educational level. Although all of these play a part, study after study tells the same story. Children who do best in school have parents who are actively involved in their child’s education. One of the best ways to get involved is continue building a strong parent-teacher partnership.

I ask that you come prepared to your communication conference with questions and information that will help both you and the teacher strengthen the team effort you share in educating your child.

Thank you.

Mr. Glen Jagels

October 15-16 No School for Students


At this time we would encourage families wanting to meet via Webex with their teacher to download the application to their personal device. It's available for a variety of devices and can be accessed with or without an account.


Be sure to download the blue Meetings App, not Teams

virtual book fair

The (virtual) Book Fair is coming! While we can't meet in person, you can still find your next great read through our online book fair. Our online fair will run from October 12th-October 25th. Anyone can purchase items during this time and they will be mailed directly to your house. Watch your inbox next week for the link to purchase and feel free to pass it on to friends and family members. Use the link below to preview the items and start making your wishlist!


Halloween Parade and Parties Will Occur!

Oakdale Elementary will continue with its tradition of our Halloween Parade and Party on Friday, October 30th with a few modifications. The Parade and Parties will occur during the day for students and staff only. Due to our current District Visitor Protocol, parents and visitors will not be able to watch the parade or participate in our classroom parties. We will however record our annual parade and send it out via email after our celebration. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to adhere to social distancing, safety, and health guidelines outlined by Westside Community Schools and health officials. Thank you to our fantastic room parents who are already hard at work preparing activities to send to teachers for the parties. It would be difficult to hold our parties without them.


Please remember we ask that costumes be on the fun and friendly side, free of scary or frightening masks or clothing with no blood, gore, or weapons. Please reserve make-up for evening activities. If students bring a costume that includes any of these items, they will be asked to remove them or change. Students should bring their costumes at the beginning of the school day and should be able to get dressed in their costume without assistance. Thank you for honoring these requests.

School Photos and Retakes

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Martin Photography will be at Oakdale to take photos of students who have not yet had a chance to have their picture taken or for picture retakes. This will be the only opportunity for Extended Campus Learners to have a picture taken to be included in the school yearbook. Here is a link to the order form: http://www.martinphotography.hhimagehost.com/

Mask Maintenance

Please be sure that your child's mask fits well and that they have a spare in their backpack. Each student was provided three washable masks at the beginning of the year, and we have a few spares on hand. In addition, families are welcome to provide their own masks as this has been a fun means of self-expression for many kids. We ask that all students keep masks on and over their nose even when at recess unless they are in a designated mask break zone or instructed by their teacher while monitored for safe distancing.

Don & Millie's Night and Virtual steam night

Spend a fantastic family night together grabbing dinner from Don & Millie's on Thursday, October 8th, and then complete our first ever Virtual STEAM Night activity when you're finished eating. Doing so will not only financially support our Community Club, but also promote science, technology, engineering, art, and math with your student. Each Oakdale student will receive a STEAM activity to bring home next Thursday. Be on the lookout for another email outlining how to submit a photo of your STEAM activity and be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes!
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Community Club Fall Fundraiser

Don't forget to donate to the Oakdale Community Club Fall Fundraiser! No need to sell cookie dough, wrapping paper, or popcorn. Just donate money that goes to help fund multiple projects and activities at Oakdale for our students and staff. See the flyer below for more information.
As a product of the Community Club Teacher Grants Program (provided through generous fundraising donations), we were able to purchase additional art supplies to supplement our art program this year since students cannot share supplies. Thank you so much for your continued financial support!

Library Check-Out

We are excited to announce that our libraries will once again be able to check out books to students. Please see our safety practices for this listed below.

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Recess will be held outdoors, except when extended exposure to the elements is inadvisable or when the Principal determines it to be otherwise unsafe. Students will not have outdoor recess when either the air temperature or wind chill factor is 10 degrees fahrenheit or lower.

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From Westside Community Schools:

K-6 WebEx Reminders & Guidelines

Westside is using WebEx as an instructional technology platform to allow student access to classroom instruction during hybrid or Extended Campus Learning. The use of WebEx to live stream classroom/course content is a forced and beneficial innovation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the WebEx live streaming has been used most recently during “yellow,” we believe that as we transition to “green”, there are situations where students may be absent from school and may still benefit from having periodic access to WebEx.

Connecting to WebEx is a process that requires coordination with both the principal and grade level teachers. When expecting an extended absence, parents and students have the option to make a request to the building principal. Please know, there will be up to a 24-48 hour turnaround on all decisions. Students are permitted to use their own devices or work with their principal on checking out an iPad for home.

A student’s ability to access the WebEx live stream will be dependent upon their teacher’s current classroom situation. If the student is in a classroom where the teacher already live streams their class lessons, the student will be provided log-in information to access that same classroom teacher. If the student’s classroom teacher does not currently live stream, coordination for this instruction and streaming will be completed and families will be notified of the plan; for example, the student may need to log-in to the WebEx live-streamed lessons of the other teacher at that grade level who is responsible for live-streaming that content at that time. The student’s assigned, grade-level, classroom teacher will still assign and grade classwork.

WebEx access to classes is intended for:

  • Extended campus learners

  • District excused absences (eg. illness, quarantine, isolation) for more than three days

WebEx access to classes is NOT intended for:

  • Typical daily appointments

  • Unexcused absences under three days

  • Vacations

  • Sicknesses with anticipated absences of less than three days

Thank you for your support as we continue to utilize all learning mediums to best educate our students!


Office personnel will notify parents/guardian when a student needs to be sent home from school due to illness. Conditions requiring a student be sent home include: temperature at or greater than 100.0°F, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rashes, or on determination by the school nurse that the child’s condition prevents meaningful participation in the educational program, presents a health risk to the child or others, or that medical consultation is warranted unless the condition resolves.

When is My Child Too Sick for School

Send me to school if...

· I have a runny nose or just a little cough but no other symptoms.

· I haven't taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours and I haven't had a fever during that time.

· I haven't thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

Keep me at home if...

· I have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher even after taking medicine.

· I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.

· My eyes are pink and crusty.

Call the doctor if...

· I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.

· I have been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days

· I have the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting better.

· I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using my inhaler.)

In addition to the these guidelines, you may also use the Children's Hospital Daily Health Screener website: https://ecds-cloud.childrensomaha.org/survey/edu-family

September High 5 Winners!

Once upon a time, there was a magical school where the teachers teamed to give their all, and the students excelled at challenging tasks. This isn't a fairy tale. Our Oakdale students are living it. This month's High Five winners for being safe, respectful, and responsible were Rylen A. (3rd grade, Mrs. Brady's room) and Canaan S. (2nd grade, Mrs. Pontious' room).

One of our 6th grade teachers, Mrs. Schmitz, hosted the September Prize of Golf for our winners and three companions each; the music and art teachers adjusted their lessons so students could slip away from class. Amidst the tips for golf swings and putting, Mrs. Schmitz wove into her coaching that we best reach our goal not when we swing like crazy but when we stand centered and focused. Practicing challenging things makes us greater.

Oakdale is so fortunate to have Mrs. Schmitz and our entire staff who create these rich moments in our students' lives.

Medication at School

For your child’s safety and for the safety of others, all medication, even cough drops, must be kept locked in the health office, it must be in the original package. All medication, including cough drops, needs to be accompanied by a medication form signed by the parent or guardian, all prescription medication forms must be signed by the doctor. Here is the link to the medication form: https://www.westside66.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=544&dataid=398&FileName=WCS-Med-Auth-Form-2016-Final.pdf

Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home.

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The Westside Community Council is in need of gently used clothing and winter gear items to help stock The Westside Clothing Closet. Contactless drop off will take place at The Westside Resource Center; Pipal Park Community Center (north side of Westgate Elementary) Friday, October 9th (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 10th (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

We are looking for these gently used items, sizes K-12th grade (kids and young adult)
* Gloves, Hats, Scarves
* Fleece jackets
* Windbreakers/Jackets
* Hoodies
* Winter Clothes
* Sneakers
* Socks
* NEW in package undergarments
* Snow Pants
* Winter Coats

Donated items will be made available through the Westside Community Council to families in our district who are in need of such clothing.

We appreciate your generosity!

The Westside Community Council

Questions; contact Jessica at cogswell2@gmail.com

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2020-21 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu! https://schools.mealviewer.com/school/OakdaleElementarySchool

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Calendar Reminders

October 7, 9am-10am - Photos taken for any student who has not yet had their photo taken or want picture retakes.

October 8 - Don & Millies Night AND Virtual STEAM Night

Week of October 10th Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences

October 14 No In-person learning/Online SEL Learning

October 15-16 No School for Students

October 30 Halloween Parade/Classroom parties

New Oakdale Website

Check out the NEW & IMPROVED Oakdale Website!

  • Easy access to schedules, menus, calendars
  • Updated school photos & newsletters
  • Virtual tours & videos
  • Translates to dozens of languages

We encourage you to check out our school website and the District's new website.



Office - 402-390-6460

(Available 24 hours a day)

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

Welcome to Oakdale! Home of the Tigers!


The mission of Oakdale Elementary School is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners.

Oakdale's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • (Be Kind)