WESTBROOK NEWS & UPDATES

August 2021

Greetings From Our New Assistant Principal Ms. Dobson

Hi Westbrook!


My name is Emma Dobson and I am so excited to be a wildcat as your new Assistant Principal!

I started my career teaching kindergarten in Spanish in the Dual Language Program. I love my students, their families and getting to know them. Last year I was a lead teacher in the Dual Language program and had so much fun supporting all our teachers.

I also love learning. I am currently working on my doctorate and have had the opportunity to study in Peru, Spain, and India. This next summer I will have the opportunity to study in South Korea. Traveling, meeting new people and learning about each new place is my favorite. This summer I traveled to Greece and also got a labradoodle puppy. Olive is full of energy and keeps me laughing.

Education is where my heart is because I want to make a difference in the world and this is where everything starts. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Mr. Hottovy's joke of the Week

Each week, Mr. Hottovy will give you one of his best jokes. Please go to the website for the punchline! You can access our website at: https://www.westside66.org/Domain/19. Please make sure to bookmark the site while you are there.


This week's joke... What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back when you throw it?

Westside's Safe Return to School Plan

To start the 2021/22 school year, we will require all elementary students, staff and anyone visiting elementary buildings to wear masks while inside school through 6pm on weekdays. Families of students younger than 12 years do not yet have the choice whether their children will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our elementary students will be allowed to be mask-free while outside and when safety measures can be properly accommodated. Secondary students, staff and those visiting our secondary buildings have the personal choice to wear or not wear masks while inside school, as these students and their families have been eligible to make the choice on whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The decisions/guidelines included in our plan will be in effect through September 17, 2021 unless conditions warrant changes sooner. We will be sending out that detailed plan covering many topics later tomorrow. Please understand we will continue to closely monitor the number of positive cases reported within our school district and community. We reserve the right to make adjustments as needed to include the elimination of required mask usage or the expansion of required mask usage to all grade levels and buildings.

Please know we are doing the best we can to keep our students learning safely in school. We appreciate your continued support, engagement and teamwork.



Mike Lucas

Westside Community Schools

Innovation-Community-Excellence

(402) 390-2100

Join us for the First Day of School!

Westbrook families, please join us to celebrate the first day of school, August 17th. All families are invited to join us outside in the Robertson Drive parking lot starting at 8:15 in the morning. You will meet the rest of your class then and we will walk in together around 8:30. Parking can get a little crazy on the first day so if you can park a block or so away and walk, that would be appreciated.


If you have a kindergarten student who is in the "B" group and starts on August 19th, we will have a smaller celebration at 8:15 as well. You are welcome to join us on the 17th as well for pictures if you want.


Parents of new students are welcome to join us on either August 17th or 19th at 9:00am for our new parent breakfast. You will have a chance to meet our administrators and our community club and ask any questions that you might have. We may need to meet outside for these meetings, so stay posted for more information.

Returning Student Registration....

Returning Student Registrations for 2021-2022 MUST be completed for each currently enrolled student returning to Westside in August. Thank you to all of our families who have already completed this important process!


TO GET STARTED


  1. Log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal. (CLICK HERE)
  2. Select the student you wish to register along the top.
  3. Select the Student Registration icon on the left side for 2021-2022.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Click Begin Forms.


PROBLEMS WITH POWERSCHOOL?


  • If you aren't able to retrieve your log in credentials using the Having Trouble Signing In link on the Sign In page, please email powerschool.support@westside66.net for assistance.

Free Meals, Free/Reduced Applications Available

ALL Westside Community Schools students will receive FREE meals (breakfast & lunch) for the 21/22 school year. Meals are funded by the US Department of Agriculture, as an extension of waivers issued to provide safe, healthy food for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.


An important note: if you qualify for Free or Reduced Meals, please fill out an application with Westside Community Schools! While meals are free for all students this school year, your application will ensure student benefits including discounts on computers, transportation, summer camps and more.


CLICK HERE to fill out your application.

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Attention Fifth Grade Students and Parents

You are invited to BE A PART OF THE MUSIC! This fall, you will have the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before you by being a part of Band and Strings! In the first three weeks of school we will be visiting all the buildings, demonstrating the instruments, and giving students the opportunity to select an instrument of their choice. We will have a parent meeting about our program on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 pm at Westside Middle School. All are welcome to attend to learn about elementary instrumental music and meet the teachers. We are excited to introduce your child to the world of instrumental music!


The Elementary Instrumental Music Staff

Gail Carpenter-Johnson, Michael Freeman, Viktoria Matheson and Ken Meints

Childcare Centers Near Westbrook

Kinderversity Child Care Center

2020 N. 72nd Street

402-614-2722

Provides transportation to Westbrook after school only. Provides transportation to Hillside before school only.


24/2 Child Care Center

8025 Maple Street

402-614-0277

Not currently providing transportation, but have in the past. Would be wiling to discuss.


Lollipop Patch Child Care

7240 Blondo Street

402-391-2919

No transportation provided.


Kiddie Kampus Child Care Inc.

7076 Blondo Street

402-551-8816

No transportation provided.


Heartland Child Care

2510 N. 72nd Street

402-504-9957


Child’s Play

820 Mayfield Ave.

402-556-4028


Lori’s Childcare

8624 Hamilton

402-250-7111

Transportation to Hillside and Westbrook



Little Hearts Child Care

901 N. 90th St.

402-391-0090

Transports to Hillside & Westbrook

Parent AHERA Notifications for 2021-2022 School Year

Annual AHERA Notice

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires each public school district to annually notify parents, staff, and employee groups of its asbestos management plans. A management plan is in place for Westbrook Elementary and is available for review either at the school building or at the Westside Service Center, 9437 J St. Omaha, NE.

This school building was originally inspected in the1980’s and re-inspected by a certified inspector every three years thereafter. The three-year re-inspection and a ceiling tile inspection was conducted in 2019, and periodic surveillance will be conducted as required. No abatement activities are currently in progress or scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year at this building.

The Designated Person responsible for managing the District’s AHERA compliance and the contact person for questions or to review a management plan is the Director of Facilities, Russ Olsen (402) 390-8331.


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Community Club Meeting

Friday, Aug. 6th, 6pm

1312 Robertson Drive

Omaha, NE

Sneak-A-Peak

Thursday, Aug. 12th, 6-7pm

1312 Robertson Drive

Omaha, NE

Come visit Westbrook from 6-7pm to take a peek at your child's new classroom and meet their new teacher! See you then...

First Day of School & New Parent Breakfast

Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 9pm

1312 Robertson Drive

Omaha, NE

School will begin at 8:30am. New parent breakfast starts at 9am.