Tiger Tracks

Oakdale Elementary's Monthly Newsletter | January 2023

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Monday, January 16

MLK Day and Teacher Work Day

NEW - Teacher Feature!

This year, we would like you all to get to know our staff. Be on the lookout in our monthly Tiger Tracks newsletter for our new "Teacher Feature" highlighting our excellent teaching staff. Please see below for our fifth installment introducing you to three more staff members at Oakdale.
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Jill Johnson

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Years at Oakdale: 16 years
  • Years in Education: 21 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I am truly a Minnesotan at heart.
  • What is one of your hidden talents? My second job is a driver . . . I drive my children everywhere! =)
  • What is your dream vacation? Greece
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Jen O'Neill

  • Position: Kindergarten Educational Assistant
  • Years at Oakdale: 5 years
  • Years in Education: 12 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I make quilts.
  • What is one of your hidden talents? Photography
  • What is your dream vacation? Ireland. But more realistically our plan is every baseball stadium. We have done 8.
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Parker Christensen

  • Position: Music Teacher
  • Years at Oakdale: 2 years
  • Years in Education: 2 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I love to cook! Most of my lunches during the school day are leftovers from dinner that I prepared the night before.
  • What is one of your hidden talents? Playing basketball.
  • What is your dream vacation? Hiking glaciers in Iceland

Fall 2023 Enrollment


Kindergarten enrollment for District residents for the 2023-24 school year begins approximately Feb 1, 2023. Please check our website at westside66.org as soon as possible after Feb 1st to start your enrollment online.

Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2023. Parents may wait to enroll their child(ren) in kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska law requires that child(ren) who reach the age of six prior to Jan 1st of the then current school year must be enrolled in school.

For questions about enrollment, please contact the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100 or enrollment@westside66.net.


If you live outside of the Westside district and have a child eligible for kindergarten in 2023-24 who has a sibling attending our schools through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an option application for your kindergartener. The deadline to apply for Option Enrollment is 4:00 pm on March 15th.

In addition to kindergarten, you can apply for any other grade level by the same deadline, 4:00 pm on March 15th.

Option Enrollment forms can be completed using this link:


Questions about Option Enrollment, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.


Are you a District resident and would like your K-6 grade child(ren) to attend an elementary school in Westside other than the area where you live? The deadline to submit an In-District Transfer request for the upcoming school year is 4:00 pm on March 15th.

An In-District Transfer request form must also be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has a sibling attending an elementary school outside of their home attendance area. The deadline to submit this request is also 4:00 pm on March 15th.

In district transfer forms can be completed using this link: https://forms.gle/EHgruZWb9MH1UBtH8

Questions about In-District Transfers, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.


Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance to kindergarten must turn 5 years old between August 1 and October 15, 2023.

For further information regarding early entrance testing, please contact Early Admissions at


A Helpful Parent Resource regarding Bullying & Cyberbullying

The National Institutes of Health recognizes bullying as a significant public health problem. In the social media era, harassment and intimidation take place both offline and on, which amplifies the severity of aggression and stress in children and their parents. Children’s Hospital has made available this 15 minute “Just Kids Health” episode on Bullying & Cyberbullying to help parents understand bullying behaviors and how to address signs of bullying and prevent it. To best support our students, Westside is pleased to provide system-wide, bullying prevention programming to tackle bullying behavior.

Monthly High 5 Drawing

Congratulations to Jeremy H. in Miss Houston's 2nd grade class and Josh C. in Mrs. Brady's 3rd grade class for winning December's Monthly High 5 Drawing! There were able to pick either Mr. Jagels' office chair or the Counseling Office comfy chair to sit in for the day before winter break.

For the month of January, students can take their chance of winning Yoga and Yogurt with our 1st grade teachers, Mrs. Pedersen and Mrs. Bintz. Good luck!

Specialist Corner

Please click the buttons below to see what's happening at Oakdale in Art, Music, PE, and Library. Feel free to reach out to any of our specials teachers if you have any questions.

Emotional Well Being

We know it is important to consider both the physical and social-emotional wellbeing of our students, families, and staff. We continue to be committed to providing regular instruction and support for studying in managing thoughts and feelings.

If your child is experiencing particular difficulties (whether related to the pandemic or other life circumstances) and you would like to explore options for additional support we encourage you to contact our School Psychologist, Mrs. McPadden (mcpadden.mary@westside66.net) who can help in coordinating additional support and resources.

Oakdale Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

Linked you will find our year long Oakdale Calendar. Please know that this calendar is subject to change. We encourage you to access our Oakdale Calendar through our Website, the Westside Community Schools App, and to subscribe so that this information shows right up on your own calendar for iPhone, iPad, Mac, or any other Google Calendar subscribable platform.

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Calendar Reminders


10 - Community Club Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Oakdale Library

12 - Don & Millie's Family Restaurant Night

16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day & Teacher Work Day

19 - WE-SIDE Event - Minute to Win It, 5:30-6:30 pm @ Hillside

21 - Donuts with a Grownup, 8:00 am @ Oakdale Cafeteria

25 - La Casa Family Restaurant Night

31 - Talent Show Tryouts, 3:30 pm @ Oakdale Gym

31 - Kindergarten Parents/Guardians Night Out @ Casual Pint (Countryside Village)


2 - STEAM Night, 5:30 - 6:30 pm @ Oakdale Cafeteria & Gym

9 - Unified Student Council Meeting, 3:30-4:00 pm @ Oakdale

9 - Don & Millie's Family Restaurant Night

10 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day

14 - Valentine's Parties, 2:30 pm

20 - NO SCHOOL, President's Day & Teacher Work Day

23 - Unified Student Council Meeting, 3:30-4:00 pm @ Oakdale

23 - Pickleman's Family Restaurant Night

28 - Westside Community Walk, Great Plains Black History Museum

Community Club Information

Community Club Meeting

Join us at our next Community Club meeting on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 pm. Come learn about what we have planned for the next couple of months and maybe make some new connections. If you can’t make it, no worries, we distribute the minutes following the event.

Don & Millie's Night

Dine at Don & Millie's on Thursday January 12th! Take a night off from cooking to raise money for Community Club. Be sure to let them know you are with Oakdale. Complete the form below before the event and turn it in to enter your student for a prize.

Doughnuts with Grownups

Donuts with Grownups is January 21st! Kids and their grownups are invited to stop by Oakdale for a donut, water, and coffee from 8:00 to 9:00 AM. This event will be hosted in the cafeteria with outdoor access to the playground so that the kids can play.

Volunteers are needed for this delicious, community-building event. To sign up, please visit the Community Club Website.

La Casa Family Restaurant Night

Join us for the first La Casa Family Restaurant Night! It's Wednesday, January 25 during their normal business hours, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Talent Show

Help your child share their talent with fellow Oakdale Tigers on March 3rd. Auditions are scheduled on January 31st, at 3:30 pm in the gym. Online registration is easy! Just provide a brief description of the performance and names of additional performers. You'll also need to consent to the performance and participation requirements. Register for talent show

Performance Requirements:

  • Length must not exceed 1 minute and 20 seconds
  • Music needs to be turned in at tryouts (piano, microphone and mats are available)
  • All other props to be supplied by performers
  • Follow the Three Be's (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe)

Participation Requirements:

  • Tryout on January 31st at 3:30 PM at Oakdale Elementary School (gym)
  • Rehearsal on March 1st at 6:00 PM at Westside Middle School (auditorium)
  • Performance on March 3rd at 7:00 PM at Westside Middle School (auditorium)

Community Club Website and Family Directory

This year you can gain FREE access to the family directory! So make sure to confirm or update your info on the Oakdale Community Club website details to get FREE access to the directory! Easily get contact info for birthday parties and playdates. See these helpful instructions for website assistance.

Don't Forget to TAGG

SHOP - Shop at participating local businesses.

SNAP - Snap a pic of your receipts with the TAGG app.

EARN - The business will donate a percentage to Oakdale!

Oakdale Community Club Website

Bookmark this site for Oakdale Community Club Information!

Oakdale Elementary School

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

Our Expectations:

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

Email: jagels.glen@westside66.net
Website: westside66.org/domain/13
Location: 9801 West Center Road, Omaha, NE, USA
Phone: 402-390-6460
Facebook: facebook.com/OakdaleTigers66
Twitter: @oakdaletigers66