9503 Walnut St Omaha NE 68124 402-390-6480

Sunset Hills Elementary Newsletter

April 5, 2019

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Mission Statement

The mission of Sunset Hills School, as part of a cohesive, involved community, is to provide a quality, well-rounded education by maximizing opportunities for each learner in a safe and caring environment.

Calendar Reminder

Apr 8 3/4 gr Music Program @ 2:45

Apr 9 Community Club Mtg @ 5:30

Apr 9 Art Club

Apr 9 3/4 gr Music Program @ 6:30

Apr 16 Art Club

Apr 16 Don & Millies Night 4-9

Apr 18 Spirit Day

Apr 18 6th Gr trip to Fontenelle Forest 10:15-2

Apr 19 No School

Apr 25 Talent Show 6:30-7:30

Apr 26 Kdg Zoo Trip 9:30-1

Apr 29 - May 3 Screen Free Week

Apr 30 Kindergarten Parent Mtg 6-7

May 2 6th gr Band Solo/Ensemble Concert @ WMS 7 pm

May 3 Kindergarten Round-Up 9:30-11

(No School for Regular Kindergarten that Day)

May 3 2nd Gr trip to Court House 10-1:30

May 3 Carnival 6-8 pm

May 6 Kindergarten Music Program 6:30 pm

May 7 5th & 6th Grade Band/Strings Concert 9:30 am

May 7 Community Club Meeting 6:30 pm

May 10 Kindergarten to Lauritzen Gardens 9 am-1 pm

May 11 Big Band Dance WHS 5:30

May 14 Strings West Fest 5/6th Gr WHS 6 Practice 7 Performance

May 17 Spirit Day

May 21 Don & Millie's Night 4-9

May 23 4th Gr Trip to Lincoln 9 am

May 24 Last Day of School 1 pm Dismissal

May 17 All School Picnic


Great Job Sam!

Sam Schafer, a 5th grader at Sunset Hills, was one of six Westside Community Schools students to participate in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition held Friday, March 29, at UNO. To participate, students had to win their school geography bee and take an online qualifying test. The top 100 ranked students in each state qualified to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition.

Digital Dozen Badge Recipient From Sunset

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Sophia as the most recent recipient of the Digital Dozen award! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of your accomplishment!

Congratulations, Sophia!

~The EY Team

On Saturday, March 30th, 46 teams of 4th - 6th

graders from across the district participated in

the 2019 Battle of the Books. Almost 200

students were in attendance.

Thank you to Westside Community Council for

sponsoring this event and to all the volunteers

who helped to make it a success!

The Organic Readers will be able to display


5th and 6th grade Band students on a great job at Band-o-rama! Sunset students did an amazing job during the rehearsal and represented our school with awesome attitudes and positive choices all day. A special thank you as well to all the families who attended our musical extravaganza. Way to go SUNSET!

District Speech Contest

The Kiwanis Elementary Speech Contest was held Friday, March 8th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. Sixth graders from across the district prepared speeches on the topic, "Tragedy and Triumph" and each school selected one student to attend the district contest. The first, second, and third place winners will attend a luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis on March 13th along with their classroom teacher and families. Congratulations to all students!

  • 1st Place: Elaina K., Prairie Lane

  • 2nd Place: Marina D., Oakdale

  • 3rd Place: Joe Simon, Paddock Road

  • Bella G., Hillside

  • Violet C., Loveland

  • Cora S., Rockbrook

  • Alex I., Sunset Hills

  • Travis A., Swanson

  • Lisa F., Westbrook

  • Josie C., Westgate

Elementary Unified Activities - Unified Basketball

What Are Unified Activities?

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Basketball opportunity to our schools.

Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our sixth Unified Activity this year.

Unified Basketball.

Where: Paddock Road Elementary, 3535 Paddock Rd, Omaha, NE 68124

When: April 16, 2019 - 5:30-7:00pm

What: An hour of fun and friendship aimed at partnering peers while developing basketball skills.

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend.

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7th Grade Requirements

Nebraska law requires all students entering 7th grade to have a complete physical (also fulfills the requirements for a sports physical).

• For those playing sports, physicals must be performed after May 1st; for all others, examinations must be performed after March 1st.

• A Tdap booster given after 10 years of age prior to entering 7th grade is also required.

Please call your health care provider to schedule your child's physical and immunizations (call now—appointments fill up fast). Once completed, we ask that you turn in your completed physical, along with immunizations,

to the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) before August 1st.

Please email questions to smith.melissaa@westside66.net.

Melissa Smith, RN, BSN, BS

Westside Middle School

Phone: 402-408-8652

Fax: 402-390-6454

Returning Student Registration

Be on the lookout in April for our Returning Student Registration process for current Westside students. Starting in mid-April, parents will be asked to login to their parent PowerSchool account and update information and permission forms for the 2019-2020 school year.

Completing these forms now will reduce—at least a little bit—the information overload parents face when school starts in August. Once you're finished, your child will be registered for the 2019-2020 school year. and we will have up-to-date contact information for back-to-school communication this summer.