Westside Elementary School News
Please note: Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 8:00am; we recommend that students who are not eating breakfast come between 7:45am-8:00am
Students in 1st-5th grade, who do not eat breakfast are given the option to read in the library, go to the homework room, or they can walk outside. Students in Kindergarten have the option to eat breakfast or walk outside.
?Students must be in their classroom by 8:10am to not be counted as tardy.
- 18 - NDSA Testing starts for grades 3, 4, and 5 grade
19-28 - 4th & 5th Grade Volleyball Intramurals 2:40pm - 3:40pm
22 - PTA Family Bingo Night start at 6:00pm in the commons (flyer)
25 & 26 - Kindergarten Preregistration 4:00pm-7:30pm at Westside (flyer)
- 29th - 2nd Grade Grand -parent event in the commons starting at 1:30pm
- 2 - Grade 5 Mr. Nordick and Ms. Hassel Courthouse Field trip 8:30am-12:00pm
5 - Grade 3 Learning Bank Field Trip 12:30pm-2:30pm
8 - PTA Meeting in the Library starting at 6:30pm
- 9 - Grade 5 Mr. Odegard and Mr. Ostby Courthouse Field trip 8:30am-12:00pm
16 - Grade 4 NDSU Concert Hall Field Trip 12:45pm-2:00pm
17 - Grade 1 Ms. Schommer's Class Music Program at 1:30pm in Music Room
18 - Kindergarten Books and Bagels in classrooms starting at 7:45am
18 - Grade 1 Mrs. Wilson's Class Music Program at 1:30pm in Music Room
- 18 - Grade 1 Mrs. Rabenn's Class Music Program at 2:00pm in Music Room
19- No School
22- Make Up Storm Day - School in session
26 - Grade 1 Mrs. Rabenn's Class Trip to Essentia 9:50am - 11:40am
- 30 - Grade K Mrs. Farkas' Class Music Program at 1:00pm in Music Room
1 - Grade K Mrs. Gehrke's Class Music Program at 12:30pm in Music Room
2 - Grade K Mrs. Weiser's Music Program at 1:00pm in Music Room
3 - Grade K Ms. Wosick's Music Program at 12:30pm in Music Room
6 - PTA Meeting in the Library starting at 6:30pm
13 - Grade K Red River Valley Zoo Field Trip 8:30am - 10:30am
- 23 - Grade K TNT Fitness Field Trip 8:20am - 10:20am
27 - No School Memorial Day
30 - Last day of school
4 - Summer School Begins for qualifying students 7:45 - 11:45am
NEW Volunteer Procedure (PLEASE READ)
Volunteers NOW apply ONLINE– They must do this 2 weeks prior to the event. The district will inform the office once they have been approved.
Even if you have had a background check in the past, you still need to resubmit your information on the link below.
Classroom Volunteers – Just need to do the lobbygaurd computer in the office (Photo ID scanned)
Field Trip Volunteers – MUST do the online application AND Lobbyguard
Here is the online link: https://bib.com/SECUREVOLUNTEER/WEST-FARGO-PUBLIC-SCHOOLS/
Working Together Tidbit:?
Please remember to inform the office if your child will be picked up by any other means than normal. The preferred methods are to send a note to school with your child to his or her teacher, email teacher, or send their teacher a message on Seesaw. If circumstances dictate the need to call the office and get a message to your child, we ask that you call by 12:00pm. Last minute phone calls to the office may make it very difficult to get the message to the child. For example, some students have specials at the end of the day, which makes it difficult to physically get to the child, find the child around the school, and ensure they understand the change in transportation before dismissal.
As the weather start to get colder, please help your child to make wise clothing choices. Many of our students will layer clothing so if they get too hot or cold they can adjust their clothing to be more comfortable. We also ask that your child bring home their clothing items each evening. Please make sure your child checks the lost and found if they are missing something. Labeling your child’s name on tags of clothing helps us to identify the rightful owner.
Why is SARB/school attendance Important?
What is SARB?
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is composed of representatives from various youth-serving agencies to help truant or recalcitrant students and their parents or guardians solve attendance problems through the use of available school and community resources.
What is chronic absenteeism?
A student is chronically absent if he or she misses school 10 percent of the time or more for any reason.
Why is school attendance important?
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
- Chronically absent children gained 14 percent fewer literacy skills in kindergarten than those who attended more regularly.
- For students chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade, only 17 percent scored proficient.
- Only 64 percent of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 percent of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 percent of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (chronic absence)
- Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 percent were reading at grade level. (chronic absence)
According to a Utah study
- On average, being chronically absent in one grade increased the odds of being chronically absent in the next grade by nearly thirteen times.
- A student who was chronically absent in any year, starting in the 8th grade, was 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school than a student who was not chronically absent during any of those year.
Your child’s school has purchased DreamBox Learning, a K-8 digital math program that independent studies have found to raise student achievement and better prepare children for future success. Please go to this flyer for more information.
Westside Elementary Link:
If your child will be absent from school, please call Westside Elementary School at 356-2110 prior to school starting for the day. School starts each morning at 8:10AM. Attendance is taken daily and it is important that all students are accounted for at the start of the school day. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Miranowski.
Borrowed School Clothing
If your child has an accident at school and borrows school clothing, please make sure to send the clothing items back to the school.
Westside Elementary School follows the West Fargo Public Schools medication policy and procedures in regards to students bringing and administering medications. If your child needs to take medication during the school day, please review the information and complete the required forms. If you give your child a medication in the morning, please make sure you witness them taking it and that they do not bring it to school.
Westside Elementary School loves to celebrate birthdays, but we also must be cognizant of the district's healthy treats policy in order to ensure student and staff health. We celebrate birthdays by offering students a choice of what they want to do for their special day. We do not allow cakes, doughnuts, cookies, and cupcakes at school.
Forms & Flyers
District News & Updates
Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.
High School & Middle School Names
At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.
The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.
The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide.
Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.
West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.
With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.
Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.
Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.
If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.
New Middle School & High School Transition Plan
At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:
- 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
- 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024