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.
19 - Skate City Night from 6:00pm-8:00pm
21 - No School – Teacher Compensation Day
30 - Grade 1 MSUM Plantetarium Field Trip
Rabenn's and Wilson's 8:15am-10:15am
Schommer's and Stuber's 9:15am-11:15am
4 – PTA meeting at 6:30pm in the Library
- 15 - School Dance at 6:00pm in Commons
18 - No School Professional Development
- 21- NAEP Testing
22 - Grade 5 Ski Trip (Andes Tower Hills) leaving at 8:20am
Milk Break Payment Reminder
Please remember to pay the second half of milk break for your student/s. The cost is $36 and you can pay via myschoolbucks.com, or send a check or cash to the office. Please contact the office at 356-2110 and speak with Deann.
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.
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.
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District News & Updates
Impacted by the Government Shutdown?
New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.
2019-202 Staff of the Year Awards
The nomination window for the 2019-2020 Staff of the Year Awards will be open January 4 - January 16, 2019. The nomination process is open to the entire community, allowing parents, students, alumni, or any stakeholder to nominate an employee for a Staff of the Year Award. Nominate a deserving staff member today!
End of the Quarter
The last day of Quarter 2 is Friday, January 18, 2019.
There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Student Success Forum: Social Media
The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.
Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.
It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.
FEET Parent Trainings
Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):
- Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM CANCELLED
- Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM
All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event. Childcare will be provided.