Panda Press August 22, 2008 Paddock Road Elementary School Newsletter 3535 Paddock Rd. Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 390-6465 Info Line: (402) 390-3322 www.westside66.org Mission The mission of Paddock Curriculum Night Road Elementary School is to ensure a program of K-6th academic excellence that Next to parent/teacher conferences, Curriculum Night serves the unique needs is one of the most important events for parents during of all learners in a positive a school year. Teachers share what it is students will instructional atmosphere be expected to learn and what materials, techniques, where students are actively and activities will be used in the classroom. This is an involved and supported opportunity for families to gain valuable information by staff, family and our that can be used to support student learning. Please make Curriculum community. Night a high priority! We respectfully request that this be a night News Briefs for parents only. Please remember Mark your calendars To call the school office at 390-6465 before 9:00 a.m. if: Thursday, August 28: 4 yr. old, K, 1, 2 - 6:30 p.m. • your child will be absent Thursday, August 28: 3, 4, 5, 6 - 7:20 p.m. from school & why “Well begun is half done.” Aristotle • your child will be late for school, especially if he or she needs a hot lunch Starting the School Day Off Right. . . You also can call the 24 hour The best way to finish anything is to get a good start. The better the information line, 390-3322, beginning, the easier the whole job. Teach your children the power of option #2 to report your getting off to a good start. It’s another way of giving your child an edge. child’s absence. People who hit the ground running usually finish ahead of the rest. Good beginnings make good endings. Remember: 8:25 Breakfast Paddock Road t-shirt orders are due by Thursday, 8:45 Students go to class August 28. Become part of 8:55 School begins the Paddock Spirit Team! Order form is attached. Thank you! CALENDAR REMINDERS August 26 Don & Millies Family Night, 4-9:00 p.m. September 9 Teacher Collaboration; 1:00 Dismissal August 28 Curriculum Night, K-2, 6:30; 3-6, 7:20 September 17 School Pictures, 9:00 a.m. September 1 Labor Day--No School September 18 Outdoor Ed. Parent Mtg., 6:30 p.m. September 2 Paddock Road Community Club (PRCC) @ Westbrook Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-All parents are invited October 1-3 6th Grade Outdoor Education September 3 Fundraiser Ends Social Skills Community Club Connections This past week found children and adults focusing on: How To Get the Teacher’s Attention: Fundraising Effort: What: Paddock Road Community Club Fundraiser 1. Look at the person When: Friday, August 22-Wednesday, September 3 2. Raise your hand Why: To raise funds to support activities for our 3. Silently wait to be called on Paddock Road children When Children Do This: This fundraiser was kicked off today with a motivating • others might see you as a good student assembly in the gym. Details of the fundraiser should be in your child’s backpack. Your support and follow • others might want to be around you through is greatly appreciated. • teacher will be more likely to give you attention Paddock Road Community Club Fundraiser Committee • might get more work done • may get help sooner Volunteers Needed: The Volunteer Council needs your help teaching the Stu- • might not disturb others dent Enrichment Programs. The programs require just a few Thanks for supporting our efforts with these all hours of your time, are a lot of fun, and allow parents a great important life skills. opportunity to help out in the classroom. Sign-up forms will be available in your child’s classroom on curriculum night. If 6th Grade Parent Meeting you would like further information regarding the upcoming Student Enrichment Programs, please contact Lisa Peters at Thursday, September 18 399-5245 or Sharon Montanye at 391-1617. 6:30 p.m. @ Westbrook Flip-Flops and Recess -- Outdoor Education October 1, 2, & 3 A Dangerous Combination! While flip-flops are very cute and popular, they present Our 6th grade students and staff will head out to Platte some safety challenges for our students out at recess. If your River State Park for three days of outdoor education. student likes to be active at recess, please consider sending Fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, crafts, and safer shoes for those recess feet! orienteering are just some of the exciting classes that await the students. Paddock will be attending Outdoor Personal Property Reminder Education with students from Westbrook. Students are reminded that all personal items such as Please plan on attending the parent meeting on skateboards, walkmans, trading cards, toys, footballs, etc. Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Westbrook. are not to be brought to school unless specifically requested by the classroom teacher. These personal items, which may Mr. Otto, Mrs. Bridwell, Mr. Kock, Mr. Elliott be costly, can cause a loss of valuable class time if they are damaged or stolen. Parents, please help us by making sure Safety Patrol that all of these items remain at home and do not come to school. August 25-September 8 Captains (Report at 8:30 a.m.): Paige Bailey, Jules Ross Patrol Post: Please Note Mr. Kock and I worked with the Omaha Police South Paddock: KaVon Neelon, Kaleb Buss Department regarding a concern that we did not have visual contact with our patrols that supervised the “fence Front Door: Rolf Ngudia, Pat Hodson post” patrol. 91st Street: Joey Cardenas, David Brown It was recommended that this post be terminated. We Back Door (after school): DuA Lee, Alyssa Koory documented and collected student and traffic flow data that supported this decision. Thank you for your (after school only) understanding. Alternates: Micheal Mickles, Brittney Loney Mr. Otto Guests Must Sign In. . . Procedure Reminders Please remember to sign in and take a visitor sticker every time you visit our school! We want to maintain a End of Day safe and secure environment. We are pleased that you wait for your children either outside or in our foyer. This provides a much safer and Beginning of the Year Reminders: secure dismissal. Please honor our requests to wait until Please park in designated areas only. This is for the after 3:30 to visit your child’s teacher and/or classroom. safety of all students, parents, and staff. Our hallways are so much more secure and safe for You are always welcome at Paddock Road. When children when not congested. visiting any part of the building or playground area, you will need to sign in at the office and wear a visitor Parking Reminder sticker. Everyone will be asked to wear a visitor sticker. Cars parked on Paddock Road must parallel park and face north (direction of traffic). The Omaha Police Lost and found is located in the hallway by the media Department is working with us to provide a safe and center. Please check it out as unclaimed items are orderly dismissal. Please abide by this so our children donated periodically. and parents can safely enter and exit Paddock Road. If you are bringing a forgotten item to your child(ren) during the school day, please leave it at the office. We will make sure your child receives the item. Time for School Students leaving the building during the day need to be P unctuality is an important part of our adult lives. It enhances our social lives and work lives. Things picked up from the office. If students return during the run smoother when people are on time. This is why we same day, they must sign back in or they may be counted address absences and tardies beginning in elementary absent for the entire day. school. As parents and teachers, we try to stress the We ask visitor/parents not to go to a child’s classroom importance of that at an early age so it carries over into during the day unless one has an appointment and the adulthood. teacher is expecting you. Through excessive tardiness, we send the message to Thanks for your help. our child that, “it is okay to be late.” That can also be a message that carries into their professional lives. Early Dismissal Days If your child is five minutes late every day for school, at the end of the year, they will have missed approximately The Westside School District offers Teacher 2.5 days of school. Imagine how much time is missed Collaboration Days four times a year. We will dismiss at if your child comes in 10-30 minutes late (182 days 1:00 on these days. Here are the dates: of school). Being on time sets a positive tone to the September 9 November 12 beginning of a person’s day. January 29 April 17 Classes start at 8:55 a.m. Please make sure your child is here so they can get the same start as all of the other Please make arrangements for your children on these students in his/her class. Parents, our thanks for your days. help with this situation. Remember: September 9 - 1:00 DISMISSAL! Parents (“who’s legally in charge”?) Medication at School We are aware that some of our students have For your child’s safety and for the safety of others, restrictions on who is allowed to sign them out or all medications (even cough drops), must be kept pick them up from school. Often these restrictions locked in the health office and must be in the original are due to custody arrangements, protection package. With the exception of cough orders, or foster placements. In order to best drops, all medication needs should be provide for the safety of your child, if you have accompanied by a blue medication legal documents that indicate restrictions, please form signed by parent or guardian; bring the documents to school so we can make a prescription medication forms must be copy. We also ask that you notify the school if these signed by the doctor. restrictions change. Counselor’s Corner Volunteer Council Update Welcome to another Paddock Road school year! It The Volunteer Council consists of 42 members. Each has been fun to see the kids after their summer break. school is represented by three to four members. The rest They’ve grown, they looked refreshed, and they are are members-at-large. As a “working board”, members ready for their new classrooms and teachers. volunteer themselves and recruit others to assist with Council activities. I am looking forward to another school year, too. I will be at Paddock on Mondays through Thursdays. On Last year 532 volunteers performed 873 volunteer Friday I am at Westbrook, but I’m only a phone call services in our schools. This year Volunteer Council away if you have a question. Leave a voice message and activities will include: I’ll get it via my computer. Love that technology! 1. Student Enrichment programs for all elementary As a school counselor I teach weekly curriculum students. These programs are presented while the lessons in the areas of self- and other-awareness, group classroom teachers attend Staff Development out of the cooperation, problem solving/decision making, self- building. This year teachers in grades K-2 will receive control and career awareness. I am also available for further training on the new Rigby reading program that small groups or individuals that wish to work on specific they began implementing last year. Grades three matters. Students, parents, or teachers may contact me through six will learn about research and implications about concerns. We may work on topics like attending for effective vocabulary instruction. skills, friendship problems or the Paddock social skills. 2. Health Screenings (height, weight, vision &/or audio I can also help parents with issues that arise at home. for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6) and selected grades of secondary My goal is to help students so they can do well in the students. Volunteers assist with the clerical aspects of flu classroom. shot clinics and other health related projects that may Please stop in and say “Hi!”. arise. 3. Battle of the Books Competition for teams of 4th through 6th graders Belva Licht 4. Westside Middle School Career Day for all 8th graders Cyber-Safety for Parents: 5. Job Interviews with Westside Career Center students 6. Senior Project volunteers to read reaction papers and Protecting Your Kids Online listen to oral presentations Date: September 25, 2008 7. Art Display of selected art created by students in all Presenter: Jeff Ingraham, ESU#3 Technology Trainer grades exhibited at Countryside Village Art Fair Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 8. Special Projects: President/President-Elect Meeting, “A Blend of Friends” puppeteers, and Coats for Kids Location: ABC Building, 909 So. 76th St. Volunteer Council could not do these activities without Facebook, Myspace, file sharing, chat rooms, instant your generous help! messaging, spam e-mail, phishing, etc. What does it all So when Dana Carrig, Sharon Montanye and Lisa mean for you and your child? Peters, Paddock Road’s Volunteer Council members, This session puts the spotlight on how parents can keep invite you to help, we hope you will join us! Assisting their children safe while enjoying the immense benefits with Volunteer Council projects is a great opportunity to of technology. It includes information about personal assist in your child’s classroom and school, and a way to safety online, plagiarism and intellectual property theft, get to know other parents. Thank you! virus prevention, and more. Parents will learn ways Jo Ann Gould to talk to their children about online dangers. One doesn’t need to be a “techie” to help keep children safe in Volunteer Council President cyberspace. Please register in advance with Nancy Yount at 390-2113 2008 - 2009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.