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2015-16 Loveland Calendar
Want to know what's planned at Loveland this school year?  Westside Community Schools is now using a Google calendar system.  We are no longer using the calendar embedded on our District website.  We hope the new calendar system will provide you easier access to our school information. To view the new calendar, click on the following link:
Loveland 2015-16 Calendar 


Welcome Back!
Welcome Back!  We hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and fun summer!  It is exciting that we are getting ready to start the 2015-2016 school year!  Remember to mark your calendars for Sneak-A-Peek Night on Monday, August 10th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for students and families to meet their teacher and get a quick look into their classrooms!  The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 12th!  
2015-16 Classroom Supply Lists
A sure sign that the new school year is just around the corner!  Click here for each grade level's classroom supply list.
Save the date!
Save the date!  VIVI is just around the corner on October 3rd.  Click here for more information.
Jump Rope for Heart
Congratulations to Kaleb, who was the top fundraiser for his classroom.  For his efforts, he got to "pie" gym teacher, Mr. Weber!  Way to go Kaleb!
3rd Omaha trip
Loveland 3rd Grade students put their Omaha knowledge to work as they visited some of the great sites of our city.  Click here for more pictures.
Kids Against Hunger
Loveland's Student Council recently went to Omaha's Kids Against Hunger site.  While there, they created nutritious meals to be sent to the people of Nepal.  Click here for additional photos.
1st grade Zoo trip
Loveland 1st grade students recently experienced the wonders of our own Henry Doorly Zoo.  Click here for more pictures.
Art Smart Collaborative Project
The collaborative projects that Loveland students created during their recent Art Smart experience was unveiled at our annual Loveland Art Night.  Awesome!
Spring clean up 2015
Thanks to this terrific team of volunteers for helping with the Loveland Student Council sponsored spring clean-up!  Your hard work looks wonderful!  Click here for more photos!
Junk Jam
As part of the Loveland Community Club's Art Smart program, the Omaha Street Percussion performed for the students of Loveland Elementary. During their performances, they used only recycled materials as instruments.  These included trash can lids, pans, buckets, bar stools, and cans.    A few Loveland students even got to show off their own percussion skills with individual drum solos!  Click here for more pictures.
Art Smart
Each year Loveland Community Club funds an art enrichment program called Art Smart. This program allows students hands-on opportunities to experience art in many forms. This year, local artist, Kate Marx was hosted as an artist in residence. Ms. Marx will share her personal experiences and passion for art with Loveland students in partnership with Miss Longe and the Art Smart Committee.  
During the project each child was given the opportunity to explore abstract painting using acrylic paints on his/her own 8x8 canvas.  These canvases will be going home with the kids after being displayed at Art Night.  Each child also completed a 6x6 canvas as part of a collaborative project.  They were each given a unique image to copy to their canvas using the acrylic paints.  When all 286 6x6 canvases are assembled together, they will create an image of Loveland Elementary.  This collaborative piece will be displayed at Loveland as a permanent installation and will be unveiled at Art Night.
Wildlife Encounters
Kip, from Wildlife Encounters, came to visit Loveland's 6th grade classrooms. He also brought a few of his friends including:
  • Alligator
  • Large Boa Constrictor
  • Macaw or Parrot
  • Tarantula
  • Cane Toad
  • Kinkajou
  • Fennec Fox
  • Hedgehog
The 6th graders have been exploring biomes and ecosystems, therefore the exciting animal presentation was fitting towards their curriculum! Mr. Kip took the students on a journey to explore our world’s amazing habitats and the animals that live within them!  Wildlife Encounters award winning, highly entertaining and educational school assemblies and workshops allow students to meet and learn about some of the worlds most amazing animals. 

Click here for more photos
Bravo Award
Congratulations to our very own, Mrs. Keuny!  She was selected as a Westside Foundation BRAVO Teaching Award winner. ​The Westside Foundation BRAVO Teaching Award recognizes certified teachers who skillfully and successfully tap into the unique academic, social, emotional and/or physical talents of students and inspire students to fully engage in school and/or community life.  You're the best!
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Students in second grade read, Oh, The Places You'll Go for Read Across America Week.  Students came dressed as what they would want to be when they grow up.  Madelyn came dressed as a principal. 
Stir Fry
Loveland 1st grade students learned about the Chinese New Year and celebrated with a stir fry...Yum!
Star Teacher of the Week!
Loveland 2nd grade teacher, Natalie Rinn was surprised by some special guests from radio station STAR 104.5.  Mrs. Rinn received the "Star Teacher of the Week".  Click here to watch the interview!
Attention parents of 6th grade students:
You can access the 2015-2016 Curriculum Book and a short PowerPoint presentation. The Curriculum Book contains the course descriptions, and the short PowerPoint presentation was used at our 6th grade parent meetings. It explains a bit of what is new.  We are trying to do as much of the registration process on-line as possible, so there are a few slides in the presentation that shows how to do that.
5th Graders have heart!
Students in Ms. Ristau's 5th grade class showed their "heart" by creating kits for the for patients at Children's Hospital and Medical Center to create their own Valentine cards.  Mr. Rob Harding, Community Resource Specialist at Children's told us  "As you might imagine, it's difficult enough being in the hospital on any day  of the week, and it is event  a bit more difficult on those days when you know you're missing out on things like Valentine's Day activities at your own school.  In addition to allowing kids an opportunity to make their own Valentine's cards, these kits will send a very important messages that someone in the community cares for them"  Thank you for your service, 5th grade!  Click here for additional photos.
Rocksburg Debates!

“To dam, or not to dam” that was the question. Our 4th graders eagerly prepared for the class debate, where each student took on the role of a citizen from Rocksburg. Rocksburg was a community with a population of 900. The townspeople had to decide whether or not to build a dam two miles upstream. Our students learned about the benefits and implications of building dams. They looked at the situation from political, economical, historical, and geographical angles.

Our townspeople debated the issue on Tuesday, February 3, in front of the Rocksburg City Council. The Council decided it was in the best interest of Rocksburg to NOT BUILD the dam.

Thanks to all of the parents who helped in the classroom and who attended the debate. 

Click here to view more pictures.
Solo/Group Night
Click here to preview the exciting performances planned for the Strings Solo and Group night on March 10th.
3rd grade Biography Open House
Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Houdini and Albert Einstein welcomed friends and family for their 3rd grade Biography Open House.  3rd grade students researched a variety of famous individuals and produced Keynote slide shows to tell others what they had learned.  
We are thankful
We are thankful, all of the time, for our friends at Loveland!
Hat Day!
6th grade students in Ms. Cramer's class celebrated "Hat day" for earning 2500 fish tickets...in other words, they are terrific!
100th Day at Loveland
1st grade students celebrated the 100th day of school by creating 100th day stew...yum!  Click here for more pictures.
It's 100th day!
The Loveland Student Council sponsored a food drive to benefit the Westside Food Pantry.  Before all of the food was collected from classrooms, grade levels created our "Can-structions"!  Click here for more photos.
Opportunity Education


Opportunity Education is a foundation that promotes education to all children around the world. It matches schools in developed countries with those in developing countries. From these partnerships, pen pal relationships are formed.

For the past seven years, Loveland has been an Opportunity Education school. For the first five years, our sister school was in Uganda. Last year, we were assigned a new partnership in Ghana. Our new sister school is St. Paul’s R/C Primary School in Kumasi, Ghana. 

The students at Loveland wanted to do a project that would teach the students in Ghana a little more about Nebraska. Each student designed a puzzle square depicting either a place/item specific to Nebraska, a self-portrait, or a letter identifying our location. An identical puzzle to this one is being mailed to our friends in Ghana. 

We hope you will be able to stop by school and take a closer look. 
Click here for additional photos.

Student Council Thank you's
Members of Loveland's Student Council wrote letters and made cards to thank Omaha police officers, Omaha firefighters, and First Responders for their hard work in keeping us safe.  Click here for more photos.
1st Grade Feast
First grade students prepared for and participated in their very own Thanksgiving Feast!  Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped to make this possible.  Click here for additional photos.
Tandy Leather
Tandy Leather Co. visited 4th graders to discuss how leather and animal products have been used in history.  Students had the opportunity to make their own leather bookmarks.  Click here for more photos!
Destination Imagination
The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning.  Click here for more photos!
Election Day
Fourth grade students cast their "ballots" in the election!  Click here for additional photos.
Loveland Fall Clean-up
Approximately 90 students, parents and teachers joined together to clean up the Loveland grounds.  Leaves were raked, gravel and mulch swept and trash collected.  Thanks to all for your hard work and dedication!  Click here for additional pictures.
All about Antarctica
Ms. Kolene Krysl, a 5th grade teacher from Prairie Lane, came and spoke to our 4th graders about her scientific experience in Antarctica.  Students heard about her work with the weddell seal and what it was like to live and work in a tundra ecosystem. 
3rd Grade Animals
Third grade students in Mrs. Kueny's class use their iPads to write about the animals they researched.  Click here for more photos.
Loveland Spelling Bee

On Tuesday, October 21st, the Loveland School Spelling Bee was held at Underwood Hills. There were 17 qualifying students from grades four, five and six.  All students in grades 4-6  took a written test in October to determine who would compete.   Congratulations to, our school winner Ayush Sharma and to Zach Goldner , who placed second in  the competition.  Ayush and Zach will move on to  the Westside School District Bee which will be held on Friday, November 21st at the Community Conference Center.  We wish them much luck!! Chiharu Shuai and Kian Roblin placed third and fourth, respectively, and will also be invited to attend the competition to cheer on their school.  Congratulations to all!!


Here is a list of the finalists that qualified for the Loveland Spelling Bee:

6th Cramer

Braeden Haptonstall

Lauryn Richard

Abby Rose Van-Cohn

Paul Suder

Mara Summers

6th Campbell

Hayden Bauer

John Dodge

Zach Goldner

Cash Roth

Chiharu Shuai

Matthew Tilgner

5th Ristau

Erin Mosier

Ayush Sharma

Luke Shaw

Braylon Schroeder

5th Schroeder

Kian Roblin

4th Bennett

Mustafa Kabashi
1st grade Research
Students in Mrs. O'Neill's class used a new district database subscription called "PebbleGo" to research a variety of animals.  Click here for additional photos.
5th & 6th grade students gave a rousing perfomance of many selections from the much loved Broadway musical, Wicked.  The incomperable, Mrs. Stover led the way!  Click here for more photos.
Loveland was well represented at this year's WHS homecoming parade.  We even took 2nd place in the floats!
4th Science
Fourth graders researched and presented information about ecosystems during Science class.  Click here for additional photos.
Students in Mrs. O'Neill's 1st grade class practiced creating patterns!
New Friends
Students in Mrs. Kammandel's 2nd grade class are excited about their new friends and telling all about themselves!  Click here for more photos.
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