OVS Weekly Update

February 22, 2019, Volume 102

Mark Your Calendars!



  • Tuesday, Feb 26th from 6-8pm
  • 3616 S 132nd St, Omaha, NE 68144

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Parents)

  • Tuesday, February 26 10:30 and 1:45
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:45
  • Thursday, February 28 10:30 and 1:45

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Learners)

  • Tuesday, February 26 11:30 and 1:00
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:00
  • Thursday, February 28 11:30 and 1:00


Parent teacher conferences week (March 4-8)

  • Monday, March 4th -- NO ONLINE LESSONS
  • Wednesday, March 6th --Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4:30 to 8pm
  • Thursday, March 7th--Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 to 8pm
  • Friday – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS-No Online lessons

Thursday afternoon families can attend the Thursday morning class as an option. More information will be provided by your classroom teacher.

  • Re-registration information will be coming during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Stay tuned!

Support our Robotics Teams!!!

The robotics teams have performed wonderfully this season. All students involved have worked so hard the past several months to represent themselves and the school. I am extremely proud of all the students and the effort they put into this program.

The middle school concluded their regular season with three tournaments under their belt. The teams placed 4th, 17th, and 23rd at the recent tournament at Beveridge. One team even reached the semi-finals! I just received the final season standings for the Skills competition and ALL THREE QUALIFY FOR REGIONALS! All three teams will compete March 1-2 in the Heartland Regionals in Council Bluffs. More information to follow on this.

The elementary teams did outstanding at the Davis Middle competition with one team (C4149C) winning the tournament! This automatically qualified them for the Heartland Regionals this past Saturday, WHICH THEY WON!! Congratulations to them on their hard-fought victory. This win automatically qualified them for the US Open on April 3-4. This is the top tournament for the Create Jr. level. Good luck to them.

I’m eager to see what the middle school Regionals and Create Jr. US Open brings for these students.

Learning Coach Training Survey

How would you like to view LC trainings?

Fill out a 3 question survey to help decide how LC trainings are done this semester when it comes to Instructional Strategies.

Snow Day Clarity

We all love a good snow day! However, it tends to complicate schedules.

If OPS has a snow day, Omaha Virtual School is closed. This means teachers and staff do not report. So, no online lessons, no one to answer the phone, and emails sent that day may not be returned.

If there is a snow day on your learner's assigned day, we do not count that as an absence. It is a lost day. It is NOT required for your learner to make up that day at the center or those hours on campus.

It IS an option for your learner to come on the next session during the week. If you would like to do so, please EMAIL the team of teachers, so they are prepared for your learner.

Please click the OPS Parent Voice Survey title above to let OPS know how we are doing.
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OVS is hosting a WCA official Cube Competition on March 23rd!! If you can solve a cube, register to join this amazing group of people from around the world! If you can't solve it, come and watch! It's truly INCREDIBLE to see!! We are also looking for volunteers. I will send out more information about volunteering soon!

When: March 23, 8:00-5:30

Where: 60th and L basement

Who: Anybody that wants to watch, compete, volunteer

How: Register using the link below!

OVS Synergy

Book Fair

We have a virtual book fair going right now! Get some new books and support our school all in one spot! It's a win-win! Follow the link below after February 20!

Shop in person

Wednesday March 6th 4pm-8pm

Thursday March 7th 12pm-8pm

All For Books Raffle

Feb 19-28 purchase raffle tickets for 50 cents each to be entered to win one of 3 gift certificates for the book fair!

Winners will be drawn on Monday, March 4th.

LC Book Club
We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out

The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/26- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

Week in Review:

Learners were so excited to wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal this week! We used this as a learning opportunity to talk about why our stuffed animals are so important to us. We also discussed explaining details; how our animals look, how they feel, and how they make us feel. Take a look at our videos! You may have noticed learners brought home a sight word book or another leveled book to share with someone at home. I didn't realize how much they loved these books until we hadn't used them for a couple weeks and everyone was asking about them! I encouraged learners to read them to a pet, sibling, or another family member.

Looking Ahead:

We will be working on retelling a story inside of Seesaw this week. Counting money and comparing amounts will be our focus in Math. Some have a great handle on counting money already, so that is GREAT!

I wanted to share a couple of tools that I have recently learned about in my grad class. I included this math one on our Symbaloo page. These math manipulatives can be used web-based or can be downloaded from the App Store. Another great app that I learned about is Speechify It is a text to speech app that has many great features such as scanning a book with your camera and having it read it aloud! Let me know if you have questions or need any help!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We have been working with Main Idea and Supporting details in class. The learners seem to be getting a solid grasp on the concept. I assigned the last set of chapters in their Lit Circle books this week. Please make sure they finish their book. One of the students took home my copy of How to Eat Fried Worms. It has a couple of Turkey bookmarks in it as well as some yellow sticky notes. Please return it with your learner next week.

Looking Ahead:

We will be finishing our unit on Main Idea and Supporting details over the next two weeks. We have been practicing both fiction and nonfiction. In math we will be breaking down story problems and explaining them in multiple ways.

Please double check your learner’s backpack. They need to have their Lit Circle book and their purple folders each week. Also, please turn in graded artifacts as they complete them. Please do not wait until the end of the quarter. We only have 3 weeks left. Stay focused on working hard everyday to keep up with the pacing guide. We’re getting close to the final push.

We will be deciding on our 4th Quarter Lit Circle books this week. I will be emailing you with the selection next Friday. That will give you 3 weeks to locate/order the book. Thanks!

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

This week we used Flipgrid, an online educational tool, to answer a question about our books! Students are really enjoying Flipgrid so far! We also started writing our details for our new writing assignment. This is an ongoing writing assignment we will be working on for several weeks. In math we worked on area and perimeter and did a scoot around the room.

Next Week:

Students will be getting their new projects for their Lit Circle book next week when they come to class. We had some very creative projects last time so I'm excited to see them this time!

We are getting close to the end of the quarter and we have about a week before all artifacts are due. Please be sure you are turning in artifacts as they are completed. Also check that your student has completed the OneNote assignments for the class connect sessions for Science and Social Studies.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:

A lot of work has been accomplished this past week, despite our days off with holiday and snow. Thank you to all who worked hard to keep pace and reach out with questions.

Looking Ahead:
We want to continue riding the momentum we have gained due to the hard work the learners are putting forth in their coursework. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available during PIT on Wednesday (60th & L) 1-3, Friday (online) 10-11, as well as the normal required online sessions.

This month’s resource is a return to a reliable site. Symbolab is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. Learning coaches can use this to verify learner answers and get steps on difficult problems.


Weekly Online Math Sessions:
Remember that all math sessions are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics. It also allows a check-in with the teacher for verification of progress. Learners: come prepared with questions or concerns on lessons or topics of your choice.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

This week in class, 6th grade students will finish working on the water cycle project. They will work on getting K12 lessons done in class until after spring break. 7th grade will finish the Endangered Animals of Nebraska Powerpoint project. We are working to print out their 3D food webs on the 3D printer. 8th grade will begin making smores in their solar ovens this week.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Happy 2019! A new year brings a new start! Fresh notebooks, clean folders, sharpened pencils and a re-commitment to organizational strategies are all things that will help kick off a successful second semester!

ELA and Computer Apps are going to continue to provide opportunities for your learner to grow and challenge themselves to be the best they can be! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!

Please bring notebook to Face to Face time next week! This will be a helpful tool to get the year jump started! Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to learning with you this year!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

Week in Review:

Another busy open art week this week, only hampered a little by the snow day. Learners accomplished so much during their open art sessions!

Looking Ahead:

ALL work to be included on 3rd quarter report cards is due THURSDAY! Bring in or email me pictures of your learner's art this week so all of your learner's hard work can be counted!

Week of March 4th: AM K-5 Face to Face Art

** I will be at Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, March 6th

from 4:30-8:00. **

Week of March 18th: AM 6-8 Face to Face Art

Week of March 25th: Open Art, register here.

If you were unable to attend STEAMFair or didn't get to take a look at the art displays, check out your learner's hard work:

OVS STEAMFair 2019

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We are a dynamic and nurturing community of learners that empowers students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.


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