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Grace Abbott Elementary

January 28, 2022


Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee, epchaussee@mpsomaha.org

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Covid update…


At the end of January I’d like to give parents a short update on the coronavirus impact on Grace Abbott. Currently we have zero positive cases of Covid in adults and eight students with Covid.


We appreciate parents that are screening their children, informing the school of illnesses and getting tested when necessary. We stopped providing disposable water bottles. We would like more kids to bring their own clean reusable water bottles and face masks if possible. We go through hundreds of them in one week.

BULLYING AND TEXTING

Bullying


I feel that at Grace Abbott we don’t have a huge problem with students and bullying. But, nevertheless, it is not something to dismiss and pretend it never happens, as it does occasionally. I feel we do a good job of addressing with students and with parents, if necessary, when it does happen.


All Millard schools have a school improvement team and a site plan. The district also has a site plan, also called a strategic plan. The district wrote an action plan to address bullying. Both can be read online for more information. Part of Abbott’s plan is to provide an unobtrusive way for students to report bullying as at times, kids don’t want others to know they are reporting. When we discuss bullying at school we ask students these questions:

Is it repeated?

Is it intentional?

Is there an imbalance of power?


Cyber Safety


The following article is from Project Harmony. Usually I edit when I copy articles, but this one is short and contains valuable information:



Keeping Kids Safe Online

Safer Internet Day: February 8





Did your child recently receive a new technology device? For some, this is the first time they have access to texting, downloading music, taking and receiving photos, instant messaging, watching videos, interacting with friends in a virtual world, social media apps, etc. In addition they have a great chance of encountering cyberbullying or to meet strangers and talk to people who are not necessarily who they say they are. That's a lot of access at the tip of our children's fingers. Not-to-mention that is a lot to manage as a parent.


It is no surprise that the internet has changed the way our children interact with the world. According to Pew Research Center, teens are increasingly sharing information through social media.

  • 91% post a photo of themselves

  • 71% post their school name

  • 71% post the town where they live

  • 53% post their email address

  • 20% post their cell phone number


In addition to the information shared on various social media platforms, teen social media profiles are equally revealing.

  • 92% post their real name

  • 84% post their interests (Such as movies, music, or books they like.)

  • 82% post their birth date

  • 62% post their relationship status

  • 24% post videos of themselves

  • 16% have their profile automatically include their location in their post


Sharing this kind of information makes it easy for online perpetrators to seek out potential victims, gather personal information, and make contact.

CONFERENCES

We use Pick-A-Time for parent/teacher conferences. You can use the link below for parent instructions.


The window will open today, January 22, and will close on February 9. So be sure to sign up during this time. You can sign up for one time slot per email address. If you have two students in the same class you will need to use different email addresses or call the office for scheduling. Fifth grade parents will sign up for their child's homeroom teacher only. Here is the link for classroom teacher conferences:


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences


ORCHESTRA CONFERENCES


Mrs. Hinz will have both Zoom and in person conferences on February 15 and 16. Here are the links to sign up for those conferences:


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences_ORCHESTRA_In_person


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences_ORCHESTRA_Zoom


Zoom link: https://mpsomaha-org.zoom.us/my/mpshinz

CONFERENCES WITH OUR COUNSELOR

Parents and Guardians,


Hopefully this finds you doing well. With conferences coming up soon, I wanted to let you know when I will be available to meet with you.


In Person or on Zoom: February 10th and 15th from 4:00 - 8:00.

Zoom Only: February 16th from 8:00 - 12:00


If you would like to meet with me, please send me an email at bmstruck@mpsomaha.org or give me a call at Abbott, 402-715-2900, or Aldrich, 402-715-2020, and I’ll get you scheduled.


Thanks


Brett Struck


School Counselor

Abbott and Aldrich Elementary Schools

bmstruck@mpsomaha.org

KINDERGARTEN 2022-2023

The online registration for kindergarten and new families to Millard will open on February 10. Do you know someone who will be attending kindergarten at Abbott this fall? If you do, please have them fill out the form on the link below so we can get them some information!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jmknDf-GQqNzqZ5Qj_Wa21GmlJNn3xZnavWjM85Utds/edit

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PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Millard Public School is now accepting applications for preschool

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are due by Feb. 15th.

  • You must live in the Millard school district and your child must turn 4 by July 31, 2022.

  • Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

  • The application is available on the Millard Public school website or click here:

Preschool Application.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Remote Learning: January 28, January 31, February 11


PTO Meeting: February 1, 6:30 p.m.

Zoom link: https://mpsomaha-org.zoom.us/j/95486421064?pwd=TlA1b0hVZGdWamxDamVSdlVsdHFjZz09


Conferences: February 10, 15, 16

POP TABS

Last year Abbott collected 21,000 Pop Tabs. As of May 25th, 2021, Abbott has collected over 1,763,500 pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. As COVID continues to affect nonprofits, the donation of Pop Tabs adds up to a sizable amount. The staff and guests directly benefit from any amount of tabs that are donated. Please continue to dump your tabs into the large blue bucket by the front door.

PANTS FOR GIRLS NEEDED

The health room could use some donations of girls' pants - specifically leggings sizes 6 - 12. If you have any that you could donate, we would surely appreciate it!

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SUPPORT TEAM (BIST) CLASSES

Please see the link below for more information regarding a series of three complimentary classes for parents and guardians.
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WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child.


Also, if your child is wearing a cloth mask, please wash frequently.

SHOW CHOIR CAMPS

Hey Families,

Do you know a current 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who loves to sing and move? We would love to have them join one (or BOTH) of our Millard Show Choir Camps this summer! There are TWO to choose from!!! (or choose BOTH) One at Beadle Middle and one at Millard North High! These camps are open to ALL current 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (kids who WILL be in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade next school year!) Please check out the attached flier for all information. Then you will email klwhisinnand@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Beadle OR llbrown@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Millard North.

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WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP

We are excited to invite our Watch DOGS (Dad of Great Students) back into the building this year! If you would like to volunteer for either a full day, or over our lunch times, please complete the Watch DOG sign up. You can email Charlene Hale (cghale@mpsomaha.org) with any questions.

MILLARD SCHOOL BOARD 2020

President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate