Grace Abbott Elementary
NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE
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
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?
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.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at Abbott, 402-715-2900, or Aldrich, 402-715-2020, and I’ll get you scheduled.
Abbott and Aldrich Elementary Schools
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:
If you have questions regarding preschool, call 402-715-8339 or email - email@example.com
Remote Learning: January 28, January 31, February 11
PTO Meeting: February 1, 6:30 p.m.
Conferences: February 10, 15, 16
SHOW CHOIR CAMPS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register your child for Beadle OR email@example.com to register your child for Millard North.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.