GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

March 11, 2022


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE


Book Recommendations:


Occasionally I recommend books for parents, but I have never recommend books without reading them, however these two are worth looking into. I haven’t read them as I haven’t been able to get to them yet. I’ve read reviews from The New York Times as well as one of the authors being interviewed on a radio program. The two books are relevant as parents and any of us that tend to, perhaps, overuse technology.


The first book is Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention-and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari and The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back by Jacob Ward.


Author Ward argues “that artificial intelligence in particular is not only predicting our actions but increasingly causing our actions, narrowing our scope of choices and imprisoning us in an automated existence.”


Author Hari addresses a wider range of causes but for a single target of concern-how we are losing focus. He breaks down the many causes into two categories: too much and too little. Too much information, stress, endless scrolling, and manipulation, and too little sleep, books read, and nutritious food.


Both books get things right and are, in my opinion, worth reading, but again, I’m basing the above on printed reviews and an interview. However, if you have no children and no technology, skip both books.

LUNCH AT ABBOTT

Returning to Lunch…


Parents and guardians,


With Covid numbers dropping schools would appear to be safer and a gradual return to some of what we did prior to Covid such as parents eating lunch at school. Life is unpredictable as we’ve all learned the last two years with Covid so we don’t want to rush this. We will start gradually allowing visitors at lunch on March 14. Initially, only one parent will be allowed per student and only two parents per grade level lunch. The level of interest will dictate what we do after the first two weeks of this.


PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CADAA23A4F94-lunch

OPTION ENROLLMENT

If you are an option enrollment family and you have a new kindergartner coming to Abbott, you must fill out the proper paperwork by March 15, 2022. It can be found on the MPS website. If you have any question, please call the office.

UPCOMING EVENTS

End of 3rd quarter, March 18

Group picture day (Band, Orchestra, Student Council, etc.), March 21

Omaha Tap House, March 24, 5 - 7 p.m.

Report cards go home March 25

Spring Break, April 4 - 8

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UNDERWEAR NEEDED!

The health room is in need of some underwear for both boys and girls. If you would like to donate either new or gently used underwear they would really appreciate it!! THANKS!!
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WALKING CLUB

Spring walking club will begin soon. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:55am. The first day will be Tuesday, April 12th.

KINDERGARTEN 2022-2023

The online registration for kindergarten and new families to Millard opened 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

COMMUNITY COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER

Please click on the link below to access the March newsletter from our community counselor, Nancy Cole. Spring is in the air!!!

ORIGINAL WORKS

Right now your child is creating a one of a kind work of art. You will soon have the opportunity to turn everyday items into something special. In a few weeks your child will bring home a list if items along with their art. Please continue to check backpacks.

WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child. It really helps to have the child's name on the bottle.


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

SPARK ( Formerly Kids Network)

Don’t Miss Out On This Epic Summer!

Are you looking for full day fun for your student this summer? Spark (formerly Kids Network) is a program provided by the Millard Public Schools Foundation and this summer we have great adventures planned for your child. Weekly registration is available, themed activities and weekly field trips!

New this year – Spark UP is our new summer program designed exclusively for incoming 5th and 6th graders.

Join us for a summer to remember! Don’t delay – we have limited spots available. Register Today! www.mpsfoundation.org

The Millard Public Schools Foundation supports the school district by providing funds to all 35 schools to support strategic initiatives.

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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.

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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