Buffett Bulletin

October 17, 2018

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Understanding MAP Growth Assessments

Parents will receive MAP growth reports of their student's progress at student-led conferences or with your student's report card if you are unable to attend conferences. The video below explains 10 things to know about the MAP growth reports.

Quarter 2 Begins October 22nd!

Be sure to review your 2nd quarter schedule before returning to school on Monday, October 22nd. Quarter rotation classes, 7th grade magnet offerings and Friday Clubs will switch each quarter! You can find a copy of your schedule by going to the parent/student portal (Infinite Campus).

Attention 6-8th Grade Girls!

North High School is sponsoring a STEM Club specifically designed for girls!

Phenomenal STEM Girls is an opportunity for young ladies in 6th, 7th & 8th grade to participate in exciting STEM activities at Omaha North High Magnet School. Girls will get experience with Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering activities.

Registration is now open for our 2nd Annual Phenomenal STEM Girls Event that will take place November 15. Please see the attached flyer for details. Here is the registration link:

Attention 5th Grade Girls and Boys

Buffett Middle School will soon be starting it's very own STEAM Club. This club is designed to be the type of club that offers several different opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students will be able to sign up for the activities that interest them the most!

Some example activities to peak your interest will be: coding, 3D printing, crayon melting art, bag making/sewing, Rube Goldberg device making and much more.

Sign-ups will be emailed to families and run in this weekly bulletin.

Be on the look out for the first sign up next week!

Help Buffett By TAGGing

Help raise money for Buffett's PTO simply by TAGGing purchases at hundreds of local participating businesses! Whenever you’re at a TAGG business, snap a picture of your receipt and choose Alice Buffett Middle School. The business will donate 5% of your purchase at no extra cost to you! To download the app, click here.

Restaurant Night

Don & Millie's on 161st and Maple is hosting Restaurant Night for Buffett - October 18th from 4-9 PM. Just mention Buffett and 20% of your order will go to Buffett's PTO. Be sure to tell your friends and family to mention "Buffett" when ordering to make this fundraising effort a success.
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Fall Play - October 25th

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Shakespeare At Buffett

Thank you to Shakespeare On Tour for their recent performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Buffett on Monday, October 15th! Students and staff are invited to enjoy a professional production in the cafetorium each fall.
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Attention 8th graders - Oct 30th deadline!

Are you interested in traveling with your peers over spring break? Would you love to see majestic views and the Statue of Liberty, the hustle and bustle of Times Square, the sparkling lights of Broadway, or visit the set of a late night TV show? Have you heard that 8th grade Buffett students have the opportunity to travel to New York City over spring break? Information is available in Ms. Rosenberg's Room or in the main office! The October sign-up deadline is approaching. Please email Ms. Rosenberg with any questions (dara.rosenberg@ops.org).

Attendance Incentive from Mr. CK - 20 Bobcat Bucks!

Mr. CK wants students to be in classes each and every block of each and every day. So, he is going to give 16 students 20 Bobcat Bucks in a perfect attendance raffle every week.

How do students win?

  • Have perfect attendance for ONE WEEK (zero tardies AND zero absences)
  • Have your name randomly drawn from the list of students who had perfect attendance for ONE WEEK.

Don't forget...Sixteen students will be randomly selected each week. And, you get a fresh start every single week. All you need is FIVE DAYS without tardies or absences.

Attendance matters at Buffett.


Check The Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is getting full, be sure to check for items when in the building for Student-Led Conferences. The Lost & Found is located inside the main entrance by the restrooms.

Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award

Recognizing Those Who Make a Difference Everyday

The Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Given to 15 teachers annually, the Award has recognized and rewarded nearly 300 teachers over the past two decades. Any Omaha Public Schools teacher or counselor (Pre-K through 12), with a minimum of two years experience, is eligible for nomination.

Each year we receive nominations from students (current and former), parents, other teachers, administrators, and the general public. Our deserving winners are publicly recognized and awarded with the following:

  • $10,000 gift
  • Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Medallion
  • $500 in McDonald's gift cards

Submit a nomination today! The online form is available now: Nomination Form

Message from Nurse Boyer

Dressing for Cooler Weather

There many ways to stay warm when it is cold outside. Two of them are to cover all parts of the body and dress in layers. In cold weather, it is important to cover all parts of the body with proper clothing. This helps protect your child from very cold outdoor temperatures - proper clothing includes; hats, gloves and coats (hoodies do not count as coats). I recommend dressing in layers, this allows students to adjust to the temperature throughout the day.

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

African American History Challenge (6th-8th): The AAHC is a national educational program designed by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to enhance the study of African-American history. The goal of the local competition is to encourage pride, self-worth, and an appreciation of the African-American legacy and culture in Omaha youth.

Academic Pentathlon (6th-8th): Academic Pentathlon was created to provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of a rigorous team and individual competition in five events: Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science and Social Science. The 2018-19 Pentathlon theme is the 1960's.

Poetry Slam (6th-8th): A poetry slam is a workshop (fall) and competition (spring) at which poets read or recite original work. It puts equal emphasis on writing and performance and encourages poets to focus on what they say and how they say it.

Any 6th-8th grade student interested in the above opportunities, is encouraged to get more information from Mrs. Meg Thompson, G.A.T.E. Facilitator. Room C205 or megan.thompson@ops.org

Code Crush Fall 2018 Applications: Now Open!

CodeCrush is a FREE immersion experience for 8th and 9th grade girls designed to show them the world of iSTEM. Part of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology Women in IT Initiative, we've created this program to help show girls all the cool and crush-worthy things you can do with technology.

When and where is CodeCrush Fall Immersion Experience?

November 28 - 30th at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology.

What does it cost?

Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it's all free.

Who is eligible?

Students must be in 8th or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2018 school year, have parent permission and be nominated by a teacher/counselor/administrator who will also accompany them to the immersion experience. More than one student may be nominated.

Application deadline

October 21, 2018

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Technology Tips for the Care of Your School Laptop

We continue to have a large amount of damaged, cracked laptop screens reported by students for repair. There a TWO very easy things students can do to reduce the chances of having to send their laptop in for repair. Please remember, students are not given a replacement while they wait for damages to be repaired. These pictures illustrate the method most students use to carry their device around classrooms or where they grab the device to put into their bags.

ONE: Always carry the laptop in the provided bag with the bag zipped shut. This means, not just during passing periods and to and from home, every time a student takes the device from a classroom. For example, when they are sent to get help from Ms.Tolliver or Mr. Cleaver.

TWO: Don't carry the device around class by holding onto the screen. This is commonplace for our students. See the picture below and encourage your child to carry the device with the lid closed every time they move from one spot to another in class.

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Important Links

Upcoming Events

Student-Led Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 3:30-7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Sign-up information coming soon!

Student-Led Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 12-7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Sign-up information coming soon!

No School

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

No School

Friday, Oct. 19th, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Begin 2nd Quarter

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

PTO Meeting

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 3:15pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

6-8 Strings Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE