Pinto Press

Friday, October 15, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Hello, Pinto families.


You recently received an email from me with the order form for picture day. The link is below if you need it.


The website for ordering the Pinto Gear has been extended to Monday, October 18! The link for ordering is below.


We will be holding Fall parties on Friday, October 29. Due to our restrictions with visitors this year, each classroom will have assistance from 1 or 2 parents, and our PTA is assisting with getting these volunteers. I'm excited to announce that our annual parade is back! All costumes must be school appropriate with no toy weapons of any kind, blood/gore, or make up. The parade will begin at 3:30. You are welcome to watch from outside only. Please see the parade route map below to assist you in selecting a good location. We have some special seating for parents of our Early Childhood students, as these students will follow a shorter parade route. After the parade, students can be dismissed to you from the classroom. Please everyone, bring extra patience during dismissal on that day. It will be a bit crowded in our parking lot.


As a reminder, if you are picking your child up early, you must come to the door and sign your child out. We cannot bring them to your vehicle.


If you were not able to sign up for parent-teacher conferences, your child's teacher will be reaching out to you to set one up. These conferences are an important part of the parent/guardian and school communication. We are looking forward to 100% participation!


New in this edition:


  • Fall party parade route and viewing locations (see map below)
  • PTA Restaurant Night Information and "Ticket"
  • PT Conference Volunteer Opportunities
  • Picture Day Information and Link
  • Burke Trunk or Treat Information
  • How to Locate the Lunch Menu on the New OPS Website


Please reach out if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. Enjoy the weekend.


With Pinto Pride,

Mrs. Schovanec

Volunteer for the upcoming Picotte Book Fair and Bake sale!

Fall Party Parade Route and Viewing Locations

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Buffalo Wild Wings PTA Restaurant Night

Come support Picotte at the next PTA restaurant night. We'll see you at Buffalo Wild Wings at 132nd and Maple on October 20th from 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Show the ticket (below) or print it (from the PDF file). Give it to your server to earn Picotte PTA some funds.
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Picture Day Information!

Fall Picture Day is Coming!

Se acerca el día de las fotografías de Otoño!

We have exciting news! Fall Picture Day is coming soon!

10/19

Don’t miss your chance to remember your kids at this age.

Click here to order today:
VIEW PACKAGES / VER PAQUETES

Use passcode/Usar código de acceso: Pintos

Nurse's Office Clothing Needs

Our nurse's office is in need of some new or gently used longs pants, particularly in sizes 6,8, and 10. We need them for both boys and girls. We appreciate any donation you can make!

How to locate lunch menus on the new OPS website

To view the lunch menu, follow these clicks on the OPS District Website
  • Departments
  • Nutrition Services
  • Menus
  • View Menus as a Guest
  • Select Weekly (or Daily, etc.)
  • Select Picotte
  • Select Specials of the Day (Selecting Available Daily only shows the daily yogurt, PB&J choices, etc., which do not change)
  • Click to put a checkmark on All-in-one-meals, entrees, vegetables, fruits

COVID Daily Screenings

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school.


Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.


Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough

  • New onset of shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell


Does your child have two or more of the following?

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater

  • Chills

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea


If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:

• Notify the school of your child's absence

  • Contact your child's health care provider

  • Get your child tested for COVID-19

  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been

    cleared by their health care provider


For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested


For information on COVID-19 vaccine sites please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/812- where-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine


Anyone 12 years of age are older is eligible to be vaccinated. Minors, 12 thru 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian to be vaccinated.

Important Upcoming Dates

October 19

  • Picture Day (individual pictures)
October 20
  • PTA Restaurant Night! Buffalo Wild Wings at 132nd and Maple
  • Spirit Day!
  • No school for OPS EC (Early Childhood) students (OPSF is in session)
  • PT Conferences (stop by the bake sale and Book Fair)

October 21

  • No School for all students
  • OPSF PreK Consolidation Day at Picotte
  • PT Conferences (stop by the bake sale and Book Fair)
October 22
  • No school for staff or students
  • OPSF PreK Consolidation Day at Picotte

October 25

  • PTA meeting, library, 7:00 Face coverings must be worn

October 27

  • PTA Fundraiser Day of Awesomeness (rain/wind date is October 28)
October 29
  • Spirit Day!
  • Fall classroom parties. Parents are invited to watch the parade outside, beginning at 3:30.
November 1
  • No school for all students
  • OPSF PreK Consolidation Day at Picotte

Pictures Needed!

We are looking for photos for the Picotte 2021-22 yearbook. If you have photos of any items listed further below, or anything school-related, please send to Jen Simpson at jlwatzke@yahoo.com. For best print quality, please send the image in its original file size. Cellphones tend to compress the images when sending otherwise. Also please note student name and grade in the e-mail subject.

Important Picotte News and Notes

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in chaperoning field trips, volunteering at Picotte, or other school functions (parties, field day, etc.), please complete the Volunteer Application on the district website. This allows us to provide the appropriate level of clearance for volunteers and chaperones, protecting our students.


School Lunches

Effective for School Year 2021-22, Omaha Public Schools will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students. We encourage families to complete a meal application for Free or Reduced-price school meals. This information may be valuable for P-EBT, the carryover of meal benefits for school year 2022-23, and other educational benefits. The 2021-22 meal application is available online at SchoolCafe.com and a copy was in your child's back to school folder.A completed application is not required for enrolled students to receive meals at no cost for SY2021-22.

If there are any questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 531-299-0230.


PTA Updates

Our amazing PTA is looking for someone to assist in their webpage development. If that's "In your wheelhouse of skills", please contact the school


Face Coverings

Health and safety is our priority. To protect students, staff and families, our district updated face covering requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering while inside our school. We care about our students, and we can work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our school will have face coverings available for those who need them.


Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we are asking that any parent visitor make an appointment prior to entering the building. We will continue to limit outside visitors due to Health & Safety Protocols.


Picotte Spirit Days

The last student day of every week is Spirit Day! Students and staff show their Pinto Pride by wearing Picotte gear or colors. In addition to the new gear currently for sale, we have a few gray t-shirts left for $10.00 each. Contact the office to be sure we have your size. Check should be made out to Picotte PTA. We will offer additional gear that can be ordered on-line later this fall.


School Messenger

We will be using the School Messenger (email or Robo call) to communicate this year. Please make sure to contact the office if you need to update your contact information.


Counselor Information

If you need to reach the counselor, or would like school counseling services please email

marybeth.ferree@ops.org or fill out the counseling request https://forms.office.com/r/x7kJBMaey3


Please visit our Picotte web page for a description on school counseling services https://picotte.ops.org/


Birthday Celebrations

Only store-bought pre-packaged items can be brought to school. We highly encourage non-food items.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Accounts

Did you know the fastest way to keep your child's information current and to check on current grades (for grades 3 and 4) is to have a Campus Parent Portal account? Call the office to get your code and set this up today!


Online Payment

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment was launched in the spring. Parents and guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.


OPS EC (Early Childhood) Drop Off

If you are the parent of an OPS Early Childhood student and drop your child off in the morning, you must exit your child on the sidewalk (passenger) side. When students get out on the driver's side, it is not safe for them, you, or the drivers who are coming around you for the K-4 dismissal zones.

Last minute change in dismissal plan? Call the office before 3:45

If you have a last minute change to your child's dismissal plan, please notify the office no later than 3:45. That's when we notify teachers of changes. Thank you for your help!
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