GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

October 11, 2019


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Inclement Weather

Dear parents and guardians,


There may be some occasions when attending school due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may not be advisable. Student safety and learning is always the top priority for Millard Public Schools. With that in mind, Millard Public Schools will utilize a few options including 1) eLearning days 2) two hour late starts and 3) cancelling school. Late start and eLearning days will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.


The District will communicate with staff and families when we may need to utilize one of these options. Announcements related to using any of the above options will be made on the radio and TV stations by 6 a.m. The announcement will also be posted on Millard’s website: www.mpsomaha.org. Parents and staff will also receive automated phone calls, texts and emails from our automated system. Typically, phone calls occur after 6:00 a.m., depending on when the decision is made.


Late start days will begin exactly two hours later than the normal school start time. When weather permits for a later start, the streets, sidewalks and parking lots can be better cleared and rush hour traffic can be complete. On late start days the Abbott doors will open at 10:10 a.m. and school will start at 10:20 a.m. Our lunch schedule will remain the same. For additional information, please refer to the District Inclement Weather website at:

https://sites.google.com/mpsomaha.org/mpselearningdays/home-page


During an eLearning Day, students do not attend school. An eLearning Day allows for the scope and sequence of the coursework to stay on track and minimize disruptions to the learning process by leveraging technology, digital tools and other educational resources. For additional information please refer to the FAQ section of the website above. Each grade level has created a one page eLearning document unique to each grade level with different expectations.


You can expect these things to occur for an eLearning day:

  • Teachers will talk with students and parents prior to the eLearning day to clearly explain what eLearning day procedures are for students.

  • You can expect eLearning day assignments to take 30-120 minutes to complete depending on the grade level and the child (some work faster than others).

  • Teachers will be checking their emails periodically from 8:30 a.m until 3:00 p.m. to answer any questions that students and/or parents have.

  • Student will have two days to complete the eLearning assignment and hand it in.


Dr. Erik Chaussee

Principal


UPCOMING EVENTS

VANITY BRICKS

We hope you and your children have had an opportunity to check out Abbott’s remodeled entry space. This cozy and useful sitting area seems to always be in use by students and staff as a small group meeting place. The area is enjoyed both for educational and social gatherings.

If you have not had a chance to see the entry way, please stop by and take a look as you attend the upcoming Walkathon dinner/dance, October PTO meeting, movie night & parent teacher conferences. As you will see in the floor of the entry area, Abbott families and staff have purchased approximately 50 vanity bricks that will remain a part of Grace Abbott for many years to come!!!

The PTO would like to continue to offer your family the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project. Additional orders for personalized bricks are currently being taken. The bricks cost $50 per brick. Your personal message (for example, “The Smith Family”) will be sandblasted into the brick by Greg Huliska of Sandstone Studios Inc. (Please see the attached order form for specific instructions and parameters regarding your personal message.)

Due to the labor involved in replacing the blank bricks with vanity bricks, newly ordered bricks will be laid once the PTO has accumulated approximately 20 orders. In order for your brick to be installed with this fall, please turn in your brick order form in to the office no later than October 21st. Please attach cash or a check made payable to Grace Abbott PTO.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Barry at erinlbarry@hotmail.com.

Thank you!

Grace Abbott PTO

5TH GRADE YEARBOOK DEDICATION

Please see the link below regarding your 5th grader's dedication in the yearbook.

The deadline for submitting the dedications is October 25!

BOX TOPS COLLECTION

Please see the links below to find out more about our Box Top collection and you can make a contribution to our school!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are coming!! We will hold parent teacher conferences on October 10 & 15 from 4:15 - 8:15 p.m. and on October 16 from 8:00 - 11:40 a.m.. We use Pick-a-Time for online scheduling. The window for scheduling your conference opened Saturday, September 28, and will close on October 14 at 4 p.m. Please see the link below for detailed instructions on how to schedule your child's conference.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!

October 10 - 4:00-8:15

October 15 - 4:00-8:15

October 16 - 8:00-11:30


We will also stay open for 20 minutes following dismissal on school days.



October 2019 Book Fair Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering during the 2018 fall book fair? We would love to have help with set-up and tear-down. In addition, some help allows us to have a dinner break during conferences as well. Volunteers will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at the fair, and you may choose one of the posters to keep. It also works wonderfully for any school service learning requirements!

Volunteers are welcome any time throughout the fair during conference times. If you would like to volunteer at a time other than what is listed, please contact Mrs. Cryer at cacryer@mpsomaha.org or 402-715-2917


We do need volunteers!!! If you would like to sign up to volunteer please click on the link below:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084EAAAF22A13-october1

NO SUCCESS CENTER

Due to parent teacher conferences, there will be no Success Center(after school study hall) on October 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, and 15th.

LOST AND FOUND

Please come and check out the lost and found. All items will be picked up and donated during the fall break.

SPANISH CLASS

The first session of Spanish is almost over and the second session begins soon! Remember they fill up fast! Please see the link below for details and get your registrations in!!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

The yearbook form is available now! Your child brought one home last week, but if you didn't get a chance to see it, click on the link below to access it!

HEALTH SCREENING

This year, health screenings will take place on October 15th. We will screen for vision, weight, hearing, and oral status per State Mandate. You will be informed if you student did NOT pass this routine screening. This is for grades 1 - 4 only. If you have any questions, or do not want your student to be screened, please contact the health room at 402-715-2901.

JOIN THE MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAM!

Are you or someone you know looking for meaningful work and flexible hours with a competitive wage and benefits package? Millard Public Schools is hosting a job fair for all employment categories: paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, teachers, van drivers, job coaches, food service employees, custodial/maintenance staff and more!


Millard Public Schools Job Fair

Monday November 4

Don Stroh Administration Center

5606 S. 147th Street

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hy-Vee Cash for Students

Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to cash4abbott@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

$1 Days at UNO Soccer!!


$1 Days at UNO Soccer!!

Purchase your tickets at the doors or online at OMavs.com

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