Boyd Beacon

Fall Edition

Principal's Message

Greetings Boyd Families,

The school year is zooming by. It is hard to believe it is already second quarter.

This year we will be sharing our newsletter, the Boyd Beacon, electronically. We are excited to share a more in-depth look of the happenings at Boyd.

We have lots of fun school events in the upcoming months. Be sure to mark your calendar with these important dates.

It was a pleasure seeing our families back inside our school during Parent-Teacher Conferences. You have been missed!

We look forward to another quarter of learning and laughter.


Briana McLeod-Larsen

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Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 25th: Wear something red!
  • Wear something red to kick off Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 26th: From head to toe, I'm drug free!

  • Wear your hair crazy along with crazy socks to show you say no to drugs!

Wednesday, October 27th: We use our hands and words for helping to say no to drugs!

  • Wear red and blue or your Warm Heart Wednesday shirt.

Thursday, October 28th: Team up against drugs!

  • Wear your favorite sports team shirt or jersey.

Friday, October 29th: Say boo to drugs!

  • Bring your costume to wear during the Walk Away from Drugs parade to scare away drugs.
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Fall Festival

On Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2:15PM, Boyd students in grades kindergarten through fifth will participate in the Fall Festival Celebration.

Students may bring costumes. Be sure students can dress in their costume independently and the costumes are not too scary. No weapons or elaborate make up are allowed.

Although parents and guardians are kindly asked not to join students in the parade, they may observe the parade from the following vantage points.
1. along 85th Street to Templeton on the West side of the street,
2. along Templeton on the North side of the street,
3. along 83rd Street on the East side of the street, or
4. around Boyd's outdoor basketball court.

Feel welcome to bring your lawn chair.

Thank you for supporting all Boyd students as they proudly share their costumes in the parade.

Alternative activities will be planned for students who do not participate in the Fall Festival Celebration. Please inform your child's teacher if you prefer your child participates in an alternative activity.

MAP Growth Testing in OPS

What is the MAP Growth Assessment?

  • MAP Growth assessments are online, computerized tests that adapt to each individual student and his/her ability.
Who will be tested?
  • The MAP Growth Assessment for both reading and mathematics is administered in grades K - 5. Also, the MAP Growth science assessment will be administered to students in grades 3 - 5. The MAP Growth Assessment will be administered in the fall, winter, and spring.
Why are we testing?
  • The MAP Growth Assessments allow for monitoring student growth and informing instructional and programming decisions. In addition, the MAP Growth Assessment fulfills the state requirement of administering a norm-referenced test.

MAP Growth Goals

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Warm Heart Wednesday

Each Wednesday at Boyd Elementary is Warm Heart Wednesday. This special day of the week is dedicated to our Warm Heart Pledge, "I use my hands and words for helping." On Wednesday one student is named the Warm Heart Wednesday Honoree. This recognition is earned through a staff member nomination. With this special honor the student has their unique story of kindness shared on the morning announcements. The story is also framed along with their picture and placed in our display case. With parent permission we also share their story on social media. Students that earn the recognition of Warm Heart Wednesday Honoree also receive their own Warm Heart Wednesday shirt to wear on Wednesdays. We love the Warm Heart Pledge at Boyd Elementary!

Save the Dates

No School, Teacher Work Day

November 1st

Thanksgiving Recess

November 22nd - November 26th

Gingerbread House Night & Scholastic Book Fair

December 2nd

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Winter Program: Hope for the Holidays

December 13th


Featuring Band and String Performances

Families with Last Names A - I

December 14th


Pre-K and HeadStart Performance

Families with Last Names J - P


Families with Last Names Q - Z

Family Night at Runza

December 14th

Join us at Runza between 5PM - 8PM for Family Night

10% of sales will go to Boyd Elementary PTO

Winter Recess

December 20th - January 4th

Students return January 5th

Valentine's Day Celebration

February 11th

2:30PM - 4:00PM

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 3rd

By Appointment

Spring Recess

March 14th - March 18th

Field Day

Wednesday, May 25th

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Gingerbread House Night

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

5:00PM - 7:00PM

The PTO invites you to join us for an evening of fun as we gather together for a gingerbread house decorating party. Each family will build one gingerbread house to take home. In order to make this possible, we are asking families to donate any left over Halloween candy or any other candy.

Omaha Public Schools Digital Program Recommendations

Below are digital programs for your student to complete independently at home on their school iPad. All digital programs can be accessed through the Clever App.

Your student will be familiar with these digital programs, as they are used daily at school. The amounts listed are only a minimum, students can always complete more.

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A look into our art studio

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Butter Braid Pastry Fundraiser

Boyd Elementary School is very excited to offer Butter Braid® Pastries as our fundraising program! These pastries are hand-braided and layered with real butter to create a sweet, flaky pastry with incredible flavor that melts-in-your mouth!

The fundraiser begins on Wednesday, October 20th and will end on Wednesday, November 3rd. All order forms will be collected on November 3rd. All products purchased will be delivered to Boyd Elementary on November 17th. You are responsible for arranging delivery of all items sold, so don’t share with people you don’t know or will not see in person.