Liberty Family Newsletter

February 2020

Ilka Oberst, Principal and Jeff Rotherham, Assistant Principal

Hello Liberty Families!

February is a short month, but it's packed with events! Early Childhood Application Day is on February 13. Also, there is no school for Early Childhood students on Friday, February 14, due to a teacher plan day. No school for any students on Monday, February 17, for Presidents' Day.

ELPA testing also starts in February. This is when we assess all students identified as English Learners in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Thank you for making sure that your students get enough rest every night so they're ready to learn and show what they know!

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for March 3 and 4. We will be sending home a reminder for your conference time the week of February 17.

It is still very cold in February, so please be sure that your children wear their winter coats, hats and gloves to school every day!

Upcoming Events:

February 13 - EC Registration Day

February 17 - Presidents day (No School)

February 26 - Class pictures

February 27 - Family Night-Sweetheart Dance

March 4 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March 5 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March 26 - Title I Parent Meeting 4:30 PM

Supporting Your Child's Success

In January, your child took part in the district-level MAP tests. K-6 students were assessed in English Language Arts and Math. 3rd-6th grade students were assessed in Science as well. Our Dual Language students were also assessed in Spanish Language Arts, and their Math assessment was in Spanish. Check in with your child to see how many of their growth goals they achieved!

ELPA Assessment: Our English Learners will be busy this month taking an assessment called ELPA. ELPA assesses students in their English Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening proficiency. It is critical that your child is in attendance everyday especially on their testing dates. Please make sure your child arrives on time, gets plenty of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast each and every day.

Early Childhood Application Days OPS

Omaha Public Schools offers a wide range of quality Early Childhood Programs. If you have a child who will be three or four years old on or before July 31, 2020, we invite you to apply for an Early Childhood Program.

Early Childhood Application Days begin on Feb. 3, 2020 and continue through March 26, 2020. You will need to bring your child to be screened, along with the following documents:

  • the child’s original birth certificate
  • the child’s current immunization record
  • proof of address in the parent/legal guardian’s name (OPPD, MUD, Cox or Century Link bill, letter from Nebraska Health & Human Services or lease/purchase agreement)
  • proof of all 2019 family income (TANF/ADC, SSI letter, Child Support, 1098, 1099, 1040, 8453, all 2019 W-2’s, 12 months of check stubs, and/or letter from employer)

The parent/Legal guardian must be present to complete the application. Please note: The preschool program is funded by state and federal grants that require us to select students based on a number of factors.

Applying for the Early program, does not guarantee that your child will be enrolled for the 2020-21 school year. Additional information is available on the OPS Website ( or by calling the Early Childhood Office at 531-299-0303.

OPS 2020-2021 Academic Calendar now available

Click o the link below to obtain the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Click here to download calendar.

Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus

A School Bus Tracking App for Parents

The Omaha Public Schools transportation team is happy to announce the launch of a GPS school bus tracking technology that will be available to all parents and guardians of district high school students who ride Student Transportation of America buses with bus stops. This free service will provide OPS families with the ability to track the location of their students’ bus in real-time, either on a computer or a mobile device. Participation is optional.

Tracking Features

  • Shows the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map
  • Gives scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for bus routes
  • Provides push and email notifications when the bus is near

Sign Up Instructions for Parents:

  1. Download the "Here Comes the Bus" app or visit
  2. Click the "Sign Up" button.
  3. Enter school code 73916 and click "Next" followed by "Confirm."
  4. Complete the "User Profile" box.
  5. Under "My Students" click "Add." Enter your child's last name and student ID number.
  6. Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin.

Title I Parent Meeting at Liberty

We would like to invite you to join our Title I Parent Meeting at Liberty on Thursday, March 26, at 4:30 PM. Liberty receives federal funding to support our many school programs and we would like your input.

We will be sending out invitations during Parent/Teacher conferences and hope you will be able to attend.


Families, thank you for your continued support of our Liberty vision, "Encouraging and challenging all to achieve success". Together, we make a difference! We look forward to working with you throughout our second semester.

Feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Mr. Rotherham or Mrs. Oberst with any questions or comments.