OVS Weekly Update

March 23, 2018 Edition, Volume 67

Mark Your Calendars!

*Report cards are in the mail! Watch your mail to receive in the next week!

*NO Face to Face Sessions for K-2nd Grade Students March 27-29th! Online lessons will still occur for all students as scheduled

Learning Coach Training: NO LC training March 27th-29th due to testing

April 3-5th: Re-registration Refresher

Math Club Mondays: NO Math Club on March 26th due to state testing.

Other Important dates

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game @ 7:05

Tailgate in the parking lot at 5:45pm

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit OVS
Once you purchase your tickets, you will be able to pick them up at the front desk.

Instructional Dates:

Friday, April 13th: No online lessons-Teacher work day

Friday, April 20th: No online lessons- OVS staff attending NETA conference

Friday, May 4th: No online lessons- Staff Professional development day

4-5th Grade Field Trip-Still Time To Bring Permission Slip!!!

On March 30, students in Ms. Nommensen's 4-5th grade class will be taking a field trip to the Homestead Monument in Beatrice, NE! We will meet at school at 8:30am to ensure we arrive on time for all of the activities. The permission slip stated 8:45am but we had to bump up the time to make sure we arrive at the start of our field trip. Please have your student pack a lunch since we will be eating before we return. We will get back by 3:30pm on Friday. This is my son’s favorite field trip that he has been on. I’m excited to go! Bring permission slips this week!

Sign up for State Testing for 3rd-8th graders --click below!

You must sign your child up, grades 3-8, using this link for 2 SEPARATE testing sessions throughout the week. They will take a Math and Reading assessment in 2 separate testing sessions. It is up to you to decide what days and times work best for your child and your family.

Please keep in mind when your child focuses best throughout the day and the week. These assessments are used to assess our program and our curriculum’s effectiveness. We want an accurate picture of how our program and our curriculum are servicing the needs of the students.

Kindergarten through second grade students will NOT come to face to face enrichment the week of March 26-30 to ensure we have the staff and the space to adequately assess the students in grades 3-8. There will be no regularly scheduled class sessions throughout the week. Students will still have Class Connect on Monday and Friday mornings.

Principal's Corner

Planning for 2018-19 School Year

It is that time of year when we are planning for the fall. We are actively recruiting new families to join our school by planning infosessions and events to help inform new families' about our program. The best way for us to grow our program is through learning coaches and students sharing their experiences. So, please share and spread the word about our program, so we can provide this unique learning environment to more students.

How can you help? Current families can help with recruitment by:

  • distributing flyers about our school, infosessions, and kindergarten roundup at your church, community center, etc.
  • inviting us to a group that you participate in so we can share about our program
  • sharing our posts and events on social media
  • writing a review on our Facebook page. Your voice matters!
  • volunteering at an infosession or event to share your experiences with potential families.

We greatly appreciate your support and suggestions as we work to spread the word about our program through recruitment.

Additionally, we are actively seeking out feedback from learning coaches, through our learning coach coffee chats in the next few months. Please be on the look-out for these opportunities to share as your perspective, suggestions, and experiences help us shape our program.

Re-registration for 2018-19 School Year

As it is approaching the end of the year, it is time to complete your re-registration for the 2018-19 school year. Re-registration is the process by which K12 asks every student, who is active during the current school year, to state their enrollment intentions for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. You will have to select the option that fits your enrollment decision at this time. Your options to choose from are: Re-registering, Not re-registering, or Undecided.

The re-registration portal will open on March 22nd and will be open until the last day of school (May 25th).

How do I re-register my students? Learning coaches will see a link to the Re-Registration portal on the Learning Coach Landing page when they login (see image below). Once you have selected your option for re-registration, you will be asked to verify all contact information through MyInfo to make sure the address and phone number are correct.

There will be further information available at school in the coming weeks. During the week of April 3-5th we will go over this during Learning Coach training to answer questions.

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Kindergarten Round Up Coming Soon

Invite any potential new Kindergartner for the 2018-19 School year to our Kindergarten Round-up. Fliers will be available during Face-to-Face to hand out to family and friends. Students will get to experience a shortened day while parents will participate in an information session with testimonials from Kindergarten parents. There will also be available curriculum materials to view what coursework the student will be utilizing.

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Learning Coach Training: Reading Resources

Lexile Levels and Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Levels (F&P Levels) are systems of reading levels to support the identification of appropriate books for a child based on a variety of parameters: word count, number of different words, number of high-frequency words, sentence length, sentence complexity, word repetitions, illustration support, etc.

Synergy Corner

Fundraising Opportunity! Go see EARLY MAN and $1.00 per ticket will benefit Omaha Virtual School PTO. Get tickets using this Fandango link to support our school!

Synergy Board Vacancy The Synergy board is still seeking board members. Please contact us at omahavirtualschoolpto@gmail.com if you are able to help serve our community.

OVS T-shirts Available
: We still have grey and blue t-shirts available for sale. There are limited sizes and quantities. The blue shirts are $10 and the grey shirts are $17. Here is what is available:
  • Blue Shirt: Youth Medium (2) and Youth Large (1)
  • Grey Shirt: Youth Extra Small (2), Small (3), Medium (3) and Large (5), Adult Small (2) and Adult Medium (2)

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game
Game Starts at 7:05pm

Tailgate in the parking lot at 5:45pm

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit OVS

Tickets can be purchased at the link below or with Brooke at the front desk

Once you purchase your tickets, you will be able to pick them up at the front desk.

Student Recognition- Metro Science Fair Award Winners

Congrats to Quarter 3 Star Students

Classroom Happenings

Art with Ms Barry

Coming up in K-5 Art:

  • Students will participate in Art during their Face to Face time the week of April 3rd-5th.
  • The next Drop in Art Time with Ms. Barry is April 17th-19th.

Ms. Roger's Classroom

This we practiced our addition and subtraction facts playing games. The students seemed to enjoy playing with their classmates. On Tuesday, our morning class was able to participate in a Skype call with the Draper Natural History Museum in Cody, Wyoming. I added a tile to the Symbaloo page so students could explore on their own.

Next week our third through eighth graders will be participating in Nebraska State Testing so K-2 students will not have class. We wish them the best of luck and want them to try their best!!

I sent an email to all parents about Online Lessons Monday, I will be at a training so I have created a Study Island assignment for students to work on. Friday Online Lessons will go on as planned. Also, there will be no Math Clubs or ISL next week.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Mr. Dowling's Classroom

Week in Review:
This week we took some time with our 3rd Graders to practice using the tools for the NeSA test. They were able to log in to the practice test and work some problems that are similar to what they will see on the test next week. I will give directions below on how they can practice more at home. We also worked on our number sense in math. We practiced verbalizing our thinking as we mentally solved addition problems.

Looking Ahead:
Next week is a special week. Our 2nd graders will not be coming to school for face-to-face time due to our state test called NeSA. 3rd Graders can access the practice test the same way they did at school. Go to the NWEA icon on their desktop. Click on Practice test and then log in with the following credentials. Username: ne Password: Practice

I will be having online sessions as usual next week. Also, we will not be having Math Clubs.

I have sent home the large yellow Lit. Circle envelopes with your child. Please have them complete their book project during this time away from school.

There will be no ISL or Skill Support next week. Feel free to sign up for the following week and beyond!

Mr. Dowling Skill Support Schedule Sign up

Ms. Nommensen's Classroom

Wow!!! The kids did an AMAZING job with their presentations! I really enjoyed seeing the different personalities come through! It was such a joy to watch! Thank you for all of your hard work!

We have a field trip on Friday. Bring your permissions slips back, even if it’s during testing, so we can see how many kids we are counting on! This field trip was my son’s favorite and I haven’t gone on it yet, so I’m super excited!

This week we are starting testing. Please double check to make sure you have signed up for 2 different test sessions. You need 1 math and 1 reading session. Please come about 15 minutes early so we can get everyone logged in and ready to go by the start time! Get plenty of rest before testing and eat a good meal before you come!

Mr. Gamble's Classroom

Week in Review:
Students learned varied concepts from their K12 curriculum.

  • Fundamentals: Describe the movement during a translation or reflection within a coordinate plane.
  • PreAlgebra: Find samples space and probability of simple events.
  • Algebra: Identify the scale factor of similar figures and apply it to find perimeters, areas, and volumes of figures.
  • Algebra 1: Calculate and factor monomials and polynomials.
  • Geometry: Identify and calculate tangents, secants, arcs, and chords.

Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Each week I am teaching the current math lesson, per the pacing guide, for each subject online via ClassConnect. These sessions are mandatory and students will learn the concept through interaction with the teacher. Upon completion, students will take their check-up and be complete with that lesson. Recordings are available within the Content area after each session has completed.

  • Fundamentals: (Monday @ 9:30) Figures on a coordinate plane (8.15).
  • PreAlgebra: (Friday @ 9:30) Probability models (9.09)
  • Algebra: (Monday @ 10:15) Congruence (9.01).
  • Algebra 1: (Friday @ 10:15) Dividing polynomials by monomials (4.05).
  • Geometry: (Friday @ 11:15) Trigonometric ratios (4.03).

Ms. Blackburn's Classroom

This last week we worked on science standards. Earth science students worked on scale models of the solar system. Life science students worked on a biome project. Physical science students made a mind map of mechanical waves.

The week after testing we will be working on social studies projects.

Ms. Robison's Classroom

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