April 27, 2022
Upcoming MAP Assessements
All students in grades 5-8 in OPS are required to complete Spring MAP Assessments. Students will be completing these assessments in their content area classes.
- Math classes-Starting April 26
- ELA classes-Starting May 2
A Message from Mr. CK
The Buffett Parent Advisory Committee is growing and I encourage you to attend next week if you can. Tonight we talked about supporting student behaviors and how we use the Buffett High Five in our building. Parents saw our Behavior Decision Tree as well as some of our behavior matrices for the school. As I reflect, I realize the more we connect parents with the work at Buffett the more we will help our growing Bobcats. Thanks to those who attended this evening. I look forward to future topics including locker usage, athletics for 7th and 8th grade, homework, and more. Look for my invite next week.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to give helpful feedback via the Parent Climate Survey. Please click the link to share your thoughts. I use this information to grow as a principal for your students.
Parent Climate Survey: www.TinyURL.com/OPSParentVoice
We will continue to grow Buffett together.
Library Books at Home?
Note from Nurse Boyer
A physical exam is required for all students entering seventh grade without the vision exam requirement. Completing the seventh-grade physical also meets the requirement for athletic participation in after-school sports. Your child's physician will give you the documentation required for a school physical. One booster dose of a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine given on or after 10 years of age is also required. Please call your primary health care provider now to schedule this physical and to get updated shots. Physicals can be turned in by mail, fax, or dropped off in the main office. It is very important these get turned in on time!! Due to state law, students who have not turned in paperwork before November 1, 2022, will not be allowed to attend school until the paperwork has been received.
NYC Trip 2023--Updated Meeting Time
Attention 7th Graders
For those of you who are interested in the NYC trip for your 8th grade year, we will have a Student/Parent Meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00pm in the Library to discuss the trip and answer any questions (This time is different than previously planned).
At 6:45pm, there will be a slideshow of the 8th graders who went to NYC this year. You are welcome to come in at that time to watch the slideshow and see the types of activities that you will be doing next year on the trip.
I hope to see several of you there! If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to visit with Mr. Miller, please email him at email@example.com to set-up a meeting.
Awesome Buffett Happenings!
Quiz Bowl Tournament
5th Grade Band Showcase
5th Grade Solo and Small Ensemble Outstanding Performance Recipients showcased their Solos and Small Ensembles for Administration, parents and staff in the Band room today!
The students performing were recognized at the Buffett Solo and Small Ensemble Festival Saturday April 9. This festival was started at Buffett 3 years ago to fill the need for a Beginning district Instrumental Festival and is the only one of its kind in the Omaha Public Schools! Over 85 students from around the district participated in this Festival and 8 solos/small Ensembles were selected as outstanding performances!!
There were some really cute Bobkittens rockin' their Instruments!
High Five Highlight
This section of the bulletin will highlight one story featuring Buffett Bobcats staying true to these values.
Kindness is Free
Justin P., a 6th grader, presented a persuasive speech in Ms. Tunning's classroom that amazed everyone. So much so that Ms. Tunning encouraged Justin to present the speech to our building leadership team.
"Kindess is free and is one of the best gifts you can give to your fellow students, family members, and friends," Justin said. He gave a personal example of his own experience at school, particularly his PE class, where he didn't have any friends until one day one of his peers decided to say hello. He recalls how much better his experience in PE class was from that moment forward, knowing that he had one person to look forward to seeing in class.
He ended his speech by challenging his audience members to show kindness to others every day, even if it is just one simple hello. "When you are kind to others, that kindness is typically returned as well," he said.
We are so proud of Justin. His challenge to his peers will encourage others to Be Kind, just like Justin is.
Community Resource Spotlight
The Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program includes a team of licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to helping clients improve their quality of life by addressing their unique mental health and emotional challenges. Our team of experts is here to help you add new life skills, discover strengths, enhance parenting skills, grow relationship and learn new ways to cope.
Counseling services are offered to students in each middle school, high school and alternative program in Omaha Public Schools.
Counseling is also available to community members at locations across Omaha. Community sites include:
- Center Pointe Professional Plaza (9239 West Center Road, Suite 201, Omaha, NE 68124)
- First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132)
- Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (2650 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131)
- Lord of Love Lutheran Church (10405 Fort St., Omaha, NE 68134)
- St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (2315 I St., Omaha, NE 68107)
- St. Luke United Methodist Church (11810 Burke St., Omaha, NE 68154)
- St. Paul United Methodist Church (5410 Corby St., Omaha, NE 68104)
- Sessions can also be held via tele-health from the comfort of your home. To schedule an appointment, call (402) 354-6891, or complete and submit a new client registration form below:
- Community Counseling Registration Online Form (English)
- Community Counseling Registration Online Form (Spanish)
The program accepts most major private insurance providers, Medicaid and self pay. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.