Wilson Focus Facts November 2021
Lion Pride News for our FOCUS Families!
November brings seasonal warm thoughts of thankfulness for our Wilson Focus School community. Students and staff are participating in acts of thankfulness throughout the month.
Practicing "Thank You" is one of the many leadership skills we are practicing as we build brighter futures and leaders. Saying these two simple words, "Thank You", is a great exercise to show gratefulness towards someone.
Every morning our day starts with lessons on social emotional well being and leadership. Please ask your child about these daily lessons.
Our school Harvest Party was a great success and it was heartwarming to see parents participating once again in this celebration. Thank you to our Parent Pride for organizing volunteers and we are thankful for those parents who helped out in classrooms. We appreciate you.
We anticipate with thankfulness each of the remaining days of 2021 and wish you warmth, health and hope this Thanksgiving season.
- Notify the office by 3:00pm if your child is not going to ride the bus home. This is for safety purposes and eliminates confusion at dismissal.
- School hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily, except for Enrichment days we dismiss at 4:30pm.
- If your child is ill, please do not send them to school. Notify Ms. Terwilleger at (531)299 2260.
- Breakfast is served from 7:35 to 8:00 AM.
- All students enter through the south gym doors from 7:35 AM to 8:00 AM.
- After 8:00 AM students are considered tardy and they will enter through the West Office door.
- Arrival-Our building is open and students may arrive at 7:35 AM. Prior to that time, we do not have supervision for students. Please do not drop them off before 7:35am.
We continue to have visitors in the building only by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that you need to come to the building, a face covering is required. These procedures are put into place to keep our students and staff safe. We appreciate your support and cooperation with this change.
Attendance Matters-- Attend, Aspire, Graduate
Strive for 95 is a district wide focus and effort to increase the number of students reaching 95% attendance or higher (missing 9 or less days per year). Attendance goals are recognized weekly and monthly with incentives. Students who missed less than 2 days of school during first quarter received a Strive for 95 certificate at conferences. Students who miss 2 days or more a month of school are considered CHRONICALLY absent. On average it takes 3 days for students to catch up for every one day of being absent.
Please make sure to call the school at (531)299-2260 when your child is absent to verify the reason for absence. If unable to reach the secretary, please leave a message. This is also how we check on the safety of your child, knowing their whereabouts, especially if your child rides a bus. A staff member will be contacting you if your child has excessive tardies and/or days of unexcused absences.
If your child is absent they can make up the work when they return. If they are sick for more than 2 days in a row, we can have the work available for pick up at school at your request. Please contact the teacher ahead of time to arrange for pick up.
What can you do to help your child meet their attendance goals?
- Encourage attendance for your child.
- Establish a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Prepare materials and clothing the evening before.
- Schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school is not in session (vacation days are considered unexcused absences)
- Do not let your student stay home unless your child is sick.
Help your children have the best chance of success.
NSCAS State Test Results
This week a copy of your child's NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) Spring 2021 state test results was sent home with them. Please ask your child and check their backpack for this important document. The NSCAS is a mandated test required by state and federal guidelines and provides statewide comparability of Nebraska students who are in grades 3 through 8 and 11.
The results of NSCAS give us one piece of information to use when measuring your child's progress and plan for their individual needs. NSCAS uses a scale score that indicates your child’s achievement level. Students who meet the On Track and College and Career Ready Benchmark are considered proficient and when meeting or exceeding at this level they are projected to be ready for success at their current and next grade level. Due to the learning disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, results are interpreted carefully to identify your child's academic needs. Your child’s teacher is a valuable source of information and uses daily observations along with classroom assessments to develop an instructional plan to promote your child’s growth. The Omaha Public Schools values your participation in your child’s educational experience. After reviewing your child’s NSCAS reports, please let us know if you have questions.
The following links provide more information.
WEARING FACE COVERINGS
The links below provide information on proper face covering use and taking your temperature.
A REMINDER ABOUT RIDING THE BUS
Henry Doorly Zoo Club
Henry Doorly Zoo joined our enrichment line-up this year. Students participated in animal conservation-themed classes designed to foster a love of animals and awareness of the natural world in a fun, hands-on environment. Our zoo instructors brought a variety of science experiments, activities, art projects, and zoo artifacts each week to help teach lessons about animal types, habitats, and the interconnectivity of all plants and animals in our world. Live animals visited the zoo club including insects, arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, and MORE! Miss Cook, Mrs. De Abreu and Miss Parisee facilitated with the zoo staff.
Go Green Earth Club
Our PAC facilitator, Miss Duhan led an enrichment teaching students about how to care for our earth and environment. Students learned why recycling is important and the 3 R's: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. Students used recycled materials to create a self watering planter. Students exhibited their Lion Leadership by also participating in a community clean up of our Wilson Focus School property. Flower Bombs were a favorite activity using native wildflower seeds while learning how flowers effect our environment.
Mrs. Wolff taught students the ancient Japanese art of Origami. Students used patterned and plain paper to create different objects and animals. Folding paper into origami artwork requires many skills including fine motor skills, imagination, creativity, mathematical knowledge, and patience. Logic and thought are needed and brain dendrites grow when we construct any type of art. Students used their fine motor skills to manipulate the paper into beautiful works of art!
Henry Doorly Zoo Club
Go Green Earth Club
Upcoming Calendar Dates
November 22nd -26th Thanksgiving Break No School
December 13th-17th No Enrichment 3:30 Dismissal All Week
December 20th -January 4th Winter Break
January 5th First Day back after Winter Break
January 17th - Martin Luther King Day (NO SCHOOL)
OMAHA METRO HOLIDAY HELP RESOURCES
COVID-19 OPS District Vaccine Information for Children 5-to-11 Years Old
Omaha Public Schools Families,
We are committed to the health and safety of our students, staff and families. This week, several of our schools hosted Douglas County COVID-19 vaccine clinics. We were very happy to see so many young people present with their families.
Clinics throughout our community will continue. Please visit the Douglas County Health Department website for a complete list of options throughout the Omaha area.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 5 and up, please contact your doctor or the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-3400. This is an important opportunity for the health and safety of our school communities.
Omaha Public Schools