November 20, 2019
Upcoming Toy Drive
National Junior Honor Society is coordinating a toy drive that will take place December 2nd - 10th. The entire school community is invited to participate by bringing items to team hallways before school.
Requested items include: toddler toys, art sets, sports balls, dolls, $10 Target or Walmart gift cards, board games, puzzles, play-doh sets, cars, ear buds, lego sets, make-up and shaving kits.
NJHS members will collect the items. They will be donated to the Open Door Mission's Project Santa program. The team that collects the most items wins a popcorn party!
Important Assessment Dates
For the Winter MAP assessment and April NSCAS assessments, Buffett will be following a school-wide assessment schedule. This is in an effort to reduce absences on assessment dates, to provide a cohesive testing environment, and to reduce the amount of days students are required to take the assessments.
Buffett leadership and teachers are asking that you avoid making appointments on the mornings of the dates the assessments are being given and to ensure your child arrives to school on time. On testing dates, students will follow a shortened block schedule for their regular classes and will attend one extended block where they will take their assessment. The testing blocks will always be in the morning and generally run from about 8:30-10:30. We will send out an exact block/class schedule closer to the dates of the assessments.
Please mark the following dates on your calendar:
- Winter MAP-Jan.14, 15, and 16th
- NSCAS-April 7, 8, and 9th (tentative)
- Spring MAP-May 5, 6, 7th (tentative)
Thank you for prioritizing this time for your student to be present at school.
NEW! STEAM CLUB Activities
We have two new, exciting opportunities for your 5-6th grade student.
Hour of Code:
Join us for this world-wide day of coding sponsored by Code.org. This day is designed to encourage critical thinking and problem solving provides an opportunity for students to learn about computer. Join Code.org's Hour of Code on December 10th for an hour of creativity, problem solving, and fun. Students will choose from several tutorials to solve Minecraft puzzles, design original SuperHeroes, or create a Dance Party. This club is limited to the first 25 registered participants. No experience in coding is needed! This activity is sponsored by Ms. Schilling.
Date: Dec. 10, 3:15-4:15 (students needing the late bus may participate and will be supervised until 4:55)
ZOO to YOU!
The zoo is coming to Buffett!! This opportunity is for the animal enthusiasts! Representatives from the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo will facilitate STEAM-based activities to help students learn about animals/habitats around the world. This club is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Please be sure you can commit to all four meeting dates so spots are taken by students who aren't present at each activity. This activity is sponsored by Ms. Willmott.
Dates: Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4; 3:15-4:15 (students needing the late bus may participate and will be supervised until 4:55)
8th Grade Yearbook Ads
Send your student off to high school with a heartfelt message! Purchase an 8th Grade Ad in the 2019-2020 yearbook for your student today. Ads include a picture of your choice and personal message. Digital photos only-please.
To Place An Ad:
Design and create your own ad online by visiting the following website and following the prompts. Pay with your debit or credit card. https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/m70LI
Creating your own ad is quick and easy and gives you more control over how the finished product looks! There is a 3.5% service charge for online orders that will be added at checkout OR Email your message and picture to Jaime Christensen at Jaime.email@example.com.
Drop your cash or check payment off in the Buffett main office.
Pricing: 1/8 Page - $30 ; 1/4 Page - $60; 1/2 Page - $110 ; Full Page - $200.
Email questions and submissions to Jaime Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks can be dropped off in the front office, attention Jaime Christensen.
Checks, photos, and messages are due to Ms. Christensen by November 29, 2019
Say Yay Appreciation Program
CHI Health and Omaha Public Schools partner to honor teachers across the OPS district
CHI Health wants nominations of Omaha Public Schools teachers changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a treat basket for the teacher's lounge and a personal gift card. CHI will draw winners on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will select winners from three different grade levels across the district.
Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers.
Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award
The Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Given to 15 teachers annually, the Award has recognized and rewarded nearly 300 teachers over the past two decades. Any Omaha Public Schools teacher or counselor (Pre-K through 12), with a minimum of two years experience, is eligible for nomination.
Parent Teachers Organization Meeting Dates
Join us the the next PTO meeting, January 13th at 6:00 pm in the Library!
- UPDATE - There will be no December meeting!
- January 13, 2020
- February 10, 2020
- March 16, 2020
- April 20, 2020
- May 18, 2020