OVS Weekly Update

March 9, 2018 Edition, Volume 65

Mark Your Calendars!


**Report cards will be mailed out the week of March 19th for all students.**

Learning Coach Training

March 20th-22nd: Online Reading Tools for Parents with Eileen Heller Plus Synergy Social

  • Tuesday- 9:15am and 2:15pm
  • Wednesday- 9:15am
  • Thursday- No LIVE training offered for parents

Special 2-part series on Reading and Building Skills

Wednesday March 21st 2-2:45pm: Metacognition in Reading
(Skype Broadcast available to view live at home)

Math Club Mondays: Math Club returns on Monday March 19th. The LC training during the Club will be the second part of Number Sense. Skype Broadcast available to watch Live at Home.

Other Important dates

Friday March 23rd: Family Game Night

**RSVPs for pizza orders are due March 22nd

Cost: $10 per family (if eating pizza dinner)
5:30-6pm- Pizza Dinner
6-7:30pm- Learning HQ will provide games for families to play! Join us for a fun family night! Games will be available for purchase during the event. RSVP Cards available at the front desk.

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game

Save the Date! More Info Coming Soon

Principal's Corner

Strategic Design: Core Values Follow-up

Thank you to the 22 parents who participated in our strategic design activity of brainstorming our program's core values as they pertain to:

  • Curriculum (What we teach)
  • Instruction (How we teach it)
  • Assessment (How we measure learning)
  • Environment (How each person treats every other person)

The goal of our strategic design process is to develop a vision of our school based on core values that shared to to which all school community members are committed to in order to move together towards FOCUSED efforts on student growth.


This quote from a Victoria Bernhardt book articulates the WHY, the best.

"If a school does not have a clear, shared vision, it has as many visions as it has people."

We have a diverse community of families that have a variety of educational experiences, backgrounds, and philosophies, but the wonderful thing about our community is that we already have one thing in common. We are all in this for our students. They are our driving forces in what we do every day. Now, we just need to articulate this loud and proud in our core values, mission, and vision, so we are all moving in the same direction, together.

Since we are, as I like to say, "We are all in this together," it is now our time to determine and establish what THIS, is.

Please be looking for additional opportunities to participate in this process in the upcoming months.

We Need Your Input--Learning Coach Training Survey

Please take a minute and click on the button to answer 12 questions about how we can better support learning coaches through training opportunities.

Upcoming State Testing for 3rd-8th Grade

This week, students were sent home with a letter outlining the required state testing schedule for 3rd-8th graders. For state testing, we are trying a new testing schedule to minimize the loss of instruction that comes with required state and district testing. We will be replacing our scheduled face to face enrichment sessions with testing sessions for the week of March 26-30.

You must sign your child up, grades 3-8, using this link for 2 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.

Students must be signed for their TWO sessions by Thursday March 22nd!!

Math Club Mondays

Still time to attend Math Club! All students K-8th grade are welcome to attend every Monday from 1:30-2:30.

The LC training March 19th is the second part of Number Sense to give strategies for teaching at home! Skype Broadcast will be available to watch Live at home!

Three math clubs are available:

  • Ms. Rogers will be reinforcing addition and subtraction.
  • Mr. Dowling will be playing multiplication and division games.
  • Mrs. Nommensen will be teaching higher level math rules.
    *If you have questions on which club your student should attend, please consult your teacher.

Join any club you like and enjoy applying math using fun games! After clubs are over, stay for ISL to get caught up on your K12 assignments! We are here to help you out! Sign up with this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084EABAB23A4FA7-math

Special 2-Part LC Training on Literacy

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Reading is Thinking

What happens in the minds of good readers? How do we ensure that students are truly understanding what they read with a high level of understanding? We invite Learning Coaches to join Ms. Nommensen on Wednesday, March 21, 2:00-2:45 where we will discuss metacognition in reading, encouraging our children to think about their thinking.

There will be an opportunity to view the training at home LIVE through Skype Broadcast. Check back in the newsletter next week for the link to attend from home!

Check out this fantastic article from Vanderbilt that discusses what metacognition is and how to apply the learning to all age groups.

Part 2 Literacy Series: Metacognition on March 21

Join us for part two of our literacy series to help build reading skills in our students by discussing metacognition. The broadcast will begin at 2pm.

Middle School Student Volunteers Needed!

Middle School Game Ambassadors--Do you like to play games?

In preparation for our Family Game Night on Friday, March 23rd, we are requesting that interested middle school students volunteer to be game ambassadors. What this role entails is for the middle school student to attend a brief game ambassador training on Monday, March 19th from 2:30-3:30pm with Mrs. Rogers.

During this training, students will pick a game that has been donated by Learning HQ and learn how to play it and teach how to play it to others. These volunteers will then sign up to be the ambassador for the game they chose at our family game night.

They will then facilitate the game at Family game night for at least a 30 minute shift.

If your middle school student is interested in being a game ambassador, they must:

  • Attend Game ambassador training on Monday, March 19th, 2:30-3:30
  • Attend the Family Game night on Friday, March 23rd for at least their 30 minute shift that will occur between 6:00-7:30pm

If they can meet these two criteria, please email Mrs. Rogers to let her know that your student is interested. megan.rogers@ops.org

Synergy Corner

Box Top Challenge Winners: Our next box top challenge will start on March 5th! During the last challenge, we collected a total of 578 box tops! Which class is going to be the winner this time?

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 March 23rd: Family Game Night
Cost: $10 per family (if eating pizza dinner)
5:30-6- Pizza Dinner
6-7:30- Learning HQ will provide games for families to play! Join us for a fun family night! Games will be available for purchase during the event. RSVP Cards available at the front desk.

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game
Save the Date! More Info Coming Soon

Assembly: Mindful Meditation Exercise-Rainbow Breathing

This quarter, we've been exploring the idea of mindfulness with students. Mindfulness is the idea of being aware of your surroundings and self in the present moment. We have worked with students during assembly to teach them techniques in becoming more mindful during their time in the learning center. Check out this article on ways to teach mindfulness at home.

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 Week:

We continued to work on addition and subtraction fact fluency. During small groups, I explained to the students why fluency with math facts is so important. We talked about how sitting and going through flash cards is not the only way to practice. There are plenty of games to help with fact fluency.

In reading we finished up Kindergarten Literature Circles and continued reading Ramona! Sight words and 5 star writing will continue to be our focus!

We also enjoyed having art with Ms. Barry!

Next Week:

Happy Spring Break! See you online Monday, March 19th!

Ms. Roger's Skill Support Schedule Sign up

Mrs. Nommensen's Classroom

Happy Spring Break! In math, we finished our first book in Hands On Equations! The kids did a phenomenal job translating what they learned concretely to paper pencil. We’ve covered everything they need to know for their assessments in K12 through Class Connect and our Face to Face times. They may take the assessment inside K12 at any time!

The presentations over their books will be the week we get back from break. The kids came home with the checklist and the rubric. I also ran a full tutorial on Class Connect on how to use PowerPoint, so they are able to watch it at any time. I also did a live tutorial in class to get them started. I will be available to answer questions on Monday March 19 on Class Connect.

Please be sure to sign up for State Testing as soon as possible. We have a field trip coming up on March 30; which is during the testing week! I’d like to get our group tested long before the field trip.

Have a wonderful break and I look forward to seeing all the presentations! The kids are so creative! I can’t wait to see what they come up with!


On March 30, we will be going on a field trip to the National Homestead Monument! This is my son’s favorite field trip that he has been on. I’m excited to go! Be on the lookout for a permission slip!

Mrs. Nommensen Skill Support Sign up

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: Order and write rational numbers in multiple representations.
  • Geometry: Identify and calculate tangents, secants, arcs, and chords.

Looking Ahead:
In class we will work on varied math concepts from their curriculum involving real-world math.

  • Fundamentals: Describe the movement during a translation or reflection within a coordinate plane. (Lesson 8.14 – Reflecting with Coordinates)
  • PreAlgebra: Find samples space and probability of simple events. (Lesson 9.05 – Probability)
  • Algebra: Identify the scale factor of similar figures and apply it to find perimeters, areas, and volumes of figures. (Lesson 8.16 – Volume of Scaled Solid)
  • Algebra 1: Calculate and factor monomials and polynomials. (Module 3: Polynomials)
  • Geometry: Identify and calculate tangents, secants, arcs, and chords. (Module 3: Circles)


  • Fundamentals: Math is Fun has explanations, models, and practice on the various transformations.
  • PreAlgebra: Math is Fun has models, sample problems, explanations on probability.
  • Algebra: IXL has practice problems, examples, and explanations of area and volume of similar solids.
  • Algebra 1: Math Is Fun - Discusses operating and simplifying polynomials. Offers sample problems with solutions and vocabulary related to the topic.
  • Geometry: Math Warehouse - Discusses circles in depth including arcs, chords, tangents, secants, and many others. Includes examples and diagrams.

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) Reflecting with coordinates (8.13).
  • PreAlgebra: (Friday @ 9:30) Experimental probability (9.07)
  • Algebra: (Monday @ 10:15) Spheres(8.14).
  • Algebra 1: (Friday @ 10:15) The FOIL method (3.07).
  • Geometry: (Friday @ 11:15) Right triangle trigonometry (4.01).

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