GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

November 15, 2019


Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee, epchaussee@mpsomaha.org

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

This fall we’ve had a number of nice days and which meant little time spent indoors for recess and not much worry about coats, hats, gloves, snow boots, etc. But, of course, that will come to an end, therefore, the weather becomes an important factor with school age children. After the Thanksgiving break, we know snow will be on the ground sometime soon. When snow arrives it seems that it complicates traffic and other safety issues at school. Again, as stated many times in the past, cooperation and patience will help out in every situation. Please keep these points in mind:

  1. No matter how much snow there is, please park as close to curbs as possible. Large vehicles can not get through 155th St. very easily or at all when cars are not parked close to the curb.

  2. If you’re not sure where you can’t park and get out of your car, NO PARKING signs are posted. Please pull forward at most places where cars park to allow more drivers to park and exit quickly.

  3. No matter what the weather, drivers need to stay in or near their car when in the front of the school at arrival or dismissal. This is a fire lane.

  4. Each day is unpredictable in deciding whether to go outside for recess or not. Playground conditions, the temperature and wind chill, and precipitation all are factors in that decision. Sometimes that decision isn’t made until mid to late morning. Therefore, the children should dress each day as if we are going outside. Many students come to school dressed inappropriately for the weather. Nevertheless, those students will go outside.

  5. When school is cancelled due to weather, each family will get a call from MPS Notify notifying you of the closing early in the morning.

Another reminder from a previous newsletter article:


There may be some occasions when attending school due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may not be advisable. Student safety and learning is always the top priority for Millard Public Schools. With that in mind, Millard Public Schools will utilize a few options including 1) eLearning days 2) two hour late starts and 3) cancelling school. Late start and eLearning days will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.


THANKSGIVING FEAST

This year our annual holiday Turkey feast will take place this Thursday, November 21. Due to long lines and an abundance of food, we’re going to add ten minutes to everyone’s lunch time in order to eat all the delicious treats. If anyone is planning on visiting, please note the times below. Children can also order a non-traditional Thanksgiving strawberry parfait and they will still be allowed extra time to eat.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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FLEECE BLANKET PROJECT

Please note that we are changing up this project a little bit. We are going to make baby blankets!! They will be so cute!!
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Hy-Vee Cash for Students

Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to cash4abbott@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

IB PROGRAM

Elementary Parents and Guardians,


Millard Public Schools prides itself on being a district of choice, providing a variety of opportunities and specialized programs that allow parents and guardians to choose the best path for their students. One of these programs is the highly-acclaimed International Baccalaureate Programme, currently offered at Aldrich Elementary School, Black Elk Elementary School, Millard North Middle School, and Millard North High School.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a method of instruction focused on inquiry, the development of critical thinking skills, reflection, and the application of knowledge. IB encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for college and life beyond school.


As you begin to think about your student's transition to middle school, we would like to invite you to Millard North Middle School's International Baccalaureate -Middle Years Programme Parent Information Night. The annual information night is Thursday, January 16th from 7-8 pm at Millard North Middle School. Please join us to find out more about the IB Programme and Millard North Middle. For more information about IB information night, click here.

MENU CHANGE

There will be a menu change on Tuesday, November 26. We will be having an all-school homemade pizza party!! The choices will be cheese, pepperoni or hamburger pizza!

NEW LIBRARY OPTION

Millard Public School is pleased to announce that students and staff can use the MPS wireless network while at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library. We are excited to provide this service to better serve our students, staff, and community!


Enclosed is a one-page information sheet that hopefully will explain this service and answer your questions:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j9UZiuwdPAlqTsppbNCGynYtpfK-YpDeJUgfDIOGe-w/edit?usp=sharing

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OMAHA MAVERICKS BASKETBALL

Make it a school night with the Omaha Mavericks!

We would like to invite your school out for a night with the Mavericks. Come be a part of the action when the UNO basketball team takes on (game of your choice) at Baxter Arena.

Group ticket prices are $5 advance seating. Prices available only thru the Basketball Promo code link below.

Click here to purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/2W8yD9u

Select the game of your choice (both men’s or women’s basketball) then enter

Promo code MAVHOOPS in the “access an offer” box once, enter number of seats needed in group tickets.

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