Pinto Press

Friday, September 3, 2021

A Message from Your Principal

Wow! What a great start to the year! It's been a busy few weeks.


All students now have their iPads. If you have not filled out your iPad agreement form, teachers will not be sending iPads home with your child. If you need a new one, please ask your child's teacher.


Our students in grades 1-3 have taken their fall Amira assessment. Our Kindergarten students will start next week. Amira is part of our HMH reading series. This assessment gives teachers powerful information for their instruction for each child and sets students up for success, as Amira responds to them as readers.


Soon K-4 students will take the fall NWEA-MAP assessment. Again, teachers get lots of information about what your child is ready to learn and may need to practice. This helps us give them their "just right" instruction. Your child's teacher will let you know their exact schedule. Be sure to talk with your child about the assessment and make sure they get a good night's sleep before they test.


We are very excited to have in-person Open House this year! While we will have some safety practices in place in addition to masks, we are ready to welcome families in the building. I'll send specific information out in a separate email, but please mark your calendars for Monday, September 13. Parents/guardians (no siblings) of students with last names of A-K will attend from 6-7 p.m. Parents/guardians (no siblings) of students with last names of L-Z will attend from 7-8 p.m. We're planning a fun night for you and your child and hope to see you there.


On behalf of the PTA, thanks for your tremendous response and support for the Step It Up fundraiser! Way to go, Pintos. Our PTA does so much for every student in this building. We are grateful for their and YOUR support! By the way, they are in need of a website developer. If you can offer your skills in that area, please let me know.


Please reach out if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. Enjoy the long weekend.


With Pinto Pride,

Mrs. Schovanec

Dismissal record is now 4:16!

Dismissal is going quite well and quick! Please continue to listen to staff and not double park.


Those name signs in your windows really speed things along. Please display them. If you do not, you will be handed a new one and will need to exit and circle back around as we load other students.


If you need another sign for additional vehicles, please let your child's teacher or the office know.


Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Last minute change in dismissal plan? Call the office before 3:45

If you have a last minute change to your child's dismissal plan, please notify the office no later than 3:45. That's when we notify teachers of changes. Thank you for your help!

COVID Daily Screenings

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school.


Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.


Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough

  • New onset of shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell


Does your child have two or more of the following?

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater

  • Chills

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea


If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:

• Notify the school of your child's absence

  • Contact your child's health care provider

  • Get your child tested for COVID-19

  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been

    cleared by their health care provider


For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested


For information on COVID-19 vaccine sites please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/812- where-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine


Anyone 12 years of age are older is eligible to be vaccinated. Minors, 12 thru 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian to be vaccinated.

Important Picotte News and Notes

PTA Updates

Our amazing PTA is looking for someone to assist in their webpage development. If that's "In your wheelhouse of skills", please contact the school


Face Coverings

Health and safety is our priority. To protect students, staff and families, our district updated face covering requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering while inside our school. We care about our students, and we can work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our school will have face coverings available for those who need them.


Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we are asking that any parent visitor make an appointment prior to entering the building. We will continue to limit outside visitors due to Health & Safety Protocols.


Picotte Spirit Days

The last student day of every week is Spirit Day! Students and staff show their Pinto Pride by wearing Picotte gear or colors. We have a few t-shirts left for $10.00 each. Contact the office to be sure we have your size. Check should be made out to Picotte PTA. We will offer additional gear that can be ordered on-line later this fall.


School Messenger

We will be using the School Messenger (email or Robo call) to communicate this year. Please make sure to contact the office if you need to update your contact information.


Counselor Information

If you need to reach the counselor, or would like school counseling services please email

marybeth.ferree@ops.org or fill out the counseling request https://forms.office.com/r/x7kJBMaey3


Please visit our Picotte web page for a description on school counseling services https://picotte.ops.org/


Birthday Celebrations

Only store-bought pre-packaged items can be brought to school. We highly encourage non-food items.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Accounts

Did you know the fastest way to keep your child's information current and to check on current grades (for grades 3 and 4) is to have a Campus Parent Portal account? Call the office to get your code and set this up today!


Online Payment

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment was launched in the spring. Parents and guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.


OPS EC (Early Childhood) Drop Off

If you are the parent of an OPS Early Childhood student and drop your child off in the morning, you must exit your child on the sidewalk (passenger) side. When students get out on the driver's side, it is not safe for them, you, or the drivers who are coming around you for the K-4 dismissal zones.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 6

  • No school for students or staff

September 7 - 30

  • NWEA MAP assessment for students in grades K-4

September 8 - 21

  • Amira Benchmark assessment for students in Kindergarten

September 10

  • Spirit Day!
September 13
  • Open House
  • Parents/guardians (no siblings) of students with last names A-K attend from 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Parents/guardians (no siblings) of students with last names of L-Z attend from 7 - 8 p.m.

September 14

  • Last day for PTA fundraiser

September 17

  • No School for OPS EC (Early Childhood) and OPS ESCE (Early Childhood Special Education classrooms (OPSF Parent-Pay program students ARE in session.)
  • Progress reports sent home (grades 3-4 only)
  • Spirit Day!

September 20-October 8

  • InView Assessment for 2nd and 3rd grades only

September 24

  • Spirit Day!
September 27
  • PTA meeting, 7:00, library. Masks must be worn.
  • Spirit Day!

October 19

  • Picture Day (individual pictures)
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