Gomez Heritage Newsletter

April 2021

Dear Gomez Heritage Families,

When we think about the academic adversity the pandemic has caused, the points below describe why it is important for students to be in school every day.

Why Attendance Matters...

  • Missing 10% of Pre-Kindergarten can make it harder to develop early reading skills
  • Poor attendance makes it harder to prepare for Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Poor attendance habits are hard to break
  • Early school success goes hand and hand with good attendance
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher must slow down learning to help students catch up
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three indicators that a student may drop out
  • Good attendance promotes social and emotional connectedness to peers, teachers, and extracurricular activities; sense of belonging
  • Attendance is an important life skill --- graduation, college/trade and job

Thank you for your continued support of Gomez Heritage Elementary.


Gomez Heritage Staff

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • March 22 - April 30 - State Testing - NSCAS (3rd Grade and 4th Grade)
  • April 2 - No School for Students
  • April 19 - May 14 - Spring MAP Testing (K - 4th Grade)
  • April 21 - No School for PK Students
  • May 8 - Car Seat Check Event (Gomez Heritage Parking Lot)
  • May 26 - Last Day of School
  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School for Students
  • June 2 - July 23 - Next Level Learning (Summer School)

NSCAS Testing (3rd and 4th Grade)

3rd and 4th grade students are currently taking the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS - pronounced “en-skass”) in reading and math.

NSCAS testing began the week of March 22nd and will conclude the week of April 26th (schedule is below).

It is important that students are present during the entire assessment window. Please be aware of these dates when scheduling appointments, early check-outs, trips, etc. Listed below are a few suggestions that will help all students be at their best when testing:

• Encourage your student to maintain a positive attitude and to give their best effort before, during, and after testing.

• Make sure your student gets plenty of rest every night and eats a good breakfast each morning at school or at home.

• Make sure your student arrives to school on time each morning and is present every day.

Please contact your student's teacher if you have any questions.

NSCAS for Remote Learning Students

ATTENTION: Families with 3rd or 4th grade Remote Learning Students

  • Please watch for a letter regarding scheduling a time for your 3rd or 4th grade student to take NSCAS-Reading and NSCAS-Math. A parent or guardian will be asked to contact Gomez Heritage (531-299-1520) to schedule testing times.

  • April 19th - April 30th are designated testing days for Remote Learning Students.

NSCAS Schedule (3rd & 4th grade In-Person and Remote Learning Students)

Wondering How You Can Support Your Student in Reading & Math?

The following are ways you can support your student at home:

  • Read, Read, Read / Leer, Leer, Leer
  • Talk about what students are learning / Hable sobre lo que están aprendiendo
  • Have students show you what they're learning / Pida a su estudiante que le muestre lo que está aprendiendo
  • K-2nd - Addition and Subtraction Facts / Sumas y Restas
  • 3rd-4th - Multiplication Facts / Tablas de multiplicación
  • Practice Counting Money (Coins) / Practique contar monedas
  • Measurement / Medición
  • Practice Telling Time (Analog Clock) / Practíque decir la hora con un reloj no dígital

PK Enrollment Deadline Extended - april 19

-- The PK enrollment application window has been extended to April 19th.

There will be no Early Childhood school application events this year.


-- If you need assistance registering your child, Gomez Heritage is offering in person registrations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

-- To schedule an appointment, call (531) 299-1520 and ask for Ana Alvarez or Karen Carcamo to make your appointment.

-- To enroll your child into the Pre-Kindergarten program, the following documents must be provided when completing the online application (APPLICATION LINK):

  • A certified birth certificate for your child. Children must be four years old on or before July 31 of the year they wish to attend.

  • Immunization records for your child.

  • Proof of Address - This can include billing statements from MUD, OPPD, Cox, or Century Link, or a rental or purchase agreement. Children must reside within the boundaries of the Omaha Public Schools.

  • Income Verification - Proof of family income for the previous 12 months. This can include the following: TANF/ADC, SSI, Child Support, 1040, W-2’S, 8453, Self Declaration, 12 months of check stubs, employment letter, etc.


Gomez Heritage ofrecerá inscripciones en persona

  • Para inscribir a su hijo, necesitará su certificado de nacimiento original, comprobante de domicilio (OPPD, MUD, contrato de alquiler, carta de Medicaid o carta de DHHS de un mes de su emisión).

  • Llame al (531) 299-1520 y pregunte por Ana Alvarez o Karen Carcamo para programar su cita.


  • Do you already have a Campus Parent Portal Account? If your student is currently in an early childhood program through OPS, or has an older sibling in OPS, go to the Campus Parent Portal. If you need assistance with Campus Parent Portal account, contact Gomez Heritage. PARENT PORTAL (click here)

Kindergarten Dual Language Application

If you did not complete a Kindergarten Dual Language Application for the 2021-2022 school year, you can complete the form that is linked below. The deadline is April 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact Maira Guzmán (Dual Language Lead Teacher) at maira.guzman@ops.org or 531-299-1520.

Kdg Dual Language App 2021-22.pdf

Si no completó su solicitud para entrar al sorteo para el programa de Dos Idiomas para kínder para el ciclo escolar 2021-2022 en otoño, puede completar la forma en el enlace de arriba. La fecha limite es el 30 de abril.

Si tiene preguntas puede comunicarse con Maira Guzmán, Maestra Líder del Programa de Dos Idiomas por correo electrónico a maira.guzman@ops.org o llamar al 531.299.1520

Next Level Learning (Summer School)

  • Dates: June 2 - July 23 (No School July 1-5)
  • Hours: 9:00-4:00

Reminder: To help us establish consistency, if you selected the AM only option (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM), the PM only option (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM), or the 1-hour afternoon option, you will not be able to change options once Next Level Learning begins.

  • Transportation will be provided for eligible students at the beginning and end of the day. If a student wishes to participate in an AM or PM session only, a parent/guardian will need to pick up at the end of the AM session or drop off for the PM session.

Counselor's Corner

Social Media/Redes Sociales

  • As you know, it is important to monitor your child's social media activity. Thank you for making sure your child is only using their school iPad for school projects/purposes only.

  • Be sure they are only friends with children they know and are not saying anything that is unkind.

  • Por favor, asegúrese de monitorear las redes sociales de su hijo. Asegúrese de que están utilizando su dispositivo escolar solo para proyectos escolares. También asegúrese de que sólo son amigos de personas que conocen y no están diciendo cosas que no son amables.

10 Minutes-a-Day

  • Try to take 10 minutes a day to have a conversation with your child and prioritize family time. In this time of COVID, connections are more important than ever!

  • Trate de tomar 10 minutos al día para tener una conversación con su hijo y priorice el tiempo familiar. En este tiempo de Covid, las conexiones son aún más importantes que nunca!

Pantry and Clothing Closet

SUMMER - Completely KIDS

  • Completely KIDS will have an in person summer program. / Completely KIDS tendrá un programa de verano en persona.

  • Limited spots are available / Cupos límitados disponibles.

NSCAS Kick-Off Celebration

Do Not "Donut" Worry!

Car Seat Check

Car Seat Check - With support from Safe Kids Nebraska

  • Saturday, May 8th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Gomez Heritage Parking Lot

***By Appointment ONLY - See Below***

Certified car seat technicians will be available to check that your car seats are properly installed. Some car seats will be offered in exchange for a small donation. Your safety is our utmost priority. With that in mind, vehicles will be sanitized before and after the installation of a car seat. All technicians will have hand sanitizer available for use. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines, and wear mask at all times.

Call Karen Carcamo de Alvarez at (531) 299-1520 to reserve your appointment.

Revisión de asientos de auto

Revisión de asientos de auto con apoyo de Safe Kids Nebraska

  • Sábado, 8 de mayo
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • En el estacionamiento de la escuela Gomez Heritage

***SOLO puede asistir con cita***

Habrá técnicos certificados de asientos de auto disponibles para revisar que los asientos de sus niños estén instalados correctamente. También ofreceremos algunos asientos de auto a cambio de una pequeña donación. Con eso en mente, desinfectaremos su vehículo con Lysol antes y después de la instalación de su asiento para el auto. Todos los técnicos tendrán gel anti bacterial disponible para su uso. Cumpla con las pautas de distanciamiento social y use máscara en todo momento.

Por favor llame a Karen Carcamo de Alvarez al (531) 299-1520 para reservar su cita.

Good Job Note & Terrific Timberwolf Winners

February Attendance Challenge Winners - (Mrs. Greenhagen’s class)

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Pictures of Our School Safety Measures

School Attendance

PLEASE NOTE -- Students will be counted absent if they're supposed to attend school in-person, but instead login remotely. If you would like to change your student's attendance plan (in-person or remote), please contact Gomez Heritage (531-299-1520).

Thank you for doing all you can to ensure your student is present and on time (8:50 a.m.) every day (in-person and online).

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

On days that inclement weather is not a factor, we want you to be aware that students will be counted tardy if they arrive to school after 8:50 a.m. Please be sure to plan accordingly.

Staff members will be outside each day during arrival and dismissal. Thank you in advance for being respectful and following their guidance to ensure the safety of everyone. Safety is our top priority. We appreciate your partnership in following and modeling our safety protocols for students. Please keep the following points in mind:

  • Only park in a reserved handicap parking space if you have the appropriate permit.
  • Drop students off in designated areas ONLY. Students should not exit a vehicle in the middle of a street.
  • Remind students to only cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
  • Follow posted speed limit signs.
  • 17th Street is a one-way street between S Street and P Street.
  • Thank you for not making threatening, vulgar, or inappropriate comments to staff, students or other parents. Everyone is trying their best.

Grab and Go Breakfast

During Grab and Go Breakfast, students select a hot or cold breakfast and take it to their classroom to eat.

  • Arrival: Students can enter through either door to receive a hot breakfast or cold breakfast.

  • To help keep social distancing, students will stand on a "paw" while they are waiting outside.

  • Breakfast will be served starting at 8:35 a.m.

  • Students not eating breakfast will enter the building through the main doors (left side).

Meals2Go - Food Distribution

  • Omaha Public Schools offers Meals2Go at no cost to any child ages 1 - 18.

  • Each bag contains school favorites, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Milk is available as an option. Each bag contains 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.

  • We encourage families who have not completed a meal application for their child to contact Gomez Heritage or the Nutrition Services Office (531-299-0230).

  • If you have questions or concerns about student lunches or the Meals2Go pickup, please contact Nutrition Services (531-299-0230).

School/Classroom Wish List

If you would like to donate items to Gomez Heritage, the following are suggested items:

  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes

Please drop off any donated items at Gomez Heritage. This will give us an opportunity to sanitize each item. Thank You!

Completely KIDS

  • Hours - 4:05-5:30
  • Contact: Ms. Pitt (531-299-1520)
  • For more information: Completely KIDS

Kids Club

Reminder: iPad and Charger

  • Students should take their iPad and charger to and from school every day.

  • Students should also charge their iPad every night.

Gomez Heritage's Mission & Vision

  • Mission: To support student achievement in a safe, caring environment by building a collaborative environment that facilitates effective and cohesive instruction with equity and fidelity.

  • Vision: To empower a community of students to be goal-setters, equipping them with skills to meet academic and social successes.

Title I - Information for Families

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Arrival & Dismissal

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Pictures from Around the Building