Gomez Heritage Newsletter

September 2021

Current School Events

For the most current Gomez Heritage news, be sure to find us at the following sites:

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • September 6 - No School (Labor Day)
  • September 8 - PTO Meeting (TEAMS - 5:15)
  • September 13 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) - Open House at GH (#OPSProud Week)
  • September 14 - World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser begins
  • September 16 - Fall Picture Day (Scholastic)
  • September 23 - Principal's Coffee (9:30 a.m.)
  • September 30 - 1st grade Dual Language Celebration (2:15 p.m.)
  • September 30 - Back-to-School Skate Night (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
  • October 1 - No School for Students
  • October 8 - No School for Students
  • October 20 and 21 - Conferences
  • October 21 and 22 - No School for Students

Fall Picture Day - Scholastic

Scholastic Photography will be a Gomez Heritage to take individual student pictures on Thursday, September 16th.


Order Online (Starting September 13th)

UNO Student Donates to Gomez Heritage

Carlos Olivas , a UNO student majoring in Business Administration, recently donated $450 to the EL Department at Gomez Heritage. He raised the money by running a half marathon.

Pictured Below: Mr. Foster (EL Teacher), Carlos Olivas, Ms. Hansen (EL Teacher), Mr. Parkert (Principal), Alejandro (4th grader), Keily (2nd grader)

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Student Health and Safety

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.

Salud y seguridad de los estudiantes

Estimados padres / tutores:

La salud y la seguridad siguen siendo nuestra prioridad. Para ayudarnos con nuestro esfuerzo por mantener a los estudiantes, el personal y familias seguras, le pedimos que realice una revisión de salud diario de su (s) hijo (s) todos los días antes de enviarlos a la escuela.

Evalúe y / o pregunte a su (s) hijo (s) las siguientes preguntas de evaluación antes de enviarlos a la escuela.

¿Su hijo tiene uno de los siguientes?

• Tos nueva

• Nueva aparición de dificultad para respirar

• Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato

¿Su hijo tiene dos o más de los siguientes?

• Fiebre de 100.4 o más

• Escalofríos

• Dolores musculares

• Dolor de cabeza

• Dolor de garganta

• Náuseas, vómitos o diarrea

Si responde afirmativamente a las preguntas anteriores, no envíe a su hijo a la escuela y haga lo siguiente:

• Notifique a la escuela de la ausencia de su hijo

• Comuníquese con el proveedor de atención médica de su hijo.

• Solicite que le hagan la prueba de COVID-19 a su hijo

• No envíe a su hijo a la escuela hasta que tenga un resultado negativo en la prueba o haya sido autorizado por su proveedor de atención médica

Para obtener información sobre los sitios de prueba, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Douglas al 402-444-3400 / https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested

Para obtener información sobre los sitios de la vacuna COVID-19, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Douglas. Departamento al 402-444-3400 / https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/812-d%C3%B3nde-conseguir-una-vacuna-covid-19

Cualquier persona mayor de 12 años es elegible para vacunarse. Menores de 12 a 18 años debe estar acompañado por un adulto / tutor para ser vacunado

No-Cost Meals

Effective for this school year, OPS will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students.

The 2021-22 meal application is available online at SchoolCafe.com or paper copies are available.

Optional School Supplies

The Omaha Public Schools supplies the necessary items for school. Many families ask for a general supply list at the beginning of the school year to supplement the classroom. The wish lists below are optional.

Las escuelas públicas de Omaha proporciona todos los materiales necesarias para el aprendizaje escolar. Muchas familias aún solicitan una lista de útiles escolares para apoyar el aula. La lista de abajo son útiles opcionales que apoyan al aula.

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Start Time & Dismissal Time


  • ***CHANGE*** The school doors will now open at 8:30 a.m. for students who are going to eat breakfast.
  • Students who are not eating breakfast will enter the building at 8:35 a.m.
  • PK parents/guardians/students will enter the building at the Timberwolf Park door.
  • Students will be tardy if they arrive to school after 8:50 a.m.


For safety reasons, there will be a staggered dismissal each day.

  • PK (dismiss from Timberwolf Park) - 3:55
  • Kindergarten - 3:55
  • 4th grade - 3:55
  • 1st/2nd grade - 4:00
  • 3rd grade - 4:05

Student Handbook

  • The Gomez Heritage Student Handbook can be located on your student's iPad (click on the "Books" icon) and on Seesaw.

Volunteer Application

  • The online volunteer application will is now available for all adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district-sponsored activities with students.

  • The required volunteer application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students.

Click here for more details.

Yard Beautification

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer at Gomez Heritage?

We have a lot of green space and would love to have volunteers help with yard beautification.

Tasks could include:

  • trimming
  • raking
  • trash pick-up
  • sweeping
  • weed pulling
  • etc.

When? You can volunteer any day of the school week (Monday-Friday).

How long? You can volunteer for as long as you would like between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please call the office to let us know when you would like to volunteer (531-299-1520).

Arrival & Dismissal

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.

Attendance - Strive for 95!

Our attendance goal is for every student to have a 95% or higher attendance rate. Strive for 95!

This means each student will miss fewer than 9 days throughout the school year.

Thank you for all you do to make sure your student attends school on time and every day!

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iPad Agreement and Insurance

  • If you have not already done so, please complete and submit the iPad agreement form to your student's teacher or the office. An iPad will not be issued to your student if the agreement is not submitted. Come to the office or call 531-299-1520 if you need another form.

  • $20 insurance (optional) is available for the 2021-2022 school year. Insurance purchased during the 2020-2021 school year will not be applied to the current school year.

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.

iPad Expectations

The following are important expectations to remember:

  • iPads should be used for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
  • Limit the use of iPads to no more than 30 minutes each day.
  • Use two hands when carrying the iPad.
  • Always sit when using the iPad.
  • Keep iPads away from food and liquids.
  • Do not remove the iPad from it’s case.
  • Do not lean on, step on or place anything heavy against the screen.
  • Always keep the cover closed when it’s not in use.

Social Media/Redes Sociales

  • As you know, it is important to monitor all social media activity. Thank you for making sure your student is only using their school iPad for school purposes only.

  • Be sure they are only friends with other children they know and are not saying or doing 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.

Pantry and Clothing Closet

Calvary Church -- Sarpy Care


There are dozens of organizations in our community that make a difference. Sarpy Care connects several organizations such as Calvary Church, the Food Bank for the Heartland, and the Diaper Bank of America to make finding support as easy as possible.

Click on “get help” to view the services offered.

Calvary Church Food Pantry

The food pantry at Calvary Church is currently open.

  • Location: 10100 Cedar Island, Bellevue
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Times: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

School Safety Measures

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).

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

  • Limited spots are available in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade.
  • Hours: 4:05-5:30
  • Contacts: Ms. Pitt (531-299-1520) / Mrs. Hernandez (402-237-7833)

Kids Club

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

The Janette Gilbert Memorial Outdoor Classroom

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Code of Conduct

The 2021-2022 District Student Handbook has been produced as a downloadable PDF. Hard copies are no longer being printed. OPS will update all student iPads with the handbook.