Liberty Family Newsletter

March 2021

Ilka Oberst, Principal and Jeff Rotherham, Assistant Principal

Dear Liberty Families,


We hope you all enjoyed spring break and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. Fourth quarter begins on Monday, March 15. This is a busy time as we prepare for State testing, called the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) and put all our effort into finishing the year strong!


It has been wonderful to have the majority of our students back for in-person learning every day. We continue to have our precautions in place against the spread of COVID. We are also excited to announce that the majority of the adults at Liberty have received the COVID vaccine. We look forward to a time when everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be.


We are hoping to host at least one virtual Family Night this year, in collaboration with the Completely Kids program. More information to come.


Finally, please consider registering your student for one of the options for summer school. This a a perfect opportunity for our students to catch up on some of the learning they've missed out on this year. Visit the Liberty website for elementary and middle school registration links as well as other important school related updates: liberty.ops.org


Thank you for your continued support and for trusting us every day with your wonderful children.

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Summer School for 6th Graders

Omaha Public Schools invites ALL students to participate in summer programming.


Welcome Camp

June 2 – 4, 2021

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Next Level Learning Sessions

June 7 – July 1, 2021 and July 6 – 23, 2021


All Day: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
AM Session Only: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session Only: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Register by follow respective links below:


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Early Childhood On-Line Applications

Call for an appointment at

531-299-1740


  • Only one parent or guardian may come into the building for registration.
  • Must register by March 19th ,2021.
  • Student must be 3 years old by July 31, 2021 to apply for Early Childhood.


Parent will need to bring:

  • Original birth certificate (child must be 3 years old on July 31, 2021)
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of address (MUD or OPPD statement with your name on it)
  • Proof of income for the last year
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Meals2Go Information


Omaha Public Schools is offering Meals2Go at no cost to any child ages 1 - 18 including remote learners. Each bag contains school favorites, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Milk is available as an option. ​

  • All students will receive a breakfast and lunch, at no charge, through the end of the 2020-21 school year.​

  • Students' accounts that were charged for meals from Aug. 18 through Sept. 18, 2020 have been credited.​

  • Students who return to the classroom will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.​

  • Meals2Go will be distributed on Mondays with five days of meals provided in the drive-through format. Pickup times are 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. for elementary schools and 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for secondary school.​

  • Parents/guardians who pick up the meals, without children in the car, will need to provide identification (report card, schedule, birth certificate, etc.) that the meals are for a child at home.​

  • Program schools, Early Childhood Locations, TAC programs will not distribute the Meals2Go bags. Families may pick up meals at any of the other sites currently open.​


Questions?
If you have questions or concerns about student lunches or the Meals2Go pickup, please contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-0230.

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Liberty Little Stars

Dear Liberty Families,


We would like to introduce ourselves. My name is Mirta Bustos, I am a Bilingual Home Visitor - Birth to Age 3 for Liberty’s Little Stars Home Visitation Program. The main goal of Liberty’s Little Stars program, is to support expectant mothers and children birth to age 3 through discussions around pregnancy and child development and to reduce the achievement gap. We want to help children be ‘school ready’ before they set foot in Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten.


Before the pandemic, families would receive three home-visits per month until the child turned 3 years old. Nowadays, my families and I connect via phone calls and video calls three times a month. I am always recruiting new families, which right now is more challenging than before. Please let me know if you are currently expecting or have a baby 0-18 months. This way, I can reach out and offer my services. Let me know if you have any further question about Liberty’s Little Stars program.

My name is Alejandra Aguilar, I am Liberty’s Family Facilitator. I am a part of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan, which provides the blueprint for a comprehensive approach to serving vulnerable young children, birth through Grade 3, in the 11 school districts of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. My goal is to be a bridge between our families and the school. I want to make sure our families feel welcomed and supported in every way, shape and form. We are lucky to have the Family Room to work with our families in a variety of activities. Unfortunately, this year looks different, but please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, or would like me to provide resource information, or to help you or other families.


Thank you, and let us know if you have any questions at 531-299-1740.

NSCAS

It is almost time for NSCAS Summative testing! Please follow the link below that is provided by the Nebraska Department of Education to learn more about the assessment and to access practice materials.


The NSCAS Summative test administration window is March 22-April 30, 2021 for grades 3-8. This spring, a shorter test (the NSCAS Phase I Pilot) will be administered for ELA and mathematics in lieu of the NSCAS General Summative. In addition, instead of the NSCAS General Summative for science, a census field test for Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for Science will be administered in grades 5 and 8.


Due to this being a pilot year for assessments and the unique challenges of the 2020-21 school year, the state has not currently communicated a plan for public reporting of results.


Please note that there may not be individual student reports (ISRs) for parents for the pilot assessment and the field test.

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