Buffett Bulletin

September 29, 2021

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Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are coming up on Oct. 13 and 14.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 4:00-7:00 will be reserved for families requiring a remote conference option.

  • Virtual conference spots will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11:30-7:00 will be for families to attend conferences in-person.

You should have received an email from your student's homeroom teacher with directions for signing up for conference. If you haven't, please reach out to your student's homeroom teacher.

What to Expect at Student Led Conference

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PTO fundraiser!

The PTO will hold our kickoff fundraiser on October 4th. The fundraiser will provide Buffett with STEM supplies and the money raised will support the following and many more:

  • End of the Year Celebrations
  • Two PTO Scholarships

  • Student-Led Conference Meals

  • Classroom Grants

  • School-Wide Team Building

Please look for the golden ticket packet the evening of October 4th. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and support Buffett.

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Winter Coat Giveaway

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From Nurse Boyer

Dear 6th grade parents,

In 2016 the Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools District approved updated curriculum standards for the Human Growth and Development for grades 4th-8th and 10th. This permission form is used to inform and gain signed opt in/opt out of parent/guardian of the elementary curriculum (6th grade) which is taught by the school nurse. Boys and girls will be in separate classes for instruction. Please note: parents/guardians may opt out of certain lessons and are asked to indicate on the permission portion in the questions below. Check "yes" for any and/or all lessons you would like your child to participate; and /or, check "no" for any/or all lessons you would not like your child to participate. A parent/guardian should complete this form and include their email address and phone number for verification.

This form must be completed for your student to participate. NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER OCTOBER 8TH.

6A will be taught October 12 &13th.
6B will be taught October 19 &20th.

If you have any questions about the lessons, please contact the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School nurse at 531-299-2321 or at tara.boyer@ops.org.

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Reminder: No School

Due to the approved new calendar dates for OPS, there will be no school this Friday, October 1st. Teachers will be taking part in district professional development.

Changes Approved for the 2021-2022 Calendar

The Board of Education recently approved changes to the 2021-22 academic calendar. The calendar modifications include additional time for staff planning and professional development, which will benefit student learning. The new calendar shifts the following days to staff-only days where there will be no school for students:

  • Nov. 1, 2021 – Teacher Planning Day
  • February 4, 2022 – Curriculum Day
  • April 1, 2022 – Professional Development Day
  • April 15, 2022 – Teacher Planning Day
  • April 18, 2022 – Articulation Day

Click here to view and download the updated calendar.

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Technology Information and Tips


YouTube is blocked by the OPS filtering system, Securly. Students should not be accessing YouTube unless through school approved applications as directed by teachers.

Some students have found a loophole in the system and are accessing YouTube for non-school purposes. Our district Information Management Systems department is aware of the loophole. At school, there are procedures and routines in place to mitigate its usage along with consequences for not complying to the student Technology Usage Agreement.

We would appreciate your support in communicating your knowledge of this information to your student and encouraging them to remain on classroom content at school.

iPad Chargers

Please check with your student and ensure they have and are using their OPS provided iPad charger. Most non-Apple charging bricks do not have the power necessary to charge the student's iPad. Some can actually do the opposite and drain the battery or damage it.

If you find you need to purchase a new charging brick or brick and cable, they can be purchased at the main office. A full charger is $38 or $19 each if you just need a brick or just need a cable.

Arriving to school with a FULLY charged iPad will set your student up for a more successful day. Make this a part of your nightly routine!

Viral Challenges (TikTok)

You may have seen local or national coverage of a social media trend that involves stealing from schools or damaging school property. Often, the vandalism involves a school bathroom. Much of the activity is posted to TikTok, a social media platform. Below is an article from Common Sense Media about viral challenges.

The safety of our schools is always our top priority. We encourage any students and families aware of unsafe behavior to connect with Mr. CK or call the Safe Schools Hotline at 531-299-SAFE. Thank you for your partnership and support.

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High Five Highlight

Buffett Middle School adopted five core values four years ago that we live and breathe every day at school. These values are called the Buffett High Five. They are Be Kind, Be Hardworking, Be Safe, Be Trustworthy, and Be Your Best.

This section of the bulletin will highlight one story featuring Buffett Bobcats staying true to these values.

Rocking It with Lorenzo!

Lorenzo, a 5th grader at Buffett, has been training as a BMX biker since he was able to walk. His dad and younger brother also love the sport.

Lorenzo started on a mountain bike. Learning how to race takes lots of training and dedication. He remembers falling so hard after a jump that he almost broke his ribs. This did not stop him. Lorenzo continued to train on the mountain bike until he was ready for his first mini BMX bike. It was his favorite colors, green and black. Recently, he upgraded to a Proline Junior BMX bike in red and black.

Lorenzo trains once a week at Hefflinger's BMX park. His races are on Fridays. So far, Lorenzo has won 10 races and looks forward to one day joining a BMX team. When asked about his favorite part about racing he said, "At the start line when you hit the gate and rock it."

This highlights what it means to Be Your Best inside and outside of school. Lorenzo's dedication and perseverance keeps him competitive in a tough sport. We are proud that he is a Bobcat!

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Code of Conduct: Traffic Safety

Access the Code of Conduct here

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I Love Public Schools Fundraiser

Buy your custom I Love Public Schools t-shirt starting this Friday, October 1st!

Want to order a t-shirt?

It’s quick and easy to do:

● Visit iloveps.org/shop starting on October 1st

● Click on the limited edition section dropdown

● Find our school and start shopping

● Shirts will arrive 2 weeks after

Questions? Email Mrs. Howe for help

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Artsy Afternoons presents... Happy Birthday, Bob!

Join the Buffett Art Teachers as we celebrate the birth and life of Bob Ross! We will meet in Ms. Gotch's Room (B110) from 3:15-4:30 on 10/29/21. We will learn about Bob Ross, have games, activities, and a few fun birthday surprises! Please fill out the attached Form to RSVP to this fun event! Space is limited to the first 25 applicants, so sign up today!
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Student Announcements

School-wide Word of the Week

We continue to focus on a word of the week.

The word of the week this week is ANALYZE which means to break into parts.

Favorite College Day

Wear your favorite college gear on Monday, October 4th!
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Fermi Math League Meeting

Fermi Math League teams are meeting next Tuesday in B119 from 3:10-4:10 with Mrs. Howe. Please remember to sign up for the late bus if you are a bus rider.

National History Day (Grades 6-8)

Attention students in grades 6-8 interested in participating in National History Day competition. Are you a history buff? Do you like competitions? Mr. Becker is holding an informational meeting next Wednesday, October 7th in C219. Come learn about how you can enter this competition!

Spectator Sign-ups

Home Game Sign Ups for the Week of October 11th is October 4th 7:40 AM – 3:30 PM.

Please up today if you want to attend the game on:

Tuesday, October 12th JV Football

Monday, October 11th VB Semi-Finals– Location to Be Determine – You are signing up to attend if the location is at Buffett.

Tuesday, October 12th VB Finals – Location to Be Determine - You are signing up to attend if the location is at Buffett

NJHS Meeting Next Week

8th grade NJHS members, reminder that our monthly meeting is this Friday, October 8th in the Library.

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Upcoming Events

Volleyball Games

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Varsity & JV Buffett vs. Beveridge

JV Football

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Morton @ Buffett

Varsity Football

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

5120 Maple Street

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Monroe @ Benson HS

No School: Curriculum Day

Friday, Oct. 1st, 7am-4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Volleyball @ Davis

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 3:30pm

8050 North 129th Avenue

Omaha, NE

Cross Country City Finals @ Bryan Middle School

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 3:30pm

8210 South 42nd Street

Bellevue, NE

Volleyball Match @ Buffett

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Varsity Football @ Northwest

Friday, Oct. 8th, 3:30pm

8204 Crown Point Avenue

Omaha, NE

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