Jackson Newsletter

August / September

Dear Jackson Families,

What a wonderful way to start the 2021-2022 school year. Our jaguars are ready for a great year of learning and growing. Thank you for supporting your child to do their best each day. We know with your support and encouragement your child is on their way to be bilingual, bi-literate, and prepared for success in a global society.

We encourage you to visit our website jackson.ops.org to stay up to date on important dates, find school related links, access electronic copies of school forms and handbooks, view our school improvement plan, Title One plan, and find grade level information including schedules, donation requests, and volunteer possibilities.

During September and October, your students will be part of district level assessments in reading, math, and science. We will use these assessment results to plan instruction and identify students for additional supports. K-6 students will participate in MAP Growth assessments in reading and math. Grades 3-6 will also participate in science. K-3 students will also participate in an Amira benchmark assessment. Grade 2-3 will take the InView assessment as well. InView is used to help identify students for Gifted and Talented services.

School attendance is very important. Students should attend school regularly, on time, and all day. If your child is sick, please call the office, 531-299-1620, to report the absence.

School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal

Please do not leave your child at the school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision. If you need before school care, please contact Kids Club to register:


Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Suzanne Hagen



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

Items to Bring to School

  • Wear a clean face covering
  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)

*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, junk food, or non-school related items

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Important Dates

  • 2 - PTO Meeting, 5:30 pm
  • 6 - No School - Labor Day
  • 13 - Open House, 6 -8 pm
  • 16 - Gr. 3-6 Progress Report Sent Home
  • 17 - iPad insurance payments due
  • 30 - Virtual Family Night, 6:30 pm - Wildlife Encounters - Join using your child's iPad

  • 1 - No School - Teacher Day
  • 8 - No School - Teacher Day
  • 18 -22 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • 21 & 22 - No School due to Conferences
  • 26 - Picture Day

Interested in Volunteering?

On September 1, 2021 the online volunteer application will be available for all adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity 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.

Steps to Become a Volunteer in Omaha Public Schools

1. Contact the school to discuss a volunteer opportunity.

2. Complete volunteer application online.

3. Building principal will either approve or deny the volunteer activity request.

4. Human Resources will communicate via email to the principal and volunteer applicant of approval or denial of request.

5. Volunteer activity can begin AFTER approval email is received from Human Resources. This email is sent to both the volunteer and the principal.

6. All volunteers must follow Omaha Public Schools guidelines regarding safe and responsible return to school. (Board resolution 21-015)

There are 3 levels of volunteering:

  • Level 1. Is intended for activities that are at the school. This is the most basic level and does not involve student contact. Examples include clerical work, filing in the office area.
  • Level 2. Is intended for activities where the Volunteer is ALWAYS in a group setting with certificated OPS staff member present. This level of clearance will allow you to act as a volunteer in classrooms, support campus activities such as Room Parent, Library Aide.
  • Level 3. Requires a criminal background check and approval through Human Resources. This level is intended for individuals who may be working one on one with a student, with or without direct supervision of a certificated staff OPS staff member, which may be taking place either on or off district property. This level of clearance will allow you to act as a volunteer in activities, involved in supervising students, such as tutors, field trip or dance chaperones, coaches, and mentors.

All volunteers must reapply each school year to be considered for volunteer opportunities. The volunteer application can be found by clicking the Careers tab on the OPS website, viewing current job openings and entering “volunteer” in the search bar for job listings. The link will be live on September 1, 2021.

Wellness Tip of the Month

Set a Bedtime Routine. According to the National Sleep Foundation, children the ages of 3-5 require 10 – 13 hours of sleep daily. Children the ages of 6-13 require 9-11 hours of sleep daily. If your children are waking up at 8:00 am then they should be falling asleep between 8 pm and 9 pm for maximum rest and between 9pm and 10pm for the minimum amount of rest. Well rested children learn better and are more successful at regulating their emotions.

The First Steps to Success!

“Attendance makes a difference! The single most important factor contributing to student achievement is school attendance. Students must be in school to be successful.” (Journal of Educational Research, Vol.89 No. 3)

Did you know that students who attend school regularly:

  • have higher test scores
  • are more involved in school activities
  • are more likely to graduate
  • are less inclined to participate in at-risk behaviors

What you, the parent, can do:

  • start the night before by assisting with/review homework assignments and plan for the next day
  • establish an age appropriate bedtime routine
  • role model a positive attitude about work, being on time, and being prepared
  • should attendance problems occur, contact the school counselor to develop a plan to resolve the issue

PTO Meeting - Sept 2

Parents, join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) next THURSDAY, September 2, 5:30-6 for our first meeting of the year! Grab and go snacks will be available after the meeting. We will talk about who we are, past events we host or support, and set a school gardening party day! Enter through the main doors by the soccer goals. Pease wear a mask in the building.

Join the PTO

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2790).