GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

September 20, 2019


Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee, epchaussee@mpsomaha.org

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM

One of the reasons for Millard’s and Grace Abbott’s success is because of our School Improvement Team which is made up of parents, teachers, and the principal.

Our School Improvement Team is already in place. However, we are always in need of additional parents as their children move on to middle school or elsewhere. This team is responsible for long-range site planning including the development of the school mission, objectives, and strategies. The team also will approve action plans and make a recommendation for the implementation of action plans.

The School Improvement Team meets four times a year for about an hour starting at 3:40. This team monitors the progress on the school site team and makes recommendations on issues related to the strategic plan.


To make this all happen and to ensure the highest quality education for your children, volunteers are needed this year to serve on the SIT. Your children receive an excellent education due to part to a number of factors, not the least of which is the parent’s dedication to the school. Please strongly consider joining our SIT and have input into the decisions made about our school.


This year Abbott is reviewing its current five year site plan and may require action teams. Action teams meet for a shorter period of time over one school year and then are done.


APPLICATION FORM FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM



Name________________________________________________Telephone_________________________



Email (required)__________________________________________________________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


Reason for wanting to be part of this team:


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Hy-Vee Cash for Students

Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

Kindness Retreat Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering for the 4th grade Kindness Retreat lead by Youth Frontiers on Tuesday, October 22, from 8:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Twenty parents and college students are needed to help lead small group discussions with our Abbott students to help them learn skills to stand up to bullying and #BeKind. Bonus: six volunteer hours are available for this event!


Contact Ashley Liston, committee chair mrs.aliston@gmail.com

BUZZ BOOK INFORMATION

Please see the link below to access the Buzz Book flyer. This will have instructions for you on how to update and order the Buzz Book. The Buzz Book is a listing of all Abbott families and their contact information. You can also choose to opt out of being included in the Buzz Book.

PTO MEETING

Calling all Parents!! You are invited to attend our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30pm in the library. All NEW attendees will receive VIP / FRONT row seating at the Movie Night on Friday, October 4th AND a voucher for one candy, one drink and one bag of popcorn!! We cannot wait to see you at both of these great events!

MINI MUSTANG NIGHT

Come join the Mustangs before the Millard South volleyball game. Enjoy pizza with the team, an autograph session, and make a poster with them. To register please CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW and email lgrant@mpsomaha.org with questions.

2/3 FUN NIGHT

The 2nd/3rd grade Fun Night is coming up on September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar to come and spend some time with your child! It will be a FUN NIGHT!!!

VANITY BRICKS

We hope you and your children have had an opportunity to check out Abbott’s remodeled entry space. This cozy and useful sitting area seems to always be in use by students and staff as a small group meeting place. The area is enjoyed both for educational and social gatherings.

If you have not had a chance to see the entry way, please stop by and take a look as you attend the upcoming Walkathon dinner/dance, October PTO meeting, movie night & parent teacher conferences. As you will see in the floor of the entry area, Abbott families and staff have purchased approximately 50 vanity bricks that will remain a part of Grace Abbott for many years to come!!!

The PTO would like to continue to offer your family the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project. Additional orders for personalized bricks are currently being taken. The bricks cost $50 per brick. Your personal message (for example, “The Smith Family”) will be sandblasted into the brick by Greg Huliska of Sandstone Studios Inc. (Please see the attached order form for specific instructions and parameters regarding your personal message.)

Due to the labor involved in replacing the blank bricks with vanity bricks, newly ordered bricks will be laid once the PTO has accumulated approximately 20 orders. In order for your brick to be installed with this fall, please turn in your brick order form in to the office no later than October 21st. Please attach cash or a check made payable to Grace Abbott PTO.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Barry at erinlbarry@hotmail.com.

Thank you!

Grace Abbott PTO

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5TH GRADE YEARBOOK DEDICATION

Please see the link below regarding your 5th grader's dedication in the yearbook.

GRACE ABBOTT SPIRIT WEAR

Your orders will be coming home today! If you did not get a chance to order, we will be sending in another one! Please see the order forms below. PLEASE GET YOUR ORDERS IN BY THE DUE DATE! THERE WILL BE NO MORE ORDERS GOING IN THIS YEAR!

TRAFFIC UPDATE 156TH STREET INTERSECTION

The construction crews are going to start the water main crossing on Cuming Street today (Friday) and will be done Saturday but the cross walk will be available before and after school. They will be constructing a sidewalk on the south side of Burt Street early next week and are tentatively planning to move the crosswalk late next week.
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