GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

January 21, 2022


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Conferences for February (2/10-2/16)


After several discussions with the staff and our School Improvement Team, it has been decided that we will have our February parent teacher conferences in person. Creating relationships with parents and communicating student progress is better in person. We do know that there is a convenience to zoom conferences and meetings that most of us like. But, again, we feel these 20” are so important for the reasons stated above. Parents will be receiving information soon about scheduling conferences using Pic-A-Time.


The following suggestions might make for a more productive conference:

You may want to ask your child’s teacher:

  • Does my child participate in classroom activities?

  • Does my child know the math facts?

  • Does she/he have self-control in the classroom?

  • How does my child get along with others?

  • Does my child read in his/her spare time?

  • How well does my child comprehend what she/he read?

  • How well does she/he write?

  • Does my child appear to be happy at school?

You may want to tell your child’s teacher:

  • Which school activities your child talks about at home.

  • If anything has happened lately at home that might affect your child at school?

  • What you see as some of your child’s strengths and weaknesses?

One conference per student, please. It is our hope that all parents can attend the conferences together and not request two time slots.


New Art Teacher


Our current art teacher Mrs. Gilreath will be teaching full time at Millard South next year and sadly will be leaving Abbott. Finding a part time certified art teacher is not easy. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please have them contact me.


Valentine’s Day Parties


The parties will be somewhat similar to the Halloween parties from October. The parties at school will be at 2:15 on February 14th. We are hoping we’ve found a compromise between what a Covid party could look like and what we’ve done in the past. The students will be able to bring a card and a piece of candy for each of their classmates. The PTO will provide a juice box and a snack. We will not allow baked goods such as donuts, cupcakes, delicious chocolate croissants, individual bags of treats etc. to be brought in from the outside. Students can bring a sack or a small box to collect their cards and candy. We will allow the children to pass out cards to other kids and adults in the building.


This year the fifth graders will be allowed to have their party together in the gym.

CONFERENCES

We use Pick-A-Time for parent/teacher conferences. You can use the link below for parent instructions.


The window will open today, January 22, and will close on February 9. So be sure to sign up during this time. You can sign up for one time slot per email address. If you have two students in the same class you will need to use different email addresses or call the office for scheduling. Fifth grade parents will sign up for their child's homeroom teacher only. Here is the link for classroom teacher conferences:


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences


ORCHESTRA CONFERENCES


Mrs. Hinz will have both Zoom and in person conferences on February 15 and 16. Here are the links to sign up for those conferences:


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences_ORCHESTRA_In_person


https://pickatime.com/February/Conferences_ORCHESTRA_Zoom


Zoom link: https://mpsomaha-org.zoom.us/my/mpshinz

CONFERENCES WITH OUR COUNSELOR

Parents and Guardians,


Hopefully this finds you doing well. With conferences coming up soon, I wanted to let you know when I will be available to meet with you.


In Person or on Zoom: February 10th and 15th from 4:00 - 8:00.

Zoom Only: February 16th from 8:00 - 12:00


If you would like to meet with me, please send me an email at bmstruck@mpsomaha.org or give me a call at Abbott, 402-715-2900, or Aldrich, 402-715-2020, and I’ll get you scheduled.


Thanks


Brett Struck


School Counselor

Abbott and Aldrich Elementary Schools

bmstruck@mpsomaha.org

KINDERGARTEN 2022-2023

The online registration for kindergarten and new families to Millard will open on February 10. Do you know someone who will be attending kindergarten at Abbott this fall? If you do, please have them fill out the form on the link below so we can get them some information!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jmknDf-GQqNzqZ5Qj_Wa21GmlJNn3xZnavWjM85Utds/edit

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UPCOMING EVENTS


4th Grade Program - January 27


Mrs. Deaver’s class from 6:15–6:35.

Mr. Petersen’s class from 6:45–7:05.

Miss Powell’s class from 7:15–7:35.

Families will enter through the south KidsNet door and exit through the front doors. Masks are required while indoors. Your child is assigned specific instrument parts for programs and if they are unable to participate, please let me know.


PTO Meeting: February 1

Conferences: February 10, 15, 16

PANTS FOR GIRLS NEEDED

The health room could use some donations of girls' pants - specifically leggings sizes 6 - 12. If you have any that you could donate, we would surely appreciate it!

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SUPPORT TEAM (BIST) CLASSES

Please see the link below for more information regarding a series of three complimentary classes for parents and guardians.
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WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child.


Also, if your child is wearing a cloth mask, please wash frequently.

SHOW CHOIR CAMPS

Hey Families,

Do you know a current 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who loves to sing and move? We would love to have them join one (or BOTH) of our Millard Show Choir Camps this summer! There are TWO to choose from!!! (or choose BOTH) One at Beadle Middle and one at Millard North High! These camps are open to ALL current 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (kids who WILL be in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade next school year!) Please check out the attached flier for all information. Then you will email klwhisinnand@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Beadle OR llbrown@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Millard North.

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WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP

We are excited to invite our Watch DOGS (Dad of Great Students) back into the building this year! If you would like to volunteer for either a full day, or over our lunch times, please complete the Watch DOG sign up. You can email Charlene Hale (cghale@mpsomaha.org) with any questions.

MILLARD SCHOOL BOARD 2020

President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate