GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

September 27, 2019


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

NEBRASKA FAMILY HELPINE

Raising kids is hard. Its OK to ask for advice.

Nebraska Family Helpline is a free, resource for parents with kids of all ages, who have any type of question regarding their child's behavior. The state of Nebraska developed this service and helpline which focuses on improving access to behavior and mental health and other services for children and teens. The need for this came about after parents and guardians dropped off more than 30 children under the Nebraska’s safe haven law before the age limit was added in 2008. Most of the children involved were teens or preteens with behavior and mental health concerns.

Some problems they can help address:

  1. Kids not following directions

  2. Aggression at home

  3. Poor grades

  4. Problems with authority

  5. Running away

  6. Sibling relationships

  7. Absenteeism

  8. Chemical dependence

  9. Depression

  10. Abuse

The hotline number is 402 866-8660.

NO LEFT TURNS

In case you were wondering, the fine for turning left off of 156th Street is $95!

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. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to cash4abbott@gmail.com.

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!

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

GATOR WALK-A-THON

Remember to get your packets in!! Please click on the link below to get all of the details!!

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!

COUNSELOR'S COMMENTS

This month our classroom counseling lessons in grades K-5 will focus on skills of resiliency, coping skills and how to get help for oneself and/or a friend. These lessons are intended to educate students on feelings of stress, worry, sadness, how to cope with such feelings, and how to ask for help if needed. Please talk with your child about these feelings, and reinforce appropriate coping strategies such as talking with a trusted adult, exercising, or doing an activity they enjoy. Please contact Brett Struck at bmstruck@mpsomaha.org with any questions!

HEALTH ROOM NEEDS

The health room is in need of little boy's pants. If you have any to donate we would greatly appreciate it!

BOX TOPS COLLECTION

Please see the links below to find out more about our Box Top collection and you can make a contribution to our school!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are coming!! We will hold parent teacher conferences on October 10 & 15 from 4:15 - 8:15 p.m. and on October 16 from 8:00 - 11:40 a.m.. We use Pick-a-Time for online scheduling. The window for scheduling your conference will open up Saturday, September 28, at 8 a.m. It will close on October 14 at 4 p.m. Please see the link below for detailed instructions on how to schedule your child's conference.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Please see the link below to access the Community Corner newsletter from Nancy Cole, Community Counselor. It focuses on the very important topic of bullying and how to prevent it.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!

October 10 - 4:00-8:15

October 15 - 4:00-8:15

October 16 - 8:00-11:30


We will also stay open for 20 minutes following dismissal on school days.



October 2019 Book Fair Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering during the 2018 fall book fair? We would love to have help with set-up and tear-down. In addition, some help allows us to have a dinner break during conferences as well. Volunteers will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at the fair, and you may choose one of the posters to keep. It also works wonderfully for any school service learning requirements!

Volunteers are welcome any time throughout the fair during conference times. If you would like to volunteer at a time other than what is listed, please contact Mrs. Cryer at cacryer@mpsomaha.org or 402-715-2917


We do need volunteers!!! If you would like to sign up to volunteer please click on the link below:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084EAAAF22A13-october1

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