Buffett Bulletin

September 30, 2020

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Remote Learning Conferences

October means conference time! Buffett's conferences will be held virtually on Oct. 14 from 4:00-7:00 and Oct. 15 from 12:00-7:00.

How will that look in this new school environment? Normally, students lead the conferences at the middle school level. This time, however, conferences will have more of a parent-teacher focus. Here are three things to expect this time around:

How will Conferences be Scheduled?

Be on the lookout for an email from teachers this Friday, Oct. 2, that has links to sign up for conferences. We are using SignUp.com to schedule conference times. Remember, you will sign up for one conference with a pre-determined teacher representative. Then additional links will be sent out for parents to sign up with specific teachers if you have questions pertaining to specific classes.
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How will the Conference be Held?

All conferences will be virtual. You will join the conference via an invitation in an email with a link to join a Microsoft Teams meeting. These emails with join links will start being sent between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14. You can join this link on a phone or any device of your choosing.
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4-Block Schedule

In an effort to decrease hallway transitions, Buffett will follow a 4-block schedule with homeroom embedded into the block in which your child eats lunch. We will still have an alternating A-B schedule as in the past.

Passing periods between classes will be staggered to reduce hallway traffic.

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Arrival to School

  • School begins at 7:40 a.m. and concludes at 3:05 p.m. daily.
  • The school building is open at 7:25 a.m. Students are not to be in the building or on property before this time. Doors will be unlocked from 7:25-7:45 a.m. and then once again locked until the end of our school day, which is at 3:05 p.m. Additionally, at 3:15 p.m., our doors will be locked for the day.
  • Students will go to their first block class rather than reporting to hallways, the gym, or cafeteria upon arrival to school.
  • See breakfast information below.

School Bus Procedures

School Bus Procedures
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Bobcat Breakfast

Grab-and-go breakfast from the cafeteria is available each day from 7:25 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. Breakfast is free to all students and available every morning.

If students wish to eat breakfast, they will grab it from the cafeteria and then head to first block class to eat it.

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Lunch Time

To maintain the safety of our students and staff, lunches are strategically planned to keep students distant and safe. Buffett is using all available spaces in our building to spread students out during lunch time. Students are assigned to eat either in the cafeteria, in the commons, or in a classroom. Students will have plexiglass protection depending on where they are assigned to eat. Lunch assignments will be announced by their lunch block teachers during the first week of school.
School meal procedures
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Staggered Dismissal Times

In order to reduce foot traffic after school, our students will follow a staggered dismissal.

  • At 3:03-bus riders will follow teachers out
  • At 3:04-walkers will be dismissed
  • At 3:05-car riders will follow teachers out

Students will also all use separate exits from the building.

  • 5th grade will dismiss out the main doors.
  • 6th grade will dismiss from the east doors by the green space (hill).
  • 7th grade will dismiss from the bus loop doors.
  • 8th grade will dismiss from the west doors (top of the stairs by the track)

End of the Day

Please note Buffett Middle School closes at 3:15 p.m. Buffett Middle School does not offer any after school student care. We appreciate your help in supporting our effort to keep your student accounted for and safe. The front entrance and commons area should be vacated by 3:15 p.m.
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Keeping Every Bobcat Safe

Health and Safety Signage

Students will notice signage around the school about social distancing, wearing a mask, one way signs, and more. Students will follow the signs and make sure to stay on the correct side of the hallway or stairway. There are floor decals in common spaces to help the students remember to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another when in a large group as well. Lunch table seats will be marked so that students sit with a seat between them. All of these safety procedures will help everyone stay healthy and in school.
Health and Safety Signage

Enhanced Cleaning and Safety Procedures

Enhanced Cleaning
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New Faces of Bobcat Nation!

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Cherie Scholten is Buffett Middle School’s new Digital Media teacher! For the past 12 years, Mrs. Scholten taught at Picotte Elementary school just down the road! Before coming to OPS, she taught in Kansas City for 8 years. While in Kansas City she earned a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning K-12 and pioneered technology for some of the youngest learners in her district. Then, it was time to travel north to make a new home in Omaha! Since starting in OPS she has piloted technology used across the district and even earned the Microsoft Innovated Educator Expert award given to teachers around the world for using technology in new and innovative ways with students. A few years ago, she earned yet another degree in the area of technology instruction which led her to her new AMAZING job at Buffett Middle School!

Mrs. Scholten is married to her husband of 19 years, Sam. They have two wonderful, talented young men at home named Nathan and Evan. They keep her busy and on her toes with all of their activities! Nathan is getting ready to go to college next fall, so it is definitely a bittersweet school year! As a family, they love kayaking, watching movies, and having in depth debates about current events at the dinner table! Their sweet, little dog Abby runs the house with an iron fist, but lets the family take her for walks once in a while! Welcome, Mrs. Scholten!
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Tips for Assisting Your Student in Remote Learning

Refresh Apps

When apps aren't performing the way they should, your first step is to close the app completely and reopen it. To close an app, swipe the app up. Then swipe up again, to fully close apps that are open.

If closing the app doesn't work, try reinstalling the app from the Manager App.

  1. Tap and hold on the app
  2. Choose delete from the popup menu
  3. Open the Manager app
  4. Find the app you deleted
  5. Tap update/reinstall

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Questions about the Transition to 3/2 Model?

Check out this link to the district's FAQs page. The district also created some informational videos that may answer some of your questions. Here's the link to the seventeen Responsible Return to School videos.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Oct. 1 and 2 - Building Based Professional Learning Day. -No remote instruction for elementary and middle school students.
  • Oct. 5 - Phase 3- Early childhood, elementary and middle school students return in the Family 3/2 Instructional Model
  • Nov. 3rd - Professional Development, no in-person or remote learning for students

  • Nov. 4 - Building Based Professional Learning Day for staff-No in-person or remote learning for students
  • Dec. 14- Jan. 5 - Winter Recess*
  • Jan. 15 - Building Based Professional Learning Day-No in-person or remote learning for students
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