Jackson Newsletter

April

Dear Jackson Families,

Spring is here. Please remind your student to do their best each day, make positive choices, be kind, include others, and be their best self. We hope you and your family spend time outside together and enjoy the sunshine. April is also the time our students begin standardized assessments for the state and district.


Our 3-6 grade students will continue their state tests. NSCAS in math is scheduled for the week of April 4th. Fifth grade will also take NSCAS Science the week of April 11.


All students in grades K-6 will take the district MAP test. Students will take the English Language Arts and Math test. These scores will be used to determine if your child made their growth goals. We will compare the spring MAP sessions to the fall and winter. Please encourage your child to do their very best. Be sure they are on-time to school with a fully charged iPad and their charger. Students do better when they are well-rested and have nutritious breakfast. Your words of encouragement will help your students focus and do their best.


As we are preparing for next year. We are accepting donations of dry erase markers, disinfecting wipes, pencil pouches, and Amazon gift cards.


Health and safety is still our focus. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. Face coverings are now optional in OPS buildings. Please communicate with classroom teachers if they should encourage your child to continue to wear their face covering in school.


Be sure your student dresses for the weather. We go outside for recess everyday unless there is precipitation, high winds, or feels like 20 degrees or colder.


Please remember to follow our dismissal procedures. Do not pull into the bus-only area if the cones are reserving the south part of the bus lane.


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


Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision. Breakfast doors do not open until 8:35 am.


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.


Sincerely,

Suzanne Hagen

Principal

suzanne.prenger-hagen@ops.org

Important Dates

April

  • 1 - No School
  • 15 - No School
  • 18 - No School
  • 22 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 28 - Jackson Family Night, 6 pm; el dia de niƱo


May

  • 2- 6 Staff Appreciation Week
  • 4 - National Teacher Day
  • 18 - Field Day
  • 20 - All Library Materials Due; No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 27 - Last Day of School; 6th grade Send-Off

Items to Bring to School

  • 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, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Health and Safety

As of Feb. 25, 2022, face coverings are optional when inside our school. Any student, staff member or visitor is welcome to continue wearing a face covering inside our school. We care deeply about our students, staff and families.


Health and safety remain our priority, with many layers of precautions in place:

  • We recommend a COVID-19 vaccine and booster for all eligible individuals (upcoming clinic information is available here)
  • Enhanced disinfecting procedures
  • Making sure people who feel ill stay home
  • Continued isolation guidelines following a COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Communication with our school when someone was COVID-positive while on campus

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Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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OPS Digital Resources - Jackson Homework - 20 minutes a night

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and also needs to be continued at home.


K: iRead and Zearn (Students who read, also use Amira)

1-2: Amira Reading Tutor (6 stories a week total), iRead, and Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week)

3: Amira Reading Tutor (5 stories a week total), iRead or Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week) and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

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Message from the PTO

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:

https://omaha.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=9889


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building. Please contact Mrs. Hagen to let us know what level of volunteering you are requesting.

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 (531-299-9822). 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 (531-299-0307).