Gomez Heritage Newsletter

Week of November 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Parent-Teacher Conferences were a great success. If you were not able to attend your student's conference, please call the office and/or email your student's teacher to schedule a day and time to meet. All meetings are being held via Microsoft TEAMS.

Although it looked much different than previous years, everyone had a nice time during the Fall Harvest Celebration. Several pictures are included below. Your understanding regarding our safety measures was appreciated.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help support you.


Gomez Heritage Staff

November Calendar

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Fall Harvest Celebration Pictures

Spirit Wear Order

  • Spirit wear is being sold through Lawlor's

  • Order Form - An order form was sent home with a student from each family. Call 531-299-1520 if you would like another order form

  • Deadline to Order Online: November 11 at 12:00 a.m.

  • Orders will be ready in about two weeks and can be picked up at Gomez Heritage

MAP Testing

  • When: October 14 - November 20

  • Who: Only Kindergarten - 4th grade students participating in the Family 3/2 Model

  • Why: MAP Growth provides teachers with evidence to help inform instruction for each student

Terrific Timberwolf

  • Students can earn a Terrific Timberwolf note from a staff member by being...

- Safe

- Respectful

- Responsible

Free Books

Thank you to Connie Niemi, Educational Facilitator (PK-3rd grade) with the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, for getting books donated to Gomez Heritage. The books are coming from a nonprofit called Bess the Book Bus.

All students will receive one or more new books to take home.

Donated Books

Student Email Reminder

Thank you for reviewing the following email expectations with your student(s):

  1. Use school email for school purposes only
  2. Do not share passwords or personal information through email
  3. When someone clicks on "Reply All" the email will be sent to everyone who was originally emailed
  4. Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable through email or online

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Thanksgiving Food

Agency: Heartland Hope Mission

November 17th - 25th. No preregistration. Thanksgiving food will be distributed during normal pantry hours. Families may choose either a turkey or ham.

Food pantries are available during the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (November 17 and 24)
  • Thursdays 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (November 19)
  • Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (November 21)

Pantry Hours and Locations:

  • South Omaha Pantry Hours 2021 U Street
  • Millard Pantry Hours 5321 S. 139th Plaza
  • Saturday November 14th - 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. **Regular pantry**
  • Saturday, November 21st - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. **Thanksgiving pantry**

What to bring to receive a Thanksgiving pantry:

  • Head of Household ID
  • Birthdates for everyone in the household
  • Pen

Turkey 'N Fixins

Agency: Open Door Mission

Empowers individuals and families in need with the ingredients to cook a Thanksgiving meal in their own home.

  • Registration: November 1st - 25th
  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Locations: Elkhorn Family Outreach/Donation Center Timberlake Outreach Center Council Bluffs Family Outreach/Donation Center

What to bring:

  • Must bring Photo ID for adult registering and proof of current residency
  • One registration per household (address); only adults can register
  • Only one (1) turkey per household/box
  • Applicants must bring boxes or bags for their items

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Agency: Bellevue Christian Center

Bellevue Christian Center: (402) 291-0616

1400 Harvell Drive -- Bellevue, NE

  • Fees: None
  • Intake: No reservations needed
  • Eligibility: No restrictions
  • Drive thru meals pick up on November 21st at Open Door Mission

Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Agency: Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church

  • Giveaway will be a drive-thru operation due to Covid-19 this year

  • Drive-thru Thanksgiving Meal Bag Giveaway, Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 a.m. until supplies run out (300 available)

  • One Meal Bag per household recipient MUST be present

  • Bring Photo ID and Proof of Residence (example: utility bill)

  • Located next to Central Middle School. Go to 120th and L, turn right at Famous Dave's (Anne St). Head west, turn left at the church

Salvation Army: Our Christmas Assistance Programs

Sign-up for Christmas assistance is OPEN NOW.



If you are unable to register online, please call the phone number that corresponds with your zip code. To be eligible for assistance, the following requirements must be met:

• Photo ID

• Must meet Health & Human Services poverty guidelines (proof of income needed)

• Social Security cards/birth certificates or another official document for every person

• Address verification (dated within 30 days)

The delivery and pick-up of all Christmas assistance-related items will be contactless, drive-thru-style.

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Toys for TOTS (Request Toys)

To Request Toys for your Family: Register with one of the non-profit agencies listed below or call 2-1-1 to be directed to the closest non-profit in your area.

Organization: Charles Drew Health Center

Organization: Kids Can Community Center

Organization: KVC Nebraska

Organization: M.O.R.E.(Minority Outreach Resource Education

  • Website: Morehelpforfamilies
  • Address: 1942 S. 42nd St. Suite 205
  • Phone: 402-214-7307 pd2leeky@yahoo.com

Organization: Omaha Foster Care Children's Square

Organization: Omaha Housing Authority

Organization: Saint Francis Ministries

Christmas in South O

Agency: Heartland Hope Mission

  • Provides 2 to 3 toys for children ages 0-17.
  • To be eligible for registration, a form of ID for every child and photo ID for parent or legal guardian is required.
  • IDs accepted: Social security card preferred, birth certificates, passports, Medicaid or insurance cards, school ID cards, or state issued ID.
  • Parent or legal guardian must be present to register children to receive gifts.

Registration: November 5th - November 24th

Toys will be distributed December 17th, 19th, and 22nd

To attend, families must be pre-registered and provide the ticket that was given at the time of registration.

Project Santa's Drive-Thru Christmas (Toy and Joy Shop)

Agency: Open Door Mission

Main Open Door Mission: (402) 422-1111 / 2107 East Locust St.

  • Empowers low income parents to have gifts for their children (ages 0-12) under the tree on Christmas morning from themselves or Santa

  • Drive-Thru event providing 1-2 toys for each child (books, diapers, coloring books and a Holiday food box). This program serves children ages birth to 12


  • Registration will be during Holiday Hours in the months of November and December
  • Tuesday - Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • An adult must bring photo ID, proof of current address, and SS card and birth certificate for each child being registered
  • Only one adult per household needs to be present
  • Children can only be registered for Project Santa once
  • No childcare provided
  • Applicants will choose a date and time for the Drive-Thru distribution

Timberlake Outreach Center: (402) 829-1510

Catholic Charities: The holiday assistance is available as part of Operation Others in Douglas and nearby counties. Based on donations, toys, games, winter attire, food baskets, and other help is offered at Christmas. Call the church at (402) 829-9236.

Pictures of School Safety Measures

Kindergarten - 4th grade

Grab and Go Breakfast students select a hot or cold breakfast and take it to their classroom.

  • Arrival: Students will choose a line to wait in based on the breakfast they want to eat (hot breakfast or cold breakfast). To help keep social distancing, students will stand on a "paw."

  • The doors for breakfast will open at 8:35.

***See the pictures below***

School/Classroom Wish List

If you would like to donate items to Gomez Heritage, the following are suggested items:

  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes

Please drop off any donated items at Gomez Heritage. This will give us an opportunity to sanitize each item. Thanks!

Completely KIDS Information

  • Immediate openings are available for students in the Yellow Group.

  • Hours - 4:05-5:30
  • Contact: Ms. Pitt (531-299-1520)
  • For more information: Completely KIDS

Kids Club

Gomez Heritage's Mission & Vision

  • Mission: To support student achievement in a safe, caring environment by building a collaborative environment that facilitates effective and cohesive instruction with equity and fidelity.

  • Vision: To empower a community of students to be goal-setters, equipping them with skills to meet academic and social successes.
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Pictures from Around the Building