Marrs Falcon Flyer

May 5, 2021

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Principal's Greeting

Hello Falcon Families,


Happy May! I want to start this newsletter with a big Shout Out and Thank You to the amazing staff we have at Marrs! This is Staff Appreciation Week and I have worked in several schools/districts so I can say, with confidence, we have the best and most dedicated staff at our school. Throughout this most difficult school year they have proven, over and over, how much they love our students and are dedicated to their success. Thank-you for all you have done, and continue to do, to support and lift up our amazing students! You are the best!!


Families, please continue to check emails so you are up to date on how we will need to safely and successfully wrap up the school year as well as prepare for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. In addition, read this newsletter and check our website regularly regarding the most current information relating to summer and fall.


Our 8th grade students will have graduation on May 21st at 1:30 pm. At this time we still cannot have families come into the building but it will be taped so parents can access it at a later date. We are excited to have several students being recognized as Rotary Scholars and three 8th grade students who were recognized for outstanding achievements in dual language and ESL. In addition, two of our students placed 2nd in the African-American History Challenge. It is so exciting to recognize the achievements of our amazing students.


At R.M. Marrs we will continue to follow all the safety protocols we have established. This includes all people wearing masks while on campus, sanitizing measures, limiting transitions, and social distancing as much as possible in the classrooms, hallways, and cafeteria. We also will continue to limit visitors to the school, opting for virtual meetings and conferences. Being outside and getting fresh air is important, so we will continue to go outside every day for about 10 minutes.


Please reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns as we work together for your child’s success in both their academic and social growth. Our counselors, deans, social worker, and administrative team is here to support you and your children.


We are committed to the following for every student:


*A welcoming, safe and supportive environment where each student is known and valued

*High academic growth for every student

*Social emotional learning and character building


Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and community. Again, please review this newsletter to see some of the exciting things we have planned for the rest of this school year and beyond.


~ Ms. Gunderson

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MAP Information

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Health Services

Health Checklist for Students Entering 7th Grade

Please return the following documents to the Health Office when completed:


  • Copy of updated immunization record.
  • Copy of the physical exam.
  • Asthma and Allergy Action Plan (if applicable)
  • Health care provider order(s) for any medication to be given at school (includes over- the-counter), if applicable.
  • Other emergency care plan or procedure plans, such as, provider orders for diabetic care, Seizure Action Plan, g-tube feeding, etc. (if applicable)
  • Note from dental provider with date of last dental exam.


Important Tips/Dates:


  • Please make an appointment for a physical exam for your child/children who will be entering 7th grade after March 1st.
  • Take this checklist with you to the appointment. Ask your child’s health care provider to make a copy of your child’s physical exam, immunization record, any emergency health care plans (as needed for life-threatening conditions), and any order for medications or procedures to be dispensed/done at school.
  • Return all copies of health information to the Health Office prior to the start of the school year OR have your health care provider fax records to school – Attention: School Nurse.
  • The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services requires your child have proof of immunizations and a physical on file at school.
  • A complete dental check-up is strongly encouraged at this time - please ask your child’s dentist to send a brief note stating your child has been seen.


Please visit with the school nurse if assistance with resources is needed.

The health and safety of your child is our top priority!

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Falcon GATE NEWS

We have some exciting GATE news this month. We would like to congratulate our African American History Challenge Team, Mackenzie James and Sierra Thomas on their 2ND Place finish at the competition held on April 17! Our Improv Destination Imagination Team of Sara Wilhem and Hank Shradar placed 3rd in the Regional State competition. A virtual district Quiz Bowl was held on April 27 our Marrs team did an amazing job at the competition placing 2nd.

We are excited to announce the following students who have been selected to be inducted into the Marrs National Junior Honor Society for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Sierra Thomas and McKenzie James represented Marrs at the 21st annual African-American History Challenge.

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Hank and Sara proudly display the trophy they won for Destination Imagination.

Outstanding Art Awards!

Two of our 5th grade students have won awards for their outstanding realistic Audubon Birds! The link to the digital art show is below for those who would like to see some amazing talent!
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Veronica N.

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Yuezamy S.

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Marrs Falcon Families,


We have noticed an increase in the number of broken iPads here at Marrs. As we head toward the end of the year, we want our students to be as successful as they can with their devices.


We need our Falcon families to partner with us to ensure that devices are kept in good working order.


Please encourage students to charge their iPad in a safe place at home. We want to limit breakage from falling on the floor or devices being stepped on.


Please encourage students to keep their device in their backpack when it is not being used.


Many Marrs students have paid insurance for their iPad. However, iPad insurance does not cover if the device is lost or stolen. iPad insurance also does not cover unlimited breakage instances. If insurance has not been paid, then the breakage is not covered.


If the iPad has been broken, an immediate replacement is not going to be available. iPads have to be set up for each individual student. The office will contact the family when the iPad is ready.


Thanks so much for your attention to this matter. We look forward to a strong finish to our school year!

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Marrs Virtual Bookfair!

If you find yourself feeling deprived of a book fair, never fear . . . we're going virtual! Use the QR code above to check out all the great deals Scholastic has to offer if you're needing a fix of great reading material!


All items are purchased directly from Scholastic and sent to your homes. Orders greater than $25 receive free shipping.


Have fun shopping and supporting a great cause . . . Literacy!

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Contacting your Counselor

No matter if you are learning in-person or remote, counselors are here to help students and families. If you want to talk to your counselor, please reach out. There are several easy ways to contact the counselors; you can call, email, or fill out the electronic request (link below).


5th grade Jeff Ruzicka 531-299-8782 jeffrey.ruzicka@ops.org electronic request


6th grade Cean Ingram 531-299-8827 elizabeth.ingram@ops.org electronic request


7th grade Tara Vaughn 531-299-7480 tara.vaughn@ops.org electronic request


8th grade Karen Konopik-Bishop 531-299-8320 karen.konopikbishop@ops.org


Social Worker Meredith Wipf 531-299-8862 meredith.wipf@ops.org electronic request

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