Buffett Bulletin

January 27, 2021

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Meet Remi and Officer Dickey

Have you ever wondered about K-9 police? Have you wanted to see a police dog? You are in luck! OPS works with the Omaha Police Department to let us work with Officer Dickey and his police dog, Remi.

Remi joined Officer Dickey when she was only 20 months old and now she is 5 and 1/2. She came to him without any training, even obedience training! Through all of their work and training together, Remi is now a specialize K-9 dog with the Omaha Police Department. She is specially trained to sniff out illegal substances such as Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana. Remi lives at home with Officer Dickey, his wife, and his two children ages 5 and 6 years old. His kids love Remi. In fact, they treat her like a family pet. She works at all OPS schools as well as one school outside of the district. Remi will continue to work until she is 8-10 years old, depending on her health. After that, she will retire from OPD and remain with the Dickeys. Officer Dickey said he would then start over with a new puppy.

Feel free to say hi, from a distance, to Remi when she is at Buffett! She is working when she is at school, so we do not want to confuse her by treating her like a pet. Officer Dickey is very approachable. Stop and ask him questions!

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January Students of Distinction!

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Return to 5-Day In-Person Learning in February

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Want to Change from Remote to In-Person or Vice Versa?

  • Buffett parent/guardians may request a change from in-person to remote or vice versa. To request a change, email Deidre.Schukei@ops.org or Darci.Watkins@ops.org with a written request as soon as possible. Please include your Bobcat’s name in the request.
  • If a student is currently an in-person 3:2 student, they will remain in-person starting Tuesday, February 2nd.
  • If a student is currently a 100% remote student, they will remain 100% remote starting Tuesday, February 2nd.
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iPads and Your Return to In-Person Learning

Charging your iPad nightly is the best thing you can do to ensure your success at school. Rooms are equipped with power strips, but they tend to fill up quickly. Do yourself a favor and charge regularly and always have your OPS charger with you.

Also, please remember to always carry your iPad in your backpack or school issued bag.

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Upcoming PTO Meeting

There is a virtual PTO meeting on February 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM. Here's the Zoom join link.
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Mark Your Calendars!

Remote Learning Conferences are Feb. 24-25. These conferences will be held via Teams much like they were in the fall. Please be on the lookout for sign-ups links that will be emailed on Feb. 11.
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Review of School Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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 at 7:25 a.m. if they are not having Grab and Go breakfast.
  • See breakfast information below.

Grab and Go 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.


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 or in a classroom. Students will have plexiglass protection depending on where they are assigned to eat or they will sit facing one direction. Lunch assignments will be announced by their lunch block teachers. It is important to put back on their masks as soon as they are finished eating.

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)
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Scholastic Picture Retakes RESCHEDULED

Buffett is offering picture retakes for students that missed the original date or who would like to try again!

The new date for the retake is February 11th. Here's a link from Tracy Wernsman that was emailed to sign up for retakes or make-ups, if you would like.

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Skills Development

We are excited to announce that there will be girls' basketball skills development and boys' athletic conditioning opportunities beginning January 25-March 5 this year.

This will be a great opportunity for you to warm up some of your muscles and your sports thinking! Moreover, we are looking forward to spring sports of track and field and soccer to begin fourth quarter. Information on fourth quarter sports will be coming soon.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in taking part in girls' basketball skills development or boys' athletic conditioning, stop by the main office beginning today, Tuesday, January 19th to pick up the necessary forms. Additionally, we are hoping to have these forms available electronically sooner rather than later. When the forms are available electronically, we will get them to you via email.

THIRD QUARTER ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES SCHEDULE from 3:15-4:40 pm the following days:
Mondays: Boys' athletic conditioning for A-K cohort

Tuesdays: Girls' Basketball skills development for A-K cohort

Thursdays: Boys athletic conditioning for L-Z cohort

Friday: Girls' basketball skills development for L-Z cohort

Thank you for your interest in getting more involved with Buffett Athletics; we love working with you!

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20-21 Yearbook Orders Deadlines!

Our yearbook deadlines are swiftly approaching. Here is a quick reminder of our upcoming deadlines:

  • February 1st: Last day to purchase student ads.
  • January 31st: Last day for yearbook pre-order. (We normally have extra copies at the end of the year, but it is safest to pre-order.


  • Yearbook Price: $40
  • Yearbook Ads: Price varies. (See the Walsworth link below to purchase).

Important: We have opened up yearbook ads for all grade levels (not just 8th grade) because of the crazy school year. Please consider purchasing a yearbook ad to commemorate your students' year of remote learning.

Please purchase yearbook and/or ads online at: https://yearbookforever.com/schools/alice_buffett_magnet_middle_school_buy_yearbook_424/

We will be previewing parts of the yearbook in the next few weeks. Follow us on Twitter at @YearbookBuffett for previews and requests for photos.

Photos can be uploaded to our server with the Yearbook Snap app. Find our school and use the password yearbook2021 so we can have more photos of our remote Bobcats. 🙂

If you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. Mallett Smith at Jennifer.MallettSmith@ops.org

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Upcoming Events

No School

Monday, Feb. 1st, 7am-4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Picture Retakes

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 12:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Presidents' Day: No School

Monday, Feb. 15th, 7am-4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Remote Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 4pm to Thursday, Feb. 25th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Spring Break: No School

Monday, March 8th, 7am to Friday, March 12th, 4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Professional Development Day: No School

Friday, April 2nd, 7am-4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE