Buffett Bulletin Special Edition

March 6, 2019

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Snow Day Causes Activities to Reschedule

  • RESCHEDULED - Metro Science Fair - Friday, March 8th at Henry Doorly Zoo
  • RESCHEDULED - 8th Grade Boys Swimming - Friday, March 8th at Burke HS
  • POSTPONED - Winter Play, The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West - Tuesday, March 26th

Spring Break Next Week!

Spring may NOT be in the air, but OPS is on Spring Break all next week! Enjoy some rest and relaxation Bobcats! Classes resume on Monday, March 18th.

Upcoming State Assessments

NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) testing will begin the week of March 25 and run through April 19. Each content area will be assessed in different weeks to ensure students are only testing for one block each day.

  • Grades 5 and 8 will test in science the week of March 25.
  • The math assessment will be given the week of April 1.
  • No assessment will be given the week of April 8.
  • The ELA assessment will be given the week of April 15.
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NO Cell Phone Policy During Assessments

In an effort to reduce distractions and to ensure we are in compliance with Nebraska State Testing Procedures and Protocol, students will not be allowed to have their cell phones with them in a class when the NSCAS assessment is being administered. This will include any type of smart watch.

During NSCAS testing, your child will be asked to leave their cell phone in their locker during a class where testing is taking place. If the cell phone is not left in their locker or can’t be left in their locker, they can turn it in to the teacher for safe keeping for the duration of the class. Students are always welcome to leave their phone at home if neither option is acceptable.

There will be no exceptions for this procedure as the risk for a security breach due to phone usage during the test, even if a student reports they were texting a parent, is too high. Thank you for your support with this expectation.

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Summer School Registration

Summer school at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School is an opportunity for your student to improve their academic growth in reading, writing, language arts, and math. During the month of June, students can benefit from smaller class sizes and lessons that focus on hands-on learning.

The program consists of a 4-week session (20 instructional days) from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM daily from Monday June 3rd to Friday, June 28th. Click on the link below to register your child for summer school.

If you have any questions email Amye Aggen (Summer School Principal) at amye.aggen@ops.org.

Bobcat Camp

For your future planning, Bobcat Camp will be held June 3-7. More information will be sent after Spring Break to families that have a new to Buffett student for the 2019-20 school year.
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Calling Awesome Bobcat Parents!

Consider being a part of the districts most fun, active, and effective parent organization next year! As we plan for next year, we are looking for parents to fill the following PTO board positions.

President - organizes the fun and support; leads meetings.

Vice President - helps with memberships.

Secretary - keeps minutes at meetings.

Fundraising Chair - could be co-chairs!

If you enjoy the outstanding and exemplary support that PTO provides to your students and Buffett teachers, let CK know right away. We want you!

Next PTO meeting is Tuesday, March 26th at 3:15! Hope to see you then!

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NEW! STEAM Club Opportunities

Check out the new STEAM Club activity dealing with generating wind power!! There are also a few spots available in the Coding and Minecraft Storytelling activities. Please use the link to sign up for the ones that interest you.
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Fine Lines Writing Camp

2019 Summer Camp for Creative Writers

Grades 4-12, College, and Adult

Write On!

Dream… Believe…Imagine... Explore…

Create…Soar... Laugh…Think…ShareJoin us!

This is our 20th year of creating Fine Lines writing summer camps for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word. We have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems, stories, essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed.

Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School

1616 S 120th St, Omaha, NE 68144

When: June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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TAGG (Together A Greater Good)

Help raise money for Buffett's PTO by TAGGing purchases at local participating businesses! To download the app, click here.

TAGG's mobile app revolutionizes the way you can support local organizations. When you use the app at participating businesses, they will donate 5% to your favorite non-profit, school, team or other organization of choice! Through social media integration, you can influence your friends and family to take part in the social good as well. Download the app, and start TAGGING!

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City Champs! Congratulations to our Bobcat Basketball team on earning the 2019 City Championship. These girls worked diligently toward their goal and brought home the trophy, defeating Davis 33-32. Girls basketball is coached by Mr. Lucas Lueders and Ms. Katie Kimball.
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Wrestling season has come to an end. Malakai B., Mike U., and Thomas R. all placed second in their weight classes. All wrestled very well, worked hard all year, and improved from day one. Coaches Tingelhoff and Coulter are proud of how these young men showed great sportsmanship at the city tournament, representing our school well.

Indoor Soccer

The Buffett Boys Futsal team made it to the championship round in the Indoor #CrownTheKings Soccer League last Saturday. Since January 12, the boys have played on Saturday mornings against various teams from King Science Magnet Middle School. They finished the regular "season" as the second ranked team and ended the season as runner-up in the championship game. Players were: Udirna P., Isai H., Malcom L., Eveer H., Mason L., Ebrahim A., Wyatt U., Liam U., and Raiko M.
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Buffett Bravo

Buffett Bravo ended their season with a 2nd place finish at the Viking Cup on Saturday, March 2nd. Buffett Bravo is our 7th and 8th grade chorus performance group and is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Craven. Awesome job to these talented performers!
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Chorus Concert

Music filled the air Thursday, February 28th, in the cafeteria. Fifth and sixth graders performed their last combined concert of the year. They dazzled the crowd with a combination of Disney show stoppers and selections from the All-City Music Festival.
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Art Show

Art students participated in the annual Bancroft Art Show on Friday, March 1st. Each OPS school selects student artwork to be featured in the show. The art show also features a sale of items made from the artwork, such as notecards, prints and buttons.

National Junior Honor Society

Buffett's chapter of National Junior Honor Society celebrated Read Across America last week by collecting books to donate to Jefferson Elementary students. NJHS members went to the school on Friday, March 1st, to deliver the books and read with the younger students.
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Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team for winning 5 out of 6 matches at their recent competition at Brownell Talbot. The Quiz Bowl team has had a busy season and is preparing for the Quiz Bowl Finals at University of Nebraska at Omaha on Wednesday, March 27th.
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Destination Imagination

Three Destination Imagination teams represented Buffett at the Lewis & Clark Regional competition on Saturday, March 2nd, at Blair High School. All three of our teams will advance to the state competition in Kearney on Saturday, April 6th. Way to go to The LEFT Siblings (technical challenge), Ar-Can-Zis (medical mystery) and Curtain Rising (improv)!

Geography Bee

Congratulations to Jacob L. (left) on qualifying for the State Geography Bee to be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Friday, March 29th. Pictured with Jacob are our other school finalists, Tyler P. and Elizabeth E.
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Students of Distinction

Congratulations to our February Students of Distinction!

5th Grade: Nolan A. (5A), Mya L. (5A), Avery S. (5B), Jason P. (5B), Ciarra H. (ACP)

6th Grade: Martin M. (6A), Nyomi F. (6A), Luke S. (6B), Grace V. (6B)

7th Grade: Maya S. (7A), Benjamin H. (7A), Kevin D. (7B), Carli G. (7B)

8th Grade: Monica M. (8A), A.J. S. (8A), Hanna S. (8B), Jaylynn L. (8B)

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Important Links

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Upcoming Events

RESCHEDULED - Metro Science Fair

Friday, March 8th, 8am

3701 South 10th Street

Omaha, NE

RESCHEDULED - 8th Boys Swimming Finals

Thursday, March 7th, 3:30pm

12200 Burke Street

Omaha, NE

POSTPONED - The Wizard Of Oz In The Wild West

Tuesday, March 26th, 7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Spring Casual Photos

Friday, March 8th, 7:45am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

ACP Prom

Friday, March 8th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 8th, 3:15pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Spring Break!

Monday, March 11th, 7:30am to Friday, March 15th, 3:15pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE