GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

September 13, 2019


Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee, epchaussee@mpsomaha.org

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

SCHOOL REMINDERS


After four weeks of school, we are off to a great start. The 75 new kindergartners have made a fantastic adjustment to being in school all day and eating lunch here and figuring out the two lunch choices available to them now.

Here are a few reminders to consider (I could come up with a few more but these are important):

· Students are tardy if they are not in the room at 8:20

· Please make after-school plans in advance. We prefer students not use the phone to call home to make social arrangements.

· Students can not carry medications to school.

· Please call all the office when your child will be absent or late.

· Please notify the office if phone numbers or addresses change or go online to Infinite Campus to do that.

· You can find current information on our website including calendar dates.

· Parking is not permitted south of the stop sign on 155th near Burt St.

· Children can be dropped off on 155th St. even though it’s not right in front of the school. There are fewer cars there so it is a faster way to drop off. That’s true even in the rain!

· Please follow the directions regarding the Please Pull Forward signs.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hy-Vee Cash for Students

Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

Kindness Retreat Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering for the 4th grade Kindness Retreat lead by Youth Frontiers on Tuesday, October 22, from 8:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Twenty parents and college students are needed to help lead small group discussions with our Abbott students to help them learn skills to stand up to bullying and #BeKind. Bonus: six volunteer hours are available for this event!


Contact Ashley Liston, committee chair mrs.aliston@gmail.com

PTO DINNER AND DANCE

Please click on the link below to get all of the information regarding the upcoming dinner/dance sponsored by the PTO as our kickoff to the Walk-a-thon! Your child will be bringing home a copy of this today as well as an order form for tickets. You don't want to miss this Abbott tradition!

BUZZ BOOK INFORMATION

Please see the link below to access the Buzz Book flyer. This will have instructions for you on how to update and order the Buzz Book. The Buzz Book is a listing of all Abbott families and their contact information. You can also choose to opt out of being included in the Buzz Book.

NATIONAL THANK A POLICE OFFICER DAY

Thank a Police Officer Day, also known as National Tell a Police Officer "Thank You"Day, is observed next on Saturday, September 21st, 2019. It has been observed the third Saturday in September since 2012.

MINI MUSTANG NIGHT

Come join the Mustangs before the Millard South volleyball game. Enjoy pizza with the team, an autograph session, and make a poster with them. To register please CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW and email lgrant@mpsomaha.org with questions.

2/3 FUN NIGHT

The 2nd/3rd grade Fun Night is coming up on September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar to come and spend some time with your child! It will be a FUN NIGHT!!!

VANITY BRICKS

We hope you and your children have had an opportunity to check out Abbott’s remodeled entry space. This cozy and useful sitting area seems to always be in use by students and staff as a small group meeting place. The area is enjoyed both for educational and social gatherings.

If you have not had a chance to see the entry way, please stop by and take a look as you attend the upcoming Walkathon dinner/dance, October PTO meeting, movie night & parent teacher conferences. As you will see in the floor of the entry area, Abbott families and staff have purchased approximately 50 vanity bricks that will remain a part of Grace Abbott for many years to come!!!

The PTO would like to continue to offer your family the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project. Additional orders for personalized bricks are currently being taken. The bricks cost $50 per brick. Your personal message (for example, “The Smith Family”) will be sandblasted into the brick by Greg Huliska of Sandstone Studios Inc. (Please see the attached order form for specific instructions and parameters regarding your personal message.)

Due to the labor involved in replacing the blank bricks with vanity bricks, newly ordered bricks will be laid once the PTO has accumulated approximately 20 orders. In order for your brick to be installed with this fall, please turn in your brick order form in to the office no later than October 21st. Please attach cash or a check made payable to Grace Abbott PTO.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Barry at erinlbarry@hotmail.com.

Thank you!

Grace Abbott PTO

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