GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

March 4, 2022


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE


All students in Millard K-8 take the MAP test three times a year. Based on the fall, 2021 scores, the organization, NWEA, that manages MAP, uses the data for students in grades 2-10 to predict how students will do on state tests, specifically in Nebraska the NSCAS. The tables below show math and reading in order. NWEA states there is a strong indication the students in the On Track and CCR Benchmark will pass the state test. If accurate, 32.4% of our students will not pass the math test and 33.9% of our students will not pass the reading (ELA) portion of the NSCAS. Of course, we hope this is wrong and we always have a much greater percentage pass. We are working hard toward that goal. Each student in grades 2-5 has an individual MAP growth goal. Previous issues of the Gator Tales show the percentage of students who did meet their winter growth goal, both above 60% for math and reading.



Math (top) and Reading (bottom)

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LUNCH AT ABBOTT

Returning to Lunch…


Parents and guardians,


With Covid numbers dropping schools would appear to be safer and a gradual return to some of what we did prior to Covid such as parents eating lunch at school. Life is unpredictable as we’ve all learned the last two years with Covid so we don’t want to rush this. We will start gradually allowing visitors at lunch on March 14. Initially, only one parent will be allowed per student and only two parents per grade level lunch. The level of interest will dictate what we do after the first two weeks of this.


PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CADAA23A4F94-lunch

OPTION ENROLLMENT

If you are an option enrollment family and you have a new kindergartner coming to Abbott, you must fill out the proper paperwork by March 15, 2022. It can be found on the MPS website. If you have any question, please call the office.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Omaha Tap House, March 24, 5 - 7 p.m.

Spring Break, April 4 - 8

YOUTH ART MONTH

March is Youth Art Month. To celebrate the creativity and hard work of young artists, the Millard Public Schools shows an exhibit of elementary art at the Don Stroh Administration Center throughout the month. Stop in at the lobby to see art from Abbott, Ackerman and

Aldrich. Congratulations to these students from Abbott who have their work on display right now:



Samuel Burton Whitney Clinch Bruce Curtis

Elizabeth Cvejdlik Kelsey Matthes Rylee Smith

Maeve Stevenson Omar Rezac-Elgohary Emmett Goulet

Sydney Pace Brayden Morton Jasmine Stoner

Grayson Fleckenstein Colin Steiner Lilia Ervin

Henry Montes Jagger Nickolite Henry Lercara

Isla Scheuring Kyler Korth Jack Krings

Broden Lemonds Luke Reznicek Sally Al-Soufi

Vivian Satterley Samantha Deboer Sammy Classen

Alyse Bouchard Elle Garrison Madelyn Lovitt

Prahaan Chaturvedi Carter Gilg Gabe Thomsen

Dalton Lemonds Roxy Poyer Luke Arment

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KINDERGARTEN 2022-2023

The online registration for kindergarten and new families to Millard opened on February 10. Do you know someone who will be attending kindergarten at Abbott this fall? If you do, please have them fill out the form on the link below so we can get them some information!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jmknDf-GQqNzqZ5Qj_Wa21GmlJNn3xZnavWjM85Utds/edit

COMMUNITY COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER

Please click on the link below to access the March newsletter from our community counselor, Nancy Cole. Spring is in the air!!!

ORIGINAL WORKS

Right now your child is creating a one of a kind work of art. You will soon have the opportunity to turn everyday items into something special. In a few weeks your child will bring home a list if items along with their art. Please continue to check backpacks.

WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child. It really helps to have the child's name on the bottle.


Also, if your child is wearing a cloth mask, please wash frequently.

SPARK ( Formerly Kids Network)

Don’t Miss Out On This Epic Summer!

Are you looking for full day fun for your student this summer? Spark (formerly Kids Network) is a program provided by the Millard Public Schools Foundation and this summer we have great adventures planned for your child. Weekly registration is available, themed activities and weekly field trips!

New this year – Spark UP is our new summer program designed exclusively for incoming 5th and 6th graders.

Join us for a summer to remember! Don’t delay – we have limited spots available. Register Today! www.mpsfoundation.org

The Millard Public Schools Foundation supports the school district by providing funds to all 35 schools to support strategic initiatives.

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SHOW CHOIR CAMPS

Hey Families,

Do you know a current 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who loves to sing and move? We would love to have them join one (or BOTH) of our Millard Show Choir Camps this summer! There are TWO to choose from!!! (or choose BOTH) One at Beadle Middle and one at Millard North High! These camps are open to ALL current 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (kids who WILL be in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade next school year!) Please check out the attached flier for all information. Then you will email klwhisinnand@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Beadle OR llbrown@mpsomaha.org to register your child for Millard North.

WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP

We are excited to invite our Watch DOGS (Dad of Great Students) back into the building this year! If you would like to volunteer for either a full day, or over our lunch times, please complete the Watch DOG sign up. You can email Charlene Hale (cghale@mpsomaha.org) with any questions.

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MILLARD SCHOOL BOARD 2020

President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate