GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

November 22, 2019


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Parental Involvement…

One of the best actions a parent can take is to get involved in their child’s education. That can take many forms and look many different ways. As a principal, I I rely on research to direct much of what we do at Abbott. I could site many examples of research and ways to get involved. There is research that shows that parental involvement in their child’s education is the #1 factor in their child’s success at school.

One way to become involved is through the PTO. When I started at Abbott we had a very strong and active PTO. Through fundraising and good management, the PTO provided Abbott with much of what we have today as far as the building and grounds. Most all of the playground equipment was paid from PTO funds. Our library is beautiful thanks to over $40,000 from the PTO over a four year period. The PTO has paid for many of the ceiling-mounted projectors in the classrooms.

However, over the last few years there has been a reduction in the number of people attending our PTO meetings. Attending a PTO meeting will not suddenly make your child smarter, run faster, and have more friends. But, our PTO is one big reason why Abbott is such a successful school and we continue to attract many families outside our attendance area. So, take some time to volunteer at your child’s school by becoming involved in the PTO. There’s no fee to join!

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Construction Update:


It appears the construction crews are going to move the crosswalk back to the north side of the 156th & Burt/Cuming intersection next week or early the week after Thanksgiving.


There is a need to construct a temporary transition for both cars and pedestrians until traffic is shifted to the new lanes. The change to the new traffic lanes is expected near the end of December.

NO SUCCESS CENTER

There will be no Success Center after school on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 & 26.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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FLEECE BLANKET PROJECT

Please note that we are changing up this project a little bit. We are going to make baby blankets!! They will be so cute!!
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SAVE THE DATE - SNOWFLAKE BREAKFAST

The Snowflake Breakfast will be held on January 18, 2020! Please mark your calendars! See the link below for more information. Your child will be bringing home a copy today!

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. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to cash4abbott@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

IB PROGRAM

Elementary Parents and Guardians,


Millard Public Schools prides itself on being a district of choice, providing a variety of opportunities and specialized programs that allow parents and guardians to choose the best path for their students. One of these programs is the highly-acclaimed International Baccalaureate Programme, currently offered at Aldrich Elementary School, Black Elk Elementary School, Millard North Middle School, and Millard North High School.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a method of instruction focused on inquiry, the development of critical thinking skills, reflection, and the application of knowledge. IB encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for college and life beyond school.


As you begin to think about your student's transition to middle school, we would like to invite you to Millard North Middle School's International Baccalaureate -Middle Years Programme Parent Information Night. The annual information night is Thursday, January 16th from 7-8 pm at Millard North Middle School. Please join us to find out more about the IB Programme and Millard North Middle. For more information about IB information night, click here.

FOOD TRUCKS NEEDED

Parents... Do you have a connection to a food truck owner? The PTO is looking for a few food trucks to partner with us for carnival this year. Please e-mail Kristy at sunshinekristy@hotmail.com with any information.

MENU CHANGE

There will be a menu change on Tuesday, November 26. We will be having an all-school homemade pizza party!! The choices will be cheese, pepperoni or hamburger pizza!

NEW LIBRARY OPTION

Millard Public School is pleased to announce that students and staff can use the MPS wireless network while at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library. We are excited to provide this service to better serve our students, staff, and community!


Enclosed is a one-page information sheet that hopefully will explain this service and answer your questions:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j9UZiuwdPAlqTsppbNCGynYtpfK-YpDeJUgfDIOGe-w/edit?usp=sharing

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