OVS Weekly Update

February 1, 2019, Volume 99

Mark Your Calendars!


Kindergarten Roundup--RESCHEDULED

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6th
  • 1:30-2:30pm
  • Kindergarten Roundup -- Bring your soon-to-be kindergartner to engage with Mrs. Rogers and learn about our KG classroom. Please invite those who may be interested in our program!

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Parents)

  • Tuesday, February 26 10:30 and 1:30
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:45
  • Thursday, February 28 10:30 and 1:30

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Learners)

  • Tuesday, February 26 11:30 and 1:00
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:00
  • Thursday, February 28 11:30 and 1:00

Coming in March

  • Re-registration information will be coming during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Stay tuned!

Support our Robotics Team!!!

Mr. Gamble and the Elementary and Middle School Robotics teams will be competing this Saturday, Feb. 2nd at Davis Middle School from 10am-5pm. Wear your OVS gear and cheer our teams on!

Upcoming Meets

Middle School Robitics Meet-

Saturday, February 9th at Beveridge Middle School

Good Luck Teams!!!

Learning Coach Training Survey

How would you like to view LC trainings?

Fill out a 3 question survey to help decide how LC trainings are done this semester when it comes to Instructional Strategies.

Snow Day Clarity

We all love a good snow day! However, it tends to complicate schedules.

If OPS has a snow day, Omaha Virtual School is closed. This means teachers and staff do not report. So, no online lessons, no one to answer the phone, and emails sent that day may not be returned.

If there is a snow day on your learner's assigned day, we do not count that as an absence. It is a lost day. It is NOT required for your learner to make up that day at the center or those hours on campus.

It IS an option for your learner to come on the next session during the week. If you would like to do so, please EMAIL the team of teachers, so they are prepared for your learner.

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Penny Wars for the Polar Plunge

Each year, Mr. Gamble takes part in the Polar Plunge, which is in support of the Special Olympics of Nebraska. This year, we would like to support his fundraiser with money raised by a Penny War!

Bring your bills and coins and to your face-to-face session on the weeks of February 5th-14th.

If you didn't do the Penny War last year, this is how it works:

  • Pennies and bills are positive points, put them in the jar for your class.
  • Silver coins are negative points, so put those in the jar for another class.

All the money collected from the first week will go to Mr. Gamble's Polar Plunge Fundraising. Money collected the second week will go directly to the Special Olympics of Nebraska.

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OVS is hosting a WCA official Cube Competition on March 23rd!! If you can solve a cube, register to join this amazing group of people from around the world! If you can't solve it, come and watch! It's truly INCREDIBLE to see!! We are also looking for volunteers. I will send out more information about volunteering soon!

When: March 23, 8:00-5:30

Where: 60th and L basement

Who: Anybody that wants to watch, compete, volunteer

How: Register using the link below!

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OVS Location Update

As you know, OVS will be moving for the upcoming school year, because the land our current building is on is for a NEW Omaha Public School's high school.

We will be moving our WHOLE program to the Omaha Public Schools' Teacher and Administration Center or the TAC building. At this time, we know that the K-8th grade classrooms will be on the 4th floor. It is the plan that this will be our LAST move. We will share more information as we learn more.

OVS Synergy

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Book Fair

We have a virtual book fair going right now! Get some new books and support our school all in one spot! It's a win-win! Follow the link below!

LC Book Club
We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out

The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Exchange

Jan 29-31st will be the OVS materials exchange in the basement of the K-8 building. Please also bring lightly used OVS Gear you no longer need. Synergy Socials will be taking place in the Learning Lounge during this time as well.

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/26- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

Week in Review:

It was great to be back to our regular face-to-face sessions! We read the book Julius: The Baby of the World to look at character traits and how the character changed over time. We played a couple of games to help with our fact fluency. MAP score reports were sent home in learners' folders. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead:
We will have Art and Coding this week. We will focus on characters inside and out during ready with the book Chrysanthemum. Learners will be sharing how the characters actions, feelings, and thoughts help us as readers to understand the book.

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had another shortened week this week due to the weather. We still got some quality work completed. We will be wrapping up our Important Thing book project next week. I can’t wait to get all the pages together from all sessions.

Looking Ahead:

It’s already the first week of February. We will have Art and Coding next week. There will be limited class time, but we still have a Main Idea activity to try and we will be looking at our MAP scores and making new goals for the Spring.

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

This week we looked at our progress with our MAP scores and set some new goals! I am so proud of their growth, great job learning coaches!

Next Week:

Next week we will have our first Literature Circle for our new book. Please check your email for the schedule for what needs to be read.

Class connects start next week! We will be starting 4th grade at 9:15 and 5th grade at 10:00. Please come to the class connect 5-10 minutes early to get logged in and everything set up.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
What a week! Multiple days off, snow, ice, cold. Oh my! Learners are working hard completing their tasks per the pacing guide. Thank you for all learners who worked diligently on those days I was unavailable due to school closures.

Looking Ahead:
We want to continue riding the momentum we have gained due to the hard work the learners are putting forth in their coursework. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available during PIT on Wednesday (60th & L) 1-3, Friday (online) 10-11, as well as the normal required online sessions.

This month’s resource is a return to a reliable site. Symbolab is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. Learning coaches can use this to verify learner answers and get steps on difficult problems.


Weekly Online Math Sessions:
Remember that all math sessions are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics. It also allows a check-in with the teacher for verification of progress. Learners: come prepared with questions or concerns on lessons or topics of your choice.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

This week in class, 6th grade science students learned about the CoCoRahs program for weather monitoring, 7th grade students will work on an energy diagram using the 3D printer, and 8th grade students will be learning about kinetic and potential energy using a pendulum. Next week we will continue our progress through the same units for the last week on those topics.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Hi Learning Coaches!

This week’s update will be short and sweet, for I know I tend to get wordy…. Imagine that!

If your learner is on pace, they have completed their first module in ELA. There are some learners that have met this goal, and if one of these is yours, give them a huge pat on the back! They have worked hard and managed their time well.

If this is not your learner, you might check in with them to determine where they are in the curriculum and what support they may need. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • reading through a difficult lesson on K12
  • discussing a story or poem with them
  • explaining a grammar concept
  • filling out a graphic organizer
  • proofreading a paper
  • finding an assignment or rubric
  • cheering them on

To finish the module, all students needed to complete the writing assessment as well as parts 1 and 2 of the module exam. Learners are NOT able to move on until they have earned an A or a B on all assessments. Moving on will allow them to be on pace. Being on pace is critical for learning and chances of success!

If you have any questions about ELA or Computer Apps, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

K-5 Face to Face Art is next week (Week of Feb. 4th) and I could not be more excited! Please remember to bring your art portfolios with any completed work to be turned in.

Week of February 11th: 6-8 Face to Face Art

Week of February 18th: Open Art, Sign up here.

If you were unable to attend STEAMFair or didn't get to take a look at the art displays, check out your learner's hard work:

OVS STEAMFair 2019

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