Gateway Weekly Newsletter Week 31

Monday, Apr. 11th thru Friday, Apr. 15th

Upcoming Events This Week

Mon., Apr. 11th
  • Cycle Day 6
  • 4th Quarter Progress Report Window Opens

Tues., Apr. 12th

  • Cycle Day 7

Wed., Apr. 13th

  • Cycle Day 8

Thurs., Apr. 14th

  • Cycle Day 9
  • 4th Quarter Progress Report Window Closes
  • 4th Grade Music Program, 9:10-9:40
  • 3rd Grade Music Program, 3:10-3:40


Fri., Apr. 15th

  • No School, Teacher Work Day

Tip for a Positive Week!!

You will never rise above the level of your belief! What you believe determines what you create. Believe bigger today.

- Jon Gordon | @jongordon11
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30 Ways to Say Yay!

Gateway Instructional Facilitator, Riley Haug is our 30 Ways to Say Yay Winner this week!! Here's what the nominee said about this week's honoree.


"Riley always goes above and beyond to support the staff and students of Gateway in any way she can." "And, she does so with a smile and a positive attitude."

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Survey

Omaha Public Schools conducts annual performance appraisal evaluations of Principals/Program Directors along with perceptions of the learning environment in each building.


The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and should be completed during the survey timelines defined below.


Staff

  • Survey Dates: April 12-April 29
  • How to access: An anonymous survey link will be emailed directly to staff. Please take the survey before the window closes.


Students

  • Survey Dates: April 12—[until sufficient responses have been collected]
  • How to access: Survey links will be sent to students OPS email accounts in grades 5th and 6th. They will be required to enter their student number in order to access the survey.
  • Notes: School counselors will be asked to help with this process.


Parents

  • Survey Dates: Reminder on April 12
  • How to access: www.TinyURL.com/OPSParentVoice
  • Notes: Parents now give feedback throughout the year with the Parent Voice survey.

Cafeteria

Second and third grade students will begin eating in the cafeteria Monday, April 11th! A schedule with recess/lunch times, table assignments and recess/lunch monitors is listed below.


Fifth and sixth grade students will begin eating in the cafeteria next week!

Playground Injuries

For the past 2 years we have significantly reduced the number of serious playground injuries at Gateway. The assigned zones have been a big factor in this sharp decline. Please do your best to actively supervise students while in their assigned playground zone these final 7 weeks of the school year.


Thanks in advance for doing all that you can to keep our students safe!!

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Outside Recess

Beginning Monday, Apr. 11th all classes will be assigned outside recess during their recess/lunch block. Please follow the schedule listed below. Recess/lunch monitors should meet their assigned class at the recess zone listed.


If inside recess must be held due to inclement weather or playground conditions an announcement will be made towards the start of the school day.


If you have questions, please let Molly or me know.

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Dismissal

To help alleviate congestion in the hallway, at dismissal, we would like all 4th-6th grade teachers to follow the plan listed below. Please follow the times and locations where students wait for their dismissal plan. This new plan will go into effect on April 11th.


  • All 4th-6th grade bus students will line up in the hallway, at 3:52pm. All other students will wait in their classrooms. Terry, Riley, and Molly will watch the three classrooms whose teacher takes the grade level bus kids to the bus. We will wait with those students until the bus teacher returns to their classroom.

  • 3:55pm 6th grade bus students start walking to their bus. 5th grade bus students will follow 6th grade and 4th grade bus students will follow 5th grade.
  • 4:00pm 4th grade walkers start walking outside for dismissal
  • 4:03pm 5th grade walkers start walking outside for dismissal
  • 4:05pm 6th grade walkers start walking outside for dismissal
  • 4:05pm Admin will take 6th grade walkers (with no siblings) out the front door.
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Spring Fundraiser

To help our depleted student support account we are planning to have a spring fundraiser. A kickoff date is set for Wed., Apr. 20th. More specific information will be coming out in the near future.
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Mandatory Reporting Procedures

As a reminder, all OPS employees are mandatory reporters. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, follow the steps listed below.


  1. Immediately make a report to Child Protective Services at 1-800-652-1999
  2. Notify the school principal as soon as CPS has been notified

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Cafeteria, Top 10 Procedures & Routines

  1. Enter the cafeteria in ABC/Lunch Line order
  2. Maintain inside voice level while in the cafeteria
  3. Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself
  4. Take only 1 silverware packet and 1 milk
  5. Remain seated at your assigned table
  6. Keep your feet under the table---6 students per side
  7. Raise your hand if have a question or need something from your lunch supervisor
  8. Eat only your food
  9. Wait for your classroom teacher to signal that it's time to line up
  10. Take all personal belongings with you when leaving
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Teacher Resignation Deadline

Gateway Certificated Staff,

If you are resigning and will not be working in OPS next school year you need to notify Human Resources by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2022. This is a one-year adjustment in the resignation date published in District Policy. Please note that if you resign after this date, you would be considered under contract and your resignation will not be accepted unless the district is able to find a suitable replacement.

Engagement Strategy---Timed Pair Share


Want a chance to win $25 cash????


1) Simply let us know how you are using our monthly engagement strategy--Timed Pair Share in your classroom by stapling a square (located next to our bulletin board) in the correct subject area. Make sure to include your name on the square.


2) On Wed., April 27th we will randomly select one winner to receive a $25 cash!!!


Also, let us know if there is a good time for us to stop by your classroom to take a picture of students using Timed Pair Share. We would love to post some pics in the newsletter!


Thanks!!!

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Humana Employee Assistance Program

Humana EAP

24 Hour Telephone Number
1-866-440-6556 (TTY: 711)

EAP and Work-Life are provided for all eligible employees and household members. Personal information remains confidential according to applicable state and federal laws.

We're here to help with your personal, work-related, and emotional concerns.

Humana.com/eap

username: OPS

password: eap

Access is easy! 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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