Buffett Bulletin

November 14th, 2018

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LAST CHANCE - Shirts Available Until November 15th

We are excited to announce that Buffett has partnered up with "I Love Public Schools" to offer a limited-edition Bobcat t-shirt! During the ordering process you may need to provide your delivery address, however, all orders will be delivered to Buffett to avoid families incurring shipping costs. Buffett will notify families of the pick-up process once t-shirts arrive in the building. Feel free to share the link below with anyone!

Ordering made simple:

  • order and pay online
  • pick-up shirts at Buffett
  • order by Nov. 15th-DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Direct Ordering Link: https://bit.ly/2yJ7aAX

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Just Two Days Of School Next Week!

Just a friendly reminder that students only have two days of school next week. Monday and Tuesday are regular school days. Students are on fall break Wednesday through Friday next week.

School resumes on Monday, November 26th (B day).

We are thankful for our Bobcat Family! Enjoy your time with family and friends!

Cold Weather Reminders

When temperatures drop, students often need a little extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy. Please share the following safety information with your students so that they remain warm, safe and healthy!

When traveling to and from school during these winter months, students are encouraged to wear several layers of clothing, including a heavy winter coat. It is a great idea to make sure their head, neck, and hands are covered.

If walking to a cottage during the school day, please take the necessary and appropriate measures to make sure you stay warm. Wearing a hoodie is a great idea for this quick walk to the cottage. When inside the main building, students need to keep their coats, hats, and gloves in their lockers.

If your student needs a coat or any other winter clothing items, please feel free to contact their grade-level counselor for assistance.

"Come In, Then Call Down" Procedure

To protect instructional time, parents are asked to come into the building to check out their child for doctor appointments or other early dismissal reasons. We will only call students out of class when the parent/guardian is present in the front office.

New Door Signs

School safety is paramount to providing an environment for students to learn and staff to teach. In a continual effort to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors, Buffett will be making adjustments to visitors entering our building.

All visitors will be asked to state their name, their student’s name, relationship to student, and the purpose of the visit. Once all information is provided, then visitors will be buzzed into the building to sign in using our Envoy sign-in electronic system by the security podium.

Thank you for supporting Buffett as we work to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all.

STEAM Club Highlight-DaVinci to the Digital Age

As a part of Buffett's STEAM Club, Mrs. McClintock is hosting a "DaVinci to the Digital Age" class. Students learn about Leonardo DaVinci and then used images of flying creatures to create their own flying creature drawings.

The club has met twice and will meet two more times: Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

Spelling Bee Coming Soon!

Sign-ups for the spelling bee will occur during the week of November 26th-30th. Our school-wide spelling bee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th. Students will be emailed an electronic form to enter the contest. Students can pick up study lists in the front office after fall break.

Any questions about the spelling bee can be directed to Mrs. Thompson, G.A.T.E. Facilitator.

Cash For Students Program

Buffett is collecting receipts for the HyVee Cash for Students program to earn money for our school! The receipts from any area HyVee count. The program began September 1st and runs until December 31st.

Do not turn your receipts in at the grocery store. Please send your receipts to Buffett and put them in the HyVee container in the front office.

This is a great program that HyVee sponsors to help the community. Thanks for your participation!

Help Buffett By TAGGing

Help raise money for Buffett's PTO simply by TAGGing purchases at hundreds of local participating businesses! Whenever you’re at a TAGG business, snap a picture of your receipt and choose Alice Buffett Middle School. The business will donate 5% of your purchase at no extra cost to you! To download the app, click here.

Buffett Science & Engineering Fair Coming!

Great News! The Smart Cookie Foundation is once again volunteering to help students with their Science Fair Project! Smart Cookies are a group of high school students who have participated in Science Fairs and competitions at the middle school and high school levels. They are able to meet with sixth graders and any other participating Buffett Science Fair student on November 15, November 29 and December 6th in room C226.

This session starts at 3:05 and ends at 4:15. If students attend homework hideout they can attend with us and then go to Homework Hideout if needed. Students must arrange their own transportation home. Students who ride the bus must sign up at the office for the late bus.

The Buffett Science and Engineering Fair students should have their topic and testable question approved. All applications for the Buffett Science and Engineering Fair are due on November 15, 2018.

Chorus Concert A Big Hit!

If you didn't catch the chorus concert last week, take a peek at this video! Ms. Arvie and her students gave it their all and belted out a modern hit as the concert finale. Check it out!

Omaha Public Schools Text Message Opt-in Campaign

Omaha Public Schools now uses text messaging capabilities through our mass notification system. Text message capability allows OPS to quickly update parents/guardians and staff with emergency notification information, including weather-related cancellations and important reminders.

Before parents/guardians and staff can begin receiving text notifications, they must first opt-in. On Nov. 16, all cell phone numbers in the OPS database, that currently are not signed up to receive texts, will receive a text message to opt-in. Stay connected with OPS and opt-in by replying Yes or Y to 67587. Parents and staff who are already signed up to receive text messages will receive a confirmation text on Nov. 16.

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Important Surveys to Gather Feedback

Parent Voice Survey

Parents, give feedback throughout the year with the Parent Voice survey! Click on the link below to take the survey anytime now through May 22nd!

This survey collects responses on the following:

  1. Principal Appraisal
  2. School Climate
  3. Student Engagement

Parent Technology Survey

For the past three years, Buffett students and staff have taken part in a survey about technology at our school. This year, parent feedback is also requested.

The survey collects data on four main topics related to technology: Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment. This data helps us and the district implement strategies and initiatives related to technology and it's role in the school environment.

Please take some time to have your voice heard through this survey. The survey closes on Nov. 21.

Attendance Incentive from Mr. CK - 20 Bobcat Bucks!

Mr. CK wants students to be in classes each and every block of each and every day. So, he is going to give 16 students 20 Bobcat Bucks in a perfect attendance raffle every week.

How do students win?

  • Have perfect attendance for ONE WEEK (zero tardies AND zero absences)
  • Have your name randomly drawn from the list of students who had perfect attendance for ONE WEEK.

Don't forget...Sixteen students will be randomly selected each week. And, you get a fresh start every single week. All you need is FIVE DAYS without tardies or absences.

Attendance matters at Buffett.


Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award

Recognizing Those Who Make a Difference Everyday

The Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Given to 15 teachers annually, the Award has recognized and rewarded nearly 300 teachers over the past two decades. Any Omaha Public Schools teacher or counselor (Pre-K through 12), with a minimum of two years experience, is eligible for nomination.

Each year we receive nominations from students (current and former), parents, other teachers, administrators, and the general public. Our deserving winners are publicly recognized and awarded with the following:

  • $10,000 gift
  • Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Medallion
  • $500 in McDonald's gift cards

Submit a nomination today! The online form is available now: Nomination Form

CHI and OPS Partner To Honor Teachers!

CHI Health wants nominations of Omaha Public School teachers changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a treat basket for the teacher's lounge and a gift card. CHI will draw winners on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will select winners from three different grade levels across the district.

Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers.

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Technology Tip-What Kids Watch on Youtube and What to Watch Out For

The district's filtering system filters content at both home and school in the same way. If your child is able to access YouTube or social media outlets on their school assigned laptop, there is something wrong.

Please email Ms. Kristi Tolliver (kristina.tolliver@ops.org) if your child is accessing YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media site at home on their school device.

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Important Links

Upcoming Events

Boys V BB vs. Davis @ Buffett

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Vocal Concert 7-8th Grade

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Teacher Inservice - No School for Students

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE