Grace Abbott Elementary

January 14, 2022

Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee,

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn,


New Principal

I’m excited to announce that Meredith Schneider will be the new principal at Grace Abbott starting next school year. Meredith is currently the administrative intern at Ackerman Elementary in Millard. Prior to that she worked in Blair as a teacher and a student support specialist. She is very excited to start working at Abbott. I will be introducing her at a future PTO meeting and to the staff.

Directly from Ms. Schneider:

Hello, Gator Community! I am thrilled to join Grace Abbott next school year. A huge thank you to Dr. Chaussee for my introduction and partnership in my transition. My fiance, Brandon, and I are getting married in Mexico over spring break, and we just bought a new home together not too far from Abbott! So, along with a new role - I’ll have a new last name: Mrs. Buckman! I am currently working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Doane University, and I LOVE to travel - you'll find me soaking up the sun by the water whenever I can! As a leader, I value relationships and am excited to get to know each of you and your children. I am looking forward to learning all about Abbott and joining in on all of the amazing things that it has to offer! See you soon!

Covid Update

As of Friday, we have one staff member with Covid and six students. We are wearing masks. One allowance for students is that they don’t have to wear a mask outside for recess nor on their way to and from lunch and during lunch. Last year we had very strict protocols during lunch and, at this point, want to avoid returning to them. Students sit with their classmates at lunch and we have some extra tables to spread out a little more. They also don’t wear masks during PE and they have mask breaks.

One of the greatest challenges is staffing. We have been short substitutes three days of the last six. So, if you know someone who is interested in subbing, please call the human resources department at MPS at 402 715-8211.

Report Cards Come Home Today


MLK Day - January 17, NO SCHOOL

4th Grade Program - January 27

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PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child.

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

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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 Debby Powell ( or Charlene Hale ( with any questions.


President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate