GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

August 20, 2021


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Could it Happen Here…


As I’ve been reading the news this week all of us are aware of what’s happening in Afghanistan. Could that happen in Omaha? Probably not. Also, the terrible earthquake in Haiti. Could that happen here? Extremely unlikely. And, now this week the classroom quarantine at Montclair, a Millard school. And, I ask myself, could that happen at Abbott? Yes. Four cases in one classroom! I hope it doesn’t happen here as all the students in the room will be home and their return is dependent on testing, quarantining, etc.


Parents, please monitor your child for symptoms as with any disease; it’s better to be preventative than reactive. If your child tests positive please call the school and Douglas County Health Department at 402 444-7214. A positive student can not test to reduce their 10 day isolation period.


Click HERE for the flowchart of a response to a positive case and HERE for the plan for exclusion and re-admittance of ill students and staff in schools.

MR. K

Mr. Knoepfler has resigned his position of traffic/crossing guard duty after 18 years due to an increased number of hours at his other job. We certainly miss him. If anyone is interested in the position, it pays $1500 per semester from the PTO. The hours are 8:00-8:20 AM and 3:10-3:30 PM Monday through Friday. It can be rewarding especially in terms of greeting students and parents and more importantly, keeping kids safe. Please call Dr. Chaussee if interested at 402 715-2902.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Breakfasts and lunches are free this year. There is a cost for extra milk or milk for cold lunches.



~Breakfast is served at 7:55 a.m. Students should come through the front door if they want to get breakfast.

~If your child orders a hot lunch, it does come with a milk. If they bring lunch from home and want a milk, it is 50 cents.

~You can add money to your child's meal account thru MySchoolBucks or you can send cash or check into the office and we will add it to their account.

~You will receive weekly email notices if you have a low or negative meal account balance.



MYSCHOOLBUCKS


Go mobile and download the MySchoolBucks app and get convenient access to meal balances, purchases, and make payments right from your phone. Just go to myschoolbucks.com to get started!


View your student's meal purchases and current account balance at a glance.

GATOR SPIRITWEAR

Don't forget to order your Abbott t-shirts and sweatshirts!! The link is below! Don't miss out because there will be no extras!!

https://graceabbott2021.orderpromos.com/

JOIN THE PTO FACEBOOK PAGE

You are invited to join the Grace Abbott PTO Facebook page to stay up-to-date on school activities and events. Search for Grace Abbott PTO and join the group!!

HEALTH ROOM NEEDS

The health room is in need of boys pants or shorts in sizes 10-12 or 14-16. If you have any to donate we would appreciate it!!

BLOOD DRIVE COMING!

Thursday, September 16

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter GraceAbbott to schedule an appointment. For more information contact Ms. Powell at dlpowell@mpsomaha.org

WATCH D.O.G.S. KICKOFF

WHO: Anyone interested in being a Watch DOG and their Abbott student

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m.

WHAT: Pizza party

WHERE: Abbott gym

WHY: To get more information about the program, sign up, and order shirts.


Please RSVP to Ms. Powell at dlpowell@mpsomaha.org

REMINDERS FROM THE LIBRARY

1. Please return all books from summer library.


2. Grades 3-5 parents who signed up for ipad insurance - the $15 is due. It can be paid online through the fees section of your ParentVue account or brought to the Abbott office. Coverage does not begin until the fee has been paid.

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR WALKATHON

The PTO is looking for sponsors for our annual walkathon! If you have a business to advertise, please consider being a sponsor!! See the form below for more information!!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

Abbott Yearbooks are available for purchase online for $12 through October 31st ($15 after this date). Reserve your copy today! http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09851076

PICTURE RETAKES

If you were unable to come to open house and get your school picture taken there will be another chance!! Picture retakes will be on August 30 for those students and for those whose pictures did not turn out.

COMMUNITY COUNSELOR

Please click on the link below to see our community counselor's first newsletter of the year.

FOOD BANK FOR THE HEARTLAND

Find out more about the mobile food pantry!!

MILLARD SCHOOL BOARD 2020

President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate