Morton Messenger

October 23, 2020

Mission Statement

The mission of J. Sterling Morton Elementary School, whose culture unites families, guarantees all students develop the academic skills and character traits necessary for personal excellence and responsible citizenship through high-quality, innovative, engaging experiences in a challenging and nurturing environment.

Weekly Update

Student ID Cards

Today we sent home new Student ID cards (pictured below). Please continue to use the ID cards so that our student pick up process continues to run smoothly.

*Special Note - Please do not drop off or pick up students in the North teacher lot. This area is clearly marked and is used for our day care vans as well as our special education bus. Please help us to ensure a safe drop off for these students.

Halloween Festivities

We are excited to be planning our upcoming Halloween festivities. Although we will need to make significant changes to our normal Halloween traditions, we can assure you that a special day is being planned for our students while also keeping them safe. October 30th will be a spirit day! All students will be encouraged to wear orange and celebrate an "Orange Out Day". Students will participate in a school wide dance party and Halloween Bingo via Zoom. Teachers will then facilitate classroom parties. Pre-packaged treats will be provided by the Morton PTA. We appreciate your continued support as we navigate all of the challenges presented by COVID 19.

Important Dates

October 30th - Halloween Celebration - "Orange Out Spirit Day"

November 10th - Picture Re-Take

November 10th - Remote Learner Picture Day

Teacher Work Days: There will be no school for students on the following days:

  • September 25th
  • November 3rd
  • January 4th

November 25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

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TAGG replaces Hy-Vee's Cash 4 Students School Receipts Program

Hy-Vee stores in Papillion, Council Bluffs, Plattsmouth, Fremont and Omaha participate in TAGG to support schools year-round, therefore there they are no longer offering their "Cash 4 Students" school receipts program. This means you can support your school from any of the 17 participating locations instead of only the nearest location. No need to save your receipts and turn them in to your school anymore! Please follow directions on the flyer below to see how you can participate.
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NEW Millard Public Schools COVID 19 Website

This new website tracks positive cases across our districts while also providing all resources related to our COVID 19 planning.

Video: Nebraska Reading Improvement Act (English)
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Safe2Help is Here for You

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you may want to call a crisis line. For more information visit the Safe2Help website or call directly. Anonymous reporting is available.


Below is list of resources available in the community and their contact information:

Safe Schools Hotline: 1-888-809-4757

Boys Town Hotline: 1-800-228-3000

Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

MPS Assessment System

Please review the MPS student assessment system here.

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Food Service

Meal Service Week of Oct. 26 - Oct. 30

Free curbside community meals will be available for pick up at the below listed sites from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 27 & friday Oct. 30.

  • Central Middle School- 12801 L Street
  • Millard North High School- 1010 South 144th Street
  • Millard South High School- 14905 Q Street
  • Millard West High School- 5710 South 176th Street

Tuesday Pick Up Curbside Community Order Form- order cutoff time will be 5:00 pm on Monday

Friday Pick Up Curbside Community Order Form- order cutoff time will be 5:00 pm on Thursday

An individual submission must be submitted for each child requesting a meal. If you have any questions please call 402-715-1440.

Weekend Meal Kits for In School Students

Weekend Meal Kits for in school students can be pre ordered by Thursday 5:00 pm through the weekend meal kit order form. Students can pick up their meal kits at the end of the school day on Friday Oct. 30 as they exit the school building.

***Next day meal kits will be available to students on Monday Nov. 2nd, to provide breakfast and lunch for the Teacher Planning Day on Nov. 3rd. Nov. 3rd Order Form

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