Jackson Newsletter

September / October

Dear Jackson Families,


What a wonderful opening to the school year. We love welcoming our Jaguar families back to Jackson. Thank you for attending Open House. Students really enjoyed showing their family around the building.


Next month, you are invited for student-led conferences. An email with sign-up links will be sent soon. These will be held on October 26 or 27. In grade 1-6 during the first 10 minutes fo the conference, your child will share their learning with you. This portion will be led by your child in one classroom. Then you will be able to meet with the English and Spanish teacher for the last 10 minutes in the other classroom.


Our teachers have been tirelessly working to set up the positive and caring classroom environments for our students. One way we give feedback to students is when they earn “paw pats” for following the expectations and showing kindness at Jackson. Their classroom has set up incentives using the earned paw pats. As a school, paw pats goals will be celebrated during the month “Paw”sitive Pep Rally. Be sure to ask your student how they have earned paw pats and encourage your student to be caring, ready to learn, and follow the expectations each day. We will also start our Student of the Month recognitions. The first 'Paw'sitive Pep Rally will be shared with staff and students on October 3.


Our Early Childhood, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-4 students will participate in health screenings in September and October. If your family wants to opt out of it of the school screener and instead have your health care provider complete this, please email our School Nurse, Megan.Stanek@ops.org.


Thank you for following the traffic flow during arrival and dismissal. Please remember, do not use the top section of the bus lane when cones are reserving for the bus. Do not park in the bus lane. If you need to park, please use the parking lot to the west or park in the neighborhood. Only cross with students at the crosswalks. The north alley is reserved for daycare.


School attendance is very important. Students should attend school regularly, on time, and all day. If your child is sick, please call the office, 531-299-1620, to report the absence. Do not send your child to school if they are sick.


Please check your child's backpack each morning to make sure only have school items are inside.


School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal


Please do not leave your child at the school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision. If you need before school care, please contact Kids Club to register:

https://opsfkidsclub.org/program-details/


Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Sincerely,

Suzanne Hagen

Principal

suzanne.prenger-hagen@ops.org

Important Dates


September
  • 19 - iPad insurance payments due
  • 23 - No School - Teacher Work Day
  • 29 - Family Night, 5:30 - 7 pm
October
  • 7 - Jackson Community Chat, 3:00 pm in Library
  • 20 - PTO Meeting, 5 pm
  • 26 or 27 Conferences (Sign Up below)
  • 27 - Nov 1 - No School

November

  • 1 - No School
  • 3 - Jackson Community Chat, 3 pm in Library
  • 11 - K-6 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • 15 - Individual Picture Day in am
  • 17 - Family Night, 5:30 - 7 pm; PTO meeting, 5 pm
  • 18 No Early Childhood Class
  • 21-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

December

  • 6 - Winter Program, 10 am or 2 pm
  • 19 - Jan 3 No School - Winter Break
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Items to Bring to School

  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)

*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, junk food, or non-school related items

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Coming Soon!

Jackson will participate in the Disney School Musical this school year!

This will be an after-school enrichment program.

More information to come.

Staff Contact: Robin.Franco@ops.org

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Interested in Volunteering?

The online volunteer application is available for all adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus, chaperone on a field trip, or district sponsored activity with students. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students.


Steps to Become a Volunteer in Omaha Public Schools

1. Contact the school or teacher to discuss a volunteer opportunity.

2. Complete volunteer application online - https://omaha.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=11509

3. Building principal will either approve or deny the volunteer activity request.

4. Human Resources will communicate via email to the principal and volunteer applicant of approval or denial of request.

5. Volunteer activity can begin AFTER approval email is received from Human Resources. This email is sent to both the volunteer and the principal.

6. All volunteers must follow Omaha Public Schools guidelines regarding safe and responsible return to school. (Board resolution 21-015)


There are 3 levels of volunteering:

  • Level 1. Is intended for activities that are at the school. This is the most basic level and does not involve student contact. Examples include clerical work, filing in the office area.
  • Level 2. Is intended for activities where the Volunteer is ALWAYS in a group setting with certificated OPS staff member present. This level of clearance will allow you to act as a volunteer in classrooms, support campus activities such as Room Parent, Library Aide.
  • Level 3. Requires a criminal background check and approval through Human Resources. This level is intended for individuals who may be working one on one with a student, with or without direct supervision of a certificated staff OPS staff member, which may be taking place either on or off district property. This level of clearance will allow you to act as a volunteer in activities, involved in supervising students, such as tutors, field trip or dance chaperones, coaches, and mentors.


All volunteers must reapply each school year to be considered for volunteer opportunities. The volunteer application can be found by clicking the Careers tab on the OPS website, viewing current job openings and entering “volunteer” in the search bar for job listings.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in helping with the following volunteer activities, please email suzanne.prenger-hagen@ops.org or use the link to sign-up. Be sure to complete the OPS volunteer application referenced above.


1. Monday Clean-Up Crew - Pick up trash on the Jackson campus each Monday morning from 8:15 - 8:35 am. Sign-Up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0548ABA72DA6FA7-monday

2. Lunch Time Game Leader - Facilitate game time for students during lunch time. Students can play Connect Four, Checkers, Chess, or Dominos while enjoying their lunch. Sign-Up coming soon.

3. TeamMates Mentor - Contact Ms. Sisavanh, our School Counselor, for more information about being a mentor through the TeamMates program.

Safety is a Priority

Safety is always our top priority. We are focused on providing safe, welcoming and supportive environments for our students and staff.


We are teaching all students behavior expectations from the classroom to the lunchroom and recess, or extra-curricular activities. Our Student Code of Conduct outlines expectations and discipline related to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Consequences are designed to be a learning experience for students. Families play an essential role in promoting school safety. Regularly discuss behavior expectations and consequences with your student at home, and check in daily with your student to know what's going well and what may be a challenge.


If you or your student see concerning behavior, report it immediately to a trusted staff member at school or Safe2Help Nebraska. A Safe2Help Nebraska link is installed on all student iPads. Families can also call (531) 299-SAFE. We regularly practice our district’s Standard Response Protocol in case of emergency (fire, evacuation, severe weather and more).


Thank you for your partnership in promoting safe, welcoming and supportive schools.

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PTO Meeting - October 20

Parents join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) on THURSDAY, October 20 at 5:00 pm. Enter through the main doors on the north side of the building. We will meet in the library.

PTO Leadership

President - Sonja Gudgel

Vice Pesident - Justin Lowndes

Secretary - Colleen Durante

Treasurer - Conan Heelan

Join the PTO

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Equity and Diversity (equityanddiversity@ops.org), 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).