GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

December 10, 2021


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Cell Phones, Mental Health and Kids


Earlier this week, the US Surgeon General authored a report warning of the negative effects of technology on youths. He said they face “devastating mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.”


If your child doesn’t have a smartphone or use the Internet you can stop reading now. But, if you’re like most parents, either your child does have one, or will have one in the near future. A few years ago no child at the school had a smartphone. Some parents have felt that it is convenient for their child to be able to communicate via a cell phone for transportation reasons and I understand that. With the proliferation of smart phones in elementary schools there have been increasing problems-cyber bullying as an example. As the principal I deal frequently with issues with students using phones and other devices inappropriately, mainly at home, not at school as we limit their use here. It’s frustrating as the school is increasingly asked to step in and solve these issues and, more importantly, to see how many children are severely hurt by what others say through texts, Instagram, etc. As a parent of four children, I’ve seen it all. When my older kids were in school they didn’t have cell phones until high school and they weren’t smart phones.


As I’ve stated previously, students should NOT be contacting their parents about leaving school. All students who don’t feel well need to come to the health office. We will make the determination about going home or not.



Here are some easy steps to take:

· Set an age in which your child will have a phone.

· Buy a flip phone and not a smart phone (yes, they still exist).

· Set limits.

· Have your child turn it in at night.

· Know your child’s passwords/codes.



I feel that as parents we can do better than this.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to help plan the 5th Grade Farewell. If you are interested, please contact Wendi Sanny at Wendisanny@gmail.com
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WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

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


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

LOST AND FOUND

We have a surplus of lost coats, hats and gloves here!! Please come and see if anything belongs to your child before we donate it all!!

MENU CHANGES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, WILL BE AN ALL SCHOOL PIZZA PARTY!!


1. Cheese Pizza

2. Pepperoni Pizza

3. Hamburger Pizza


DECEMBER 20:

1. Homemade Runza

2. Cheeseburger or Hamburger

3. Muffin & Yogurt Kidzable


DECEMBER 21:

1. Turkey, Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

2. Corn Dog

3. Nacho Kidzable

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COMMUNITY CORNER

Please click on the link below to see the latest Community Corner newsletter from Nancy Cole, our community counselor.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Winter Concert (Band and Orchestra) - December 16

Winter Break - December 22 - January 5

PTO Mtg. - January 11, 6:30 p.m.

MLK Day - January 17, NO SCHOOL

WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP

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 (dlpowell@mpsomaha.org) or Charlene Hale (cghale@mpsomaha.org) with any questions.

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