GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

April 1, 2022


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

This article appears every year at this time of the year to inform parents of how staff determines classroom assignments for next year. I want to explain how the process works and what requests will be considered. I’m hoping this year parents abide by these parameters. During April the teachers at each grade level will put together class lists for next year using the following criteria:

  • Male/female ratio

  • Different academic levels of students including those in special education, the literacy intervention program, HAL program, etc.

  • Matching individual learning styles with teaching styles as best we can

  • Keeping classroom dynamics in balance

As you can see, a great deal of thought and effort goes into making these class lists. Granting every request is unrealistic and would undo the long process that has been carefully put together and jeopardize the integrity of that work. In addition, children need to work in and with a variety of circumstances now and in the future both in terms of personnel and environment. As parents, we won’t be requesting their bosses and coworkers in the future (at least I hope not). The classroom dynamics are best determined by the Abbott staff as we see the big picture.

If you have some unusual circumstances that you feel you must address, please do the following:

  • Make a formal request in writing addressing your child’s learning style and the type, not the name, of the teacher that would benefit your child.

  • Turn in the request by April 22, 2022 via email or a letter.

The 5th grade team departmentalizes (which means one teacher teaches all science, another all reading, etc.). Therefore, all fifth grade students will have each fifth grade teacher. Thus, no need to make a request.


If you’re new to Abbott, the kids will meet their teacher on the last day.

COLLEGE 4 KIDS

This is a reminder that Abbott will host College 4 Kids from Metropolitan Community College this summer. We now have paper copies of their catalog in our office. Registration began on 2/3 at www.mccneb.edu/c4k or call 531 622-5437. This summer the classes at Abbott will be from 6/13-6/17. There are over 30 classes offered this summer.

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VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOL

The library is looking for volunteers!! If you would like to volunteer in the library, please click on the link below. You can fill out the form and return it to school.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Spring Break, April 4 - 8 NO SCHOOL

Runza Night, April 11, 5 - 7 p.m.

PTO Meeting, April 12, 6:30 p.m. Zoom link below:

https://mpsomaha-org.zoom.us/j/95486421064?pwd=TlA1b0hVZGdWamxDamVSdlVsdHFjZz09

2nd Grade Program, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

New KG parent meeting, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

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ORCHESTRA CAMP

Please click on the link below to find out more information about the orchestra camp this summer!

UPCOMING NSCAS ASSESSMENTS

Please see the schedule below for upcoming testing. Please try to make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and has a good breakfast!
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WALKING CLUB

Spring walking club will begin soon. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:55am. The first day will be Tuesday, April 12th.

KINDERGARTEN 2022-2023

The online registration for kindergarten and new families to Millard opened on February 10. Do you know someone who will be attending kindergarten at Abbott this fall? If you do, please have them fill out the form on the link below so we can get them some information!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jmknDf-GQqNzqZ5Qj_Wa21GmlJNn3xZnavWjM85Utds/edit

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SPARK ( Formerly Kids Network)

Don’t Miss Out On This Epic Summer!

Are you looking for full day fun for your student this summer? Spark (formerly Kids Network) is a program provided by the Millard Public Schools Foundation and this summer we have great adventures planned for your child. Weekly registration is available, themed activities and weekly field trips!

New this year – Spark UP is our new summer program designed exclusively for incoming 5th and 6th graders.

Join us for a summer to remember! Don’t delay – we have limited spots available. Register Today! www.mpsfoundation.org

The Millard Public Schools Foundation supports the school district by providing funds to all 35 schools to support strategic initiatives.

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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 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