OVS Weekly Update

January 25, 2019, Volume 98

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OVS Location Update

As you know, OVS will be moving for the upcoming school year, because the land our current building is on is for a NEW Omaha Public School's high school.

We will be moving our WHOLE program to the Omaha Public Schools' Teacher and Administration Center or the TAC building. At this time, we know that the K-8th grade classrooms will be on the 4th floor. It is the plan that this will be our LAST move. We will share more information as we learn more.

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, January 30th

  • 1:30-2:30pm
  • Kindergarten Roundup -- Bring your soon-to-be kindergartner to engage with Mrs. Rogers and learn about our KG classroom. Please invite those who may be interested in our program!

Thursday, January 31st

  • Picture Retakes--or "first-takes" for new families
  • 8:30-9:30am at High School - room 206
  • 11-12:00 at 60 & L location
  • Students can attend either session

Coming in February

  • High school infosessions and registration for 8th grade learners and learning coaches on the last week of February.

School Pictures

If you ordered pictures and did not receive them, please contact Brooke!
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If you were unable to finish testing this week, please contact your student's teacher to set up a make up session.

STEAM Fair--HUGE Success!

Our STEAMfair was a huge success this week! Thank you to our families who attended and supported their learners who brought their STEAM projects. Thank you Mrs. Felten and Mrs. Barry for planning this event together, and to LC Kelly Anderson for her coordination and partnership.

We encourage our MS learners to enter their science projects in the Metro Science and Engineering Fair on March 7th. More details can be found here: https://www.msefomaha.com/

OVS Synergy

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Order your OVS Gear

T-shirt orders are back open! All orders must be submitted by Jan 24!
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LC Book Club
We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out

The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Exchange

Jan 29-31st will be the OVS materials exchange in the basement of the K-8 building. Please also bring lightly used OVS Gear you no longer need. Synergy Socials will be taking place in the Learning Lounge during this time as well.

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/26- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

Week in Review:

It was great to be back to our regular face-to-face sessions! We read the book Julius: The Baby of the World to look at character traits and how the character changed over time. We played a couple of games to help with our fact fluency.

Looking Ahead:
We will be starting our Class Connect Social Studies and Science lessons next week. Monday will be Social Studies. Just a reminder, kindergarten begins at 9:00 and 1st Grade will begin at 9:45. Learners are able to login 15 minutes before their session begins.

We will continue to focus on characters and how they change. Learners will work on making words and using the words to write a complete sentence. In Math we will play Sweet Subtraction to practice our fact fluency.

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

It was great to be back in the classroom this week. The snow day messed up our flow a little, but the students came back and worked hard. We were able to discuss main idea and supporting details using The Important Book. They got started on writing their own page to a classroom book we’re making with the same format.

Looking Ahead:

We will be starting our Class Connect Social Studies and Science lessons next week. Monday will be Social Studies. Just as a reminder, 2nd Grade will begin at 9:00 and 3rd Grade will begin at 9:45. Your learners will be able to log into the session 15 minutes before it begins. I am asking that students have Chapters 1-7 read in How to Eat Fried Worms. The chapters are very short. If your learner is reading The Pain and the Great One, please have them read p3-9. There is no assignment with this reading, but have them be prepared to find and explain their favorite part so far. We will be completing a book snap on this and uploading it to Seesaw.

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

This week we looked at our progress with our MAP scores and set some new goals! I am so proud of their growth, great job learning coaches!

Next Week:

Next week we will have our first Literature Circle for our new book. Please check your email for the schedule for what needs to be read.

Class connects start next week! We will be starting 4th grade at 9:15 and 5th grade at 10:00. Please come to the class connect 5-10 minutes early to get logged in and everything set up.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
What a week! Multiple days off, snow, ice, cold. Oh my! Learners are working hard completing their tasks per the pacing guide. Thank you for all learners who worked diligently on those days I was unavailable due to school closures.

Looking Ahead:
We want to continue riding the momentum we have gained due to the hard work the learners are putting forth in their coursework. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available during PIT on Wednesday (60th & L) 1-3, Friday (online) 10-11, as well as the normal required online sessions.

This month’s resource is a return to a reliable site. Symbolab is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. Learning coaches can use this to verify learner answers and get steps on difficult problems.


Weekly Online Math Sessions:
Remember that all math sessions are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics. It also allows a check-in with the teacher for verification of progress. Learners: come prepared with questions or concerns on lessons or topics of your choice.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

This week in class, 6th grade science students will be learning about the CoCoRahs program for weather monitoring, 7th grade students will work on an energy diagram using the 3D printer, and 8th grade students will be learning about kinetic and potential energy using a pendulum. Next week we will continue our progress through the same units.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Our first module in ELA is ending. Learners have been hard at work reading, learning, and applying their knowledge. One of the ways learners can demonstrate their understanding of what they are reading and learning is through writing. This is why each grade has a writing assignment towards the end of their ELA module.

In 6th grade, students are writing a personal narrative. A personal narrative is a story where they are the main character! The hardest thing for them is ensuring that the story, or narrative, has a point or clear focus. This may be a lesson learned, a change in opinion about something, or even gaining a new perspective.

In 7th and 8th grade, students are writing literary essays. These essays require learners to look at a piece of literature, whether that be a story or poem, and really dig in and analyze the piece. The biggest challenge students might have with this assignment is writing a formal essay. No first person point of view is use here!

Please help your learner by proofreading their narratives or essays. Help them ensure they have met all assignment expectations. Be sure that they are ready to turn in their best product! Help them learn that writing takes practice, and practice, and even more practice! Let them know that practice will pay off, for it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate our understandings and thoughts with others.

As a reminder, each learner should have a notebook for ELA. One of the things middle schoolers need help with is learning how to learn. Taking notes is a strategy that everyone can learn, refine, and use throughout life! Please ensure that your learner has their notebook out at home AND remind them to bring it to school during our Face 2 Face days.

In Computer Apps, learners are continuing their quest to learn Excel. Please remind your learner to pay close attention to detail and to the ins and outs of working with Excel. Learning how to use spreadsheets will help them in so many areas as they continue their journey in life!

If you have any questions about ELA or Computer Apps, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

*PM Art Families- Please remember to have your learners choose their favorite art work from first semester to bring in to be displayed at STEAMFair. Place in the art drop box THIS WEEK.

AM students created work during face to face time to be displayed.

Coming Up:

  • Week of January 21st - 6-8 Face to Face Art - Bring in portfolios with any completed art projects.
  • Week of January 28th - Note only two open art times -Tuesday and Wednesday- in January. Sign up here.

9th Grade Newsletter

Troubles with your device?

If you are having issues with your student's device, please email your issue/concern to this email address: ovs-techhelp@ops.org

Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

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