NEU Field Club Newsletter

February 2022

A message from Mrs. Griger

Hello, NEU Field Club Families!


It's hard to believe we're almost half way through the 3rd quarter, and according to the groundhog, Punxatawny Phil, we're looking at 6 more weeks of winter. We're certainly looking forward to the first official day of Spring on March 20, which is right around the corner.


But, because we have at least 6 more weeks of potentially extremely cold weather, please be sure students are not dropped off earlier than 8:30AM. As we have the potential for more snow, please remind your students that safety is our number one priority and that snow should remain on the ground, not thrown at our peers. If your child is in need of a winter coat, hat, gloves or a scarf, please reach out to Cari Kenney. She can assist with gathering the outdoor gear.


Starting the week of February 7, and continuing through February 18, we will begin our annual ELPA Testing (English Language Proficiency Assessment) with our students who are English Learners. Soon after that, all students will be taking part in the annual NSCAS Testing (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System). You can read more, below, about ELPA testing this month and we'll share more about NSCAS texting in next month's newsletter.


February 14-18 we will celebrating friendship and kindness starting with a Valentine's Day celebration on the 14th, and some other fun events the rest of the week. See below for more information.


As always, reach out with any questions or concerns. The staff at Field Club appreciate your support and partnership!


With NEU Pride,

Mrs. Griger

Elementary School Menu - February 1-11

2nd Grade Art Work - Aboriginal Hands

(ELPA) English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) summative is the state-wide English Language Proficiency Assessment that all K-12 English learners (ELs) take each spring. The test has four parts: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century measures how English learners are progressing through their K–12 education. More information about the ELPA21 assessment is available on the Nebraska Department of Education website.


We encourage you to help your students with healthy routines and procedures to ensure they are getting enough sleep, plenty of food, and are excited about showing what they know when they come to school everyday. Remember, ATTENDANCE COUNTS!

Kindness Week

February 14-18 is Kindness Week at Field Club

Classrooms will start the week off with a classroom Valentine’s Day celebration during the last 30 min. of the school day on Monday, February 14.

Celebrations will be focused on kindness and friendship. If you choose to send your students with treats, please be sure they are store bought and individually wrapped. Treats will be sent home to eat to ensure that students are not removing their masks in the classroom.

Since our focus is on kindness and friendship, we will continue the kindness celebration throughout the week with the activities in the attached photo. #BeKind
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DINNER TIME - SUPPORT FIELD CLUB

On Tuesday, February 15, grab your family and friends and join us at Don & Millie’s! Twenty percent (20%) of every dollar spent on great food and drink will go right back to our school! Just tell the cashier you are supporting Field Club so we can receive the 20% benefit.


Don & Millie's

4430 Farnam Street

(Saddle Creek and Farnam)

MAP - CLICK HERE


On Wednesday, February 16 at 6:00, join the PTO for their monthly meeting in the Pit at school. Kids are welcome!

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5th Grade Art Work - Alien Invastion

WOLF CONSERVATION - Room 201

Last semester Mrs. Bielenberg's students participated in a service-learning project and studied the wolf pack at the Wildlife Safari Park. They learned about how wolves are important to ecosystems, and need to be protected.


They have created a YouTube video to spread awareness for Wolf Conservation. Their goal is to reach 1,000 views. Let's help them reach their goal! You can view the video HERE.

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District Calendars

Be sure to stay up on important calendar events.


CLICK HERE for all district calendars


See our Field Club calendar on the PARENT INFO PAGE


In addition, we use the Class DoJo app for our primary means of communication. Want to know more? Check in with your student's teacher and be sure to get connected after downloading the FREE app.

Revised Cycle Day Calendar

Please see below for the revised cycle day calendar.

SPRING MUSIC CONCERTS!

Don't miss out on some beautiful music!


Spring programs are as follows:

Friday, May 6

Band, Strings, and Chorus Concert

  • 2:30-3:30


Thursday, May 19:

Vocal Music Program - Grades K, 2, and 4

  • 9:30-10:30
  • 2:30-3:30
  • Each show will be the same. Please choose one which best fits your schedule

Upcoming Dates

Friday, February 4: No School: Curriculum Day

Monday, February 14: Classroom Valentine's Day celebrations

Wednesday, February 16: PTO meeting - kids welcome

Monday, February 21: President's Day - NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS

Wednesday, March 2: PRE-K STUDENTS - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3: Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 4: NO SCHOOL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

March 14-18: NO SCHOOL ALL STUDENTS - SPRING BREAK

PTO Updates

We invite you to get involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

We love Field Club Teachers- Staff & Families!

*** Events we would love to host include

• Spring conference activities

• “Yard” Sale

• Family Fiesta Night


At General Meetings - Dinner will be provided!


Important dates:


Feb 16- 6:00 @ School

Parent General Meeting - kids welcome


March- 2nd and 3rd

During Conferences: Bake Sale, Teacher Dinners provided by families.


April 20th- 6:00 @ School

Parent General Meeting - kids welcome


May 18th - 6:00 @ School

Elections for Board Members


Restaurant Partnerships at Don & Millie’s & Raising Canes.

Join other Field Club Families for dinner or take out & earn money for our school.

Attendance - Every Minute Counts!

The Omaha Public Schools strongly believes that daily attendance is critical to academic achievement as well as social and emotional well-being. We expect every student to attend school and classes on time and every day.


Parents/Guardians are encouraged to call their child's school (School Secretary and/or Attendance Secretary) as soon as they are aware their child will be absent.

See OPS Attendance Policy 5008: Click here


If your child has an appointment, please be sure to get a note from the Dr. and bring it to the school secretary's so it can be documented. Also, if the appointment is in the morning, please bring your student back for the remainder of the day...every minute counts! See the chart below.


If you need assistance with attendance issues, please contact your child's building administrator, School Support Liaison, School Counselor or School Social Worker.


In accordance to the Nebraska State Statute 79-209, click here, the Omaha Public Schools District has in place an attendance policy that supports the encouragement of daily attendance while providing supports and resources to students and families.

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Title 1 Right to Know Clause

At the beginning of the school year, any District that accepts Title I, Part A funding must notify parents that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher and his/her qualifications, including certification and endorsements. Parents can also request information about paraprofessionals working with their children.

Interested in Part Time work at Field Club?

Dear Omaha Public Schools Community,


As Nebraska’s largest school district, we are stronger because of our 9,000 staff members. Our team arrives each day ready to serve the students of Omaha. We can all be proud of our focus on health and safety, academics and the well-being of students and staff. Still, we know this year’s normal looks nothing like what we’ve known before.


We’ve all seen news about shortages and disruptions affecting businesses across our country. We know those impacts can be seen and felt in Omaha and in our school district. Our Operations and Human Resources teams have been relentlessly focused on planning ahead, strategically staying ahead of disruptions and creatively recruiting the best candidates to work with our young people.


We’re writing to ask for your assistance – in lending your talent to our district. We need you. If you have five, 10, 15 or 20 hours a week we want you join our concierge team. This team is paid and stands ready to assist with numerous non-instructional responsibilities. As a team member you have the opportunity support many schools as needed or maintain a relationship with one school in your neighborhood. The role could include any of the following:


• Lunch Time Partner: Overseeing and providing support to students during the lunchtime hour.

• Classroom Partner: Assisting the teacher with necessary tasks in the classroom.

• Bus Aide Partner: Assisting our transportation staff by supporting our students.

• School Pride Partner: Assisting the school leadership team with special projects that foster pride and student success.


If you are interested in the opportunity to be part of this team, please click on the link below to learn more and apply. Thank you for your support. Because of you, our district has been a local and national leader throughout these challenging times. With you, we know that will continue.


With gratitude,

Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Omaha Public Schools

COVID Daily Screenings

Dear Omaha Public Schools Families,

Entering the second semester of this school year, health and safety remain our priority. As we communicated in December, face coverings will be required for students, staff and visitors in our schools.

In 2021, Omaha Public Schools worked with the Douglas County Health Department to host 147 vaccine clinics across our district community. More clinics are scheduled in the weeks to come. We encourage all eligible individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including those who are due for a booster dose. A complete list of upcoming Douglas County Health Department clinics is available by clicking here.

Our district is working with school and program leaders to ensure as many supports as possible are ready to maintain in-person learning through the time to come. If conditions require an individual classroom or school to temporarily adjust routines, as some classrooms and schools did in late fall 2020, our district will communicate as proactively as possible with impacted staff and families.

Omaha Public Schools continues to align our isolation practices with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) guidance. Contact tracers working alongside Health Services and school staff help us prioritize responsible, in-person learning for the students we serve.

Updated COVID-19 Positive Isolation Guidance

Stay home for five days
If your student has no symptoms or symptoms are clearing after five days, your student may return to school
Continue to wear a face covering around others for five additional days (currently required in all district schools and offices)
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (see below) should not report to school.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Two or more of the following: fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue
OR
At least one of the following: new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste/smell

If your student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider or visit the Douglas County Health Department website to schedule a COVID-19 test. Our district is working to ready additional testing resources and will share additional information if, and as, that becomes available.

If your student has had a close contact/exposure and is symptom-free, they may return to school and self-monitor for the development of symptoms for ten days.

If your student is going to be absent due to a positive COVID-19 test result or is experiencing symptoms, please immediately notify the school.

Thank you for your partnership in promoting the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

Important NEU Field Club Notes & News

Face Coverings

Health and safety is our priority. To protect students, staff and families, our district updated face covering requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering while inside our school. We care about our students, and we can work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our school will have face coverings available for those who need them.


Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we are asking that any parent visitor make an appointment prior to entering the building. We will continue to limit outside visitors due to Health & Safety Protocols.


School Messenger

We will be using the School Messenger (email or Robo call) to communicate this year. Please make sure to contact the office if you need to update your contact information.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Accounts

Did you know the fastest way to keep your child's information current and to check on current grades (for grades 3-5) is to have a Campus Parent Portal account? Call the office to get your code and set this up today!


School Lunches

Effective for School Year 2021-22, Omaha Public Schools will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students. We encourage families to complete a meal application for Free or Reduced-price school meals. This information may be valuable for P-EBT, the carryover of meal benefits for school year 2022-23, and other educational benefits. The 2021-22 meal application is available online at SchoolCafe.com and a copy was in your child's back to school folder.A completed application is not required for enrolled students to receive meals at no cost for SY2021-22.

If there are any questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 531-299-0230.