Jackson Newsletter

May

Dear Jackson Families,

We can't believe May is already here. We are excited to celebrate all the growth your students have made this year. We have lots of learning still this month. Please remind your child to be their best each day. Complete their work with pride and be kind to everyone.


Staff Appreciation Week is May 2 – 6. Please consider sending a token of appreciation or a thank you note to our amazing staff for all they do.


Field Day is May 18th. If you would like to volunteer to help run a station, please contact our PE Teacher, Karen.Mullin@ops.org. There will be a morning and afternoon session.


OPS would like your feedback about Jackson. Please complete the Parent Voice Survey at www.TinyURL.com/OPSParentVoice


Our students continue to complete the district MAP assessment this month. MAP reports for English Reading and Math will be sent home with students along with report cards on the last day of school. We hope they will show what they and all the amazing growth they made this year. We will use these test scores as one indicator of how much progress our students made after the pandemic. Please encourage your children to read what they enjoy, be curious and ask questions about the world around them, encourage them to learn their math facts, and engage in problem-solving.


This summer your student will be able to use the iPad over the summer. Start having conversations now and set additional limits on the use of the iPad in the home. Monitor how they are using the device. The iPad is a great tool for learning and creating. However, we do not encourage the constant use of the iPad, especially just consuming media. Media and technology balance is very important. Remember that YouTube is not an approved OPS website. Visit Common Sense Media's website for more tools and information on media balance and age appropriate digital use.


The iPad insurance will cover the iPad for the school year plus the summer. In August, you will have the option to purchase the $20 insurance for the 2022-2023 school year. Please remember to report any damaged or lost iPads as soon as possible even over the summer. If you prefer to have the iPad stay at Jackson, please communicate this to your child's teacher. Sixth grade and transferring students will keep their iPad though the summer and take them to the new school.


Thank you to our amazing staff, our wonderful students, our fabulous families, and our caring community. The teamwork and collaboration are inspiring. We thank you immensely for supporting your child.


As we are preparing for next year. We are accepting donations of dry erase markers, disinfecting wipes, pencil pouches, and Amazon gift cards.


Be sure your student dresses for the weather. We go outside for recess everyday unless there is precipitation, high winds, or feels like 20 degrees or colder.


Please remember to follow our dismissal procedures. Do not pull into the bus-only area if the cones are reserving the south part of the bus lane.


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


Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision. Breakfast doors do not open until 8:35 am.


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

May

  • 2- 6 Staff Appreciation Week
  • 4 - National Teacher Day
  • 18 - Field Day
  • 20 - All Library Materials Due; No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 27 - Last Day of School; Report Cards Sent Home; 6th Grade Recognition, 3 pm


August

  • 17 - First Day of School for K-6
  • 23 - First day of Early Childhood classes
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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, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Health and Safety

As of Feb. 25, 2022, face coverings are optional when inside our school. Any student, staff member or visitor is welcome to continue wearing a face covering inside our school. We care deeply about our students, staff and families.


Health and safety remain our priority, with many layers of precautions in place:

  • We recommend a COVID-19 vaccine and booster for all eligible individuals (upcoming clinic information is available here)
  • Enhanced disinfecting procedures
  • Making sure people who feel ill stay home
  • Continued isolation guidelines following a COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Communication with our school when someone was COVID-positive while on campus

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Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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OPS Digital Resources - Jackson Homework - 20 minutes a night

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and also needs to be continued at home.


K: iRead and Zearn (Students who read, also use Amira)

1-2: Amira Reading Tutor (6 stories a week total), iRead, and Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week)

3: Amira Reading Tutor (5 stories a week total), iRead or Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week) and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

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Message from the PTO

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:

https://omaha.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=9889


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building. Please contact Mrs. Hagen to let us know what level of volunteering you are requesting.

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 for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).