THE LION'S ROAR!
December 9, 2022
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRIDE LEADER
Hello Norris Lions!
I hope you are all doing well during this very busy time of year! One of my favorite things about this season is seeing our student music performances, both Band, Orchestra, and our Pride Singers! We are so fortunate to have some of the best music programs in our school district, and hope to see you all tonight at the Pride Singers concert at Millard South High School!
Please remember that if you signed up to donate items to our Norris Giving Tree, those items are due to the office Monday to allow time to distribute to families. We have an exciting full week ahead, including an assembly celebrating our school wide MAP Growth goal!
Parents are invited to join us at our School Improvement Team meeting on Monday, December 12 in the library from 4:00-5:30. We will be reviewing out Site Plan, and making plans for continued progress toward our school mission and strategic plans. Please reach out to Mrs. Dolezal if you would like to attend!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Dolezal, Principal
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!
CONGRATULATION TO THIS WEEK'S ROAR TICKET WINNERS!
12/12/22- School Improvement Team Meeting- 4:00-5:30 PM
12/13/22 - ORFF Pride Drummers - 7:45 AM
12/14/22 - Pride Singers - 7:30 AM
12/21/22 - 1/4/23 - NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
1/1/23 - 1/31/23 - Hy-Vee Red Bag Program (See flyer below)
1/5/23 - WELCOME BACK! (Second Semester Begins) - Happy George Norris Day!
1/5/23 - PTO Meeting - 6:00 PM (NO child care provided, but children are welcome!)
1/12/23 - MSHS Jam the Gym Night - 6:00 PM
1/16/23 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
1/28/23 - Norris Night with the Lancers - 6:05 PM (See flyer below)
Click HERE for the NORRIS 2022/2023 Calendar.
Click HERE for the MPS 2022/2023 Calendar.
'VIRTUAL' LOST & FOUND!!
Check out our NEW Virtual Lost & Found! Click on the link below to search for missing items. Slides will be updated every Friday.
LUNCH MENU - DECEMBER
NORRIS GIVING TREE
Norris Elementary is coordinating a GIVING TREE for Norris families in need during this holiday season. The following sign up is a wish list from families in our community. We would love your support and help! Simply review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up for the gift(s) you would like to purchase and donate. Then, drop the unwrapped gifts off at Norris Elementary no later than DECEMBER 12TH with a note attached with the following information: The code/number of the item (example AB1) For gift cards, please include the code/number (example AB1) and the dollar amount of the gift card. Thank you for your support!
YEARBOOK ORDERS - DUE DECEMBER 20TH
We are ready to take orders for the 2022-2023 Norris Yearbook! Please use the link provided or scan the QR Code on the flyer to order! Orders are due prior to Winter Break, December 20th!
Please see the flyer below. We will be collecting money through December 16! The more money we raise, the more teachers we get to pie in the face. All money is to be turned into the bucket in the office.
Students may then vote individually for the teacher they want to see pied in the face. Here is a LINK or you may scan the QR code on the right to "vote" for a teacher to get pied.
Our goal is $2,000. If we meet that goal we will pie 7 teachers! We're off to a great start and are more than half-way to reaching our goal!
Every $50 more we will add a teacher onto the pie roster.
READ OVER THE WINTER BREAK!
HEALTH ROOM NEWS
HEALTH SCREENINGS - JANUARY 5TH
Hello from the Health Room!
In accordance with Nebraska State Statute, #173 NAC 7, Millard Public Schools are required to provide a health screening that includes a dental, vision, and hearing screening as well as weight and height. We had a few school years where we paused on this due to COVID, but we are back to doing them this year! The health room will be doing a full screening on students in Pre-K through 4th grade on January 5th. Kindergartners will only be screened for the items missing on their Kindergarten Physicals. You do have the option to opt your child(ren) out of the screening process. The health room will be able to take a written or verbal decision; however, there is a form that needs to be filled out and signed by a physician before February 13th, 2023. Contact the Norris health office at (402) 715-8341, or email the Norris school nurse, Lisa Semanko at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
10 WAYS TO MINIMIZE SCREEN TIME
According to the CDC, kids ages 8-18 years spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of a screen every day. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by that number, and if you feel that way, you’re not alone. But believe it or not, lowering that number is easier than you think.
CLICK HERE to see how you can reduce your child's screen time.
LEVY OVERRIDE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
CLICK HERE for more information regarding the levy override vote for Millard residents on March 14th, 2023.
Residents are also invited to attend any of the in-person informational meetings.
- Monday, January 16th, 6 p.m. at the Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137
- Tuesday, January 24th, 6 p.m. at Millard North High School, 1010 South 144th Street, Omaha, NE 68154
- Tuesday, January 31st, 6 p.m. at Millard South High School, 14905 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68137
- Thursday, February 2nd, 6 p.m. at Millard West High School, 5710 South 176th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68135
Click HERE to order!
WATCH D.O.G.S. - 2ND SEMESTER OPENINGS AVAILABLE!
UPCOMING PTO EVENTS
- 1/1/23 - 1/31/23 - Hy-Vee Red Bag Program (See Flyer)
- 1/5/23 - PTO Meeting
- 1/28/23 - Lancer Hockey Night - 7:00 PM
- 3rd - 5th graders will be singing the National Anthem!
Check out our PTO Website for the latest information!
Hy-Vee Red Bag Program
January 1-31st at the Stony Brook Hy-Vee.
"Have you heard the news? Norris Elementary PTO has been selected as the beneficiary of the HyVee Reusable Bag Program that supports local non-profits! Each time a $2.50 red "My Heart" Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee at 144th & Stony Brook during the month of January we will receive a $1 donation."
PTO Meeting - January 5th
Everyone is welcome to attend our PTO Meetings. No child care provided, but children are welcome. It's a GREAT way to get involved!
NORRIS Night with the Lancers
Lancer's game January 28th. 3rd-5th graders are invited to sing the National Anthem on the ice. Singers can get a free ticket, family, friends, and other students will need to purchase a ticket. Part of the ticket price will go to Norris. Here is the link to purchase Lancer's tickets: https://fevo.me/norriselem22
2022/2023 PTO Board
Vice President: Vanessa Huxhold
Secretary: Heather Doyle
Treasurer: Tim Malm
Volunteer Coordinator: Anna Pectol
PTO Email: email@example.com
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Looking for a New Opportunity?
Looking for a new opportunity? We would love for you to consider a job with Millard Public Schools! No one knows us better than you. You are our community, and we want our families to be a part of our schools. You get what we are all about better than anyone else.
We are also a good fit for moms and dads with busy lives looking for schedules and opportunities that fit around families. The work is meaningful - and it doesn’t happen on nights and weekends.
We have para positions in our classrooms, food service and maintenance positions and a host of other opportunities. See everything currently available here:
Open Positions for Millard Public Schools
We invite you to be the next great reason we are #Proud2MPS!
Kristin Dolezal, Principal
Melissa Croom, Admin. Intern
Julie Grothe, Admin. Assistant
Click HERE for the Norris Staff Directory.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 7:45 am - 4:15 pm
Fax #: 402-715-6119
Location: 12424 Weir Street, Omaha, NE, USA
Wednesdays - 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM (Early out EVERY Wednesday)
Mrs. Gutsgell's Pre-school Class:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 8:40 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesdays - 8:40 AM - 2:00 PM (Early out EVERY Wednesday)
Mission Statement: Norris Elementary guarantees each child a world-class education in a safe and diverse learning environment where students demonstrate academic excellence, responsible citizenship, and self-worth. Through innovative practices, Norris empowers its educational community to actively pursue personal goals and ROAR with pride!