GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

August 27, 2021


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Tired Kids (and Adults)


This week I worked with a child who, as we like to say in education, was making bad choices. Or, in more practical language, being naughty. He was having a temper tantrum and knew I’d seen this behavior before with my own children. Due to his out-of-character unreasonableness, I asked him if he slept well the night before. He said he stayed up late on his device. According to WebMD, elementary school-aged children should get 10-11 hours of sleep each night but probably only getting nine hours of sleep.


Occasionally I make book recommendations and here’s another one: Sharing the Covers: Every Couples Guide to Better Sleep. The very credible author states that many adults and children don’t get enough sleep, which probably everyone knows, and can lead to short and long term consequences. One short term consequence is increased anger. Despite the name of the book, it offers practical tips for parents and their children’s sleep habits. Perhaps if we had more sleep there would be fewer angry people and tantrum-throwing kids.

COVID UPDATE

Abbott has gone more than two weeks with no Covid cases and only one so far this year. As stated last week, we want to do all we can to avoid closing a classroom. Parents, please monitor your child for symptoms as with any disease. If your child tests positive please call the school and Douglas County Health Department at 402- 444-7214. A positive student can not test to reduce their 10 day isolation period.


Click HERE for the flowchart of a response to a positive case and HERE for the plan for exclusion and re-admittance of ill students and staff in schools.


FIFTH GRADE PARENTS!

Starting on Monday, August 30, all fifth graders will enter and exit door #3 to ease crowding in front.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 30 - Picture Retakes

August 31 - Watch DOG Kickoff, 6:30 p.m.

September 6 & 7 - NO SCHOOL

September 7 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

September 9 - Omaha Tap House, 5 - 7 p.m.

September 16 - Blood Drive, 2 - 7 p.m.

September 23 - 2/3 Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.

PICTURE RETAKES ON MONDAY!

If you were unable to come to open house and get your school picture taken there will be another chance!! Picture retakes will be on August 30 for those students and for those whose pictures did not turn out.
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BUZZ BOOK TIME

The Buzz Book is getting ready for our new school year! Please help us by purchasing your Buzz Book (which gives you online directory access and a printed copy) by September 24th. Even if you aren't planning on buying one, it helps us tremendously if you update your info. As a thank you, this year we are doing a raffle for those who have updated their info. The link for the raffle is found on the Buzz Book Website: https://graceabbottpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Purchase, update and enter to win on the website or you can always send a check to the school office. The cost is $4.00. Thank you!

PTO MEETING

Parents,


Below is a zoom link invitation to our first PTO meeting on Zoom on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30. We did all of our PTO meetings last year using Zoom and of course, it can become somewhat unwieldy with so many people possibly attending and several updates that occur that can be hard to keep up with. In other words, we hope it works for everyone;


Parents do not need to accept an invitation due to the number nor be admitted if all works correctly as it is set up to not have to admit each person.


https://mpsomaha-org.zoom.us/j/95561494361?pwd=RGdoekFVTGI2bDVIL1pJRXdDRmJMUT09

LUNCH CHANGES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 30 changes:

A: Nacho Kidzable



Tuesday, August 31 changes:

A: Strawberry Parfait

B: Chicken patty with mashed potatoes

C: Cheese quesadilla

GATOR SPIRITWEAR

Don't forget to order your Abbott t-shirts and sweatshirts!! The link is below! Don't miss out because there will be no extras!!

https://graceabbott2021.orderpromos.com/

HEALTH ROOM NEEDS

The health room is in need of boys pants or shorts in sizes 10-12 or 14-16. If you have any to donate we would appreciate it!!

BLOOD DRIVE COMING!

Thursday, September 16

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter GraceAbbott to schedule an appointment. For more information contact Ms. Powell at dlpowell@mpsomaha.org

WATCH D.O.G.S. KICKOFF

WHO: Anyone interested in being a Watch DOG and their Abbott student

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m.

WHAT: Pizza party

WHERE: Abbott gym

WHY: To get more information about the program, sign up, and order shirts.


Please RSVP to Ms. Powell at dlpowell@mpsomaha.org

REMINDERS FROM THE LIBRARY

1. Please return all books from summer library.


2. Grades 3-5 parents who signed up for ipad insurance - the $15 is due. It can be paid online through the fees section of your ParentVue account or brought to the Abbott office. Coverage does not begin until the fee has been paid.

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR WALKATHON

The PTO is looking for sponsors for our annual walkathon! If you have a business to advertise, please consider being a sponsor!! See the form below for more information!!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

Abbott Yearbooks are available for purchase online for $12 through October 31st ($15 after this date). Reserve your copy today! http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09851076

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