Bobcat Nation Newsletter

September 2020

Message from Principal Jean-Baptiste:

Happy September! Can you believe we have made it through the first weeks of school remotely? There have been many challenges with technology. You have been extremely patient and students have been very resilient. Way to go Bobcats. As we continue to learn remotely, students will need to follow the directions and expectations of their teachers. Following directions will help to make the learning experience better for everyone. Also, we need your assistance as well parents. We are all getting a peek into how we live and learn. Please be careful with what is being said and done in the background while students are learning. We want the time while students are learning to be as friendly as possible.

Last month a copy of the student handbook was sent to every student. Please take time to review the handbook with students. We would like for all of our students to know the rules of the school before they return to face to face learning. We do return to school we want to be able to hit the ground running to try and make up for lost time. Having our students know what is expected of them will assist in the transition from remote learning to face to face.

What’s New?

Did you know Belvedere was selected as a turnaround school? We have been given special attention from the district to make academic improvements. We have a new Early Literacy Specialist who will work with teachers to help them with their reading instructions. We have two new Reading Specialists who will work with k-3 students to help students become better readers. They will be reaching out to parents soon to share how they will be helping students. We have several new positions that we are working to fill. Everyone is so excited about the new additions.

Did you know we have also had several upgrades in the building? When students return you will notice a significant difference in how the building looks. We have freshly painted walls and new carpeting. We will soon have new lighting in the building to brighten things up. All of these additions are here to help improve student performance. We can’t wait for you to see the upgrades and meet our new staff!

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Attendance

The 2020-21 school year has begun, and we are excited to be learning with our students once again. While health conditions call for remote learning at this time, we look forward to holding classes in person as soon as conditions allow.


Regular school attendance is crucial to the development and education of students, and this is especially true during remote learning. Daily engagement through the first weeks of school will ensure students are on track and prepared, especially as we look toward a return to in-person learning when it is possible.


Attendance is being taken each day for each student. If your student will be absent or having issues connecting, please contact the school's attendance secretary. If you leave a voicemail, please include your student's name and the reason for the absence.

Progress Reports

Teachers are collecting formative and summative grades over this first quarter of remote learning. Progress reports will be printed the week of September 14th for grades 3-5. You can check your child's grades on the Parent Portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact the office (531-299-1100) for access. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions and/ or concerns. You can use their e-mails (first name. last name@ ops.org).

Update on Meals2Go: Meal Pickup Procedures

We are happy to support student success through our Meals2Go program. We have some important program updates to share, designed to make pick up easier for our families.

If your family would like to request meals or alter their meal order for September, please call Nutrition Services at (531) 299-0230.

Family Support Center Update

Services Available at the OPS Family Support Center

The following services will be available for families:

· 1 to 1 Technology Support

· Nutrition Services to assist with meal applications and Meals2Go

· Student and Community Services

· Counselors

· Social Workers

· Student Support Liaisons

· Bilingual Liaisons

In addition to in-person supports, we have produced several videos to help families navigate district-provided iPads. To review these resources go to the link below: https://district.ops.org/DEPARTMENTS/Information-Management-Services/1-to-1-Tech


Family Support Center New Location and Schedule

Our FamilySupport Center will now be housed in a single, central location:

- Morton Middle School 4606 Terrace Dr, Omaha, NE 68134

The Family Support Center will be open from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. on the following days:

* Tuesday, Sept. 8

* Monday Sept. 14

* Monday Sept. 21

* Monday Sept. 28

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Important Dates:

September 7- Labor Day No school

September 11- Spirit Day

September 18- Progress reports mailed home for grades 3-5

September 18- No School Curriculum Day

September 21- No School Teacher work day

September 25- Spirit Day

October 2- Spirit Day