Buffett Bulletin

October 7, 2020

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Need a Translator for Conferences?

If your family needs a translator for conferences next week, please reach out to Amye Aggen so that she can schedule someone to help. Thank you!

Si su familia necesita un traductor para las conferencias de la próxima semana, comuníquese con Amye Aggen para que pueda programar a alguien para que lo ayude. ¡Gracias!

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Remote Learning Conferences

October means conference time! Buffett's conferences will be held virtually on Oct. 14 from 4:00-7:00 and Oct. 15 from 12:00-7:00.

How will that look in this new school environment? Normally, students lead the conferences at the middle school level. This time, however, conferences will have more of a parent-teacher focus. Here are three things to expect this time around:

How will Conferences be Scheduled?

You should have received a reminder email today, Wed., Oct. 7, to sign up for Remote Learning Conferences if you hadn't already signed up. Remember, you will sign up for one conference with a pre-determined teacher representative. Then additional links will be sent out for parents to sign up with specific teachers if you have questions pertaining to specific classes.
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How will the Conference be Held?

All conferences will be virtual. You will join the conference via an invitation in an email with a link to join a Microsoft Teams meeting. These emails with join links will start being sent between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14. You can join this link on a phone or any device of your choosing.
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Updated District Calendar

Check out the updated district calendar. You will find the A-K and L-Z schedule for the remainder of the semester along with A/B days. Upcoming no students days are also listed. Click here to see the calendar.
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Limited Edition Buffett T-Shirts!

Orders are open now until October 16th! Twenty percent of the proceeds come back to Buffett! Please help us raise some funds for our school. Click here to order your t-shirts today! Shirts will be delivered right to your house two weeks after 10/16.
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7th and 8th Grade Physicals

All incoming 7th graders are required by the state of Nebraska to have a physical completed after March 1, 2020. This physical can also be used for students interested in participating in athletics for the 2020-2021 school year. The state of Nebraska also requires all incoming 7th graders to have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis *Whooping Cough* booster) vaccine.

Incoming 8th Grade students - Omaha Public Schools is requiring all incoming 8th graders wanting to participate in athletics to have a sports physical on file that is completed after May 1, 2020 to ensure the safety and well-being of our student athletes.

Contact Tara Boyer if you have any questions.

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Gifted and Talented Information

Check out the Gifted and Talented newsletter. It offers tons of information about what our high ability learners are doing this year and the opportunities they have to enhance their learning! Do you think your student might qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program? There are links to recommendation forms in the newsletter as well! Parents or teachers can make nominations. Once a student is in GATE, they are in for the rest of their school years. We would love to add more GATE students to our rosters! Here's the link to the newsletter.
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NorthStar Program for Boys

NorthStar programming aims to provide academic, athletic and social opportunities for student enrichment. NorthStar serves boys in grades 3–8 through an open enrollment process. Boys who enroll prior to their 9th grade year are allowed to roll up to the Leaders & Achievers Program, which serves students in grades 9-12. Need some help on remote learning school days or after school hours? Check out NorthStar's flyer today!

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Arrival to School

  • School begins at 7:40 a.m. and concludes at 3:05 p.m. daily.
  • The school building is open at 7:25 a.m. Students are not to be in the building or on property before this time. Doors will be unlocked from 7:25-7:45 a.m. and then once again locked until the end of our school day, which is at 3:05 p.m. Additionally, at 3:15 p.m., our doors will be locked for the day.
  • Students will go to their first block class rather than reporting to hallways, the gym, or cafeteria upon arrival to school.
  • See breakfast information below.
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Bobcat Breakfast

Grab-and-go breakfast from the cafeteria is available each day from 7:25 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. Breakfast is free to all students and available every morning.

If students wish to eat breakfast, they will grab it from the cafeteria and then head to first block class to eat it.

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Lunch Time

To maintain the safety of our students and staff, lunches are strategically planned to keep students distant and safe. Buffett is using all available spaces in our building to spread students out during lunch time. Students are assigned to eat either in the cafeteria, in the commons, or in a classroom. Students will have plexiglass protection depending on where they are assigned to eat. Lunch assignments will be announced by their lunch block teachers during the first week of school.
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Staggered Dismissal Times

In order to reduce foot traffic after school, our students will follow a staggered dismissal.

  • At 3:03-bus riders will follow teachers out
  • At 3:04-walkers will be dismissed
  • At 3:05-car riders will follow teachers out

Students will also all use separate exits from the building.

  • 5th grade will dismiss out the main doors.
  • 6th grade will dismiss from the east doors by the green space (hill).
  • 7th grade will dismiss from the bus loop doors.
  • 8th grade will dismiss from the west doors (top of the stairs by the track)

End of the Day

Please note Buffett Middle School closes at 3:15 p.m. Buffett Middle School does not offer any after school student care. We appreciate your help in supporting our effort to keep your student accounted for and safe. The front entrance and commons area should be vacated by 3:15 p.m.
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New Faces of Bobcat Nation!

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Ms. Cornett is a returning Buffett teacher! Julie graduated from College of St. Mary with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, focusing in Special Education and Social Sciences, and earned a Master's degree in Literacy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In her free time, Julie loves spending family time with her four children and one grandson. She loves to travel during school breaks and has visited 13 states and 4 countries. She is hoping to add Australia to her list of countries visited. She also enjoys reading and is a verified "movie fanatic" and she can't wait to watch the new James Bond movie on the BIG SCREEN!!! Welcome back, Ms. Cornett

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Questions about the Transition to 3/2 Model?

Check out this link to the district's FAQs page. The district also created some informational videos that may answer some of your questions. Here's the link to the seventeen Responsible Return to School videos.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Oct. 1 and 2 - Building Based Professional Learning Day. -No remote instruction for elementary and middle school students.
  • Oct. 5 - Phase 3- Early childhood, elementary and middle school students return in the Family 3/2 Instructional Model
  • Nov. 3rd - Professional Development, no in-person or remote learning for students

  • Nov. 4 - Building Based Professional Learning Day for staff-No in-person or remote learning for students
  • Dec. 14- Jan. 5 - Winter Recess*
  • Jan. 15 - Building Based Professional Learning Day-No in-person or remote learning for students
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