GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

December 13, 2019


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

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE


We have been administering the MAP test in reading and mathematics this month for the second time this year. We feel the information gained from these two assessments is extremely helpful for teachers as they plan their daily lessons. We also have been giving the science test in fifth grade. The results will be shared with you in a similar fashion as we have with reading and mathematics in the February conferences


Millard uses the online learning program from Edmentum called Exact Path in all grades. Exact Path is a digital tool that is designed to support classroom instruction in language arts and mathematics. Students are placed on a learning path according to their needs as identified by Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores as explained above. Exact Path has a list of engaging lessons and fun learning activities just right for each student. Students can earn rewards and monitor their own progress each step of the way. Your child will be using Exact Path at school, but he or she can also continue their learning at home! Hopefully all students know their log-ins. A lot more information can be found at this link: https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2017/08/Parent-Guide.pdfIf.


We use our MAP scores to indicate which students are struggling in math or reading. Students in grades K-3 that fall below the MAP threshold as determined by the state will have additional one on one or small group instruction and testing. We track those students’ data and continue to offer support. Teachers will communicate with parents of those students. If you want more information, contact your child’s teacher or me.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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SAVE THE DATE - SNOWFLAKE BREAKFAST

The Snowflake Breakfast will be held on January 18, 2020! Please mark your calendars! See the link below for more information. If this event is canceled due to bad weather the make-up date is January 25!!

Hy-Vee Cash for Students

Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to cash4abbott@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!

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IB PROGRAM

Elementary Parents and Guardians,


Millard Public Schools prides itself on being a district of choice, providing a variety of opportunities and specialized programs that allow parents and guardians to choose the best path for their students. One of these programs is the highly-acclaimed International Baccalaureate Programme, currently offered at Aldrich Elementary School, Black Elk Elementary School, Millard North Middle School, and Millard North High School.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a method of instruction focused on inquiry, the development of critical thinking skills, reflection, and the application of knowledge. IB encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for college and life beyond school.


As you begin to think about your student's transition to middle school, we would like to invite you to Millard North Middle School's International Baccalaureate -Middle Years Programme Parent Information Night. The annual information night is Thursday, January 16th from 7-8 pm at Millard North Middle School. Please join us to find out more about the IB Programme and Millard North Middle. For more information about IB information night, click here.

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LOST AND FOUND

Ok, there are tons of coats and other items in lost and found. PLEASE come and check to see if anything belongs to you. It will all be donated next week!!

LUNCH CHANGE

The lunch menu for Friday, December 20, will be a sack lunch:


A: Hot Dog

B: Cheese Sandwich

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