Buffett Bulletin

January 9, 2019

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Nominations Due January 15th!

Recognizing Those Who Make a Difference Everyday


The Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Given to 15 teachers annually, the Award has recognized and rewarded nearly 300 teachers over the past two decades. Any Omaha Public Schools teacher or counselor (Pre-K through 12), with a minimum of two years experience, is eligible for nomination.


Each year we receive nominations from students (current and former), parents, other teachers, administrators, and the general public. Our deserving winners are publicly recognized and awarded with the following:


  • $10,000 gift
  • Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Medallion
  • $500 in McDonald's gift cards


Submit a nomination today! The online form is available now: Nomination Form

Winter MAP

MAP testing has started in Science classes this week. The NWEA MAP assessment is designed to show growth over time. The assessments students take this winter compared to how they scored when they took the assessments in the fall are a significant indicator of growth. The data is used to help place students in courses for next school year.


Assessments will take place for Math and ELA on the following dates:

  • Jan. 14-18-Math
  • Jan. 21-25-ELA


It is important for students to:


  • take the assessments seriously and always do their best.
  • get plenty of rest and good nutrition.
  • maintain regular attendance and arrive to school on time.
  • avoid appointments that require missing a tested block.

Buffett Science and Engineering Fair

January 18, 2019 is fast approaching! The Buffett Science and Engineering Fair participants that have signed up for the BSEF should be completed with their projects. Their final copies are due according to their teacher’s deadline. The display boards should be complete with print outs of data gathered. Participants should also be practicing their oral presentations to wow the judges.


Students should all have their passes for the Buffett Science Fair. On Thursday, January 17, students will be setting up their display boards in the gymnasium. The boards will be on display Thursday night during School Choice night for parent viewing. This is the time for parents to come see the boards on display. We invite you to come and look at the Buffett Science and Engineering boards on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 PM.


Students will only present to the judges during their scheduled time on Friday, January 18.


Follow us on Twitter @BuffettScience! Keep Exploring your world!

Bobcat Camp for New Incoming 5-6th Grade Students

For your future planning, Bobcat Camp for new students will occur on June 3-7. More information and registration forms will be emailed in late March.

Technology Tip

In an effort to provide consistency and avoid policing students' choice of background and lock screen images, all student's backgrounds and lock screens were changed to the Buffett Bobcat. Students aren't able to change them from the Bobcat. If you see something other than the Bobcat, your child has done something they shouldn't be able to do. We would appreciate your support in communicating differences you see at home from what is communicated to you.


All social media, including Instagram, and YouTube should also be blocked at home just like it is at school. Your child should not be on these sites with their school device. Again, if they are, they have done something to bypass the school filter. This bypass is something we would appreciate being communicated to us.


Thank you for your support of internet safety, positive digital citizenship, and compliance with the Parent/Student Technology Usage Agreement associated with the use of the school device.

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STEAM Club January Activities

Sign-ups for new January activities were emailed out to families on Jan. 5.


The activities are:


SCAMPER:

SCAMPER is an acronym that used for the creative and brainstorming process. We will learn how to change the characteristics of everyday things to make something new. Some examples of things we will modify are Trix, Playdough, and a bicycle. This activity will take place for four weeks on Thursdays: Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, and Jan. 31

DaVinci to the Digital Age (repeat activity):

Have you ever wished you could fly? Do you enjoy nature? Do you like to observe and draw what you see? Do you enjoy working with your hands and creating innovative ideas? Come and check out DaVinci to the Digital Age! We will learn how to observe the natural world to lead to innovation in the world of STEAM and beyond. Please bring your laptop and your creative mind on the dates listed! (Tuesdays: Jan. 15, Jan. 22., Jan. 29, and Feb. 5)

Improv Club:

Learn about the science of your two sides of your brain and perform some improv! Improv is a form of comedic theater in which participants perform unplanned, unscripted, and spontaneous skits. This activity will take place on Jan. 15, 16, and 17.

From The PTO

Last call for HyVee receipts will be Jan 18th! Please send in the receipts and we will submit them for our school in the next few weeks. Thank you for helping Buffett PTO!!
There will be no January PTO meeting, the next scheduled meeting is Monday, February 4th at 3:15 pm in the Library!
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High School Open Houses

The Student Assignment Plan allows students the option of attending any OPS high school, providing there is space available. Students may always attend their home attendance area high school if selected in January.


We encourage 8th graders to attend the Open Houses during the month of January. Selection forms will be distributed in late January. Questions concerning this process can be directed to the Student Placement Office 531-299-0302.

OPS Sponsored Math Night at Beveridge

Omaha Public Schools sponsors Math Nights for families to learn how and what students are learning in math at school district-wide. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can support your child in math at home.
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Attendance Incentive from Mr. CK - 20 Bobcat Bucks!

Mr. CK wants students to be in classes each and every block of each and every day. So, he is going to give 16 students 20 Bobcat Bucks in a perfect attendance raffle every week.


How do students win?

  • Have perfect attendance for ONE WEEK (zero tardies AND zero absences)
  • Have your name randomly drawn from the list of students who had perfect attendance for ONE WEEK.

Don't forget...Sixteen students will be randomly selected each week. And, you get a fresh start every single week. All you need is FIVE DAYS without tardies or absences.


Attendance matters at Buffett.

#StriveFor95

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MTSSB - Be Hardworking!

One of the Buffett High Five is to be hardworking.


There are many ways students can demonstrate their ability to be hardworking throughout the day. After all, hard work is its own reward!

https://youtu.be/lnsExWkmfC0
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Important Links

Upcoming Events

School Choice Night

Thursday, Jan. 17th, 6pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Science Fair

Friday, Jan. 18th, 7:45am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

No School - MLK Day

Monday, Jan. 21st, 7:45am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE