Morton Messenger

October 9, 2020

Mission Statement

The mission of J. Sterling Morton Elementary School, whose culture unites families, guarantees all students develop the academic skills and character traits necessary for personal excellence and responsible citizenship through high-quality, innovative, engaging experiences in a challenging and nurturing environment.

Weekly Update

Halloween Festivities

We are excited to be planning our upcoming Halloween festivities. Although we will need to make significant changes to our normal Halloween traditions, we can assure you that a special day is being planned for our students while also keeping them safe. October 30th will be a spirit day! All students will be encouraged to wear orange and celebrate an "Orange Out Day". Students will participate in a school wide dance party and Halloween Bingo. Teachers will then facilitate classroom parties. Pre-packaged treats will be provided. We will communicate more specific details in the coming weeks. We appreciate your continued support as we navigate all of the challenges presented by COVID 19.

Parent Teacher Conferences

On October 8th, we held our first night of virtual conferences through Zoom. The conferences went extremely well and we hope that this format has proven to be effective and efficient for your families. We will continue parent teacher conferences on October 12 and 15. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you still need to schedule a time.

Important Dates

October 13 - End of 1st Quarter

Fall Break - No school - October 14 - 16

October 8, 12, 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 30th - Halloween Celebration - "Orange Out Spirit Day"

November 10th - Picture Re-Take

November 10th - Remote Learner Picture Day

Teacher Work Days: There will be no school for students on the following days:

  • September 25th
  • November 3rd
  • January 4th
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TAGG replaces Hy-Vee's Cash 4 Students School Receipts Program

Hy-Vee stores in Papillion, Council Bluffs, Plattsmouth, Fremont and Omaha participate in TAGG to support schools year-round, therefore there they are no longer offering their "Cash 4 Students" school receipts program. This means you can support your school from any of the 17 participating locations instead of only the nearest location. No need to save your receipts and turn them in to your school anymore! Please follow directions on the flyer below to see how you can participate.
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NEW Millard Public Schools COVID 19 Website

This new website tracks positive cases across our districts while also providing all resources related to our COVID 19 planning.

Video: Nebraska Reading Improvement Act (English)
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Safe2Help is Here for You

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you may want to call a crisis line. For more information visit the Safe2Help website or call directly. Anonymous reporting is available.


Below is list of resources available in the community and their contact information:

Safe Schools Hotline: 1-888-809-4757

Boys Town Hotline: 1-800-228-3000

Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

MPS Assessment System

Please review the MPS student assessment system here.

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