October 30, 2019
Late Start & Early Release - New Winter Weather Plans
This week has made it clear that winter weather and snow are on the way. This winter, additional schedule options may be deployed in the event that winter weather affects part, but not all, of a school day in the months to come.
These options include a two-hour late start or a two-hour early release from the regular daily schedule. In the event of either, OPS would strive to make a decision the evening before an adjustment to allow staff and families the opportunity to plan ahead. If the need to continue monitoring a forecast delays a decision, OPS will strive to make the decision as early as possible the day of an event.
Every minute of instruction matters, so if we can welcome students for most of the school day while allowing extra time for travel to and from school, we value having these additional options in our winter weather toolkit.
As always, safety is our priority and will be the focus in any weather-related decisions this season.
- Staff will report at 9:25 am
- Students should not be dropped off or arrive to school before 9:30 am.
- Classes will begin at 9:40 am.
- Buses will run two hours later than usual
- Breakfast will NOT be served but school lunch will be served as usual.
- Before-school activities will be canceled.
- After-school activities will be weather permitting.
- Dismissal time for early release will be 1:05 pm
- Buses will run two hours earlier than usual.
- Breakfast and lunch will be served.
- After-school activities will be canceled.
Below is more information about how a two-hour late start or two-hour early release would impact staff and families.
STEAM CLUB Opportunities are STARTING NEXT WEEK!
For the month of November, we have two great STEAM Club opportunities available to any 5th or 6th grade student. The two club choices are:
The Art and Science of Observation that Leads to Innovation
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 to the Commons and then C110 on the dates listed below!
This club will meet on Tuesdays: Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and is sponsored by Mrs. McClintock.
"I Am" Quilt Making Club
Students will write an "I am" poem and create a quilt square that represents them. They will learn some basic sewing tips in the creation of their square.
This club will meet on Nov. 5, 7, 12, and 14 and is sponsored by Mrs. Packard.
Phenomenal STEM Girl Event
To further encourage girls to get more involved in STEM and STEM careers, Omaha North High Magnet School is offering an event for 6th and 7th grade girls.
The Phenomenal STEM Girl event is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 @ Omaha North (4410 North 36th Street) from 5:30 - 8:00pm. We would love to have Buffett students participate. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the registration link.
ACP Paraprofessional Opening at Buffett
OPS is actively looking for a paraprofessional to work with Buffett's ACP (Alternative Curriculum Program) students; specifically small group and independent support.
The ACP Paraprofessional will work under the supervision of a positive, caring, organized teacher who will provide you guidance while you are in the room, and will give you the tips and ideas needed when working with the students.
Consistency and routine are best for students, so if you are a caring, loving person who is looking for a way to have a great impact on students, this may be your opportunity.
If you are interested in this postion, click on the link below for more information.
CHI Health and Omaha Public Schools partner to honor teachers across the OPS district
CHI Health wants nominations of Omaha Public Schools teachers changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a treat basket for the teacher's lounge and a personal gift card. CHI will draw winners on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will select winners from three different grade levels across the district.
Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers.
Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award
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.