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Summer Learning Loss
Welcome to Masters Elementary School!
We hope you enjoy visiting our Website. Our school's number one focus is to see each student reach his or her highest potential. Our overall goal is to improve student achievement. To reach this goal, we follow strategies from our annual School Improvement Plan. At Masters Elementary, the staff, parents, students, and community work together to increase student achievement. By keeping the lines of communication open, students will experience success at Masters.
Masters School provides many services to meet the needs of our students and community. Breakfast is provided before school for all students, and before and after school day care is available through OPS Kids Club. We have a hard working and active PTO that sponsors family activities, and of course, an outstanding staff teaching an excellent curriculum, supporting our goal of improving student achievement.
The Masters School Web site will provide important information about our school and events for the school year. Please visit our Web site throughout the school year. We value your input. Let us know if you have suggestions, questions, or concerns. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of our students.
Show your Masters pride by wearing school colors, orange and black, or a Masters shirt on Fridays!
Masters School Improvement Plan
Professional Development Focus Areas
Sense (Computation/Problem Solving)
2. Balance Literacy - Comprehension
3. Writing to Learn
Dear Masters Families, August 20, 2015
Please plan to attend our first PTO meeting on Tuesday September 15th at 6pm in the school library. We will be discussing many topics and would like your input and ideas! During open house Scholastic Book Fair will be held, and you will have an opportunity to buy Masters t-shirt during that time. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Niki Robles at 402-598-7301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get PTO updates on the OPS Masters school website under PTO.
Labor Day NO SCHOOL Monday, September 7th
PTO Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 Tuesday, September 15th
Open House 6:00 - 8:00 Thursday, September 3rd
Curriculum Day NO SCHOOL Friday, September 18th
Team Plan Day NO SCHOOL Monday, September 21nd
Thank you to all of the parents who donated additional school supplies to our school and participated in our Penny War over the summer months. We provide school supplies to all students, but it’s always nice to receive a few “extras.” The change collected will support student learning during various Learning Adventures outside of the classrooms. Thank you for thinking of us.
Please return all student information and other required information contained in the student packet that went home with your child as soon as possible. This information is essential because it contains emergency numbers and information for your child. We appreciate your assistance and timely response.
Do you want to reduce the amount of time to it takes to process your child's meal application? Nutrition Services offers an online meal application which is located at the address below:
It is quick and easy to complete. If you have any questions, contact the Nutrition Services Office, 402-557-2230.
Looking for youth activities for your child? Look no more! The Omaha Public Schools is connecting parents with community youth activities, contests, and more. For a complete list of activities happening in your community, go to www.district.ops.org>Upcoming Events>Community Opportunities. A new edition of the publication will be available online on the 1st of each month. Want to advertise in the OPS Community Opportunities? Just contact the District Communications Office at (402)557-2070.
To ensure the safety of our students, staff and families, we have dismissal procedures in place. Students are escorted by their teachers to their designated dismissal location within the building, determined by you. Dismissal areas include: bus riders, Kids Club, parent pick-up, overpass walkers, North 99th Street walkers and Ellison Street/ 97th Avenue walkers. When the bell rings an adult will walk students to their location in the building for dismissal.
Parent pick-up will take place in the parking lot at the designated loading zone. We ask all parents to remain in their cars while waiting for their children to dismiss. This will help the parking lot pick-up process run smoothly and quickly. In the parking lot, we have students grouped by grade levels, with older siblings waiting with the younger siblings. Students not picked up on time will be escorted to the front office area to wait for parent pick-up. We hope this procedure will help dismissal run more smoothly, allow for less traffic confusion, speed up the dismissal process, and most of all provide a safe dismissal process for your children. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.
DISTRICT ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students who arrive late to school, leave for a period of time during the day, or leave early from school for any reason (with or without prior notification) will be counted as absent for the instructional minutes missed that day. Reasons such as siblings not feeling well or daycare pick-up prior to dismissal will be counted as time absent. The minutes missed will affect your student’s goal of 100% perfect attendance. Please refer to page 7 in the student handbook for
additional information about our school attendance practices. Absences due to medical needs will be counted as medically excused when a doctor’s note is provided to the school secretary.
Under Legislative Bill 800, all school districts in Nebraska are required to report to the County Attorney all students who are absent for more than twenty days per year or the hourly equivalent. Please provide information regarding your student’s absences so explanations for absence can be forwarded to the County Attorney. The County Attorney will make a determination if there has been a violation of the mandatory attendance law on a case by case basis.
If you need assistance with attendance issues, please contact our school SSL, Ms. Harris or the school guidance counselor, Mrs. Hervert at 402-572-1027.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. We welcome all of our students to the Masters Monarch Family. We strongly encourage you to visit us at any time. Please remember to stop by the office and check in at all times.
The school doors do not open until 8:35 AM for breakfast. For your students safety please adhere to the following schedule daily:
(DO NOT SEND STUDENTS BEFORE 8:30 AM)
6:30 AM Kid’s Club open for registered students only
8:10 AM Front office is open
8:35 AM Teachers on duty; Breakfast begins
8:50 AM Instructional day begins
4:05 PM School dismisses
4:25 PM Teachers off duty
4:30 PM Front office is closed
6:00 PM Kid’s Club is closed
We are very fortunate to have some new teachers or teachers that have changed grade levels, whom have joined the Masters Professional Learning Team. Please welcome:
Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Cottrell
Second Grade Teacher: Ms. Kunkle
Third Grade Team: Mr. Miller and Mrs. Tate
Fourth Grade Teacher: Ms. Smith
Fifth Grade Team: Mrs. Scebold and Mrs. Rosenthal
Sixth Grade Teacher: Mrs. Howe
Strings Teacher: Mrs. Fuller
ESL Teacher: Mrs. Larsen
All school newsletter and updates will also be placed on our school website at masters.ops.org. Please feel free to e-mail your comments, suggestions, or questions to email@example.com. I welcome your input.
Dr. LeDonna York, Principal
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).
The Omaha Public Schools District has adopted a new Standards-Based report card. The goal of the new report card is to provide parents/guardians with an accurate picture regarding their child's progress on grade level standards. Click on the link below to access additional information about the new report card and standards-based grading system.