READ! READ! READ! . be on the lookout in the building for teachers promoting reading! You may see them reading a book in a far away place or somewhere in space!
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.
ear Masters Families, September 7, 2017
Thank you to all the families who have sent in Party donations and PTO Membership forms. It is not too late to send in your forms, you can send to school at any time. During Open House we will have a Book Fair and Master’s t-shirts available for purchase, which is September 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Our Fall Fundraiser will be sent home next Thursday, September 14th. Please keep in mind that this is the main fundraiser for the PTO, with your support we will be able to continue to provide for our students and staff. Remember that every item sold helps us raise money for a walking track on the school property; which will encourage a healthy lifestyle in our school and our community. All orders will be due back no later than Monday, October 2nd. Delivery date is set for Tuesday, October 24th. In support of student healthy living, PTO has purchased a bike rack for families that would like for their students to have a space to lock up their bikes. We will have a safety person from Omaha Bike Safety at Open House for all families that are interested.
Government regulations require that a new meal application be completed yearly for those families interested in applying for a reduced or free meal status for their children. If an application is not processed by September 27th, 2017, last year’s lunch code status expires and students become full pay students beginning Thursday, September 28th, 2017. To ensure your child’s status does not become full pay please complete an application as soon as possible.
Nutrition Services offers an online meal application which is located on the OPS homepage: https://www.ops.org/district
It is quick and easy to complete. If you have any questions, contact the Nutrition Services Office, 531-299-0230. Or call the school secretary and she will assist you with the online application. If a paper copy is needed, you can pick it up from the front office.
Open House 6:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday, September 14th
Curriculum Day NO SCHOOL Friday, September 15th
TEAM Planning Day NO SCHOOL Monday, September 18th
We are asking for your help…Please save all of your grocery receipts from Hy-Vee dated September 1 – December 31, 2017. Masters will receive a check from Hy-Vee based on the total dollar amount of the receipts collected by our school. Please ask your family, friends, and neighbors to save their receipts for us. Please keep Masters in mind when you grocery shop. Thank you in advance for your help.
Please remember to sign in at the office any time you arrive at the school when class is in session. It is important that all visitors wear a badge that is visible to all staff and students. This is for the safety of our students. Thank you!
***If you changed your phone numbers or address on the census forms, you must provide proof of address via OPPD, cable bill, MUD or lease agreement. This is necessary for the safety of your student, ensuring all important school mailings are sent to you! Please call the secretary right away so I can update.***
PLEASE STEP UP
If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or maybe they are brand new to Masters and he/she doesn’t have many friends or because they are shy or not dressed in the most “in” clothes – PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life!
A call out to all parents and caregivers….. We understand that come absences from school cannot be avoided. Our school curriculum can only be taught if students are present at school. As a school, we are focusing on improving our whole school attendance. Which class will have the best attendance? Who wants to earn the Master Monarch Spirit Stick? All your class has to do, is show up every day on time and stay in school until the end of the day.
Each week one class from K-2 and one from 3-5 will earn the Masters Spirit Stick for the best attendance. Every minute counts. At the end of the month, the classes in K-2 and 3-5 with the best attendance will earn an extra recess. At the end of each quarter the classes in K-2 and 3-5 with the best attendance for the quarter will earn a party! If you have a student that is medically excused and not in school, please make certain that their sibling does attend school, as the sibling will not be medically excused and it will count against their attendance.
In previous years, numerous elementary schools (Masters included) received money from Gordman’s to buy underpants and sweatpants to keep in the health office for students who may need a change of clothing throughout the day. Since Gordman’s is no longer in business, we do not have the resources to stock the health office with extra clothing. If you have a small child who may have trouble making it to the bathroom on time, please send an extra set of clothing in their backpack in case they need it during the school day. This will prevent us from having parents bring clothing up to school if their child needs a change of clothes. Donation of used small sized pants and new underwear size 4 – 8 are always welcome in the health office! If your child brings home soiled clothing in a bag, please return the clean change of clothes that were given to them! Thank you so much!
2016-2017 Yearbooks are Available
The office has a few left and will sell them for $6.00 each. That is half price!! See the secretary in the office if you would like one.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Students in grades 3-5 are participating in a reading and math assessment. The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). The results on this assessment will inform teachers what support in learning is needed during reading, math and science classes. As a staff, we review student results on these assessments and every student will create a goal for improvement the next time that they take the MAP. All students will take this singe day assessment three times each year. Again, this assessment informs teacher instruction needed on specific skills in reading, math and science. Students in grades K-2 are also taking this same assessment in reading and math. Listen carefully, try my best, practice at home, and come to school every day.
What can you do to help?
Discuss the assessment with your child and encourage him/her to do his/her best. Reminding them to simply do their best! Additionally, having your student read to you, or having someone read to them every night for at least 20 minutes will definitely have a positive impact on their performance on any test. Thank you in advance for your continued support at home.
Our students are working hard on exhibiting model Monarch behavior by being respectful, responsible and ready to learn. Students and Staff are focusing on the expectation of following directions the first time given. When students follow directions the first time given, not only do all students have the opportunity to learn more, but following directions is an important life skill in the work force as well. Following direction the first time given….The Masters Way looks like and sounds like…
1. Voices off
2. 2 X 2 X 2 (2 eyes on the speaker, 2 hands and feet still, 2 ears listening
3. Listen to all information and wait to ask questions at the end
4. Begin the task immediately when the teacher is finished explaining
These are a part of our daily morning message and we encourage you to discus with your child as well. With practice and positive feedback, we know that all students at Masters can meet these expectations
Students are earning their Model Monarch tickets every day, with teachers providing specific descriptive feedback, recognizing when students meet the expectations. Ask your child how many Model Monarch tickets have they earned this week! Dr. Griffin has weekly drawings for prizes at the end of the school day every Friday! Last week, all Model Monarch names that were called had ice cream with the Principal. We are proud of our students when they meet the school-wide expectations of being respectful, and ready to learn and we take the time to recognize them for their hard work! Please feel free to e-mail your comments, suggestions, or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org I welcome your input.
Dr. LeDonna Griffin, Principal
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If you are interested in volunteering at Masters,
please click on the link below.
Masters School Improvement Plan
Professional Development Focus Areas
Sense (Problem Solving)
2. Balance Literacy - Vocabulary/Comprehension
3. Writing Process
4. Multi-Tierred Systems of Support
Dear Masters Families, May 11, 2017
you to the 108th & Fort Street HY-VEE for donating all the
popsicles on Field day and cookies for
the 5th Grade dance!! We are excited for the
5th Grade dance and recognition on Thursday, May 25th at
2:30 pm. If you want to help
decorate please come to the gym at 12:30 that day. Thank you to everyone who
has already committed to volunteering, it will be a great time!
Thank you to all the
families and students who worked hard this year to support the PTO and our
fundraisers. We appreciate all your help and look forward to a great year next
year!! We are looking for new board
members for the 2018-2019 school year, if interested please contact email@example.com or 402-880-1924.
PTO Spring “Arts” Concert 5:30 PM Friday,
Grade Recognition and Dance 2:30 PM Thursday,
Day for Students Friday, May 26th
Session (only available to pre-registered students) Monday, June 5th
- June 30th
Kindergarten students will
be the only students to bring book bags on the last day of school. Classroom
teachers will have all materials for the last day of school. We ask that all
students, with the exception of kindergartners to leave book bags at home on
Friday, May 26th. All
students will receive their report cards on the last day of school.
are11 days left of school. The last day
for students is Friday, May 26th. We
would prefer that students do not prepay for their lunches. If students do not have lunch credits, please
send lunch money with them daily. Thank
There are only 25 yearbooks left!
When they are gone, they are gone!
See Ms. Gayle to purchase a yearbook for only $11.00.
SPECIAL THANK YOU!
Employment and Thermal Energy Management a special thank you for their sponsorship
for the Fun Run!
LOST AND FOUND!
Please check the lost and found box before the end of the school
year! Items left will be gathered and
sent to charity.
A wonderful and heartfelt thank you to all the
parents that made Staff Appreciation week such a joy and success!! It is so wonderful to know that we are loved
and appreciated by all our Master’s family.
As the school year is coming to a close in just a few
short weeks remaining, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a
great year! Together we’ve learned much
and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The
strength of our community and whole-hearted passion to make our school a
wonderful place of learning for our children primarily but for all of us makes
Masters truly a special place. Special
thanks to all of you who have contributed in ways small, large and
Reading with your child every night, attending and
participating on field trips, helping with school book fairs, providing food
and/or organizing lunches for teachers, organizing events, working at these
events, showing up to support your children, serving on committees, sharing
your talents, helping with traffic, picking up trash, brainstorming the “what
ifs”… supporting our work in countless ways and providing the resources to do
what we dream and know is good for children. Thanks for getting your kids to
school on time each day, for kind notes of encouragement that mean so much, for
sending your kids with healthy lunches obviously packed with love, for making
sure homework gets done… and turned in. Thank you for providing rich and
engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education
is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of
social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we
are truly grateful!
For your calendaring pleasure, the first day of school
begins on Thursday, August 17th! Safe Walk to School Night is Tuesday, August 15th
at 6:00 PM!
feel free to e-mail your comments, suggestions, or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
I welcome your input.
LeDonna Griffin, Principal
Believe It, Achieve
Together We Fly…
Those of you who are joining us this summer for “Summer Learning
(summer school). Will begin
On Monday, June 5th – Friday, June 30th. School starts and 8:45 a.m. and school ends
at 3:05 p.m. Breakfast will start
8:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Please look for your students’ summer letter and eligible
On the last day of school with their report cards.
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.
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