2019-2020 School Year is Here!
Happy August Reeder Families!
We’re ramping up for a terrific new school year! I hope this letter finds you all excited for the first day of school on August 12th!
Let’s get started with a special Roadrunner welcome to our New Kindergarteners! We’re excited to welcome many younger siblings and new families to Reeder. I want to give a special Roadrunner welcome to the following students who will be joining classes this year at other grade levels!
1st Grade: Brooklyn Berry, Bree Daniels, Cale Fagan, Kinley Perdue, Michael Wiese, Wyatt Johnson
2nd Grade: Ethan Barcel, Kynilee Sadler, Johnathan Lorimer, Taylor Greet, Michael Koenig
3rd Grade: Addison Goschran, Michael Acosta, Jalen Durling
4th Grade: Austin Berry, Kaden Perdue, Mac Smrcka, Kelly Tian, Keira Curry, Rajnandini Pal, Cameron, Johnson
5th Grade: Taylor Barcel, James Hopkins, Josh Greet, Melanie Wiese, Shaumyadip Pal
We also have a few new Reeder staff members to welcome!
2nd Grade Teacher: Gina Jones
2nd Grade Teacher: Andrew Eggert
4th Grade Teacher: Kayla Prouty
Resource Teacher: Kristy Foster
KG Music Teacher: Brooke Lewis
What’s been going on at Reeder this summer?
We’ve been hard at work preparing for a fantastic school year. You may have noticed some upgrades to our playground. We’ve added some new equipment and a few new trees! These upgrades were funded by parent support at our PTO sponsored activities. THANK YOU!
Our Goals for 2019-2020
Last year, our focus was on building a growth mindset in our students while teaching them to have grit, empathy and kindness. We believe this combination of character traits promotes both academic and social success! Throughout the year, we encouraged students to stick with things, even when they were difficult. We worked on building their reading stamina and their ability to tackle complex tasks in all areas of the curriculum. Our Reeder staff challenged students to work beyond their comfort zone, while reminding them that it is ok to respectfully disagree or be wrong. Students were encouraged to discuss their thinking with each other and collaborate to find solutions. In addition, we used class meetings to build a strong classroom community and foundation of trust and compassion throughout the school year. Students were often reminded to “put themselves in the shoes of others” before judging or being critical. We believe our focused efforts helped students exceed expectations last year on both state and nationwide assessments. We also take pride in our continued high student engagement scores. We’re excited to continue working with students on building a growth mindset and showing kindness, while setting challenging academic goals for themselves this year!
Our 2019-2020 goals will focus on ensuring all of our students have a strong foundation for reading. We will involve you, as parents, in helping students meet their goals. We will also challenge those students who excel in reading to continue growing throughout the year. Reading is the fundamental base for all other learning. We hope our students will develop a love of reading over the course of the year! We will continue to challenge and support students in other subjects, while encouraging and developing their social/emotional growth.
Back to School Nuts and Bolts
The following documents can be found on our Reeder website! http://reeder.mpsomaha.org
School Supply List
District Calendar of Events
Reeder Calendar of Events
MPS Code of Conduct
REEDER SCHOOL HOURS: 8:30-3:45pm.
Students are dismissed at 2:15pm on Wed.
First bell rings at 8:25am. Students are counted tardy after 8:30am.
WALKING CLUB runs from 8:10am-8:25am
Before School Walking Club will begin on the 3rd day of school.
BUS ROUTES: Stops and times will be sent via email about a week before school starts.
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: Prior to Open House, you should receive a letter from your new teacher! If you don’t receive a letter (along with your after school transportation form) by August 7th, please call the office to let us know (402-715-6420). You’ll need to turn in your After-School Transportation Form to your child’s teacher at Open House. *Letters are going out a little later this year due to some summer staffing changes.
AUGUST 8th (anytime between 5:30-7:30pm). Bring your school supplies! See your classmates! Meet your teachers! Say hello to all of us in the office :) Find your desk! Have some Kona Ice!
EMAIL is our primary mode of communication. Facebook and Twitter are for reminders, celebrations and photo worthy moments! If it’s a NEED-TO-KNOW, an email will come to you from your child’s teacher or from the office. If it’s urgent or a matter of safety, you may receive a mass broadcast text from me this year. Please be sure we have updated, accurate cell phone numbers in the office.
First Day Drop Off:
The first day of school is a busy morning of nerves and excitement. It’s also a busy carpool as many more parents are dropping off than on a typical day. If you are able to walk or carpool, this will help our morning flow. Please remember there is no parking on Chandler Street during school hours. Buses and KidsNet will run as usual on the first day.
Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will meet their teachers in front of the school. Third, fourth and fifth grade students will meet their teachers in the back of the school on the black top.
Please arrive early if you plan to take pictures. Students will begin heading inside when the 8:25am bell rings!
All new parents and kindergarten parents are welcome to head into the gym for our PTO sponsored “Boo-Hoo Breakfast” at 8:30am after 1st day drop off.
First Day Pick Up:
All students will dismiss at our regular 3:45pm time on the first day of school. K-2 students will come out the front. 3-5 students will dismiss out the back. Buses, daycare vans and Kidsnet will run as usual. Staff will ensure students get safely onto Millard buses. Please be sure classroom teachers have the most up to date after school plans for your child. **It’s very important that you talk with your child/children about their after school plans each day. Please make sure they understand what they are supposed to do.
Our staff will continue to provide supervision at the Bellbrook and Sugar Creek crosswalk. Students are strongly discouraged from crossing 192nd or Bellbrook without staff supervision. This year supervision at those crosswalks will run from 8:15-8:25am. If your child is needing to cross before/after that time, please plan to have an adult walk them across.
Look for the VESTS!
Remind students that our Reeder staff members wear orange vests when they are supervising recess and carpool. This will help them distinguish our staff from other adults who may be waiting outside the building or visiting the playground.
Lunch with Students:
Parents are welcome to join students for lunch at school, beginning September 2nd! This allows us the month of August to establish procedures, rules and a good lunchroom “flow” with students. When visiting, please let your child know in advance, sign in at the office and sit at your child’s lunch table. If there is no room, just check with the staff on duty to help find a spot. We have designated areas in our lunchroom for students with food allergies. We ask that parents bringing in outside food not sit at those tables. Thank you!
Questions? Want to get more involved? Email our PTO @ firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve missed you! It’s about time to start backing up that bedtime, brushing up on those math facts (and those teeth)! Can’t wait to see how you’ve grown and hear about your summer adventures. See you in a couple weeks!
Until then… summer on!
Mrs. Roberts and the Reeder Staff