August 1, 2018
Happy August Reeder Families!
We’re ramping up for a terrific new school year and can’t wait to see everyone back! I hope this letter finds you all excited for August 13th!
Let’s get started with a special Roadrunner welcome to our 82 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: Maximus Hatcher, Logan Wright, Noah York-Stauffer
2nd Grade: Emma Hodzic, Brooklyn Larrick, Abigail Pivonka, Reese Watson
3rd Grade: Caleb Cattlett, Jayden Johnson, Lily Martin, Maya Watson
4th Grade: Gavin Denton, Jaren Swolley
5th Grade: Christopher Cattlett, Alyssa Griffith, Nicholas Hatcher
We also have a few new Reeder staff members!
KG teacher: Mary Kate Harris
3rd grade teacher: Jesse Flanagan
Reading interventionist: Sara Johnson
CNA: Julie Swiercek
Administrative Intern: Laura Malcom
Congratulations to Mrs. Yandell on her principal position at Skyline Elementary in Elkhorn!
What’s been going on at Reeder this summer?
We’ve been hard at work preparing for a fantastic school year. Our playground enhancements are finally in the works. Over the course of the year, we’ll be adding some new equipment and a few new trees! Keep your eyes out for tetherballs, a Jax Web, and several new play panels.
Students will be participating in a Fun Run again this fall to raise additional funds for phase II of our playground enhancement project. We’ll be sharing updates at PTO meetings throughout the school year.
We’ve also been working to make the intersection at 192nd and Chandler a little safer. Sarpy County Public Works will be installing flashing beacons, activated at peak times, along 192nd school zones. However, we still do not recommend students cross 192nd without adult supervision.
I’d like to give a special THANK YOU to our 2018 Graduating Class for their donation to Reeder. We are using those funds to frame and mount the large “BE KIND” student project down by the media center.
I appreciate our partnership with parents, which allows us to fund projects like these above and beyond our building budget.
The Big Picture for 2018-2019
We’re excited to continue working with students on building a Growth Mindset and setting challenging academic goals next year! Even Kindergarteners last year were able to tell me about goals they set (and met!) in Reading and Math. Reeder students grew by leaps and bounds last year, surpassing expected growth measured by district assessments. This year, we’re going to take our Growth Mindset one step further and build GRIT in our students!
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.”
We’re also jumping on board with the Millard District theme this year #BEKIND. We’ll be promoting and participating in kindness activities throughout the year. Students will be learning about empathy and other practices to help them navigate the social/emotional challenges they will inevitably face throughout their school career (and life)!
I’m encouraging parents this year to read the book, Unselfie by Michelle Borba, Ed.D. Mrs. White and I will be offering a parent book study this year. More details to come! Building empathy in our kids is one way to combat bullying by laying the groundwork for kindness, courage, and resilience from the start! Students are at their best for learning when they feel safe, happy and loved!
Speaking of learning, we are rolling out a new Language Arts Curriculum this year K-5. Parents, students and teachers can expect to be CHALLENGED! As with all new curriculum adoptions, it will take time and patience to align what’s expected with students’ abilities. Our new curriculum will support teachers in teaching grade level standards in Reading and Writing, which also includes spelling and grammar. Please don’t hesitate to jump on line and read more about our new Wonders curriculum (McGraw-Hill Education). Teachers will be modeling their growth mindset and grit as they embrace new curriculum with students this year!
Back to School Nuts and Bolts
The following documents can be opened here or found on our Reeder website! http://reeder.mpsomaha.org
School Supply List
District Calendar of Events
Reeder Calendar of Events
MPS Code of Conduct
PTO will have packets for students at Open House that will include information regarding Paperless Buzz Books, Fun Run, Yearbooks, Volunteering and more. Spirit Wear will also be available for purchase at Open House!
BUS ROUTES: Stops and times will be sent via email about a week before school starts.
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: This week, you should receive a letter from your new teacher. (are you excited!!) If you don’t receive a letter (along with your after school transportation form) by August 6th, 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.
AUGUST 9th (anytime between 5:30-7:30pm). Bring your school supplies! See your classmates! Meet your teacher! Find your desk! Have some Kona Ice!
….Ok, now I’M EXCITED.
IMPORTANT! Parents: 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, you will receive a mass broadcast text from me this year. Please be sure we have updated, accurate cell phone numbers in the office.
Stay tuned via email for important information about FIRST DAY DROP OFF and AM/PM CARPOOL.
Reeder students, it’s about time to start backing up that bedtime, brushing up on those math facts and eating breakfast before 8am! See you in a couple weeks!
Until then… summer on!