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Check It Out: March 7, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Links for Order Forms

Elementary PD Survey from McKenzie White

Spring Break ClassFlow Workshops

Spring Break Classflow Workshops

Wondering what Classflow can provide for your classroom? Ready to dive in with more work time to build lessons, activities, and assessments? The Promethean Classflow trainer will be on site over spring break to offer workshops at TAC to meet your needs. Go to and use your district username and six digit employee number to register. The following dates and topics are available:

Wednesday, March 14th 9:00 - 12:00 Classflow Level 1: Getting to Know Classflow

Wednesday, March 14th 1:00 - 3:00 Classflow Lesson Building Work Time

Thursday, March 15th 9:00 - 12:00 Classflow Level 2: Building Engaging Lessons

Thursday, March 15th 1:00 - 3:00 Classflow Assessments and Activities Construction

Stipends will be paid for certified staff to attend!


Save the Date: Tech Camp

Save the Date: OPS Tech Camp

Mark your calendars NOW for our OPS Tech Camp, a 2-day technology integration event for Certified staff on May 31st and June 1st. Come learn about best practices when integrating technology in your instruction, including a variety of tips, tricks, and tools to engage your students.

Stay tuned for more details next month!

Women's History Month Resources from Teachers First

This editor's choice collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about Women's History and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on Women's History, the ideas included within the  "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning.

View our entire collections of resources tagged women and resources tagged womens suffrage

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

25 Ways to Recharge

Check Out a Few of These Events Over Spring Break

Forever Young Film Series – Movie Musicals

When: March 1-29; matinee showing on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays. Movies include “West Side Story” (March 3-15), and “Singin’ in the Rain” (March 17-29)

Where: Film Streams at Dundee, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: Tickets are $10, adults; $7.50, seniors/teacher/student/military; $5, members; and children tickets are $2.50


“Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”

When: March 2-25; opening night activities in the lobby on March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Performances are Wednesdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: Single tickets start at $24 (Wednesdays) and start at $32 (Thursdays – Sundays) for adults and student tickets are $18(Wednesdays) and $20 (Thursdays – Sundays). Tickets for groups of 12 or more start at $22 for adults and start at $14 for students.


"light" at Kaneko 1111 Jones Street, Omaha, NE 68102

December 5, 2017 - March 23, 2018

light at KANEKO is an interactive and visual art experience that explores art and science. Artists will employ glass, sculpture and light itself to showcase the sublime beauty that light...


Papio-Missouri NRD Forest Animal Programs

When: March 9, 15, 16, 21, and 23, 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. & 2:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children and adults; $11 for seniors; FREE for members and children under 24 months


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 10, 10 a.m.

Where: Downtown Omaha, starting on 15th and Harney streets

Cost: FREE


LEGO Fan Expo

When: March 10 and 11

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $8, adults; $5 children (ages 8 and younger); $25 weekend pass


“American Adventure”

When: March 17 through July 29

Where: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $11, adults’ $8, seniors; $7, children (ages 3-12); FREE for children 2 and younger.


National Geographic Live “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim”

When: March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $11-$26

Local Authors at the Bookworm March 10

Authors! All Day Long!
Meet Writers of Books for Readers,
Toddlers to Young Adults

Begins at 10:00 AM with three picture book presenters.

Native American ABC is from Lisa and Colten Lechowicz, a young man and grandmother team, with illustrations by Wade Patton.  They will be joined by Bruce Arant, author of Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep and Jennifer Joseph, author of Alphabet Oddities.









From 11:00-noon, you can meet picture book authors: Ethan Jones--The Art of the Bedtime, Sharon Rues--Harold, and Angela Glover--Ethan Eats Hot Lunch.









From noon until 1:00 PM, Mary Duda will be available with her latest book in the Kids Around the World Series--Cian from the Phillipes.  She will be joined by Amy Forss who will talk about Newspapers and Butter Pecan Ice Cream, a book about Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star and how the newspaper led the boycott against Reed's Ice Cream shop because they would not serve African Americans.  You can also meet Julie Pospishil, author of Elementary Spanish Chatbook.











Intermediate fiction authors will be on hand from 1:00-2:00 PM.  Nicki McDermott--Oliver's Key, Mary Conley--First Cousins at the Farm, and N.L. Sharp from Prairieland Publishing.








Fantasy books will be featured from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Lydia Kang--The November Girl, Matthew Hebert--Beneath the Surface, Gabbie Wieck, Skorravik Trilogy, Book 1, To No End.








YA Authors will round out the day from 3:00-4:00 PM.  Tom Frye--Rez Dog, Pembroke Sinclair--Humanity's Hope, and Tonya Kuper--Anomaly and the follow-up Enigma

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