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Check It Out: 8/7/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

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Keeping/using unlicensed materials constitutes a violation of Copyright and is strictly prohibited.

Josh the Otter

Image result for josh the otterWhat could be more important than saving a life?


Education about water safety is key to decreasing the number of children, who drown. The Josh the Otter Water Safety & Awareness program is presented by the City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

All elementary school libraries are invited to host a Josh the Otter visit in the school library as a part of Omaha Public Schools’ efforts to increase water safety awareness.


All kindergarten students


Librarian arranges a time for Josh to come to the school to greet kindergarten  classes.


Josh and company will read the story to the class and play a song about water safety.


After the visit, each kindergarten student will receive their own copy of Josh the Baby Otter.


Visits can be scheduled at any time during the school year except during the month of May


Jessi Hubbard 402-444-5918.

Takeaways on Lesson Planning

Best of the BIPH

The Goal ClipartThe Learning Goal, section 2 of the Best Instructional Practice Handbook,l is the objective of your lesson. Every lesson should have a clear goal that is

  • Written in student-friendly terms and posted for students to see

 Student performance is enhanced when they know what is expected of them.

  • Referenced  in the lesson -  Be explicit in stating the goal to students at the start of the lesson, during the lesson and at the end of the lesson

Reminding students of the lesson's purpose increases retention

  • Re-stated by students

This helps students to build metacognitive skills - that is, to actively think about what they should know and be able to do.

Take some time to review Section 2 of the BIPH. And did you know that you can find student-friendly learning goals already written for you in your A+ Curriculum Guides?

On my visits to your libraries, I will fbe using  the Learning Goal Look Fors found on page 8 of the BIPH.

Does your school host a family reading or literacy night?

If so, we've got you covered! Order copies of the following handouts from Library Services:

Infgraphic:  Why Reading Matters   

Infographic: Why Reading Matters                               Flyer: Parents, It's Up to You (English/Spanish)

Available while supplies last! Email Laura with the number you need.

Additional resources available at


Curriculum Day Information:

Where: Roskens Hall, UNO

Thursday, August 8:  High schools and assigned elementary schools  8:00 AM - 3:00

Friday, August 9: Middle schools and assigned elementary schools  8:00 AM - 3:00

Welcome New Librarians the new year, we have lots of new faces! Please welcome our newest staff members!

Jennifer Farhat - Gateway             Jess Winter - Wakonda

Central High - Jennifer Kawecki  South High - Ann Maass

Belvedere - Angela Reick              Spring Lake - Sarah Juarez

Mount View Lindsay Schlote         Katie Cox - Casteler/Dodge

 Field Club/Belvedere - Kaitlin Tew  

Beals - Tina LaMontagne         

NSLA Fall Spectacular

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NSLA Fall Spectacular

Come join us for the first ever NSLA Fall Spectacular! 
Saturday October 5, 2019 from 8:00-2:30 
Papillion LaVista South High School 
10799 NE-370, Papillion, NE 68046
Registration includes: vendor sponsored rolls & coffee; 20 school library focused sessions to choose from, and lunch -- all for the bargain price of
$30 for members; $45 for student non-members; $60 for non-members
Presenters receive $10 discount
Non-member registration rates include membership for 2019-2020 school year which begins on Oct 1, 2019

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, building projects, curriculum, newsletter, inquiry, professional library.
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program,  social media

  • Gwen Jackson  (531( 299-0249 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

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 (531-299-9822).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).