CALENDAR OF EVENTS-

May 25- No hot lunch- send sack lunch and drink; Field Day( rescheduled from May 23rd)

May 25- Ascension Thursday Mass -9:00 am

May 26- Registration paperwork and uniform orders due to front office.

May 26- Last Day of School; Awards Assembly at 11:00 with 12:00 dismissal.

June 3- Big Dam River Run- 8:00 am

June 5-23- Summer School -8:15 am to 12:15 pm

August 10- Madonna School Open House 5:00-6:00 pm

August 14- First Day of School for 2017-2018!

 

May Worker of the Month is: Drew Vacek

 

 

 

Home and School- is in need ofa family to take over the Walk- A – Thon from the Yetters! It will be held on September 22, 2017. Please contact Mary Ritchie or the school front office if you can take over this event! They are also still in need of officers for the 2017-2018 school year. They need a president(which fulfills 8 of the 10 volunteer hours) and a secretary and a treasurer (both of which fulfills 7 out of the 10 volunteer hours). If you are interested in being an officer please contact Mary Ritchie at marywagritchie@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Medicine- if your student is in elementary to transition- please pick up any medicines on the last day of school. We are not allowed to keep them in school during the summer. Letters from the visiting nurse were sent home last week.

Awards Assembly- will be Friday, May 26th at 11:00 am. Parents are welcome to attend and then can take their children home due to a noon dismissal!

 

Yearbooks- you may still order a 2016-2017 yearbook (without a personal page) until Friday May 26th. Please contact Diane Hancock at dhancock@madonnaschool.org if you need an order form. Yearbooks are $20.00 and will be distributed at Summer School or may be picked up in the front office later this summer between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. If there are extra yearbooks you can purchase one at the August 10th Open House!

 

Registration Folders - for 2017-2018 have gone home with everyone in  a red folder! Please fill out the paperwork and return to the front office by May 26th! Included in the folder is a uniform order form from Educational Outfitters. If you wish to order uniform tops- please fill out the form and return it with payment to the front office by May 26th. In mid-August we will send home another order form for spirit wear andanother uniform order form. These will be delivered end of September!

 

Uniforms- uniform order forms and the dress code went home in the red folders. If you would like to order uniform shirts with an August 10th delivery date- please turn in your order to front office by May 26th. We are using Educational Outfitters again this Spring! Shirt colors that may be worn are Madonna blue, white, gray or black. You may order shirts from Educational Outfitters (Madonna logo on them) or purchase the shirts at the store of your preference. A parent has found $5.00 polo shirts at Walmart in the colors listed above!

 

Summer School- for those who signed up, Summer School begins June 5thand runs through June 23rd. The daily hours are 8:15-12:15. Lunch is not served. Those who signed up for after care need to be picked up by 1:00 and bring a sack lunch! See you then!

 

  Back to School Open House -will be August 10th, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Come to school, visit your classroom, meet your teacher and see your friends. Cookies and punch will be served! If you ordered uniforms in May, you may pick them up at the Open House. See you there!  

 

 Big Dam River Run-Saturday, June 3rd, is the annual Big Dam River Run, a motorcycle event starting in our Madonna parking lot at 8 AM and heading up to the Gavin’s Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. Details are here: http://www.bigdamriverrun.com/.  The morning of the ride, the collection of 100 gleaming Harleys up and down the Madonna parking lot is a sight to behold! And the riders are delighted to meet Madonna students. Please bring your student to meet the riders and see the bikes – and tell the bikers thanks!

 

Fireworks- Madonna has again received a fireworks license from the City of Omaha. The license helps us raise about $7,500 per year! The folks at Bellino Fireworks collaborate with us, and they tell us we’ll likely have the same location for our tent as the past couple years: 17801 Pierce Plaza, not far from the Hy-Vee at 180th and Pacific. Be sure to support our fireworks tent during the days leading up to July 4th!

 

 

                                                                 

                                        

                                                          

Project SEARCH Graduates Latest Class

Project SEARCH graduates, include from left, back: Michael Lentz, Cheryl Lux, Vincent Lewis, Matt Mulligan, Blake Hodgen; from left, front: Ann Marie Joyce, Schala McGee, Juwan Mountain, Michele Hagan.

Project SEARCH graduates, include from left, back: Michael Lentz, Cheryl Lux, Vincent Lewis, Matt Mulligan, Blake Hodgen; from left, front: Ann Marie Joyce, Schala McGee, Juwan Mountain, Michele Hagan.

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | May 23, 2017

Nine students graduated last week from UNMC/Nebraska Medicine's most recent Project SEARCH class, with all nine offered a job and four already working.

The class is the third graduating class since the job program came to the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine campus two and a half years ago.

Project SEARCH is a one-year, total workplace immersion vocational training program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn the necessary job skills to become competitively employed.

Graduate Cheryl Lux will be working at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, doing a variety of jobs as a behavioral technician assistant.

"This is a blessing," she said. "I'm here, graduating, and I have a job. I'm happy."

"We're exceptionally pleased," said Tara Harper, Project SEARCH liaison. "Everyone's done a really good job. Both partners, VODEC and Madonna School, have been great to work with and everybody's really supportive of the project."

Sam Nelson, a former graduate of the program, was at the event. Nelson currently works at the NICU in Nebraska Medicine, where he cleans isolettes. "It helped me a lot," he said of the program, saying it had made him more independent and helped him meet new people.

Chris Miller, the Project Search instructor with program partner Madonna School, said he was "proud of these guys, and really happy to have 100 percent employment."

"They've earned all that they've accomplished," Miller said. "We just keep going, getting better every year. This is a great site."

Paul Turner, Sodexo executive director, said he was pleased with the 100 percent employment opportunity rate -- the second year in a row the program has achieved that mark. Sodexo is hiring four of the new graduates.

"We're excited about our new employees and this program," he said. "The last three years have been really good -- we're excited about the partnerships."

In addition to Sodexo, partners in the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Project SEARCH program include the Munroe-Meyer Institute, Madonna School, VODEC, Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

UNMC Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance Deb Thomas, who was instrumental in bringing the program to the med center, said she was proud of the latest cohort of graduates.

"Our Project SEARCH participants continually go above and beyond in their training, as their success in achieving their employment goals shows," she said. "We are proud to be a host site for this important and inclusive program."

Madonna Parent Newsletter May 11, 2017

Madonna

Parent

Newsletter

May 11 , 2017

CALENDAR OF EVENTS-

May 11- Spring Music Program @ 1:00 pm

May 12- Practice for Graduation from 12:30-3:00 pm.

May 13- Carnival & Plant Sale

May 15- Madonna Golf Classic

May 15- Practice for Graduation 12:30-3:00 pm.

May 16- Practice for Graduation 12:30-3:00 pm

May 16- Graduation- 7:00 pm St. James Catholic Church

May 22- Goodie and Dress Down Day

May 25- No hot lunch- send sack lunch and drink

May 26- Last Day of School; Noon Dismissal   

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS STATE MEET

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS-

May 17- Volleyball- Creighton/Cental High School 5:00 pm

May 18- Swim Meet-Common Grounds, Elkhorn 8:30 am  

May 19- Field Events-  NW High School 6:00 pm

May 20- Running Events- NW High School 9:00 am

 

May Worker of the Month is: Drew Vacek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home and School- is in need of officers for the 2017-2018 school year. They need a president  (which fulfills 8 of the 10 volunteer hours) and a secretary and a treasurer (both of which fulfills 7 out of the 10 volunteer hours). If you are interested in being an officer please contact Mary Ritchie at marywagritchie@gmail.com.

 

Registration Folders and Uniform Order Forms- for 2017-2018 have gone home with elementary-high school students in  a red folder! Please fill out the paperwork and return to the front office by May 25th! Included in the folder is a uniform order form from Educational Outfitters. If you wish to order uniform tops- please fill out the form and return it with payment to the front office by May 25th. These orders will be ready and given out at the August 10th Open House  in time to be worn on the first day of school! In mid-August we will send home another order form for spirit wear andanother uniform order form. These will be delivered end of September!

 

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation-forms were sent home this week with students who are age 14 and older. Please fill this form out and return to school as soon as possible. This will determine if your child is eligible to receive free pre-employment transition services from the VR.

Summer School- forms have been mailed out. Summer School will be held June 5th – 23rd. It will run from 8:15- 12:15, Monday through Friday. If you are interested in Summer School, please return the form and payment to the front office by May 12th, 2017.

 

2016-2017 Yearbooks- Yearbook  order forms have gone home with your students. The yearbooks are available to purchase on a pre-order basis.The cost of the yearbook will still be $20.00. There is an optional personalized page you may order for your child. It is $5.00 for ¼ page, $10.00 for ½ page and $20.00 for a full page. The order form, payment and personalized order page are all due to Diane Hancock in the front office by May 15th, 2017. Please call the front office at 402-556-1883 if you have any questions.

Graduation- will be May 16, 2017 at St. James Church.

May 12,15 and 16- Practice for Graduation is 12:30-3:00

May 16- Decorate hall for reception 12:30-3:00

                May 16- Graduation ceremony at St. James Catholic Church followed by reception in the hall.

                - Doors open at 6:00 pm.

                - Graduates report to prnicipal or director by 6:30 pm

                - Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm

 

 Madonna School Golf Classic- will be Monday, May 15, 2017 at Champions Run in Omaha! We are still in need of 2 more  volunteers. If you can help please email Jeff Horeis at jeff@nationalseniorinsurance.com for more information!

 

Carnival-will be May 13, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00pm. Flyers went home with information on volunteering your time and/or items. These are the items need: 104 hot dogs, 104 hot dog buns, 150 small bags of chips, 75 cans of soda, 30 bottles of water, 2 bottles of ketchup, 1 bottle of mustard and 1 bottle of pickle relish. Please fill out the volunteer slip and return to Mrs. JoAnn Griffel.

Plant Sale- will be May 13th from 9:00 to 2:00 pm.

 

Reminder- please call the front office before 9:00 am if your child is going to be absent or late.

We must call in our hot lunch count to St. Philip Neri by 9:00 am.

 

 

School Hot Lunch – May 12th  through May 19th, 2017

 

Friday, May 12th- Godfather’s, Corn, Pears

 Monday, May 15- Breaded Patty WGR Bun, Green Beans, Peaches

Tuesday, May 16- Tacos, Banana, Tossed Salad, Cookie

Wednesday, May 17- Arby’s or PB & J Sandwich, Ships and Fruit

Thursday, May 18- Beef Cutlet, Mashed Potato, Gravy, Applesauce, Tea Roll

Friday, May 19- Mini Burgers, Baked Beans, Mandarin Oranges

Special Sacraments for Special Students

Special Sacraments for Special Students

April 03, 2017

If a child is nonverbal with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, can parents hope that the child will ever receive the Church’s sacraments?

The answer is a resounding yes, thanks to adaptive sacramental preparation such as is used at Madonna School, the Archdiocese of Omaha’s unique outreach to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Abram Ritchie, a Madonna student, received his Confirmation and First Holy Communion together at Madonna’s weekly all-school Mass on Friday, March 10.

Archbishop Lucas deputized Abram’s pastor, Father Mike Eckley of Saint Pius X Parish, to administer Confirmation along with First Communion.

Abram played an active role in the liturgy, using his computer tablet as his voice to read the responsorial psalm and also some of the prayers of intercession. He and a classmate brought up the gifts at the offertory.

More than a dozen friends and family members joined the Ritchies and the Madonna School community for the liturgy and a cake-and-punch reception afterwards.

Praying with Madonna students often elicits a warm reaction from guests, who enjoy both the students’ active participation in music and responses as well as  their attentive listening during the readings and prayers.

As one of Abram’s relatives put it with a wry smile, “If this is what heaven is like, I’m going to start being good.”

Madonna is one of 70 schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha committed to Awakening Greatness in its students. 

This blog post was submitted by Madonna School.