Madonna Parent Newsletter March 29, 2019

Madonna School Parent Newsletter March 29, 2019



Calendar of Events:

April 4th – “Coffee Talk” with Mr. Burt, Mrs. Cochran, and Mrs. Stewart: middle school, high school, transition, and employment

April 4th – Madonnapalooza

April 5th – No School – Teacher Inservice

April 11th – 12th – Camp for Middle and High School

April 15th – 22nd – No School – Easter Break

May 9th – 1 P.M. Spring Music Program

May 11th – Plant Sale 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. & Carnival 12 P.M. – 3 P.M.

May 13th – Madonna Golf Classic

May 14th – Graduation 7 P.M.

May 24th – Last Day of School – Noon Dismissal


Madonnapalooza is once again upon us!  It is a fabulous evening, as so many of you have experienced, when our students are celebrated and shine on the dance floor and in our hearts.  This year the event is Thursday, April 4th and we are back at Il Palazzo (The American-Italian Heritage Society) at 132nd and Fort.

Please note, if you student is commencing in May, it is expected they return to school for the remainder of the school year.


Congratulations to Monica Sobczyk, our high school worker of the month!


Children’s Scholarship Fund Applications:

  • Applications for the 2019-20 school year were opened on February 11th and will be open until Friday, May 3rd.

Safe Environment:

  • The Archdiocese of Omaha has directed that all school staff and those working with our students, including volunteers, receive Safe Environment Training.  In working toward that directive, we would like to encourage you to register for the class and become Safe Environment certified.

Home & School News


  • Apr 30 & Movie Night for students


  • Attending H&S meetings fulfills 1 hr. per family for service hours. Mark your calendars now!

  • The H&S is getting back to our roots with the use of committees instead of event sign-ups. Please come to see what's new, to meet other parents, and to build the Madonna community with us!

  • REMINDER: 10 hours of volunteer service is a requirement for families at Madonna. Our Home and School Organization is working to help you meet those hours by providing many opportunities throughout the year. Please remember that this is considered a portion of the tuition and hours not served will be billed to the families at the rate of $20 per hour. Thank you for your help with this.


Upcoming Special Olympics Dates:

  • State Basketball meet – Saturday, March 30th in Lincoln

  • Regional Track Meet – Sunday, April 28th @ Millard South

  • State/Summer Games (Volleyball, Track, Swimming) – Wednesday, May 22nd – Saturday, May 25th


Creating Financial Security for a Loved One with Special Needs

Debbie Niemann has a daughter with special needs. She is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual and is passionate about helping families and people with disabilities understand and navigate the special needs planning process. She will present this workshop to educate families and individuals with a child/adult who has special needs on how to prepare for two generations of financial security. The workshop will show attendees how to build a team and cover the key aspects to creating a special needs plan.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


UNMC Buffett Cancer Center
505 S 45th St
Conference Room, Buffett- LVL Ground 0-12101 Omaha, NE 68106

For more information on the event, contact Barb Glover at (402) 559-6483 or at

 2019 ALLPLAY Miracle Baseball League for Children & Young Adults with Special Needs

  • It's Free for players

  • Season Begins May 11 - June 29

  • Ages 3 - 60+ (in two age groups)

  • Games times begin at 8:30 am and last 1 hour!

Register here:

This online signup is for NEW and returning players. 

ALLPLAY Miracle Baseball League for children and adults with disabilities believes:

  • Everyone deserves the chance to play baseball !

During registration players can indicate their buddy preference and identify who their buddy will be. Players can also choose to have ALLPLAY find a buddy or maybe even decide they don't need a buddy.

  • Every player bats each inning

  • All players are safe on the bases

  • Every player scores a run  

  • Players names are announced by PA

  • Teams and players win every game

  • Every player gets a uniform

  • Treats provided for everyone after games

  • Every player gets a trophy at season's end

  • Every player can have a "Buddy" - a volunteer or family member to assist the player

  • Spring and fall seasons are played each with 6-8 weeks of games

The thrill of playing, cheers from the stands from family & friends, and friendships developed make the Miracle League a special place away from everyday battles.   Parents tell stories of their children wearing their uniform to bed or insisting on playing despite bouts with illness, kidney stones, broken bones, and recent hospitalizations.

All children with disabilities are welcome. Player's disabilities include: autism; cerebral palsy; spina bifida; visual impairments; muscular dystrophy; dwarfism; multiple sclerosis; spinal cord injury; down syndrome, amputations, and many other physical and mental disabilities. 

Returning players may be placed on the same team they played on last year, and if possible, may use their jersey and hat from the 2016 season.

Bruce Froendt

AllPlay Founder & Exec. Director