ALL STATE: The Nebraska Music Educators Association will have its All State Music Conference and Clinic events Wednesday through Friday in Lincoln.
ARTS ACHIEVERS: The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is taking applications for the 16th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards. They recognize Nebraska 11th-graders who are gifted and talented in visual art, dance, music, theater, and film and new media. Students must submit an application online, which includes uploading a sample of their work and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Instructions are available at go.unl.edu/nyaa. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 14. Winning students will be invited to a day of recognition April 3, 2013, to tour the arts facilities, attend classes and meet faculty and college students. For more information, contact Kathe Andersen at 402-472-9355 or email@example.com.
CRAFT FAIR: Catch the Papillion-La Vista South annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. More than 100 crafters will be at the school, 10799 Nebraska Highway 370 in Papillion. Admission is $1, with proceeds going to the theater, vocal music and band departments.
FRENCH WEEK: Omaha Brownell-Talbot students will celebrate National French Week on Tuesday and Thursday with crÍpe breakfasts. French language students will sell fruit bonbons after breakfast Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
ROBOTS: Robotics students and fans are gathering today at Papillion-La Vista to participate and watch the Papillion-La Vista VRC Robotics competition. Regionwide, 24 teams will participate. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. Qualification matches will start at 11:15 a.m., with final rounds to begin at 1:30 p.m. Awards and closing ceremonies will take place at 3:30 p.m.
NOW SHOWING: Omaha Concordia will stage “One Act Performance” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor St. Tickets, $10, are available by calling Concordia at 402-445-4000.
WINE TASTING: Omaha Gross will have a fundraising Wine Tasting Party at 7 p.m. Friday in the Student Commons. Wine sale proceeds will benefit the school's annual fund. Tickets, $20 a person, include wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Casual dress. Reserve your spot at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=3a26f6.
NIGHT IN: The National Honors Society at Omaha Gross will offer Junior High Girls Night In from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The event for fifth- through eighth-grade girls costs $18 per child and includes T-shirt, pedicure, flip-flops, custom-made headband, photo booth, games, snacks and more.
TIME TO TALK: The principal at North and South Primaries in Blair will have coffee with parents Monday.
PASS THE POPCORN: Pine Creek Elementary in Bennington will be busy next week. Monday will bring a Veterans Day Program. Friday will bring PTO Family Movie Night when “Madagascar 3” will be shown on the big screen.
IT'S A FIRST: The PTO at Heritage Elementary in Bennington will sponsor the school's first movie night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Wear your pajamas, bring your pillows, blankets or sleeping bags and come for family night. Parents need to accompany their children. “Madagascar 3” will be shown. Admission is $2 per person/$10 maximum for a family. The Student Council will sell concessions. Heritage will have a Veterans Day ceremony Monday.
JUST US: First-graders at Abbott Elementary in Millard will have a fun night Tuesday with their parents. No siblings are allowed.
CREATIVE WORKSHOPS: Children's author and illustrator Hanoch Piven will conduct workshops Monday for parents and students at Omaha's Friedel Jewish Academy. Piven's work can be viewed at pivenworld.com.
RECYCLING: Thursday is America Recycles Day. The recycle committee at Ezra Millard Elementary in Millard wants to be part of Interstate All Battery Center's Go Green Turkey Challenge. The school is collecting old batteries until Friday. Recycle committee members will take the batteries to Interstate for recycling and simultaneously help Food Bank for the Heartland. For every 10 pounds of batteries Interstate gets, it will donate one pound of turkey to the food bank. The school will not accept car batteries, but Interstate will take them.
RED RIBBON WEEK: Grades four through six at St. Cecilia Cathedral School recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, a time to focus on drug prevention education. Students learned songs, read stories and made posters. All the students took a pledge to stay drug free. The winners of the poster contest were Anna Sully, first place; Mary Clare O'Connor, second place; Kate Joyce, third place; Mary Justice, fourth place; Alex Hinrichs, tie for fifth place; and Alex Greenfield, tie for fifth place.
TIME TO TALK: Thursday will bring a morning with Head of School Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas for Omaha Brownell-Talbot parents.
BEE THERE: Dates have been set for the Spelling Bee and the Geography Bee at Hillside Elementary. The Spelling Bee will be Monday and the Geography Bee will be Dec. 5.
SALUTE TO VETERANS: Westbrook Elementary in Westside will have a Veterans Day program Monday.
COME FOR LUNCH: Third- through sixth-graders at Boyd Elementary in Omaha Public Schools will have a grandparents luncheon Friday.
PAPER SCARECROWS: Kindergartners at Hillside Elementary in Westside made scarecrows for the residents at Ambassador Omaha. The students made the scarecrows from paper lunch sacks, decorated them with construction paper and stuffed them. Each child made two scarecrows — one to keep at school and one to give away. “The kids really enjoyed saying 'happy fall' to the residents at Ambassador,” said kindergarten teacher Jill Foster. The school's spelling bee will be Monday. The school will have Family Fun Night Movie Night on Friday.
GARDEN WORK: Paddock Road Community Garden Dig will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Westside elementary school. The work is for Paddock's first Outdoor Classroom Garden. Volunteers will construct eight raised beds. The school's Student Council is sponsoring a Community Food Drive through Thursday for Food Bank for the Heartland.
HONORING VETERANS: Ackerman Elementary in Millard will have a Veterans Day program Monday.
MATH MANIA: Students in grades three through five at Harvey Oaks Elementary in Millard had Math Mania Night on Thursday.
COOPERATION: Fourth-graders from Mockingbird and Harvey Oaks Elementaries in Millard teamed up for an Ellis Island project Friday. Students from the sister schools re-enacted the stations that immigrants passed through to come to the United States.
W-I-N-N-I-N-G: The school spelling bee will be Tuesday at Prairie Lane Elementary in Westside.
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FALL FEST: Oakdale Elementary in Westside will have its Fall Fest on Friday. This adults-only party is a fundraiser for the school. Chess Club started this week at Oakdale and will run through March 1, 2013. The club is open to second- through sixth-graders.
GOING TECHNICAL: The Oakdale Community Club provided 10 new iPads to use at the elementary school. Along with eight iPads provided by the school district and class sets in each kindergarten room, these technology pieces are making the rounds. Students in second and fifth grades are exploring apps that practice skills in phonics, time telling and basic facts. The use of these technology tools has become part of the daily learning interactions that students have in their classroom and helps provide high motivation and deeper learning.
HONORING THE MILITARY: Swanson Elementary in Westside will have a Veterans Day Program on Monday.
EARNING THEIR TRIPS: The Destination Imagination team at Ralston Middle School will have a fundraiser Monday at Pizza Ranch, 3010 S. 84th St. The team will work at the restaurant to raise money for district and state competitions.
MATH GAMES: Meadows Elementary in Ralston will have Math Game Night on Monday.
WITH THE PRINCIPAL: Karen Western Elementary in Ralston will have Parent Donuts and Discussion on Tuesday morning. The school will have its Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday.
B-THERE: Wildewood Elementary in Ralston will play Bingo for Books on Thursday.
BUSY WEEK: Literacy Night will be Thursday and Family Movie Night will be Friday at Plattsmouth Elementary.
ALL ABOUT SAFETY: The Gretna Citizens Committee will sponsor its annual Parent Safety Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gretna High School. The forum's goal is to help educate parents on the many issues children will face. There will be informational booths and speakers.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Students of Portal Elementary's select music group will sing the national anthem Sunday at a University of Nebraska at Omaha men's basketball game. The singers will perform before the 6 p.m. tip-off at the new Ralston Arena. Portal is in La Vista.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Thomas Elementary in Gretna will have a Veterans Day assembly Monday.
MAKING MUSIC: The All-State Music Festival for vocalists, bands and orchestras will begin Thursday in Ames. Many western Iowa schools are participating.
UP IN THE AIR: Aerospace engineering students at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln recently took their learning to new heights. Flight instructors from Advanced Air at the Council Bluffs Airport took a dozen students on “discovery flights” to show them firsthand what they have been learning in class.
CAMPUS VISIT: The Campus Visit Day at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City will be Friday for high school juniors and seniors. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Stark Student Center. Events will end at 2 p.m. For more information about this free event, contact the Briar Cliff Office of Admissions at 712-279-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUST FOR FUN: Kreft Primary in the Council Bluffs Lewis Central district will have Family Fun Night on Thursday.
TOWN HALL MEETING: St. Albert Schools in Council Bluffs started a visioning process and will share the progress of it at a 6:30 p.m. Thursday town hall meeting in the high school auditorium. The process included more than 35 focus groups withstudents, parents, alumni, former faculty, donors, volunteers, local business-owners and others. Jeff Johnson, president and CEO of the Iowa State Alumni Association, assisted St. Albert. Johnson will present his findings and recommendations at the town hall meeting and answer questions.
BUSY PANTRY: The Lincoln Public Schools Emergency Pantry has been extremely busy and it is having trouble keeping the shelves stocked. The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SPECIAL PROGRAM: Students at Elmwood-Murdock Elementary will have a Veterans Day program Monday.
SCHOOL FUN: Students at Conestoga Junior High will have a dance and fun night Friday sponsored by FFA.
VIDEO: Lincoln Public Schools and Native American Public Telecommunications Inc. have created a short video highlighting the experience of students in the LPS Indian Education Program. The video features mentors and students recounting their stories about their experiences with the Indian Education Program and how those experiences have advanced student opportunities. The video also encourages new mentors to become involved. To view the “Lincoln Public Schools Indian Education” short film, visit videocenter.lps.org/videos/.
BUBBA'S CLOSET: Donated clothes will be available to the community's children at the annual Bubba's Closet event from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln. Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may attend and choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use free. There are no income requirements. Sacks will be provided by Lincoln Public Schools.
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: “'Stuff' Great Leaders Do” is the theme of Friday's Region IV Student Leadership Conference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Education. More than 200 fifth- and sixth-grade students from Region IV schools — including Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Lexington, Holdrege, Minden and small schools around those communities — will attend. Jim Weeks, athletic director at Doane College in Crete, will give the opening presentation. The students will rotate among nine stations, where they will get instruction from UNK faculty and staff on a range of career, university and leadership topics.
RECYCLE: Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal during November to benefit the Lincoln Public Schools recycling program. Two companies, Alter Scrap Processing and Sadoff Iron and Metal Co., will accept all types of scrap metal, which can be donated to LPS. Acceptable items include aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, appliances, wiring, sinks, bathtubs and electric motors. All or part of the proceeds from the scrap metal can be donated to the LPS program. At the end of the drive, the two companies will match the amount of the public donation. Funds raised will be used to replace aging, worn out steel recycling containers. LPS recycles about 1.2†million pounds of material annually. That's about 24 percent of the district's refuse.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax and Jay Withrow with World-Herald News Service