Winter Break

Winter Break

Monday, December 25, 2023 through Friday, January 5, 2024

Students return to school Monday, January 8, 2024

Holiday Programs for families in need


Catholic Social Services: 2241 O Street / 402.474.1600 / Will need to complete an application if you haven’t received their services before. Provide photo ID.
● Thanksgiving: Taking requests now until all food is reserved. Pick up will be Nov 17th (9am-12pm & 1-4pm)
● Operation Santa Claus: You must come in person to complete an application. Applications are accepted
from 9am-12pm from Oct. 30 to Nov 10. Pick up on Dec 20th and 21st.
● Christmas Food Baskets: Starting Nov 27th call to request your basket. Orders filled as supplies last. Pick
up on Dec 20th between 9am-12pm & 1-4pm.

Center for People in Need (CFPIN): 3901 N. 27th Street Unit 1 / 402.476.4357 / Need to register for a CFPIN card before receiving services: Photo ID required to register for card. Will need to renew or apply for CFPIN card by Nov 19 to have in time for Thanksgiving. Must register in person to get a card during distribution times Monday-Friday (10am-1pm and 4-6pm on Tuesday).
● Thanksgiving: Nov 20 (10am-2pm & 3-7pm), Nov 21 (10am-2pm & 3-7pm), & Nov 22 (10am-3:30pm)
● Toy Land for Kids: Child you are shopping for must be on CFPIN card. Dec 20, 21, 22. Need to register for your time to shop first. Will pick toys by age group and possibly stocking stuffers.

City Impact: Gifts of Love: 1035 N. 33rd Street / 402.477.8080 / Register in person Nov 3rd (9am-7pm), Nov 4th (9am-1 pm), Nov 10th (9am-7pm), OR Nov 11th (9am-1pm). You will get a follow up email of when your shopping day would be. Gifts of Love store runs Dec 12th and 14th for City Impact Program participants OR Dec 15th and 16th to community members who registered. Need: current photo ID, SS card for each child (or Medicaid card, 2022 tax return, passport, gov issued ID), & one of the following: LPS free lunch, letter with SNAP case #, recent pay stub for each adult.

KFOR Operation Santa Claus: providing an individual toy of choice to children 1-13 years old, or up to 16 if the child is mentally or physically challenged. Duplicate registration checked. Can register at: Catholic Social Services, El Centro De Las Americas, Lancaster Veterans Service center, Lancaster City Health Dept, Malone Center, Ponca Tribe of NE, Region V Systems, Hope Spoke, NE Family Center & Voices of Hope. Check with individual agencies for registration times and dates but only sign up through one agency.

Malone Center: 2032 U Street / 402.474.1110 / Holiday Food Giveaway on Nov 19th from 11am-5pm at Saint Paul United Methodist Church (1144 M Street, Lincoln, NE 68508). Live music, free food, giving away coats, hats, gloves, socks, and underwear while supplies last.

Matt Talbot: 2121 N. 27th Street / 402.477.4116
Thanksgiving: evening meal only Nov. 25th from 5:30-6:30pm.
Christmas Eve & Day: lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm & dinner from 5:30-6:30pm.

Peoples City Mission Help Center: 6800 P Street / 402.475.6888 or 402.217.2981 / Please come in person
to complete info for Clarity Card prior to the date needed. Items are first come, first serve.
● Thanksgiving: Drive through food basket giveaway Nov. 18th from 9:30am-11:30pm.
● Santa’s Workshop: Dec. 14th from 9am-12:30pm. Will give away new toys for children of all ages.

Salvation Army: 2625 Potter Street / 402.474.6263 / Must come in person to register. Please bring Photo ID, proof of address, and proof of household size. You will set up a time to pick up baskets when registering.
● Thanksgiving box: Sign up for baskets Oct 30 – Nov 16th. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (10am-12pm and 1-4pm)
● Christmas Gift Assistance: Sign up for food baskets and/or gifts through the Angel Tree program. Sign up begins Nov 27th and continues on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (10am-12pm & 1-4pm). You will
need to provide your children’s ages/gender and proof that they are in the home (Medicaid card/SSN/ID)

Music Program Dates

2023-2024 Music Program
Date Group
Thursday, November 2nd 6:30 pm 2nd Grade Music Program
Thursday, December 7th 6:30 pm  Band Concert 
Thursday, December 7th 6:30 pm  Strings Concert
Thursday, February 1st 6:30 pm 3rd Grade Music Program
Thursday, March 7th 6:30 pm 1st Grade Music Program
Thursday, April 11th 6:30 pm 4th Grade Music Program
Monday, May 6th 6:30 pm at Pound Middle School Band Concert 
Monday, May 6th 6:30 pm at Pound Middle School Strings Concert
Thursday, May 9th 6:30 pm 5th Grade Musical
Friday, May 17th 6:30 pm Kindergarten Music Program

ParentVUE: Add student absence

A Report Absence button is available in ParentVUE.  Parents/Guardians can submit their student’s absence, up to 30 days in advance, from ParentVUE.

Absences should be entered in ParentVUE if the student will be absent for the entire day or first thing in the morning, arriving later in the day. Student’s picked up early from school should be called into the Zeman school office at 402-436-1169.

Once you have pressed the save button, you should see the following image on your screen to know that it has been submitted.

Nelson: Rookie Teacher of the Year

Taylee Nelson: Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics


Taylee Nelson, fourth grade teacher at Zeman Elementary School, has been named 2023 Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics. This award was established in 2000 to honor rookie mathematics teachers who demonstrate outstanding teaching in their beginning years of teaching.


The Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics named Zeman Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Taylee Nelson 2023 Rookie Teacher of the Year. Established in 2000, this award recognizes teachers in their first three years of teaching who demonstrate outstanding work in the area of mathematics.

Taylee has taught for three years, and recently published an article in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK-12 titled “Vulnerability in Our Collective Work as Educators”.

Zeman Principal Rik Devney wrote in the nomination letter:

“Taylee’s level of planning has served as a strong foundation for the academic progress students are making. She delivers instruction with a good level of clarity and precision that promotes active engagement in all areas.

Taylee understands the importance of building a culture for learning by having high expectations for scholars in a safe environment where students can take risks as learners. Her interactions with students set the tone for the ‘norms’ of how student interactions are to occur. Her classroom is a true community of learners.”


That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Taylee Nelson, fourth grade teacher at Zeman Elementary School has been named 2023 Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics; and 

WHEREAS, Tayle Nelson successfully facilitates learning and supports student growth through active engagement and building a culture of learning; and 

WHEREAS, Taylee Nelson has devoted her time and efforts in improving her craft of teaching to better engage her students and make a greater impact on students’ math growth and critical thinking; and

WHEREAS, Taylee Nelson is widely admired and respected among her peers both within Lincoln Public Schools and the State of Nebraska; 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby congratulate Taylee Nelson for being selected as the 2023 Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

View a video highlight of the honor here.

Updated November 14, 2023

LPS Permit Deadline – Jan 8, 2024

If you wish to have your child attend a school outside of your assigned attendance area for the 2024-2025 school year, you will need to fill out a Permit for Special Attendance. If you already have an active permit for your school of choice, you do not need to fill out another permit for the next school year. The Special Attendance Permit deadline is January 8, 2024. If you have questions about permitting to another school, please contact Principal Devney. Permits will be processed in February.

Cold Weather is coming

Cold weather will be coming very soon! Please remember to check the weather forecast each day to determine how to dress your child for school. It is helpful if you mark all jackets, coats, gloves, hats and scarves with your child’s name. This will help us get items back to the correct owner and out of the lost and found! Students will continue to go outside for recess unless the wind chill is 15 degrees or lower.

Students will also continue to line up outside in the mornings. If the wind chill is 15 degrees or lower, we will bring students inside in the morning.

Q2 Report Cards

Parents are able to access quarterly report cards through our online family communication portal, ParentVue. Quarter report cards will be available by 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

To see your child’s General Education, Special Education, Gifted, Band and Strings reports, please log into your ParentVue account.

Special Education MDT report, IEP, and quarterly progress reports can be found in ParentVue by clicking on the “Special Ed” tab.

General education, Band, Strings and Gifted report cards can be found in ParentVue by clicking on the “Documents” tab.

The Report Card information tab will provide completed quarter General Education, Band and Strings grades.  

Forgotten passwords can be obtained by clicking the “Forgot Password” link . A link to reset your password will be sent to your email address.

ParentVue activation codes for a new ParentVue account or ParentVue assistance can be obtained from the Zeman School Office in person or by calling 402-436-1169.  

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Band and Strings AM Practice

Band Practice

Zeman 5th Grade Before School Band

Meets every Wednesday school is in session from 7:15-8:00 a.m. in the Zeman Gym

  • Band Wednesday’s 1st SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:
    • October 18, 25
    • November 1, 8, 15, 29 (No rehearsal on Nov 22)
    • December 6
  • Band Wednesday’s 2nd SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:
    • January 10, 17, 24, 31
    • February 7, 14, 21, 28
    • March 6, 20, 27 (No rehearsal on March 13)
    • April 3, 10, 17, 24

Strings Practice

4th Grade Strings Tuesday’s 1st SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:

  • October 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December 5

4th Grade Strings Tuesday’s 2nd SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:

  • January 9, 16, 23, 30
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 5, 19, 26 (No rehearsal on March 12)
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

5th Grade Strings Thursday’s 1st SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:

  • October 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30 (No rehearsal Nov 23)
  • December 7

5th Grade Strings Thursday’s 2nd SEMESTER REHEARSAL DATES:

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • March 7, 21, 28 (No rehearsal March 14)
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25


Band and Strings concert Thursday, December 7th 6:30 pm 

Band and Strings concert Monday, May 6th 6:30 pm at Pound Middle School