Technology Campus Chronicle

Vol. 2 No. 15

Principal's Corner

The Week Ending 11-30-18

Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,


Computer Science Week is December 3rd- December 9th, each teacher will pick an activity coding related to what they do in the class room at some point during the week. The most creative will win a prize.


Congratulations to the following students who placed at the Math League Elementary Competition over the Thanksgiving Break:


In 3rd grade, Olivia Jordan won 5th place.

In 3rd grade, Gabriel Cruz won 4th place.

In 4th grade, Rashed Abedeen won 2nd place.

In 5th grade, Samuel Sapatla won 5th place.


Sincerely,

Michael Singleton

The Technology Campus is incredibly thankful for all of our faithful readers, and for that we would like to reward our families. Moving forward we will have a NEWSLETTER QUIZ located under the Principal's corner.


Quiz completion will automatically place your student into a drawing for a Dress Down Pass. Dress Down Passes will be awarded to 10% of entries for each building. The number of entries will directly effect the amount of prizes awarded for the week. Entries selected from the lottery must be correct upon review.


We hope that you have fun, and enjoy reading this week's edition! Entries are due the morning of Monday, December 10th.

Give back to Schools


A great way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools is to use the links below when shopping from Amazon or Office Depot/Office Max.

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Orlando Science Schools via Discovery Education Services, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.



*AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our school.


https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3366305


*Office Depot provides the school with 5% back in credits for FREE supplies when you make a purchase of qualifying school supplies. Simply provide the school ID at checkout.


http://www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/

OSES School Code: 70228302

OSS School Code: 70218341

Online Payment System

Parents can now make FREE online payments for most school expenses online with School Pay. This includes School Lunch and After Care! Simply log into your secure online School Pay Parent Center account and pay for items including after school care fees, club fees, field trips, class fees, student fees and more. The first step is creating your Parent Center Account at schoolpay.com Please go to "Charter Schools" tab and then choose your school name as "Orlando Science Elementary School" to complete the steps for creating your parent account. Online payment methods include VISA, MasterCard, Discover cards, and a full history of payments is searchable by date and child.This gives families the convenience of paying at any time (24/7) from your home PC. Emphasis on Security The School Pay service is audited by a third-party to assure adherence to the strict, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). If you have any problems using the School Pay system please call 1 888-88-MYPAY

Questions about your student’s school pay account can be directed to Ms. Centenera.

Many of our teachers use Teachers Pay Teachers for engaging and inquiry-based lessons. There is a schoolwide Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) account. Parents and community members may donate to the TpT fund by sending in TpT gift cards. Gift cards can be purchased online: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Gift-Card. Parents can send in a gift card for their teacher or for the whole school account.

OSS Technology Volunteers

Interested in Volunteering at the OSS Technology campus?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Technology Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year MUST be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization!

Welcome Parents!



It is time, once again, to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)!


For latest information and events happening at our technology campus, grades K-5, please join our Facebook page under ''OSES PVO". We can also be reached at oses.pvo@orlandoscience.org

Attendance Matters

Attendance is key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Stella for k-3rd grade and Ms. Taylor for 3rd-6th grade


Stella.waton@orlandoscience.org

Taylor.watson@Orlandoscience.org


Please note that in order for an absence to be excused you must turn in proper documentation (i.e a doctors note) to the front desk

lost and Found

Please check the lost and found both in the cafeteria and the front desk in Building 1 and Building 2 . We have lots of items that need to find their way back home.


Please remember to label everything, especially uniform clothes and agendas so they can be returned if found.

Osceola Campus is expanding!

Osceola Science K-8 is expanding to a brand new 70,000 Square foot facility on the border of Osceola and Orange County!


We are currently enrolling and need your help to spread the word to your communities that we are serving both Orange and Osceola counties.


Please see flyer below for more info! If you would like some of our flyers please ask any of our front desk staff and they can provide them.


Thank you again for all your support!

IMPORTANT RE-ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

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We need your help!

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Please email Taylor.watson@orlandoscience.org if there is anything specific you would like to start seeing in the weekly newsletter.

Pajama, blanket, and jacket drive

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Next Week's Lunch Menu

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Kindergarten

This week in Kindergarten we explored the theme of “Hogwash” during literacy used our inferring skills to help us find the cause and effect. We also practiced drawing/writing a cause and effect and had a great time presenting them to our class mates.


We are also having a great time practicing our subtraction strategies, learning about shapes and exploring the inch.


We are excited to be back at school show and share where we went over Thanksgiving Break!

First Grade

Mrs. Beckman’s class came back from a restful Thanksgiving break and was ready to learn! In reading we read “The Big Race” and practiced using and identifying verbs in the past, present, and future tenses. In math we continued learning about the relationship between addition and subtraction (fact families). In social studies we began learning about different winter holidays from around the world - It’s so much fun to learn about different cultures!


Ms. Kelly’s class enjoyed a wonderful Fall Break, and came back to school ready to learn. This week, we are working on becoming Wilderness Explorers, as we learn about animals and their habitats. We are also researching these animals and recording their average weight to compare amongst others in their ecosystem. This project integrates ELA, Science, and Math as we use our current skills (and learn new ones!) to help us answer a variety of questions. Ask your child what would happen to a polar bear in the desert, and what animals need to survive. Our class also enjoyed the visit from SeaWorld and Discovery Cove on Tuesday. The education team shared their knowledge of animal conservation, local wildlife, and invasive species. We love to make connections during experiences like these!
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Ms. Molnar’s class is reading How Leopard got his spots and learning about setting in a story. We are also going over proper and common nouns. We are continuing to learn about addition strategies in math. Seaworld came to visit us this week and we got to learn all about armadillos and a tiny owl. It was so much fun getting to learn more about what Seaworld can do!

Second Grade

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In Mrs. Waugh’s Social Studies class, students finished up research papers on different Native American tribes. In Science, to explore the properties of matter, students participated in a Gummy Bear Lab where they measured and weighed gummy bears and tested if they would sink or float in water. They also left in different solutions overnight to see what would happen.
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Third Grade

Third Grade’s Thanksgiving Feast was on Friday, November 16th. Each class had the opportunity to cook a dish and then eat delicious food! We appreciate all the donations so very much!
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In Social Studies, classes have been doing research on on early explorers and community members. On Friday, third grade had a living museum, where each student showed a display board about the person they researched, and came dressed as that person! So cool!


In Math, students are working on 2 step word problems.


Have a great weekend!

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade had a great time on Thursday with our Book Tasting! (No, we didn’t eat books) The kids had an opportunity to explore some books they might not normally see and hang out with kids from the other classes too. Friday also has most of the grade off to St. Augustine. Pictures of both coming next week.


Congratulations to Mr. Rego for winning the ‘No Shave November’ contest. I challenged him, and others on staff to see who could have the best beard. The champion remains unbeaten! Second place was a close run between Mr. Koc and an anonymous entry of some hairy legs (not pictured per request).

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Fifth Grade

The students in Ms. Blaske’s science classes are learning about different types of energy and how they transform from one form to another. The students were amazed with the effects of static electricity on different objects including their hair. They also did a fabulous job on their Energy Robot projects.

Sixth Grade

The 6th grade students had the unique opportunity to visit Atlanta, GA on November 16-19. Students visited famous landmarks such as Georgia Aquarium, CNN, World of Coca Cola, CNN Studio, Zoo Atlanta and the College Football hall of Fame as well as variety of different activities. Students also were able to speak the target language and experience the culture with visiting families for breakfasts and dinners. The trip was filled with many fun activities and it was a great experience for our students.

Specials and Clubs k-6

In our second math competition, Orlando science elementary won 2nd place over all.

The students did really well again and we are so proud of the amount of hard work and dedication the students put into preparing for the competition.


In 3rd grade, Olivia Jordan won 5th place.

In 3rd grade, Gabriel Cruz won 4th place.

In 4th grade, Rashed Abedeen won 2nd place.

In 5th grade, Samuel Sapatla won 5th place.

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What did YOU do over Thanksgiving Break?

Zoey (5th) and Kylie (2nd) went to Animal Kingdom and baked pies with their Family
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Aiden (6th) On Wednesday night, before Thanksgiving, i went to Ocoee High School and donated my time to help families in need. Working with the Southeastern Food Bank, a division of Bread of Life Fellowship, I packed food boxes for families that need a little extra help during the holidays. These boxes were then delivered by other teams on Thanksgiving morning.

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Ms . Kelly had a surprise visitor for Thanksgiving! My sister, her husband and my niece Olivia came to visit me. We had many great meals, went on adventures, and snuggled on the couch. I love to have family visit me. I hope our students had a great fall break, too!

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Extracurricular Activities

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After School Clubs with Space k-6

This form is to sign up for clubs with space. This is for k-6, but will be grouped by grade levels. As a reminder, if you miss three or more days in a club you will be removed. Once you sign up, you will receive an email from alicia.greene@orlandoscience.org If you do not receive confirmation email to join the club, then it was full and you will be placed on the waitlist. The club guide is attached in case you want to view descriptions and club fees for the club. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yprL-MgEfA4s91fhyWfCSLShZoHLE3ls/view?usp=sharing Please visit schoolpay.com to pay the designated fee for the club.

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Science Fair

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OSS’s science fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore their favorite topic in science. It provides an avenue for student research, allow students to be actively engaged in their own learning, and to use their own creativity to solve a pressing problem in an imaginative way. A science fair builds a bridge between home and school - establishing bonds between students, parents, and teachers and inspires students to become life long learners.


All forms must be typed or filled out using blue ink. NO pencil!

Mr. Stampas is the adult sponsor. Stampas@orlandoscience.org, (407) 253-7304

Form 1B is signed by the student and the parent. Besides the start date of experimentation on form 1A (10/20/17), all other forms prior to experimentation will be dated in September.


Please click the link below for full science fair description!

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STEM teams Forming

We have new STEM teams forming for upcoming competitions. These teams will meet off campus. The competition dates are in December, February, and May. These are general lower cost than some of the competition teams, but some cost is required ($15 per student for the February event and about $50 per team for the May event, and money for the t-shirts if they are not donated, and kit items.) I highly suggest looking into where the coach/adults work to see if funds are available for sponsorships.

Here are the list of teams that are forming:

  • Gliders (K-6)
  • Math (K-6)
  • Mousetrap Car (K-6)
  • Water Bottle Rockets (K-6)
  • Egg Drop (K-6)
  • Energy Transfer Machine (Rube Goldberg) (3-6)
  • Junior Solar Sprint (4-6)
  • Critter Comfort Cottage (4-6)
  • Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6)
  • Vex Robotics (6)
  • Balsa Bridge (4-6)

Please sign up at http://bit.ly/ossenergywhizteams if you are interested in your student joining a team. Students/parents will be notified if the student is selected for a team. No coach = No team. The point of these teams is for the experience. This is our first year and there is NO pressure on coaches or teams to win. We want them to have the experience, have fun, and be engaged in STEM.

Curtis Science Competition

Are you interested in a fun science competition? There are spots open for each grade level. All you need to do is fill out the form on the link. K-4 is the Rising Stars Challenge and 5th and 6th is the Kinetic Challenge that needs a parent coach for each team. Requirements are included in the form.

Energy Whiz Competition K-6th

STEM Teams Are Forming!

Students from kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to join a STEM team. Teams will meet off campus and compete at between one to three competitions. There are eight teams to choose from! Students that are not on a competition team will have a better chance of making the team since we want to make sure that ALL students are able to compete in STEM competitions. Also, if a parent volunteers to be the coach, the student has a higher chance of being on a team.


The teams are: Mousetrap Car (K-6), Water Bottle Rockets (K-6), Egg Drop (K-6), Rube Goldberg (Energy Transfer Machine) (3-6), Junior Solar Spring (4-6), Critter Cottage (4-6), Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6), and Vex Robotics (6).


If you would like to sign up for a team, please sign up online: http://bit.ly/ossenergywhizteams. Signing up on the form does not mean you are on a team. You will be contacted if you were chosen for a team.


For more information on Energy Whiz, visit their website: www.energywhiz.com/energywhiz. Here is a video about the events: http://vimeo.com/fsec/ew. Here is where you sign up as a volunteer: www.fsec.ucf.edu/go/ewvolunteer.

Girls' Math Competition

Register for this upcoming math competition and online practice round at www.girlsinmath.org


Help create a supportive mathematics community of peers and mentors by participating either as a contestant or a volunteer.


1st hour- contest

2nd hour - math games and art

3rd hour- awards


All participants will receive t-shirts.


Teachers can chose an OMC t-shirt or a book on our website here:

https://www.orlandomathcircle.org/shop/


Registration fee is waived for anyone who submits a district letter documenting child is on assisted or free public school lunch program.


Thank you to our generous location sponsor, Rosen JCC!!


Orlando Math Circle is a local nonprofit volunteer organization providing resources and opportunities for students to explore mathematics outside of school.


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

www.orlandomathcircle.org

Poster Contest

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Important school Reminders

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Orca's Core Values and character Education

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Character Education has begun at OSES and we are having a great time learning our social skills at school and the students are learning how to use these tools successfully too! This year part of our Character Education curriculum we have introduced "Operation Impact" our goal is to share and show how our students are reaching out to the communities, families and other students to show their positive character traits.

Here are a few character traits:

  • Kindness
  • Empathy
  • Trustworthy
  • Reaching Out to Others
  • Building Friendships

We want to see how your children are using their character traits outside of school and featuring them each week in our weekly newsletter!! This is a great way to spotlight your child's positive influence that they have in our community and school! We look forward to seeing your pictures and experiences.

Please send a few pictures and small description of your children's activity (encourage them to write it on their own too). Pictures must be handed in on Monday's in order to make it for the Friday newsletter. They can be sent in to your child's teacher or emailed to Mrs. Krygowski at katherine.krygowski@orlandoscience.org

We can't wait to see our wonderful students putting #Operation Impact to work in our community!!!

Staff character of the Month-October

Mrs. Stella- Front desk B1


Congratulations on winning character of the month! Ms Taylor and Ms. Stella are always there to help our staff and families when needed!

Ms. Taylor- Front desk B2

Student Character of the Month- October

Congratulations to the all the students who won character of the month for the month of October!
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Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions

Kennedy Space Center - Free Admission

The Space Center is offering free admission to 5th graders NOW through the end of December.


Please see the flyer below for promotion details.

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Costa Rica 2019

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All of our families are invited to join us on a memorable STEM field trip to Costa Rica during Spring Break. You can watch the recording of the online parent help session here: http://bit.ly/ossstemincostarica.


If you are interested, deposits are due in November. The deposits hold your spots on the trip. The rooms are filling up, so deposits are the best way to save your room for your family.


Final payments are due by December 13th.


Just a reminder that everyone receives two shirts for the trip down and trip back. Students will also receive the learning journal. We all fly out of Miami together on the same flight. Holbrook takes care of all of the costs. That is why we all fly together both in and out of Costa Rica. The price includes all food, excursions, hotels, and tips for the driver and guides.


You can learn more about the trip here: http://holbrook.travel/orlandosci-cr19.


Here are the two places we are staying while in Costa Rica:

Arenal Paraiso

Ara Ambigua


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Dyer or Mrs. Trujillo. We are excited to share this incredible experiences with our families!

DONATIONS

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