Ontario Primary School
OP News Blast - September 19
OP's First School-Wide Assembly
We were very proud of how our students demonstrated RESPECT and school spirit in our opening assembly. Each month our school focuses on a different character trait and this morning our students learned about respect. The assembly began with a fun and interactive song "Respect." You may want to have your child share this song with you as they have been practicing this in music classes and did a wonderful job this morning!
Our vertical teams were introduced this morning. Our vertical teams are made up of K, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms that get together one time each month to discuss the character trait introduced for the month and engage in a fun activity together that is related to the trait. It is powerful to have a mix of grade levels together so our older students can be positive role models and friends to our younger students.
Our assembly concluded with Mrs. Groff and Ms. Balta introducing students to "Bucket Filling" behaviors. OP is a bucket filling school that promotes positive behaviors and traits! We have already noted so many of our students filling buckets by demonstrating the traits we will focus on this year: citizenship, respect, caring and compassion, perseverance, tolerance, and responsibility. Our students are quickly learning to be bucket fillers and we love catching them doing the right thing even when they don't think anyone is watching!
I want to thank our Kids Under Construction Committee members who are dedicated to planning the assemblies and activities and all staff for promoting positive character in our school!
Our teachers gathered at the front as each vertical team was introduced to our students to let students know what classrooms they will be working with this year!
Our students learned how to be bucket fillers during our assembly from Mrs. Groff and Ms. Balta.
Below is a kindergarten class attending music where they were being introduced to the tambourine and had fun learning two different ways to use the instrument to make music!
STAR Assessments are Administered Across K-2
We will administer the STAR assessment three times throughout the year. This allows us to monitor their skills and growth as the year progresses so we can best respond to their needs.
Our 1st Grade Students are Developing Writing Communities in the Classroom
Students read their stories and selected one to share with classmates. Mrs. Fralick is explaining procedures for sharing their story using the "Author's Chair."
Our Students are Training for the Cross Country Fun Run
I want to thank our physical education teachers, Tracy Watson and Tim Burlee, who are focusing on fitness and getting our students ready for the Annual Cross Country Fun Run! Please see some details below about this exciting event:
A super fun event is coming up at the end of September and we hope to see you there!!!
What: The 21st Annual Mass Special Cross Country Fun Run!
When: Friday, September 30, 2016
Where: OP trails
Who: All OP students in grades K-2
Why: To create an authentic environment that encourages our students to enjoy the spirit of running.
Time: Kindergartners 9:00-9:45
First Graders 9:50-10:50
Second Graders 1:45-2:45
Details: The students in the first and second grade are placed in heats of children with equal ability. A prize is awarded to ALL children that finish the entire trail and report to their adult coach. Kindergarten children enjoy the freedom of running part 1 of the trail and finish with playground play.
* Please be on the watch for a parent letter and sign out form coming home early next week. *
This event has become a favorite OP tradition and we encourage you and your family to come out and cheer on all of our young “Forrest Gumps!”
Students are enthusiastically training for the Fun Run in their physical education classes in anticipation of our Cross Country Fun Run!
Our physical education teachers spent the first week teaching children about playground safety.
Upcoming Dates - Mark your Calendar
September 19 PTO meeting (6:30 - 7:30 p.m. @ OP Cafeteria)September 23 Homecoming Parade @ 5 p.m. at Fireman's Field (students are welcome to march in the parade but must be accompanied by a parent/adult)
September 28 School Picture Day
September 29 Open House (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
September 30 Cross Country Fun Run for all Students
October 13 Parent Night - Promoting Success for ALL Students (letter coming home this week )
October 20 Grandparent's Day (more details to follow)
Safety Remains a Top Priority at OP:
Please review the following guidelines regarding our drop-off and pick-up procedures at OP:
Parent drop off should occur at our North parking lot to avoid being in the bus loop during our bus drop-off time. There is an adult at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you drop off anytime after 8:45 a.m., you will need to park and sign your child in at our main office.
A note should be sent in to indicate if you are picking up your child, have designated an approved adult to pick up your child, or if you are assigning your child to a different bus. Notes should be submitted in the morning so we can assure your child gets to the intended location. Please use the form that is included in the monthly OP/OE newsletter. This can be accessed on our website by selecting newsletter on the left margin.
Any parent or guardian who picks up students at the end of the day should be prepared to show your identification (driver's license). We appreciate your understanding as this to maintain a safe environment for all students.
Pick up in the afternoon should be at 2:50 p.m. Parents/guardians are required to remain in the foyer area until the student comes down and must sign them out on the sheet provided.
Please refer to our district website for our policy regarding the Release of Students from School During the School Day.