Orrick Elementary Bearcat Update

September 2015

Back in the Groove!

The students and the staff are definitely back in the routine of the school groove. The teachers have done a great job with establishing school and classroom standards, rules and expectations. Teachers have established specific routines for the children to follow such as giving them a specific place to keep materials, a schedule to follow, and behavioral expectations. These routines help to form a smooth running classroom where the students understand, feel secure, and are positively reinforced for their choices and contributions.

Continuing to grow our school and home partnership is a goal of ours for the best interest of the children. Having routines established at home as well as school will help strengthen this partnership and provide the support that our children need. Many families build a daily "quiet time" when the tv is turned off. This quiet time provides students the opportunity for completing schoolwork or daily reading or writing. During this quiet time, a place somewhat free of other distractions should be available. A commitment from the staff, parents, and students together as a partnership is the key to our success!

New Assessment Program for Orrick Elementary Students

Our first benchmark Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment took place the week of August 24th-28th. This assessment was given to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, language and math. These tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. In grades K-2 these assessments are named Measures for Primary Grades or (MPG) The MAP and the MPG should not be confused with the Missouri Assessment Program that our 3-8 graders take in the spring. These two assessments just happen to have the same acronym. This program comes to us from the company Northwest Evaluation Association and so we have also called it NWEA with the students.

Now that the first MAP assessments have been completed, students will be setting personal learning growth goals with their classroom teachers. The data derived from the assessments will support teachers' instruction and interventions that will help your student progress at their learning level. Your student will take this assessment at the end of second quarter and the end of fourth quarter. We will be sharing the data information with you at conferences this year. This assessment program has replaced our AIMsweb program that we had used to measure individual student growth for 8 years in our elementary school.

We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child's individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. Please email your child's teacher or contact Heather Pugh or Michelle Becker if you have any further questions.


September 4 Cub Scouts - Orrick Boy Talk - 2:55 pm

September 7 No School Labor Day

September 8 Cub Scout Recruitment Night - 7:00 pm

September 8 Character Assembly - 2:20 pm elementary gym

September 11 Homecoming

September 15 Elementary Mid-Term grade checks go home with students

September 16 WOW Club 3:15-4:15 pm

September 22 Read Club 3:10-4:00 pm

September 29 Picture Retakes

Homecoming Happenings

Homecoming Theme - "The Homecoming Games"

Here will be the elementary spirit days:

Tuesday, September 8 - "Get your GAME on" sports day.

Please return parade information sheet

Wednesday, September 9 - Class color day *

Thursday, September 10 - "Crazy dress up day"

Friday, September 11 - "Spirit Day" - Black and Gold Day
Preschool dismissed at 1:00, no afternoon bus service for preschoolers

1:30 Homecoming Parade

7:00 Homecoming Football game


*k- purple, 1st-turquoise, 2nd-green, 3rd-blue, 4th-black, 5th-pink, 6th-orange

Reminders for Football Games and Homecoming Bonfire

When we have outdoor school-sponsored events such as the Homecoming Bonfire and Football games we always provide administrators as supervisors to help keep everyone safe and maintain policy compliance. The following guidelines have been put in place and will be enforced.

*No smoking on school grounds.

*No pets on school grounds.

*The school playground equipment is only to be used by the DIRECT supervision of a responsible adult at the playground.

*No balls of any kind are to be played with on school property.

*Young children should not come to football games without a parent or someone taking responsibility for your child.

*Students and adults are prohibited from climbing up on the back of the bleachers to get to the other side of the fence.

Save Those Box Tops!

Don’t forget to save all Box Tops for Education! Classroom competitions will be held throughout in the school year.

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Early Arrivals

We ask that students to stand outside if they arrive at school before 7:45 am. If the temp is below 50 degrees or it is raining, the students will be allowed inside.

Forgotten iPads

If a student forgets their iPad at school, we are allowing them to return to the school building one time this semester to retrieve it prior to 3:45. After that, they will be told they have to leave it until the next school day. We hope this will help them be responsible to make sure they have all their belongings when leaving for the day.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

The middle of last year we stopped sending a lunch menu home with each student. The menu is available on our website, www.orrick.k12.mo.us, on both the High School and Elementary sites. It is also available on the ParentLink (Orrick) App. A paper copy can be requested in the office, by you or your student.

Comstock's Corner - A Special Package for our Kindergarteners

Marty and Gary Hawkins established a Literacy Foundation in memory of their daughter, Amy Kathryn Hawkins. Amy loved books and she loved to read and write. She also wanted to help others, especially children. To honor Amy and her passions, her parents created this literacy foundation.

Each year, Amy's Story distributes book bags to pre-kindergarten children to support and enhance literacy development at home. Each bag contains a cassette tape player with headphones and batteries, books and tapes, and a bookmark about Amy.

This year each of the kindergarten students at Orrick Elementary were presented with a bag from Amy’s Story when they enrolled. They got to take the bag home to enjoy with their families. To learn more about Amy’s Story, go to www.amysfoundation.org.

The Monthly Mile

Dear Parents: Each month I am going to include an informational section about Elementary PE in the newsletter called The Monthly Mile. This month’s feature is going to be about the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge. The PPFC is a program that tests each grade level starting with 1st and going all the way through 12th grade. There are 5 components to the PPFC. They are: Abdominal Strength, Upper Body Strength, Flexibility, Agility, and Cardiovascular Endurance. To tests these components we complete the following tests: 1 minute timed sit ups, Right angle push-ups, the Sit and Reach, the Shuttle Run, and the Mile run.

The students have the ability to try to achieve pre-set standards. If they achieve the standards for their age, which goes by how old they are on the last day of school, they can be recognized as either a National Award winner, or a Presidential Award winner. In order to receive the award they must meet or exceed the criteria in all 5 categories. Those standards are set high and are tough to achieve. They are not meant for everyone to achieve. Knowing this, I have always set my sights on student improvement and best effort. I am looking for your child to give me their very best on every test, and I am looking for them to improve from the fall to the spring. If their very best results in them meeting the standards then that is awesome. I will also be just as proud of a student who doesn’t get an award if they work hard and improve.

When your students come home tonight ask them about their fitness tests and goals that they have. Work with them outside of school to help them achieve their goals. I only get to see them 90 minutes a week, so the time that you spend working with them and encouraging them will make a huge impact on their effort and scores.


Coach Comstock

MRS BECKER, Principal & Process Coordinator and MRS PUGH, Assistant Principal & 6th grade teacher ROLES

We want these new roles for principal and assistant principal to be smooth and without confusion. Without listing every role responsibility, here are the main areas that you as parents and community members will want to know. Mrs. Pugh and Mrs. Becker will both work on student discipline. If Mrs. Pugh is wearing her AP hat when there is a student concern then she will be addressing the discipline, otherwise Mrs. Becker will be responsible. Mrs. Pugh is also taking over the responsibilities involving our preschool program, student attendance, assemblies, and fundraising. This will allow Mrs. Becker time in her new role as District-wide Process Coordinator.

School Safety in Beginning and Ending the School Day

Student drop-off in the mornings: The front of the elementary is for student drop off only. If you are planning on coming in to the school building, you will need to park in the back parking lot. This drop off is not only for parents, but is also where the buses stop. Please, for every child’s safety, be very careful & observant when dropping off your children for the day.

Student pick-up in the afternoons: Once again we will have a pick up line out our front elementary doors. Do not park on the street at the end of the day if you plan on coming in to the school. You will need to park in the back lot. Form 2 lines with your vehicles and we will deliver your child to the vehicle for you. This safety measure has been effective for several years; please call or stop by the office if you have any questions.

Calling ahead for end of day changes: Our teachers are notified around 2:30 of any student changes for end of the day routines. PLEASE have the office notified prior to 2:30 so we can ensure that your children get home in the manner that you want them to.


Meet Tammy Wright: If at anytime she can be of assistance to your or your family, please don't hesitate to contact her.

Our character trait for the month of September is the word AMBITION. We are teaching our students that AMBITION is a strong desire to achieve something; a desire and determination to achieve success; and a desire to do great things and be active.

The elementary students are going to be individually goal setting with teachers during the month of September and we feel that this "ambition" character trait will fit perfectly with what they will be reaching out to achieve!

Microwave at our Elementary Lunch

Parents we need your help! Some students bring lunches from home and lately there has been an increase in students bringing microwave macaroni and cheese. Kiddos love to eat their mac and cheese - no doubt about it. We bring this up because the various brands of cup mac and cheese take from 3 to 4 minutes to cook in the microwave. While we don't mind heating up leftovers or something simple for your child, the mac and cheese has really become an issue because of the time it takes to cook. There are times we have 4 items lined up waiting to be heated. By the time a container of mac and cheese is cooked, cheese stirred in and waiting for it to cool off enough to eat, the students don't have the time to eat it all, especially if the meal had to wait a turn to be microwaved to begin with. So thank you in advance for keeping the time involved in cooking in mind. It is important that your child has ample time to eat lunch to fuel up for the afternoon. :)

Monthly Assemblies

Wednesday, September 9 is our first character assembly of the year. It would be great to have more parents attend our assemblies. Here is a tentative outline of our September assembly.

Spring 2015 MAP Testing and Stanford Testing Advanced & Proficient
Recognition of Summer Reading Goal participants

Respect, Responsibility, Safety Certificates

Information on Cool Cats from Orrick High School

Introduction of Character Word “Ambitious”

“A Pep Talk from Kid President to You”. We Are Made To Be Awesome. (Utube)

For our Students,

Come join us if you can and support our students for their character efforts!