What's Happening This Week:
I hope it has been a successful start to school for everyone! Thank you for your patience in getting our monthly newsletter out. One of my goals this year is to increase communication out to parents. This will be in the form of short Friday updates/reminders and a monthly newsletter with more extensive information.
We are also in the process of updating our NEW school website where we will have information on upcoming events, pictures from past events, calendars and contact information for staff.
For those who are new to our school, let me officially welcome you and say we are glad you are here! While this is my first year as the Principal of Onaga, it is my 7th year at ONES - first as a teacher and then 2 years as the Assistant Principal prior to taking on this role as Principal. In total, this is my 22nd year with Morongo Unified School District. I started in the District as an Instruction assistant before moving into teacher, and since have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades as well as being an MTSS teacher. I am excited for this new school year and the many possibilities it holds!
As we continue through our school year, we look forward to involving our families and community. Thank you to those who were able to attend the first PTO meeting yesterday. PTO is a great way to be involved in school activities throughout the year. Don't forget to complete a volunteer packet if you would like to assist with activities and classrooms during the school year.
Another great way to get involved in the decision making process of our school is through our School Site Council (SSC). By California Ed code each school is required to have a school site council that consist of both teachers and parents. Working together, the council reviews school policy and plans as well as budgetary decisions. The SSC meets once a month, currently on the last Tuesday of the month at 3:30. All member of the SSC are voted in.
We also have an English Learners advisory Council (ELAC) that, similar to SSC, meets once a month to discuss the needs of our English Learners. In the past, it was decided to combine ELAC with SSC, which will be an option this year as well.
If you are interested in nominating yourself for either councils, please email me by Wednesday, 9/20, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, your student's name and that you are interested in being nominated as a member of the SSC or ELAC.
Based on our data, our school was awarded a Gold PBIS award for last year! This recognition is based on the observations in classroom and around campus as well as various data points, including discipline and attendance.
We look forward to continuing to work to have a positive, productive and supportive school this year!
Help your child Succeed in School - Build the Habit of Good Attendance
We will be offering a variety of incentives for students for attendance, including pizza with the principal for monthly perfect attendance, weekly plinko board for prizes for those with weekly perfect attendance (see below for some of our first week's prize winners) and much more!
When students must be out, please call or email the office to let them know. Phone calls will be made from the office to clear absences as well as letters being sent home for excessive absences and tardies.
🗓 Important Dates
9/26 - School Site Council. 3:30 in the library
9/29 - Last Friday of the month: Parents/guardians may drop lunch off for their child(ren)
10/3 - Fall picture day
Saturday School Schedule for the Year
PTO currently has a Onaga PTO Facebook page and Instagram page. They can be contacted directly at email@example.com