The Pioneer Post
April 6, 2023
OPES SPRING 2023 BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!!
Oak Pointe will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from April 17-21, 2023. Award winning books will be available for purchase in person and as well as online through Scholastic.
Visit the OPES Fall Book Fair homepage link to view the Flier and to set up an "EWallet" for school and online purchases. (The flier that is coming home shows only a portion of books that will be offered.) Students will shop for their desired items at designated class times. All online orders will be mailed directly to your home.
Where: OPES Media Center
When: Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21
What Time: 7:30am - 3:00pm (Friday 7:30-noon)
Note: Tax must be added to purchases. We accept cash, credit cards and checks made payable to OPES.
**Students with parents can shop from 7:30-8:00 a.m. (This is to assist parents who are trying to shop and go to work.)
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!
Health Room News: Head Lice Information for Parents
Head lice will be a problem from time to time in schools and it is important to work together as a school community to minimize the frustration caused by the problem. You should routinely examine your child's head at least weekly. Head Lice are little bugs; a full grown louse is about the size of a sesame seed. They crawl quickly when touched. They lay lots of eggs (also known as nits). Nits are usually at the nape of the neck/behind the ears and close to the scalp. Nits are oval; white or gray in color and about the size of a knot of thread. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft. To determine whether or not you are seeing a nit try sliding it down the hair shaft using your fingers. Nits will be difficult to move, whereas dandruff and other items slide easily.
If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2-3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.
To eliminate head lice successfully, it is very important that all treatment instructions and steps be carefully followed and completed.
Both over-the-counter and prescription products are available. You may wish to contact your health care provider or pharmacist for additional information about which product they recommend.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. For more information visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html or contact your school nurse.
News on Head Lice
If your child goes to the dentist and doesn’t have cavities do you stop brushing their teeth? Likewise, just because your child does not have head lice, doesn’t mean you should stop checking their hair. Head lice are a common problem among children so weekly hair checks should become a routine part of hair hygiene. It is much easier to get rid of a head lice infestation if it is caught early. In addition to routine checks it is a good idea to check your child’s head before and after attending a sleepover.
Head lice are small bugs, no bigger than a sesame seed and will most often be found behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. Head lice eggs are called nits, gray-white in color, about the size of a knot of thread and they will be firmly attached to the hair.
To check for head lice
● You will need a well lit area.
● Part the hair section by section and look closely, especially at the scalp for lice. They will move very quickly but can most easily be seen moving along the part you just made.
● Look for nits. Nits from a current infestation will be found within ¼ inch from the scalp.
If you suspect your child has head lice, notify your school nurse. In addition, the entire family should be inspected for head lice. Head lice are not fussy about the heads they live on. There is no connection between head lice and the length of someone’s hair or the cleanliness of their hair, body, home or school environment. People of all races can get head lice. Head lice don’t fly or jump – they crawl from head to head. This often happens when people play or work closely together. Therefore, head lice are most often found among children ages 3-10, and their families.
Tips for preventing your child from getting head lice:
• Discourage head-to-head contact and sharing of hats, scarves, hairbrushes and combs.
• Tie long hair back.
• Always send your child’s own sleeping bag, towel and pillow to sleepovers.
• You cannot prevent head lice by using head lice shampoos or products – use them only
if you have head lice.
• Check young school age children weekly for head lice; more often if there has been a
known exposure to someone with head lice.
What to do if your child has head lice:
• Notify your child’s school nurse. The nurse can give you specific instructions for the
treatment of head lice.
• Check the heads of all family members.
• All family members with head lice should be treated at the same time.
• Tell all close contacts of the person with head lice to check their head.
Important points to remember:
1. Be sensitive to your child’s feelings!
2. Lack of cleanliness does not cause head lice.
3. Both children and adults can get head lice.
4. Short hair does not prevent the spread of lice.
5. Head lice do not live on dogs, cats or other animals.
OPES School Improvement Council
Did you know that a team of parents, teachers, and community members gathers each month to meet with school administration and support the students and staff at our best school ever? If you are interested in serving on the School Improvement Council next school year, please contact Lollie Haselden at LPHaselden@gmail.com. Reach out by April 25th, then elections for membership during the 2023-2024 school year will take place in May.
We greatly appreciate all who are currently serving as members of SIC!
Oak Pointe Elementary School
School Improvement Council Members
2022 – 2023
Lollie Haselden, Parent/Chair
Kara Cieri, Parent/Vice Chair
Kaitlin Tew, Parent/Secretary
Melissa Acosta, Parent
Ashley Merrick, Parent
Crystal Neese, Parent
Angela Durham, Teacher
Elizabeth Meadows, Teacher
Sergy Razin, Community/USC
Chris Wingard, Community/SRO
Andrea Harris, Community/ICRC
Melissa Shelton, Parent/PTO
Linard McCloud, Principal/Ex Officio
Chris Lyons, Asst. Principal/Ex Officio
PTO Board Officers nominations Tuesday, April 18th at 8am
Kindergarten Registration Information
Kindergarten Orientation & Preview: April 27, 2023 1:00 More information to come!
4K & 5K registration is now open for the 23-24 school year.
4K registration is application only (You can pick up an application in the front office).
Please bring in the following items to register your student:
The student's legal birth certificate.
One proof of residency, including current: (1) mortgage statement, (2) lease agreement, (3) property tax or (4) utility bill showing your correct home address.
Verification of income, such as a (1) recent income tax return, (2) W-2, recent pay stub or (4) proof of SNAP, Medicare or other.
5K will register with FinalForms (online registration).
ONLY NEW Kindergarten students for 23-24 should complete FinalForms registration.
ALL other students will be able to enroll, register, or update their information starting on May 1, 2023.
Students that are in the current PK program should not complete any registration at this time. They will roll up into Kindergarten at the end of the school year. Parents will update their information in FinalForms over the summer.
2023-2024 Proofs of Residence will be uploaded through our online registration platform, FinalForms starting on May 1, 2023.
GOT MEALS??-Important Update
April Lunch Menu-https://tinyurl.com/April2023lunch
To add money to your student’s account, please register your student/students at K12PaymentCenter.com. You will be asked to put in their student ID #. If you do not know this number, please contact the school at 803-476-4100.
*Breakfast & Lunch will no longer be free to all students*
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!
Are you ready to volunteer at the Best School Ever? All volunteers are required to complete the District Five Volunteer Application. Please remember to include a copy of your Driver's License and allow two weeks for the application process to be completed. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/OPESvolunteerform
and return to Susan Bishop in the front office or email to Sbishop@lexrich5.org
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