The Hoot Owl

APRIL 2022

PRINCIPAL NOTES

April brings spring, flowers and warmer weather. As the weather warms, students transition back into shorts or dresses. Just a reminder that your child has grown over the winter and fall shorts and dresses might not be an appropriate length for school any longer. Please help your child by checking the length of their shorts and skirts before they head out daily. We want them to be comfortable while here at school without distractions.


Spring also brings lots of activities and excitement that can distract students from learning. We ask that you help us by reminding your child of school expectations daily so that we can continue to grow them academically. For third and fourth graders, STAAR will be here before we know it and for lower grades, end of the year testing to measure growth. It's an exciting time but an important time.


ExplOREtorium night is coming and we are so excited to bring this event back and invite families to attend. During the event, we showcase science and technology on our campus as well as our amazing garden. A silent auction will be held (the coveted "skip the car rider line" will be up for grabs) as well as fun games, a food truck and a dessert truck. We hope that you and your family will join us for an evening of learning and fun. Title One information will also be handed out at this event so make sure and pick up information that explains why we are a Title One school and what the benefits to that are.

TOP TOPICS - DATES TO KNOW

*Thursday, April 21 - ExplOREtorium Night - this is a fun family event in conjunction with PTO. We showcase our garden, science and technology activities, as well as our PTO silent auction. Hot item is Skip the Car Rider Line.


*Friday, April 22 - Fun Day


*Tuesday, May 10 - STAAR Math for 3rd and 4th graders


*Wednesday, May 11 - STAAR ELA for 3rd and 4th graders


*Thursday, May 19 - Fourth grade program at 6:30 p.m.


*Tuesday, May 24 - Fourth grade parade @ 2:00 p.m. More details to come.


*Wednesday, May 25 - End of Year Kindergarten Parade @ 2:00 p.m. More details to come.

2022 - 2023 ENROLLMENT

If you have a NEW student that will be attending Oak Ridge Elementary next year, registration is NOW OPEN! Current enrolled students automatically roll over so parents do not need to do anything for them.


Registration is completed online. If you have any questions or concerns or need help, please contact our registrar, Melissa Hill, during school hours at 832-592-5900.


Help us spread the word by sharing this information with friends and neighbors who live near you!


Family Registration in English


Family Registration in Spanish

IMPORTANT NOTES:

*School attendance is important for learning. Students should be at school daily unless they are sick.

*Doors open at 7:35 with school starting at 8:00 a.m. Tardies begin at 8:01 am. Please help us reduce tardies this semester by making it a goal to be at school on time.

*Dismissal begins at 3:10 p.m.

*Change of transportation call ins are for emergencies only and must be called in by 2:30 p.m.

*Early pick up ends at 2:45. If you arrive after 2:45 you will need to join the car rider line.

*Coming off the I-45 feeder, car rider line starts on Oak Ridge School Road. If you enter our driveway, the right turn lane will be blocked forcing you to turn left and find the end of the line.

*Parents may not park and walk students to the building in the morning nor to pick them up in the afternoon.

*Please have your car rider sign visible in the line. If you need another sign, please call the front office and request one.

*Reminder that cells phone usage is prohibited in the car rider line per state law. This poses a safety threat to our students and staff. Please refrain from using your cell phone in the line.

PTO NEWS

Officer Nominations - It's that time of year that we anxiously look for new officers and board members to join our amazing PTO. We are always in need of help and would consider it an honor to have YOU serve on our PTO board. Please review the expectations of each role at the link below and then, when you decide what position interests you, please nominate yourself (or a friend with their permission) for that role on the link for the nomination form.


We are also always looking for parents to help with activities, not serve on the board. If you would be willing to volunteer some time to help with events throughout the year (fundraiser, staff appreciation, staff luncheons, etc), please complete the form as well.


Nomination Form


April 12 - Join us for another Spirit Day at Raisin' Canes. Eat there anytime during the day, mention ORE at the check out and they will donate a percentage back to our school.

SCHOOL SHIRTS

Current school shirts will be sold at ExplOREtorium Night for $8.00 each cash only.

PARENT LIASON

We are excited to share that this year we have a Parent Liason join our team. Mrs. Carroll has been and will continue to follow up on absences as well as support parents in a variety of ways. If you have any questions or concerns or needs, please reach out to Mrs. Carroll. Mrs. Carroll is fluent in English and Spanish.


Mrs. Carroll is working with outside agencies to help us create an even better environment here at school. One of the groups she is currently working with it Texas AgriLife. Below is a recipe from them. We look forward to including recipes in each edition as we move forward.

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NOW HIRING

Conroe ISD is currently hiring bus drivers and custodial personnel. If you are interested or know someone who is, please share the flyer below with them.

LUNCH VISITORS:

Lunch visitors are now welcome back on campus through our reservation system. Due to space limitations, just a reminder that our tables are set up outside on the exit to our large playground. Parents will greet their student in the cafeteria and then go outside to eat. If the weather is too cold or raining, we will cancel for the day. You will be notified of the cancellation through email so if it is raining or extremely cold on your day, please monitor your email.


Register at the link on our webpage here.

ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES

Our attendance has been hovering about 93% and our goal for the year is 96%. Unless your child is ill, it is important for them to be here at school, on time and stay all day long.


Tardies - We begin counting tardies at 8:01 a.m. We do, however, monitor the line. We take note of the last car in line at 8:01 and all cars after that, the students are counted tardy. Currently, we have a much shorter line between 7:45 - 7:55. If you consistently arrive about 7:55, try adjusting your morning schedule by about 10 minutes, you will not have to wait in line to drop off your child. Student drop off and pick up is the line closes to the building. Do not drop off or pick up on the other side the covered drive as it is unsafe for everyone involved.

IT'S MORE THAN A MEAL APPLICATION

Did you know that meal applications assist in so much more than just meals?


If you are on free/reduced lunch, there are a few more benefits to your family than just food.

*AP tests - Reduced registration fee

*Most sports - free or discounted pay to participate

*Internet Access - Eligible for discounted internet access services.

*P-EBT-Eligibility for any future P-EBT benefits for the 21-22 school year.

*College Application Fees - Discounted rate on fees associated with applying for college.

*School funding - Maintains funding for student programs and services.

*Assistance as is available for back to school clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts.


Conroe ISD families can complete an online meal application now!


Applying is FAST and EASY at www.myschoolapps.com.


If you need assistance applying, you can contact the Glorimar Carroll, campus parent liason, at 832-592-5900.

DATES TO KNOW

April

4 - Kinder Field Trip

15 - School holiday

18 - School holiday

21 - ExplOREtorium Night

25 - PreK Field Trip

April staff birthdays

April

5 - Mr. Fatuch

7 - Mrs. Lopez

8 - Mrs. Lembrich

10 - Mrs. Green

11- Ms. Wiley

12 - Mrs. Hill

24 - Ms. Howland

29 - Ms. Goodwin

30 - Ms. Dooley

30 - Mrs. Miller

30 - Ms. Parsons