Oak Ridge Connection

January 8 , 2016

Our Mission:

The Oak Ridge community commits to every student's academic achievement, personal development, and social responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,


Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good first week back. I think we are all moving slowly but surely back into our old routines. Please remind your child about their High Five Behaviors and about finishing the day a better student than the day before. I am looking forward to a successful 2016 at Oak Ridge.


Sincerely,


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Kindergarten Welcome Night is Thursday, January 14, 2016

If you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2016, please plan on bringing your child and joining the Principal and Kindergarten staff at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Ridge great room for an informational meeting and an opportunity for your future Kindergartner to meet the Kindergarten teachers and visit the Kindergarten classrooms. You will receive a Kindergarten packet from the school district explaining the registration process. Please pass this information along to any of your neighbors or friends who have children who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. We look forward to a great evening with your child.


I9 Sports: I Love My School Grant!

Oak Ridge is currently in second place for the I9 Sports, "I love My School Grant." Please help push us into first by submitting an entry. You can do so by clicking here.


5th Grade Parents

January 13th, at 9:00 am, ROMS instrumental program will be holding the annual instrumental petting zoo. This is an opportunity for all 5th grade students to be introduced to different instrumental options for next year.


On January 21st, at 5:00 pm, ROMS will be hosting Basketball and Popcorn night for all fifth graders and their parents. Student and parents are invited to view a ROMS basketball game and enjoy free popcorn. For more details, please view click here.


Guidelines for outdoor Safety Patrol in the winter months

The school district has set the guidelines for outdoor safety patrol. If the temperature with the windchill is below 15 degrees the students are not to be on post. Indoor safety patrol members are on duty regardless of the weather. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


No Professional Development Late Starts In January:

A friendly reminder that there are no professional development late start in the month of January. Please have your children at school by 8:20. Thank you.


Parking:

When dropping off in the morning, please pull up as far as possible in the front circle drive. This alleviates traffic backup and provides a safer drop off environment for all our students. Please do not stop in the middle lane to get out of your car. Thank you.



Dress your Children for Winter Weather

Please send your children to school with a warm coat, boots, snowpants, hat, mittens. The children will go out for lunch recess every day unless it is between 12 and 15 degrees or below factoring in the wind chill. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Have a question:

In the beginning of the year, Oak Ridge had a Curriculum Night to explain what your child will be doing this year in school. We understand that questions will occur throughout the year and wanted to provide a forum for those questions to be answered. We are instituting an Online Curriculum Forum to answer any specific questions you may have. If you have a question regarding overall school procedures, grade level content, schools of choice, or special education services please click on the following Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/toJIVPxQBb. Please make sure all questions are appropriate. We are all a community here, and as a community we need to treat each other with respect. Answers to questions will be posted on a weekly basis.


Parent Series

The Royal Oak PTA Council and Royal Oak Middle School are sponsoring a five part Parent Workshop Series. You are welcome to attend the entire series or simply the sessions that are of interest to you. The next session is January 14th, and is titled, "Riding the Pre-Teen Rollercoaster (without getting sick)." The focus of the session is the adolescent brain and improving communication skills with your child. The workshops are free. For more information, including how to register for the workshops, please click here.


OAK RIDGE SAFETY PATROL RECREATION

*All members of the Safety Patrol are invited

*Safeties must arrange transportation home at 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 6---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Jan.20---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Feb. 3---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Feb. 17---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, March 3---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, March 17---3:45-4:30 in the gym


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Oak Ridge Live

Each week, students produce a live news show in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To view the broadcast, please click here:


http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oak-ridge-elementary

This Week at Oak Ridge

From the desk of the PTA...

Please check out the weekly PTA Newsletter, which can be found at ptaoakridge.com or directly at this link. This newsletter includes tons of important dates and details and can be easily accessed on a computer or your mobile device or tablet.


Special Note: The Oak Ridge Ski Club is up and running. Parents and kids hit the slopes last Tuesday, and had a great time. If you are interested in joining this club please contact Kristen Blankenship at: kristenblanks@hotmail.com.

From the desk of the Student Congress

Oak Ridge's Student Congress is a highly active organization within our school. They are fourth and fifth graders elected by their peers to help represent Oak Ridge's students. They are responsible for many activities throughout the year. Here is a look at what is coming up:


The Oak Ridge Student Congress, would like to thank all those who donated to the Book Drive. We appreciate your generosity .



Sincerely,


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events


Jan. 14 - Kindergarten Roundup - For 2016-17 year. Children must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2016

Jan. 18- MLK birthday - No school

Jan. 20- First grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 29- Records Day - No school

Feb.15-16 - Winter break

Feb. 23- 4th grade Vocal Music Concert

March 23 - Open House- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -

March 25- Good Friday - No school

April 4 - 8- Spring Break

April 19 - Third Grade Vocal Music Concert - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30- Memorial Day - No school

June 21- Last Day of School - full day

Professional Development Late Start Days

School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late start days.

Breakfast will be served at 8:50 a.m. on late start days.

Homework Club ($15.00 per family per semester) begins at 8:20 a.m. in the lunch room.

The following are the late start days for the 2015-16 school year.


FEB. 3, 10, 24

MARCH 2, 9, 16

APRIL 13, 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25

Oak Ridge Elementary School

MIssion: We commit to every students academic achievement, personal development and social responsibility.