Technology Campus Chronicle

Vol. 2 No. 11

Principal's Corner

The Week Ending 10-26-18

Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,


Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Fall Festival this past weekend! We had a great turn out and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves!


This week is Red Ribbon Week(October 22-31). The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a Drug Free America. Please check out the list of dress up days located under the Calendar section of the newsletter.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Join OSS and the American Cancer Society this Saturday at the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Saturday at Lake Eola Park. Flyers will be sent home today and anyone that walks wearing an OSS shirt will receive a dress down pass.


Don't forget that there is NO school tomorrow, October 26th. Enjoy your long weekend!




Sincerely,

Michael Singleton

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The Technology Campus is incredibly thankful for all of our faithful readers, and for that we would like to reward our families. Moving forward we will have a NEWSLETTER QUIZ located under the Principal's corner.


Quiz completion will automatically place your student into a drawing for a Dress Down Pass. Dress Down Passes will be awarded to 10% of entries for each building. The number of entries will directly effect the amount of prizes awarded for the week. Entries selected from the lottery must be correct upon review.


We hope that you have fun, and enjoy reading this week's edition! Entries are due the morning of Monday, November 12th.

Give back to Schools


A great way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools is to use the links below when shopping from Amazon or Office Depot/Office Max.

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Orlando Science Schools via Discovery Education Services, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.



*AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our school.


https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3366305


*Office Depot provides the school with 5% back in credits for FREE supplies when you make a purchase of qualifying school supplies. Simply provide the school ID at checkout.


http://www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/

OSES School Code: 70228302

OSS School Code: 70218341

Online Payment System

Parents can now make FREE online payments for most school expenses online with School Pay. This includes School Lunch and After Care! Simply log into your secure online School Pay Parent Center account and pay for items including after school care fees, club fees, field trips, class fees, student fees and more. The first step is creating your Parent Center Account at schoolpay.com Please go to "Charter Schools" tab and then choose your school name as "Orlando Science Elementary School" to complete the steps for creating your parent account. Online payment methods include VISA, MasterCard, Discover cards, and a full history of payments is searchable by date and child.This gives families the convenience of paying at any time (24/7) from your home PC. Emphasis on Security The School Pay service is audited by a third-party to assure adherence to the strict, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). If you have any problems using the School Pay system please call 1 888-88-MYPAY

Questions about your student’s school pay account can be directed to Ms. Centenera.

Many of our teachers use Teachers Pay Teachers for engaging and inquiry-based lessons. There is a schoolwide Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) account. Parents and community members may donate to the TpT fund by sending in TpT gift cards. Gift cards can be purchased online: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Gift-Card. Parents can send in a gift card for their teacher or for the whole school account.

OSS Technology Volunteers

Interested in Volunteering at the OSS Technology campus?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Technology Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year MUST be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization!

Welcome Parents!



It is time, once again, to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)!


For latest information and events happening at our technology campus, grades K-5, please join our Facebook page under ''OSES PVO". We can also be reached at oses.pvo@orlandoscience.org

Attendance Matters

Attendance is key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Stella for k-3rd grade and Ms. Taylor for 3rd-6th grade


Stella.waton@orlandoscience.org

Taylor.watson@Orlandoscience.org


Please note that in order for an absence to be excused you must turn in proper documentation (i.e a doctors note) to the front desk

lost and Found

Please check the lost and found both in the cafeteria and the front desk in Building 1 and Building 2 . We have lots of items that need to find their way back home.

Next Week's Lunch Menu

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Kindergarten

First Grade

Mrs. Beckman’s class had a BLAST during the first half of Red Ribbon Week! We read the story “A Cupcake Party”, learned more about final blend sounds, and had fun with our extended learning math activities!


Spinnerets, cephelaphroax, arachnids… who could imagine first graders now know such impressive science words? We are learning all about spiders this week as we study informational, nonfiction text! In math, we are completing many activities to strengthen our understanding of first grade math concepts. Way to go, first graders!


Ms. Molnar’s class is learning about Dr. Seuss and who he was! We are also getting ready for next week’s First Grade STEM Day! We are so excited to build towers, spiderwebs and catapults!

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Second Grade

Third Grade

Third grade had a very busy week! We enjoyed participating in the kick off for Red Ribbon week and we had our Halloween Themed STEM day! Students worked very hard during each of their challenges solving real world problems while having tons of fun!
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Ms. Hurley’s class studied the difference between mass and volume using different measuring tools while we dig deeper into our unit on matter. We also continued learning about making inferences with literary texts.
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This week Mrs. SIlvares’ class has been continuing their unit on Poetry. They used magazines to make Free Verse Collage Poems.


Third grade t-shirt money is now due on November 2nd. Please be sure to send in your order form and cash payment with your child if you are interested.

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Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Pre-Algebra students have spent the week learning about the connections between the various concepts we have learned so far this year. So show their understanding, students worked in teams to complete a challenge task. Their task required them to create a product showing a variety of representations for a given pattern. Teams worked together to put together posters to show their information, then they presented their posters to the class. We will spend the rest of chapter 4 learning more about the connections between these representations.

Students taking 7th grade math have been learning how to perform operations with positive and negative rational numbers. We have learned how to convert fractions and decimals, and how to represent our work with diagrams. As we finish up chapter 3 and move in to chapter 4, we will work more with positive and negative numbers as well as how to use the order of operations to solve problems.

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Ms. Piontkowski's environmental students are creating projects for this year's Lexus Eco Challenge. They are tackling environmental issues related to air and climate and creating practical solutions to compete against other schools.

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Mr. Lawrence's class has been working hard on their ancient Egypt projects. Here are some of the project's he has received this week!

Specials k-6

This week we had the Police-K9 task force come talk to the students about their jobs and what the dogs do on the team. They got to pet the dogs afterwards. What a great experience!
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Fall Festival

A special thank you from the office of our executive director:


Dear OSS families and staff,


I want to thank each and every one of you for making our 2nd annual fall festival a huge success. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves; this years festival was even better than last year! It had more activities for the kids, the club booths brought extra energy, and there was a great sense of community from all. I want to send out an extra thank you to the PVO--all of your hard work and dedication is what made this day happen. We appreciate all your enthusiasm and support for OSS.


Fall festival is now a wonderful OSS tradition, and we are excited to see how it grows over the years.

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Extracurricular Activities

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STEM Art Fair

The STEM Fair this year is optional. It will take place during the month of October and is open for any student in K-5. One winner will be chosen from each grade level in K-5 to move on to the county's STEM fair. The winners will be able to showcase their display board on November 27th from 5-7 PM and at the county's STEM Fair on December 8th (Afternoon.)

Students in 3rd-5th are working in STEM class on the Exploravision project, a national STEM contest. Students in 6th grade are working on their projects for the County STEM Fair (Ying Expo.)

Teachers are not required to grade anything this year for STEM Fair. There will be weekly help online meetings for families.

Science Fair

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OSS’s science fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore their favorite topic in science. It provides an avenue for student research, allow students to be actively engaged in their own learning, and to use their own creativity to solve a pressing problem in an imaginative way. A science fair builds a bridge between home and school - establishing bonds between students, parents, and teachers and inspires students to become life long learners.


All forms must be typed or filled out using blue ink. NO pencil!

Mr. Stampas is the adult sponsor. Stampas@orlandoscience.org, (407) 253-7304

Form 1B is signed by the student and the parent. Besides the start date of experimentation on form 1A (10/20/17), all other forms prior to experimentation will be dated in September.


Please click the link below for full science fair description!

Star Wars Reads Art Contest

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Grades K–2

Entries Must Be Received by Nov. 16, 2018

How to Enter: Imagine you are exploring a newly discovered galaxy and meet a new friend. Draw a portrait and include the name of your new friend!

Prizes: One Grand-Prize Winner will receive a class field trip to a planetarium (or similar science-based classroom experience).

Ten Runners-Up will win a Star Wars Prize Pack with books and great surprises.

Send to: Star Wars™ Reads Art Contest (K–2), PO Box 714, New York, NY 0013-0714

Entries must include student name, age, and grade; teacher name; and school name, address, and phone number.

https://clubs.scholastic.com/contests-and-programs.html



Grades 3–6

Entries Must Be Received by Nov. 16, 2018

How to Enter: Create a new galaxy and draw a map of it, labeling the important places and things.

Prizes: One Grand-Prize Winner will receive a class field trip to a planetarium (or similar science-based classroom experience).

Ten Runners-Up will win a Star Wars Prize Pack with books and great surprises.

Send to: Star Wars™ Reads Art Contest (3–6), PO Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714

Entries must include student name, age, and grade; teacher name; and school name, address, and phone number.

https://clubs.scholastic.com/contests-and-programs.html

STEM teams Forming

We have new STEM teams forming for upcoming competitions. These teams will meet off campus. The competition dates are in December, February, and May. These are general lower cost than some of the competition teams, but some cost is required ($15 per student for the February event and about $50 per team for the May event, and money for the t-shirts if they are not donated, and kit items.) I highly suggest looking into where the coach/adults work to see if funds are available for sponsorships.

Here are the list of teams that are forming:

  • Gliders (K-6)
  • Math (K-6)
  • Mousetrap Car (K-6)
  • Water Bottle Rockets (K-6)
  • Egg Drop (K-6)
  • Energy Transfer Machine (Rube Goldberg) (3-6)
  • Junior Solar Sprint (4-6)
  • Critter Comfort Cottage (4-6)
  • Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6)
  • Vex Robotics (6)
  • Balsa Bridge (4-6)

Please sign up at http://bit.ly/ossenergywhizteams if you are interested in your student joining a team. Students/parents will be notified if the student is selected for a team. No coach = No team. The point of these teams is for the experience. This is our first year and there is NO pressure on coaches or teams to win. We want them to have the experience, have fun, and be engaged in STEM.

STEM fair

K-5 STEM Fair


The STEM Fair this year is optional. It will take place during the month of October and is open for any student in K-5. One winner will be chosen from each grade level in K-5 to move on to the county's STEM fair. The winners will be able to showcase their display board on November 27th from 5-7 PM and at the county's STEM Fair on December 8th (Afternoon.)


Students in 3rd-5th are working in STEM class on the Exploravision project, a national STEM contest. Students in 6th grade are working on their projects for the County STEM Fair (Ying Expo.)


Teachers are not required to grade anything this year for STEM Fair. There will be weekly help online meetings for families with the first one on Wednesday, October 10th.

Curtis Science Competition

Are you interested in a fun science competition? There are spots open for each grade level. All you need to do is fill out the form on the link. K-4 is the Rising Stars Challenge and 5th and 6th is the Kinetic Challenge that needs a parent coach for each team. Requirements are included in the form.

Energy Whiz Competition

STEM Teams Are Forming!

Students from kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to join a STEM team. Teams will meet off campus and compete at between one to three competitions. There are eight teams to choose from! Students that are not on a competition team will have a better chance of making the team since we want to make sure that ALL students are able to compete in STEM competitions. Also, if a parent volunteers to be the coach, the student has a higher chance of being on a team.


The teams are: Mousetrap Car (K-6), Water Bottle Rockets (K-6), Egg Drop (K-6), Rube Goldberg (Energy Transfer Machine) (3-6), Junior Solar Spring (4-6), Critter Cottage (4-6), Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6), and Vex Robotics (6).


If you would like to sign up for a team, please sign up online: http://bit.ly/ossenergywhizteams. Signing up on the form does not mean you are on a team. You will be contacted if you were chosen for a team.


For more information on Energy Whiz, visit their website: www.energywhiz.com/energywhiz. Here is a video about the events: http://vimeo.com/fsec/ew. Here is where you sign up as a volunteer: www.fsec.ucf.edu/go/ewvolunteer.

Girls' Math Competition

Register for this upcoming math competition and online practice round at www.girlsinmath.org


Help create a supportive mathematics community of peers and mentors by participating either as a contestant or a volunteer.


1st hour- contest

2nd hour - math games and art

3rd hour- awards


All participants will receive t-shirts.


Teachers can chose an OMC t-shirt or a book on our website here:

https://www.orlandomathcircle.org/shop/


Registration fee is waived for anyone who submits a district letter documenting child is on assisted or free public school lunch program.


Thank you to our generous location sponsor, Rosen JCC!!


Orlando Math Circle is a local nonprofit volunteer organization providing resources and opportunities for students to explore mathematics outside of school.


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

www.orlandomathcircle.org

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Red ribbon week

Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated this year at Orlando Science Schools October 22-31st. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA. The National Family Partnership helps citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign®. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 22 - 31st.


WHAT'S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?

  1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.


Please see flyer below for Red Ribbon week dress up(down) days

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Book Fair Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer for the book fair, please click on the following links



Bldg 1 (K-3)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0948aba822a6f94-oses

Bldg 2 (4-6)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0948aba822a6f94-oses1

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Important school Reminders

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Orca's Core Values and character Education

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Did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind?

Watch the science of kindness video to learn more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=O9UByLyOjBM

Did you also know that kindness is teachable?

“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson, University of Wisconsin

Or that kindness is contagious?

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

Character Education has begun at OSES and we are having a great time learning our social skills at school and the students are learning how to use these tools successfully too! This year part of our Character Education curriculum we have introduced "Operation Impact" our goal is to share and show how our students are reaching out to the communities, families and other students to show their positive character traits.

Here are a few character traits:

  • Kindness
  • Empathy
  • Trustworthy
  • Reaching Out to Others
  • Building Friendships

We want to see how your children are using their character traits outside of school and featuring them each week in our weekly newsletter!! This is a great way to spotlight your child's positive influence that they have in our community and school! We look forward to seeing your pictures and experiences.

Please send a few pictures and small description of your children's activity (encourage them to write it on their own too). Pictures must be handed in on Monday's in order to make it for the Friday newsletter. They can be sent in to your child's teacher or emailed to Mrs. Krygowski at katherine.krygowski@orlandoscience.org

We can't wait to see our wonderful students putting #Operation Impact to work in our community!!!

Staff character of the Month-September

Ms. Zhen Cybulski 2nd grade


Ms. Cybulski is a great example of a teacher with good character. Parents, students, and coworkers recognize Ms. Cybulski as a sweet teacher that teaches and encourages students to be the best they can be. Character Education and

Social Emotional Learning are always part of her lessons.

Mr. Marquise Lawrence 6th grade


Mr. Lawrence is a great example of a teacher with good Character. Parents, students, and staff recognize him as a very friendly person that allows learning History to be fun. He uses a variety of resources to make his classes easy to understand and is very kind with students and staff.

Student Character of the Month- September

Congratulations to the all the students who won character of the month for the month of September!
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Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions

Kennedy Space Center - Free Admission

The Space Center is offering free admission to 5th graders NOW through the end of December.


Please see the flyer below for promotion details.

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Costa Rica 2019

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OSS Expansion Project

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DONATIONS

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