Technology Campus Chronicle
Vol. 2 No. 18
The Week Ending 12-21-18
Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,
Report cards went home today. Please be sure to return the AOR before Friday, January 11th.
Remember that there is NO school starting tomorrow, December 21st. Students will return from the break on January 7, 2019. Have a happy Holiday and we can't wait to see everyone next year!
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, January 14th.
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.
*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.
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
Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
If your student is absent on a day that they have club, please remember to email the club teacher so that their absence for club that day is excused.
lost and Found
Osceola Campus is expanding!
Osceola Science K-8 is expanding to a brand new 70,000 Square foot facility on the border of Osceola and Orange County!
We are currently enrolling and need your help to spread the word to your communities that we are serving both Orange and Osceola counties.
Please see flyer below for more info! If you would like some of our flyers please ask any of our front desk staff and they can provide them.
Thank you again for all your support!
We need your help!
Additionally, In order to make the newsletter more interactive please look out for posts in the ''Get to know your OSS family'' section below.
Get to know your OSS family
Wait! Don't forget to eat your Breakfast!
See links below for the importance of breakfast and also some fun (and healthy) kid friendly breakfast ideas!
Next Week's Lunch Menu
This week we took a ride on “The Polar Express” and enjoyed using our imaginations on our adventure! We explored the arctic ice caps, trains and what it would be like to live at the North Pole.
We also had winter wonderland STEM adventure on Wednesday! We had fun making arctic slime, igloos with lego's and snowflakes! Our favorite event was our pancake breakfast and our snowball match!!!!
We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break!!:)
Ms. Molnar’s class was getting ready for winter break. Using STEM activities to create some holiday presents for our parents and even wrapped them ourselves! We had so much fun with our STEM “Snowed In” day on Thursday. We were able to create even more hands-on projects and finish up our unit on holidays around the world!
All the fourth grade had fun with STEM day on Tuesday. We made catapults, floated rafts, built forts and all sorts of open ended activities.
In Press’s class, we got our STEM on with gingerbread houses. At first the kids were kind of mad that I wouldn’t give them directions...but their houses were so much more creative because of it.
Specials and Clubs k-6
Coding Resources: Hour of Code Dance Party
Hour of Code The Grinch
Santa Tracker Code Boogie
Hello OSS Families!
As many of you know, Smile Mile is coming up! The race will take place on March 2nd at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802).
Track Shack is going paperless this year for registration, so I have included the sign up link! Registration is $8 until February 16th, then increases to $11 February 17th-March 1st. Registration includes a finishers medal and a t shirt.
This event is for students grades K-5. There is also a fun run for anyone under the age of 5! They will get a finishers ribbon. Younger participants may sign up under our school if they would like a t shirt since the fun run is free and only includes the finisher ribbon.
I really hope we have a great turn out! We have won the last few years and I would LOVE to keep that tradition going! Any questions, feel free to contact me via email.
Please see sign up link below for registration
This week on Monday and Tuesday students were greeted by author Renee Adams of “Two Facts and a fib”. These are a collection of informational texts about wildlife, Presidents, Florida, the human body, etc. Students participated in a game show where they answered whether various statements were facts or fibs. We learned so many amazing facts. Students were also able to purchase the books, and have them signed from Ms. Adams.
Pajama and Blanket Drive
During the month of December, Orlando Science Elementary School was able to donate over $1,500 worth of new and gently used blankets, pajamas, jackets, and toiletries to those who need. "The wise man does not lay up in his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own." -Lao Tzu
This form is to sign up for clubs with space. This is for k-6, but will be grouped by grade levels. As a reminder, if you miss three or more days in a club you will be removed. If you are absent from school on a day that you have club, please remember to email the club teacher so that they are aware of your absence from school/club that day. Once you sign up, you will receive an email from email@example.com If you do not receive confirmation email to join the club, then it was full and you will be placed on the waitlist. The club guide is attached in case you want to view descriptions and club fees for the club. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yprL-MgEfA4s91fhyWfCSLShZoHLE3ls/view?usp=sharing Please visit schoolpay.com to pay the designated fee for the club.
6th grade Basketball Tryouts
Students in 6-8th grades at OSS (lynx and tech), middle school school basketball tryouts are coming up! We will be offering both a boys and girls team for the 2019 season. Students who wish to try out must have a completed sports physical packet. The sports packets are new this year and must be signed off by parent/guardian, Dr, the AD (Mrs Mulligan), and Admin prior to tryouts.
Packets will be available at Lynx, Tech- B2 and B3. After packets are completed, they will need to be turned in to Mrs. Mulligan at the HS for approval.
Tryouts will be held tentatively January 8th and 9th at the Lynx campus. Students are responsible for transportation to Lynx campus and attending BOTH days of tryouts.
Please note- OSS will NOT offer transportation at any point during the season for practices and/or games.
For any questions, email Mrs. Mulligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talent Show Auditions
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.
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 K-6th
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.
Important school Reminders
Orca's Core Values and character Education
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:
- 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 email@example.com
We can't wait to see our wonderful students putting #Operation Impact to work in our community!!!
Character Trait of the Month
Student Character of the Month- November
Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions
Glide along the ice as a DJ spins classic holiday hits at Light Up UCF. Cost is $12 (discounts available for students and military). The annual holiday festival also has complimentary fun for all ages including a holiday light show and FREE film festival on select Friday and Saturday nights featuring classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Elf.” On select nights, Santa will make a special appearance.
Costa Rica 2019
All of our families are invited to join us on a memorable STEM field trip to Costa Rica during Spring Break. You can watch the recording of the online parent help session here: http://bit.ly/ossstemincostarica.
If you are interested, deposits are due in November. The deposits hold your spots on the trip. The rooms are filling up, so deposits are the best way to save your room for your family.
Final payments are due by December 13th.
Just a reminder that everyone receives two shirts for the trip down and trip back. Students will also receive the learning journal. We all fly out of Miami together on the same flight. Holbrook takes care of all of the costs. That is why we all fly together both in and out of Costa Rica. The price includes all food, excursions, hotels, and tips for the driver and guides.
You can learn more about the trip here: http://holbrook.travel/orlandosci-cr19.
Here are the two places we are staying while in Costa Rica:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Dyer or Mrs. Trujillo. We are excited to share this incredible experiences with our families!