The Hoot Owl

MAY 2019


*MAY is upon us! Can you believe how quickly this year has gone. Whether you dropped off your PK student or your fourth grader, day one is always difficult. Fast forward to May where you easily drive through the car rider line and drop them off or patiently wait for the bus and smile as you watch them load and ride away. The growth in your children from Day One to the end always amazes me. They transition through the year and become a "?? grader." (Fill in with your child's next grade.) From not being able to write their names to reading chapter books, we hope to grow your child's love of reading, but more importantly their love for learning! Thank you for partnering with us to grow lifelong learners!

*SECOND GRADE PROGRAM - Is on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 for parents. We look forward to this dinosaur themed variety show.

*TEACHER/NURSE APPRECIATION WEEK - Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6 - 10. Please help us thank your child's teacher this week. PTO sent home a suggestion of daily ideas.

*MUFFINS WITH MOM - Is Friday, May 10 from 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. Students are invited to bring Mom or one special adult with them to Muffins with Mom.

*CLOSED CAMPUS - We will have a closed campus on Monday, May 13 - Wednesday, May 15. With STAAR testing and make up testing, we request that parents refrain from coming to lunch these three days. Parents will be allowed in on Thursday, May 16.

*STAAR MATH AND READING - Third and fourth grade students will be participating in STAAR Math and Reading on May 13 & 14 with make up testing on May 15. Third and fourth grade parents, please help us by ensuring your child is well rested, fed a good breakfast and present at school on both of these days.

*WAR EAGLE CHALLENGE - Fourth grade students will be participating in the War Eagle Challenge at ORHS on Tuesday, May 21.

*FUN DAY - Fun Day is scheduled for Friday, May 24. Watch for more details to come as PTO will be asking for many volunteers to help make this day a success for our students!

*MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY - Reminder that Monday, May 27 is a school holiday.

*KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION - Will be held on May 28 @ 9:00 a.m. We will start the ceremony promptly at 9:00 so please make plans to arrive early as there is typically a line for check in.

*FOURTH GRADE GRADUATION - Is May 29 @ 9:00 a.m. We will start the ceremony promptly at 9:00 so please make plans to arrive early as there is typically a line for check in.

*LAST DAY/EARLY RELEASE - May 30 is the last day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. Please make sure to make afternoon plans for them.


Parents, PTO is offering the opportunity for you to pre-purchase your child's school supplies for next school year. These packages will be delivered to the school early August and will be delivered to your child's class and ready for Meet the Teacher night. If you are interested in purchasing school supplies for next year, please follow the link below and order for your child.

These supplies are for ORE only at this time.


Enrollment for next school year is still on going. Whether your child is will attend ORE or Suchma, registration starts online and then is completed here at ORE. Please help us spread the word to get many of our students registered.


With the loss of our beloved Keith Wardrup, amazing teacher and gardener, we are in the process of raising funds to build an outdoor classroom in his memory. If you know of a business or other organization that might be interested in making a donation, please send the contact information to Tami Eldridge @

Fundraising will take place shortly but we are still working on the details.


*Reminder that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

*Fun Day is approaching. Watch your email for a volunteer sign up sheet. We will need many volunteers throughout the day!

*Next meeting is May 9 @ 9:30 a.m.

*Board Member voting will be sent out Friday. Please take 2 minutes to vote for the Board next year.


We encourage our students to continue reading throughout the summer so that the skills they have obtained stay strong. Our librarian helps with this by offering a Popcorn party for those students who participate in summer reading. Students are asked to read a total of 600 minutes over the summer. All they have to do is read, complete the form and bring it back with them the first week of school. The link to the form is below.

Oak Ridge Feedback Form

Below is a link requesting parent feedback. This will be a permanent part of our monthly newsletter so that at anytime, you can provide feedback and/or ask questions. We will respond to the sender, if name is given, within 48 hours. Please take time to share your thoughts about our school and staff with us.


Dear Parents,

It is that time of year again. Medications that were checked in to the clinic need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday May 30th. Any medication not picked up by May 30th will have to be discarded.

We hope that you had a great year! Have a safe and fun filled summer!


MORNING NOTES - If you are choosing to park and drop off your children, it is important that you park in a parking spot and walk your child to the door. Avoid parking behind someone, thus blocking them in, or parking in the entrance/exit to the parking lot. We do recommend that you drive through the line to drop off instead of parking and walking the child to the front. Tardies begin at 8:02 a.m. Please arrive early to ensure your child is not tardy to school.

AFTERNOON NOTES - Remember that you must enter the car rider line from Oak Ridge School Road instead of our driveway.

REMINDER - Don't forget when you are in the car rider line, it is against the law to be on your cell phone. (Not to mention that it is dangerous to our staff and students who are on duty.)

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Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Week - May 6 - 10

STAAR Math 3rd & 4th - May 13

STAAR Reading 3rd & 4th - May 14

Fun Day - May 24

Memorial Day Holiday - May 27

Kindergarten Graduation - May 28 @ 9:00 a.m.

Fourth Grade Graduation - May 29 @ 9:00 a.m.

Last day of school - May 30 - Early release day



When you shop at Amazon, make sure you use the website. (Prime accounts work at this website. The only difference is you register to have money earned sent to ORE) Designated Oak Ridge PTO as the benefiting organization. The money earned is directly deposited into the PTO bank account. Currently it earns about $10 a month. Let's do our best to up that amount! For more information or questions, contact our PTO.
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Our school alone has over $1500 in charges for either breakfast or lunch. We are working diligently to get those debts paid in full. You will receive an email from myself and a text message from the district when you owe money. Quickly taking care of this debt will be greatly appreciated.

If you need assistance with breakfast or lunch, free/reduced applications can be located at the link below. Mrs. Vera, our registrar, can assist you in completing this form should you need assistance.



2 - Second grade program @ 6:30 p.m for parents

6-10 - Teacher/Nurse Appreciation Week

10 - Muffins with Mom

13 - STAAR Math for 3rd & 4th - CLOSED CAMPUS

14 - STAAR Reading for 3rd & 4th - CLOSED CAMPUS

15 - CLOSED CAMPUS for STAAR make up testing

21 - 4th War Eagle Challenge

24 - Fun Day

27 - Memorial Day Holiday

28 - Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:00 a.m.

29 - Fourth grade graduation @ 9:00 a.m.

30 - Last day of school/early release