Technology Campus Chronicle

Vol. 2 No. 7

Principal's Corner

The Week Ending 9-28-18

Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,

Thank you for another great week here at OSS!

Congratulations to the following students that have earned more than 100 points in AR so far this year: Andrew C., Delaney C., Gabriella M., Rahil N., Mardgine P., Pragya P., Aarav S., Sumayya T., and Ricardo V.

Do you want to show off your coding skills to BrainPOP? You have that chance with the Hispanic Heritage Creative Coding Contest. Between now and October 15th, you may submit a BrainPOP Creative Coding project celebrating Hispanic heritage. The winning submissions will be sent to BrainPOP!

Thank you to everyone who showed up to Hispanic Heritage night, we had a great turn out!


Michael Singleton

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Please begin to collect small new and unused toys and trinkets for our Treasure Chest tent at the Fall Festival. These prizes are for the 2 free game tents the children play to collect tickets and then redeem them for prizes at the Treasure Chest tent. Donation boxes like the one above will be located at the front offices to drop off your donations.

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 by the end of day Monday, October 15th.

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 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: 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

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 Ms Stella for k-3rd grade and Ms. Taylor for 3rd-6th grade

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 2. We have lots of items that need to find their way back home.

Next Week's Lunch Menu

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Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! To fill out the application simply click the START FRESH photo above or click the link below. For more details regarding the application please select the appropriate link below.


This week in Kindergarten we explored the theme "The Three Little Bears" and read the book by Paul Galdone! We had a great time piecing together information and putting together the order of the story. This is the first book of our fairy-tale series and we loved comparing this genre to informational text and non-fiction text.

We have begun adding, counting to 120 and understanding place value up to 100! Take time to ask us our facts and we can show you how quick we are our rapid recognition of our facts! Cheerios, goldfish and other small treats are yummy ways to practice with your child and keep them engaged!

We all had an excellent time researching and learning about our South American countries this past week too! Finally we raced to the finish with our recycled card board cars for our STEM activity!

First Grade

In Ms. Kelly’s class, we are learning about place value in preparation of double digit addition and subtraction, both with and without regrouping. We are also making literary predictions as we read the story “Edward the Emu.” Our students are doing a fabulous job as they research cultures, places, and animals. What wonderful work, first graders!

Ms. Molnar’s class started a new science lesson on light and sound! We started with how scientists observe and what they use to observe this week! We are excited to see what comes next!

In Ms. DiNuzzo’s class we learned about Argentina for Hispanic Heritage Night! Student’s will celebrate their first montly AR party if they’ve met the school of 6 points this month.

Thank you to everyone who made it out for Hispanic Heritage Night!

Second Grade

This has been a very eventful week for our second-graders!

After completing a book study on Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, the students traveled to the Repertory Theatre to watch the play! We noticed many differences from the book, but we all agreed that Junie B. Jones stole the show!
For weeks, our students were also hard at work on their Hispanic Heritage Choice Projects. Hand-made flags, cookbooks, and beautiful research based posters were on display for Thursday’s Hispanic Heritage celebration.

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Fourth Grade

This week fourth grade has been extremely busy. Several classes researched Hispanic countries. Thank you to all who stopped by to see our projects! Earlier this week, all students took their first school-wide Drop-Everything-and-Write. Please remember to fill out the Pirate meal form and return it by Monday. Also take some time to read over the St. Augustine field trip form and remember to apply for the event in ADDitions if you have any interest in chaperoning.

Fifth Grade

In Ms. Jensen’s class, students are learning all about matter. They created density towers to help them understand the relative density of different liquids and objects. In another lab station, students tried to determine the identity of a mysterious white powder by analyzing its reactions with different materials and exploring all its properties. They also determined the relationship between heat and solubility. We had a great time exploring this week!

In Ms. Zaremski’s ELA class, students worked hard learning their new Vocabulary words from “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. They are looking forward to starting their first project. The students are also learning how to use details to make an inference in a text. I am so proud of my students that achieved their AR Goal and will be able to celebrate their achievement at the AR Party on October 4th. Keep it up!

This week, 5th Grade also had a great Field Trip at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford!

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Sixth Grade

Mrs. Bravo's Spanish class's are working very hard to meet the requirements, and most important, to work as a team to have their Piñatas ready for Hispanic Heritage Night. They will keep working today and probably tomorrow. Then, the Piñatas are going to be evaluated by teachers and staff, who are going to vote for the best one. Please see the images attached of what the classes are doing so far! Thanks to all those AWESOME parents who donated candy and materials to make this happen. They are having so much fun!

Specials k-6

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Extracurricular Activities

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STEM Art contest

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Art Contest

August 20 - October 12th

For more information please visit

Or email

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., (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!

Creative Coding Contest

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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: 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: Here is a video about the events: Here is where you sign up as a volunteer:

Important Fall Festival Information

Fall festival:

Fall festival is around the corner and like last year each grade level will participate in a competition of which class donated more for the silent auction baskets. Proceeds from the baskets will be going towards the PVO. The deadline for items to be in is October 5th. Items are to be turned in to the student’s homeroom teacher.

The silent auction baskets theme are as follows:

Kindergarten: Hurricane Readiness basket

Suggested items: flashlights, batteries, mosquito nets, waters, first aid kits

1st grade: Pamper Yourself

Suggested items: Bubble bath, bath salts, towels, candles, a CD of meditative music, gift card to a local salon and/or for a massage.

2nd grade: Legos

Suggested items: Lego’s for different ages, Lego people, Lego books, Lego room decorations, Lego DVDs

3rd: Sweet treats

Suggested items: candies, chocolate, snacks

4th grade: Fun with Science

Suggested items: Tickets to science museum (if you have one nearby), science games, experiment kits, science puzzles, glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers, goggles, a child-sized lab coat.

5th grade: Family Fitness

Suggested items: Water bottles, fitness DVDs, books on healthy family activities (hikes, outdoor vacations, etc.), dumbbells, passes to local gyms and other fitness facilities (like roller-skating rinks).

6th grade (Mr. Lawrence rotation): Summer Fun

Suggested items: Beach towels, beach toys, balls, sunblock, sunglasses, gift cards to mini golf or other summer activities, yard toys (Frisbee, plastic bowling pins), bubbles, sidewalk chalk.

6th grade (Ms. Kish rotation): All Sports

Suggested items: Balls (baseball, basketball, football, soccer), tickets to local sporting events, gift card to a sporting goods store, Frisbee, sports-team-theme apparel (shirts, hats, etc.) and blanket, water bottle, sports-theme books and board games

There are still Fall Festival sponsorships that are available. Please consider one of the sponsorships still available or an affordable family sign for $100. If you also work for a company that does donation matching, your donation will be doubled. You can find out all the fall festival information on our OSS home webpage or at

The Adult Volunteer Registration is now up and running. We need your help! This is a big undertaking that will reap big rewards if we have the support from the parents to help us. There are two shifts plus an early set up. Please sign up for at least one of them, if not more, so that we can have every position covered. We will have an In Service meeting at the October 10th meeting so you know what is expected of you. If you can’t come to that meeting, we will get in touch with you and share what you missed. If you are volunteering to work at a club tent do not sign up on this link. This link is only if you are helping with the PVO. You must be OCPS Additions approved to volunteer for anything school related. Don’t forget to register with them ASAP.

Early bird discount for fall festival wristbands go on sale Friday, September 21st to Friday, October 12th. For three weeks the Fall Festival wrist bands will be sold for a discounted rate of $10/each. On October 13th they will revert back to their regular price of $15/each. For your convenience, presell packages will also be available for those who want to skip the line and purchase their tickets ahead of time. Packages consist of Family 2 children and Family 4 children packages that include, wrist bands, meal tickets, raffles tickets and activity tickets. Extra add ons are also available for meal tickets, raffles and activity tickets. Packages can be picked up at Will Call table at the event or on designated campuses before the event. Purchase your tickets starting Friday at

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OSES invites K-6 parents and students to join us for Art Night on October 12th.

At this night families will be able to create their own amazing Ebru Art, Suminagashi and Zentangles. Please come and join us to HAVE FUN.

Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments

on a tray of oily water and the transforming this pattern to the paper. Marbling is very old and traditional Turkish art.

This technique makes you feel power of creativity by catching the mystery both conflicts and harmony of your own will power of water and paint. At the same time it provides you to live it by relaxing while you are taking a great pleasure with this event.

Suminagashi, much like Turkish art of Ebru, is a technique the Japanese use to explore the science of marbling. Zentangles takes us away from the unexpected and allows us to take a moment and relax creating beautiful tangles of art.

Click here to RSVP

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Important school Reminders

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Orca's Core Values and character Education

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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

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

Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions

Get Off the Ground at Aerospace Discovery Day- FREE admission

Florida Air Museum

October 20th 2018
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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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