Eagle News 3.1.19

Orchard Park Elementary

Big picture

Important Dates

March 4 | SIC Meeting @ 5:30pm

March 7 | Coffee with the Principal @ 7:45am

March 13 & 14 | Kindergarten Registration

March 20 | Spring Pictures

March 18-22 | Teacher Appreciation Week

School Safety

In January, Fort Mill Schools posted the first five Safety and Security Information Sheets to the District’s website. These sheets are designed to provide parents, guardians, and others important information regarding the District’s safety and security initiatives.


The first five topics are:

  • Overview of Safety and Security
  • Emergency Drills – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response for Parents and Guardians
  • Reporting Threats and Other Concerns
  • The Role of Parents and Guardians in School Safety.


The information sheets can be accessed via the Fort Mill Schools District’s website: www.FortMillSchools.org

Big picture

STEAM Career Connections

As a way to support STEAM at OPES, we are offering opportunities to meet face-to-face with inspiring STEAM leaders in our community. The first speaker will be at OPES on Friday, March 8th from 7:10-7:30. Our STEAM Speaker will be Zane Smith. He is employed by Waste Management at Firestone Tire Factory and directs waste removal and recycling. His job is to problem-solve new ways to remove and recycle waste.


All students are invited to attend as their morning choice that day. We ask that students arrive on time if your child chooses to attend. Please keep in mind we will shut the door at 7:15 so the speaker is not interrupted. We are excited for our students to make real-word connections to what they experience in STEAM at OPES.

Career Fair

Our Counseling Department is excited to offer Career Day to our students on the morning of Friday, May 3rd from 8-10 a.m.


Our K-2 students will get to experience Careers on Wheels.

Our 3-5 students will get to rotate between classrooms in their grade levels and here from speakers in a variety of career fields.


If you would be interested in presenting information about your career to students, please click on the link below to complete the interest form.


K-2 Careers on Wheels Interest Form

3-5 Career Day Interest Form


For Questions, please contact Amy Balsavias or Ebony Kennedy at opescareerday@fortmillschools.org

Kids Heart Challenge

Our kids heart challenge is coming to a close! It’s not too late to contribute to our school’s efforts to fight heart disease, America’s #1 killer. As a school we have raised a little over $9000 so far! We are still trying to reach our goal of $18,000! There’s still time! We are going to give everyone an extra day to get their donations in.


We are going to continue collecting money for the American Heart Association through Monday, March 4th!!! If you have not brought in a donation yet, please consider joining with us to fight heart disease by bringing in a donation by Monday, May 4th!! Visit heart.org/kidsheartchallenge to join our school team and pay online or simply bring your money to school.


Thank you so much to those who have already contributed! You guys rock! We are so proud of our students for learning how to stay healthy and helping others! Remember, the class who has 100% participation will earn a surprise from the PE teachers! We can’t wait to see which classes will earn their surprise!

Big picture