The Owl Newsletter
OTTO PETERSEN ELEMENTARY
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
OPE Sixth graders have the opportunity to participate in Intramurals this year.
Our first intramural league, “Spike Ball,” assembly was a huge success. Students participated in tournament brackets during recess. Today was our first championship game.
“The Twin Turbo Croissants” took the title.
In between matches, there was a halftime show, “Staff vs. Students” Dance Off.
Monday, January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 27th … Grading Day (No School)
Thursday, February 9th - The next OPPO Meeting 4:00 pm
Hoop-a-Thon is coming!!! February 14 & 15th…more details are coming! There will be volunteer opportunities for making posters, counting hoops, and limo ride chaperones!
To keep costs down, we’d like to ask if any families have Trailblazer tickets that they’d like to donate as prizes; we’d greatly appreciate it! Please send info to email@example.com or call Chelsea Murphy at (503)680-9329
The next Meeting is Thursday, February 9th 4:00!
If anyone is interested in creating yearbooks for the school year, we’d love to hear from you!
Congratulations 6th Grade boys Basketball Team.
Coleton Kuhn, Easton Hoag, Eli Treat, Ender Looney, Ryder Thawley, Samir Boskovic.
Coaches BJ Grogg & Kevin Frank
It’s Word Nerd Week!
WORDS HAVE POWER!: This week we are reading the book The Word Collector by Peter Reynolds–I love his books! It really is Word Nerd Week (there is a celebration for everything these days), so we are talking about how words can help and words can hurt–words can encourage and words can beat you down; but we need words to communicate. We need words to read, write and speak–we need to think about the power words have in the world. All students grades 2-6 are choosing a word to focus on for 2023 because words can also focus and ground us–ask your child what their word is!
OVERDUE SLIPS WILL BE SENT HOME NEXT WEEK: This week we talked about overdue books–we also talked about how many books are missing from the library without being checked out! The trouble with only being in the library 2 days a week, is that books walk out of the library when I am not there, but they are not officially checked out in the system. Please take a look around and see if you have any books laying around that have an OPE barcode on the back and please send them back to school so other students can enjoy them. Thanks for your help!
Also, please note that books that are 2 months overdue are considered lost in the library system and students will be asked to pay to replace these books. PLEASE look on home bookshelves for books wearing Book Camoflauge if you get one of those little white slips–they really like to hide and blend in on bookshelves!
PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOOKS EACH WEEK!–We have a lot of overdue books out there! Remember, there are book return bins in the hallways that kids can drop their books in ANY day! If you forget your books on Library day, bring them the next day and drop them in the bins and you will be ready to roll the following week. Please make sure your books are in the bins by 8:15 am on your library day, or even better the day before your library day. Thanks for helping your child develop a return routine for their books–thanks!
DISTRICT LIBRARIAN WEBSITE: Please check out our District Librarian Website. Enjoy!
Sauvie Island Middle School Info Night
Our Middle School Information Night is coming up soon! This event is for students and families who want to learn more about what SIS offers in grades 6, 7, and 8. It is open to everyone, whether or not you are a current SIS student or a family!
Learn more about our Place-based educational philosophy, the benefits of experiential community-based learning, and how those teaching styles relate to those all-important middle school years! Our teachers, students, and even some of our alums and their families will be there to share their experiences and to answer questions. Pizza will be provided.
When: February 9, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:15 pm
Where: Sauvie Island School
Who: Students and families who are approaching (or even thinking about!) the middle school years. Open to both current SIS families and those who are not yet enrolled.
Programs to help families meet their needs
Scappoose School District has a Food for Kids program where students receive food packages they take home for the weekend. If you would like to sign up your student for Food for Kids, please contact district social worker Aaron Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-290-8095
"Spirit Days" are dress-up days but other days …
Just a gentle reminder about costumes at OPE
There are days that exceptional activities are encouraged - that includes our Spirit Days, some holidays, and the occasional individual or grade-level activity sponsored by teachers.
The bulk of our school days are not filled with costumes or dress-up.
This is a gentle reminder that students should not wear costumes, or parts of costumes, on regular school days. They might get dirty, damaged, or be too distracting for a classroom.
We appreciate your support in this area, and we hope you and your family look forward to those special days that help infuse joy into our school year.
Here is a list of all the Spirit Days for the rest of the year!
Friday, January 20th - Backwards Day
Friday, February 24th - Crazy Hair Day
Friday, March 24th - College & Career Day
Friday, April 28th - Decades Day
Friday, May 26th - Beach Day
Friday, June 7th - Field Day/Tie Dye Day
(Fridays are always Scappoose Gear Days)
All Scappoose schools have testing available for COVID19, both for rapid on-site testing and home testing. If you have any need for your child to test at school, we will need a signed consent in place. Here are the current consent forms for COVID19 testing in English and Spanish.
Feeling Sick? You are not alone.
A message from our nursing staff
Here is a message from the Oregon Health Authority.
We are in the middle of cold and flu season, and below are the recommendations from state health officials to help reduce the spread of infection.
Stay home when sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue that you immediately throw away after use.
Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs, faucets, chairs, countertops, and tables.
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
Get a flu shot and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including new bivalent boosters. There is no vaccine for RSV.
Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces.
Sign up for Free and Reduced Meals Here
If you have not completed a free and reduced application, please complete it here https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp
Oregon has expanded the free and reduced rules, and many families are eligible who may believe they are not.
Oregon EIG and Federal Income Guidelines can be found here:
My MealTime Breakfast and Lunch Accounts
Attendance Reminders & After School Change of Plans
Also, if you have to change your students' after-school plans, please try to do this one hour before students are released so that we have enough time to communicate with teachers and staff.
- Sue MacLachlan: email@example.com
- Jennifer Griffith: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary McNabb: email@example.com
- Your child's teacher
We appreciate your support in making sure we know where your students are during the school day. Thank you!
Title 1 Information
Video explanation of this great tool that can help you understand how your student is doing.
ParentVUE is a web portal that allows parents/caregivers to access real-time information related to their student's education progress. Parents can view their student's attendance, grades, assignments, and more. Look for access links on the school and/or district websites. Here is a link to a video explanation of ParentVue developed by a teacher at OPE: ParentVue video
This form will help us to verify your potential eligibility to serve as a volunteer in Scappoose School District.
Have you thought of working for the school?
We are looking for some great people to work at OPE
Currently, OPE and other schools have openings for some special people who think supporting kids as they navigate the challenges of school is an exciting/interesting/rewarding job. No experience is needed, however, a kind heart is a plus! Interested? Please go to the district website and click on the “For Staff” tab. Under “Human Resources” you will find a list of open positions just waiting for you!
After School Enrichment ProgramOPE is excited to welcome the YMCA to campus this year. Through a partnership with the City of Scappoose, the YMCA is establishing an after-school program at OPE designed to serve K-6 students from all of the schools. This is a first-come-first-serve program so if you are interested apply right away!
Personal Electronic Device Policy
(Cell phones, Smart watches, Earbuds)As an upper elementary school, O.P.E. will align with the Middle School policy concerning electronic devices. A personal electronic device is defined by the district as any “device capable of electronically communicating, sending, receiving, storing, recording, reproducing and/or displaying information and data.” The new policy will ask that students have their devices “off and away” while on campus. A private warning will be given if a student uses the device while at school. A second infraction will lead to the device being turned into the office for pick-up at the end of the day. Parents will be asked to pick up the device after a third infraction. The school is asking for parent support with this policy as we focus on building a positive learning environment.