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August 12, 2019

Important Arrival and Dismissal Information

The first day of school arrives tomorrow! We are so excited for the 2019-2020 school year. Please remember, you may walk your students to their classrooms for the first 3 days of school only. After that, all students must arrive through the car line, bus or be an approved walker. In the morning, all students being dropped off in a car will use the back car line. In the afternoon, K-2 and their siblings will use the front car line and 3-5 will use the back car line. Walkers' residence must be within 1 mile of the school (official residence) and must be approved by the administration.

Because we have 3 schools on our campus, and limited parking and through-ways, it is essential to be courteous and respectful. In order to facilitate OMS arrival and dismissal, please do NOT arrive before 7:50 am in the morning and 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Also, in the morning, our staff utilizes the third (right) lane to arrive at their parking lot. Please allow them passage through if they are struggling to get by. Additionally, although parking is limited, please be very mindful of our neighboring homes. At Open House, deep, muddy tracks ruined the sod of our neighboring homeowner's newly laid grass, which had just been replaced, due to damage from the last time we had a school-wide event.

Finally, dismissal usually takes much longer than usual the first week of school. Buses might arrive later than expected and our car line usually runs twice as long as usual. Last year, the first few days of car dismissal was close to an hour. While this is not the norm, please be prepared for the delay and plan activities and appointments accordingly. Also, students will NOT be released to cars without a current, school issued car tag. Parents without a car tag will be directed to park and report to the office and have a driver's licence to have their child released to them.

We are hopeful that the first week, (or any of our dismissals) will not include severe weather, but in the event of lightning in the vicinity, our school policy this year is to stop the car lines and have parents remain in their car until the lightning is no longer in close proximity. (Note: this is different from last year's procedure of having parents get out of their cars to retrieve their children.)

As stated, earlier, due to our limited parking and through-ways, it is essential that everyone follow our procedures and demonstrate respect and courtesy. When one party attempts to self-exempt themselves from the process, it causes strong emotions from other parents who are following the procedures. Sincere thanks to everyone for helping to make our arrivals and dismissals safe and stress-free.

Reminder: Volunteers and lunch visits will start at the end of September.

Growing Leaders Parent Workshop

We had an amazing response to our Growing Leaders Parent Workshop. To continue learning more about our Gen Z students, visit the Growing Leaders blog. We are so appreciative of the parent turnout to this event, and will be planning more parent nights on different topics.

Open House

We had an awesome turnout for Open House. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child's teacher to complete the emergency/health information and let them know how your child is going home. View the school presentation below.

Mind Up Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Last week, all of our teachers had intensive training on our new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Mind Up. Every two weeks, teachers will introduce a concept and reinforce it for the next two weeks. All grade levels will work on the same concept, but will be addressing it in a grade level appropriate way. Our first lesson is on How the Brain Works. Click on the link to see a sample lesson, which covers an example of how the lesson will be presented. This is just one way it can be presented. Your child's teacher will present the lesson according to their grade level and use the instructional strategies they feel will work best with their class.

PBIS App coming soon

This year, instead of our You Roar program, we are going digital by using a PBIS app. It is not available yet, but soon, we will be asking you to link to our school's PBIS app so you can see what positive behavior your child is demonstrating. More information will come when the app is up and ready to go.

Early Dismissal and Transportation Changes

●If your student needs to have a dismissal change email:

●If a student needs to be picked up from the front office prior to dismissal time, they must be picked up before to 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

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Official OES Facebook Page Launch

In addition to our web site, Twitter, PTO OES Families Facebook page, we have launched an official OES Facebook page.

PTO Events

Tonight, (Sunday, 8/11) at 5:30, PTO invites you to come on campus for Chalk the Walk, to write inspiring messages for our students to read on the first day of school.

PTO will once again be sponsoring the Boo Hoo! breakfast for kindergarten parents on Wednesday, August 14th in the OES cafeteria. Drop your kindergarten student off and join the other kindergarten parents for a yummy breakfast.

Also, join us August 30th at the Hammond Stadium to watch the Miracles. See the attachment below for more information.

Free Money!

Please see the attached flyer below for easy ways to raise money for our school. This includes, Box Tops, (see link for how to go digital) Amazon Smile, and Coca-Cola.