OGMS Wildcats Newsletter
Friday, January 13, 2023
Message from the Principal
Dear OGMS Families,
In the beginning of this quarter we reviewed expectations by holding down the rules and having an assembly about our school-wide expectations to help support our students in making positive choices for themselves. Please consider choosing a day of the week when you and your child can review their Aeries Homelink portal together and also look into their Google Classrooms to see what work has been assigned or may be missing. Practicing good study habits will support this goal and be a benefit moving forward into the rest of their middle school, high school and beyond. 2023 is a fresh and new opportunity for success!
Due to recent non-stop rain which has caused such disruption in our lives this past week, it is is difficult for many of the students to resist the temptation of purposely jumping into puddles, NOT being sheltered from the downpour and unafraid of soaking their entire selves from top to bottom. Please remind your children that on rainy days to follow instructions as to where to seek shelter from the rain and to remember their behavior.
School is closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Please see today's newsletter is an invitation from MDUSD's African American Parent Advisory Council for a MLK Family Night at Riverview Middle School on Tues, Jan 17th. See the flyer in today's newsletter for details. In addition, Click here for resources in Learning and Living the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Alejandro Ramos
Mark Your Calendar!
Course Requests for 2023-2024 School Year
The 6th and 7th-grade students were selecting their course request forms during their English/ History classes for the 2023-2024 school year in preparation for the online course request through Aeries Homelink Student Portal that will take place next week on Thursday and Friday during their English/ History classes. We are asking you to please review and discuss it with your child prior to their course selection. The deadline for submitting course requests will be on Friday, January 20th.
8th Grade MYP Project
8th Grade Parents,
Please make sure to follow up with your student regarding their 8th grade community project. Students should have already commenced with their group or individual. The deadline to complete this project is coming up soon! If you have any questions regarding the project, you may contact your student's project teacher for more information.
We have scheduled the 8th- grade presentations to take place in May during Open House!
Ms. Rachel from the ETS program will be back on January 2023!
Free Federal Program offered to all 6th -12th grade students regardless of immigration status. Click on image for more information.
Click on above image to access the brochure
Click on above image to access the brochure
¿Cuáles son los síntomas de depresión en los adolescentes? - Child Mind Institute
Dado que los adolescentes experimentan a menudo cambios de humor, puede ser difícil reconocer cuándo su hijo o hija tiene depresión, y por lo tanto, cuándo podría necesitar ayuda. Lo primero que las personas suelen observar es el retraimiento, o cuando el adolescente deja de hacer cosas que solía disfrutar.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers? - Child Mind Institute
Since adolescents are often moody, it can be difficult to recognize when your son or daughter has become depressed, and might need help. The thing people tend to notice first is withdrawal, or when the teenager stops doing things she usually likes to do. There might be other changes in her mood, including sadness or irritability.
Low- Cost Internet Services and Computer Offers
EveryoneOn is working with Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services and the California Emerging Technology Fund to provide you with the best low-cost internet service and computer offers. Please click on the image to access page.
Click on the image. Sessions are conducted in English but the facilitator is fluent in Hindi and Tamil.
Catholic Charities - FREE Asylum Workshops
Starting October 6, 2022, we will be running a weekly workshop to help prepare non-detained individuals for their asylum merits hearings. Please check out the attached flyers, and help us to disseminate widely!
What: services are offered:
- Multi-lingual informational and interactive sessions aimed at teaching basics of asylum law and rights in removal proceedings
- Nuts and bolts of individual merits hearings
- Review of, and help translating, foreign-language documents
- Country conditions packets
- A therapist and community organizers will offer activities as part of this program
- University or law students may be available to observe individual hearings for participants who wish to have observers/supporters
· Refreshments will be offered
Who: we welcome individuals who:
· Are pro se asylum seekers in removal proceedings
· Are literate or have supportive relatives/friends who can help them read/write
· Have an individual merits hearing scheduled within ~6 months of the training (Flexible)
· Thursday mornings from 9 AM - 12 PM
· October 6, 13, 20, 27
· Participants are asked to attend all sessions of the workshop series
· Richmond, CA – Accessible by Bart/Public Transportation
How: · Call 510-439-3886 to register!
Parent & Family Corner
Dental Hygiene Clinic available at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Pleasant Hill
DVC operates a dental clinic where the public can get teeth cleanings and other dental services at low cost. Dentists in the community come to the Pleasant Hill campus to work with DVC dental hygienist students and help them get the experience they need to graduate from the dental hygienist program. The students working with patients speak both English and Spanish. More information about the clinic is here. Details about DVC's dental hygienist training program are here.
FOOD BANK of Contra Costa and Solano
There are free meals with fruits, vegetables or non-perishable food available in your city. Call 1-855-309-3663 to find food in your city or click on the following link and you can search the map for the closest place to your home or also in that link you will find the distribution of food by city: