OVS Weekly Update

December 21, 2018 Volume 94

Mark Your Calendars!


The first week of school, all learning coaches are REQUIRED to come to class with their learners for the first 30-45 minutes of class. We have new procedures and expectations in place to better serve our learners that we all need to be aware of. After the meeting in the classroom, ALL parents will continue into a REQUIRED session on attendance with Dr. Loewenstein.


  • Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30
  • All students will have projects displayed--Learning Facilitators are helping
  • See details below to volunteer at this event

Winter MAP Testing

  • January 14-18
  • Sign up below
  • No face to face sessions
  • K-2-Sign up for 2 sessions
  • 3-8- Sign up for 3 sessions
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The week of January 14-18 will be winter MAP testing for all students. This testing guides our instruction with the students and allows for a more personalized learning experience. Learners in K-2 will take Reading and Math. Learners in 3-8 grades will take Reading, Math, and Science. Please sign up using the button below.

  • K-2: Sign up for 2 sessions
  • 3-8: Sign up for 3 sessions

REQUIRED MAP Testing-Winter

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Sign up for 2 Sessions 3rd-8th Grade: Sign up for 3 Sessions


Thursday January 17, 5:30-7:30

We need judges for the middle school Science Fair portion of STEAM Fest! If you'd like to help out that night (Thursday, January 17), use the sign up below!

Computer Science Week

During computer science week, Microsoft hosted a lot of Skype events in which they interviewed professionals in the computer science field. These events were unfortunately not during our scheduled call. Learners and families and welcome to enjoy these at home!


OVS Synergy

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Gift Wrapping!

We had a great time wrapping gifts earlier this month! Thanks for all the support!

OVS T-Shirts make a great gift!!

We do have some extra shirts for sale if you were not able to order! They are $20 a piece. Sizes are limited. Brooke has these available at the front desk.

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/28- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

This Week:

This week, we continued with Corduroy to practice retelling the story. Make sure over break, you continue reviewing your sight words and math concepts! We will see you in January!

Looking Ahead

The week of January 8, 9, and 10, Learning Coaches are required to come to class with their learners for the first 30-45 minutes. OVS has new procedures in place to help support our learners. We can't wait to see everyone!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had a great week to wrap up the 1st Semester! Learners finished up their Scoot game and we were able to complete our 2nd Quarter writing sample. For Lit Circles, we got a start on our book projects. We will be keeping them here over break. We will see how much we get finished when we come back. I might send them home to be finished after that.

Looking Ahead:

The next time we meet it will be the week of January 8-10. Please enjoy your time with family and get caught up with the pacing guide, if need be. We discussed our 3rd quarter books this week so I will be emailing you details. Just know we will be starting 3rd Quarter Lit Circles on January 22-24. You will have plenty of time to find the book we need.

**3rd Grade Learning Coaches** Our 3rd Graders will have the opportunity to participate in a program called Readers Become Leaders. It is a National Program sponsored by the NCAA. It requires learners to document the minutes they read during 2nd Semester. They will choose the top 5 readers in the city and take them to a College World Series game. They will get to go out on the field and have their name announced as well as other prizes. Last year, one of my students won!

There will be a Pep Rally on January 11th at Creighton University’s DJ Sokol Arena. A bus will be provided and will leave our school at 12:10, Friday afternoon. The Pep Rally Starts at 1:00 and we will be back between 2 and 2:30pm.

Here is a short video explaining it.

Readers Become Leaders

Mrs. Walker's class update

Week in Review:

This week we wrapped up our Lit Circle projects and the projects were AMAZING. I was so impressed with the creativity and effort they put into them. Great Job!! We also decided on our next book for 3rd Quarter! We are choosing from Call it Courage, Shiloh, and Ramona Quimby Age 8. Ask your learner which book they chose and please have that book ready to go the week of Jan 14th!

Looking Ahead:

Please enjoy your time with family and get caught up with the pacing guide, if need be.

The first week of class Jan 8-10 Learning Coaches will be coming back to the classroom for about 30 min so we can do a refresher course on grading and expectations. We will also be handing out the pacing guides at this time.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
Thank you for a great first semester. We accomplished a lot and learned so much. Your learners put forth a great amount of effort and showed who they truly were. Thank you to all learning coaches for the support of those learners.

Looking Ahead:

January 7th we start the second semester. I hope all learners and learning coaches have a great, restful break. I am eager to start our work again and make more great strides in the next five months.

There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Mathway is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. It is set in the form of a scientific calculator for all notations.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have will resume to their normal times beginning in January. Sessions will resume Friday, January 11th with Math08 at 9:15. Reach out with questions.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

I am so excited to get back into the swing of things! There are so many things to learn. See you next week!

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Happy 2019! A new year brings a new start! Fresh notebooks, clean folders, sharpened pencils and a re-commitment to organizational strategies are all things that will help kick off a successful second semester!

ELA and Computer Apps are going to continue to provide opportunities for your learner to grow and challenge themselves to be the best they can be! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!

Please bring notebook to Face to Face time next week! This will be a helpful tool to get the year jump started! Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to learning with you this year!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

This has been a great semester! I am so privileged to get to make art with OVS Learners!

All artwork to be included on first semester report cards is due Dec. 21st. Bring any artwork to your last face to face class day or email me a picture to get it in!

It is not too late to sign up for Open Art to finish up any last minute artwork:

Week of December 17th: Open Art, Sign Up here: http://bit.ly/OVSDecOpenArt

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any support! Have a wonderful winter break!


9th Grade Newsletter

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Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

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