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End-of-the-Year Edition

Calendar of events

  • Apr 6- Last day to order Yearbooks
  • Apr 7- Progress Reports
  • Apr 12-19 ACT Aspire Testing
  • Apr- 15 Student Early Dismissal 11:00 am
  • Apr 26- 4th Grade Field Trip
  • Apr 26- 6th Grade Field Trip
  • Apr 27- 2nd Grade Field Trip
  • Apr 28- ACE Field Trip
  • Apr 28- Progress Reports
  • May 5- PTO/Science Fair and Summer Learning Opportunities 6:00 pm
  • May 6- Last Day to Charge Lunches
  • May 10- All Library Books Due
  • May 12- 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • May 12- 4th Grade Field Trip
  • May 12- Spring Band Concert (at New Hope)
  • May 13- 6th Grade Field Trip
  • May 16- School Day (no longer a weather day)
  • May 16- Honors Society Induction 1:15 pm
  • May 18- Kindergarten Field Trip
  • May 19- 1st Grade Field Trip
  • May 19- 6th Grade Hangout
  • May 20- Field Day
  • May 23- Awards Day
  • May 23- Kindergarten Graduation 6:00 pm
  • May 24- Last Day for Students
  • May 25- New Hope High Graduation at 8:00 pm
  • May 31- Report Cards

Requesting Dress Code Assistance!

Parents and Caregivers,

As the weather warms up, please help us follow the Madison County Schools Dress code by checking students' outfits before they leave in the morning. Specifically, finding shorts and shirts the proper length for girls is a struggle, so we really appreciate your help.

As a father, I can testify that most girls' shorts sold in stores do not meet the Madison County Schools guideline of fingertip length all the way around the leg! However, as I tell my own daughter, some things are fine for wearing at home, some things are fine for the beach, and some things are fine for school. We need to make sure we wear the appropriate clothing for the appropriate setting. Please also remind your child that tank tops are fine for home but are not to be worn at school.

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Yearbooks are $25 and are pre-order only. They will be hardback this year, and you must order them by April 6th. Checks should be made out to OCR School, and the yearbooks should arrive mid-May. There will be NO EXTRAS available later, so make sure you order yours by April 6th!

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration is now open!

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration opened last week and will continue for the next few weeks. OCRS has applied for an additional Office of School Readiness Preschool grant and we are hopeful that we may have an additional classroom to serve our community next year.

However, as it stands now, we currently only have one Pre-K class that will serve 15 full-day Pre-K students next year. According to Office School Readiness policy, all Pre-K candidates who have COMPLETED packets will be entered in a random drawing sometime in May or June, with the first 15 students selected securing a spot in next year's Pre-K. Students not selected for the first 15 slots will go on a waiting list in case any of the first 15 students drop out of the program.

If your child will be attending Kindergarten next year, please register them as soon as possible, as Central Office looks at registration numbers when making teacher staffing decisions.

We are tentatively planning on having another half-day readiness program for threes and fours, but this could change depending on several factors such as if we get the additional Pre-K grant and/or if we have enough staff to operate the program. We will provide more concrete information to the community once we have it.

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A Few Words About State Testing

State ACT Aspire Testing will begin the week of April 11 through the 19th for grades 3-6. Here are some reminders to help your child do the best they can on these tests:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep. If they have electronics in their room, you may want to remove these the week of testing.
  • Make sure your child gets a good breakfast the day of testing--nothing too sweet or too greasy that could upset their stomach.
  • Encourage your child to try their very best, but don't make them nervous.
  • Let your child know that you are proud of them, their teachers are proud of them, and their principals are proud of them. They have worked hard this year, and these tests are simply a chance for them to show all that they have learned!

Tests are important, but let your child know that they are more important than any piece of paper or report. Yes we want them to try their best, but we know that your child is much, much more than a test score. We want life-long learners, and that comes from supportive parents and teachers who encourage curiosity, effort, and perseverance.

Best Behavior Bonuses!!

We are in the midst of the longest consecutive time period of the school year without a holiday or break. To encourage students to continue to make good choices, we are going to be rewarding students who are at school on time and showing good character by earning chances to have ice cream treats, getting the chance to eat with the principal, playing on inflatable bouncy toys, and more! Encourage your child to make good choices and to exhibit great character as we finish up these last 2 months of school.
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Science Fair and Summer Learning

May 5th will be our final PTO/Science Fair meeting of the year. In addition to having students display their projects, we will have several community partners with tables and information detailing community events and fun activities to keep kids busy and learning during the summer months!

OCRS will be hosting Camp Invention again this year, but will not have any other summer programs due to funding. However, New Hope Elementary, public libraries, camps, and other local organizations have a plethora of opportunities to keep students engaged.

Hope International School Pen Pals!

This year, Owens Cross Roads School students began a partnership with Hope International School in Bwerenga Village, Uganda. Our school has participated in a pencil drive to collect pencils for the students of Hope and will also be collecting money for school supplies for these students. Mr. Weeks will be delivering the school materials and supplies collected by our OCRS students when he makes a trip to Uganda to work alongside teachers this summer!

Students at OCRS sent pen pal letters to the Hope students, and the Hope students received them about 3 weeks after they were sent. The pictures below show the students receiving the letters and also sitting down to write letters back to our students. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to all of the things both sets of students will learn about cultures and places other than their own!

Other OCRS Information

Owens Cross Roads was hit by the Norovirus, and the classrooms have exhausted their supplies of Clorox/Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. If you are able to send in some of these items to replenish our depleted stock, we would appreciate it. As a reminder, if a child has fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 24 hours (without the use of Tylenol) before they are allowed to return to school.

We are still in desperate need of additional substitute bus drivers. If you have a passenger CDL and would be interested in occasionally substituting for our area, please check out the website below. https://www.madison.k12.al.us/departments/transportation/default.aspx

Awards Day Schedule (Monday, May 23)

  • 6th grade- 7:45
  • 5th grade- 8:15
  • 4th grade- 8:45
  • 3rd grade- 9:15
  • 2nd grade- 9:45
  • 1st grade- 10:15
  • Pre-K - 10:45

These times are approximate. The Kindergarten class will have their Graduation ceremony on the 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

A Note from the Principal

As the 2015-2016 school year comes to a close, I want to take just a moment to share how blessed and honored I have been to serve this community and these students. I am surrounded by a dedicated and talented staff who have worked tirelessly to create students who will become life-long learners.

Our students and staff have accomplished many things this year: from increasing literacy during the Parade of Readers, to continuing the success of our mentoring program, to earning the honor (AGAIN!) of becoming a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence, to partnering with an international school in Uganda, Africa. It has been a year of growth and accomplishment.

I am excited about next year as we continue to partner with parents to work with our students on The Essential 55, to challenge students to take a personal interest in their own learning through goal-setting and student data notebooks, and to form cross-grade level student "houses" that will participate in friendly academic competition and character building.

I specifically want to thank our many community members for their ceaseless support or our students and school. Churches have sent work teams to help with our facilities, the CARE Center has provided tutors, Bags of Blessings, and resources. Our local and state legislators have provided funds for school initiatives and educational technology. Parents have volunteered at the school. The Homemakers Club has fed our teachers and given money for school security. The Southeastern Madison County Business Association helped sponsor the Fall Festival and our Parade of Readers. And the list goes on and on.

Our school mission statement says the following: Owens Cross Roads School will join with the community to produce students who are academically and socially prepared to become life-long learners. I have always loved that mission statement and am filled with pride when I continuously see it put into action.

Visitors to our school always describe OCRS as "A Special Place", and they are correct. This is a special place with special people in a special community, and as we look forward to finishing out another successful year, I want to thank you again for partnering with us to help your children reach their full potential.

-Scott Weeks

Easy ways to raise money for OCRS!!

Did you know that raising money for our school can be as simple as swiping a Publix card, using your REDcard at Target, or clipping Box Tops off of food packages? These are 3 ways to support our school that require little time or effort and make a HUGE impact!

Simply pick up a Publix card in the lobby, go online to register it for Owens Cross Roads, and swipe it every time you make a purchase.

You can also register your REDcard to support OCRS if you have one for your Target purchases.

Finally, clip Box Tops off of packages and send them in with your child. The class that collects the most each quarter wins ice cream from the PTO. We received a check for $1200 this fall, simply for collecting Box Tops!!

One more way to support education in this area is the Sign Up to Round up Program through Huntsville Utilities. It is an easy way to make a difference in public education, because pocket change can add up!

Your change supports The Schools Foundation programs including: National Math Science Initiative (NMSI) teacher training, Principally Speaking Network, and A+ College Ready components reaching over 53,000 students throughout Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Schools.

Huntsville Utilities will round up your bill to the nearest dollar. The maximum contribution per year is only $12, but if we all contribute our change will really add up! Join us and ask your friends to do the same! The link is below.