The Hoot Owl

WELCOME TO OAK RIDGE ELEMENTARY

WELCOME!

Welcome to Oak Ridge! We are so excited to have you and your child at our school for the 2020-2021 school year. Let me take a minute and introduce you to a few key folks you will need to know.


Tami Eldridge

MRS. ELDRIDGE - PRINCIPAL

HI guys! We are so excited to have you at Oak Ridge. I have been at Oak Ridge for what seems like a lifetime. This is my 6th year as Principal and I served here at Assistant Principal for 11 years previously. Our mission at Oak Ridge is to create a "whole" child. We work not only on education, but we also want to enhance self-esteem, work ethic, and social skills. Our first priority is your child. We will do our best to keep them safe and happy while they are at Oak Ridge.


I have been married to Mr. Eldridge for 29 years. We have 2 boys who are 27 and 21. Our oldest is married to a precious young lady who is a first grade teacher at another elementary school in Conroe ISD. We have two dogs. When I am not a school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing games (we are fiercely competitive), reading and serving in the community.

MS. SALY - ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Howdy! I am Ms. Saly, the Assistant Principal at Oak Ridge Elementary. I have been fortunate to be the assistant principal at Oak Ridge Elementary for six years. I have been in Conroe ISD for 23 years as an educator and proud to be a CISD graduate. I love visiting with our students in the classroom and the halls of Oak Ridge.


I am a passionate Texas A&M University Graduate and love all things Aggie. On fall weekends, you can probably find me at Kyle field cheering on my favorite college team. In the spring, you will probably find me cheering on my nephew, who plays high school baseball, and my niece, who is on a travel softball team. Spending time with family and friends is a joy of mine.


We look forward to getting to know your Owl and the 2020-21 school year is going to be a great year for Oak Ridge Elementary.

DR. PLAYFAIR - COUNSELOR

Hello and welcome to Oak Ridge Elementary! My name is Becky Playfair, and I am the school counselor.

I am originally from Pennsylvania where I attended the University of Pittsburgh for my B.A., M. Ed. and

Ph.D. I have been working at ORE for 15 years, and I have loved every minute! I live with my sweet rescue

dog, Holly, who is now 6. I have an amazing 25 year old son, Lance, who lives and works in the Dallas area. I am

so happy your children and you are becoming part of our ORE family! I can't wait to meet you!

MRS. SIMS - SCHOOL NURSE

Hello Oak Ridge families,

My name is Audra Sims. I am the registered nurse here at Oak Ridge Elementary. I have served with Conroe ISD for 18 years and have almost 30 years of nursing experience. It has been my pleasure to serve Oak Ridge Elementary for the last 13 years. Prior to school nursing I worked many years in a pediatric hospital and clinic setting and then transitioned to office nursing when my children were young. My husband and I have 2 children ages 27 and 24, and a wonderful son-in-law. All 3 are Oak Ridge Alumni. My goal as a team member is to provide academic success by promoting health and safety. Also, to provide assessment and treatment within the scope of professional nursing practice, communicate with parents, referrals to physicians, and provision or supervision of prescribed nursing care. If your child has any health concerns please email me at asims@conroeisd.net. I will be happy to speak with you.

MRS. VERA - REGISTRAR

My name is Virginia Vera and I have been with Oak Ridge Elementary for 13 years now. I am currently the PEIMS Clerk at ORE. During the 13 years at ORE I have been a paraprofessional for two years in resource. Then I moved to being the receptionist at ORE for two years and now I am the PEIMS Clerk. As a PEIMS Clerk I have many duties but my main two jobs is to registrar students and take care of the students attendance. I am the one that will be welcoming you to ORE when you registrar your student. I am fluent in Spanish, meaning I can speak, read and write the language. I am married and have three children. I have two in college and one in high school. All three are ORE alumni. They absolutely love Oak Ridge Elementary and are Proud To Be An Oak Ridge Owl. With that being said, I would like to welcome you and your student to Oak Ridge Elementary.

MS. GENSBIGLER - SCHOOL SECRETARY

I have been the Secretary at Oak Ridge Elementary for over 20 years and started in CISD in 1993. I was born and grew up in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Pittsburgh. I have a B.S. From Drexel University in Philadelphia. Family and warm weather lured my family to The Woodlands in 1993. I have one daughter who is a CISD graduate from TWHS. I'm a lucky and proud grandma of three, Sloane, Moira, and Doyle who live in Illinois. I enjoy cooking, musical theater, visiting my grandchildren, and working with my ORE family.

Welcome!!!
Kathie

MRS. ROGERS - RECEPTIONIST

I have been the receptionist at ORE for 6 years and have been with CISD for 15 years. My hobbies are knitting/crocheting, gardening, and reading. I have a black lab named Eva that loves to eat cheese and the green fur off of tennis balls and be the life of the party! Welcome to ORE!!

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

*School supply list will be located on our website as soon as it is updated. Look for it early June.

*Teacher assignments will be emailed out Friday, July 31(unless there is a glitch)

*Teddy Bear Tea for PK and Kindergarten students is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 5 from 5-6 p.m.

*Meet the Teacher is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 6. Times to be announced. More specifics on these two events will be emailed in a back to school email.

*First day of school is Wednesday, August 12.

*If you have children in our school who are on free/reduced lunch, it does not automatically roll over and add this new child. You will need to complete that again online in late July, early August.

*Breakfast and lunch are served at ORE.

*Doors open daily at 7:35 and school starts at 8:00 a.m. Students are counted tardy if they arrive after 8:01. Dismissal is at 3:10 p.m. Car rider dismissal will star at approximately 3:13 in order to ensure we have all grades ready to go.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Through the end of the year, if you have any questions, please contact us.


Phone - 832-592-5900 (leave a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours unless it is the weekend)

Email - contactore@conroeisd.net This email is monitored 8-3 week days.

PTO

We have a very active PTO at ORE and we would LOVE for you to get involved. Our PTO hosts events throughout the year like Fall Family NIght and ExplOREtorium as well as hosting two major fundraisers a year. The profits from the fundraiser support field trips for all students, purchasing more technology, playground equipment, etc.. Our PTO have a variety of was you can get involved by volunteering at an event which will be a 1-3 hour on time commitment to serving on the board which would require about 10 hours a month. Please use the link to connect with PTO.
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