October Words for the Wise!

Set Sail for New Adventures! Learn Like a Pirate!

News from sea!

Ahoy Mateys!

During the first six weeks of our journey on the Owen Citizenship, the crew and passengers have faced many challenging learning opportunities so far and have found they have grown and developed their minds, bodies, leadership, collaboration skills.

Creating a student-led classroom is where each passenger feels empowered and confident to collaborate, lead and succeed. We are eager to continue our journey because we know that whatever comes our way, we will do our best work, handle the responsibility individually and as a crew to overcome any challenge, and celebrate our passion for learning and achieving our goals along the way. That's what learning like a pirate is all about.

If you are interested in developing your sea legs, volunteer on the Owen Citizenship. Arrrggg crew will be happy to set anchor so you may jump on board. We welcome your partnership.

Kids First,

Captain Kim Earlenbaugh

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OCTOBER 21ST - 28TH, 2018

Please click on the links below to learn more about CHARACTER COUNTS! and the 25th anniversary of National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.

The CC! Kids Cabinet and I will be creating a T-R-R-F-C-C week for our passengers and crew!

The details will be coming to you soon!

Owen Citizenship Passengers Earning Positive Referrals!

Congratulations to the following Owl-Standing Owen Owls for earning a Positive Referral for demonstrating exceptional character traits since the September Captain's Log. Any staff member may acknowledge a student who exemplifies great character on a regular basis. We encourage you to celebrate this with your child. We recognize each student during morning announcements. He or she will sign our Kids for Character Positive Referral Book and place a personal Owl-Standing Owl of Character on our Kids for Character Tree in the main hallway. Please join me in recognizing the following students:

Jeslyn Kaur (2), Aiden McDonald (2), Jacob Johnson (2), Sree Vure (2), Leo Arroyo (2),

Claudia Paukstis (2), Justin Pascu (2), Kayden Eckma (2), Jacob Reyes (2), Evan Martin,

Sydney Campfield, Maggie Bachman, Ava Fuller, Daniel Adegoke, Rebecca Popa, Areesha Aaquib, Suleiman Daraish, Sarrah Rasheed, Tevin Robertson, Desmond Stribley, Polina Madalli,

Akil Ram, Hardik Tamparia, Addison Harrison, Ammar Lukmangi, Uzair Mahnood, Jake Bens,

Advaith Prasanth, Eric Sundstrom, Cooper Paukstis, Layla Blasutti, Jamarien Hubbard,

Patrick Carr, Julia Wood, Myles Houser, Naisha Ghosh, and Sanskriti Bukkapatnam.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Wise Word of the Week! Moving From Character Education to Character Action!

Throughout our journey we will focus on a "Wise Word" each week. Yes, we will learn and discuss the characteristics and behaviors that someone may exhibit that shows he/she has internalized the meaning of the word.

Starting with character education and moving to character action is not a year-long journey, it is a life-long journey. We want our passengers to about character education, but more importantly we want our passengers to apply these character traits in their daily lives.

I invite you to team with us in this journey by looking for your child applying these positive characteristics in their lives outside of school. We'd enjoy hearing from you.

October 1st, RELIABILITY

October 9th, HONESTY

October 15th, PERSEVERANCE

October 22nd, INTEGRITY

October 29th, RESPECT - Second Pillar of CC!

Picture Retake Day is October 16th! Look for Information Coming Home Soon!

Presidential Alert Test - October 3rd - 1:18 pm.

IPEF and Team Owen Participate in the Naperville 1/2 Marathon and 5K

Thank you for your support so far. If you haven't donated and would like to show your support for Team Owen, here are a few ways you can. We will be collecting donations through October 12th. All donations go to support Team Owen and our school. Who is on team Owen? Mrs. Domyancic, Ms. Smith, Ms. Taylor, Mrs. Shafron, me, Mrs. Kreger, and Mrs. Pendelton.

We are selling running shoes for $1 for students to purchase in the LMC or office each morning. They should color it, write their name on the shoe, cut it out, and return it to the office. The shoes are being displayed throughout the hallways to show their support.

This Friday, during Donuts with Dads, Grandpas, Uncles...we are selling raffle tickets for special experiences for our passengers. All donations go to support Team Owen and support our school. One will be Principal for 1/2 the day and lunch!

Drop your spare change in the purple box on the counter in the main office when you visit. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar, etc. supports the activities at Owen for our passengers.


October on the Owen Citizenship

2~Bus evacuation safety drill

2~K-2 Parents/Guardians Mutual Ground Information Night, 6:30 p.m. at May Watts Elem.

3~Presidential Alert Test - FMEA - 1:18 p.m.

4~Severe weather drill

4~PTA Meeting in the LMC from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

5~Donuts with Dads, Grandpas, Uncles


8~Sign up for Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences through your Home Access Center (HAC)

10~Mutual Ground (Erin's Law) Presentation with first grade classes

11~Mutual Ground (Erin's Law) Presentation with first and second grade classes

12~View your passengers Fall benchmark assessment results in your Home Access Center

Both National and District norms can be seen

16~Fall Picture Retakes

17~"Expect Good Things" all school assembly

17~Kindergarten Family Literacy Night - 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the LMC

19~End of the first quarter of our journey! Congratulations!

19~Fire drill with the NFD

20~2019 5Essentials survey opens for parents/guardians to complete

21~Team Owen participates in the Naperville 1/2 Marathon and 5K. Thank you for your support.

22-26~ National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week

24~ First Grade Family Literacy Night - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

26~ View report cards on your Home Access Center

26~PTA Halloween Party - It's Spook-tacular - 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please no masks on adults.

5Essentials Survey for 2019 Opens October 22, 2018

Every year the State of Illinois requires every school to ask their parents, staff, and students in grades 4-12 to complete the 5Essentials Survey. The parent/guardian survey usually takes about 5 minutes. The results from the survey are part of the school's annual report card and assists us celebrating what we do well and in planning for continuous improvement.

The last three years, the Owen Citizenship has had the highest parent/guardian response in the district with 53% of the families completing the survey. Our goal is to achieve this again this year. If so, the Owen Citizenship will enjoy a school wide "Pirate Party" assembly.

The Captain's crew (class) with the most parent/guardian completing the survey will earn a class "Pirate Party" of their choice.

The deck (grade level) with the most parent/guardian completing the survey will earn a "Pirate Party" of their choice.

An informational flyer on how to access the 5Esssentials Survey will be coming home in a few weeks. I will also forward it to you via connect-ed.

Parent/Guardian & Teacher Conferences

Our Fall conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 1st from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and for Monday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and then 4:30-8:00 p.m.

It is our goal to meet with every parent/guardian to share your passengers progress on his/her journey this year on the Owen Citizenship!. You landlubbers will be able to schedule conferences for all of your passenger through your Home Access Center (HAC) if you have set it up. My first mate, Mrs. Herrick, has been contacting any parent/guardian who hasn't done this already to assist you. If you have any questions, please contact us.

We shared with Power PTC that they would have to walk the plank if they didn't get rid of the activation codes and make the system more user friendly for everyone! They listened! You will be able to click on the link through your HAC between October 8th-26th to sign up. You will see the name of your passenger's captain and his/her schedule. If you would like to meet with additional staff, you need to click on his/her schedule to see the availability.