The Hoot Owl

Oak Ridge Elementary 2020 - 2021

Welcome to ORE!

My name is Tami Eldridge and I am privileged to be the principal at this amazing school! I am entering my seventh year as principal here. I am very excited about the beginning of school as it marks the start of things new, and this year especially. As we begin the 20 - 21 school year virtually, we are going to need your assistance in getting your child engaged in learning.


As we look forward to the school year, we want to ensure all parents that we will do our best to meet the needs of all students no matter whether your child is participating via distance learning or face to face learning. Building a partnership with you and your child is the best way that we can ensure success in the learning process. I want to encourage you to work with your child's teacher to build a relationship, work at home with your child, and commit to making the 20-21 a year to remember because of the success of learning!


Here's to a great year as we forge new territory and create a success story for all!

COUNSELOR - MS. HENDERSON

I'm excited to announce that we have a new counselor this year as Dr. Playfair decided to retire. While we will miss her, we have an amazing addition to our staff Ms. Henderson. Below is some information about her -


Hello! I'm Kai Henderson and I am happy to be your new school counselor! A little bit about myself- I love to watching sports (any sport!), reading, swimming, and spending time with my family. I look forward to working with the students, parents, and staff at Oak Ridge Elementary this school year. Please feel free to reach out to me to let me know if there is anything you need, I will love to help! knhenderson@conroeisd.net

VIRTUAL LEARNING INFORMATION

As we move into the first week of school, we know that everyone will be participating in school via virtual learning. We will have a final plan in place to help you plan best for your family, but below is the basic information.


*Each Friday, you will receive an email calendar from your child's teacher with the schedule for the following week, including assignments, their due dates, and times of live lessons.

*Attendance will be recorded based upon participation - via live teaching on Zoom, logging into SeeSaw or Canvas (depending on grade level), and/or completion of assigned and turned in on due date. (more information about this will come)

*Most live teaching will be completed in the morning with a few exceptions but once a schedule is established, it will remain the same throughout the year. If you are unable to attend the live lessons, they will be recorded and posted for viewing at a later time.

*Teachers will host "office hours" daily so that parents and/or students can log in and ask specific questions. They will also be available via email throughout the school day.

SCHOOL SHIRTS AND FACE MASK ORDER COMING SOON!

We will be taking school shirt and face mask orders online this year beginning September 12. Directions on how to order will come in the next edition of The Hoot Owl.


While face masks are not required for students under the age of 10, they are strongly encouraged. These face masks are stretchy, and should fit most students.


We will be selling them from our school store website with detailed instructions to come. Shirts will start at $15 and masks will start at $8.00.

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING

If you are in need to a computer for virtual learning, please complete the survey at the link below. If your child will be returning to school on Sept. 8, the device will come back with him/her on that day and be checked back into the school for school usage. If your child will be doing virtual learning this year, they will keep the device until they return or the end of the year arrives, whichever comes first.

ZOOM EXPECTATIONS

As we move forward with online learning, Zoom will be the platform that our teachers are using. In order for your child to participate, you will need to create an account (as an adult) and they will log in through your account. Below are some expectations that students must abide by as we want the expectation to be the same as if they were in the classroom face to face with a teacher:


*Students need to be logged in and ready to start class at the designated time. Think about logging in a couple of minutes early in order to be prepared.

*School appropriate clothing is expected including a shirt and shorts/pants. If a shirt has writing on it, it must be school appropriate (nothing vulgar, inappropriate language, advertising)

*Students need to participate at appropriate times and avoid interrupting the teacher when she/he is teaching.

*Cameras need to be on during lesson so that teacher can make face to face contact with every child.

MEET THE TEACHER

With school starting virtually, we are going to follow suit and do Meet the Teacher virtually. Your child will be notified of who his/her teacher will be via email. You will be invited to join the teacher on a Zoom call (a few options will be provided) so that you and your child can meet your new teacher and learn expectations. Please make it important to join your child's teacher at one of these Zoom calls in order to start building the relationship with the teacher.


Optional Times listed below:

August 6 @ 2:00 p.m.

August 6 @ 5:30 p.m.

August 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

August 10 @ 9:00 a.m.


If these times do not fit your schedule, you will need to contact your child's teacher for an alternate suggestion. We will be asking parents to commit to one session so that we can provide smaller groups allowing for question and answer time.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

All communication from the school will be electronic this school year. In order to stay well informed, please ensure that the campus has your most current email address on file.

PTO

Joining our parent/teacher organization is a great way to get involved in helping keep our school great. Membership is $5 per family. This year, based upon guidelines, all of our PTO meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. We hope this provides an opportunity for more folks to become involved than in previous years.


We are currently looking for great folks who can fill some open officer positions:

Vice President

Secretary

Member at Large

PTO Welcome

LUNCH INFORMATION

The cost of breakfast and lunch has remained the same as last year. The cost of breakfast is $1.50 and the lunch price is $3.00. Child Nutrition has an online system for parents to apply money to their child's account. The system website is www.myschoolbucks.com. Parents with existing accounts will receive an email directly from the company with information. Parent will need to create a new account if you do not already have one. There will be a $1.95 charge per credit card transaction.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH

Just a reminder that Free/Reduced lunch status must be applied for yearly. The sooner you apply will hopefully ensure no interruption. You can apply online at the following link https://www.myschoolapps.com/. If you need assistance, Virginia Vera, PEIMS/registrar, will be happy to assist you.

2019 - 2020 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks are still available. If you pre-purchased, you can drive by and pick them up daily from 8-4. Ring the front door bell and we will be happy to deliver it to you.


If you would like to purchase, we have plenty. They are $26 exact cash or check.

INFORMATION COMING IN THE NEXT EDITION...

*Student handbook

*Transportation

*Car rider route

*School doors opening

*Visitors on campus

*and more about when school starts back face to face