Online Learning Academy - PPS
October 2022 Newsletter
Message from the Principal
Celebrating BACK TO SCHOOL!
Last night we celebrated our second OLA Back to School Night. It was great to see so many of you who came to hear from the OLA staff. We hope you left with many more images of the friendly and supportive faces of the OLA team.
This next month, we are asking all Learning Coaches and families who help support your students in OLA by reminding them that cameras ON is an important part of the teaching and learning process. Teachers lose important context clues when they cannot see their students. Students can blur their background on Zoom even if they are on a Chromebook.Teachers can help students add this option to their zoom account. Another tool that some of our teachers use to help with the possible challenge of turning cameras on is the use of FOCUS MODE in Zoom. This means that teachers can see the students but the students cannot see each other. Thank you for helping the teachers out with this important learning tool: SEEING your kiddos in class is powerful!
During the Back to School night you heard about our daily schedule. Office hours in the afternoon are crucial to student success. In online schools asking for support is the norm and welcomed. However, that may not be an easy thing for all students to do. Students may need some encouragement from you especially if you hear from your student that a class is hard or confusing or challenging. Remind them to reach out to their teachers and set up an office hours appointment.
In Grades 6-12, Term 1 ends on November 3. Students should be about 55-60% completed with each of their courses. If your student has not quite hit the 55% completion mark yet, visiting their teachers during office hours to get support or spending more time at night catching up will be an important strategy to ensure that when the term ends, they will be done with all of their classes with strong grades.
Enjoy our Fall weather and incredible autumn colors!
Principal, OLA and VS
College and Career Readiness - Character Trait of the Month is : GROWTH MINDSET
IMPORTANT! Please remember to login to your ParentVue account ParentVue.pps.net and complete your student(s) profile verification. Only one parent/guardian needs to complete. The verification process should not take more than a few minutes. click here: Verify Online
Be sure you select the YEARLY VERIFICATION tab from the menu.
****Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline is October 28, 2022 After this date if you have not submitted the online yearly verification, you will receive the following message upon login to PVUE: ‘The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue.' This is a hard stop to log in to PVUE. You will not be able to access your account. The only options if you want to log in to your account are to click Begin Yearly Verification or click Logout.
****If you wish to do the Verification via paper copy, please contact the office for a printout of your Student’s Profile. Review and make changes on the paper copy, sign and date it and return to the office before October 28th.
OLA Achievement Team 6-12
We're halfway through this term and you may notice some students are struggling to stay motivated. To keep them on the right track, encourage them to stay focused when working on their classes. A good method is to sit down in a calm space, read one lesson (take notes, reflect, practice as needed), and complete its activity before taking a break. Using this break to get some fresh air, move around, and connect with the people around them can help them with their school / work / life balance. Then repeat! Students should be working on at least 2-3 lessons per day!
OLA 6-12 Achievement Specialist
Email - email@example.com | GV - (503) 662-7952
- 6th - Back to School Night (Virtually)
- 10th - Indigenous People's Day
- 14th - NO School for all Students - Teacher Professional Development Day
- School Pictures for all K-12 students, October 18th & 19th, 1-6:30, sign-up by calling the OLA office 971-284-6969 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parent Teacher Conferences - November 21st and 22nd (more information coming soon!)
OLA Picture Day Sign-Ups!
Due to complications with the Google appointment calendars, we have created our own schedule for Back to School Picture days. If you have not scheduled your appointment already, please call, text or email our secretary Karris who can assist you. We have several openings from 1p-6:30p for both days, 10/18-10/19.
OLA Main Line: 971-284-6969 (Text messages are ok)
Karris Email: email@example.com
Student Success & Health
Greetings OLA Families! October’s character trait is Growth Mindset. Here is a great article about how to instill a growth mindset at home:
Just a reminder on how to request support from your Counselor. Here is a slideshow with my contact information and links to our Elementary Lunch Bunch:
Please feel free to reach out for support!
LGBTQ Community Supports
This is a website for families and students with lots of great resources and information. Check it out!
Reading Intervention Teacher K-8
Take some time to read every single day! You can read on your own, to a younger sibling, to your trusted adult, or even to your toys. Reading for at least 15 minutes each day has shown to have terrific benefits for your reading growth over time.
Learning Coaches, it is also important for you to read to your child. Find a book that you both enjoy and take some time together. Reading to your child is just as important because it models to them the flow and expression that comes with practice. Happy Reading! Teacher Burns
From the Health & PE department: Share a photo or some words with us, and you might show up in the next newsletter in this section! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for 6-12 Students. We are in the process of hiring a PE Teacher for K-5 - stay tuned!
Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department
Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.
We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM on10/26/22, 11/30/22, 1/25/23, 2/22/23, 3/22/23, 4/26/23, and 5/31/23.
Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department
We look forward to seeing you!
Testing Updates for K-12
OLA Testing Updates:
PSAT Testing will be offered October 12th at PPS Neighborhood High Schools. Students will have the ability to sign up in Seminar and more details will follow.
- For more information on what tests we use, and their purpose, check out our OLA Testing Information Guide. For families with students taking MAP, the following guide may be helpful as well, Parent Guide for Remote MAP Testing
- If you have any questions please reach out!
OLA Testing Coordinator: Nettajane Wasinger, email@example.com.
Student Engagement Coaches
OLA Student Engagement Coaches, Eathen and Sarah have been busy over the past few weeks onboarding new and returning OLA students at the Holladay Annex. They really enjoyed meeting so many students and families in person!
They are looking forward to year two of OLA!
Sarah's Calendar Link:
Eathen's Calendar Link:
Tech Help Desk/Chromebooks - Important Information
Hello. The process for picking up a PPS chromebook for your students has two methods. One is to call the OLA help desk at 503-916-3375 and press 2 . Please leave your student full name, ID number, and a phone number to contact you at. Another way is fill out this form by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbJp_A-UDV7Mf39czFZsmJDg5sgGj4qPVDPNJ-1H0cOMSfhg/viewform
If you have any older chromebooks and power cables from a student's previous school please bring them in when you come to get a new device.
Here are a few tips to keep your tech working.
At least once a week the device should be powered down and turned back on. This will allow for updates to install and give the system a chance to refresh.
If your Chrome web browser appears to be running slow, take a moment to clear the cache and history: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop
Please bookmark or save the OLA Help Desk contact information on your personal device in addition to the student's device.
This form is for all tech issues:
This phone number is for all tech issues:
OLA help desk at 503-916-3375 and press 2
This Zoom meeting is open from 8am to 4pm every weekday for any tech issues:
Click on Picture below for Health updates regarding Coronavirus
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