Orrick Elementary Bearcat Update

September 15, 2016


Homecoming Theme - "There's no place like Homecoming!"

Here are the elementary spirit days:

Monday 9/19 - Which Witch is Which? Twin Day!

Tuesday 9/20 - Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh my! Dress like an animal.

Wednesday 9/21 - Class Color Day

Thursday 9/22 - Follow the yellow brick road to success, dress for your future career

Friday 9/23 - Black & Gold Day

Class Colors: Pk-gray , K-red, 1-hot pink, 2-yellow, 3-purple, 4A-dark green, 4B-blue, 5-orange, 6-teal

Preschool dismissed at 1:00, no afternoon bus service for preschoolers

1:30 Homecoming Parade

7:00 Homecoming Football game

There will be a pink flier going home with students Friday that has information about the homecoming parade. Be sure to fill out the second sheet and return. All students will need to return a sheet by Tuesday, September 20.

Conversations About School

I bet you have found that when you ask "How was school today?" that it doesn't get much of a response. Instead you could ask questions like these for a better picture of your youngster's day.

  • "What's the coolest thing that happened? What wasn't so cool?"
  • "Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe the day?"
  • "What made you laugh?"
  • "What was the most creative thing you did?"
  • "How were you kind or helpful today? Was anyone kind or helpful to you?"

Adapted from Home & School Connection, 2016 Resources for Educators, a division of CCH Incorporated.


Monday, September 19 Mid-Terms Go Home

Tuesday, September 20 CREATE 3:15-4:00 pm

Friday, September 23 Homecoming

Thursday, September 29 3rd-6th Grade Literacy Night 6:30 pm

Monday, October 3 Proficient and Advanced MAP Field Trip

Friday, October 7 Character Assembly 2:20 Elementary Gym

Wednesday, October 12 No School, 1-70 Excellence in Education Institute

Thursday, October 13 Science Club 3:15-4:10 pm

Monday, October 17 End of First Quarter

Tuesday, October 18 CREATE 3:15-4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 19 Math Club 3:15-4:00 pm

Friday, October 21 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Monday, October 24 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Thursday, October 27 1:00 Dismissal, and Parent - Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 28 No School

Monday, October 31 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Friday, November 4 Character Assembly 2:20 in Elementary Gym

Friday, November 4 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Monday, November 7 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Monday, November 7 Veterans Concert 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 9 Math Club 3:15-4:00 pm

Thursday, November 10 Science Club 3:15-4:10 pm

Friday, November 11 Honor Choir 3:15-4:00 pm

Saturday, November 12 5th-8th Grade Honor Choir

Monday, November 14 9:00 Assembly

Tuesday, November 15 CREATE 3:15-4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23, 24, 25 NO School Thanksgiving Break


This is the time of the year, right before frost that the mosquitoes seem to be at their worst. And perhaps, the August rains helped the pesky insects multiply. We are going to have the insect repellent as pictured available for recess and PE. If you would like your child to be sprayed with the repellent, please write a note to your child's teacher. If you have a certain repellent from home that you would like your child to have, please feel free to send your own repellent to school.


We are happy to help heat up home lunches for our students' lunch time. There has been an increasing amount of easy mac, ramen noodles, etc that need between 3 and 4 minutes to cook. When you multiple that cooking time out between several students, one can see that our students are not getting their 20 minutes to eat.

Beginning Monday, September 26, we will no longer be able to cook items in the microwave for our elementary students that take more than 90 seconds to heat up. We are sorry for any inconveniences that this may cause.

Ray County Attendance Court - This is new to our County

The school board, administration, teachers and staff here in the Orrick School District want all of our students to be successful. There is nothing more exciting than when we see our students reach their fullest potential and become productive members of society. For students to be successful in school they need to attend school daily, arrive on time and be ready for the day’s learning experience.

With this is mind the RAY COUNTY ATTENDANCE COURT has been created encompassing numerous community stakeholders and agencies committed to promoting the best interests of the children in Ray County, Missouri, including local school districts, Ray County Prosecutor, Ray County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies, Ray County Juvenile Office, social service agencies, community health and mental health providers,and members of the judiciary of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Missouri.

The Ray County Attendance Court will serve as a specialized court designed to facilitate and promote regular school attendance for all students Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade by holding parents and guardians accountable for ensuring their child attends school as required.

Brochures with more information about the Ray County Attendance Court will be sent home at the end of the week.

The Counselor’s Corner

This month’s character trait is sportsmanship. Sportsmanship means playing fair and following the rules of the game, treating opponents with respect, respecting the judgment of referees and officials, and winning or losing graciously. Ask your student what sportsmanship looks like in the classroom.

Brianne Bredehoeft - Orrick Elementary Counselor


Parents always wonder and ask how they can help their children do better academically in school. Well, the elementary teachers have been talking about this and here are their thoughts:

1. Practice, practice, practice math facts! Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - all depending on the grade level. It is essential that our students become as fluent in math facts as they can so that as math becomes more complex, they are not hindered and flustered by the barrier of not having those facts memorized. Flashcard, car ride fillers orally on short trips to the store, ipad apps. There are endless ways to practice those facts.

2. Read, Read, and Read! Support and model reading at home! Readers create Leaders!!!

3. Practice No-Excuse words for spelling. A complete list K-6 can be found on our website.

4. Communicate and stay in touch with classroom teachers. This includes behaviors as well as the academics! Supporting the teachers in your own home can make a huge difference in our children's attitudes about the staff and school content areas.

Box Tops and Campbells Labels and More... PLEASE COLLECT THEM FOR US!!!

Don't forget to save all these different types of labels. Classroom competitions will be held throughout the school year.
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