October Parent Newsletter

Dr. Malinda McKillip, Principal

National Custodial Appreciation Day

Please join us in recognizing and thanking our custodian Mr. Till, and our housekeeping crew, Mr. Ajamian, Mr. Greene, and Mr. Wunder. We are very appreciative of all of their hard work and efforts.
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Important Reminder

It’s very important that all student and emergency contact information is updated and verified in Skyward, our student management system. As of today, we still have 140 students who do not have updated profiles. The portal will be closing on October 15th.

To complete the Annual Information Update Process:

  • Login to Skyward
  • Click the Annual Information Update tab on the left
  • Select a child
  • Fill out the forms on the page
  • When finished all steps, click Submit Annual Information Update (If the submit button is greyed out, you must go back and complete all sections.)

If you have any difficulties, please contact the school office for assistance.

Student Attendance & Online Participation

  • Please contact the main office at 610-469-5710 if you have any questions about student attendance.

  • It is important to note that attendance is taken at the start of the instructional day when students gather on Google Meet for their daily class meetings. However, if a student is not present for their content area classes or small group sessions throughout the day as well, teachers will adjust the child's attendance record to reflect an early dismissal. Please contact your child's teacher or the main office to report any extenuating circumstances that may need to be considered in advance.

  • Please remember to call the attendance hotline (610-469-5688) to report any absence or early dismissal Monday through Friday regardless as to whether or not your child is attending in-person or virtually.

A Child's Place

A Child's Place is expected to return to French Creek to provide before/after school care as well as kindergarten enrichment beginning Monday, October 12th for students in grades K-3 followed by a reopening for all students K-6 on Monday, October 19th.

Parents of students who are currently or previously enrolled should expect to receive additional information from ACP in the near future. All other families wishing to be placed on a wait list should visit A Child's Place's website.

Instructional Model Changes

If you intend on having your child switch from OJR Cyber Academy to the Blended Plan or from the Blended Plan to the OJR Cyber Academy, we kindly ask that you complete the intent form located here for your child by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5PM. Any transitions between learning models will take place on November 9, 2020.

*If your child will be remaining in the current plan he or she is in, there is no action required.

Please look for additional information pertaining to the implementation of our Blended Learning Plan from Dr. Lloyd and the elementary principals in the very near future.

Picture Day

Showstoppers Photography has moved to an online school picture payment and ordering platform this year. The district has provided Showstoppers with email addresses which will be used to send Picture Day information directly to all families. Picture Day will be touch free. Students and staff will keep masks on until it is their turn for a picture. Showstopper representatives will wear masks all day. Elementary class pictures and the 6th grade group photo will be replaced with class composites.

French Creek's Picture Day will be on October 26th and 30th during the school day and from 3:15-5:00 PM for Cyber Academy students.

Retakes will be on December 1st and 3rd during the school day and from 3:15-5:00 PM for Cyber Academy students.

Parental Involvement & PTA

Parent involvement is essential to help promote our students’ learning. All parents, guardians, teachers, and staff are encouraged to become members of the PTA. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to visit and join our PTA webpage. This site offers parents the opportunity to sign up for email notifications and receive information related to upcoming special events in one convenient location. The site also offers parents the option to make online payments for PTA membership and PTA sponsored activities.


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PTA Family and Student Directory

Please click here to add your family to the PTA's 2020-2021 Directory no later than Thursday, October 15th.

PTA Meeting

Please join us for a virtual General PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM. A meeting link will be forwarded to families the morning of the meeting.

Ice Cream Social Video

Many thanks to our PTA for sponsoring last week's socially distant ice-cream social. Click here for a brief video of the fun event.

Please Stay Connected

Please follow us on Twitter @OwenJRobertsFC. Did you know that nearly all of our teachers have their own Twitter page?!?

You can also like us on Facebook and Instagram. We love to share all of the exciting things happening in our school and classrooms!

Student Photo Opt Out

Please notify me via email if your child should not be photographed for school or classroom social media posts.

Virtual Halloween Parade

Regrettably, we will not be able to host a school wide parade or have classroom parties this year, but we can still celebrate together! If your child would like to participate, please have him or her dress in their Halloween costume for their class meeting on Wednesday, October 28th.

Lastly, please remember to take a picture of your child and then drop it into this shared Google folder. You will find a subfolder for each grade level. We will use the photos to create a virtual Halloween parade. As always, costumes must be "school appropriate".

2020-2021 PTA Reflections Contest

What is Reflections?

The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because....

Students should submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts no later than Monday, November 2nd.

Click here to register your child. Our French Creek Valley PTA local unit number is 00000748.

Click here for the entry form and rules. Please adhere to the acceptable file formats and also complete all entry requirements on the entry form.

Please contact Mrs. Samantha Horosky with any questions or concerns at shorosky@ojrsd.net.

2019-2021 Reflections Winners

Click here to join us in recognizing our 2019-2020 OJR Elementary Reflections winners!