Arbor Intermediate School

May 2022 Issue

School Leadership Team

School Leadership Team

Heather O’Donnell, Principal

Janell Smolk, Assistant Principal

Karen Hoeg, Secretary

Corinne Fender, School Nurse

Tom Gambino, Counselor

Al-Nisa Blount, Counselor

Suzanna Esposito, Counselor

Marcela Ridley, Attendance Clerk

Kenneth Dzurilla, Custodian

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A Message from the Principal

Hello Arbor Families,


It is hard to believe we are about to close out the 2021-2022 school year. This was a monumental year, full of challenges, excitement, and growth for all of our students. The school year is not over, as we are looking forward to a number of events to round out the month of June.

Students will celebrate Field Day on June 10th. They will need to come to school prepared with appropriate footwear, a water bottle, and dressed for the weather. Mr. Rosania and Mr. Applegate have prepared a full day’s agenda with lots of activities and games to help students have fun and celebrate all of the hard work they put in this year. The following week, students will also participate in a brief ceremony in recognition of Flag Day on June 14th. In addition, classes and each individual grade level will be holding end of the year celebrations. Your child’s teacher will be sending home more information about their individual class events.

I am looking forward to watching the students participate in the events and celebrations that they have earned throughout this year. Please also join me in congratulating them on all of their hard work and accomplishments.

Have a wonderful summer,

Mrs. O’Donnell

A Message from the Counselors

Hello Arbor Families,


We are full of emotions preparing our 5th grade students to leave Arbor and succeed in middle school. They have worked so hard over the last two years and we are so proud of them! In talking to the middle school counselors, an area of focus for incoming 6th graders is organization. During the summer, consider implementing some strategies for organization. This may include organizing areas such as a closet, a bedroom, or a cabinet. If you would like resources, please reach out to the school counselors.

Nurse's Corner- Protect Yourself Outside


What Is Poison Ivy?

A plant that can cause an itchy rash because of urushiol, a colorless, odorless oil found on the leaves. Your skin becomes red and swollen and blisters will appear. After a few days, the blisters may become crusty and start to flake off.

Your doctor may recommend cool showers and calamine lotion.

It’s not contagious but can spread from one person to another if the oil is on a person’s hands, clothing or even the dog.

Protect yourself

Learn what the plant looks like,

avoid areas where you know this plant is, wearing long sleeves and long pants when in areas with a lot of plants

Take a shower if the plant oil gets on your skin.


What's a Mosquito?

A mosquito is an insect that is found all over the world.

The female mosquito needs blood to produce more mosquitos. She has a special part of her mouth that she uses to suck blood, and her saliva (spit) thins the blood so she can drink it. Her saliva is what makes the bites itch.

If you get bit you will notice a round pink bump that itches.

Wash the area with soap and water. Putting on some Calamine lotion or using an ice pack can stop the itching. Also tell an adult if you’ve been bitten by a mosquito.

Protect yourself

Wear insect repellent spray when outdoors.


What’s a tick?

A tick is an insect that attaches to the skin of an animal or person and sucks blood.

Your parent or another responsible adult should check you for ticks after you've been playing or hiking in the woods.

Using tweezers, an adult should grab the tick as close as possible to your skin, and pull the tick off in one motion.

Protect yourself

Wear long sleeves and long pants, and tuck your pants into your socks.

Wearing an insect repellent.

Your animals need protection too. Either a medicine or collars to protect from ticks.

Harry Potter Club

Witches and Wizards arrived at Hogwarts again! The Harry Potter Club at Arbor was back and in full swing. Students were transported back to Hogwarts to participate in wizarding classes such as transfiguration, wizard studies and more. They participated in contests, scavenger hunts, the infamous sorting hat ceremony and reading of the first Harry Potter story. They anxiously awaited potions class, Quidditch, trivia and virtual activities, allowing them to practice their magic in many ways. Professors Cantwell & Kelvy enjoyed the new year with students, working with them to become the best witches and wizards of their time.​

4th and 5th Grade Awards Ceremony

At the end of each marking period, students are recognized for their academic efforts. An award ceremony takes place honoring students who have earned A's and B's on their report cards. At this event, students receive a Honor Roll Award Ribbon and parents and guardians join in the celebration of academic achievement. Congratulations to our Arbor Scholars!

Ms. Vaughn's 5th Grade Class

Students in Ms. Vaughn's class collaborated to create bulletin boards embracing cultures and heritages in our Arbor community. During the month of April, a bulletin board focusing on Ramadan was displayed. This bulletin board remained up until the celebration of Eid on May 2, 2022.


Next, the bulletin board highlighted Asian American Pacific Islander Month which is celebrated in May. The bulletin board showcased influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Check out these two bulletin boards below!

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Arbor Welcomes Incoming 4th Graders

Third grade students from Grandview and Eisenhower visited Arbor School. During their visit, they learned about what life is like as an Arbor student. During this visit, the Arbor band and orchestra performed. This was a special performance conducted by Connor Hall. In addition, 5th grade students served as tour guides throughout the building. A special thanks goes out to the staff and students who helped make this a special day for the incoming 4th graders.


Check out Connor conducting the performance!

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Yoga Club

We had a great Spring in Yoga & Mindfulness Club! Yoga is the practice of moving the body in meaningful ways to improve our physical and emotional strength. Mindfulness is the practice of being and staying in the moment.

During Yoga Club at Arbor School, students practiced yoga and mindfulness through games, movement, and other activities. We learned techniques to help us focus better in school. We learned ways to relax at the end of the school day. We also found ways we can be kinder to ourselves and others.

Thank you to all the students that participated with Mrs. Rosania in this year’s Yoga Club! It was so much fun!

Check out the Student of the Month Winners- May

Upcoming Events


  • 6/1/22- PTO Meeting (6:30pm)
  • 6/6/22- Arbor Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (7:00am)
  • 6/10/22- Field Day
  • 6/13/22- End of the Year Awards (8:30am-10:30am)