Orrick Elementary Bearcat Update

February 2016

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This Thursday is a big day! The students will be excited to have Valentines Parties with their classmates, school dismisses at 1:00, and we will hold parent-teacher conferences from 1:15-7:00 pm. We encourage EVERY parent to attend our parent teacher conferences. As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. You and the Orrick Staff have something in common: we all want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child's strengths and needs. Each person can learn something new about how to help your child.

We look forward to meeting with you on Thursday! Midterm grade reports will be distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Composting Grant Awarded to our District

In a partnership with Project Central, the Orrick School District has been awarded a Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Grant for the calendar year 2016. This grant helps work toward our District goal of being environmental consciousness. It is specifically geared toward reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills. The main way this is achieved is through cafeteria waste. Our students and staff will learn that more than 80 percent of school waste can be recycled or composted! Waste audits will be conducted with the students to help the them understand how much waste is generated, and how much can be recycled and composted. There will be a kick-off assembly for the elementary on March 1 at 1:30 in the elementary gym.

Composting Program Goals:

  1. Reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, and turn it into products we can use.

  1. Provide educational opportunities about the environment for students and the community.

  1. Teach students to become good environmental stewards.
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2/11 Early Dismissal - 1:00 pm
2/11 Parent/Teacher Conferences - 1:15 to 7:00 pm
2/12 No School
2/15 No School
2/16 READ Club - 3:10 to 4:00 pm
2/17 WOW Club - 3:15 to 4:15 pm

3/03 Family STEAM Night

3/10 End of the 3rd Quarter

3/18 PTO Spring Carnival

3/24, 3/25, 3/28, 3/29 NO SCHOOL

4/14 Family Literacy Night - Free Pizza Dinner Included

Comstock's Literacy Corner

When students are reading, they have to decide what is important from the material they read. Students have to sort information and decide which is “must know” information they should remember and which is less important. This can be tricky. Sometimes the more interesting details are less important. Determining important details helps students to find key ideas and themes.

How to help your child use this strategy:

  • Read a book together

  • Talk about the book

  • Make a chart with two sides. On one side list the important, must know details. On the other side list the less important, extra details.

  • Talk about the difference between the details and how they know the details are important

The Monthly Mile by Coach Comstock

The Monthly Mile

February is fitness time in the elementary gym. This month we will be doing various fitness activities that are intended to show the students that fitness can be fun. We will play games that incorporate fitness as well as using some fitness apps on the iPads. The first App that we will use is called “Daily Workouts” In this app you can chose the type of exercises you want to do as well as the intensity and amount of time. This is a great app that has very good demonstrations of how to perform the various movements. The other app that we will use a lot is “Virtual Active” In this app you can choose a destination to “run”, and the front camera of the iPad tracks your movement and moves you along the trail. Unfortunately there is only 1 free destination to choose from, but it is still fun to be “running” along trails at the Grand Canyon.

This month at home work on ways for your family to be active. Try out these apps or search for other good ones in the app store. The first student to show me an exercise app that they downloaded at home (and a video of them using it) will win a prize!


Coach Comstock

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

The middle of last year we stopped sending a lunch menu home with each student. The menu is available on our website, www.orrick.k12.mo.us, on both the High School and Elementary sites. It is also available on the ParentLink (Orrick) App. A paper copy can be requested in the office, by you or your student.

iPads and Coffee

Anyone feel like the kids know WAY more about the iPads than you as a parent? I know that feeling - our students are natural integrationists when it comes to technology and there are times when even I feel incompetent when I see our students at work learning with their tool!

I would like to invite you to come on in for a cup of coffee or iced tea on Friday, February 26 at 2:00 and sit down with me and I will answer questions and give tips and mini-lessons on maneuvering the iPad, set restrictions, and customize the learning to your needs. We will borrow your child's iPad and get hands on practice. This will be informal and we'll make it light and have some fun.

No need to sign up ahead of time. Please email me if you are interested in attending but would need an evening time. If there is evening interest, I will be sure to accommodate your needs.

Winter Weather Is Here

We have now reached the season of inclement weather. Last year was the first year school delays were used. In order to give road crews time to finish clearing roads or the temperatures time to rise, school may be delayed rather than cancelled. School starts at 8:20 every day but Wednesday. On a 2-hour delay, school will start 2 hours later - at 10:20. Busses will run 2 hours later. On a 3-hour delay, school will start 3 hours later - at 11:20. Busses will run 3 hours later.

School delays, cancellations, or early dismissals will be announced using the district app (see above), Bearcat Alert, and Twitter @aodellOrrick. All efforts will be made to get the information to KC news stations, but that has not been a very reliable means of communication the past couple of years. Please know that a cancellation may appear on one news station but not another despite our efforts to get it on all stations.

As in the past, school delays and cancellations will NOT be announced on any of the district Facebook pages. However, those pages WILL be used to give information regarding any schedule changes due to delays or cancellations. Because Bearcat Alerts limit the amount of communication we can send out, the district app and Facebook will primarily be used to communicate schedule changes. Coaches and sponsors may also have their own means of communication through apps such as Remind, so check with them if you're not sure how to access it.

End of day arrangements

If there will be a change in how your child will be getting home after school, please let us know by 2:00 pm at (816) 770-3922.

Microwave at our Elementary Lunch

Parents we need your help! Some students bring lunches from home and lately there has been an increase in students bringing microwave macaroni and cheese. Kiddos love to eat their mac and cheese - no doubt about it. We bring this up because the various brands of cup mac and cheese take from 3 to 4 minutes to cook in the microwave. While we don't mind heating up leftovers or something simple for your child, the mac and cheese has really become an issue because of the time it takes to cook. There are times we have 4 items lined up waiting to be heated. By the time a container of mac and cheese is cooked, cheese stirred in and waiting for it to cool off enough to eat, the students don't have the time to eat it all, especially if the meal had to wait a turn to be microwaved to begin with. So thank you in advance for keeping the time involved in cooking in mind. It is important that your child has ample time to eat lunch to fuel up for the afternoon. :)

PTO News

Save the Date for the PTO Spring Carnival! It is scheduled for Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm in the high school gym. If you would like to volunteer your time for an hour - please contact the elementary office or sign up in your child's classroom during parent-teacher conferences.

The week of the Carnival, the PTO will be pre-selling tickets in the elementary office. Both pre-sale tickets and tickets at the door are 4 for a $1. Concessions will also be available during the carnival. The Carnival is the main PTO fundraiser of the year. Bring the family and come out and have some fun!

Save Those Box Tops!

Don’t forget to save all Box Tops for Education! Classroom competitions will be held throughout in the school year.

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