Orrick Elementary Bearcat Update
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:
- Reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, and turn it into products we can use.
- Provide educational opportunities about the environment for students and the community.
- Teach students to become good environmental stewards.
UPCOMING EVENTS in ORRICK ELEMENTARY
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!
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
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
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
Microwave at our Elementary Lunch
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.
Target Red Card
Sign up for a Red Card credit or Debit card, go to the link below and choose our school. When you use your card, Target will make up to a 1% contribution to our school.