Ordean East Middle School News

Volume 3 Issue 9 - Friday, November 5th

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Vaccine Clinic at OEMS for Kids Ages 5-11

Now that the federal government has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5-11, the State of Minnesota and ISD709 are hosting a vaccination clinic for 5 to 11 year-olds at Ordean East Middle School on Thursday, November 11.

The clinic is located at 2900 E 4th Street (1st floor, cafeteria entrance off of Hawthorne), and will be open for vaccinations from 3:30-7:30PM. The clinic is administering the two-dose pediatric Pfizer vaccine for free to all eligible Minnesotans age 5 through 11. The second dose will be administered no earlier than 3 weeks after the first dose, which is December 2. Walk-ups are welcome, and you can make an appointment for your child here: https://my.primary.health/r/duluth_ordean_east?registration_type=students A parent or guardian must accompany their child through the vaccination process.

Now is the time to vaccinate your children age 5 and older. If you have questions about vaccines, your pediatrician or family physician can be an excellent source of information. You can also get more information from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its review, the federal government found the Pfizer vaccine is safe for children. It has been carefully studied in children ages 5-11 years, just like it was for people 12 and older. This process is called a clinical trial and all authorized vaccines have gone through it. Only vaccines shown to be safe and effective are authorized to be used.

Not only is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children, it is highly effective at preventing severe illness. The vaccine will help protect your child, family, friends, and loved ones from COVID-19, and it will help them stay safe during school, sports, and other social activities.

We all want a world in which our kids can just be kids again—the vaccine helps get us there. That’s why the state is partnering with ISD709 to meet Minnesota families where they are as they navigate daycare, school, and work.

Getting the safe, free, and effective shot is vital to protecting our kids and slowing the spread of COVID-19. Make a plan to walk-in with your child on Thursday, November 11 or make an appointment here: https://my.primary.health/r/duluth_ordean_east?registration_type=students

Thank you for taking action to protect your child and your family.


Gina Kleive

P.S. This clinic is for 5-11 year-olds only. For those families with children ages 12 and older who have not been vaccinated, now is the time to get them their shot. Talk to your child’s health care provider or find a vaccine location near you on vaccines.gov or mn.gov/vaccine.

Top 4 Reasons to Get Vaccinated: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/vaxteen.pdf

What You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/vaxtruths.pdf
Make an Appointment for the Vaccine Clinic (Click Here)

Walk-ups welcome. Appointments preferred. Everyone must wear a mask while in the school. Please don't arrive more than 5 minutes early for your appointment. There were be traffic congestion around the school until 3:30PM. Watch for children.

COVID: Minnesota School Case List

Ordean East Middle School is listed on the state's "Cases in PreK through Grade 12 Schools" list. This means the school has reported 5 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period.

Per the state's website, families can continue to send their children to school even if the school is listed.

School buildings that have not reported a new case for 28 days will be removed.
Check the MN Department of Health Website Q&A for more detailed information.

By wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and school activities open.

The combination of continuing to follow COVID safety protocols and the availability of vaccines is helping schools, athletics and activities, hospitals, nursing homes, area businesses - everyone. It’s amazing to see what can be done when our community works together.

Reflections- PTA

Here is a link to the PTA reflections program sign up. It would be great if our humanities staff could encourage kids to sign up!


OEMS Daily Video Announcements

Click on our school webpage. Scroll to the bottom right. A link to daily announcements, either written or video will be available. You will find up-to-date information about after school activities, lunch menu, & more.

Join the Staff of Ordean East Middle School

Are you a "people person" looking for a part time job? (weekends, evenings, & student school calendar days off) Join our fabulous staff! Make a difference in the lives of kids.

Apply online today-

Food Service Helper: 17.5hrs/wk 10:00-1:30

Supervisory Paraprofessional: 25hrs/wk 10:30-3:30

Special Education Paraprofessional: 32.5hrs/wk 8:45-3:45

Health Assistant/LPN: 32.5hrs/wk 8:30-3:30

Click: https://www.isd709.org/departments/human-resources/job-opportunities

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Online Application".

Click External Applicant "Start an application for employment"

If you have questions about the positions, give us a ring at 218-336-8940. If would like assistance completing the application, contact our Human Resources Department at 218-336-8722.

Qualifying for Educational Benefits is more than "free or reduced" lunch

While it is true that all students receive a free school lunch this year, there may be other financial burdens that could be reduced or eliminated for families that qualify based on household income. For example- reduced school/sports activity fees, reduced fines, and other discounts - and help provide important state and federal funds for Duluth's schools.

Click here to fill out the application.