The Hoot Owl

October 2021

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to October. Football, fall, and hopefully some cooler weather. October is always a busy month. We have the end of the first nine weeks, Fall Family Night, book fair and other events that go on in and out of school.


As a reminder, when the weather turns cooler, children start bringing jackets to school. Please put your child's name inside the jacket so that it can be returned to the owner. We donate bags of jackets yearly that get turned into the lost and found and are then never claimed.


October is a great month to reach out and thank your child's teacher for a successful start to the school year. Here are some ideas:

*Check their favorites at the link below and send them a thank you treat!

*Create a TAE in Parent Access for them to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

*Ask them if their class needs snacks and/or supplies.

*Have your child write a note to them telling them what they like about the teacher.

SCHOOL SHIRTS

Shirts are currently on sale through our school website as well as through a paper copy that will be sent home. Ordering online closes on Sunday, October 3 at midnight. Paper orders are due with exact cash or check by Tuesday, October 5. We want to encourage parents to take part in ordering a shirt for your child. We want to have spirit days this year where we all wear our school shirts to take time to purchase your child a school shirt.


This is a fundraiser to help improve and sustain our school garden.



Order shirts here.

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

Happy October and Fall Weather!

With cooler temperatures please make sure your child is properly dressed. Please also send a jacket with them. And as always please pack a full extra set of clothes just in case.

Along with Covid-19 we are also monitoring Flu numbers. Please contact the school and let us know if your child has tested positive for the Flu and type if you were informed of it. Thank you for your help.

Learn more about the differences between the Flu and COVID-19 here: https://t.co/BX2qPbOYpu?amp=1


Stay well,

Nurse Sims

BOOK FAIR

Dear Families and Friends,

The Scholastic Book Fair is back!


The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers.

Since visitors on campus are restricted right now, shopping during the school day will be limited to students only. Luckily, we have a safe alternative to cash. BOOK FAIR eWALLET is the best way to fund your student’s wish list! eWallets can be used at the in-school Fair or online to shop from 5,000+ products. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund an eWallet for a future Fair. Just go to your fair website, https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ore13, to set up your child's eWallet.


Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards



Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:

In-School Fair Dates: October 6 - October 15 (students only, please)

Online Shopping dates: September 30 - October 13

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ore13


Thank you for continuing to support our school.

REFERRAL REQUESTS FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED TESTING

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or campus staff. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 17, 2021. You may request a referral form from Erin Anderson, Assistant Principal at eanderson@conroeisd.net. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Parent Liason

We are excited this year to have a new member on staff, Mrs. Carroll. She will be serving as our Parent Liason. Mrs. Carroll is going to work with us to help bridge the communication between school and home. Mrs. Carroll is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Mrs. Carroll will be reaching out to families about attendance as well as other issues here at school. If you need assistance with school or have other needs that we can help with, please reach out to Mrs. Carroll.

COVID RESTRICTION UPDATES:

The district has moved the Covid level from a Level 4 to a Level 3. This is great news but we still need to remain vigilant to keep us going in the right direction.


So what does this mean for Oak Ridge Elementary:


*Lunch

We will slowly begin the process of opening up for parents to come have lunch with their children. This will be on a VERY limited basis to start. In an effort to make it special and limit exposure to all students, we will have tables set up on the outdoor patio for parents next week as a trial run. Here's what you need to know if you wish to come:

*Sign up using the reservation link below.

*Parents are restricted to only ONE day next week.

*Parents will need a valid ID and will enter the front of the building.

*Go straight to the cafeteria to meet your child and bring them to the patio tables.

*When lunch is over, parents must leave. Parents cannot attend recess nor visit the child's classroom per Level 3 restrictions.

PTO

PTO will be hosting their fall fundraiser in October. We are doing a Read-a-thon this year. Watch for more details to come on how your child can participate and help raise funds for the school.


This year we will be fundraising to help the school with technology needs as well as fun events for the students throughout the year.

FALL FAMILY NIGHT

We are so excited to be able to bring back Fall Family Night on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 - 7:00. This event will be a combination activity with our PTO. Watch for more details to come. It will a fun family evening!

IT'S MORE THAN A MEAL APPLICATION

Did you know that meal applications assist in so much more than just meals?


If you are on free/reduced lunch, there are a few more benefits to your family than just food.

*AP tests - Reduced registration fee

*Most sports - free or discounted pay to participate

*Internet Access - Eligible for discounted internet access services.

*P-EBT-Eligibility for any future P-EBT benefits for the 21-22 school year.

*College Application Fees - Discounted rate on fees associated with applying for college.

*School funding - Maintains funding for student programs and services.

*Assistance as is available for back to school clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts.


Conroe ISD families can complete an online meal application now!


Applying is FAST and EASY at www.myschoolapps.com.


If you need assistance applying, you can contact the Glorimar Carroll, campus parent liason, at 832-592-5900.

DATES TO KNOW

October

3 - Spirit shirt sales end online

7 - End of the first nine weeks

8 - Staff development (student holiday)

11 - School holiday

13 - ORHS homecoming drive through parade

14 - Fall Family Night

18 - 29 - PTO Fall fundraiser

25 - 29 - Red Ribbon Week - watch for daily themes to come

29 - Storybook Character day