ORVA Community Newsletter

June 2022

Welcome to the Oregon Virtual Academy monthly newsletter! The intent of this publication is to share important school information and announcements, distribute event details, promote school contests and other social opportunities for students and learning coaches, and provide a platform to help ORVA families feel more connected to the school. We hope you enjoy the content and that you find this a useful tool in your student's educational journey here at ORVA.

In This Issue

  • Re-Registration and Open Enrollment
  • Graduation
  • Family Survey
  • Brain Boost
  • Activities Coordinator Corner
  • Learning Coach Corner
  • Text Opt In
  • Parent and Student Connect
  • Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance
  • Box Tops
  • Amazon Smile
  • Vector Solutions
  • Elementary Spotlight
  • Middle School Spotlight
  • High School Spotlight
  • Special Programs Spotlight
  • From our School Psychologist
  • Community Resources
  • School Calendar
  • Contact Us

Secure Your Spot for Next Year!

If you haven't already, it's time to let us know your plans for next year! Please click on the link below for instructions on how to re-register for the 2022-2023 school year. It is important that everyone go through the re-registration process. This will let us know if you student is returning, not returning, or undecided which helps us greatly in our planning for the next school year. Please note that we will need a final "returning" or "not returning" by June 16th.


Help Sessions


Our Community Engagement Specialist, Tiffany Folsom, will be holding weekly Re-Registration help sessions in Zoom through the end of the school year. These sessions will be on Wednesdays and offered at both 10:30 and 4:00. These will be hour-long sessions and you are welcome to pop in any time during those hours for Re-Registration help.


Here are the links to the sessions (these links will stay the same each week):


10:30-11:30am sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81067695392


4:00-5:00pm sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87852842962

Open Enrollment (New Students)

Do you know someone who would be interested in attending ORVA? Enrollment for the Fall 2022 is open! Legal Guardians can enroll their student(s) by visiting oregonvirtual.org or by calling 541-751-3003.


If you already have a student enrolled but would like to enroll another student, please log into your Parent Portal and click on "Information on New Enrollments" and then "Enroll another student." If you would like to enroll another student on the K12 app, go to Menu then Enrollment Dashboard. From there, you can click on "Information on New Enrollments" and then "Enroll another student."

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Here at ORVA, we want to continue to grow and learn from our family's experiences every year. We hope you will take a few moments of your time to complete this survey.
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Look for Brain Boost to show in your Online School by the end of June! It will be available through August12th.

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Talent Show

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Yearbooks

Our yearbook teams have worked tirelessly this semester to create amazing books! They are available to order now. You can choose from hard cover, soft cover, or a free ebook. If you choose the ebook option and do not have an iPhone, iPad, or android device, you may need to download a program to be able to view it. You can do that here: https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html.
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Help Sessions

Have questions about re-registration or enrolling an additional student? Hop into one of our Zoom sessions on Wednesdays listed below or give our Community Engagement Specialist, Tiffany Folsom, a call at 541-294-0112.



Here are the links to the sessions (these links will stay the same each week and are only open on Wednesdays at the time listed):


10:30-11:30am sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81067695392


4:00-5:00pm sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87852842962


As a reminder, when logging into your Parent Portal, please use this link: https://k12parentportal.force.com/portal_sitelogin?SchoolID=3000&imp=553234694-060252021

Learning Coach Corner Newsletter

If you have not already opted yourself and/or your student in for receiving text messages from ORVA staff and would like to, please fill out the form below (this might be helpful for HS students taking summer courses). Learning Coaches may fill out the form for themselves, but students are required to have their Legal Guardian fill out the form to opt them in.


When filling out the opt-in form, please be sure to include all of your students' names and student ID numbers even if you select no for student texting. This allows us to mark your opt-in choices on each of their accounts in our system. Additionally, please be sure to include the phone numbers for each person you are opting in.


If you are opted in and would like to opt OUT or make any other changes, please contact Tiffany Folsom at tfolsom@oregonva.org.

Last chance to be added to and get access to our Parent and Student Connect directories before they are closed down for the Summer! If you would like to share contact information with other ORVA families and/or students, please be sure to fill out the Parent and/or Student Connect forms soon! These directories will no longer be accessible after the school year ends. Forms must be filled out by a Legal Guardian.
Hello Virtual Public School Families –

We want to continue honoring our amazing virtual school teachers! Appreciation should not be reserved for just one week every spring but demonstrated throughout the year. As parents of virtual school students, we’re grateful for the hard work and commitment of our teachers. We applaud their passion for teaching and support of students across the state.

We’re featuring a couple outstanding virtual school teachers in this newsletter and highlighting others across our social media channels. As we wrap up the school year, I invite you to join me in letting your child’s teacher know you appreciate them. Below is a teacher selected from ORVA!

Teacher Spotlight

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Survey

Dear ORVA Parent:


We need your help on a quick project. We are working with the Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance (OVPSA) to inform and educate our state education policymakers about the important benefit virtual public schools provide to students and families around Oregon.


The OVPSA, it is a non-profit organization made up of parent volunteers whose primary objective is protecting access to quality, virtual public education in our state. They seek to protect this right by educating Oregon policymakers about the benefits of virtual public schools and the positive contributions they make to children’s education. You can learn more at their website: http://www.oregonvirtualschools.org


One of the most effective ways that we can educate state policymakers is by telling the story of how your family has benefitted from a virtual public education.


Please take 5 minutes to fill out the OVPSA online survey so that the Oregon public education community can demonstrate to policymakers the benefits of funding and supporting virtual public schools.


I have pasted the link to the survey below:

https://schoolofchoice.wufoo.com/forms/s1q5h13w00iijuo/


None of your individual responses will be shared unless you give the OVPSA permission to do so. The data will be aggregated and shared with Washington’s leaders on education policy.


With the help of virtual public school families across the state, we have been able to inform state policymakers about the benefits of this education option for so many Oregon students.


Thank you!

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VectorSolutions (previously SafeSchools Alert) is our online tip reporting system that allows students, staff and parents to confidentially report safety concerns to our administration 24/7/365 via:


1.Mobile App

2.Text

3.Phone

4.Email

5.Website


NOTE: Vector Alert is for non-emergencies. For true emergencies, always call 911.

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Elementary Families:


I can’t believe we are in our final nine days of school! The year went by so quickly, and what a year it has been! On behalf of our teachers, I would like to begin by applauding our students for their hard work and dedication throughout the school year. We are so proud of the growth that our students have shown this year. It’s always thrilling to visit classes and see our students’ excitement for learning and open hearts.


Parent involvement comes in so many forms, and it is essential to the success of our students. We thank you for your support and involvement in your child’s learning. We understand the enormous responsibility that you carry as you create time, space, routine, and support for learning at home. Even though your children may fill their summer days with family fun, please ensure they read for 20 minutes every day. Twenty minutes is all it takes for them to keep all the reading skills they learned this year and develop some new ones on their own.


In closing, I take this opportunity to congratulate all Oregon Virtual Academy Elementary School students! I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play and READ together.


Elementary reminders:


· The last homeroom is Thursday, June 16th. Report cards will be emailed to you by Friday, June 17th.

· Current (school year 2021-22) courses end on Thursday, June 30th.

· Brain Boost, an engaging, optional summer enrichment course, will be available from June 6th to August 12th.

· Students will also have access to their supplemental learning applications, including Reading Eggs, Math Seeds, IXL, and Lexia Core5. Twenty minutes 2-3 times a week is a great goal for summer.

· If your student participated in statewide testing (3rd – 5th graders), score reports will be mailed to you in August.

· Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 6.


Enjoy your summer,


Mrs. Moll, Elementary Principal

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Happy June ORVA Middle School Families!


Congratulations on (almost) completing another year of Middle School! Your middle school teachers are excited to hear your summer plans before you finish this school year strong. Make sure you continue to attend your CCs and complete your final assignments.


End of Year Assemblies

Get excited for the last day of school grade level assemblies! 6th, 7th and 8th graders will be meeting as a group on June 16th at 8:30 AM to celebrate, say farewell and spring into summer. Mark your calendars and get excited!


Interest Forecasting for Middle School, ‘22-23!

What was your favorite class or club this year?! What classes and clubs are you most interested in having next year?! We want to hear from YOU! Please keep your eyes peeled for an interest survey regarding next year that will be sent out soon.


Academic Dates!

In Middle School this month, students and teachers are working hard to finish the school year strong! Please remind your student of these important academic dates:


· June 13th is the last day to turn in large assignments, such as labs, essays and projects for Quarter 4!

· June 16th is the last day of school, a half day and the last day to turn in all school work for Quarter 4!

· June 17th: Summer break begins! Please make sure you have re-registered for ORVA for next year ASAP. You are a valuable part of our community!

· September 6th, 2022: First Day of School!


As a reminder, please stay informed in your student’s Online Learning System. Many Middle School students may save work for the last minute and this can be very challenging for the adolescent mind (and the learning coach too!) Please reach out to myself, teachers and advisors for support. We are here for you!


Warmly,


Caitlin Klenz

ORVA Middle School Principal

cklenz@oregonva.org

Greetings High School Community,


We are nearing the end of the school year and I know you are all excited to head off to summer. With these last few weeks, make sure you finish out the year strong by completing all required course work, attending your class connects, and staying in contact with your teachers. We are excited to celebrate our Graduates on June 11th at our Commencement Ceremony.

Butterfly Times

Don’t forget to read our amazing High School Student Newsletter, “The Butterfly Times” Summer Edition.

Important Dates

· June 13th—Last day to turn in big projects/essay

· June 16th—Last day to turn in any work

· June 16th—Last day for students (Half Day)

Important Information

· Re-registration is happening. If you plan to re-register, please make sure to complete this by June 16th. Link for directions on Re-Registration.

· Summer School is happening from July 5th-August 12th. Please reach out to your counselor if you have questions.

Again, we are so pleased and excited by all the wonderful work students have completed this year. Please continue to finish strong by attending classes, finishing assignments, attending help sessions, and reaching out to your teachers, advisors, and counselors for assistance. Thank you for all your time and dedication. See you in the fall!

Top 4 Ways to Keep Special Programs Students Engaged Over Summer Break

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Most students love summer because in summer there is no school. Although students need a little break from academics, they still require socialization, academic support, and a consistent schedule. As a parent or guardian, you can help students stay actively engaged during the summer with these top 4 ways.


#1 ESY or Extended School Year Services

During summer, some students show regression in the area of academics and therapy services. Therefore, extended School Year Services or ESY services are frequently written into a student’s IEP or Individualized Education Plan to prevent summer regression.


#2 Camp Over Summer Break

Summer camp is one of the best ways to keep students engaged and entertained over summer break. In addition, it’s an excellent way for them to make friends, gain new skills, and explore different interests! Many different places offer summer camps, and they come in all shapes and sizes to suit whatever adventure suits you best!


Examples of Organizations Offering Summer Camps

Parks and Recreation

Churches

Libraries

Community colleges

School systems

Nonprofit groups

Museums

Public school systems often offer skills camps that are usually a few weeks long. Students will sharpen their academic skills in specific subject areas. These camps can also be great for those who need some social skills.


#3 YMCA or Local Fitness Clubs

Kids need to get a certain amount of time physical education per week. Most YMCA’s or local fitness clubs have many great programs and activities for the kids during the summer.


Activities Include:

Art time

Fitness hour

Nutrition class

Outdoor activities

These centers also often offer classes for parents and kids to participate in together.


#4 Community Organizations Provide Activities for Kids Over Summer Break

During the summer, many clubs and organizations offer different childcare options for parents who are working. In addition, they often have opportunities for kids to participate in engaging activities. For example, a Martial Arts Karate School teaches children in the summer martial arts in my town. They also offer skills, camps, and before and after school programs for kids. Your town or nonprofit organizations may offer activities for students over summer break.


Examples of Nonprofit and Community Organizations With Activities

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

Churches

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

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What Can You Do at Home Over Summer Break?

Even if you do find activities for your kids to do over summer break outside the home, you can do a few things at home.


Create a Schedule-

Make a plan with your student and outline what they will do each week or day. A plan is beneficial for the whole family, especially for special needs children who need consistency and routine.


Exercise-

Encourage them to exercise every day by doing things like:

Going outside for walks

Playing sports

Playing games and having dance-offs with siblings or friends

Swimming

Riding a bike, scooter, skateboard


Provide Learning Activities at Home-

There are a lot of ways that you can provide learning activities for your student at home.

Read books about topics they’re interested in on Epic, Bookshare

Take online classes through Coursera or other sites like Khan Academy, DreamBox, IXL

Explore special interests they typically don’t have time for during the school year

Having a family game night with games that teach history, geography, etc.

As always, if you need more specific ideas and information feel free to contact your student's special programs case manager prior to June 16th. Stay healthy and happy this summer.


Happy Summer,

Special Programs Staff

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