Back to School Updates & Reminders

Dr. Malinda McKillip, Principal

Important Information for Parents

Please click here in order to access important information regarding PTA membership, express an interest in serving as a homeroom parent, or submit a request to Opt Out of the student directory. Kindly respond by Wednesday, September 12th.

Back to School Parent Pick Up

Please make sure to send in a note with your child on Monday, August 27th if your son or daughter will be picked up from school at the end of the day, or if they should be placed on the "everyday pick up list". Last year many parents assumed that if their child was an every day pick up student the year prior that they would be automatically added to the list. We need a new note each year outlining your expectations at dismissal. Having this squared away early on will help expedite the dismissal process. Aside from everyday pick up, a note is also required anytime there will be a change in your child's regular dismissal routine.


Also, we are asking parents who are new to the building to have a copy of their photo ID ready. Again, this is just an attempt to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Lastly, please be on time for parent pick up. We do not dismiss the rest of the building until every student is picked up by a parent and accounted for by staff.

Have You Completed Your Back to School Updates Yet?

Below you will find important instructions to guide you on how to update Annual Information in Skyward. Thank you in advance for updating your emergency contact information and completing the updates at your earliest convenience. We hope you find this information and the new programs helpful. We are looking forward to the strong start of a great year!


To complete the Annual Information Update Process:


  • Login to Skyward
  • Click the Annual Information Update tab on the left
  • Select a child
  • Fill out the forms on the page
  • When finished all steps, click Submit Annual Information Update (If the submit button is greyed out, you must go back and complete all sections.)


After the student’s Annual Information Update has been submitted successfully, you will receive an email confirming your Annual Information Update has been submitted. You will need to complete this process for each child. Can’t remember your Skyward Login information? Click the “Forgot Login/Password” link on the Skyward login screen. Only the primary guardian will have access to complete the full Annual Information Update; however, all parents will be able to update their individual contact information via the Annual Information Update tab. If you have any difficulties, please contact the school office for assistance.

Attendance

Please make it a priority to call the Attendance Line at (610) 469-5688 to report a student absence. This is extremely important because when parents fail to call their child out prior to the start of the school day, the office staff must try to reach you via phone to verify your child's absence. I am sure you can imagine that this creates extra work for the office staff as we are attempting to begin our school day. In addition, please make sure to send in an excuse note any time your child is absent from school. Many, many thanks in advance for your cooperation. Click here for more information related to attendance related matters.

Reminders

Bussing and Transportation

2018-2019 bus assignments are now available in Skyward Family Access. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s bus schedule, please contact the OJR Transportation Department directly at 610-469-5187.


Please note that the OJR Transportation Department does not allow younger students to exit the bus without an older sibling or parent visibly present at the bus stop. Please help by making sure your child is properly received when they exit the bus each afternoon. If a parent or older sibling is not present to receive a little one, the bus driver will return the child to school.


*It is important to note that buses may not be running exactly on schedule the first few days of school. However if there are any significant delays during the school year, the Transportation Department will send out an email FYI to parents with an estimated arrival time.

First Day of School Assembly

We will once again begin the year together as a school community. This is a great way to celebrate the start of another exciting year. All students in 1st through 6th grades will report to the multi-purpose room after exiting the bus or upon arrival to school. Teachers and staff will provide students with assistance. Please let your children know that they should report immediately to the multi-purpose room on the first day of school. Kindergarten students will be escorted directly to their classrooms. Don't forget to encourage your child to wear red and white on the first day of school as we will be celebrating our French Creek school spirit!

Stay Connected

Twitter is the official social media platform used by our school district. Please follow us @OwenJRoberts FC. You can also like us on Facebook and Instagram. We love to share all of the exciting things happening in our school and classrooms!

Photo Opt Out

As a reminder, please email me directly at mmckillip@ojrsd.com if you do not want your child to be photographed for any reason, or if your child's picture should not appear on our school/district website or social media pages.

Parent/Student Handbook & Communication

It is extremely important that there are open lines of communication between home and school. Please expect to receive emails from the school and your child’s teacher on a regular basis. It is also very important for you to become familiar with our French Creek website.


*The 2018-2019 Elementary Parent/Student Handbook is available under the “Quick Links” section. Please review it carefully with your children prior to the first day of school.

Expectations for Student Behavior

Please take some time to remind your child about appropriate behavior in school. As a reminder our building rules include:


1) Keep our school a safe place by making good choices

2) Be respectful by using kind words and actions

3) Keep hands, feet and objects to oneself

4) Act calmly and quietly at school and on the bus

5) Follow directions the first time they are given

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