January | Bobcat Breeze
January 4, 2021
The beginning of a new calendar year provides the opportunity to refocus and to set goals for continued growth and success in all aspects of life. This idea of moving towards something better and setting clear goals has some added importance, given the immeasurable challenges so many have faced and overcome over the course of the past year.
This beginning of the year “reset” also offers those same opportunities for students as they return to online learning. This is a good time to talk about setting realistic goals and working our way back towards getting a little better each day and the added significance we place on a growth mindset. Students responsible for their choices and progress are relative to both behavior and learning.
So, in your conversations about returning to school please encourage your child to establish some new goals or to recommit to those areas identified earlier in the school year. Let’s unite in balancing not only our expectations but be equally vested in providing the necessary support for them to reach those goals – after all, that is one more way we can ensure students continue to grow and learn. And while we’re talking about increasing learning let me share an amazing opportunity for all of you!
In the coming weeks we will take some time to gauge how students are doing overall in reading and math using our iReady online assessment system and administer our second checkpoint with them. They took a similar assessment earlier this year, and this second time around we want to make sure we learn all we can about how we can best support students. This means, the more accurate the administration of the iReady assessment the better we can target the right level of support for all students.
Please take 4 minutes to view this helpful video on how you can help us make sure we are getting the most from our time together and help us ensure that we can meet your child exactly where they are and increase your student’s learning gains this year. Encourage your student to do their best. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your child actually knows. Remind your child to read passages in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.
As always, I know that behind every child's online screen there's a loved one making sure they succeed.
Bobcats of the Week
Art Contest: Toyota Dream Car
Crown Toyota of Ontario has been a partner with OMSD Promise Scholars for many years. Every year, Toyota holds the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest for students ages 4-15. Kids can create an original drawing of their dream car for a chance to win prizes. Artwork should be submitted by January 31, 2021 by completing the application and mailing it together with the artwork. https://www.toyotadreamcarusa.com
Reindeer Run Recap
Edison Nation was out in force taking part in the annual Reindeer Run and Rudolph Dash. So much so, that for the first time in the history of this event it was not the usual, year after year, reigning champion that won. This year, Edison took the top spot thanks to the amazing support from our community! Thank you for supporting us! Watch Video Recap
OMSD Family And Collaborative Services (FCS) - Mental Health
Therapists at FCS are committed to serving the OMSD community by providing FREE mental health services to your child. The therapists at FCS teach coping skills that are appropriate for your child’s developmental and emotional milestones. FCS extends their mental health services to parents and guardians to offer emotional support and understanding.
For more information or if you are interested in mental health services for your child, contact our main office at 909-984-5618 and ask about information about FCS-Mental Health. Our designated school representative will be happy to complete a referral to determine if mental health services at FCS are suitable for your child. Additional referrals may be suggested and/or offered if there is a higher need.
Support and Assistance: Peer Run Warm Line & Suicide Prevention
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time this holiday season, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8355 or Peer-Run Warm Line: 855-845-7415. Services are free of charge.
Modified Office Operations: Stay at Home Order
In light of Governor Newsom Stay at Home Order for all counties in the state of California under the Purple Tier of California’s Blueprint for Safer Economy, all OMSD school sites and district offices will remain physically closed until further notice.
If you need assistance, or to report an absence please call 909-984-5618 or email email@example.com to connect with someone who can assist you. You can also leave us a message and someone will respond in a timely matter. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.