ORSP Newsletter

February 19, 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello Preschool families! Happy Friday! This week marks the end of the Making Music and Exercise studies. The teachers are excitedly preparing for the new studies to begin next week. The four-year-olds will be studying Insects and the three and multi-age classrooms will begin their study of Gardening. Both studies have fun activities with valuable learning to take place.

Parents, I want to give you a heads up regarding a change to our Preschool calendar for the end of March. As a Head Start site, we are required to serve our students a specific number of hours. In order to meet the required number of hours, we will need to make up the time that has been missed by our snow day on 2/1. On our “Preschool Calendar” that you received at the beginning of the year, we have indicated possible days to be used for this purpose. Please note the following change: Preschool students will be in session for the full day, 8:00-2:00, on Monday, 3/29. This will make-up the snow day from 2/1. *If you would like to review the Preschool Calendar, please see the attachment at the bottom of this newsletter.

We have seen some improvement in the number of students arriving after 8:15. Thank you for your cooperation with having your child at school on time each morning. Our arrival time is 7:45-8:15 each day. We will continue our new procedure with our car loop closing promptly at 8:15. At that time, parents must park in our parking lot and walk your child up to the main entrance to be checked in. Thank you all for your cooperation.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Dates

No School

  • 3/15-26 Spring Break

Celebrating Black History Month

The Secret in Scarboro: The Oak Ridge 85 Documentary
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Exercise- 4's

The Exercise Study is wrapped up this week. Throughout this study, the children learned about "What are different kinds of exercise?, How do our bodies work when we exercise?, What do our bodies need in order to exercise?, What jobs are related to exercise?, How do people stay safe when they exercise?"

Making Music- 3's/Multi Age Rooms

The Making Music Study is coming to an end. The classrooms spent time Celebrating all of the things they learned during the Study such as "What instruments can we play by hitting, tapping or shaking?, What other musical instruments are there?, How can we make music with our voices?, What different styles of music are there and how does it make us feel?, and Who works with music for their jobs?"

Bedtime Story Reading

To help families during this challenging time, the ETSU Student Association of Young Children (SAYC) has decided to share beloved stories/books with children and families. These virtual readings will give families an age-appropriate, non-commercial viewing option for experiencing quality children's literature. Families are encouraged to watch and listen with their children as part of a bedtime experience that is both relaxing and educational. New readings by ETSU faculty, staff, and students will be added weekly so that families have a variety of stories to choose from. SAYC is proud to offer this service to the community.

Click on the link below to access the YouTube channel.

Classroom in Action

This week we're highlighting Mr. Ted's classroom.

Family Services

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The Oak Ridge Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is now in its fourth decade of helping community residents to complete and file tax returns. The 2021 VITA Tax Center will open on Tuesday, February 9th, and is again located at the United Way of Anderson County at 728 Emory Valley Road. The Center will be open from Tuesday through Saturday. The new operating hours are from 1:00-6:00 Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday. There will be no evening hours. For the safety of both taxpayers and volunteers, the Center will be operating on a virtual basis with no face-to-face contact. IRS paperwork with instructions will be available outside of the United Way entrance. Taxpayers will complete the paperwork and return it along with all required forms to the designated container at the United Way. IRS-certified volunteers will be available to complete tax returns. Paperwork can be picked up and returned ONLY during VITA Tax Center operating hours.

Love and Logic

Please click on the PDF's below for information on upcoming classes. Links to register are on the flyer.
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Registration for the free Parenting classes offered by the Strengthening Families Program is below in the PDF.

Health and Safety

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Registration for the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee Virtual Support Seminar.
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  • Please give your teacher the information needed if you would like to participate in the Ready4K program.
Meals for Connect OR

Information to request meal pickup if you are enrolled in ConnectOR

Lisa Downard, Principal lmdownard@ortn.edu

Erin Pearson, Education Coordinator eepearson@ortn.edu

Tribby Kelly, Family & Community Engagement, Compliance Monitor, ERSEA tkelly@ortn.edu

Julie Julian, Health & Facilities Coordinator jmjulian@ortn.edu