Viking Tide

OV news you can use // Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015

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You're looking at a round-up of timely news and information from our school. We will continue to use our other information outlets, including materials sent home from school, SchoolMessenger, the website, the newsletter, and social media, but we hope this round-up will be useful to our busy OV families.

In this edition:

  • Viking Pride
  • Morning Program Friday: families invited
  • Thank you for school supplies
  • Soccer this week
  • Modified Boys Basketball sign ups
  • Get your Viking gear!
  • Mrs. Ross's community service info
  • OV Elementary PTO news
  • Thought of the week

Viking Pride

At last week's Morning Program, Mr. Berson explained more about what it means to be a VIKING!

Victory--We will be victorious. We will achieve victory over unkind words and actions, over challenges and obstacles in our path.

Initiative--We will "cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it." John Wooden

Kindness--We will be kind in all we do because it is the right thing to do.

Intentness--We will "set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent." John Wooden

Nobility--We will achieve nobility because in America nobility is achieved through public education; it is our birthright. Our teachers and school staff are King and Queen makers. I will secure my crown by learning, hard work, and demonstrating a positive attitude and effort.

Generosity--We will demonstrate generosity to our classmates, school staff, and school community.

Self-Control--We will "practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential." John Wooden

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Morning Program Friday: families invited!

On Friday, Oct. 2 at 8:50 till about 9:20, families are invited to join their students in grades PreK through 6th for Morning Program in the gym. It's a multi-grade assembly that includes student recognition (High Fives and Star awards!), music, the Pledge, announcements, birthdays, weather, a joke or two, occasional guests, and special presentations.

Students have opportunities to practice public speaking and hear (you'll see!) what it means to be part of the larger Viking school community.

The extended family is welcome, including younger siblings. Park in our new, expanded visitor parking lot and sign in at the front door.

Look for more Morning Progams on select Fridays throughout October and the rest of the school year, and Parent Breakfasts for specific grades held throughout the year. (First up: Students in 6th Grade and their parents on Oct. 23 at 7:50 am, in the 6th grade classroom.)

Thank you for providing school supplies

We are grateful to these businesses and organizations who very generously provided school supplies for the start of the new academic year. -- Mrs. Morse

  • Visions Federal Credit Union, Norwich
  • Unison Industries, Norwich
  • United Methodist Church -- Sunshine Shop, South Otselic
  • Chenango County Retired Teachers Association

Soccer this week

Keep in mind that sports schedules can change. Watch for updates on our Facebook page and the website (including the Twitter feed on the home page). Evening games are held under the lights! Games will be live streamed when student videographers are available.


Girls Modified vs. Stockbridge, 4:30 pm

Boys Varsity vs. Unadilla Valley, 7 pm

Tuesday (postponed due to weather)

Girls Modified vs. Madison, 4:30 pm

Girls Varsity vs Madison, 7 pm


Girls Varsity at Remsen (rescheduled to Wed., Oct. 14, 7 pm start)

Girls Modified (rescheduled for Tues., Oct. 20)

Boys Modified vs. Madison, 4:30 pm

Boys Varsity vs. Madison, 7 pm


Girls Modified vs. Brookfield, 4:30 pm

Girls Varsity vs. Brookfield, 7 pm


Boys Modified vs. Brookfield, 4:30 pm

Boys Varsity vs. Brookfield, 7 pm


Boys Modified at Madison, 11:00 am (bus at 9:50)

Girls Modified at Madison, 11:00 am (bus at 9:50)

Girls Varsity at Madison, 6:15 pm (bus at 5:00)

Boys Varsity at Madison, 8:15 pm (bus at 5:00)

Home game tickets are $2.00, or $20 for a season pass good for all fall and winter sports. Modified games are free unless it's a double header. Senior citizens (60+) and students through grade 12 are free. If you need help with disability access and parking, call and we'll make arrangements. Concessions are available.

Modified Boys Basketball sign ups

Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway between the gym and cafeteria for any boys in grades 7 and 8. Practice begins Oct. 26. Contact Mr. Barlow if you have questions.

Get your Viking gear!

Booster Club

Black and gold umbrellas are $25, and basketball socks (sizes small and large) are $12. To place your order, email Ms. Christine Kalin at, or call the office (315-653-7218) to leave a message, and she'll call you back.

Class of 2019 fundraiser

"We Are OV" stickers available now.

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Mrs. Ross's community service Info

Great job this weekend! So many of you worked very hard this weekend to make homecoming a success!!!

There are more opportunities this weekend. Cemetery cleanup is this Saturday and the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is this Sunday. The Halloween meeting is this week also.

Cemetery Cleanup – October 3rd 9:00 am - ?

  • Off School Grounds Community Service
  • Mr. Williams is looking for volunteers to help clean up the local cemeteries
  • This will likely be three weekend days total – you do not have to do all weekends
  • Meet at the Town Hall

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk – October 4th, 2015

  • Off School Grounds Community Service
  • 8-1:30, Recreation Park Binghamton
  • Sponsor sheets available in Ms. Ross’s room. Please come pick them up

Halloween Party Meeting – October 1st and 15th @ 7:00South Otselic Fire Station

  • Off School Grounds Community Service
  • South Otselic Fire Station
  • These meetings are for those students planning to help out at the annual Halloween Party

Reminder > Hours Needed:

  • Grades 7-9 need 60 hours of community service to graduate
  • 10th graders need 50 hours of community service to graduate
  • 11th graders need 40 hours of community service to graduate
  • 12th graders need 30 hours of community service to graduate

1/3 of the hours off school grounds

1/3 of the hours on school grounds

1/3 of the hours are student choice (on or off school grounds)

Please see Ms.Ross with questions or send an email:

OV Elementary PTO news

Meetings are the first Thursday of the month; the next one is this Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6 pm in the cafeteria. You don't have to attend every meeting -- life gets busy! -- but we hope you can join us in working to support our students and their teachers.


SaveAround coupon books are on sale now through Oct. 13, 2015. Information and an order form/envelope was sent home with each student. Thank you for your support!

Thought of the week

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. -- Gail Devers