Eagles Press

Holiday Edition

Calendar of events

11/18- Cookie Dough Pick-up

11/19- Progress Reports

11/20- Owens Cross Roads Fun Run

11/23-27- Thanksgiving Break

12/05- Rivertree Oil change (Single Moms/Deployed Spouses)

12/09- Santa Pictures? (TBD)

12/10- NH/OCR Band Concert 7:00

12/11- Spelling Bee

12/14- Family Matters: Math and Charlie Brown

12/21-01/05- Winter Break

01/06- Students Return

01/07- Report Cards

01/14- Student Council Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser

01/28- Progress Reports

01/29- Parade of Readers Kick-off

Blue Ribbon Renewal!

Owens Cross Roads School was the first Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award winning school in Madison County. This prestigious award was earned in 2010 after an extensive vetting process consisting of reviewing best practices, collecting surveys and input from all stakeholders, and going through a 3 day site visit from a former administrator of the United States Department of Education.

This year was our 5 year anniversary of being awarded the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award, and we were up for the renewal of this prestigious honor. Thanks to your amazing support, our teachers' tireless effort, and our students' hard work, we will be awarded the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award again at the National Conference in December. A special thanks also goes out to Representative Ritchie Whorton for financing the renewal process. Thank you to all of our stakeholders who continually go above and beyond to make Owens Cross Roads such a special place!!

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Owens Cross Roads Fun Run

The Owens Cross Roads Fun Run includes all K-6 students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise funds during the two week program and ending with a Fun Run! Thanks to Owens Cross Roads United Methodist Church, all students will be given a Boosterthon shirt to wear during the Fun Run. Students will receive their shirts the morning of the Fun Run.

This year, our entire school is raising funds to go towards new playground equipment and a digital marquee! Our goal is to raise $5,000 and we need YOUR help!

Ask your child about the BIG WORLD RECESS Character Play of the day! This year’s character theme is BIG WORLD RECESS, a global fitness theme all about playing with more character. Watch the fun videos with your child on funrun.com.

Come to the Owens Cross Roads Fun Run on 11/20/2015! All students in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to participate, regardless of financial participation. Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and we would love for you to come out and cheer. Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to see you Friday at the Owens Cross Roads Fun Run! The Fun Run will either be held outside or in the gym, depending on the weather and temperature.

Approximate times are as follows:

5th-6th- 11:00-12:00

K-1st- 12:00-1:00

2nd-4th- 1:00-2:00

Title 1

Owens Cross Roads School is a Title 1 school, which means that we receive funding from the federal government to help us purchase school supplies and resources. Being a Title 1 school gives our community several benefits, such as:

Parents are encouraged to be part of the process in giving input for the school year and for how Title 1 funds are spent.

Finally, the Alabama Continuous Improvement Plan contains both information about the school as well as our goals for the current school year. This "ACIP" will be available online, in the office, and in the library after November 30th.

Family Matters- Math and Charlie Brown

Our first Family Matters will be held December 14th, at 6:30 p.m. School-age kiddos will watch A Charlie Brown Christmas while parents will be given strategies to help their children with math homework.

Why is math taught differently?


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Rivertree Church Oil Change at OCRS

Owens Cross Roads School will be hosting Rivertree Church's oil change ministry December 5th in the OCRS parking lot and gym. This ministry is available at no charge to all single women (widows, single moms, etc.) and spouses of deployed service personnel (male or female). This service is by appointment only. It's FREE and kid friendly too, so call the church, 256-539-7171, then press 4 for an appointment and bring your children. Please have your auto's year, make, model, and color information when you call.

To find more information or to get involved contact Mark McClain: mcclain-m@hotmail.com.

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Other Important Information!

Fall Festival Success!!- Our 2015 Fall Festival was another rousing success with over $10,000 collected from Bingo, games, and food! Thank you to all who helped and showed up to support our PTO and our school!

Mentors- We are still in need of mentors for our mentoring programs. If you are who is interested in giving an hour a week to impact the life of a young man or young woman in grades 4-6, please email our Guidance Counselor, Mr. John Arrigo, at jarrigo@mcssk12.org.

Volunteers- We are always looking for volunteers to tutor students, to become lunch buddies with a child, or to help teachers with materials. If you would like to help our kids, please contact the CARE Center by emailing Andrea Bridges at abridges@mcssk12.org.

Student Medication, Epipens, and Inhalers- If a child needs an Epipen, an Inhaler, or other medication, please provide our nurse with Doctor's orders so that we can properly monitor and administrate medical care. Information on what is required is covered in the Madison County Code of Conduct. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Stacey at swhitley@mcssk12.org.

Car Seats- Parents and Guardians, please follow all state and local laws in transporting your children. The OCR police department has notified us that it will begin random checks to make sure young children are restrained properly when leaving the OCRS campus.