The Hoot Owl

MARCH 2019


*SPRING BREAK is right around the corner. With that comes the end of the third nine weeks. Please help your student stay engaged and finish strong. Over Spring Break, we encourage students to continue reading. Work with them on creative places and things to read to keep their excitement alive!

* EARLY RELEASE - March 8 is early release at 12:10 p.m. Make sure your child has arrangements for the afternoon. YMCA will have after school care this day.

* PTO CHOCOLATE SALES - PTO Chocolate bar sales will kick off on Thursday, February 21. Sales of chocolate bars will run from Friday, February 22 - Friday, March 8. Money from sales will be due on that Friday since the following week is Spring Break.

* KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP TO 7 ACRE WOODS - Kindergarten students will be participating in a field trip to 7 Acre Woods on March 6. Please make sure you have completed the permission slip for them to attend.

*SPRING CREEK BBQ NIGHT - PTO will be having Spring Creek BBQ night on March 19. Please join us at Spring Creek, treat your family to a great dinner and support our PTO.

*SPRING FLING PICTURES - Will be the Friday, March 22. Students will have their picture taken and a proof will be sent home for ordering. This picture is not prepaid.

*CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION/PICK UP EARLY - If you have a need to change your child's transportation, the best option is to send a note to the teacher the day of the change. If it is an emergency and you need to change during the day, the cut off for that change to be effective is 2:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your child early, you will need to be in the front office no later than 2:45 p.m.

*YEARBOOK ORDERS - Yearbooks are now currently selling for $26 each. They can be purchased at the link below.


*Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

*By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a students will drop out of high school.

*Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month and that's known as a chronic absence.

*When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.


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Spring Break Safety Tips

Spring break is a great time for the family to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun. Keep your family safe while on your trip by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Sun Safety for Babies

· Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, and use brimmed hats.

· It is okay to apply a small amount of sunscreen on infants under 6 months if there is no way to avoid the sun. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.

Sun Safety for Kids

· Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.

· Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child's eyes.

· Apply sunscreen to areas of your child's skin that aren't covered by clothing. Before applying, test the sunscreen on your child's back for an allergic reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.

· If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.

Sun Safety for the Family

· The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours.

· The sun's damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.

· Wear commercially available sun-protective clothing, like swim shirts.

· Most of the sun's rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days.

· When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words "broad-spectrum" on the label - it means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties.

· Zinc oxide, a very effective sunscreen, can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and on the shoulders.

· Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The additional benefits of using sunscreen with SPF 50+ are limited.

· Rub sunscreen in well, making sure to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands, and even the backs of the knees.

· Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors - it needs time to work on the skin.

· Sunscreens should be used for sun protection and not as a reason to stay in the sun longer.

Tanning salon dangers

· Many teens and young women go to tanning salons. The UV radiation from tanning salons raises a person's risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Tanning salons are not safe. Teens and others should not use tanning salons.

· The AAP supports legislation prohibiting access to tanning salons or use of artificial tanning devices by children under 18 years of age.

Pool and Beach Tips

· Children and adults should never swim alone.

· Provide touch supervision. This means that an adult is within arm's reach anytime your young child is in or near water.

· Be aware that pools and beaches in other countries may not have lifeguards, and pools may have unsafe drain systems. Supervise children closely.

· At the beach, stay within the designated swimming area and ideally within the visibility of a lifeguard

· Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in one, don't try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clear of the current.

· Seek shelter in case of storm. Get out of the water. Get off the beach in case of lightning.

· Watch out for traffic – some beaches allow cars.

©American Academy of Pediatrics 2/16

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MORNING NOTES - If you are choosing to park and drop off your children, it is important that you park in a parking spot and walk your child to the door. Avoid parking behind someone, thus blocking them in, or parking in the entrance/exit to the parking lot. We do recommend that you drive through the line to drop off instead of parking and walking the child to the front. Tardies begin at 8:02 a.m. Please arrive early to ensure your child is not tardy to school.

AFTERNOON NOTES - Remember that you must enter the car rider line from Oak Ridge School Road instead of our driveway.

REMINDER - Don't forget when you are in the car rider line, it is against the law to be on your cell phone. (Not to mention that it is dangerous to our staff and students who are on duty.)

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Spring Break - March 11-15

STAAR Writing 4th grade - April 9

Kinder Round Up - April 15 - 26

ExplOREtorium Night - April 25

School holidays - April 19 & 22

Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Week - May 6 - 10

STAAR Math 3rd & 4th - May 13

STAAR Reading 3rd & 4th - May 14

Fun Day - May 24

Memorial Day Holiday - May 27

Kindergarten Graduation - May 28 @ 9:00 a.m.

Fourth Grade Graduation - May 29 @ 9:00 a.m.

Last day of school - May 30 - Early release day


PTO will be looking for officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Remember that with the opening of Suchman, we will need officers at both campuses. If you would like more information, please contact MaryBeth DeMott, PTO president @

CHOCOLATE SALES - Money for all chocolate sales must be turned in by Friday, March 8 for it to count toward prizes.

March 19 - Spring Creek BBQ Night

PTO MEETING - March 21 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Teachers' Lounge.



When you shop at Amazon, make sure you use the website. (Prime accounts work at this website. The only difference is you register to have money earned sent to ORE) Designated Oak Ridge PO as the benefiting organization. The money earned is directly deposited into the PTO bank account. Currently it earns about $10 a month. Let's do our best to up that amount! For more information or questions, contact our PTO.
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Our school alone has over $1500 in charges for either breakfast or lunch. We are working diligently to get those debts paid in full. You will receive an email from myself and a text message from the district when you owe money. Quickly taking care of this debt will be greatly appreciated.

If you need assistance with breakfast or lunch, free/reduced applications can be located at the link below. Mrs. Vera, our registrar, can assist you in completing this form should you need assistance.



8 - Chocolate Sales End and money is due!

8 - Early Release/End of third nine weeks

11-15 - Spring Break

19 - Spring Creek BBQ Night

21 - PTO Meeting @ 9:30 in the lounge

22 - Spring Fling Pictures