Thursday, December 7, 2017

OPA Aguilas

Communication: This season naturally creates a great deal of activities, performances field trips and volunteer opportunities. Make sure that you have access or are receiving your student's weekly communication from OPA teachers and that your contact information in Aspire is correct and updated. 
Every teacher at OPA is required to communicate events, expectations and opportunities for the week. It is essential that the parent-teacher partnership works to grow our kids. Communication is the key to student success with parent involvement. Parents don't have to be in the building everyday to support their student; however, being able to celebrate the day, talk about new learning and build excitement for upcoming events helps us build lifetime learners.  

OPAPO Volunteer of the Month: OPAPO is pleased to name Shannon Wilkinson as our November Volunteer of the Month! Shannon has been a regular volunteer ever since her kids started attending OPA. She has done it all: field trips, athletic events, classroom helper and more. She is always willing to help and she truly lives by the saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” We are elated that Shannon is part of are OPA community. 

Spain Trip Fundraiser: OPA Babysitting night is Tomorrow FRIDAY the 8th from 5-9pm. The cost is $10 dollars per student, kids age 2 years and up. Check out our Facebook page for questions about activities available. Drop your kids off and enjoy a date night or get your Holiday shopping finished. 

Secondary Winter Wonderland Dance: December 15th 5:30 pm information is at

Secondary Music Performance: The OPA music classes will be presenting their winter concert Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm in the Elementary gym. Everyone is encouraged to attend

Weber Health Services Parenting Supports: 
Guiding Good Choices (For parents/caregivers of children 8-12 years old)
Monday nights, Feb. 26th – Mar. 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center
Emotion Coaching (For parents/caregivers of all ages)
Wednesday nights, Jan. 17th – Feb. 21st* from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center

Love & Logic (For parents/caregivers of all ages)
Tuesday Nights, Jan. 16th – Feb. 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center
Learning to BREATHE (Mindfulness for adolescents in 7th-12th grades)
GIRLS- Wednesdays, Jan. 17th – Feb. 21st 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Ogden High School
BOYS- Mondays, Jan. 22nd – Mar. 5th 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Ogden High School

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome December

Thank You:
1. Thank you to all of the parents that came to the Kindergarten Literacy Night. We really appreciate our Kindergarten Team of teachers, staff, parents and students and know that you anchor our kids in learning from the beginning.

2. Thank you to OPAPO for another Parent Tailgate this morning. DAILY RISE YOU ROCK as always!

3. Thank you to 4th Grade teachers, staff, students and parent volunteers that helped us celebrate first responders this morning as a thank you for their service!

4. Thank you to the Eagle Council Members and OPA Staff for celebrating all of our elementary students this morning as part of the 7 Habits Leadership Highlights.

Upcoming Events and Holiday Schedule:
Dec. 12: OPAPO Board Meeting Elementary Library, 4-5
Dec. 15: Jr High Winter Wonderland Dance 5:30-7
Dec. 21: Early Release Day 12:45pm, Dress Down Day for $1.
Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Holiday Break
Jan. 3: OPA Classes Resumes

Parenting Articles and Classes: 
During holiday time their are less days of school and more days at home for kids. With this change of daily routine for both parents and children, I often am asked for parenting helps. I thought I would share some of the trainings and activities being offered by Weber Human Services. The Love and Logic classes are fantastic in teaching kids responsibility and translate directly to the classroom and student discipline

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy your break with friends and family and have a fantastic Thanksgiving. 

Thank you for attending the OPA Elementary Thanksgiving! Thank you to all the parents, teachers, students and kitchen staff that made this day happen. Thank your for volunteering your time to be with us and celebrate gratitude.

Events After the Break:
Thursday Nov. 30th: Kindergarten Literacy Night beginning at 5:00pm.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov. 13-17

OPAPO's October Volunteers of the Month: are Beth and Jeff Furton! Their enormous generosity in donating Daily Rise coffee and hot chocolate is what powers each parent tailgate. Beth and Jeff are also ever-present in classrooms and events in volunteer and/or supportive roles. Two of the friendliest, smiliest people imaginable, OPA is super lucky to have Beth and Jeff as part of our family. OPAPO wishes to thank them - and Daily Rise - and honor them as our October Volunteers of the Month!

THANKSGIVING at OPA: The Elementary Thanksgiving at OPA is a community dinner that brings all of our families and friends together to give Thanks. This year there will be two lines; a parent line and a regular student line. Parents must pay for their meal at the front desk ($3) and bring their receipt to the cafeteria. The following list is the schedule for the dinner. If you would like to volunteer to serve pie, or help with constant clean up please contact Valerie Sluis at or 801-627-2066.

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule
K/1Slattery AM/Passey10:50-11:20
KSlattery PM11:50-12:20
Literacy Nights: 
Literacy Nights are a tradition at OPA. They began as a parent information night to provide reading, Math and testing strategies for families to support their students. Literacy nights still focus on reading, Math and testing but they also celebrate our students Spanish ability, provide some fun activities and 

Angel Tree at OPA:   Angel tree presents help provide Christmas gifts for children and families from our school community. Gift tags are placed on each tree in both buildings. To participate, please select a tag or tags from one of the trees and purchase the gift listed. Then return presents wrapped and labeled with the selected tag by December 16th. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca at or (801)627-3066. 

Thanksgiving Break: Remember that Thanksgiving break is a week long, November 20-24th. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November is here!

We have survived Halloween week and a full moon! November is here.

Week in Review: 
1. AVID College Tour: Last weekend a group of junior high students were able to go on an AVID college tour in Montana. Students had the opportunity to live in the dorms, attend several classes and lectures, eat college dining room food, and attend a panel on financial aid and the Greek system of housing. The most raved about activities were a lecture on the history of rock and roll, a cadaver lab visit and the opportunity to interview department chairs of students selected majors.  Students finished the trip with a University of Montana soccer game and dinner in downtown Missoula. While downtown one of our students entertained an entire restaurant with a song accompanied by the performing musician. It is often said that experience is the best teacher and Mr. Hayman has done a great job in creating this experience for our high school bound students.

2. Family Art Night for the 4th, 5th & 6th grade: Watch Facebook and Twitter for pictures of the great art and family activity students created this week.

Socktober is over: The second grade collected 1085 pairs of socks for the Lantern house during October. The goal was 500, so we made it! Thank you to all of you that donated and aided your students in the collection.

6th Grade Service: On Friday (Nov. 3rd), the 6th grade cleaned at the Ogden cemetery, served at the Lantern House, cleaned OPA, acted as T.A's in classrooms across the campus and painted the crosswalks at OPA. Thank you to those parents that helped chaperone students at each location.

Upcoming Events: 
The Leader in Me theme for November is "Expressing Gratitude for What We Have in Our Lives." The 4th grade at OPA is leading a gratitude activity by asking students to make cards to express gratitude to people in our community. This next week (Nov. 6-10) students should be creating cards, be sure to ask who they wrote to and why they are grateful.

This year's Elementary Family Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Friday the 17th. More information to come, and we are collecting volunteers to help serve pie and aid in clean up. Simply call the school and ask for Valerie Sluis to volunteer, or email at

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Red Ribbon: What a great week, we have had a great time. The lessons, activities and video clips were powerful and started the conversations for you and teachers to talk about the dangers of drugs. Mrs. VanPatten, Mrs. Hinsley, Ms. Kiernan, and all the student Eagle Leaders worked very hard to build a great week with a great message. Please see the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the Elementary culminating event today (Friday 27th), a human chain around the entire building. I had the opportunity to take pictures from the roof with students holding hands to create a large chain symbolizing the unity we have to defeat poor choices at OPA.

Electronic Devices (mainly phones):
As technology has improved our work and social lives, it has consumed our students lives. Video, computer games and phones are a topic of discussion everyday. This year at OPA, teachers in the secondary are planning more lessons to include personal technology for research, quizzing, photography and academic games. Students are not required to have personal phones because technology is provided for planned activities.

Phones are a luxury and are the student's responsibility. Students in the secondary are asked to secure phones on their person, lock them in a locker, or leave them at home. The goal of technology at OPA is to use it as a tool for information gathering, problem solving, communication and the writing process and creating art in photography or animation. However, the bulk of phone activity has become social connection and disruption, loss, damage or theft. OPA provides needed technology and cannot manage personal phones. OPA is not responsible for loss, damage or theft. Inappropriate social connections or disruptions are managed as they impact student culture and the educational process. In addition, cyberbullying, possession or distribution of pornography or inflammatory materials are turned over to the authorities immediately.

In Utah, students must be provided with internet safety instruction. We ask that you monitor your students phone use, it is OK and effective to go through your student's phone if you have concerns. A few websites that provide good information are as follows:

Upcoming Events:
October 31: Halloween
     Several in-class activities have been planned to discuss Halloween, Fall, Dia de Muertos, "pumpkin labs," and safety. Remember costumes are NOT to be worn on Tuesday at school.

November 2: Family Art Night for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. If you haven't signed up check the front office for openings.

November 3: Early Release, Uniform Dress Down Day $1

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 23rd-27th

Red Ribbon Week: Oct 23-27th:

Student's should come home today with red ribbon week descriptions for next week. I wanted to let you know the reason behind the week and provide the link to parent conversations suggested by the National Family Partnership ( for Red Ribbon Week ( 

In order to provide a Red Ribbon week that is focused on education and the message of "Staying Drug Free," student council along with a teacher council have planned the activities for the week. Spirit Days have also been planned, to provide a creative and fun day once a quarter that celebrates OPA Spirit and the fun school can be. These Spirit Days will be announced along with dates after Red Ribbon week.   

WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st.

WHY? The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA.

WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign® . WHY SUPPORT THE NATIONAL THEME? A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message, creating a tipping point to change behavior.

HOW? Plan a Red Ribbon celebration. Order and display Red Ribbon materials with the National Red Ribbon Theme. Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America. Order for your family, students, staff, patients, employees and customers and encourage them to wear the red ribbon symbol during Red Ribbon Week® , October 23rd - 31st.

OPA Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A: Tuesday October 24th from 5-9 at the 1120 Washington Blvd Chick-fil-A. Mention that you are there for OPA's Spirit Night before purchase and 15% of your cost will go to OPA for student trips.