Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL

REMINDER: 

Back To School Night:
Back to School Night is August 24th from 4:30-6:30. We are looking at 4-5 food and dessert trucks in the parking lot, students leading their families through a tour of the school and an opportunity to complete applications and all needed paperwork.

Parking Lot: HUGE THANK YOU TO OPAPO & DAILY RISE!!
Thank you to our supportive parents for the first day Tailgate party! What better way to celebrate the day? Donuts and Coffee!!

Parking Lot TIPS:
1. PATIENCE: Being first doesn't exist in the parking lot. The goal is to drop-off and retrieve students safely. If you get in the first of the line or the back it doesn't matter we all need patience.

2. SAFETY FIRST: Do not get out of your car in the pick-up, drop-off lane. Do not park in a red zone or non-existent spot. Watch the adults that are guiding traffic, follow their directions. FOLLOW THE LAW. 

3. RESPECT: We are all in it together! Please respect that everyone has the same goal, a safe and efficient drop off procedure. Pull all the way forward in the pick-up, drop-off lane so that we can all unload. 

4. FAMILY COMMUNICATION: Pick a location to meet your kids and practice that they know that location and the expectation for meeting. I would recommend a location off-site to reduce your need to enter the parking lot at all.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: 
OPA is looking for substitute teachers to help cover classrooms when teachers or their families are sick. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, you must pass a background check, send Mrs. Campbell (acampbell@ogdenprep.org) a resume and be interviewed and hired.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL QUESTIONS

BACK TO SCHOOL QUESTIONS?

I HAVE ANSWERS:

The OPA 2017-2018 School Year will begin on Tuesday, AUGUST 22, 2017 (It will be a B day).
OPAPO is planning a "Parent Tailgate" on the OPA front field the first day of school! So, come drop off your student, and have a donut to enjoy the rest of your day. If you would like to donate food, etc. or help support OPAPO, contact opapo@ogdenprep.org and we will get you involved!

Registration: August 7th 10:30am-6pm & August 8th 1pm-6pm.
-It is most helpful if you come to Registration with your Aspire username and password.
-All students are expected to register for the 2017-18 School Year.
-Schedules, Lockers, Class assignments and Supply Lists will all be available.
-Medication Registration and distribution systems for the school year.
-School Pictures will be taken for ID's and the Yearbook at Registration
      * Uniforms tops are to be worn in School pictures.
-School Tours for students that are new to OPA, to get them ready for the first day.

Supply Lists: 
-In your mailer, there should be a list of all needed supplies. If this was not received, copies will be available at registration.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: 
-These applications are available online through Aspire, in English and Spanish.  If you are unable to access your Aspire account, support will be available at Registration.

Back to School Night: Thursday, AUGUST 24th 4:30-6:30. We are attempting to schedule the food trucks again, so come get a bite to eat and let your students give you the tour of their day for the next year.

KINDERGARTEN:
Kindergarten has changed a bit due to the Utah State required Kindergarten Assessments. Attendence at Registration for all Kindergarten students is requested this year to give students the tour and get vital information about their class placements.
THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTENERS, August 22-25th WILL BE ONLY HALF-DAY for all Kindergarten students. Please be prepared to provide childcare for Kindergarteners of the full day schedule for the afternoons of that first week. August 28th will be the first FULL-DAY Kindergarten start.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

School is coming!

SOLAR ECLIPSE: August 21st
First Day of School August 22nd:
On August 21, 2017, there will be a TOTAL Solar Eclipse that can be viewed in Idaho and Wyoming. Several parents, teachers, and students have expressed their desire to view this solar event. The last total solar eclipse was on Feb. 26, 1979. The board has voted and allowed us to move the start of school to Aug. 22nd. 

Registration: Aug. 7-8, 10am-6pm on 7th, and 1pm-6pm on the 8th. Registration is for ALL OPA students.
Class Assignments: 
A hard copy newsletter is being mailed this week with other paperwork and required registration information to each OPA family. This newsletter will be labeled with your students' class assignment (K-6). Secondary schedules (7-9) will be available at Registration. 

Back to School Night: Aug. 24th 4:30-6:30

Food Programs at OPA for 2017-18: 
Utah State Child Nutrition has required OPA to raise breakfast and lunch costs to meet the cost of food. Lunch at both buildings will be $2.00 and breakfast will be $1.00. lllFederal Free and Reduced food programs are available at both buildings and applications are available now on Aspire or at registration. Applications have to be completed each year and can be done in English or Spanish. 

UNIFORMS: Remember Navy, Light Blue, White polos (Grey for 9th grade only). Tan, or Navy pants, shorts or skirts. No hoodies, no jeans, no flip-flops. 

Kindergarten Testing:
Remember that Kindergarteners will be tested on Aug 1st and 2nd for placement in classes. You should have already signed up for a testing time. Please be on time, as we are testing 110 Kindergarteners in two days. 

The Teachers and Staff of OPA
Summer for students is PLAY, Teachers Train! 
Already this summer, teachers have attended trainings in instruction, curriculum, English as a second language, assessment, positive discipline systems, bullying prevention and management, educational technology, and 7 Habits. Our crew is a group of LIFE-LONG LEARNERS and that is evident in their practice. It is an honor to watch teachers and staff pursue new approaches and hone their crafts. 

The OPA Governing Board has an opening:
If you would like to apply for a position on the OPA Governing board, the job posting and application process is posted in both buildings as well as online at http://ogdenprep.org/. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thank you!

Today is the last day of the 2016-17 School year at OPA and on behalf of my entire staff, we would like to say Thank You! The students, teachers and support staff have worked hard to celebrate student success as well as impart the importance of lifetime learning. I am so proud of the academic and citizenship opportunities we have provided for students to serve their communities, lead in their classrooms and utilize their new understandings of the world. Our students have been given the opportunity to become global citizens that appreciate what it means to be alive and lead us into the future.

Thank you for trusting us with your students' learning, leadership and growth in the 2016-17 school year. You, as parents and guardians have been a tremendous support in your child's success! The homework and reading minutes aid, the pick up and drop off, the hours of volunteer support, the OPAPO and cultural celebrations, club and sport support, and the field trip and adventure support are a few examples of all you do to build whole and complete students for the future. There are ups and downs and there always will be but we have enjoyed this rollercoaster and want to thank you for letting us be a part of it!

Take a break, and we will too! I will keep you posted this summer on available student activities, upcoming fall dates and deadlines, and class lists. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next year! Have a great summer and enjoy the rides!

Sincerely,
Amie Campbell

Monday, May 8, 2017

End of Year Activities at OPA

Lagoon: Permission slips will be coming home in the next week. This year we have doubled the number of students going to Lagoon for achievement in Aguilas of Excellence.

Spain and Washington DC Trips:
The Spain travelers are leaving on Thursday (11th) for Madrid and will return on May 21st.
The Washington DC travelers will be leaving Monday (15th) and return on May 19th.
We wish everyone the experience of a lifetime and safe travels!!

The Last Week at OPA (May 22, 23 & 24):
Monday 22nd: 1:30-3, 7-9 Awards Assembly in the Elementary Gym
Tuesday 23rd: 8:30 1st / 2nd Awards Assembly
9:45 3rd / 4th Awards Assembly
1:30 5th / 6th Awards Assembly
7-9 Locker Clean out and 1-3 Field Day Activities
Wednesday 24th (Early Release, Uniform Free Dress Day):
5-6 Field Day at Lorin Farr Park, 8-12:30
Please plan to Drop-off and Pick up kids at Lorin Farr Park!
K-4 Field Day at OPA from 8:30-12:30
* I will be absent from the 23rd and 24th activities to attend my son's graduation in Arizona.




Saturday, April 29, 2017

May Day

Thank You OPAPO:
The Spring Fiesta was a blast and if you haven't seen the pics on Facebook, make sure you check them out. OPAPO and the students traveling to Spain put 

Thank You Young Runners and Kim Briggs: To all of the participants young and old good show, I uploaded all of the participant pictures to Facebook as well. Thank you to the Young Runners, OPA Families and Staff that helped facilitate and run a great fundraiser for our OPA Runners! Several of our young athletes will be running a races as part of the Ogden Marathon in a couple weeks.

Kindergarten Round-up: Wednesday, May 3, 2017; 5-6pm in the Elementary Gym. All Kindergarten parents are invited to attend the round-up. There are some changes to Kindergarten placement and assessment due to the last Utah Legislative Session. This will change OPA's system of placement and because the assessment is required it will be given in the fall. Come to the round-up and get all the needed information for successful entry into Kindergarten. 

LIA Recognition Dinner is Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the Secondary Gym at 5:30-8:00 pm.

OPA's First Annual Elementary Art Show: Thursday, May 4, 2017; 6-7:30. Come enjoy an art showcase for the elementary students! 

Early Release and Uniform Free Dress is Friday (May 5th). 

YMCA Summer Program: We have gotten lots of inquiries on the YMCA summer program here at OPA. summer program will follow the traditional YMCA summer camp model with an added reading component in it. What the camp will include is:
  • Themed weeks to keep the children engaged and excited all summer long.
  • One field trip a week.
  • One day of swimming a week.
  • Reading interventions for each child at the program.
  • 30 minutes of reading each day. 
  • At least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Camp activities that match the week's theme.
  • A safe place to send their kiddos to all summer long!
Summer Camp Need to Knows:
  • At OPA this year!
  • Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am -4:30 pm
  • If needed there will be additional hours in the morning and evening for an extra charge. (6:30 am- 8:30 am and 4:30pm - 6:30 pm)
  • Financial Aid IS available
  • Can enroll for specific weeks
  • How to sign up!
  1. Visit the link: http://ymcautah.org/summerdaycamp/webercounty/opa
  2. Come to OPA's Spring Fiesta and find the YMCA booth! We will have staff on site to register your child and price out individualized financial aid.
  3. Visit Miss Slattery's room (119) any day after school. 
  4. Visit the YMCA office:
893 24th Street, Ogden, UT
or
575 Lockwood Drive, Ogden, UT 

You are encouraged to come say hi and ask Ms. Slattery any questions you may have! 
Please let me know if you need any other information on the program and feel free to forward this e-mail on to your parents!

Thanks so much!

Friday, April 21, 2017

SAGE Testing

TOMORROW:
Volunteer Opportunity: OPA has been given a stretch of the Odgen Trail System to maintain. We have been invited to meet at 1790 Lake Street Trailhead at 8:00am to hike and clean our stretch of trail. Look for The Front Climbing Gym's Tent.

OPA LIA and AVID kids have been invited to meet at the 29th Street Trailhead specifically.

Ogden City Public Works is providing a free breakfast and lunch at Fort Buenaventura at 7:00 am, 12:00 pm for volunteers. Everyone is invited and we are excited to be given this service opportunity for Ogden!

Birthday Celebrations in the Classroom:
The desire to celebrate a child's birthday is a family tradition and specific to your family. At OPA, student birthdays are announced and each teacher has their own tradition of recognizing a birthday. Outside food or snacks are NOT a part of the Birthday tradition at OPA. We have a board approved Wellness Policy that states: "Food in the classroom will be limited to only that food which goes along with approved lesson plans" (OPA Board Wellness Policy 4.03, d). This policy is based on the Federal Child Nutrition recommendations. I have attached a link to provide information on food as a reward provided in the federal policy. https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/hsmrs/Connecticut/Food_As_Reward.pdf 
Please do not pressure teachers, administrators or staff to allow Birthday Food Treats in your student's classroom at OPA; this practice is a violation of the policy. Teachers want to highlight children and celebrate them, it just can't be done with food. 

OPAPO:
OPAPO Nomination forms have been sent home (hardcopy, English, Spanish and electronically)!  OPAPO is OPA's Parent Organization that provides several services to the students, teachers and community. The Fall Carnival, Day of the Dead Celebrations, Spring Fiesta and the funding of classroom supplies and trips at OPA are provided by the OPAPO. These activities continue to grow and that means we need YOU. Parents come volunteer with OPAPO, it is a great way to meet your parent volunteer hours requested in the OPA Parent Compact.

OPAPO Nomination forms were late in getting out, so we have extended the return date to May 5th, please turn them in to the school at either front desk. Then a ballot for OPAPO officers will follow for voting through an electronic form. OPAPO Officers will be announced in the end of MAY.

OPAPO SPRING FIESTA: April 28th, 4:30pm
Come enjoy authentic Mexican food and drink, face painting, Pinatas for sale and for breaking, balloon animals, bumper balls, bouncy slide, giant sandbox, cotton candy, Luchadores (wrestlers), and a Dance at the Jr High (for Jr. High students only). Funds raised at this event will be donated to this year's Spain trip and to OPAPO.

Young Runners FUN RUN 5K: April 29th, 9:00am meeting at the Botanical Gardens.
Registration is open until 15 minutes before the race begins. Runners can register at the OPA Elementary front desk, Library or at the race site on race day.
The cost is:
$15.00 per person
$45.00 per family of 4, $10 for each runner over 4.
A Swag Bag is provided for every registered runner and non-runners can purchase one for $5 dollars.
Volunteers are still needed for the event, if you would like volunteer hours please contact Kim Briggs at kbriggs@ogdenprep.org or come see her in the Elementary Library.
All proceeds go to the Young Runners Race Fees in the Ogden Marathon Events!

Car Wash/Bake Sale: April 29th at 9:30 am in the OPA Parking Lot.
All proceeds will go to the Spain Trip.