Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 16-20th

FUN RUN: The annual OPA Fun Run is Saturday at 10:00am starting at the Dinosaur Park. Costumes are encouraged!

Mon. Oct. 16 - Thurs. Oct. 19
Mon., Tues., Wed. 7:30-8:00 am
Mon. - Tues. 2:45-4:30 pm
Wed. 12:45 - 7:00 pm

Thurs. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Volunteers are needed! If you are able to volunteer in the book fair, please sign up for a time slot at:

Wed 18th: Early Release for students, dress down day for $1.00. Conferences from  
       1:15pm-5:00pm, and 5:30pm-7pm
Thurs. 19th: No School for Students, Conferences at 8:00am-12:00pm
Fri. 20th: No School 
Elementary teachers have shared the link to sign up genius for conference scheduling. If you are unable to sign up, please contact your student's teacher directly to get scheduled. 

Ogden Nature Center:
This Friday and Saturday night is the Nature Center’s famed Halloween event — CREATURES of the NIGHT!  The education team at the Nature Center is going ALL OUT to make it a spectacular event.  Educational, non-scary, fun!
Held both Friday and Saturday nights from 5-8:30 pm.  $6 per child / $7 per adult.
Please come AND pass this along to anyone else you think would enjoy.
Hope to see you this weekend!

OPAPO VOLUNTEER OF THE SEPTEMBER: Bill Davis is absolutely fabulous.   He is a priceless asset to OPA.    His contributions of time and money are generous beyond measure.   Not only is he unbelievably generous with time and money, he is also consistently pleasant, upbeat, humble and helpful.    He never cashes in on the fact that he had donated a lot of cash and never acts like his donations entitle him to special privileges.   Just the opposite, in fact.  He is ever ready to serve, eager to learn, and willing to lend a helping hand with whatever is needed.   Following is an incomplete list of contributions Bill Davis has made to OPA:
  • On the farm field trip we were several lunches short; there simply were not as many sack lunches as there were students.   Bill went to a fast food restaurant and bought lunches for the lunch-less students
  • When the students on the Dominican Republic trip found themselves stranded in NYC, Bill put them up in a nice hotel, bought play tickets for them, financed new clothes for them to wear to the play, and rented a limo to get them to the play.
  • On the Southern UT trip, Bill and another father bought ice cream for all the participants.
  • Bill sponsored several students who did not have sufficient funds to pay for the Redwoods trip.
  • He contributed his gas receipts from the Redwoods trip to the AVID trip.
  • On both the Oregon Coast and Redwoods trips Bill rented a 15 passenger van and drove over 100 hours with 13 8th and 9th graders in his van.   This alone should assure him a spot in heaven!!
Bill Davis has been a constant supporter of OPA trips and OPA students since the day I met him.   He encourages and models service, humility, hard work and gratitude and is deserving of recognition for his significant contributions to the OPA family. Bill will receive a gift card to Harley and Bucks for being the OPAPO Volunteer of the Month. Thanks Bill!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 9th-13th

In light of recent events, we want to support our students in making sense of tragedy. Teachers and staff are getting a lot of questions and concerns from students. I am forwarding some of the recommendations the teachers are using to have conversations.  This article from Boys Town has some powerful resources about talking to kids when dealing with tragedy.

Big Thanks:
1. The morning drop off has been great this week, THANK YOU!!
2. Thanks to OPAPO and The Daily Rise for the Free Coffee Friday this morning on the South Lawn at OPA! What a blast!

FUN RUN: Annual OPA Fun Run is Oct. 14th, sign up sheets are available at the front desk, hurry to still get a shirt. Costumes are encouraged. 

The Book Fair is Coming: 
Mon. Oct. 16 - Thurs. Oct. 19
Mon., Tues., Wed. 7:30-8:00 am
Mon. - Tues. 2:45-4:30 pm
Wed. 12:45 - 7:00 pm

Thurs. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Yoga Club, and 5th/6th grade book club will not be held the week of Book Fair.  All other clubs will go on as planned.   Chess club will be moved to another room - details to come.  5th and 6th grade book club will be moved to the 4th Wednesday just for October. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October is here!

OPAPO Carnival 2017: Thank you to OPAPO and all of you that attended the Carnival. What a great time and huge fundraiser for our classrooms, teacher-budgets and students.

Leader in Me Kick-off Assemblies: Students have been learning the habits over the last 6 weeks and on Friday the elementary students had the "7-Habits Kick-off" Assemblies. The goal of this program is that students not only know the habits but can use them to solve problems and develop a personal effectiveness. Help us reinforce these habits by simply asking your students what they learned.

To help us improve the Leader in Me program at OPA, please provide feedback in this short survey:

Road to Responsibility: OPA Teachers and staff have been participating in a book study and professional development teaching kids to be responsible for their own behavior. The book is called Roadmap to Responsibility by Larry Thompson and he will soon be coming out with parenting book. We will keep you posted on the release date and book club groups for the parents of OPA.

Second grade is declaring the month of October SOCKTOBER! We are being PROACTIVE and taking action to help our local homeless shelter. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of socks. These socks will be donated to the Lantern House homeless shelter here in Ogden. If you wish to participate, please bring NEW socks of all sizes, colors, patterns, and varieties to our classrooms by Oct. 31st. Please oh please spread the word and help us help others! Our 2nd grade leaders will be making posters and speaking during announcements throughout the month. We'd love to see the whole school join us in this meaningful service project. Junior high teachers, we will place a box in the office for you and your students to drop off your donations. For more information about this service project please check out the following website: We will track our progress and keep you posted. As always, thank you for your support. The 2nd Grade Team

Upcoming Events:

October 4th: Family Art Night 2nd and 3rd, 5-8 pm.
October 6th: Early Release Day, students released at 12:45 pm and OPAPO Dress Down
Day for $1.
October 14th: The Annual OPA Fun Run, sign up in either building.
October 18th: Early Release Day, students released at 12:45 pm and OPAPO Dress Down
Day for $1.
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:15-5:00, 5:30-7.
October 19th: No School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8-12.
October 20th: No School for Students, Fall Break
October 23-27th: Red Ribbon Week at OPA

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Carnival is Coming

Enjoy the long weekend and thank you to to the secondary parents that came to parent-teacher conferences this week.

Parking Lot Concerns:
The Bishop's Storehouse, old Cannery and LDS Job Services is private property and NOT a parking lot for OPA parents or students. Do not park or drive through the LDS parking lot, it is a place of business and they have clients that require the lot.

OPAPO Carnival: Friday the 29th is CARNIVAL! Carnival starts at 4 and ends at 7. 

Responsibility Centered Discipline:
At this time of year as students start to lose the excitement of being back in school and school work is becoming a regular part of the daily routine, I start to get a lot of calls about student "discomfort."
I am including a link to a great article from Love and Logic called; "What To Do When Your Child Says My Teacher Is Mean." Educators are patient, caring, and fair; however they are often expectant of good behavior, hard work and have the ability to push students to a better understanding of content than the student thought they were capable.

Expecting the best from students is not mean, it is teaching. Learning new information, applying old thinking or learning to work with other students can be hard, but it is not mean to expect that our students can do it.

The Mission of the Ogden Preparatory Academy Charter School is to provide a challenging curriculum where academic excellence, character development, and individual growth are nurtured in a safe and happy environment that involves the active participation of students, teachers, parents and community members.

Ogden Preparatory Academy’s vision is to create a positive, nurturing environment for students to grow and learn as they develop the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders. Through high academic expectations and experiences, bilingual exposure, leadership roles and commitment to community, OPA’s students will gain confidence and a sense of self-worth that will prepare them to face the challenges in a competitive world.

Please read this great article and enjoy your long weekend. We will see you next week for school and the OPAPO Carnival!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cooling off at OPA

Picture Retakes are Tuesday (19th) for all Students needing a picture. UNIFORM ONLY.

Secondary Parents-Teacher Conferences: Thursday the 21st is an Early Release (12:45) for ALL students and a uniform-free dress day. On Friday the 22nd there is NO SCHOOL. This week on Thursday the 21st will be the Junior High Conferences. This year's conferences for the Jr. High are on Thursday ONLY from 1-7pm. Teachers will take a small break from 4:30-5. Friday the 22nd there will be no conferences due to a Teacher Development opportunity.

Parking Lot Reminders: 
-Please don't drive in the parking lots while talking or texting on your cell phone.
-Please pull all the way forward but be patient.
-Please follow the directions painted or marked on the lot.
      When pulling on to Lincoln from the school it is a RIGHT HAND Turn, no matter where you turn on to Lincoln Ave. Trying to go straight or left bottlenecks the entire parking lot.

Thank you to all of you that attended the Kindergarten, First Grade Family Art Night! It looked like a blast and the pictures are posted on OPA FB, and Instagram. 

The students in the Redwoods appear to be having a great time and will report back on Monday. Lots of student pictures but official pics will post after the weekend.

Thank you to all the Grandparents that came to Grandparent Week with out Kindergarten. Kindergarteners love to have you visit and so do we! Thank you!

Friday, September 8, 2017

September at OPA

 Volunteer of the Month:
David Jorgenson is OPAPO's outstanding volunteer for the month of August! Every Tuesday for two going on three years, David has volunteered in the lunchroom sweeping the floors, wiping down tables and helping students have an enjoyable lunch. Davids commitment to show up every week has made a huge impact with our student body and our OPA community. Thank you David for all that you have done and continue to do. You are an outstanding volunteer! The August Volunteer of the Month was sponsored by Maria's Mexican Restaurant; David has been awarded with a gift card to Maria's!
The Carnival is Coming: 
            September 29th from 4:00-7:00 pm is the Annual OPAPO Carnival! If you would like to volunteer to help out with the OPAPO Carnival, email


Kindergarten Grandparents for Lunch: 

            Kindergarten Grandparents are invited to lunch this week, September 11-15th. 

Family Art Night for Kindergarten and 1st Grade:

          Thursday, September 14 from 5-8pm. Come and make a fun art project with your student!
You MUST sign up in the office to reserve your spot. We only have spots for 40 students each night. Sign up in the office!

Secondary Redwoods/Blue Waters Trip

The 8th/9th grade trip to California is this week. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and students who have completed service projects for Ogden City to participate in this trip. Have a great time, be safe and be prepared to share all the stories.

Friday, September 1, 2017

OPA Routines

Morning Routine:
Students of all ages need time to settle back in or learn a new routine. You might see frustration or complaint from students until the routine is set. In the classroom students learn procedures, practice, and review them daily. This builds a habit, a habit that provides safety and structure in their environment. Building family and household routines can do the same thing and increase the smooth transition to school each day. Actually this is true for all of us, morning and evening routines are a stabilizer of mood by predicting regularity and providing structure.
Kindergarten Parents: You are doing great and your students are starting to calm quickly and fall into a learning routine!

Parking Lot Routine:
Things are starting to flow. Remember a few hints:
1.  It can take time for students to get out of cars at the elementary, a car door can be a big thing! Be patient and allow some time to drop your students off. We all have the same goal, dropping off students safely and on time. If students are late, life will continue and we will work to get them to class and to business as usual.

2. Lincoln Avenue is not school property and city traffic laws must be followed.
      a. Be aware of the no parking zones.
      b. U-turns are illegal on Lincoln.
      c. Use the crosswalks.

3. Communicate: Set up a plan for pick-up that works for your family. Communicate that plan daily with your family, then communicate your plan with your teachers! Please reinforce the importance of staying with your teacher until they spot your car, and then always saying goodbye to their teachers before running to the car.

FIRST FRIDAY'S: Today's First Friday was some of your student's first experience with Uniform-Free Dress. They did a great job, please ask them how it works and be so proud that they did it by themselves! I promise that the more opportunity they get to "do it by themselves" the better they get at it and their confidence level soars. Also, Thank you for supporting OPAPO by participating in the Uniform-Free Dress fund raiser. OPAPO donates classroom supply monies to every room on campus, they support several activities, and by supporting OPAPO, you support OPA and your student!