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.


     



Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring in Ogden

OPAPO:
OPAPO Nomination forms are coming home today and an electronic copy is attached to the blog update email as well. 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 are due on April 28th, please turn them in to the school. Then a ballot for OPAPO officers will follow for voting through an electronic form. OPAPO Officers will be announced in 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.

BREAKFAST AT OPA:  On Monday April 17th, we will begin serving breakfast in only the elementary building beginning at 7:30 am. Moving Breakfast to the elementary for all students allows us to provide the choice of hot or cold meals for breakfast.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break

SPAIN TRIP OPENINGS:
This year we have 26 students going to Spain. Unfortunately, two of those students are unable to come with us. That means we have the chance to give two students the opportunity to come with us to participate in this life changing experience. The requirements include a valid passport, $2,500, and an interview (parents and student) with Mrs. Campbell. If you are interested, please contact me by email (acampbell@ogdenprep.org) as soon as possible. Thank you!

PAINT NITE @ OPA: 
Please join us for this fun night of painting to help support our students going to Spain, May 6th at 5:00 pm in the Secondary Gym.   If you want to attend register at this link:


https://www.paintnite.com/events/a-night-at-rainbow-pines-at-ogden-preparatory-academy_1178501

Mrs. Campbells eye update: This morning I underwent a second surgery to reattach my retina. I should recover quicker this time because the procedure was less evasive. I will be on reduced activity when Spring Break is over but can be reached at anytime by email. Have a great spring break and enjoy your family adventures! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Rains...

YMCA: 
OPA is excited to provide a summer YMCA program on-site this summer. Here is the link for summer registration! You can forward any questions to Ms. Slattery (kslattery@ogdenprep.org) if you would like more information.


YMCA Summer Day Camps

Calendar 2017-18:
The 2017-18 Calendar has been board approved and is posted on the school website at
http://ogdenprep.org/ Students are returning to school on August 21, 2017 and the calendar is patterned after both Ogden and Weber School District Calendars.

S.A.G.E. Testing 2017:
The week of April 3-7 is Spring Break. When we return in April, the SAGE testing window opens. It is important that students understand testing is a measure of their understanding this year. Testing helps teachers solidify instructional practices that work for future students, it provides a starting point for individual student growth next year, and it lets students prove themselves by sharing all they have learned. We value the data provided by student testing, we celebrate hard work and the level of learning achieved each year and we do not use it to discourage learning of teachers or students.  If you have any questions about SAGE testing, please use your teachers as a resource or the SAGE portal at http://sageportal.org/ . Encourage students to do their best and celebrate the hard work of another year.




Monday, March 20, 2017

Mini Break

LOOKING AHEAD: 
Anyone interested in helping to organize carpool groups at OPA please contact Meaghan Knight at meaghanknight@ymail.com.

Si tiene interĂ©s en ayudar a organizar grupos de carpool en OPA por favor contacte a Meaghan Knight meaghanknight@ymail.com.

OPPORTUNITY: YMCA specialized tutoring after school!
2 Days a week 3:30 - 4:30
$25 a month
Includes at no additional cost:
  • Hot meal 3:00 - 3:30
  • Teen Free Choice 4:30 - 6:00
  • Club 2 days a week 3:00 - 6:00​

Dental Smiles: Tuesday, March 21, is the Dental Check ups for those families that signed up. If you qualified, we will see you tomorrow in the elementary building on the stage in the gym. 

Spring Break: Spring Break is April 3-7. 

2017-18 OPA Calendar:
The calendar for next year's school year has been approved and will be posted by the end of the week. We will be starting a week later this year on August 21, 2017. The calendar includes UEA, Winter and Spring breaks that follow the Ogden and Weber School District calendars as well. Thank you to all of you that provided input in the calendar development. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shortened Week

Thank you for the kind emails and thoughts for a quick recovery. I will be easing back into being on campus on Monday. My eye is still a pretty gory display of surgical recovery, so I will be laying low, but available. Remember that this is a short week and school is released at 12:45 Thursday and there is no school on Friday.

Upcoming Events:

Literacy Night:
1st Grade Literacy Night Tuesday March 14, 2017

Report Cards:
Elementary Report cards will be sent home with students on March 16th.
Junior High Report cards will be mailed home on March 16th.

Student Activities:
The Latinos in Action classes participated in the LIA conference held at Weber State and did great things representing Ogden Prep Academy.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March


THANK YOU:
Thank you to all of you that attended the Seed Swap. Thank you to Anna Cash for organizing the connection for OPA to the Gardeners of Ogden! 

OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS
I have been the Principal of OPA for four years now and learned more about kids who work hard, than in all of my twenty-one year career. Several of our students at the secondary level have been studying Spanish for up to 10 years. At the culmination of their time here at OPA, we encourage a trip to Spanish-speaking countries. As you know we pick trip locations well in advance and try to provide up to a year’s worth of fund raising opportunities for all students that commit to these trips. We are excited about the growth of these programs. The number of students participating has steadily increased and has given over 200+ students the opportunity to travel internationally and use their Spanish language skills. 

I share these fantastic facts with you to ask for special support. Students fund raise and get summer jobs, but any outside support that a family or business can provide increases the opportunities for all students. Please consider sponsoring a student to go to Spain. As a school we can provide documentation for charitable donations for tax deduction, and you will be providing the experience of a lifetime. I can always be reached at acampbell@ogdenprep.org or 801-627-3066 if you are able to support one of our students in this opportunity. 

OPA ACTIVITIES:
1. Science Fairs: 6th grade fair is Monday, February 27, and 7-9th grade is Tuesday, February 28th. Please ask your students about the surrounding festivities to encourage them to improve their responsible communication. :-)

2. Storytelling: Weber State Storytellers will be at OPA on Wednesday at 1:30 in the elementary with certain classes.

3. YMCA Family Night: All families currently utilizing the YMCA programs or interested are invited to join us in a Family Night on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30-6:30.

4. OPA Trips Spaghetti Feed: Spaghetti for the family to send OPA students on trips. Feeding begins at 6pm and runs until 8pm. Come join the fun while providing an experience for students.

5. Soccer: tryouts 6-9th grade boys and girls on Monday, March 6 at 3:30. Check for announcements and flyers around the school.


6. Congratulations: to the girls basketball team on a great regular season. They will represent Ogden Prep in the state tournament next week.