Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Snows

Valentines Day:
As the day started, students entering the building handing valentines to everyone, carrying homemade mailboxes and gifts. Middle school students with flowers, balloons and candy entering with smiles and excitement. Mid-morning, an a-cappella quartet serenade in the hallways of the elementary. Pink cookies at lunch and a choir serenade of the entire secondary building ended our Valentine's Day at OPA. It is a blast to see love and friendship amplified with the excitement of Valentine's Day.

As we returned home to news of national events and families of Florida suffering the loss of their loved ones, our day darkened. I personally lie awake at night trying to make sense of the actions of one and tragedy for many. At OPA and in the state of Utah we have been actively training with the FBI and Utah Homeland Security for about two years to prepare for unsafe situations such as this and how to respond. We have updated our facilities to increase safe doors and written policies to improve systems of student safety. We have partnered with local law agencies to train all staff and evaluate our facilities for crisis, and are working to organize a system of reunification for students and families to reconnect in a crisis event. A reunification drill is in the works for April.

In preparing and trying to control all possible scenarios, it becomes apparent that it takes ALL of us to build a safe community. Please consider your role as a Parent partner in ensuring safety. Several situations of averted tragedy have surfaced in Utah because parents monitored warning signs, talked and discussed problems with their kids and secured weapons in their homes. This parental roll is essential in aiding the school with ensuring safety for all students. In Bountiful a couple of years ago, parents had concerns and noticed a open safe and alerted authorities while driving to the school. This action stopped an attempt to end several lives. We all love our kids and we love your kids. We must be partners in protecting, educating and growing our future.

Thank you for ending this week with parent-teacher conferences to support our partnership and to support our students in academic and social emotional growth.


Upcoming Events: 
-Wednesday (21st) is the Jr. High Science Fair and we are still in need of judges, if you are available to judge science fair projects, please contact Teresa Hislop at thislop@ogdenprep.org or call the school at (801)627-3066.
-Thursday (22nd) is Young Runners. This week is a superhero theme. Come dressed as your favorite superhero for this after-school activity!
-Friday (23rd) is an Elementary Spirit Day, "Chase the Rainbow and Find YOUR POT OF GOALS!" Students can wear crazy rainbow hair, and rainbow clothes at NO COST!

20 de febrero
Día de San Valentín:
Al comenzar el día, los estudiantes ingresaron al edificio y entregaron tarjetas de San Valentín a todos, cargando buzones y regalos hechos en casa. Estudiantes de secundaria con flores, globos y dulces entrando con sonrisas y emoción. A media mañana, una serenata de cuarteto a acappella en los pasillos de la escuela primaria.  Galletas rosas en el almuerzo y una serenata en coro de todo el edificio secundario terminaron nuestro Día de San Valentín en OPA. Es una maravilla ver el amor y la amistad amplificados con la emoción del Día de San Valentín.

Al volver a casa nos encontramos con noticias de eventos nacionales y familias de Florida que sufrían la pérdida de sus seres queridos, nuestro día se oscureció. Personalmente, me encuentro despierta por la noche intentando dar sentido de las acciones de uno y la tragedia de muchos. En OPA y en el estado de Utah, hemos estado entrenando activamente con el FBI y Utah Homeland Security durante aproximadamente dos años para prepararnos para situaciones inseguras como esta y para saber cómo responder. Hemos actualizado nuestras instalaciones para aumentar la seguridad de las puertas y las políticas escritas para mejorar los sistemas de seguridad estudiantil. Nos hemos asociado con agencias legales locales para capacitar a todo el personal y evaluar nuestras instalaciones en caso de crisis, y estamos trabajando para organizar un sistema de reunificación para que los estudiantes y las familias se re-encuentren en un evento de crisis. Un simulacro de reunificación está en proceso para abril.

Al preparar y tratar de controlar todos los escenarios posibles, se hace evidente que TODOS nosotros necesitamos construir una comunidad segura. Por Favor considere su papel como padre para garantizar la seguridad. Varias situaciones de tragedia han sido evitadas en Utah porque los padres actuaron ante las señales de advertencia, hablaron y discutieron los problemas con sus hijos y aseguraron las armas en sus hogares. Este rol de los padres es esencial para ayudar a la escuela a garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes. En Bountiful, hace un par de años, los padres tenían inquietudes y notaron una caja fuerte abierta y alertaron a las autoridades mientras conducían a la escuela. Esta acción detuvo un intento de terminar varias vidas. Todos amamos a nuestros hijos y amamos a sus hijos. Debemos ser socios en proteger, educar y hacer crecer nuestro futuro.

Gracias por terminar esta semana con las conferencias de padres y maestros para apoyar nuestra asociación y apoyar a nuestros estudiantes en el crecimiento académico y social emocional.

Próximos Eventos:
-El miércoles (21) es la Feria de Ciencias de la Jr High y todavía necesitamos jueces, si está disponible para juzgar proyectos de la feria de ciencias, comuníquese con Teresa Hislop en thislop@ogdenprep.org o llame a la escuela al (801) 627 -3066.
- Jueves (22) es Young Runners. Esta semana es un tema de superhéroe. Ven vestido como tu superhéroe favorito para esta actividad después de la escuela!

-viernes 23 el dia de espiritu escolar para la escuela elemental. Sigue el arcoiris para encontrar tus metas! los estudiantes pueden traer su cabello de arociris y ropa colorida gratis!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentines Week

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Both Buildings):  Feb. 15th beginning at 1:15-7:00pm, with a dinner break from 5-5:30pm. Feb. 16th 8:00am-12:00pm. Therefore school on Feb. 15th is an early release day (12:45) and students have no school on Friday, the 16th.
The ELEMENTARY Sign-up genius has been activated for conferences and teachers have sent home links to make appointments. If you have not received a sign-up link please call Beckie or Leydy at 801-627-2066. 

Conferencias de padres y maestros (ambos edificios): 15 de febrero, comenzando a la
1: 15-7: 00pm, con un descanso para la cena de 5-5: 30pm. 16 de febrero, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. El 15 de febrero es un día mínimo (12:45) y los estudiantes no tienen clases el viernes 16.
El genio de Inscripción ELEMENTAL se ha activado para conferencias y los profesores han enviado enlaces a casa para hacer citas. Si no ha recibido un enlace de registro, llame a Beckie o Leydy al 801-627-2066.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February

Re-enrollment Hiccups: Thank you for your patience with the Aspire system. The state update kicked us all out and then changed the enrollment access. That problem is fixed and we are happy to help you finish enrolling your students!

Thanks to OPAPO and The Daily Rise: Thank you for your support of the parent tailgate this morning. It was great to talk to all of you.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Both Buildings):  Feb. 15th beginning at 1:15-7:00pm, with a dinner break from 5-5:30pm. Feb. 16th 8:00am-12:00pm. Therefore school on Feb. 15th is an early release day (12:45) and students have no school on Friday, the 16th.
The ELEMENTARY Sign-up genius has been activated for conferences and teachers have sent home links to make appointments. If you have not received a sign-up link please call Beckie or Leydy at 801-627-2066. 

2018-19 OPA Calendar: Many of you have contacted me to inquire about next year's calendar. Currently students in the secondary leadership class have developed and created a calendar. Teachers will be given the opportunity to give input today at training and OPAPO will do a calendar development next week. The OPA Board of Directors will be given the proposed calendar on Feb. 22nd and if approved, I will post the next day. If you have requests or suggestions please email me at acampbell@ogdenprep.org.

Problemas de reinscripción: Gracias por su paciencia con el sistema Aspire. La actualización del estado nos saco a todos y luego cambió el acceso de inscripción. ¡Ese problema está solucionado y estamos felices de ayudarlo a terminar de inscribir a sus estudiantes!

Gracias a OPAPO y The Daily Rise: Gracias por su apoyo con el convivio para padres esta mañana. Fue genial hablar con todos ustedes.

Conferencias de padres y maestros (ambos edificios): 15 de febrero, comenzando a la
1: 15-7: 00pm, con un descanso para la cena de 5-5: 30pm. 16 de febrero, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. El 15 de febrero es un día mínimo (12:45) y los estudiantes no tienen clases el viernes 16.
El genio de Inscripción ELEMENTAL se ha activado para conferencias y los profesores han enviado enlaces a casa para hacer citas. Si no ha recibido un enlace de registro, llame a Beckie o Leydy al 801-627-2066.

Calendario de OPA 2018-19: Muchos de ustedes me contactaron para preguntar sobre el calendario del próximo año. Actualmente, los estudiantes de la clase de liderazgo secundario han desarrollado y creado un calendario. Los maestros tendrán la oportunidad de dar su opinión hoy en el entrenamiento y OPAPO hará un desarrollo del calendario la próxima semana. La Junta Directiva de OPA recibirá el calendario propuesto el 22 de febrero y si se aprueba, lo publicaré al día siguiente. Si tiene preguntas o sugerencias, envíeme un correo electrónico a acampbell@ogdenprep.org.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

February Arrives

Upcoming Events (Jan. 29th-Feb. 2nd):

-Friday 2nd: Early Release (12:45), $1 Dress Down Day (School Appropriate Dress).
(All Sports and Club schedules have been moved to our homepage, and the link is provided on the side of this blog at OPA Sports and Activities).

Safety and Kindness in the Parking Lot:

I have not been in the parking lot this week, due to doctor's orders. However, I have watched from inside. I am asking ALL of us to consider the following safety supports:

1. Patience: All students will be picked up or dropped off safely, everyone should expect some delay.
2. Kindness: Pull forward to allow all cars to drop off students. Wait your turn, there are NO Shortcuts in the parking lot that are safe for students. Being first or speeding around others does not improve safety in the parking lot.
3. Guidelines: Crosswalks, please model safe movement through the parking lot by using the crosswalks. Park in designated spots only, and red zones are not for parking.

As a whole, the parking lot is a well oiled machine and I appreciate the attention given and safety we all follow to protect our students.

Responsibility Centered Discipline:

All teachers and staff at OPA this fall had the opportunity to read and be trained by the author of "The Roadmap to Responsibility; The Power of Give-em Five to Transform Schools." A second book to support parents in teaching children and teens responsibility has been released this month. It is available now on Amazon etc. Below is the synopsis of the book from http://www.givemfive.com/resources/

Roadmap to Responsibility: The Power of Give 'Em Five to Transform Families

Parenting children well is a challenge. Roadmap to Responsibility: The Power of Give `em Five to Transform Families will help adults identify their areas of strength as well as areas where they may struggle or desire to grow. Responsibility-Centered Parenting (RCP) provides a clear roadmap and proven strategies for helping parents grow in confidence, stay motivated, and keep children on the Road to Responsibility as they grow to become mature, responsible adults. Discover the three different styles that parents tend to use: Permissive, Authoritarian and Authoritative.
The concepts and strategies shared in this book, including the Give `em Five conversation, help create a balanced parenting style while pointing out common “exits” off the Road to Responsibility that parents may create for their children. Responsibility-Centered Parenting offers renewed hope for families. Regardless of culture, income level, or family makeup, when it comes to the children in their lives, parents, grandparents, and guardians long for positive, lasting solutions and Roadmap to Responsibility: The Power of Give `em Five to Transform Families can help achieve just that.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jan. 23-27

Report Cards and Re-enrollment: Report cards were sent home this week with elementary students (K-6), and secondary report cards were mailed home (7-9). Re-enrollment reminders for the 2018-19 school year were also sent. The re-enrollment window will close the last week of February and the lottery will be access at that time. There is still time to re-enroll and apply for the lottery (new students).

This Weeks Events:
Wed. (24): Basketball games at OPA beginning at 5:00pm
Thurs. (25): 3rd Grade Literacy Night at 5:00pm
Friday (26): Jr. High Awards Assembly beginning at 1:00pm (Watch for an invite from teachers).

Volunteer Opportunities:
It is Science Fair time in 4th-9th grade. Science Judges are needed. Simply call Mrs. Sandoval at (801) 627-2066 and volunteer to judge.

Health and Safety: 
As you may have heard or experienced in your own home, Influenza is a health concern in Utah this season. Flu shots do not guarantee that the virus won't be contracted but if contracted the duration and severity will be reduced. Also, hand washing and coverage of coughing reduces the spread of the flu. Please discuss ways to avoid the sickness with your students and take the precautions you can.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Martin Luther King Day

MONDAY is a Holiday! There is no school on Monday (Jan. 15th) in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Young Runners will not meet this week. In the winter, they are meeting every other week; therefore the next meeting is Jan. 25th.

Re-Enrollment: Re-enroll your student for the 2018-19 School Year at https://www.ogdenprep.org/
Remember that re-enrollment ends on January 15th! If you experience any problems with re-enrollment, please let us help get your students enrolled in the 2018-19 school year. Simply give us a call or email information@ogdenprep.org. OPA Elementary has also placed a computer in the front office for re-enrollment only. Ms. Sandoval can also aid re-enrollment in Spanish.  

Lottery: The lottery or application for NEW students started on January 1st. Make sure that your applications are filled out completely. Again if there are any questions simply let us know and we will aid in completing your application.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Week Back

Always fun to have the kids back from the winter break. I love the stories of adventures, gifts and experiences. I had a day at lunch where I couldn't get away from the Kindergarten table where I was told many stories and shown every tooth that has become loose while they were away. What a great day!

Re-Enrollment: Re-enroll your student for the 2018-19 School Year at https://www.ogdenprep.org/
Remember that re-enrollment ends on January 15th! If you experience any problems with re-enrollment, please let us help get your students enrolled in the 2018-19 school year. Simply give us a call or email information@ogdenprep.org. 

Lottery: The lottery or application for NEW students started on January 1st. Make sure that your applications are filled out completely. Again if there are any questions simply let us know and we will aid in completing your application.

Security and Safety at OPA:
During the break, an unauthorized student was in the building and attempted to steal money, our surveillance cameras identified the student and legal action was taken immediately. Please be aware that as soon as practices, club meetings or after school activities complete, students will be asked to leave the building. Please pick-up students in a timely manner so that they are not left in the cold. 

Parking lot safety: During the drop-off and pick-up times all drivers MUST follow the flow of traffic. In the morning there is a safety threat in-front of the Junior High. Drivers MUST be aware of students in the crosswalk and make the right turn to follow the flow of traffic!

This Week's Events:
Monday (1/8): 8th graders are headed to the the North Fork Environmental Center
Tuesday (1/9): 4:00 OPAPO Meeting in the Elementary Library
Thursday (1/11): 5-7pm 5th and 6th Grade Literacy Night