Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving at OPA

There is no school next week. The YMCA will be open from 8:30-4:30 at OPA but no school is in session. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, school resumes on Nov. 28th.

The Angel Tree is up in the office of both buildings. We greatly appreciate our generous parents and students who take tags from the tree to support our families in need. If you have taken a tag from the tree, please make sure you let the office know which tag you are taking. We need all gifts wrapped and returned with tags by December 9th. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Rebecca at 801-627-3066. Thank you again for all your generosity this holiday season.

Thank you to all of you that attended the Thanksgiving Dinner at the OPA Elementary this week.
Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to help with crowd control, pie distribution and overall clean-up. It was a great event and the students loved it.

Kindergarten Thankful Literacy Night was also this week and highly attended. Thank you to all of the Kindergarten parents, teachers, staff and students that make that event so much fun for the students.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Post Election Conversations

I want to paint a picture of an election year for you in a school. I hope I do it justice and inform you on the quality of the teachers and staff at Ogden Preparatory Academy.

Teachers, administrators and staff prepare months in advance for election years in the United States. A school is a snapshot of our country, it is a melting pot where ideas, beliefs, cultures and backgrounds all merge for the common goal of learning.  In an election year, the opinions are measurable and much more pronounced because as a country we are inundated with slogans, video clips, comedians, reporters, commercials, radio, newspaper, TV etc. It is an intense growth period for children and it can be scary. Today, the day after, is a harder day. Today in a school we rely on teachers, children and staff to remember sportsmanship. How to be a gracious winner and how to lose gracefully. This is difficult for all of us, it is human nature to desire the win.

I would like to personally THANK all of you, on behalf of the administration, teachers and staff of OPA. You are raising champions! I would be lying if I didn't share that there was fear among our staff entering today, fear among many students. I Thank YOU for having conversations, for being parents that communicate the importance of respect and sportsmanship. In addition, the teachers and staff have done what they do best they have been a safe haven, a haven of unconditional love, that gives every child a voice.

The combined efforts of the OPA community are growing a great group of kids, Thank you.

I wanted to share the announcements Mr. Kennington shared at the secondary this morning to demonstrate the quality of people working at OPA.
  " We are living through one of the most pivotal times in our nation's history. We've got to focus on the things that we can control. Our school community is very diverse. We come from different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. If we can learn to love and respect each other, despite our differences, we will set the example for the rest of the country. Be nice!"

Welcome to OPA! I am thankful to be here with this staff and this community! Thanks again!
Amie Campbell

Friday, November 4, 2016

Activities of November

Dia de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead celebration is TODAY (Friday the 4th) at OPA from 5-7pm.

Family Art Nights: A special thank you to Ms. MacKay for organizing and facilitating three great Family Art Nights. Thank you to all the parents who attended. It was fun to see the kids work with a parent (or boss them around) to create an art piece.

SAGE Results are now available: On the school website, the PACE Report Card for the 2015-16 School year has been uploaded to under the tab "About OPA" and labeled "Testing Results." In addition to the PACE Report Card, there is a description about OPA's approach and response to the data collected in these assessments.

A letter about Lice prevention and treatment was sent home this week. This is the time of year for lice transmittance as the weather turns cold and coats come to school. Coats are the best transmitters. Along with lice discovery comes several misconceptions about why we get lice. I added a link called the top 10 misconceptions about lice. Check this link out and assure students that lice can happen to anyone.

Enjoy the colors of fall and have a great weekend!

Amie Campbell
Principal of OPA