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

OPAPO News:
 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 OPAPO@ogdenprep.org.


           UPCOMING EVENTS:

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!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

OPA Goals for the 2017-18 School Year

THANK YOU 
What a great first week back to school! Thank you to OPAPO for the Tailgate Party and recruiting volunteers at Back to School Night! Thank you to ALL of you that came to Back to School Night to meet teachers and let your students LEAD you through the school.

OUTLOOK FOR THE YEAR:
Every Summer the OPA Administration and Governing Board set goals for the upcoming school year. This year goal setting was a result of the spring accreditation review and all of last year's data collection. After reviewing all of our assessments, discipline records, teacher observations and school sponsored activities, we have set the following school improvement goals:

1. Academic Growth and Concept Understanding: 
For the last two years OPA has participated in a Utah State driven learning community that is focused on instruction and intervention using data to drive teacher decisions. We are excited to have identified effective interventions for students requiring extra support while also improving instruction for every student's level of understanding.  We will continue trainings and work in a data collection system to help each student grow.
One example of OPA's progress is the Uniform Growth Goal in reading, which measures growth of each student from beginning of the year to the end of the year in grade 3. The DIBELS reading scores that are measured in K-6th grade are all used to show growth but 3rd grade is the state's target year for measurement. The Utah State expectation for the Uniform Growth Goal is that 47.83% of third graders will make typical or better growth. Last year at Ogden Preparatory Academy our students made 94% typical growth, meeting and crushing the goal! All of our elementary teachers, teaching assistants, reading specialists, and students have unified for this desired reading result.
Reading will continue to be a school-wide goal and nothing in our system will change. However, this year in the OPA ELEMENTARY will set the Wildly Important Goal (WIG) of Math Competency! The WIG for each classroom is that 80% of the class will be able to achieve 80% of the Utah Math Standard for their grade level. Please join us in reviewing your student's Math Facts daily to help them achieve this goal!

2. Building Character and Discipline in Students: 
This is our 5th year practicing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People through the Leader in Me program. We will continue to practice the Habits, through service to our school and community, leadership opportunities for students and college prep strategies such as AVID and Latinos in Action.
Already this year, the secondary students set expectations for behavior at school, and created videos and presentations to inform the entire school.
As a school we are adding another layer to the Leader in Me, called Responsibility Centered Discipline. This approach to discipline is designed with the intent to build each student's capacity to solve problems, learn from success and failure, develop an emotional intelligence, understand cause and effect or consequences of their actions and gain a basic ability to take responsibility for themselves. The model we are implementing is outlined in Roadmap to Responsibility, a book by Larry Thompson. Other models or parenting supports that follow the same philosophy are Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline and Jim Fay; Teaching Your Children Values and The Entitlement Trap, by Linda and Richard Eyre. In all the research, I have found several helpful articles that I hope to link occasionally in the blog as well.
Here is a link to a Forbes article "8 Powerful Ways to Mold Your Children Into Leaders:"

https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/08/11/8-powerful-ways-to-mold-your-children-into-leaders/#4cdb267d4ff4

Each week the Principal's Blog will be updated by Sunday evening. Next week, I will outline the rest of the OPA's School Improvement Goals. Have a great week, see you Monday!

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.


     



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.


Friday, February 17, 2017

President's Day Weekend

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:
Thank you! Thank you for connecting with Teachers to provide a partnership for your students. Celebrating progress, sharing concerns and pushing students to academic goals builds our TEAM! Teachers work very hard to know your kids and determine their educational needs. We know that parents do the same, making the connection by seeking to understand before being understood builds students, parents and teachers. We are growing a community of learners, thank you!

PRESIDENT'S DAY: Monday is President's Day and there is no school. Enjoy your long weekend!

PENNY WARS: We had a PHENOMENAL Penny War for 2017! Thank you so much for all the support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Our grand total for both schools was $3179.61! We beat our goal of $3000 with room to spare. The online donations were key this year. We did $537 in online donations and that is what made the difference for the winning classes.

CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS: Science Fair Judges are needed. If you have a background or current career in Science, come judge the science fair. If you would like to judge the science fair in the 6th grade on Feb. 27th; contact swright@ogdenprep.org. If you would like to judge the science fair at the 7-9th grade building on Feb. 28th; contact thislop@ogdenprep.org. If you would like to judge both? We would love to have you!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Parent Teacher Conference Week

Parent Teachers Conference: This week is Parent-Teachers Conference on Thursday, February 16th from 1pm to 5pm and 6pm-8pm, and Friday, February 17th from 8am to 12pm. Students will be released on Thursday at 12:45pm, it is a uniform-free dress day and there is no school on Monday, February 20th (President's Day).

Seed Swap: on Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 am in the elementary gym.


Ogden Prep Academy is providing online training and instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to parents or guardians of OPA students through the organization Prevent Child Abuse Utah. You can access this free training as follows:

PCAU HB 286 Utah Child Sexual Abuse Online Prevention Training Instructions

1.  Select Register
2.  Complete Registration
  • Parents/Caregivers must select I am a Parent of a Student from the registration drop down box in order to access the parent course.
  • School personnel must select School Personnel from the registration drop down box to access the educator course.
3.  Click Register Button
4.  Click Launch Course


5.  There will be a Certificate of Completion issued at the end of the course

Friday, February 3, 2017

February is Here

Thank you to all of you that attended the 5,6 and 3rd Grade Literacy Nights this week! What a great set of nights at OPA, but a busy week for many parents! Thank you!

Upcoming Events at OPA:

1. The Science Fair is coming: The 6th grade fair will be Feb. 27th and 7th-9th will be Feb. 28th.

2. SKI DAY: This year's 5th & 6th grade ski day will be on Wed, Feb 15.  We'll take the kids to Nordic Valley at 8:15 and return between 4-4:30.  Kids (and teachers) will be able to ski or snowboard on that day. We sent home a permission slip & rental forms this week.  All of the details will be on that sheet.

3. Parent-Teacher Conferences: PTC will be combined this semester and begin on Feb. 16th at 1:15pm after the students are released early. PTC will continue on Friday from 8:00am -12:00pm. President's Day is on the following Monday, the 20th and there will be NO School!

4. OWATC High School Pathway Presentations: On the first night of Parent Teacher Conferences the OWATC will be providing a presentation to parents about high school opportunities in Weber County. We will keep you posted as the times and content unfold. Watch for a flyer to come home next week!

5. SEED SWAP: On Feb. 25, 2017 at OPA, we will be hosting a seed exchange in the Elementary Gym. If you have questions or would like more information please email ogdenseedexchange@gmail.com or visit Ogden Seed Exchange on Facebook. Here is the link to the Seed Swap flyer, check it out:

https://cdn.fbsbx.com/v/t59.2708-21/16365521_10212076344483333_3497843012497571840_n.pdf/Swap-poster-2017.pdf?oh=f7f3d815aaabd2d9ae9b41af1ac35dcc&oe=58916D54&dl=1

6. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT OPA: The OPA Elementary Library is looking for volunteers to wrap books for the upcoming activity; "Blind Date with a Book." If you would like to volunteer, contact vsluis@ogdenprep.org


Penny Wars:

We are doing a Penny War in both schools for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS.org). You should have gotten an email last week from them to set up an online page for donations.

What: Collecting pennies (or any other denomination for LLS.org)
Goal: Between both schools to collect $3000 (it breaks down to $68 a class)
When: Starts January 23rd and ends February 10th
Where: Collection bins will be in the front lobby of each school. They are labeled by HOMEROOM teacher

Service Projects and Fund Raisers: 
  • THE COFFEE IS BREWING: The OPA Blend is in the house! We have ground and whole been coffee available in both buildings. If you purchase in house it is 10.50 a bag, if you purchase online at the OPA Store ( http://www.opaeagles.org ) then picked up in-house. Daily Rise Coffee Roasters have provided our Young Runners Club with a way to raise money. Beth and Jeff Furton are blending, packaging, labeling and selling a coffee blend we selected on campus and at their 2 locations. Tell your friends!! Their is potential to pay for the Young Runners' entrance into the Ogden Marathon Events! 

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS: Now that RE-ENROLLMENT is complete, it is time to open our doors to new students, especially new Kindergarten students. If you have not already applied to OPA for your incoming Kindergarteners or other students not currently enrolled, now is the time. Application Process: 1. Please go to http://ogdenprep.org/ 2. Click on the sign that reads "ENROLL NOW." 3. Select "APPLY NOW." 4. Provide all of the information required and your student will be placed in the Lottery. Our first Lottery Draw will be February 21st. This is a random selection from the lottery, if your student is picked you will receive a email that asks for confirmation that your student will be attending OPA in the 2017-18 school year. Parents have 10 days to confirm the seat at OPA. If not confirmed in 10 days the seat goes back into the lottery for another draw. Remember that priority in the lottery selection is given to siblings of current OPA students, as well as staff member or board member students. Priority does not mean automatic enrollment, it means they will be pulled first, however, if seats are not available they are not created. After OPA is enrolled to capacity, students remaining in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list until the following school year. Apply soon to increase your chances of enrollment!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Snow Week

Thank you for your patience and understanding this week with weather and a "Snow Day."

Upcoming Events at OPA:


1. The Science Fair is coming: The 6th grade fair will be Feb. 27th and 7th-9th will be Feb. 28th.

2. SKI DAY: This year's 5th & 6th grade ski day will be on Wed, Feb 15.  We'll take the kids to Nordic Valley at 8:15 and return between 4-4:30.  Kids (and teachers) will be able to ski or snowboard on that day. We sent home a permission slip & rental forms this week.  All of the details will be on that sheet.

3. Parent-Teacher Conferences: PTC will be combined this semester and begin on Feb. 16th at 1:15pm after the students are released early. PTC will continue on Friday from 8:00am -12:00pm. President's Day is on the following Monday, the 20th and there will be NO School!

4. OWATC High School Pathway Presentations: On the first night of Parent Teacher Conferences the OWATC will be providing a presentation to parents about high school opportunities in Weber County. We will keep you posted as the times and content unfold. Watch for a flyer to come home next week!



Penny Wars:

We are doing a Penny War in both schools for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS.org). You should have gotten an email last week from them to set up an online page for donations.

What: Collecting pennies (or any other denomination for LLS.org)
Goal: Between both schools to collect $3000 (it breaks down to $68 a class)
When: Starts January 23rd and ends February 10th
Where: Collection bins will be in the front lobby of each school. They are labeled by HOMEROOM teacher

In the first week we have already raised $866.64. Well Done!!

Service Projects and Fund Raisers: 
  • Thank you for promoting the Blanket Blizzard. As a first time service project, it was fairly successful. 
  • Daily Rise Coffee Roasters have provided our Young Runners Club with a way to raise money. This weewe will have the "OPA Blend" delivered to campus and for sale. Beth and Jeff Furton are blending, packaging, labeling and selling a coffee blend we selected on campus and at their 2 locations. Tell your friends!! Their is potential to pay for the Young Runners' entrance into the Ogden Marathon Events! 

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS: Now that RE-ENROLLMENT is complete, it is time to open our doors to new students, especially new Kindergarten students. If you have not already applied to OPA for your incoming Kindergarteners or other students not currently enrolled, now is the time. Application Process: 1. Please go to http://ogdenprep.org/ 2. Click on the sign that reads "ENROLL NOW." 3. Select "APPLY NOW." 4. Provide all of the information required and your student will be placed in the Lottery. Our first Lottery Draw will be February 21st. This is a random selection from the lottery, if your student is picked you will receive a email that asks for confirmation that your student will be attending OPA in the 2017-18 school year. Parents have 10 days to confirm the seat at OPA. If not confirmed in 10 days the seat goes back into the lottery for another draw. Remember that priority in the lottery selection is given to siblings of current OPA students, as well as staff member or board member students. Priority does not mean automatic enrollment, it means they will be pulled first, however, if seats are not available they are not created. After OPA is enrolled to capacity, students remaining in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list until the following school year. Apply soon to increase your chances of enrollment!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OPEN ENROLLMENT

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS:
Now that RE-ENROLLMENT is complete, it is time to open our doors to new students, especially new Kindergarten students. If you have not already applied to OPA for your incoming Kindergarteners or other students not currently enrolled, now is the time. 

Application Process:
1. Please go to http://ogdenprep.org/ 
2. Click on the sign that reads "ENROLL NOW."
3. Select "APPLY NOW."
4. Provide all of the information required and your student will be placed in the Lottery.

Our first Lottery Draw will be February 21st. This is a random selection from the lottery, if your student is picked you will receive a email that asks for confirmation that your student will be attending OPA in the 2017-18 school year. Parents have 10 days to confirm the seat at OPA. If not confirmed in 10 days the seat goes back into the lottery for another draw. 

Remember that priority in the lottery selection is given to siblings of current OPA students, as well as staff member or board member students. Priority does not mean automatic enrollment, it means they will be pulled first, however, if seats are not available they are not created. After OPA is enrolled to capacity, students remaining in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list until the following school year. Apply soon to increase your chances of enrollment!