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Principal's Message: 8/30/21

Dear OHS Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  It was exciting to get a chance to have students visit the school on Friday.  It was a treat to catch up with our returning families and to meet many of the new members of our Osborn Hill family.   

Thank you, PTA!

We are lucky to have an active and supportive PTA.  Each year since becoming principal, I have been exceedingly thankful for the hard work and thoughtfulness of our volunteers, board, and presidents.  It has already been delightful to work with Emily Lusk and Tara Van Horne, this year’s presidents.  I would urge you to join the PTA if you have not already and to find some places to give of your time and talents when you can.

On Friday, the PTA treated the staff to a pizza truck lunch.  Delicious pies, served by Rob Vaccaro, were a big hit for the staff after their days of hard work in preparing to open.  Thank you so much!

I also want to thank our 2020-2021 PTA presidents, Jennifer Kelley and Catherine Yarmosh, for all their work and leadership last year under our most difficult circumstances. I am thankful they have not “graduated” from OHS yet!

Thank You, Staff!

This past week was a busy one for our staff as they prepare the physical space, develop schedules, plan units, and participate in professional learning – all with a very tight due date of Monday!  Our staff work hard to start off the year on the right foot with our students and I appreciate all the care and time they put into the effort.

Our custodial team, Mr. Bill, Mr. Lou, and Mr. Gary had another busy summer of emptying every classroom, waxing floors, and preparing the school for everyone’s return.  This year was a bit more challenging with the camp taking place, but they worked it all out. 

Arrival/Dismissal Review

The Arrival and Dismissal Plan went out to you last week. An important reminder is that our doors open for arrival at 8:45 am each dayWe do not have supervision available before this time, so please do not leave children outside of school before 8:45.   In the afternoon, our dismissal begins at 3:25pm.  Below you will find some specifics for each type of arrival/dismissal.  Please be patient with us the first days as we work out issues.

By Car: Your child(ren)’s Student Pickup Number went out to you on Friday.  Those need to be displayed if you are picking up by car.  We recommend families with students in K and 1 use the Lower Wing Loop.  Older siblings can also arrive from and dismiss to the Lower Loop.  For students with grades 2-5, either Loop will work. 

Walkers: For arrival, walkers can enter through any entrance in the morning. For dismissal, walkers will be dismissed as indicated on their note or walking plan. Kindergarten walkers are picked up at the exterior classroom doors at 3:20 pm. Teachers in grades 1-5 will release walkers at 3:25 pm.  Please designate a meeting location with your child(ren) so they know where to find you at the end of the day.  Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade are allowed to walk home without an adult if permitted by guardians and if the route allows them to walk safely by sidewalk and crosswalk.

By Bus:  For the first weeks of school, we have staff walk our Kindergarten students from the bus and deliver them to their classrooms.  It is the same in the afternoon for dismissal. Please expect in the first days of school buses to run late in the afternoon.  Many times the buses are late getting to us from the middle school runs in the opening days.  We received word this week that students will be in assigned seats for the ride home based on the order of their stops. 

ECC Afterschool Program: Arrival and dismissal to and from the ECC afterschool program takes place at our main entrance before and after school.

 

Open House Information

Whole-School Information:  On the afternoon of Friday, 9/3, I will send you an IC Blast that will include a video presentation, similar to the portion of Open House we usually have in the APR.  I will include information that will hopefully be useful to everyone.

Pre-Open House Class Information:  Also on Friday afternoon/evening teachers will be sending information for you to review prior to Wednesday night.  They will also send you a Google Meet link to the live Open House on Wednesday night.

Live Open House on Google Meet:  On the evening of Wednesday, 9/8, you will have the opportunity to spend time in a live Google Meet with your child(ren)'s teacher(s).  At this time, teachers will talk about important pieces of information about the classroom and will answer your questions.  Please see the appropriate time below:

  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Grade 3, 4, and 5 Classroom Meets
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Grade K, 1, and 2 Classroom Meets

Please remember that teachers will not be able to answer specific questions about your child during the Open House.  Please reach out to them through email or phone for specific questions.

Best wishes for a new year!

I know this can be an emotional time of year for families, especially our kindergarten families, as the summer ends and school resumes.  I hope the start of the year is smooth for your family.  Please remember we all have a shared goal of making you child(ren)’s experience as safe and positive as possible and filled with thinking and joy.  We have a special community at Osborn Hill and I look forward to our continued work together for the good of our students. 

Have a great start to the school year!  I look forward to seeing you soon,

David