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Principal's Message: 6/14/21

Hi everyone,

It is hard to believe we are starting the final week of school for the year.  I know I have said it a great deal this year but it is worth stating again how much I appreciate our community and the care we have put into making sure we keep each other as safe as possible during this challenging time. You all have acted in ways not just to keep your own families safe but to protect our community.  I am proud of our staff and their flexibility, courage, and consistency in helping our students learn and grow through many challenges.  I am impressed by our students and their perseverance in working and learning, whether at school or at home.  I want to especially recognize our students, families, and staff who have been in RLA all year.  They have all worked hard and made good learning possible.  I look forward to welcoming our RLA crew back at Osborn Hill in the fall.

Thank you, PTA Presidents, Catherine and Jen!

Working with Catherine Yarmosh and Jen Kelley, our 20-21 PTA presidents, has been an absolute pleasure.  Catherine and Jen helped find creative approaches to fundraise and to provide for our students at times when safety guidelines prohibited our typical plans.  They have also been extremely patient with me when I have been unable to get them the answers they need in a timely manner.  They have provided a great gift to our community this year.  Thank you!

I am looking forward to working closely with Tara Van Horn and Emily Lusk for the coming year.  I know they are excited about the work ahead as well.

Thank you, PTA

The PTA, as always, has been supportive of the learning at OHS.  Our board members, committee chairs, and volunteers give of their time and talents to strengthen our community and provide opportunities to our students. 

I also want to give a special shout out to Barbara Duggan, who organizes the Flash each week, and accepts my message no matter how late I might be running with it. 

Collection of School Devices- Tuesday, June 15th

We will be collecting all school devices that have been lent out over the past year on Tuesday, June 15th.  If your child(ren) borrowed a device from the district (Chromebook or Kajeets internet wifi), please send it to school with your child on the 15th along with the power cable.  You are welcome to send it in sooner than the 15th if you no longer need it.  Thank you!

Cat and Dog Supply Donation for a Local Animal Shelters by Tuesday, June 15th

Our fifth graders’ end of year community service project is a collection from now through June 15th of dog and cat supplies, including food, milk bones, cat treats, leashes and collars (mid to large size), clean up/waste bags, chew toys, scratchers, etc. Items can be placed in the collection boxes around the school.  They are also collecting monetary donations on Venmo through Mary Donovan (@Mary-Donovan-44). This will be a special opportunity for our fifth graders to help local animal shelters and have a shared experience in serving a need in the community.

Field Day Thank You

We had an amazing two days of Field Day last week.  It was definitely very hot, but Mr. Marko organized some fun activities.  With the limitations on parent volunteers, the staff stepped up to help facilitate the games. A big thank you to the PTA for renting the blowup obstacle course and slide.  Those were extremely popular! 

Moving Up Thank You

On Friday, we celebrated our fifth graders who are moving on to middle school.  It was our first time having the ceremony outside and the weather could not have been any more perfect.  It was a special time to come together including with our fifth grade RLA students, especially after being apart for so long.  It was wonderful to hear the memories of each student from their time at OHS and what they are most looking forward to in their next steps.

Dawn Gitman, Shannon Roeper, Erin Redgate, Beth Nori, Mollie Milano, Juliette Tiriolo, and Nicole Kofoed helped make the day possible staying late Thursday and arriving early Friday to get everything set and ready for the big day.  Thank you!

Staffing for Next Year

This time of year often brings changing with staffing, as we start planning for the next school year.

As many of you know, we have a large incoming kindergarten group starting in the fall and we will have four sections of K. This will create a “bubble year” as the four sections move through the school since all our other grades have three sections.  With this in mind, Rebecca Wicke, current first grade teacher, will be teaching kindergarten next year.  Mrs. Wicke has taught kindergarten in the past and will likely move with the grade level up to first grade next year.  I really appreciate Mrs. Wicke’s willingness to make this move.

Our classroom teachers who taught RLA will return to us in the fall.  Deanna Renzulli will return to third grade and Amy Selter will teach first grade.  Allyson Valentine will return to teaching STEAM.  They have all worked extremely hard in RLA this year. It will be wonderful to have them return.

Cody Bergeron has been a wonderful part of our school community for several years now.  This year he was a long-term substitute in first grade and then moved to third grade for most of the year.  He cares a great deal about our students and our community.  Mr. Bergeron is in the process of looking for a new school in which to work.  Any school would be fortunate to have him as a staff member and I wish him the very best in his search process.

Meredith Holod has been teaching in the fifth grade since February and will end her time at OHS at the end of the year.  She has been a caring member of the team these last months and I appreciate all of her dedication to our students these last months.

Natalie Groves has been our special education teacher intern for the year.  Natalie has been a great addition to our community and has proven she can handle all situations.  We wish her the very best in her next steps.

With the district’s shift in OT/PT providers, we are likely to lose our current team, who have been at OHS for a long time now.  Jessica Woods and Lauren Arnow, our occupational therapists, and Daniela Rhoades, our physical therapist, have been a fantastic team and will be missed.  I wish them the best in their next steps.

Finally, Anmarie Galgano has accepted a position as an assistant principal in Darien.  In her EPF role with us, Mrs. Galgano has acted as an assistant principal in many ways but it is officially a teacher position.  Mrs. Galgano has been an incredible asset to our school these last three years and I feel extremely fortunate to have had her as the EPF for my first years as principal.  She puts her all into every task, cares deeply about our students and community, and brings joy with her to the work.  I am exceedingly happy for Mrs. Galgano and appreciate all she has done for our school community. I am going to miss working with her.  Mrs. Galgano included a message to all of you below.

Have a great start to the summer.  I will be sure to send out updates over the summer when there is pertinent information to share about the 21-22 school year.  Class assignments will be available to families one or two weeks before school starts in August. Here is the school calendar for 21-22 for your reference.