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Principal's Message: 12/16/19

Dear OHS Families,

We are quickly approaching the December break! I hope you have lots of time with loved ones over the long vacation and holidays.

I have some updates for you from the past week and things to come this week.


CARES Assembly- Awareness

This past Tuesday, we had our CARES assemblies focused on Awareness.  Anmarie Galgano led the session with the fifth grade CARES Council members.  For K, 1, and 2 students, the focus was on self-awareness while the grade 3, 4, and 5 students focused on awareness of others.  There were books shared related to the topics and activities.  For the primary assembly, the students learned a game that required the reading of the emotions on other peoples’ faces.  For the upper grades, the activity was the introduction of an interactive bulletin board in which students will learn more about some adults who are part of our community but for whom little is known.  The students came up with some adults in this category like bus drivers, our afternoon custodians, and lunch staff to name a few.  Over the coming weeks, they will ask these individuals about themselves and then share what they learn on the bulletin board outside the gym.  Big thanks to our CARES Council members and Anmarie for their work in putting together the thoughtful programs.


First Semester Progress Reports - Release on Wednesday

This Wednesday (12/18) afternoon, first trimester progress reports will post in Infinite Campus. Teachers have been working hard to give you a picture of your child in different subject areas. The table below shows how the different standards are scored in the progress report. If a section is greyed out, it means it is not taught during the marking period. If you have questions pertaining to the progress report, your child’s teacher would be happy to help you.

Holiday Sing-Along
On Friday morning, we will have our annual Holiday Sing-Along for students. Mrs. Haskitt does a great job of leading us through many different holiday songs. It is always a nice send off to the vacation. On that same day, students are encouraged to wear a holiday shirt or colors and bring $1 to contribute to our fundraiser to help pay to continue our connection with the Bigelow Senior Center. We will be hosting the seniors for breakfast, a concert, and interview with third graders at the end of January. Later in the year, the fifth graders will go to the center to sing and talk with the senior center members. The $1 contribution will help pay for the transportation and other costs associated with the connection.


I feel extremely lucky to spend each day at OHS with the students, staff, and all of you. We have a caring community, which makes our school special. I wish you a wonderful and restful break week, a happy holiday season, and a joyous start to 2020!