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Principal Message – August 30, 2019

By August 30, 2019Principal's Message

August 30, 2019

Good Afternoon OES Families,

I am sending this email on Friday this week, because next Monday is Labor Day and there is no school. Here are the exciting things happening in the month of September:

Sept. 6 – School T-shirt Ordering Deadline

When you order, please check the “pick up” option. The t-shirts will be delivered to the school and we will get the orders to the students. If you choose the “shipping” option, there will be an added cost. Orders for t-shirts will be available until September 6, 2019.

Sept. 6, – Vision Screening

Sept. 17 – SCC Meeting @ 10:00am room 117

Sept. 20 – Walk to School – AM Common Day

Sept. 20 – Evacuation Drill – AM Common Day

Our annual “Evacuation, Reunification Drill” is done each year. We conduct this drill in an effort to be better prepared in case of an emergency where students would need to be reunited with their parents during school hours. Possible scenarios for this type of evacuation include anything that would make us unable to return to the school building including fire, natural disasters, or other unsafe conditions.

For those of you who are new to Orem this year, and/or have never participated in a drill like this, the following is helpful information:

Teachers and school personnel will evacuate all students to the grass area north of the school in their designated places as grade levels. They will take role and make sure all students are accounted for.

If this were a real scenario, a phone message and/or email will be sent to parents letting them know about the situation and indicating that they will need to pick up their children. Friday is a drill, so this email will serve as the notification that parents or emergency contacts will need to pick up their children at 2:00 pm on the day of the drill.

As parents come to the school, they should wait outside the east side of the gates of the school until all students are accounted for.

Parents will then be directed by school personnel in small groups to the location of their child’s grade level.

Teachers will check students out to parents or other adults as designated by the parent on the emergency check-out form. Only those adults designated on this form (that is on your child’s Skyward account) will be able to check out a student. All adults checking out students MUST bring a picture ID.

When an adult does check-out a student, he/she will sign the check-out sheet provided by the teacher. The student will then have their hand stamped.

Parents and students will exit through the gates on the upper northeast side of the field.

Teachers and school personnel will stay at the evacuation site until all students are retrieved. Teachers and school personnel will then meet in the media center to debrief.

It is extremely important that Skyward accounts with emergency contacts are updated. All adults picking up students MUST be a guardian or listed as an emergency contact and MUST bring a picture ID. We conduct these drills so that in case of an emergency, we will be as prepared as possible.

What is a Common Day????

All students in grades 1st – 6th will come to school at 8:00am and go home at 2:15pm. The AM kindergarten students will come at 8:00am – 10:45am and the PM kindergarten students will come at 11:30am – 2:15pm. Students who are in Mrs. Ridge’s class will ride the bus and come at their regular time. Individual arrangements will be made for the students in Mrs. Ridge’s class.

Beginning in September we will be recognizing one student from every core class for “Student of the Month”. In order for a student to be chosen to be “Student of the Month”, they will need to meet the following criteria.

Perfect Attendance for the month – No Absences

Be on Time to school – No Tardies

Good Citizenship

Be Respectful

Be Responsible for your actions

Be a good Citizen

Be Positive

School work/Homework caught up

Be a good friend

Each month the core teacher will choose a student who has met the above criteria. The student will then receive a “Student of the Month” pin and will have lunch with the principal.

Sept. 23. – School Carnival – 4:00pm – 7:00pm

The following is a message from our OES PTA:

“The PTA is excited to announce that our 2019 school carnival is coming on Monday, September 23 from 4pm-7pm. This is the one fundraiser we do for the year and it helps support many different programs we sponsor throughout the year that benefit our kids and families. Please see the attached flyer for important details and suggested theme assignments for your classes. Please keep in mind though that we are happy to accept any donation at all and the themes are only suggested. We are excited to see everyone there. This is always one of the best nights of the year!”

Flyer 1-2019.pdf

The Following is information for the community:

Alpine School District Special Education Parent Night

Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Alpine School District Special Education Office Conference Room, 350 North State Street, Lindon

Communication is the Key: How parents are a vital part of the IEP team

Parents have an enduring and passionate interest in the education of their child. It is so important for IEP teams to have clear communication between all team members. Come participate in an overview of the IEP process, and discuss and hear ideas to better improve communication between the school and the parent in order to achieve optimal progress for students.

Register at

Open to parents of students who are struggling in school, on an IEP or Section 504 Plan.

Childcare is not provided.

Questions? Please contact Maria Wiscombe, Utah Parent Center Consultant for Alpine School District at [email protected] 801-318-1959

“MVHS Cheer is sponsoring their annual Itty Bitty Bruins Cheer Camp so if you are interested, please see the flyer below.”

The Stronger Families Project provides family classes to build upon strengths and resiliency that families already have, and to provide access to tools to help them achieve this. We also teach children important values and contemporary family principles. This program is available to any family who feels that our program’s purpose can serve the needs of their family. The program is FREE, the whole family is invited, and DINNER is provided each week. It is on a first come first serve basis. Flyer

Fall 2019 Flyer (English).pdf

Fall 2019 Flyer (Spanish).pdf

Have a great long weekend and we will see everyone back on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.